Innisfail native Garnet Marshall has been recognized for his volunteer work within the 4-H community. He was one of five awarded the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) 4-H Alumni Service Award April 24.
"I have been in 4-H from eight years old to 18. I just do all I can if someone needs some help," said Marshall.
The award, established in 2008, is given out each year to recipients nominated by the public. Candidates must be involved in 4-H and other volunteer groups for at least two years and have remained committed to their rural roots after pursuing a post-secondary education.
Marshall now helps with various events and programs with the 4-H such as helping students prepare for upcoming rodeos. He also volunteers with his church and is involved with the Ag Society.
After obtaining a diploma in agricultural production management in Olds, Marshall returned to his roots and currently is working at the family feedlot east of Bowden alongside his two siblings, father and grandfather. He lives in the rural area with his wife, Meghan.
Those who nominated Garnett agree that his involvement in the community stands out.
"Garnet is always ready, willing and able to help out 4-H members and his community whenever asked," said Randy Radau, one of several people who nominated Marshall.
He added Marshall's family has a long history with the 4-H program. Relative Leona Marshall also nominated Marshall. She watched him grow up in the 4-H community starting in 2000 at age eight.
"Garnet is a true example of a down-to-earth individual with great communication skills when working with fellow members," she said.