This weekend was my last pageant as a B.C. Ambassador: in seven days I will be passing on my crown and banner to another deserving individual.

On Friday, I travelled to Penticton with the newly crowned White Rock youth ambassadors and Miss White Rock 2010/2011, my sister, @ChloeWoodin.

My mom chaperoned us, and we met up with my other two ambassadors in the city of peaches and beaches.

The gala was lovely, and the 14 Miss Penticton candidates all did a great job. As usual, the visiting royalty had the opportunity to bringĀ their greetings on stage.

Saturday morning we rode in the Peachfest parade, and spent the afternoon mini-golfing and go-karting before attending the royalty ball that evening.

This weekend was special not only because my sister and I both got to go to a pageant together as sparkleheads, but also because the Penticton pageant was my first out-of-town experience as Miss White Rock 2008, and my last as a B.C. Ambassador.

It has been a full two years, coming full circle. And although I will miss being an ambassador, I am looking forward to temporarily retiring from the public eye.

Final stop, Merritt on Wednesday, the beginning of the end.

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Friday morning I drove up to Kelowna with six of the White Rock youth ambassadors, including Miss White Rock and White Rock Friendship Ambassador.

For once, we were on time with plenty of time to spare.

The pageant was held that evening at the city’s theatre. It was a lovely gala: the visiting royalty were piped-in in a sparkly procession, and the Lady of the Lake Society (the organizers of the Miss Kelowna pageant) were awarded $10,000.

That night, I travelled with the Lytton ambassadors to Oliver so we’d be in town for the parade the next morning.

This time I sat of the back of a bright yellow Miata. I also remembered to wear sunscreen: no awkward sash tans this time.

Afterwards IĀ attended the Oliver pageant wearing a short dress for a change. The gala was semi-formal, so I was happy to get some use out of my hot pink grad dress.

The White Rock crew and I headed back to Kelowna that night, and headed home the next morning.

All in all it was a short but sweet weekend.

I didn’t get to spend too much time in either city, but from what I saw of the countryside, both Kelowna and Oliver look like amazing weekend getaway spots, complete with lakes, beaches, cute restaurants and vineyards galore.

Next stop, Lytton. Three days away!

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I booked Tuesday night off work so I could attend the 8th Annual Community Leader Awards held at the Surrey Arts Centre.

Two very important women in my life, Debbie and Donna, were being honoured at the reception for all of their hard work in running the White Rock Youth Ambassador Program, also known as the Miss White Rock Pageant.

They have helped dozens of youth over the years find their strengths, improve their self-esteem, acquire public speaking skills, and hone their etiquette and social skills. Having gone through the program, (Miss White Rock 2008), I can’t even begin to describe the impact they have both had on my life.

So I went to the reception, flowers in hand, to show my gratitude.

Now, both Debbie and Donna are full-grown women with kids in their 20s. Needless to say, it was a bit surprising to all of us when they received an honourable mention in the youth category.

But with all of the poise, dignity and grace they’d taught me and my fellow ambassadors back when I was a part of the WRYA, they accepted their award on stage, along with a six-year-old, and two high school students.

Ah, to be young.

Congratulations Debbie and Donna!

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