BIBLE HILL, N.S.
Cathy Caswell is back with an organization she first connected with as a child.
She became the new executive director of 4-H in Nova Scotia, Dec. 3.
“I’m really excited to take this on,” she said. “It provides such a positive environment for youth, and it’s wonderful to see the development through the levels.
“When this opportunity came forward it drew me in.”
Caswell grew up on a dairy farm in the Miramichi, N.B., area and 4-H introduced her to new people and activities.
“I enjoyed project work and leadership conferences,” she recalled. “Conferences developed a sense of community. The highlight was probably the international trip to Europe for two weeks.”
She was part of 4-H Alumni while studying at St Francis Xavier University. After graduation, she joined the corporate world, working for Farmers Dairy and Kraft Heinz Canada.
She was drawn back to 4-H a few years ago, when her daughters joined the Shu-Mil 4-H Club. Caswell served as the club’s general leader.
“We have over 800 volunteers supporting our programs, and my goal is to find ways to better support the volunteers, so that we can support growth and development for members,” she said. “We have a commitment to support youth, and we have over 2,500 4-H members in Nova Scotia; 4-H provides leadership, mentorship and friendship.
“4-H has traditionally been run by the department of agriculture, and we’re now moving toward being a non-profit organization. We’re working to make the organization financially sustainable.”
Caswell lives in Waverley and her office is located at Bible Hill’s Perennia Park.