I might have mentioned this before in similar or same fashion, but I often find myself thinking how much variety and diversity we enjoy in Kamloops. I used to think that, being born and raised in our little big city, I had a good handle on most of the major events in town. Well, these days, I know that is definitely not the case. Maybe, after the next couple of years.
As one of your representatives on Council, I got invited to attend the Miss Kamloops pageant "coronation" event this evening. So many great people put a huge amount of time in this leadership development program for young ladies.
But for me, it was like entering another universe - of courtesies and royal waves, of ball gowns and flowers, and of new vocabulary like "sparklehead". At one point, surrounded by young people in sashes, capes, tiaras, and even one quite massive crown, I felt like I was at a Lord of the Rings convention.
It was quite a marathon event - lots of entertainment, tributes to outgoing Kamloops royalty, an impromptu question contest for the candidates, and finally the big moment. I was able to stay to the end, and did not regret it.
Listening to greetings from all the other Queens, Princesses, and Ambassadors who attended, I realized that these young people play important roles in promoting their own communities. The ladies from Summerland and Revelstoke (I think I got that right) even had promotional raps. Our Kamloops royalty had adapted a ditty from the musical Grease. I got to get them to do that on camera for me so I can put it up here.
Congrats to 2005 - 2006 Kamloops Ambassadors - Miss Kamloops Geralyn Beaton, Princess Rheannon Green, and Princess Kailey Courteen-Nurse. You have made us extremely proud.
And welcome to the 2006 - 2007 Kamloops Ambassadors - Miss Kamloops Eboney Irvine, Princess Theresa Moir, and Princess Melissa Nielsen. I hope you have a wondrous and productive year.
All in all, an enlightening honour for me to show my respect for the great work of all involved.