All five girls competing in this year’s Ambassador Program. From left to right: Sydney Bone

Meet the Ambassadors of Nakusp

Part two of a series featuring the bios of this year's participants of the Ambassador Program.

Mackenzie Carter

Why have you decided to take part in the Arrow Lakes Ambassador Program?

I have decided to participate in the Arrow Lakes Ambassador Program because I feel that the program teaches young adults invaluable skills and builds confidence. Skills that are learned are public speaking, posture and poise, gracefulness, and how to respond to impromptu questions.

What would you like to get out of this program?

My expectations for this program are to have fun, learn to be comfortable in front of a big audience, and make some wonderful high school memories.

How long have you lived in the Nakusp area? Tell us about your family.

I moved to Trout Lake in 2008 from Revelstoke. We then moved to Nakusp in 2011. I live with my mom, brother, and step-dad, while my dad lives in Revelstoke.

What are some of your hobbies, interests plans and dreams? What do you plan to do when you graduate from high school?

I love to dance, act, hang out with my friends, read, go camping, and go to the beach. When I graduate, I plan to move to Brisbane, Australia and go to Law School.

Do you have a job? If so, where do you work and what do you do?

Last summer I worked at the K2 Rotor Lodge as a housekeeper. Throughout the school year I worked part-time at the Broadway Deli. I am currently looking for work.

 

Have you travelled anywhere? If so, where did you go? If not, where would you like to go?

When I was three years old I travelled around Australia for three months and visited all of my dad’s family. I am really looking forward to going back.

Last but not least, give your thoughts on living in the Arrow Lakes.

I love living on the Arrow Lakes because of its natural beauty. Within a 20 minute drive we have five different natural hot springs. The lake is calm, quiet, and peaceful for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and tubing. It is a safe environment which allows freedom. We are a close-knit community.

Kennedy Pazurik

Why have you decided to take part in the Arrow Lakes Ambassador Program?

It’s kind of a family tradition. My grandma, two of my aunts, and my mom were all part of the Arrow Lakes Ambassadors Program. Because it has been in my family’s history I have wanted to be a part of it for as long as I can remember.

What would you like to get out of this program?

I’m looking forward to learning new skills that will carry me into my future. Skills including how to speak confidently in public/to a audience, learning how to conduct myself in friendly competition, and learning how to be pleasant and tolerant with others in any situation.

How long have you lived in the Nakusp area? Tell us about your family.

I have lived in Nakusp since my parents brought me home after being born in Vernon Hospital. I am an only child to a widowed father, with lots of support from many family members on both my mom’s and my dad’s side.

What are some of your hobbies, interests plans and dreams? What do you plan to do when you graduate from high school?

My hobbies include playing soccer, volleyball, and badminton, with past experience in hockey and figure skating. I enjoy spending time on puzzles and hanging out with friends. My goal for post-graduation is to attend college/university to pursue a career in the medical field.

Do you have a job? If so, where do you work and what do you do?

Currently I am a barista at What’s Brewing on Broadway. Job duties include the making of specialty coffees and other beverages, greeting and serving customers, and helping co-workers with food preparation.

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Have you travelled anywhere? If so, where did you go? If not, where would you like to go?

Two years ago my grandma took me, along with my aunt and two cousins, to Disneyland. There are still many places in the world I would like to go.

Last but not least, give your thoughts on living in the Arrow Lakes.

My roots and my family and friends are here, and I enjoy the convenience and beauty of the lakes and mountains. However, I’m looking forward to experiencing the hussle and bussle of a larger city and what it may have to offer. I will always look forward to coming back home for frequent visits.

 

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