My very last pageant, my own retirement pageant, took place this past weekend in Merritt.
I drove up early on Wednesday, my first time driving on the Coquihalla highway.
The 2010 B.C. Ambassador candidates had already been up in Merritt all week rehearsing and preparing for their events on Friday and Saturday.
Wednesday evening, I met the cameraman from Shaw Cable who would be interviewing us the next day.
It’s a small world: turns out he lived in White Rock, graduated from my high school several years before me and graduated from BCIT’s broadcast journalism program, the school I am planning on transferring to.
Thursday morning was our designated “press day.”
We were interviewed on the Kamloops Midday Show, and did a segment with Shaw Cable. The three of us did two newspaper interviews with local Merritt papers: the Merritt Herald and the Merritt News. Our final interview was with the Merritt radio station.
Friday, I co-emceed the candidates’ personal speeches in the afternoon, and their community speeches and talents that evening.
Saturday morning and afternoon were dedicated to hair appointments, rehearsals and a visiting royalty luncheon.
Finally, the pageant night had arrived.
The slideshow I’d spent hours working on displayed hundreds of photos of the 2009 Team’s past year and went off without a hitch. I received many bouquets of flowers, and walked through the audience in a brand new gown. I gave my retirement speech without blubbering, and I proudly crowned one of the three 2010 British Columbia Ambassadors.
It was a great night.
And even though the week leading up to it had been dramatic and stressful, the evening was nothing but positive.
I will miss being an ambassador, but I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
Equipped with many memories, friends all over the province and the skills I’ve learnt over the past year, I am ready for the next big thing.
I am, and forever will be, @HayleyWoodin, Miss White Rock 2008 and British Columbia Ambassador for 2009/2010.