A new team of ambassadors is set to represent New Westminster for the coming year.
Natasha Sing was named Miss New Westminster 2019 before a full house at the Douglas College theatre at this year’s Evening of Stars Hyack Ambassador Awards Gala. Six ambassador candidates, who were installed as the 2019 Hyack Ambassador Leadership Team, will contribute hundreds of volunteer hours as they serve the community and represent the Hyack Festival Association and the City of New Westminster.
On Friday night, ambassador candidates gave their speech and talent presentations at the Justice Institute.
At Saturday’s Evening of the Stars gala, Miss New Westminster 2018 Talia Monno gave her farewell speech and more than $7,000 in scholarship awards were announced and presented to the 2019 Hyack Ambassador Leadership Team: Natasha Sing (Miss New Westminster); Charissa Vanags (Hyack Princess 2019 and People’s Choice Award); Meghan Conner (Miss Friendship 2019 and Bernie Legge Award); Kate Haberl (Knowledge Award and Top Communicator Award); Alexandra Volodarets (Top Talent – Bill Brown Memorial Award and Essay Award); and Aleksandra Novosiltseff (Alumni Award).
Sierra Pitkin, a retiring 2018 Hyack ambassador, received the Hyack Spirit Award.
“Each 2019 Hyack Ambassador also receives an additional scholarship at the end of her ambassadorial year, sponsored by their individual sponsors and the People’s Choice voting,” said a press release from the Hyack Festival Association. “As a member of the Northwest Festival Hosting Association, the Hyack Festival’s Shining Bright in the Royal City float and 2019 ambassadors will be highlighting and promoting New Westminster to hundreds of thousands of parade spectators around the Pacific Northwest and millions of television viewers internationally throughout the coming year.”
Contributed/JL Fuoco Photography