During the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast held recently, the Wales YFC Senior Member of the Year Competition, sponsored by JCP Solicitors, was held. Judging the competition was Aled Jones, current Wales YFC Senior Member of the Year, Simon Evans, past Wales YFC Chairman and past Wales YFC staff member Angela Hughes.
The title of Wales YFC Senior Member of the Year was awarded to Gwennan Davies from Llanwenog YFC, Ceredigion.
Before the competition all candidates for the senior member of the year competition were asked to fill in a form, detailing their contribution to YFC over the past year as well as general information regarding themselves. At the Entertainment Feast, all competitors attended a formal interview with the judges.
“The standard of competition was exceptionally high and the judging panel were very impressed with the calibre of members that came forward. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the movement was great to see, but it made our work very difficult. It goes to show how important the competition is and the privilege that is awarded to the title of Senior Member of the Year. I wish to congratulate this year's winner and recognise the dedication shown by all those who competed - well done!" said Aled Jones, on behalf of the judges.
Gwennan is in her final year as a member of the YFC movement where she has been a part of Llanwenog YFC for fifteen years. She is currently a Planning Officer for Ceredigion County Council and is also Wales YFC’s Activities and International Committee Vice-Chairman.
Gwennan said, “I wish to thank the club members for their trust in me and for their continued support. I'm indebted to the club for allowing me to take on various responsibilities, compete in competitions from stock judging to miming and training teams in public speaking and writing scripts and speeches. The whole experience has enriched me as a person and my preparation for the world of work - I will be eternally grateful for every opportunity.”
“I'm looking forward to performing the role to the best of my ability and if any member in Wales would like any assistance or advice please feel free to contact me anytime. The organisation develops from year to year and hopefully we'll be able to contribute towards building a stronger organisation for the benefit of our members, it is important to me that the views of members are heard and that we realize the requirements of young people between the age of 10 and 26. I wish to promote the international program so that all members are aware of the benefit of foreign travel and go for it! I look forward to working together with Elin Havard on behalf of the movement in Wales!”
“We wish Gwennan the very best of luck in representing Wales at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ senior member of the year competition at the Annual Convention in Blackpool.” added Aled.
Both the Junior and Senior Member of the Year will be ambassadors for Wales YFC during the year and will be called upon as officers of the organisation to assist during various events.