Three to vie for Ambassador crown - Aug. 2, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Next Saturday, three young women from Brussels will vie for the Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador crown ahead of the September event.
The competition is set for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Brussels Legion. Doors open at 7 p.m. that night and all are welcome to attend. Free-will donations will be accepted at the door.
The first contestant is Taylor Dietrich-Illsley of Brussels.
Taylor is the daughter of Charlene Dietrich-Illsley and David Illsley, who all moved to Brussels in 2014.
Since coming to the village, Taylor has enrolled as a member of the Brussels Leo Club. She also volunteers her time at the Huronlea Home for the Aged and with the PTE. Tyler William Todd Memorial Ride. (Todd was a Canadian soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.)
In the fall, Taylor will be returning to F.E. Madill School for Grade 12 and as a member of the co-operative education program. In the future, she hopes to pursue higher education and/or a career either as a personal support worker or in woodworking.
Taylor is a make-up and hairstyling enthusiast who stays active by dirt biking, running and swimming. She also likes spending time with her friends and family and listening to music.
Currently, Taylor has a job at the Jam Jar Pub and Eatery as a waitress, cook and dishwasher. She also delivers newspapers around Brussels in the hopes that she’ll earn enough money to buy her own car.
Taylor is sponsored by the Huronlea Home for the Aged Auxiiliary.
Amanda Morrison of Brussels is the second contestant in this year’s competition.
The daughter of Glenda and Darryl Morrison, Amanda is planning on returning to F.E. Madill School in the fall for her Grade 12 year. She then hopes to attend either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University to study psychology.
Amanda is currently the treasurer of the Brussels Leo Club with hopes of becoming its president one day. She is also involved in local 4-H clubs and volunteers her time at both the Brussels Legion and at local churches.
Amanda is a peer mentor at her school and when she returns in the fall, she hopes to be her grade’s representative on the Student Council, or its treasurer.
While she works at the Jam Jar Pub and Eatery as a dishwasher and cook, Amanda also works as a door attendant at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre, babysits and delivers newspapers around the village.
She stays active by playing baseball, basketball, road hockey and soccer with her friends. She also enjoys drawing and listening to music as well as creating some music of her own.
Amanda is sponsored by the Majestic Women’s Institute.
The third and final contestant in this year’s competition is Brittany Struthers of Brussels.
Brittany is the daughter of Michelle Muse of Brussels and Randy Struthers of Wroxeter.
As a dual student, Brittany is in the process of completing her final two credits at F.E. Madill School while also earning credits at Conestoga College. She also served as the Junior Secretary at F.E. Madill while also completing co-operative education placements at both the Jam Jar Pub and Eatery and Huronlea Home for the Aged.
Brittany now works at the Jam Jar Pub and Eatery and her future aspirations include going to a culinary college and studying business management. Her hope is that one day she will run her own 1970s-style diner with a menu including three generations of recipes.
She has been involved with the Brussels 2967 Army Cadets for just under 10 years. Brittany also volunteers at the Brussels Farmers’ Market and has offered her time at both the Brussels Youth Centre and Brussels Mennonite Fellowship.
Brittany has won several awards during her time with the cadets, including the Top Junior Award and Attendance and Captain Wegg Awards. Through the cadet program, she has also developed an appreciation for shooting military-certified firearms.
She stays active by playing volleyball and she enjoys baking, cooking, babysitting and being a caring mother to her daughter, Jessica.
Brittany is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 218 Brussels.
Saturday, Aug. 11 will also mark the end of Erin McMahon’s reign as Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador. That night she will be handing over her crown to one of the three aforementioned young women.
Her job, however, isn’t completely done. McMahon will soon be representing Brussels at the provincial ambassador competition at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto later this month.