A new team will be carrying the torch for Ladysmith in the coming year.
Kennedy Jessome was crowned Ladysmith ambassador for 2019/2020 at Saturday evening’s coronation event at Frank Jameson Community Centre along with vice-ambassadors Josie Tinney and Selena Borgerson (who was also named Miss Congeniality)
The annual ambassador program trains high-school age participants in the art of community leadership and service, eventually selecting three to represent Ladysmith for a year at events locally and around the province.
Ambassor committee chairwoman Cindy Cawthra said it has been a pleasure watching the candidates grow over the past six months.
“Your hard work and dedication is evident in all aspects of the program. Take the experience you’ve gained and the friendships you’ve made with you in your future endeavours,” she said. “It has been a pleasure getting to know each and every one of you. We believe that you are all winners! Congratulations!”
She also thanked the outgoing team of Maia O’ Donnell, Andrea Stachow and Ella Van Horne.
“It has been a privilege watching the three of you mature and blossom over these past two years, first through your candidacy then continuing on through your reign as the Ladysmith Ambassador Team. You represented the Town of Ladysmith with enthusiasm, confidence, dignity and grace over the past year.
“Your growth as a team has been inspiring to watch. Thank you for being mentors and role models for the candidates and youth of Ladysmith. We wish you much happiness and success in all your future endeavours, and believe in your abilities to achieve them.
“Just remember, as lovely as those golden crowns are, it is what is underneath that sparkles the most! Congratulations and Thank you for an awesome year!”
Other awards handed out throughout the evening were:
Personal Growth Award: Jordyn Dashwood (sponsored by the Eagles)
1st Place Speech: Tinney (Rotary)
2nd Place Speech: Jessome (Ladysmith Fire/Rescue)
3rd Place Speech: Sabrena DeWit (Lions)
1st Place Talent (tie): Tinney and Jessome
2nd Place Talent: Borgerson (49th Parallel Gocery)
3rd Place: DeWit