My name is Kayla Dawn Holowaychuk and I am representing the North Thompson Valley for the 2013 British Columbia Ambassador Program.
It was an honour to be the 60th Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Queen for 2009 to 2010, and this has enabled me to represent the Valley again for the British Columbia Ambassador Program (BCAP).
This scholarship program is open to any young man or woman who has held a Royal or Ambassador title in B.C. and is 17 to 23. The bursaries and scholarships attached to the awards for the Candidates remains possible by the sponsorships, and fundraising efforts of the Candidates. All of the money raised goes directly to the awards offered.
The mandate for the BCAP is to promote education, motivation, and self esteem while nurturing provincial leaders of the future and assisting with postsecondary education. The Program forges links of friendships and understanding throughout British Columbia communities.
When I was five years old, my eldest sister competed for our local Pageant and became the 50th Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princess for 1999-2000. As soon as she became a candidate, I knew that one day I would be in her shoes. Three of my sisters partook in our astounding Program and they became my drive and inspiration to follow my dreams and reach for the stars.
Having been born and raised in Barriere, these past nineteen years have flown by, and I can honestly say I have never dreamt of spending them anywhere else, this is my home and I am so proud of that simple fact. This is where I received my education, appeared in the newspaper for the Academic and Effort Honour roll, leadership fundraisers, sports, volunteering and numerous Pageant events.
I love being involved throughout the Valley; I have become closely knit to the area absorbing all of the history while getting to know the individuals who live here. I love the North Thompson Valley and the way we treat our neighbours; like family instead of strangers.
I graduated from Barriere Secondary in 2011; I became a Thompson Rivers University student in 2012, completing the Business Fundamentals Program. I have been accepted to Thompson Rivers University for the Tourism Management Diploma for this fall. I will commute from Barriere to Kamloops until graduation, and then I plan to work in my home community, and through the North Thompson Valley to work with individual businesses to create draws for tourism and to increase our population. I believe the North Thompson Valley has the most to offer in British Columbia and I would like to help my Valley strive forward.
Representing the North Thompson Valley is my way of giving back to our community, for all the love, guidance and continued support it has always shown me. The BC Ambassador program allows me to once again, be a spokesperson for our beautiful valley and growing communities, which has become my greatest passion in life so far.
As a young adult, I strive to be a well-rounded role model with a positive attitude and a life goal to inspire others.
What I look forward to most this year are the upcoming events and fundraisers throughout the North Thompson Valley. I wish to take part in as many functions as I possibly can. Therefore, if you or someone you know is hosting an event in your community I would love to volunteer or take part in it, please feel free to contact me.
If you would like to attend the 14th annual British Columbia Ambassador Program it is on Aug. 16 and 17 at the Merritt Civic Center, in Merritt, B.C., please contact me for tickets, t-shirts, advertising, DVDs, donations, and questions. You can order the entire ticket package for $55 or you can order them individually.
This opportunity is a once in a life time chance for me, and it is only possible with your support. I am able to represent the North Thompson Valley and become the face and voice for our Valley.
If you are interested, it is possible for you to help support me during my Candidacy in a number of ways.
If you would like to donate thirty dollars to my campaign as a British Columbia Ambassador Candidate, I will in return send you a sponsorship t-shirt. The t-shirts are embroidered with the BCAP logo, and the post-secondary institutional sponsors are listed on the back.
The BCAP enables all eleven Candidates to be eligible for numerous Scholarships for Post-Secondary education. The Candidate with the most sponsors wins a $1000 bursary announced at the time of coronation on August 17. If you would like to support me by just the click of a button, you can go to www.bcambassador.com to vote for me. The Candidate with the most votes will win a $500 bursary.
On the other hand, if you would like to donate any amount, I am fundraising to promote the British Columbia Ambassador Program. The Candidate with the most donations will win half of their fundraising efforts,. If you know of somewhere I could place one of my donation cans please contact me.
All of the money raised by each Candidate goes directly into the awards and scholarships to be won by the successful Candidates. Three of the eleven Candidates will be crowned August 17, and the new British Columbia Ambassadors will reign for one year representing their home community and travelling throughout B.C. promoting the mandate for the BCAP which is to promote education, motivation, self-esteem, while assisting with post-secondary education. The Program nurtures provincial leaders of the future and forges links of friendship and understanding through BC communities. The eleven Candidates are judged on their paperwork, community table, and speech of choice, community speech, talent, and their personal interviews with the judges, the formal presentation, impromptu, knowledge exam, and promotion award. Each judge on the panel marks the Candidates out of 300 points, determined by the acts of the Candidate and the judge’s decision.
Thank you for your continued support throughout my endeavors. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to sponsor me, or buy tickets to the performance; you can also follow me through my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kdh2013bcapc.
I would like to thank the North Thompson Valley for supporting me throughout the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Ambassador Program, and now for the British Columbia Ambassador Program. I know that the skills I have acquired through these programs have helped shape and determine the individual I have become.
The BCAP is my opportunity to make a positive change in our world and to be a spokesperson for our Valley. If there is an event or function, you would like me to attend or volunteer at please feel free to contact me and I will gladly be of assistance.
I can only hope that my true destiny appears before me this August, I aim to make the entire North Thompson Valley proud and honoured to call me a resident and a representative, thank you for your support throughout my endeavors.
Kayla Dawn Holowaychuk