4H Nicole Thomson Memorial Award

Background

This award has been established, in memory of Nicole Thomson, a leader and parent involved with the South Malahat 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Club (now called the South Malahat Community 4-H Club). Nicole passed away in January 2012, of pancreatic cancer at the age of 41. Nicole was a strong supporter of the 4-H program in every way. Although she was an exemplary parent, she often spoke that she could not take credit for all the life skills her daughters had obtained, as she knew that 4-H had been such a positive influence in her daughters’ lives.

Funding and Purpose

This award has been made available through donations made in Nicole Thomson’s name.  The amount of $100.00 will be awarded to a 4-H member who requires financial assistance for any 4-H camp attended in the current year.

Eligibility

This award is open to 4-H members currently enrolled in clubs in the South Malahat 4-H Council area. Winners of this award are not eligible to re-apply for two to three years. The member must have been a registered in 4-H for at least two years, and must follow the below procedures for selection.

Selection procedures:

  1. Member must submit a small essay (minimum two paragraphs) to a Key Leader by the September District Council Meeting to be considered for that year’s award. The essay topic should discuss the following: how 4-H has contributed to the person you are today
  2. Applications made by handicapped members may be made orally, on a tape which is then submitted to the committee;
  3. All factual information will be confirmed by the member’s leader and/or Regional office.
  4. The selection is to be made by a panel of judges consisting of district council members, and/or in future, members of the Thomson family, if they wish. In the case of fairly evenly matched applicants, the decision of the panel is final.
  5. The applicant’s essay should be considered with regard to the member’s age and abilities.

Selection and Payment

Selection is to be made in October and notification will be sent out promptly to all applicants – if applicant is unable to attend District Awards Night, the cheque may be presented to a mutually acceptable other person (e.g. parents).