The Big Lake 4-H Club is a non-profit youth development organization based in Area F of the Cariboo Regional District and also within the Peskwenkwinem (Potato Mountain) block of the Williams Lake Community Forest. The 4-H program is focused on empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that effect positive change in the world around them.
The project that WLCF funded was to replace the aging wooden corral system, owned by the Big Lake
4-H club with metal livestock panels. The old corrals were located beside the Big Lake community
Hall, and had been maintained since the early 1980’s. The wooden fence boards and gates had
reached the end of their life and needed be replaced to ensure the safety of our 4-H members,
parents, community members, volunteers, and the animals! These corrals were primarily used
for the club’s achievement day and secondly for livestock events, training, education, and showing
throughout the year.
The Williams Lake Community Forest Grant and the volunteer contributions from many Big Lake Community members the Big Lake 4-H Club now has an area that provides a safer space for members and their livestock as well as those who come to view events. It can be configured many different ways to accommodate the varied projects that the members undertake, and now also allows us to host larger events. It provides a showcase for our local youth and promotes the 4-H program and its many educational benefits. The area is now also more aesthetically pleasing, not to mention Fire Smart.
“A heartfelt and special THANK YOU to the Williams Lake Community Forest, Big Lake Community Association, Bee Hooker, Russ Gibson, Trevor Warkentin, Matt Hooker, Jack Darney and Sam Zirnhelt for their many hours of work levelling the site and for the use of their equipment. Also thank you to, 130 Mile Ranch, Lee Hoium who gave us a very generous discount on the panels. A special thank you to those Big Lake 4-H parents and members for all of their hard work both delivering, setting up and demolishing the old corrals.” Big Lake 4H.