Former B.C. Ambassador Program president Mike Hume faces charges of sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats after his arrest in Merritt on Tuesday.

The charges stem from an Aug. 8 incident in Lytton, and Hume was arrested without incident, Merritt RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming said.

Hume’s arrest comes just days before the annual B.C. Ambassador competition at the Merritt Civic Centre this weekend. The program is open to men and women aged 17 to 23 and aims to nurture leadership skills in the province’s youth.

Ambassador Program organizers told the Herald on Thursday they would be carrying on with the show and focussing on getting their candidates through the weekend competition before seeking a new president for the organization after the competition is over.

Hume, 47, is no longer with the organization. He was released on bail and will appear in Kamloops court on Sept. 3.