For over four decades, Ellen Bonde’s unwavering passion and commitment to 4-H have left an indelible mark on the organization and countless members throughout the years.
Ellen’s 4-H journey began as a member in Saskatchewan, where she participated in sewing and cooking projects and served as a junior leader in her final year. After moving to Alberta, she volunteered as an Assistant Leader with the Foothills 4-H Club. In 1977, Ellen started the Chinook 4-H Riders club in Rocky Mountain House, later renamed Chinook 4-H Multi, where she served as the General Leader for 20 years.
Ellen has been the driving force behind the 4-H foreign exchange program, connecting youth with opportunities in Japan, Finland, Korea, and Taiwan. She organized Labo conferences, coordinated airport arrivals and departures, and assisted in finding host families for participants. Ellen’s dedication to the exchange program is evident in the Coordinator’s manual she authored.
In 1999, Ellen joined the Alberta Provincial 4-H Council, representing the West Central Region, and took on the role of Treasurer. Throughout her tenure, she has contributed significantly at all levels of the 4-H organization, from organizing district public speaking competitions to serving on the West Central Regional Leader Screening committee and more.
Beyond her work with 4-H, Ellen has been actively involved in her local community, contributing to numerous organizations such as local minor hockey, the Rocky Mountain House Agricultural Society, and the Grey Wooded Forage Association. Her extensive involvement demonstrates her dedication to making her community a better place to live.
Ellen Bonde’s remarkable passion and commitment to 4-H and her community have positively impacted generations of young people, fostering growth and development in both individuals and communities alike.