A Royal Endeavor

A Royal Endeavor

This week the Penticton Royalty candidates were unveiled. The ceremony was short with each candidate having to give a 3 minute profile about their sponsor. Sounds pretty easy but these young ladies aren't used to presenting in public and the speech is done without any notes or cue cards.

In my first summer on council I attended the Calgary Stampede with the Royalty. On TV the parade looks glamorous as 350,000 people line the streets to view the 150+ floats and all the marching bands, horses, and dignitaries. You need to arrive by 7am and the 9am parade lasts for over 2 hours. That is a long time to keep your stomach tucked in, smile, show excitement and continue the signature 'spreading peanut butter' wave. Half way through the parade my wave was more of a point or thumbs up, and by the end of the parade it was a head nod. The girls did not stray from character from start to finish.Penticton Royalty - Mayor Andrew Jakubeit blog post

When I went to Calgary, Miss Penticton was Neetu Garcha and I witnessed first hand the great ambassadorship and representation the ladies did on behalf of the City. On the Parade as we approached spectators many would shout out "We love Penticton…We're coming for Peachfest" and it really was a great proud moment.

The Royalty program helps mold community role models and shapes young leaders.  It not only builds character, but self esteem and confidence.  How many of us can give a 5-7 minute speech from memory with enthusiasm, articulation, and an engaging delivery? How many have a talent that we would be willing to showcase in front of others? Often you will see the Royalty at many community events, and they travel with the Peachfest float to many cities around the Pacific Northwest. I am proud to have these accomplished ladies representing Penticton.

We often put emphasis on superficial looks instead of inner beauty, intelligence, and character.  Each of the candidates would make wonderful ambassadors for the City, and I congratulated them for their courage to embark on their journey.

In modern day society we seldom allow ourselves to get pushed outside of our comfort zone and be challenged. We typically stay amongst the pack fearing ridicule or isolation for trying something different. This story about the Penticton Royalty does highlight 8 young ladies, but it should be a motivator for others to try something different to explore a new hobby, personal growth, or follow a passion.

Typically we expect the youth to be courageous, while as adults we except mediocrity and often make excuses not to better ourselves. Hopefully this year you will consider pushing the envelope and your comfort level to explore new adventures for your mind, body or soul