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New Quesnel ambassador hopefuls get sash at City Hall

Annual introduction of leadership candidates unveils seven 2024-25 names
During the Feb. 20 meeting of Quesnel council, they and the public met the 2024-25 candidates for the city’s Ambassador Leadership Program, led by coordinator Rose Scott (far right). (City of Quesnel photo) Quesnel ambassadors Avery Cassidy and Jamie-Lynn Fedoruk - both BC Games alumnae - enjoy the thrill of holding the BC Games torch at the cauldron light-up ceremonies for the Lhtako Quesnel BC Winter Games, now less than 100 days away. (Frank Peebles photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The new candidates for the Quesnel Leadership Ambassador Program have now been introduced to the public for the first time.

The seven youth were presented to mayor and council at their Feb. 20 public meeting at City Hall. This year’s candidates (and their sponsors in brackets) are: Lacey Anderson (Bouchie Lake Country Store), Jane Cronkhite - (South Quesnel Business Association) who was unable to attend, Aiyana Doern (William Lacy Real Estate) who was unable to attend, Aryanna Langan (Six Diamond Real Estate Inc.), Jayla Wheeler (Mama C’s Gifts & Giggles), Aubrey Williams (Bliss!), and Taylor Wilwand (Reid Street Pharmacy)

Mayor Ron Paull called the public introduction event at City Hall “indeed an annual pleasure.”

Each of the candidates were presented with their official sash, facilitated by program coordinator Rose Scott and the incumbent ambassadors - Avery Cassidy and Jamie-Lynn Fedoruk - while councillor Debora McKelvie aided on the public floor with the pinning of each sash and presentation of a flower.

“Rose Scott is the epitome of volunteerism in our community,” said Paull, as McKelvie presented her with the same floral gift as the candidates. “I want to put in a big thank-you to the sponsors, because if it wasn’t for them, we couldn’t be doing this.”

Each year, the Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Society bestows their royal title on two proven local young people who will represent the city at various functions here and out of town. They spend several months working together through a program of volunteering and personal development before the final ambassadors are selected.

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

Candidates can be any gender from any background, aged 15-18. There were six candidates last year before selecting Fedoruk and Cassidy.

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Frank Peebles

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I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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