Local youth’s agricultural passions recognized with award, bursary

Addison Dwyre alongside John den Haan and Naomi Lutes, Ontario 4-H Foundation, and members of the Stewart family. Photo via 4-H Ontario.

A passion and commitment to agriculture has awarded one local youth both accolades and future advantages.

Addison Dwyre of the Frontenac 4-H Association was awarded the 2022 Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary earlier this month. According to a release from Ontario 4-H, the Award and Bursary was established by the Stewart family in honour of the late Bertram and Hazel Stewart’s deep commitment and passion toward agriculture, education and 4-H.

“Such an honour to give this award my parents established in 2011. Mom and Dad’s passion for 4-H, education and agriculture will now carry on for years to come,” said Kelly French, daughter of Bertram and Hazel Stewart.  

Dwyre was presented with the award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

“4-H has been a very important part of my life,” she said. “I know wherever life takes me, I will always be a positive advocate for agriculture and the dairy industry.” 

Dwyre lives on a dairy farm and began her 4-H journey in the Cloverbuds program. Throughout her 4-H tenure, she has completed more than 30 4-H projects and looks forward to soon becoming a 4-H youth leader, according to the release.

To be considered for the Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary, applicants must be a 4-H participant in good standing who is enrolled in Grade 9, 10, or 11 and has expressed intent to pursue post-secondary education.

“Thank you to the Stewart Family for working with the Ontario 4-H Foundation to make sure that their parent’s legacy continues. I am sure your parents would be proud,” said John den Haan, Past Chair, Ontario 4-H Foundation.   

Each year, the committee selects one recipient who is presented their award during the TD Canadian Dairy 4-H Classic held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. According to 4-H Ontario, once the award recipient successfully completes their first year of post-secondary education, they will receive a $1,000 bursary. Applications for the Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary will re-open in 2023.

Learn more about 4-H Ontario on their website.

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  • November 17, 2022 at 10:06 am
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    Congratulations, Addison! Follow your dream. Your parents, family and friends must be very proud of you.

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