Already well known for her athletic and academic achievements, Sarah Woodside can now add P.E.I. Potato Ambassador to her resume. The Knutsford resident was awarded the 2018 ambassadorship during the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s farmers awards banquet.
Her citation notes that she was brought up on a family farm where she tended the livestock, assisted with planting and harvesting, operated tractors and did a lot of painting of outbuildings and fence posts.
“Growing up on the family farm has given this young lady insight of the concept of hard work, dedication and community pride,” read Geraldine MacKendrick, the Master of Ceremonies for the banquet.
In 2015 she was named O’Leary’s Youth of the year and in 2016 she was valedictorian of her Westisle Composite High School graduation class and Governor General’s medal-winner. She was also chosen Miss Potato Blossom in 2016.
She’s been an active volunteer in her church and in sports and represented P.E.I. at the Canada Games twice, in 2015 for hockey and 2017 for softball.
After two years of study at Dalhousie University, Woodside remains on the Dean’s List as she works on a double major in Math and Chemistry. Her summers are spent working with the O’Leary Recreation Department where she helps organize soccer and ball events, including assisting with organizing tournaments, scheduling and volunteer coordination.