Sally Draper will hand over her crown as the Wellesley-North Easthope Fall Fair Ambassador on Sept. 13 to one of three young ladies contending for this year’s title.
As a volunteer at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival and the Wellesley Home Show, Stephanie Haycock is looking forward to learning new aspects about Wellesley Township through the ambassador program.
“I just thought it would be a really fun experience and get to meet new people and get to help in my community a little more,” she said.
The 16-year-old Wellesley Village resident is heading into Grade 12 this fall. She’s hoping to attend Conestoga College to become an Registered Practical Nurse next year.
She says she enjoys going to summer school and has been doing this since Grade 8. She takes a class in the summer to focus on the subjects she needs for college and uses the spare class during the school year to either take an online course or work on homework from other classes.
Her favourite parts of living in Wellesley include the peace and quiet and how everyone knows each other.
She’s hoping she’ll take away good people skills and the ability to speak in front of a large crowd from this experience.
She’s sponsored by Pym’s Village Market.
With two nominations from where she works and where she volunteers, Miranda Schultz decided to participate in the ambassador program to see what doors it opens and the people she’ll get to meet.
“I was flattered to be honest. I decided to think about it because a lot of people encouraged me to do it and I thought if they think I can I’ll try and it’ll be a good chance for me to be involved in a different area in the community,” she said.
The 17-year-old is returning to Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School in the fall for a fifth year to determine her career goals. She’d like to attend a local university and is interested in pursuing fine arts, history, or film. She has a variety of career interests, including become a teacher, historian, graphic designer or illustrator for children’s books. She’s also like to travel across Canada, to see the Yukon, and go to Europe.
In the community, she’s on the Wellesley Youth Advisory Committee, which is run out the Wellesley Township Community Health Centre and works at the Wellesley Library.
At school she’s been involved with the book club, Students Without Borders Club, the knitting club, the school newspaper, Relay for Life and costumes and painting sets for the school musical.
In her spare time the Wellesley Village resident enjoys dabbling in visual arts like painting and sketching. She enjoys the close-knit nature of the township and is excited to see what relationships are formed through the fall fair.
Her sponsor is the Wellesley & District Lions Club.
Having grown up on a farm in New Hamburg and with a love of rural life, Cassidy Wagler is ready to put her agricultural skills to good use.
She grew up attending the fall fair and watching the ambassador portion, which she say she’s always been interested in.
“I enjoy public speaking and I want to become more involved in my community, so I thought that this is the way to do it,” she said.
An avid volunteer, she also enjoys reading and playing the piano and the trumpet. She keeps active through soccer and hockey.
The 17-year-old says she’s looking forward to each of the events associated with the ambassador program.
She’s heading to the University of Waterloo in the fall and is hoping this will allow her to learn more about the community and gain more confidence in herself through public speaking opportunities.
The Linwood Veterinary Clinic is sponsoring her.