Emily Weeks passes the Ladysmith ambassador’s title to Maya Williams Murphy in 2015. (file photo) Jena Francis (submitted photo)

Meet the Ladysmith ambassador candidates

Seven enrolled in this year’s leadership program

It’s about personal growth, friendship, leadership and investment in your community, and it is coming closer to wrapping up for another year.

Participants in the annual Ladysmith Ambassadors program are gearing up for the April 10 speech and talent competition and the selection event to follow.

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.

Here are this year’s candidates:

Jena Francis

Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion branch 171

Jena is 16 years old and currently in grade 11. She loves to express her creativity through experimenting with makeup. She hopes to partake in the hairdressing program at Vancouver Island University, and then continue on to work towards becoming an endocrinologist in the future.

Jordyn Dashwood

Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles

Jordyn is 15 years old and currently in grade 11. She loves sports and is actively involved in softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Jordyn hopes to travel to South America and attend the University of Victoria for Journalism.

Selena Borgerson

Sponsored by the 49th Parallel Grocery

Selena is 16 and currently in grade 11. She loves to read and play soccer. She hopes to attend the University of British Columbia to obtain a degree and later go on to law school to study criminal law.

Josie Tinney

Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Josie is 16 years old and currently in grade 11. She has a passion for the arts, loves to draw and play instruments like the guitar and ukulele. She plans on attending Vancouver Island University to study art.

Sabrena de Wit

Sponsored by the Lions Club

Sebrena is 16 years old and currently in grade 11. She is actively involved in improv at Ladysmith Secondary School. She hopes to learn to fluently speak at least seven different languages and wants to get a post secondary education in Social Work or Translation.

Katherine Huard

Sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith

Katherine is 16 years old and currently in grade 11. She loves playing volleyball and volunteering with children. She aspires to become a youth counsellor after taking schooling at Vancouver Island University.

Kennedy Jessome

Sponsored by Ladysmith Fire Rescue.

Kennedy is 16 years old and currently in grade 11. She loves to dance and is an active member at Vibe Dance Studios. She hopes to continue to dance and model in the future, as well as obtain her Bachelor of Science for medical imaging.


Jordyn Dashwood (submitted photo)

Josie Tinney (submitted photo)

Katherine Haurd (submitted photo)

Kennedy Jessome (submitted photo)

Sabrena deWit (submitted photo)

Selena Borgerson (submitted photo)

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