On Aug. 30 the 63rd Annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Pageant, now called the Ambassador Program, crowned the Ambassador and Vice Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 term.
Kayla Dawn Holowaychuk and Seanna Lyons hosted this event, introducing the reigning royalty, the candidates, judges and dignitaries. The reigning royalty and candidates started the evening off with a choreographed dance to the song “Dare to Live”.
Kayla and Seanna thanked the many 2012 instructors who devoted their time towards the education of the candidates: Tom Hambrook, speech; Barry Brady, speech; Estylo Hair and Spa, hair and skin care; Gary and Anita Gammel, ballroom dancing; Val Stamer, etiquette class; Brent and Tracy Buck, self defense; Shirley Wittner, agriculture; Carl Rainer, agriculture; Catherine Lyons, personal and professional boundaries; Scott Kershaw, mechanics; Daphnee Sweetnam, dance; Connie Falk, resume writing; and Jill Hayward and Debra Fennell, mock interviews.
Then the judges, Mrs. Cathy Ingebrigtson from Salmon Arm, Dixie Smith from Kamloops, and Teresa Dares from Kamloops, got to work tallying marks as the candidates performed the gown walk, and introduced their sponsors, and finally, each had to answer an impromptu question.
There was a 15 minute break at this point, to allow the final tallying of all the marks, and the decisions on who would win which prize.
After the intermission, the outgoing royalty were escorted in for their final walk as reigning Ambassadors. Once the reigning royalty and candidates were all up on stage, the visiting royalty was invited up in turn to greet everyone and give their community greetings. Present were royalty from Boston Bar, Chase, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton, Osoyoos, Peachland, Quesnel, Vernon, and Williams Lake, as well as the British Columbia Ambassadors.
Then the dignitaries were invited up to say a few words: Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys, MLA Terry Lake, and Barriere Councillor Virginia Smith. While Councillor Smith was on the stage, she presented the Megan Worthington Memorial Award to Miss Barriere Lions Club, Alesha Kaduk.
One by one, each of the rest of the awards were handed out.
The Talent Award and Bursary was awarded to Miss Wells Gray Info Centre, Aliya Bieber.
The Speech Award and Bursary was awarded to Miss Wells Gray Info Centre, Aliya Bieber.
The Barriere Chamber of Commerce Knowledge Award and Bursary was presented to Miss Wells Gray Info Centre, Aliya Bieber.
The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association History Award and Bursary was presented to Miss Sam’s Pizza and Rib House, Kaitlain Chantler.
The Most Improved Public Speaker was awarded to both Miss Barriere Lions Club, Alisha Kaduk and Miss Jim’s Food Market, Kennedy Ash.
Then the moment everyone had been waiting for – the coronation of the 2012-2013 Royalty Team.
Crowned as the Friendship Ambassador – Miss Wells Gray Info Centre, Aliya Bieber.
Crowned as Vice-Ambassadors – Miss Baillie’s Towing, Alisha Gotro and Miss Sam’s Pizza and Rib House, Kaitlain Chantler.
Crowned as Ambassador – Miss Wells Gray Info Centre, Aliya Bieber.