Marie Logan, a dedicated leader hailing from Lomond, Alberta, has spent her life enriching rural Alberta through her unwavering commitment to education, libraries, and the 4-H community. Marie believes in taking an active role and influencing decisions to make a positive impact on the lives of others, especially children. Her passion for children’s well-being is evident in every decision she makes, always considering their best interests and ensuring they receive the experiences and services they deserve.
Marie’s exceptional organizational and public relations skills, rapport with children, and positive attitude have made her a beloved figure in the 4-H community. She is known for her thoughtful gestures, such as making good luck phone calls to members before district or regional speak-offs. As a leader, Marie has emphasized the importance of communication training, responsibility, teamwork, and parliamentary skills. She generously shares her knowledge and talents with 4-H members, helping them develop essential life skills.
Over the past 40+ years, Marie has taken on various leadership roles and served on numerous committees at all levels of 4-H in Alberta, particularly within the Vulcan District and South Region. Her voice and ability to understand complex issues have been invaluable in guiding the Alberta 4-H Council through challenges and triumphs. Marie has also been a director and Chair of the 4-H Foundation for fourteen years, founder and chair of the Alberta 4-H Millennium Fund, and a member of the 4-H Partners team that received the Silver Premier’s Award of Excellence in 1997. From 2001 to 2012, Marie volunteered with 4-H Canada, even serving as Chair in 2006-2007.
Under Marie’s guidance, the Lomond 4-H Club has embraced change, becoming one of the early multi-clubs and offering high school credits for years. Innovative projects, such as drama, have been introduced to the club thanks to Marie’s vision. Additionally, she played a crucial role in transforming the Lomond school into a community school.
Marie’s community involvement goes beyond 4-H, focusing on libraries and education. As chair of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, she has overseen services for 120,000 people and 25 libraries. Marie led the marketing committee that raised over one million dollars for new technology and online services. She is also the chair of the Horizon School Division, which includes 30 schools and serves as a director of the Alberta School Boards Association.
Marie has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Alberta Farm Woman of the Year Award in 1995, Canada’s 125th Medal, the Science Foundation of Alberta award and grant, and the Southern Alberta 4-H Regional Council’s Friend of 4-H award. In addition to her impressive list of accolades, Marie was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is now a proud recipient of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
Marie Logan’s lasting impact on rural Alberta and the 4-H community is a testament to her dedication and love for her community. As she continues to lead her local 4-H club and work as a Key Leader in the Vulcan District, Marie’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.