OTTAWA – 4-H Canada is pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has accepted to become a patron of 4-H Canada.
“This is the first time in the history of 4-H that we have been granted a viceregal patronage,” said David Hovell, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “We are honoured that Her Excellency Julie Payette has generously agreed to serve as 4-H Canada’s Patron.”
A viceregal patronage is a longstanding practice of recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society, showcasing excellence and bringing special attention to worthy causes.
“For more than 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected youth organizations in the country,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Her Excellency’s Patronage highlights the important connection Canadians have with our organization, its rich history, and our mission of empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders.”
Before becoming Governor General, Julie Payette was an astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. Her Excellency Julie Payette is best known for her work as an astronaut, flying two missions to space. She also served for many years as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, and was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency. Her Excellency Julie Payette is well respected for her work in developing policies to promote science and technology.