2017-2019 Fair Ambassador - Marijke Boerefyn

Meet Marijke Boreefyn, our 2017-2018 and our 2018-2019 Ambassador of the West Niagara Fair

In 2017 Marijke was in grade 12 at Smithville Christian High School and hopes to attend the University of Guelph for a program in animal sciences next Fall. Marijke is an active 4-H member. She has been a part of the Lincoln Dairy Calf Club for 5 years.  Marijke takes on full responsibility of her 4-H calf, including, housing, feeding, and training.  She has been the Lincoln Dairy Calf Club treasurer for the past 3 years and was the club secretary previously.  Marijke has shown at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair with her 4-h calves. She also takes care of 20 chickens, 5 ducks, and 4 peacocks on her small hobby farm and loves to draw and paint; she especially loves to draw animals.  At Smithville Christian High, Marijke is president of the AV club, has been an alto in the choir, and works on the decorating committee.

We are very excited to announce that Marijke, our 2017-2018 Ambassador, has agreed to step up again this year and be our 2018-2019 Ambassador. Since Marijke was not old enough in 2018 to represent West Niagara at the CNE this will give her the opportunity next year in 2019!  Marijke has moved to Guelph to begin her first year at University in Animal Sciences. As her time permits, Marijke will give us her all as she did this past year. 

A letter from Marijke on her 2017-2018 experience! -

Greetings West Niagara Fair Board.

 I’d like to extend my gratitude for the opportunity of being your ambassador for the 2017-2018 year.  The experience has been rewarding.  I thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the 2018 OAAS convention. From the beginning of the convention to the very end, I had an amazing experience. During an event known as “the pin swap” I was able to meet many fellow ambassadors, hand out West Niagara Fair pins and business cards, and start creating friendships and contacts with them.  The seminars provided were very informative.  I gained insight on social media presence and how to represent my fair on social media as well as how we can use our ambassador experience after our term and how embracing our differences and passions can bring a lot of opportunities in life.  We learned about marketing and branding our fair and were educated on how to make an impact on the business world and how we are hired to be problem solvers.  We were taught to set goals for ourselves in life and create a plan.
The most rewarding experience for me has been talking with people who attended West Niagara Fair.  Many, many people engaged me in conversation, and I had the opportunity to explain what my role was and about agriculture.  As agriculture and farming are my passion, this was an opportunity which gave me great joy.  I would love to have the opportunity to serve West Niagara again for the 2018-2019 season to reach more people.  I have tried to be active in my goal of bringing different communities together by speaking about Canadian agricultural.   Helping urban and rural communities meet, interact and learn is a phenomenal experience.  As a young person, I have the opportunity to connect with others my age.  I have had an impact, as other youths realize they can believe in and beyond themselves.  As a leader in my school and through 4-H, I have been able to teach responsibility and growth in youth who are complacent in themselves and their future.  By coming alongside, I encourage pro-activeness and self-confidence.  My community has given me the opportunity to have a voice and I am grateful.  I know what it feels like to be a part of something.  To belong.  To feel empowered to make a difference.  You do not have to be limited by circumstance.  Having the opportunity to run again as the West Niagara Fair Ambassador would allow me to make further connections while gaining further confidence in public speaking.
 Best Regards
Marijke Boerefyn

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