Four young women vie for Brussels Ambassador crown - Aug. 3, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Four young women from the Brussels area will be competing for the title of Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador next weekend. This year’s winner will have the added bonus of representing the fair in its one-time-only location of Walton as part of the International Plowing Match (IPM).
The competition is set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Brussels Legion. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Winners of the Junior and Little Ambassador competitions will be announced before the Fall Fair Ambassador competition.
Erin McMahon is this year’s first contestant for the position. McMahon was involved in last year’s competition as well, and was named the first runner-up.
McMahon lives at RR2, Bluevale with her parents Shawn and Lorna. She is 17. She is returning to Listowel District Secondary School this fall for a fifth year with a plan to study in her first semester and work in her second.
Once she graduates, McMahon hopes to attend university, where she plans to study Kinesiology and Physical Education.
McMahon’s hobbies include photography, reading and playing volleyball, baseball and track and field. She also volunteered her time at the Vacation Bible School in Kurtzville this summer.
She is currently working at the Old Mill in Blyth and is sponsored by the Majestic Women’s Institute.
Danielle Bernard is the 16-year-old daughter of Les and Brenda Bernard. The family lives on Sawmill Road in the Winthrop area.
At St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton, Bernard plays rugby and this fall she will enter her Grade 12 year.
Outside of school, Bernard likes to play soccer and baseball and she volunteers her time at different events held through her church.
Bernard works at McGavin Farm Equipment in Walton and is planning on attending university in pursuit of an Accounting degree. She is sponsored by the Brussels Legion, Branch 218.
Ashley Higgins in this year’s third contestant in the Ambassador competition. She lives at RR5, Brussels with her parents Bruce and Kim.
Higgins is 20 years old and has received her diploma in Interior Decorating from Fanshawe College.
She now works at McDonald’s Home Hardware in Brussels and hopes to one day return to school to complete a business course on the way to fulfilling her dream of one day opening her own store.
Higgins has been a member of the 4-H Beef Club for 10 years and she has always enjoyed showing cattle at local fairs. She now pitches in on her family’s beef farm and plays baseball in the summer.
Higgins is sponsored by McLean Brothers’ Concrete.
Jasmine Vader, the 17-year-old daughter of Lori Vader of Brussels and Mike Vader of Listowel, is this year’s final contestant.
Vader will be returning to F.E. Madill in Wingham for her Grade 12 year in the fall. She has been busy this year taking part in the Lions Youth Exchange, spending four weeks in Australia.
She is currently the president of the Brussels Leo Club and in her spare time she loves to play hockey and baseball.
At school, Vader is heavily involved in track and field and specializes in javelin, shot put and discus. She hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Vader is sponsored by the Brussels Lions Club.
The competition begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Brussels Legion on Aug. 12. All are welcome and admission is by donation.
Ambassador Chair Nicole Noble says this competition will be her last in the position, after overseeing the competition for the last 10 years.
Noble says that while she has met plenty of amazing people along the way volunteering in this capacity, it is time for her to step down.
The Brussels Agricultural Society is currently seeking a replacement, so anyone interested is asked to contact Noble.