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Brandon's Dawn Krinke Inducted as 4-H Canada Lifetime Honourary Member

4-H Canada will be inducting Dawn Krinke of Brandon as a lifetime Honourary Member for her contributions to the 4-H movement in Canada.

Sponsored by FCC, 4-H Canada’s Honourary Membership recognizes individuals who have offered outstanding service to 4-H in Canada.

Krinke will be presented with the title at the 2022 4-H Canada Leadership Awards, taking place virtually on February 23, 2022.

“Dawn Krinke has been a true leader within the 4-H community, and in her well-deserved retirement, is leaving a legacy of contributions at all levels from grassroots to national,” said Carlie Whetter, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “We are proud to have Dawn join the ranks of prestigious Honourary Members who have been instrumental to the strength and success of the 4-H movement in Canada.”

Krinke’s involvement with 4-H Manitoba began in 2006, when she came onboard as a part-time Administrator. By 2014 she had taken on the role of Office Manager, and in 2018 was appointed Executive Director – leading the organization until her retirement in 2021.

She was instrumental in their transition from a government-run administration to a non-profit organization, helping to navigate several funding agreements, transitioning governance, updating the bylaws, and ensuring incorporation of the organization.

Krinke used her exceptional relationship building skills to help ensure the successful celebration of the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada in Winnipeg in 2013, and facilitated a Japanese-Canadian exchange program in 2018. Most recently, Krinke dedicated her time and expertise to the 4-H national accreditation initiative to develop and implement cohesive national standards and policies in risk management and youth safety training. Under Krinke’s leadership, 4-H Manitoba pilot tested the auditing tools, and successfully achieved accreditation in January 2021.

Krinke grew up on a beef and sheep farm in the United Kingdom that has been owned by her family since 1774. After immigrating to Manitoba from the United Kingdom in 2001, Krinke was committed to giving back to her new community, supporting youth, and keeping ties with the agriculture industry. As part of the Kirkcaldy Heights School Parent Council, she helped to raise $100,000 for a new play structure in 2013. She also spent over three years volunteering for the suicide prevention and crisis line with the Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services.

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