Jaymie Lee Derksen of Prince George will compete among 50 contestants from the province who have the dream of becoming the next Miss B.C. During the three-day event, all contestants receive professional training in areas such as public speaking, interview skills, media relations, modeling, choreography, stage training self-esteem development, manners, etiquette and self-defense.
“These skills will help all the contestants, whether or not they are chosen as the new Miss B.C.,” says director Darren Storsley who himself won the Mr. Canada title in 2003. “The next Miss B.C. will attend various functions across B.C. and needs to possess the skills these workshops offer, however these are skills that are important in any environment. This is not strictly a beauty pageant. It will be a well-rounded, intelligent, outstanding and well spoken young lady who will win the crown not necessarily the most beautiful girl.”
Contestants compete in a private judge’s interview, an on-stage interview, sportswear presentation, evening gown presentation, sponsor costume introduction and charity fundraising. The Charity of the Miss B.C. Pageant is Cops for Cancer Tour through the Canadian Cancer Society. Last year over $19,000 was raised through the Miss B.C. organization. Most contestants choose to do fundraisers for Cops for Cancer leading up to the pageant.
“The best part of the whole program is that we support kids who have cancer and through this event we can send some of those kids to Camp Goodtimes. It is very emotional when the contestants meet these children they have been fundraising for and the police officers who ride on the tour. This is all about reaching out to the community and this pageant is an excellent example of this.”
The public can support their local contestants by voting for their favourite contestant online in the People’s Choice Award category by visiting www.missbc.ca. The Miss B.C.Talent Show is Friday, July 2 starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. The Miss B.C. Pageant is Sunday, July 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is $20. Both events are at the Chief Sepass Theatre at the Langley Fine Arts School, 9096 Trattle Street in Fort Langley.