From left, the 2019 Quesnel Ambassadors — Hailey Murray, Nalyssa Runge and Sydney Williams — present 2020 Ambassador candidates Beth Mattioli, Preety Johal, Melinda Jaggernath, Nicole Proudfoot, Tayla Sherstan, Jadacia Barker, Sarah Foottit and Hannah Trimble at the Feb. 25 council meeting. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Eight 2020 Quesnel Ambassador candidates announced

This year’s candidates were introduced during a city council meeting in late February

The 2020 Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program candidates were officially introduced to the community late last month in a ceremony at City Hall.

During the Feb. 25 council meeting, this year’s eight candidates received a sash, tiara, City of Quesnel pin and a rose before posing for a photo with her sponsor and then a group photo.

“I want to definitely express a warm welcome to our 2020 Quesnel Ambassador Leadership candidates,” said Acting Mayor Mitch Vik.

During the council meeting, Vik also presented gifts on the City’s behalf to 2019 Ambassadors Hailey Murray, Nalyssa Runge and Sydney Williams and to Rose Scott, one of the program’s co-ordinators.

This year’s Ambassador candidates are:

• Sarah Foottit, sponsored by Johnston Meier Insurance

• Preety Johal, sponsored by Rona Building Supplies

• Jadacia Barker, sponsored by Cam’s Chimney Service

• Beth Mattioli, sponsored by William Lacy Real Estate

• Tayla Sherstan, sponsored by Craig’s Table

• Hannah Trimble, sponsored by James and Sons Electric Ltd.

• Melinda Jaggernath, sponsored by Willis Harper Home Hardware

• Nicole Proudfoot, sponsored by West Quesnel Business Association

The Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program is designed to help give youth in our community the skills and confidence to achieve their goals, while representing Quesnel in a positive manner.

The primary goal of the self-development program is to build leadership skills and improve public speaking skills, while becoming more active in Quesnel’s festivals and events, according to the program’s website.

During the six-month program, candidates write and perform expressive speeches, learn financial management, are given lessons and opportunities to demonstrate appropriate social etiquette and become immersed in many volunteer opportunities.

“Our program also accepts males, and we would be more than happy if we had a male join us next year,” said Scott.

Scott says the candidates are in for an exciting year.

“We definitely have a very diverse program again this year,” she told council. “We’re really excited because this year, for the first time ever, we have our Ambassadors running the program. We’re very, very proud of them; they’re doing a great job.”

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