Michelle Jefferson (left)

Michelle Jefferson (left)

Tourism a good fit for Vernon royalty

Formal gowns and business suits are the expected attire when Queen Silver Star Aksana Skrinnikoff and Princess Silver Star Kaitlyn Chirkoff travel.

Formal gowns and business suits are the expected attire when Queen Silver Star Aksana Skrinnikoff and Princess Silver Star Kaitlyn Chirkoff travel.

But what do they wear when gowns and suits are not appropriate?

Up until this week, they coordinated whatever was in their closet but now Tourism Vernon has stepped forward to provide casual wardrobes for them to wear as they travel throughout the province.

“Representing Vernon is the primary purpose for travelling to other communities,”  said Brittany Sjoblom, vice chair of the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program.  “Having clothing that identifies them as coming from Vernon, brings further recognition to our community.”

The colourful, comfortable pieces include a vest, jacket and short and long sleeve tops.  Each piece is embroidered with the Vernon logo and its tagline: ‘Make it yours.’

“We are so pleased to be part of this program and support these extraordinary young women,” said Michelle Jefferson, manager of tourism services for the City of Vernon. “They do an outstanding job as ambassadors for Vernon and we wanted to recognize those efforts.”

Tourism Vernon also provides more than four hours of training to all Queen Silver Star Excellence candidates to insure that they are knowledgeable about the community, its history and attributes so that they can help promote Vernon.