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Jayla Wheeler and Lacey Anderson become 2024 Quesnel Ambassadors

The new ambassadors will represent Quesnel and engage with the community

Lacey Anderson and Jayla Wheeler have been crowned the 2024 Quesnel Ambassadors.

The six-month candidacy had seven Quesnel youth attending workshops, getting involved with the community and building skills and confidence in public speaking. The ambassadors were chosen based on a points system through impromptu questions, a knowledge test, a presentation and other factors.

Anderson said being chosen as one of the ambassadors was surreal and was still coming down from an adrenaline rush after her crowning.

"I am really looking forward to meeting all the other ambassadors of British Columbia," Anderson said. Her presentation was a geography project. "It was amazing, it went really well and I thought everything just turned out much more amazing than I thought it would."

Anderson won the Bob Graham Memorial Award for being attentive and respectful throughout the program, one of the two friendship awards chosen by the other candidates and the personal presentation award for her geography trivia.

Wheeler won the award for the achieving the highest score on the knowledge test. She did her presentation about her family's farm which has a 100-year history. She said one of the things she is looking forward to is meeting people and travelling around the province.

"And having my own little candidates, that will be so fun," Wheeler said. Wheeler said she wanted to thank everyone who has helped and been involved with the program.

The other awards to candidates were the most improved speech award to Jane Cronkhite, Taylor Wilwand won the friendship award alongside Anderson and the public speaking award went to Aiyana Doern.

One of the roles of the new ambassadors will be to help prepare next year's candidates who start the process in December. Outgoing 2023 ambassa-besties Jamie-Lynn Fedoruk and Avery Cassidy said they were deeply proud of this year's candidates and the two new ambassadors.

"I'm just astounded by everyone's confidence and the way they've grown throughout this program," Fedoruk said.

The two said watching the candidates, and each other, grow throughout the year has been a amazing to see.

"(Wheeler) reminds me so much of myself when I started out. So watching her grow and do this and now she's in my place, it warms my heart and makes me happy," Cassidy said.

"(Anderson) was always so kind and had the obvious passion for community," Fedoruk said.

The 2023 ambassadors will both be going to Prince George in the near future with Cassidy studying to be a dental hygienist and Fedoruk studying medical laboratory technology.

Their words of wisdom for the incoming ambassadors are to enjoy each moment because the year will go by quicker than they will expect.


About the Author: Austin Kelly

Born and raised in Surrey, I'm excited to have the opportunity to start my journalism career in Quesnel.
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