Téa Hartfield stands with her community table at the Merritt Civic Centre during the week-long BC Ambassador competition.

Hartfield makes community proud in BC Ambassador competition

Hartfield makes community proud in BC Ambassador competition

Téa Hartfield is a winner in the community’s eyes.

The 17-year-old Olalla resident competed in the BC Ambassador competition last week in Merritt. Although she didn’t come home with a new crown, she brought back many new memories and friendships.

Sherri Philpott-Adhikary the organizer of the Keremeos Ambassador program had glowing remarks about Hartfield’s effort during the week.

“We were so proud of Téa’s speaking abilities during speech night on Friday. Her personal speech was about Everyday Heroes and she certainly could relate to what it was like to work as a firefighter first hand.

For her community speech, she dressed in a time period costume from the Grist Mill and carried a basket on her arm. She gave a vivid tour of Keremeos and the surrounding area making it easy for us to picture what it would be like to tour through the area.

On pageant night Téa was poised and sophisticated in her evening wear and answered her  impromptu question to the best of her ability.

Three BC Ambassadors were crowned that evening. Unfortunately Téa was not selected but she still came away a winner.

It takes a lot of hard work and confidence to run for the title and it is a learning process for all those who get involved. As the first Keremeos and Area Ambassador to run for the BC title, Téa Hartfield made us proud and gives future Keremeos and Area Ambassadors something to aim for.”

Hartfield was among Keremeos’ first batch of ambassador’s when the program started in 2014.

Although disppointed she wasn’t able to bring the crown home to Keremeos, Hartfield was grateful for all she experienced in her run for BC ambassador.

“I may have not won but it was quite the experience. I have gotten to know eight wonderful people and three great representatives for 2014. I will never forget all that I have learned and the things that made me grow as a person and as a representative for my community. I gave it my all and at least I can walk away knowing I did the best I could,” Hartfield said.

Hartfield was the youngest of the nine candidates.

During the gruelling weeklong competition, Hartfield recited two speeches from memory.

The first was about volunteer firefighting and the other about the community at large.

Hartfield is currently a student volunteer firefighter with the Keremeos fire department.  The busy teen also works at the Grist Mill and Gardens and has a part time cleaning job.

She also prepared a community table, which was on display in the Merritt Civic Centre for the week. Included in the table was a replica of the red bridge, Hartfield made herself, information on the Similkameen, and items from local businesses and wineries.

Hartfield was sponsored by the Keremeos Fire Department and the Grist Mill and Gardens.

She told the Review in a previous interview that one of her favourite things about running in the BC Ambassador program was being able to meet more people in the community and explain what the program offers youth.

“People have been so supportive. Once they get to know what the program is all about they understand how it makes a difference and are glad we’re getting involved,” she said.

“It’s been a great experience.”

Throughout the process Hartfield has learned a lot about public speaking, time management, community involvement and the history of the area.

This year she will attend Grade 12 at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School and plans to go on to post secondary education and take aesthetician studies.

Just Posted

Airbnb hosts earning millions in the Okanagan

The Okanagan was among the list of three Canadian wine markets.

UPDATE: One dead, two in hospital after Highway 1 crash near Bridal Falls

Closure expected to last hours, while drivers are told to take detours

Pawnshops support curbing crime with digital database

At least two pawnshops in Penticton are in support of upgrading to a digital list of items purchased

B.C.’s devastating 2017 wildfire season revisited in new book

British Columbia Burning written by CBC journalist Bethany Lindsay

Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

SOWINS’s Debbie Scarborough points to the lethal potential in intimate partner abuse

Buy a lotto ticket and be a hero to B.C. burn victims

The Hometown Heroes Lottery is offering up seven grand prizes including a home in Lake Country

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

UPDATE: Grass fire burns near Mission Hill winery

Smoke can be seen around West Kelowna as a fire gets underway near Mission Hill

Vernon SAR manager wins national volunteer award

A Vernon Search and Rescue manager was one of those honoured for her dedication and innovation.

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Langley event one of five held in B.C.

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

Most Read