McMahon uses CNE competition as learning experience - Aug. 23, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
After a full year as the Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador, Erin McMahon’s duties in the position have drawn to a close after a performance at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) that will make her hometown supporters proud.
McMahon and dozens of other Ontario Ambassadors were at the CNE over the weekend as the judges were on a mission to find the next CNE Ambassador.
While McMahon and her contemporaries from District 8 were set to arrive in style, packing into a limousine to travel to Toronto, traffic in Canada’s most populous city had other plans.
The girls were stuck in traffic and due to meet with the judges later that evening – they were the first group to do so – so they had to get out of the car in the middle of the street with their luggage and walk the rest of the way to their hotel.
Once they were settled at the hotel, the girls had to make their way to the judges as soon as they could to be interviewed.
McMahon said that being among the first to be interviewed was a little nervewracking (not to mention the unplanned walking detour the girls had to take) but she quickly got into a groove and felt as though she performed well throughout the interview process.
The judges asked McMahon about herself and why she thought she would make a good CNE Ambassador. They also asked her what she would do to help clean up the environment and about some of the life experiences she’s endured that have helped shape her into the young woman she is today.
McMahon said she told the judges that she is very independent and has the skills to take care of herself, which has helped make her a strong person.
Later in the weekend, McMahon performed her speech, which was about life on the farm, on the stage. She said she was nervous being on stage near the beginning, but then relaxed as her speech concluded.
Also over the course of the weekend, McMahon and her fellow ambassadors took in several different seminars, including those on communication and careers in agriculture, among others.
She said she had a great weekend and took the time to not only learn some life skills in Toronto, but also to connect with some of the other ambassadors, making friends that will last a lifetime.
She also made sure to take in the CNE when she had free time, as it was her first time to the historic Toronto event.
While McMahon didn’t come out as the competition’s winner, she said she is proud of her district, which is clearly well-prepared for the event, boasting three of the final seven contestants, including Central Huron’s Joleen Otten, who was named first runner-up, second only to Vanessa Riddell of Milverton.