Abigail Peel ready to serve as School Fair Ambassador - Sept. 7, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Abigail Peel thought that being the ambassador at the Elementary School Fair in Belgrave would be an interesting experience and endeavoured to make it happen.
She was named to the esteemed position this year and is looking forward to opening the event on Sept. 13.
“It was really exciting winning the title,” she said. “Every year I would go to the event and I thought it would be cool to be ambassador.”
Peel topped the competition by linking Canada’s 150th anniversary, the topic provided by the organization, to the people responsible for the Elementary School Fair.
“I said that the RBC Make 150 Count Grants encouraged people to volunteer, like the fair committee does every year,” she said.
Peel, who is heading into Grade 7 at F.E. Madill School, has been visiting the fair since several local schools amalgamated and says it’s a fantastic opportunity for people in the area.
“I went to Turnberry Central Public School so, I went to Maitland River Elementary School, we had the Howick-Turnberry Fall Fair to go to, but it was so far away,” she said. “Being at Maitland River, which was the main school for the event, was different and exciting.”
Peel will have the honour of opening the fair in front of students from her alma matter of Maitland River, her new school of F.E. Madill and new addition Sacred Heart Catholic School. While the number of students being invited may make some speakers anxious, Peel said she is looking forward to it.
“I’m excited, not nervous,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
To anyone looking to follow in her footsteps, Peel encouraged them to do two things: be prepared to take notes and not be afraid to ask for help.
“The biggest tip is to bring a clipboard to write notes at the meeting because there are important things to learn,” she said. “People also shouldn’t be afraid to ask [fair board members] Alice McDowell or Teresa Becker for help because they are always ready to help out.”
Peel said she wanted to thank everyone for making the fair a reality and said she is looking forward to her responsibilities at the event.
As ambassador, she will walk in the parade with dignitaries, open the event, present awards at the livestock show and communicate with students. She has already been involved with some events and will continue to represent the fair through parades and school open houses.
For more information about the fair, visit the Elementary School Fair on Facebook or contact president Alice McDowell at 519-523-9549.