2018 Festival Theme: "Honoured By History - Inspired By Change"

Apple Blossom Festival Directors

Allie Mailman

Volunteer Director

Allie was born in 1992 at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. She moved to the Miramichi, New Brunswick in 1997, returning to Kentville in 2000 with every year in between coming back to the Annapolis Valley to enjoy the Apple Blossom Festival with her family. Allie has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered for the Waterville SPCA in the past and is now at the newest SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas. This allows her to work with the friendly faces of the Annapolis Valley and build strong teams. During Allie’s free time, you can catch her outdoors enjoying nature, doing water sports or reading books.  As Allie grows older, she sees and appreciates the hard work and commitment it takes to host such a large event. Allie volunteered for the 2016 Children’s Parade and is proud to be on the team for the 2017 Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Alxys Chamberlain

President & Publicity

Alxys has lived in the Annapolis Valley for the past twenty-one 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 be a member of 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”.

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


Katie was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley and has always loved being an attendee at the Annapolis Valley 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. Now Event Specialist and manager of local event business Vogue Events. Katie started with the festival in 2015 as assistant event director for the 84th annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. She then stepped up to Events Director in 2016 and will be now serving on the board as Event Director for the second year. She hopes to continue to build a festival that will continue on for years to come and looks forward to being a part of a team that can make such a wonder festival happen.

Kori Levy

Office Manager

Kori Levy loves the Annapolis Valley! Some of her favorite childhood memories are of riding her horse through the apple blossoms while experiencing the beauty of spring and farming in our area. After graduation from Acadia University with a business degree, she spent many years in Western Canada working within fitness & sales management, real estate and leasing in the luxury seniors retirement industry. Upon return to the Valley, her sales work reconnected her to Festival. Kori currently teaches Aquafit in several Valley communities and is an Equine First Aid Instructor. With so many interests, the one thing that Kori feels is a priority is volunteering. In 2017, Kori volunteered with Festival working on grant writing, funding applications and helping with other tasks. Her volunteer experience with Festival allowed her to expand and make valuable new business and personal relationships, master new skills and ultimately lead to the role of Office Manager for 2018. She is proud to be able to work with a wonderful team of volunteers, community members and businesses to celebrate Festival 2018…all in one of the most beautiful areas of Canada!

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!

Logan Morse

Vice President & Finance

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.

Ryan Swetnam

Grand Street Parade

Sarah Henley

Cultural Director

Sarah has lived in the Annapolis Valley since 1995, and her favourite time of year is Apple Blossom time because it is the start to Spring and Summer. Sarah represented her town of Berwick in the 2013 Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, she was honoured to represent her town throughout the festival as well as the whole year. Over the past eight years Sarah has lived between Halifax and the Annapolis Valley to attend University. She recently has moved back to the Annapolis Valley to complete her final practicum and semester. In 2016 Sarah graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Studies and in May 2018 she will graduate with her second degree from MSVU with a Bachelor of Education. Other than education and volunteering Sarah’s other passion is the Fine Arts, specifically theatre. She is the Costume Director for West Kings High School’s Musicals. Sarah is excited to take on the role of Cultural Director on the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Board of Directors and cannot wait for the adventure it brings.

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: Christine Spurr

Kentville: Jennifer West

Kingston: Renee Beardsley & Amy Spurrell

New Minas: Kathie Brown

Port Williams: Betty-Jean Tupper

Windsor: VanEssa Roberts

Wolfville: Marianne Gates