Editor's note: This is the latest article in our 4-H Member of the Month series, sponsored by Nelson Motors. Thanks to Nelson Motors for supporting this initiative, and to 4-H for the difference they make in young people's lives.
Name: Lila Hale
Club: Benson 4-H Beef Club
Age group: Intermediate
Years in 4H: Eight
Being part of 4-H has been an excellent learning experience for 13-year-old Lila Hale, who has a keen interest in animals.
Lila joined the Benson 4-H Club when she was six years old. Her parents signed her up because they live on a farm and her parents were always involved in 4-H.
“I enjoy working with animals and making a connection with them,” said Lila.
She is also fond of the annual regional 4-H Show and Sale that brings several clubs together for three days of activities in Estevan.
Thanks to 4-H, Lila has travelled to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon for Vetavision, a biennial open house that showcases the veterinary profession.
“We got to see the college of veterinary medicine, and we learned about all the things that the veterinarians do,” said Hale. “I attended two post-mortem dissections.”
Another highlight came when she was part of the grooming team for the club last year.
Lila said she would recommend being part of 4-H to anyone, and the Benson club is a good one to join. There are a lot of people in the club she knows.
“You get to take care of your animals, and keep them healthy, and you have to work to achieve your goals,” she said.
It is also helping her earn money to pay for veterinarian school.