Sherry Philpott- Adhikary is heading up the new Keremeos Ambassador Program.
She spoke to members of Keremeos council recently, as she sought to enlighten council members about the program and seek funding sources.
“I’m looking for a committee to run this – the community has never had this program before,” she told council, noting that the village’s royalty program had not been active for more than a decade.
The Ambassador Program differs from the village’s old royalty program in that both genders are allowed to participate, and less emphasis is placed on clothing and appearance.
“The Ambassador program places more emphasis on the rep’s personality, and their ability to represent the community,” Philpott-Adhikary explained.
Philpott – Adhikary said there had been quite a bit of interest in the program, and 13 students had initially signed up to date.
Youth involved in the program will be in training between now and May 16, when the pageant will take place. Three Ambassadors will represent Keremeos and area in special events, both in and out of the village.
Tèa Hartfield is one of the candidated participating in the program to date. She hopes the experience will build her interview skills, in addition to speaking in public. She is busy looking for a sponsor as she studies the ambassador program material in preparation for the May long weekend pageant.
Philpott-Adhikary said she hopes rural Electoral Areas “G” and “B” will get involved in the program. She was also looking for financial support, noting that all participants would have to find themselves a sponsor. An amount not exceeding $300 would be needed, with limits imposed on clothing purchased.