2017 Festival Theme: "Rooted in Tradition"

2017 Leadership Candidates

Maria Longmire

Town of Annapolis Royal

Maria Longmire is the 20-year-old daughter of Kevin and Tina Longmire of Lequille. Maria is currently studying at NSCAD University, working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Once completed, she hopes to further her studies with a Bachelor of Education to become an art and biology teacher. Being part of the art community is important to Maria. She is a member of ARTsPLACE and has twice participated in Paint The Town. She was a member of the dance group Teen Angels that performed at King’s Theatre where she also volunteered. Community involvement and small positive impacts on others are also important to her, which is why she has volunteered at the IWK Telethon as a photographer and participated in the Coldest Night of The Year Walk to help raise funds for those in need. Maria can often be found outdoors with a camera in hand, kayaking, fishing or hiking.

Child Attendant: Molly Smith

Amy Meister

Village of Aylesford

Amy Meister is the 18-year-old daughter of Charlene and Guy Meister of Aylesford. She graduated from West Kings District High school in 2016 with Honors for three years. During her high school career, she was on the Varsity Volleyball team and part of the Student Council. She is currently attending Acadia University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. She has always had a love for science, and plans on continuing her education to be a pathologist. Her love for horses and children motivated her to volunteer for Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association, which is therapeutic riding program for individuals with exceptionalities and mental illnesses. She has continued this passion for volunteerism by volunteering for Atonic Volleyball, teaching young children the basics of volleyball. Amy is honored to represent Aylesford in this year’s 85th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Child Attendant: Regan Allen

Jennie Laffin

Town of Berwick

Jennie Laffin is the 19-year-old daughter of Ian and Tommi Laffin of Waterville. She attended Central Kings Rural High School where she played on the Senior Girls Basketball Team, winning three Regional Championship Banners and a Provincial Championship Victory. She later was nominated and received “The Exemplary Participation Award” from the NSSAF. Jennie has volunteered for many causes, such as the local food bank drive, children’s toy drives and fundraisers for the local SPCA and IWK. Her fondest volunteer memory is of coaching a Unified Sports Team, which provides a unique sporting opportunity for those students living with intellectual (dis)Abilities. She learned how to play the fiddle at a young age and enjoys playing tunes for her family and the residents at the Windsor Elms. She is currently following the path to become an X-ray Technician and works casually at the local hospitals.

Child Attendant: Alexa Landsburg

Tessa Swetnam

Village of Canning

Tessa Swetnam is the 20-year-old daughter of Heather and John Swetnam. She resides with her parents on the family farm in Sheffield Mills. She graduated from Northeast Kings Education Centre in 2015 with her French Immersion Certificate. Tessa is currently enrolled in the in Business Administration program at NSCC Kingstec and plans to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. After a summer employment opportunity at Apple Tree Landing Day Care Centre, she has discovered that her true passion is to work with children and would one day like to open her own day care facility. Tessa loves being involved with her community and is extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity to represent the Village of Canning in the 85th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. She feels that it fits perfectly with her passion to work with children and be a positive influence in the lives of others.

Child Attendant: Layne Weisner

Alicia Smith

Community of Coldbrook

Alicia Smith is the 21-year-old daughter of Corey Smith, step-daughter of Tammie Saunders and daughter of Cynthia Smith of Coldbrook. She has completed her diploma in recreation Services at Nova Scotia Community College in Truro and currently works full time at Tim Hortons in New Minas. In this role, she is responsible for food preparation and training fellow employees. Alicia enjoys working for the Department of National Defense in the summer as an expedition instructor, which involves basic training, first-aid, and working in the sports and recreation department. Alicia has a passion for Cadets, which has provided her numerous leadership opportunities. Her participation in Cadets has allowed her to travel from Gagetown to Greenwood and see many parts of the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Alicia is honoured to represent her community of Coldbrook at this year’s Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Child Attendant: Hannah King

Taylor Barnaby

Municipality of Digby

Taylor Barnaby is the 19-year-old daughter of Amy Barnaby and Jeffery Outhouse. She graduated from Islands Consolidated School where she received many academic awards including the Claudette Bellevue French award and the global geography award for her high achievement and interest in the subjects. While in high school, Taylor also participated in many extra circular activates like Me-To-We, 4H, The Gulf of Maine Institute, Student Advisory Council, and Student Council where she acted as president in her grade 12 year. She also spent her high school years volunteering around her community by participating in beach sweeps with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, at her school canteen, and various community events. Taylor’s hobbies include writing, fishing, and photography. Taylor is currently attending Mount Saint Vincent University where she is studying Public Relations. She is excited to be representing Digby County and all of its beauty.

Child Attendant: Maddox Barnaby

Courtney Garland

Community of Hantsport

Courtney Garland is the 20-year-old daughter of Doug and Shelley Garland. She graduated from Horton High School in 2014 with Honours with Distinction and was the recipient of the Governor General Award.  She is currently enrolled at Memorial University in the School of Pharmacy with plans to practice in community pharmacy upon graduation. Courtney is involved in her community and university through her part-time jobs as a Resident Assistant and Pharmacy Student. She also has a passion for volunteering and has been involved with various organizations. Most recently, Courtney sat on the Organization Committee for the St. John’s Relay for Life and was a member of the Community Outreach team for Pharmacist Awareness Month. In her free time, she enjoys visiting local coffee shops and going for hikes. Courtney is delighted to represent her Community of Hantsport, whose encouraging and home-grown atmosphere shaped her into who she is today.

Child Attendant: Abby Sefcik

Brittany Longley

Town of Kentville

Brittany Longley is the 19-year-old daughter of Scott and Ailie Longley and was born and raised in Kentville. She graduated from Northeast Kings Education Centre in 2016 with Honours with Distinction and is now attending Acadia University studying Biology. After she completes her Bachelor of Science, she hopes to further her education at Dalhousie to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Brittany likes to contribute to her community by serving at her church’s welcome table and being the goalie coach of the Valley Wild Peewee AA girls hockey team, along with the Bridgetown girls high school hockey team. Her hobbies include playing sports, baking, and spending time with her family and dog. Brittany is delighted to have the opportunity to represent the town of Kentville.

Child Attendant: Naomi Fagan

Savannah Sullivan

Town of Windsor

Savannah Elizabeth Sullivan is the 20-year-old daughter of Christopher Sullivan and Tanya Larkin-Sullivan. She graduated from Avon View High School in 2014 and currently attends NSCC Kingstec, where she will be graduating from the Experiential Tourism Program this spring. Savannah plans to attend Mount Saint Vincent University in the fall to complete her degree in Tourism and Hospitality. She enjoys being physically active, kayaking, travelling, and coaching sports to the younger generations. Savannah has a love for the growing wine industry in Nova Scotia. She likes to give back to the local tourism community by volunteering at events such as DEVOUR: Food and Film Festival and the Spirited Away Festival, to name a few. Savannah is very proud to have been raised in the wonderful community of Windsor-West Hants and is honoured to be representing her part of the Annapolis Valley.

Child Attendant: Maura Macumber