The 2022 Quesnel Ambassadors recently received their sashes, capes and tiaras.
Nevaeh Kueber and Jada Crossman will represent Quesnel at various events for the next year after being crowned at the Chuck Mobley Theatre on Saturday, July 9.
“The candidates have diverse backgrounds and interests, yet they have one thing in common– the passion for the city they love,” said Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program director Sierra Cook.
“If possible, we would keep the entire cohort as they worked very hard and are great youth ambassadors.”
2019 Quesnel Ambassador Sydney Williams served as the master of ceremonies at the intimate awards night attended by family and friends.
She is currently attending the University of Ottawa, where she is studying public administration.
“I see a younger version of myself in all of our candidates, and I loved watching every moment of their development,” Williams said.
“Every single one of these ladies are future leaders, and I’m proud to see the impact they have made on Quesnel as well as the impact Quesnel has made on them.”
Kueber, Crossman, Daria Brownmiller, Marley Conlin and Olivia Trimble provided some musical entertainment by dancing with 2021 Ambassadors Jaeana Dumais, Jessie Johal and Naylene Runge.
The Rotary Club of Quesnel, West Central Pipe, Rocky Peak Outfitters, Wizards Garage and M. Daniels Consulting received a framed photograph of the candidate they sponsored.
“I cannot find the words to describe just how thankful I am that the Rotary Club of Quesnel has sponsored me for this program,” Brownmiller said.
“I’ve learned many things and have grown in so many ways—it’s just been amazing.”
The candidates participated in one final event judged by Lisa Kronebusch, Kelly Pomeroy and Frank Gonzalez. Each had 30 seconds or less to think of a response to the impromptu question about what their favorite workshop they participated in during the Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program was.
Brownmiller said her favorite workshop was greeting visitors with the Rocky Mountaineer, which she could see a future for herself with. Conlin’s was a skincare workshop that provided helpful tips for everyday life, while Kueber’s was a yoga workshop where they learned how to deal with future stress and got to know everyone in a calm and safe space. Crossman, who started the program shy and insecure, said one of her favorite workshops throughout the program was on confidence building. Trimble responded her favorite was on body image and the impacts of social media.
“I had the great privilege to meet these incredible young leaders when they first started the program, and you could see the growth over the many months, and I think it’s an extraordinary thing,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes.
On behalf of Quesnel City Council, councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg also thanked the 2021 Ambassadors for their flexibility, adapting and representing Quesnel through a year that had often been called unprecedented.
Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program workshop coordinator Rose Scott said most of the program was held virtually in 2020 and 2021.
“The Ambassadors and I were thrilled when we were able to start the 2022 program face to face,” Scott said, noting the candidates speak now clearly and confidently.
Scores from the impromptu questions were tallied with marks from Friday’s showcase.
Awards were presented to candidates before the naming of the 2022 Ambassadors.
Crossman received the Bob Graham Memorial, with Trimble provided the most improved speech and friendship awards. In addition, Crossman was presented with awards for public speaking and knowledge, and Kueber received a presentation award.
Junior Ambassador princess Mia Lacy carried out the tiaras with outgoing Ambassadors sliding the tiaras onto Kueber and Crossman.
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