by Veronica Xia
First, a little bit about me. I’m Veronica, and I attended the BC Provincial Heritage Fair in Kamloops in 2014.
Honestly, when I did my project that year I had no idea that it was even possible. I knew there was this mysterious thing which really good projects went to, but I didn’t know anyone who had gone. So, when I was told I had made it into the Provincial Fair, I was definitely caught off-guard.
Like, what? Me? This awkward, shy girl who almost didn’t even make it into the Regional Fair?
Long story short, the Provincial Fair itself was great. A lot of fun and educational. You’ve probably heard such testimonies from other Alumni. But for me, it was after the Provincial Fair where the magic happened. Heritage Fair has two programs for Alumni, both of which I am a member of.
First, the Regional Planning Committees, which is a committee of librarians, school board members, the local museum, teachers, etc., and Alumni who plan the Regional Fair.
Yes, I get to help plan the event now!
It’s been eye-opening experience, and it has really taught me a lot about how to be professional and what considerations there are when planning events. As well, in Richmond we are blessed with quite a large Alumni group, so as a mini-team we create our own projects to support the Richmond Fair.
Second, the Alumni Council, which brings together a small group of Alumni from across the province through the magic of telephone conferencing to create projects and have discussions about history and community. Through the Alumni Council, I’ve got the chance to talk to history professionals in the community, write blog posts, and even go to Victoria in 2017 as an Alumni Leader.
I think, above all, continued participation in Heritage Fair has, proverbially, pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I was very shy, and honestly still am. Talking to strangers? No thanks. Socializing? Run and hide (mentally at least). Taking charge? You’re crazy.
However, I’ve had opportunities to, simply said, communicate with a wider audience. I mean, how many students get the opportunities to talk to teachers at Pro-D Day workshops, or create videos to be posted on BC Heritage Fairs’ social media accounts?
It’s a unique, amazing opportunity which allows for us to be creative and express our own opinions, and from that I’ve learned a lot.