Ashley Hiibner, Chiara Mason and Taylor Baptiste, Oliver’s current ambassadors invite the youth of Oliver to participate in the upcoming candidacy program. Registrations will take place starting next week. For more information contact coordinator Lori Martine at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The 2012/2013 Oliver Ambassadors have been having a great year so far. We have already been doing a tremendous amount of volunteering and representing our town. We started the year off with the annual Oliver Sunshine Festival running a booth for kids. We also had a children’s booth at the Okanagan Falls Wild West Fest.
Before school started, Taylor Baptiste was invited as a guest with Chief Clarence Louie to go to Vancouver for a night on Jim Pattison’s yacht. Taylor became friends with the former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm and even got to drive the multi-million dollar yacht!
The ambassadors teamed up with Wine Country Quilters Market and Quilts for Comfort and donated a quilt to an Oliver family in need after their house burnt down. We also went to our first pageant as visiting ambassadors. At the Peachland pageant we watched the new ambassadors get crowned, visited Parrot Island, and went on a town-wide scavenger hunt.
A highlight to the year for ambassadors is always our famed “Festival of the Grape.” This year we helped with opening ceremonies and gave out prizes in the “Kid Zone.” Also, in October, we went to their first out-of-town pageant in Logan Lake. We had a blast visiting the Highland Valley Copper Mine, going through a haunted house, and spending the weekend with other visiting royalty.
As the winter months began, we enjoyed being traditional town-criers at the Oliver Light Up, making gingerbread cookies with kids at the Oliver Winter Wonderland, and Ashley represented Oliver in the Penticton Santa Claus Parade.
Ashley, Chiara, and Taylor have created a parody of the song “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line that is all about Oliver’s main attractions. They sing this song at every town they visit as ambassadors, and invite the audience to come visit Oliver.
Although the winter months slowed down slightly for the Oliver Ambassadors, we are very excited for a spring time full of events. The kick-off to get the Oliver Ambassadors back into action was their attendance at the Vernon Winter Carnival at the beginning of February.
The ambassadors were enthralled to be a part of the Proclamation of Queen Silver Star the 53rd, which begins the carnival. The girls also had the pleasure of attending the public coronation.
Throughout the weekend, the girls became acquainted with the new royalty, saw many hot air balloons – a thrill for all of the ambassadors – and were able to do a little shopping in their down time.
The Oliver Ambassadors also had the extraordinary opportunity to be a part of the 95-float parade – their first parade as crowned ambassadors. The carnival’s theme this year was prehistoric, so it was very exciting to see all of the interesting floats. The girls truly enjoyed their experience.
They sincerely thank the Queen Silver Star Excellence Committee for the invitation, and extend their gratitude to the City of Vernon for their hospitality.
Attending the Vernon Winter Carnival was definitely a highlight, but the ambassador team will soon face an even bigger task: opening the doors of candidacy 2013 to the youth of Oliver. It is already the time of year to begin looking for new candidates. Throughout candidacy, the candidates will develop skills in public speaking, presentation, etiquette and more. The six-month program will focus on these aspects, but also include various workshops, with one of last year’s highlights being the fire training workshop.
Becoming a candidate will improve many skills, build your confidence, and introduce you to different people. You will also establish links within the community and interact with your sponsor. Candidacy is truly a fun and rewarding experience, all leading up to the final big night at the end of August. Candidacy is open to males and females in Grades 9, 10 and 11. We encourage anyone interested to get in touch with our current Ambassadors: Chiara Mason, Taylor Baptiste and Ashley Hiibner, and further information will be provided at a kiosk. Information is also available from myself and Lisa Kunz.
The Oliver Ambassadors will have a kiosk running at Southern Okanagan Secondary School from February 18-22 during lunch time. They will also have a kiosk set up at the mall on February 23 from 10 am until 2 pm.
Registration for becoming a candidate will officially close March 1. The Oliver Ambassadors are very excited for the upcoming candidacy, and they are looking forward to a great group of candidates. They encourage the youth of Oliver to take a chance, and have a great time.