My name is Kayla Dawn Holowaychuk and I am representing the North Thompson Valley for the 2013 British Columbia Ambassador Program.
It was an honour to be the 60th Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Queen for 2009 to 2010, and this has enabled me to represent the Valley again for the British Columbia Ambassador Program (BCAP).
This scholarship program is open to any young man or woman who has held a Royal or Ambassador title in B.C. and is 17 to 23.
The mandate for the BCAP is to promote education, motivation, and self esteem while nurturing provincial leaders of the future and assisting with postsecondary education.
When I was five years old, my eldest sister became the 50th Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princess for 1999-2000. I knew that one day I would be in her shoes. Three of my sisters took part in our astounding program and they became my inspiration to reach for the stars.
Having been born and raised in Barriere, these past 19 years have flown by, and I can honestly say I have never dreamt of spending them anywhere else.
I graduated from Barriere Secondary in 2011. I became a Thompson Rivers University student in 2012, completing the Business Fundamentals Program. I have been accepted to Thompson Rivers University for the Tourism Management Diploma for this fall. I will commute from Barriere to Kamloops until graduation, and then I plan to work in my home community, and through the North Thompson Valley to work with individual businesses to create draws for tourism and to increase our population. I believe the North Thompson Valley has the most to offer in British Columbia and I would like to help my Valley strive forward.
I can only hope that my true destiny appears before me this August. I aim to make the entire North Thompson Valley proud and honoured to call me a resident and a representative. Thank you for your support throughout my endeavours.