Kelly Wallace presents the Ladysmith Ambassador crown to Kristy DeClark during last year's Coronation Evening. This year's Coronation takes place Saturday

Kelly Wallace presents the Ladysmith Ambassador crown to Kristy DeClark during last year's Coronation Evening. This year's Coronation takes place Saturday

Ambassador and Vice-Ambassadors will be crowned this Saturday

The Ladysmith Ambassador Program will celebrate its Coronation Evening Saturday, April 12 at the Frank Jameson Community Centre.

This Saturday, the 13 young women taking part in the Ladysmith Ambassador Program will stand in front of the judges one last time, and three participants will be chosen to represent our community for the coming year.

The Ladysmith Ambassador and two Vice-Ambassadors will be chosen Saturday, April 12 during the Coronation Evening at 7 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre.

It’s a formal evening, and the 13 Ambassador candidates will be judged in two different categories – their sponsor speech, and an impromptu question.  The participants will also perform a dance number that was choreographed by current Ambassador Kristy DeClark. Throughout the evening, a number of participants will be recognized with various awards. The Congeniality Award, voted by the participants, will be given out at this time, and the Ladysmith Ambassador Committee will present a Growth Award to one participant who has shown a lot of growth and has built up confidence throughout the program. Bursaries will be presented for first place in speech and first place in talent, which are both based on judges’ marks during the recent Speech and Talent Night held April 3.

The Ambassador Committee will also present bursaries to the outgoing Ambassador Team for their post-secondary education as well, and these are generously supported by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

“That’s something we really built upon in the last eight years because education is a really important part of our mandate,” noted Lauri Virtanen, chair of the Ladysmith Ambassador Committee.

The Coronation Evening is the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation for the candidates. They’ve done an interview, presented speeches and talents, and spent a lot of time in the community since entering the program.

“It’s an exciting time and a very emotional evening for them,” said Virtanen.

Virtanen says there would be no Ladysmith Ambassador Program without the community sponsors.

“They’re great throughout the whole year,” she said. “They’re huge; that’s why we have an Ambassador program. They’re very supportive of the young lady who represents their service club or business.”

The three young ladies who are chosen as the Ladysmith Ambassador and Vice-Ambassadors will spend the next year travelling throughout B.C. and representing our community at various events.

Tickets for the Coronation Evening are $15 and are available at the door, from the candidates or by calling Lauri Virtanen at 250-245-7774. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.