Ag Society ambassador reflects on her term

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After serving a double term as ambassador for the Ripley Agricultural Society, Maddy Gallant will be handing over her sash and all her responsibilities to a new ambassador this fall.

Gallant stepped into her role at the opening of the Ripley Fall Fair in Sept. 2019. Because the 2020 event could only be held in a virtual format due to the pandemic, she agreed to extend her term to two years. Her term will end this fall.

To find her successor, the Ripley Agricultural Society has announced it is seeking applicants to fill the position, beginning Sept. 2021. New this year, the Society is also searching for a junior ambassador. In past years, just one person has been awarded the position.

The fair ambassador program is open to all youth. The senior ambassador should be 17-21 years-of-age, while the junior ambassador can be between 12 and 15 years-of-age. Interested applicants can email ripleyfair@hurontel.on.ca for an information package.

Gallant will leave her position with many fond memories. As a representative of the Ripley Agricultural Society and the fair, she has attended a variety of events both virtually and in-person during the last two years. Among her activities, she attended the Royal Winter Fair, volunteered at the vaccine clinic at the Davidson Centre, took part in local parades and set up contests for seniors at Rosewood RVilla. While COVID changed the way she attended events, she was always the familiar and friendly face of the Society. She played a major role promoting the virtual 2020 Ripley Fair and silent auction.

She says it is the people that have been the highlight of her term.

“I met a lot of great new people that will be lifelong friends,” said Gallant. “It’s unfortunate I haven’t been able to see them because of the pandemic, but I still keep in contact.”

Gallant encourages young people who are energetic, committed to supporting their community and attending events, and of course, social, to consider taking on the role of ambassador. Besides having the opportunity to interact with the public and make a difference in the community, the winner also receives a scholarship for post-secondary education, endowed by the Society.

“I am so thankful to have been given the chance to represent the Ripley Agriculture Society since 2019,” said Gallant. “It has opened up so many doors for me in regards to meeting new people, advancing my knowledge in agriculture, and making a change in the community.”

“Among the Agriculture Society are a group of inspiring and optimistic individuals who truly want to make a difference in the community. I am so grateful to have had the chance to work alongside them and will continuously be appreciative of all of their time and efforts put in.”

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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