Avery Cassidy and Jamie-Lynn Fedoruk have been friends since childhood, and now they will share Quesnel’s crown.
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. After six months of completing tasks to test their skills and character, Fedoruk and Cassidy prevailed as the judges’ final choice at the two-night final showcase on July 6-7 at the Billy Barker Showroom.
This year’s judges were Tammi Vik, Tony Goulet, and Tori Clement. The master of ceremonies was Hailey Murray who is one of the candidates in the BC Ambassador program. Also prominent were 2022 ambassadors, Nevaeh Kueber and Jada Crossman, who completed their year of ambassadorial duties.
A contingent of their ambassador counterparts attended from the town of Oliver to share in Quesnel’s festivities and celebrations.
“It takes great courage to complete all the requirements of the Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program,” said organization president Rose Scott. “We had a very interesting combination of speeches and presentations. Our 2023 ambassadors will be very busy, with Billy Barker Days and then a trip to Cowichan Lake to watch Quesnel’s BC Ambassador, Hailey Murray.
“Hailey will have similar challenges as the Quesnel candidates. She will complete a presentation on the City of Quesnel, a personal speech, a community table, an interview, and answer one impromptu question.”
The other candidates for the Quesnel title were strong and capable, said Scott, and will also be community assets into the future. Those were Samuel Agboji, Alexi Howe, Makenzie Konrad, and Anna Simpson.
Other awards were also bestowed as part of the ambassador selection process. Fedoruk took home the trophies for Friendship, Knowledge, Personal Presentation, Public Speaking and the Bob Graham Memorial Award. Konrad won for Most Improved Speech.
Cassidy and Fedoruk will now be frequent exemplars at a number of functions, events, and duties where Quesnel must be represented.