2017 Festival Theme: "Rooted in Tradition"

Apple Blossom Festival Directors

Alxys Chamberlain

Vice President & Publicity (Interim President)

Alxys has lived in the Annapolis Valley for the past twenty years, having participated annually in the several events that the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival has to offer. In 2015, Alxys served as the leadership candidate for Kingston and was extremely honoured to represent her hometown. She was later selected as Queen Annapolisa 83rd and was very proud to be an ambassador for the whole Annapolis Valley, having the opportunity to share her love for this beautiful and industrious region. Her employment with the Kingston Day Camp has led her to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Dalhousie University and she is looking forward to using her post secondary education within the Annapolis Valley workforce. Over the past several years, Alxys has developed a passion for volunteerism, working with many organizations, and is excited to take on this volunteer position on the Board of Directors and give back to an organization that has so positively impacted her life.

Angela Pelton

Leadership, Protocol & Transportation

Angela was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley and has always taken time to celebrate the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.  Since 2004, she has served as the Town of Hantsport’s Community Representative.  This is Angela’s seventh term as Leadership Director.  As Leadership Director she is privileged to have the responsibility of guiding the community Leadership Candidates and helping them prepare for their role as community Leaders and Festival representatives.   She has been a strong supporter of the Leadership Candidates and has traveled to many Valley communities encouraging their involvement in the Festival. A mother of three children, her daughter, Katelyn Rose, was chosen Princess Hantsport in 2008.  An active volunteer, she won the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award for the Town of Hantsport and continues her involvement in her community.  Angela is delighted to be rejoining the Board of Directors as they invite everyone to participate in the 2017 Apple Blossom Festival theme, “Rooted in Tradition”.

Barb Madic

Office Manager

Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Barb values the rich history of our apple industry and the longstanding celebrations associated with Apple Blossom time. She is pleased to be joining the 2017 Apple Blossom Festival team as Office Manager. Barb comes to the position with a diverse background in broadcast and print media. She also brings a wealth of experience in “right hand” communications and administrative support to executive managers and boards. Barb holds an Advanced Diploma (Honours) in Public Relations and was named 2005 NSCC IT Campus Valedictorian. Throughout Nova Scotia, Barb has worked in government, not-for-profit, small business, and academic environments. Locally, she has contributed her professional time and talents to Annapolis Valley Radio, Acadia University, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, and the Landscape of Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage bid to name but a few. She is currently serving her third year as a volunteer with the Kingston/Greenwood Community Health Board. Barb believes that strong communities are built around shared experiences. She invites everyone to join in the celebration of the 85th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Heidi Scotney-Kinsman

Grand Street Parade

Heidi has lived in the Annapolis Valley for all her life and could not imagine living anywhere else. With all the charms of the Valley, the Apple Blossom Festival is one her of favourites. Heidi was honoured to represent her hometown as the Leadership Candidate for Berwick in 2015. She very much enjoys being a part of her community which is reflective in her involvement with the Waterville Detachment of Saint John Ambulance as a Medical Fire Responder. Her passion for helping others feel their best extends to her pursing a Cosmetology License. Heidi is excited to be joining the Board of Directors this season and is looking forward to the exciting opportunities and memories ahead.

John Patterson

Tourism Director

John Patterson was born on the Ridge above Wolfville in 1942 and is currently in the process of moving back. His family continues to farm on the Ridge. The Valley has been an essential part of John’s life and he has never lived any further than an hour from where he was born. John graduated from Acadia with a BA in 1962 and a BEd in 1969. He also completed post graduate work at UNB. John taught in the Kings County school system in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a partner in the Old Orchard and served as Vice-President from 1971 to 1987. John continued his teaching career at Millwood High in Sackville from 1977-1992. While living in Mount Uniacke, John was County Councillor from 1994-2012 and later the Warden of East Hants from 2004-2012. John has been active in his community and has served as the President of the local Cancer Society and President of the Charitable Irish.  John also volunteered with Community Policing and the Legion. John has participated in the Apple Blossom Festival even when he was not living in the Valley. In the 1970’s, in his position at the Old Orchard Inn, John enjoyed meeting and working with Apple Blossom participants.

Katie Godon

Events

Katie was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley and has always loved being an attendee at the Apple Blossom Festival. She moved to Halifax in 2014 to pursue her dreams of becoming an event manager. She has completed a diploma in Event and Promotions Management from da Vinci College in Halifax in 2015. Looking to gain some experience in her new field, she came back to her hometown of New Minas and decided to get involved with the festival she had always loved. Katie was the event assistant to event director for the 84th annual Apple Blossom Festival and looks forward to continuing on with the festival as the event director for the 85th. She hopes to continue to build a festival that will continue on for another 85 years and looks forward to being a part of a team that can make such a wonder festival happen.

Krista Morine

Children's Parade

Krista was born in the EKM Hospital in Wolfville in 1981. Krista lived in Wolfville and represented the town in the Apple Blossom Festival in 2001, then moved to New Minas where she has resided since. Graduating from NSCC Kingstec, she has a certificate in Costume Fabrication and a Diploma in Tourism Management. This included studies in Community Development, Event Planning and International Studies. The Festival has been a part of her life since day one, as she has joined in with the children’s parade, grand street parade and volunteered for the parades and teas on several occasions. As well, Krista has been in the enthusiastic crowd, and even made a display for the Kings County Museum for the Festival’s 80th anniversary.  She is excited to be joining the Board for the first time and encourages all kids (and parents) to join in on the parade fun!

Linda Keddy

Secretary

Linda is excited to be part of the 85th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festivals as Secretary to the board. The Apple Blossom Festival has long held a special place in Linda’s heart as her mother, Ruth Keddy (formerly Perrier) became the second Princess for New Minas in 1950 following her sister Ann Perrier who was the first in 1949. Linda grew up in Halifax, where she had attended Mount Saint Vincent University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Following graduation Linda lived in both Ontario and Nova Scotia at various times while she raised a family and spent over 15 years gaining management experience in projects, managing large teams and quality management initiatives while also serving on the board in a few non profit organizations within her community. With this experience, Linda was thrilled to move ‘home’ with her husband in 2015 where she resides in North Kentville. Instead of returning home each summer to visit, she is proud to call the Valley home and is excited to be able to give back to the community to help contribute to the long standing tradition in the Valley which has had significant meaning to Linda’s family and looks forward to being part of the 85th anniversary.

Logan Morse

Treasurer & Sponsorship

Logan has lived in the Annapolis Valley his whole life and is excited to be joining the Apple Blossom Festival’s Board of Directors for the 2017 Festival season. Logan is an active community volunteer and a member of several community-interest organizations. Logan is currently completing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Acadia University, majoring in Accounting. He plans to pursue both a CPA and REALTOR designation upon graduation. Logan volunteers for Junior Achievement Nova Scotia, delivering both Company Program and Dollars with Sense program to high school students. He is treasurer for the Acadia Equestrian Society, as well as the Kings North PC Association, and is the Director of Finance for the Nova Scotia Youth Progressive Conservatives. Logan was previously an army cadet and is now employed by the Department of National Defence as a reservist officer, and works with the Canadian Cadet Organization. Logan was formerly a part of a Youth Steering Committee at the Kings Regional Development Agency, which studied ways to help keep youth employed within the region. In 2016, Logan was nominated for an Emerging Leader recognition award from the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame for his community involvement work, entrepreneurial spirit, and for founding a real estate development company within the Annapolis Valley. Logan is passionate about his community and our province. Logan aims to help ensure the continued success of the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival for many years to come.

Sarah Griffiths

Cultural

Sarah was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. While studying at Mount Saint Vincent University, Sarah decided to travel and work abroad while completing her Business Degree with a Major in Tourism and Marketing and a Minor in Management. Sarah has worked for the last 10 years in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in England, Ireland, Banff, and Nova Scotia. After returning home from her travels five years ago, Sarah has moved with her family to Port Williams where she permanently resides. Sarah currently works in the travel industry, working mainly with group travel and events, as well as works part time at a local winery in Port Williams. Sarah is excited to get involved with the local community and has been given the honour to be able to volunteer as the Cultural Director for one of the most important festivals and events in the Annapolis Valley.

Steffany Cox-Lingard

Community Liaison

Steffany Cox is no stranger to the Apple Blossom Festival. Chosen as Princess Kingston 2008 she served as her community ambassador with great pride; spreading her message that anyone can be royalty! Steffany has been involved off and on, since that time, with the Apple Blossom Committee in Kingston. Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, she wanted to keep her education local – and knew NSCC was her first choice! She graduated in 2009 from NSCC Kingstec Campus with a Diploma in Business Administration and again in 2011 with a Certificate in Medical Office Administration; where she was elected Valedictorian for the School of Business. Steffany has fulfilled her dream and come full circle; currently employed at NSCC Kingstec Campus as an Administrative Assistant in Academic Services. Steffany lives in Kingston with her newlywed husband, Justin, and their new fur-baby, Teddy.

ABF Community Reps

Annapolis Royal: Carrie Murray

Aylesford: Linda Bezanson

Berwick: Carolyn Boylan-Hartling

Canning: Lynda Lockyer

Coldbrook: Alana Schofield

Municipality of Digby: Susan Rice

Greenwood: Brian Banks

14 Wing Greenwood: Shawn Dyer

Hantsport: Margot Bureaux

Kentville: Jennifer West

Kingston: Renee Beardsley & Amy Spurrell

New Minas: Kathie Brown

Port Williams: Betty-Jean Tupper

Windsor: VanEssa Roberts

Wolfville: Marianne Gates