Pageant Night during the Lady of the Lake events last week featuring this year’s contestants, the outgoing royalty and ambassadors from other areas. (Cowichan Lady of the Lake photo)

Pageant Night during the Lady of the Lake events last week featuring this year’s contestants, the outgoing royalty and ambassadors from other areas. (Cowichan Lady of the Lake photo)

Weir to lead Lake Cowichan’s royalty as new Lady of the Lake

The 2022 Cowichan Lake Ambassador team has been crowned

Lake Cowichan’s new royalty has been crowned after a successful 2022 program that saw six candidates vying for three opportunities to represent the Lake in the coming year.

At an in-person event, the trio was crowned in front of family and friends on Saturday, June 11.

“No matter what the outcome is, you’re all winners because getting through this program is a prize in itself,” said the reigning Lady of the Lake, Mariah Segee. “Your 2022/2023 Cowichan Lake Lady of the Lake is Jenae Weir,” she added, handing Weir flowers and transferring her crown to the victor.

Outgoing second princess Macey Anderson awarded incoming second princess honours to Elise Nelson, who was sponsored by A&W.

Outgoing first princess Megan Rowbottom awarded incoming first princess honours to Danielle Bissett, who was sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 210.

The handing over of titles came after the candidates had the opportunity to give their thanks to their sponsors and supporters.

Weir thanked her sponsor the Lake Cowichan Kin for giving her the opportunity to run and her sponsor representatives for “always telling me how well I did after everything no matter what it was.”

Weir thanked the Cowichan Lady of the Lake Society for their hard work behind the scenes, noting the program wouldn’t be where it is without them.

“I’d also like to thank my parents for letting me know that asking for help is not a crime. I don’t have to do everything by myself. And all my friends and family for letting me talk about whatever was on my mind, even when it got boring after I brought the same thing up for the 17th time,” she said.

Verklempt, Weir also thanked the candidates.

“You’re all my best friends and I’m going to miss you so much after this,” she said, holding back tears.

As part of the British Columbia Ambassador Program, the trio will represent the Cowichan Lake region to the rest of B.C. for the next year.

The Cowichan Lake Lady of the Lake Facebook page was flooded with comments praising the girls following the ceremony.

“Congratulations to the new Ambassador team,” wrote mayor Bob Day. “All of the candidates should be proud of what they accomplished participating in this program.”

The Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce also sent their kudos.

“Congratulations and job well done to Cowichan Lake Lady of the Lake Ambassadors 2022/2023 that will represent our communities of the Cowichan Lake District. We look forward to seeing you at the local events as they happen and beyond, where you will bring more attention to our area,” said the chamber’s post.

Participants from other ambassador programs were keen to congratulate the new team, as well.

“The Quesnel Ambassador Leadership Program would like to congratulate all candidates. They represented their community with grace. Well done,” said Rose Scott.

“Congratulations from all of us at the West Kelowna Youth Ambassador Program,” wrote Ricki Morin. “We wish you a wonderful year. We also congratulate all candidates for a job well done.”

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