There are six candidates vying for the title of fair ambassador at this year’s Wellesley-North Easthope Fall Fair.
Draper is an avid volunteer with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, a non-profit organization that strives to create leaders out of youth. She is the regional director for that organization and held a leadership workshop for 120 people in Guelph this year. She also is active at school, in everything from the debate club to the rugby team. She works for Wellesley Township at the concession stands in the arenas and is spending the summer as a camp lifeguard. From the competition she hopes to build public speaking experience, new friendships, and an understanding of how other people serve the community.
As an honour roll student since Grade 7, Gerber says she’s a hardworking, optimistic person. She always tries to look on the bright side of situations and says she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In this competition she’s excited to work on her public speaking skills and meet more people from Wellesley. She is a part of two youth groups and attended a conference in Phoenix through that. She also travelled to Nashville and New York City with the Waterloo-Oxford Music Department. She also is working on her Grade 8 piano and has been playing for 12 years. She hopes to do a three-month exchange to Spain and become a language teacher.
Humphrey spent three months last year on an exchange to France, a trip that’s sparked her interest in pursuing French as a career. She says she’s a creative and determined person who became interested in the ambassador competition after she saw how much fun her friend had last year. She lives on a hobby farm and thought it would be fun to see how the fair comes together. She works as a lifeguard at the Wilmot Community Pool and has been a swimming instructor for three years. She also is part of Wilmot’s Youth Action Council, which plans events intended to connect youth in the community.
The 17-year-old graduated from Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School this year and is taking a year off between high school and post-secondary education to work, travel, and get more involved in the community. She wants to pursue a career in broadcasting and has a passion for singing and the theatre. She said she entered the ambassador competition because she’s passionate about giving back to the community. Her community involvement includes singing in jazz, Chamber, appassionato, and concert choirs, chairing the Waterloo-Oxford publicity committee on the Student Activities Council, hosting a seminar on the Power of Positivity at the Waterloo-Oxford student leadership conference, and winning Waterloo-Oxford’s Got Talent this year. She also has been a member of theatre Wellesley for three years.
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Mula describes herself as outgoing and a people person. The 17-year-old just finished high school and has deferred her admission to the University of Waterloo for a year to travel. She’d like to do a missions trip to Africa. She says she joined the ambassador competition because she wants to give back and become more connected with the people in her community. She plans to graduate with a degree in honours recreation and leisure in five years, work on a cruise ship as an activities director, and eventually open her own fitness and wellness studio. She’s an avid rugby player and helped organize a winter carnival day for Baden Public School.
Mya will be spending the next year volunteering and working to prepare for a career in healthcare. The 18-year-old graduated from Waterloo-Oxford DSS and has lived in Wellesley for two years. She said she was grateful to be nominated to participate in the Fall Fair Ambassador program, as she loves her new home. Outside of school, she was a counselor at Joy Bible Camp for three years. She says this was one of her favourite volunteer experiences because she got to work with girls from nine to 13. She also performed with the Spirit Borne Performing Arts Team for three years, travelling around southern Ontario, the East Coast, and to Florida.