The 44th Annual New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program is now in full swing with a complete slate of eight talented, unique and highly motivated young people training and preparing to represent our Royal City of New Westminster and the Hyack Festival Association here at home and around BC and the Pacific Northwest. These eight young women have been attending weekly mentoring and leadership sessions since October on topics presented by VanCity (Finances for Youth), Kal Tire (car maintenance and road safety), Telus Learning Specialist Donna Hansby on business resumes and interview skills, Health & Wellness by motivational speaker Karen Davidson, Toastmasters public speaking skills, personal and business etiquette, self-development, self-defense, motivation and goal-setting by former Mr. Canada , Mr. Darren Storsley and much more.
A new initiative has been installed this year with a partnership with Thornbridge Gardens. Our young Hyack Ambassador candidates have been partnered with Thornbridge residents to interview the Seniors about their life experiences and “words of wisdom.”
The candidates will prepare and present a speech about their Senior then present their work to the Thornbridge community on March 4, 2015; as well this speech will form part of the judging process at the final pageant weekend at the end of March.
The 2015 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador candidates will be formally introduced at the upcoming “President’s Tea” on January 18 at the CAW Union Hall (707 – 12th Street) and ALL Hyack members, and the general public, is cordially invited to attend to meet our young ladies. $12.50 tickets are available on eventbrite.ca (input hyack in the search bar) and at the Hyack office 604-522-6894. OR CLICK HERE
The 2015 Hyack Ambassador candidates have already gotten their feet wet by attending the Grey Cup and Santa Claus parades last year and have been volunteering their time with fundraising activities for World Vision, local events such as November Night in Sapperton and contributing to Hyack’s monthly TGIF events! Next on their agenda is the First Annual AMBASS-A-BOWL “fun”raising event at Lucky Strike Lanes, January 30 from 7 – 10 pm!! Tickets are $10 per person (bowler or spectator) with includes 3 games of bowling and shoe rental.
There will be a silent auction, candy concession, 50/50 and just a ton of fun!! Come and support the 2015 Hyack Ambassador Program and purchase a ticket from your favorite candidate!!
The training program will culminate at the end of March with the 2015 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Pageant and Gala Awards evening, where these eight young people will be awarded their Hyack Ambassador Leadership Team titles and tiaras. Friday, March 27, 2015 will be held at the historic Bernie Legge Theatre where we will see them present their Thornbridge Gardens speech and their personal choice of talent, then Saturday, March 28, 2015 will be the Gala Awards evening at our beautiful new Anvil Centre. Ticket info pending.
Along with over 20 other communities from around the province who will be invited to send their City Ambassadors, the Hyack Festival Association invites all Hyack members, past and present, city residents, community supporters, family and friends to join us and attend the 2015 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Pageant and Awards Gala as we celebrate our Royal City youth as they take the next step to becoming our future community and business leaders!
PHOTO: Becci Dewinetz