On July 8, the Kamloops Ambassador Society held its 2023 Election Gala at Sagebrush Theatre.
Ten candidates participated, with the new Kamloops Ambassador Team consisting of (from left) Cassie McNutt (lavender dress), Janessa Rushka (teal blue dress) and Violet Denomey (burgundy dress). Saying farewell are 2022 Ambassadors Alexis Cloet (red), Sarah Brouwer (navy) and Tiffany Friesen (gold).
Other award winners from July 8 included Ella Matchim (friendship), Mikey Friesen (butterfly), Janessa Rushka (speech), Lauren Reynolds (knowledge of Kamloops) and Janessa Rushka (sponsor presentation).
The 2024 candidate call will take place in December.
The Kamloops Ambassador Society comes from a tradition that is almost 100 years old.
What began as Dominion Day Carnival Queen in the 1920s evolved into Carnival Queen, Miss Spoolmak and Miss Kamloops in 1952, with Peggy Kelly holding the title.
In 2021, the program transitioned into three equal Kamloops Ambassadors representing the city as a team.
Meanwhile, a former Miss Kamloops has been named a 2023 British Columbia Ambassador. Cassidy Jean, who held the title of Miss Kamloops in 2017, successfully competed in the B.C. Ambassador program on July 28 and July 29 in Cowichan Lake.
Jean joins the other two members of the 2023 team: Cowichan Lake’s Brooklyn Kruk and White Rock’s Adiba Chowdhury.