B.C. Ambassadors crowned in Merritt

By on July 26, 2017
Melissa Curatolo (Kelowna), Karly Flannigan (Kamloops) and Mierie Sabberwal (Quesnel) were selected as this year’s B.C. Ambassasdors. (Juliana Martine/B.C. Ambassadors Program).


Three lucky ladies will spend the year touring the province to promote education, motivation and self-esteem after being crowned BC Ambassadors in Merritt Saturday night (July 22).

The 2017 winners includes Karly Flannigan from Kamloops, Melissa Curatolo from Kelowna and Mierie Sabberwal who hails from Quesnel.

Karly Flannigan of Kamloops came away from the program with not only a title of British Columbia Ambassador, but was also awarded the Top Fundraising, and Top Community Table. Karly also had the honour of being awarded the Friendship Award by her fellow candidates.

Curatolo talks up the value of Okanagan wine while wearing a kimono. (Michael Potestio/Herald).

Melissa Curatolo of Kelowna placed second in the Top Fundraising award in addition to her title of British Columbia Ambassador.

The final team member for the 2017 British Columbia Ambassador Program, Mierie Sabberwal of Quesnel, won the top award for B.C. Knowledge, and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Madeline Dudley of White Rock channels her inner seagull as she presents her community speech. (Michael Potestio/Herald).

Other award winners include Madeline Dudley of White Rock who won the Promotion Award, Krista Spivey of Nanaimo who took home the Public Speaking Award and Hannah Vaz of Vernon was the winner of the Rita Mckay Award.

“We would like to congratulate the newly selected team and look forward to working with them over the next year. We would also like to thank the home communities of our team for all of their support towards them in their candidacies,” said BC Ambassador Program committee member, Juliana Martine, in a press release.

The field of eight candidates are tasked with delivering prepared speeches, answering impromptu questions and delivering a formal presentation highlighting their hometowns before three winners are selected.

The Ambassadors Program offers British Columbians aged 17 to 23 the chance to earn bursaries for post-secondary education and develop their leadership skills in a community-oriented competition, hosted each summer in Merritt.

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