The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association recently announced that they have changed the name of their Queen Pageant to the NTFFRA Ambassador Program, in an effort to better reflect the purposes of the program.
The NTFFRA Ambassador Program committee say they are excited to now begin accepting new Ambassador Candidates for the 2012 year.
The program is open to any young lady enrolled in grades 9 through 11 who is a resident of the North Thompson Valley.
“We are very proud of this wonderful program and the positive effects it has on the lives of one of our most valuable assets … our youth,” say the committee.
The NTFFRA Ambassador Program is geared towards building self-confidence, personal awareness and self-motivation, all the while having “a whole lot of fun”. The committee stresses that this is not a “beauty contest” or a “most popular girl contest”, rather a search for the newest Youth Ambassadors to proudly represent the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo and the entire North Thompson Valley.
As the NTFFRA approaches its 63rd anniversary the newly formed Ambassador Program Committee has made a number of improvements to the curriculum, bringing it up to modern day standards without losing its valued traditions.
Candidates will be provided with training in the areas of public speaking, self-defence, equine awareness, horseback riding, hair and skin care, modelling, hip hop and ballroom dancing, basic mechanics, resume writing, proper etiquette and history; just to name a few. Some travelling, as a group will be a part of the schedule as well. There are also a number of bursaries available to the candidates who take part in the program.
The committee also notes they are sensitive to the financial burdens that are very much a reality for some; therefore, the cost to both the candidates and their families is kept minimal. Fund raising, community service and many wonderful sponsors are the biggest part of the program’s success.
A recruitment committee attended Clearwater Secondary School on Feb. 1, and Barriere Secondary School on Feb. 2, during the lunch hours to speak with any young ladies interested in participating in this year’s program. The committee provided those that attended with information on the program and registration forms to take home for their parents to read.
On Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere the committee and reigning 2011/2012 ambassadors will host a ‘meet and greet’ to discuss all aspects and guidelines of the program, and to answer any questions anyone may have.
Interested 2012 Ambassador candidates and their parents/guardians must both attend.
Completed registration forms can be handed in during that time although you will have until Feb.15, for them to be submitted. Please note that no late entries will be accepted.
The Ambassador committee members say they are very much looking forward to this upcoming year and sincerely look forward to meeting all of their new candidates.
For more information contact Diane Metz at 250-672-0273 or Catharine Lyons at 250-672-0019 (daytime only for Catharine please).