Peachland Ambassadors

Good news from the Ambassadors! After having to cancel everything last year, they’re going to give a modified season a try for 2021. There’s an information meeting planned for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. (via Zoom, of course). Want more info? Email the Ambassadors at peachlandambassador@gmail.com, or message them on Facebook!

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A few years ago, the Ambassadors started a fun St. Patrick’s tradition: Dress up your dog, (dress up yourself, if you want!) and take your pooch for a walk! This year, their annual St. Pawtrick’s Day dog parade is virtual – meaning you can spend some extra time getting ready: Starting March 1, dress up, go for a walk – and document it! Email your pics to peachlandambassador@gmail.com. Pictures and videos will be posted on their Instagram account with winners announced March 17!

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2020 was a year our Peachland Ambassadors could complain about being cancelled – but instead, they’re feeling grateful. Linda Sarsons sent this reporter a message recently that she wanted to pass on to you all:

“I’d like to put in a thank you to Peachlanders for all their support in our ongoing bottle drive,” she says.

“Ever since the pandemic hit in March, people have been so great about donating to the Ambassador program.”

Money raised goes right back into helping local kids gain confidence, friendship and lasting memories as an Ambassador. Hopefully next year they can get back to pageants and all the community events where we’re used to seeing their smiling faces.

If you have bottles to donate, please email the Ambassadors at peachlandambassador@gmail.com, or message them on Facebook!

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Here’s a little more about the program…

From Christmas Light Up, to Canada Day, Peachland Elementary’s annual school carnival, to their own event, the St. Patrick’s Doggy walk, you’ll find the Peachland Ambassadors, wearing their trademark sashes and smiles, along with their eagerness to help.

Name the community event, and it’s very likely you’ll find a Peachland Ambassador!

The Ambassadors – headed up by the Sarsons family – Linda, Leanne and Ernie, have been a Peachland tradition for decades. This is the ninth year matriarch Linda has been at the helm, and this year, there are seven candidates and two junior ambassadors. This year is different, of course. For the first time in their 73-year history, their September pageant has been cancelled and they’re putting the program on hold until 2021.

More info: Anyone from the age of five and up can be part of the Ambassador program. Little Buddies go up to age nine, then there’s the junior ambassadors, and then by the time they’re 14 or so, the kids can become an ambassador. They are sponsored by a local business or service group, and must illustrate their poise, public speaking ability, etiquette and community involvement. The kids are coached along the way, while learning more about Peachland’s history and promoting our town to other communities with Ambassador programs.

If you want to get involved in the Ambassador program, email peachlandambassador@gmail.com, or check them out on Facebook

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Written by Kristen Friesen

February 27, 2020

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