LITTLE CURRENT—Haweater Weekend kicked off last Thursday with the 2017 Miss Manitoulin pageant at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre in Little Current, which saw Megan Misner of Gore Bay crowned this year’s Miss Manitoulin.
“I was really surprised and excited to be named Miss Manitoulin,” said Megan. “I was very emotional. I’ve worked really hard towards becoming Miss Manitoulin and at my volunteer work around the Island. I am so pleased to get this type of platform so that I can put things that I am involved in on Manitoulin into the mainstream such as Grandma Seabrook’s House, a safe space for LGBTQ2S community members, and Haven House.”
“I’ve already begun planning some fundraising events for Miss North Ontario’s charity, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer,” shared Megan, who noted that she was excited to be representing Manitoulin at the 2018 Miss North Ontario pageant in Sudbury.
“My goal is to make it out to and help at as many Island events as I can this year,” said Megan. “Former Miss Manitoulin’s Brooke Debassige and Katie Harper have been super helpful in offering me support in my new role, as have the Little Current Lions Club.”
Seven girls competed for this year’s crown including: 17-year-old Sarah Migwans-Bayer of M’Chigeeng First Nation, sponsored by Mindemoya Guardian Pharmacy; 18-year-old Michelle Campbell from Mindemoya, sponsored by Campbell Construction; 15-year-old Zoé Couillard of Kagawong, sponsored by Bare Naked Beauty; 17-year-old Delaney Madore of Gore Bay, sponsored by McQuarrie Motors; 15-year-old Olivia Ashley Manitowabi of Wiikwemkoong, sponsored by Your Dollar Store With More; 15-year-old Ana Migwans of M’Chigeeng First Nation, sponsored by Spirit Island Adventures; and 18-year-old Megan Misner of Gore Bay, sponsored by Boarderline.
The contestants went through a tiered process to determine who would be awarded the title of Miss Manitoulin 2017, which included one-on-one interviews prior to the pageant with the judges and during the pageant; a fashion show featuring Island fashions; an evening gown competition and a talent or speech component.
This year’s judges included Katie Harper, Brooke Debassige and Crystal Madahbee.
Delaney Madore was named the first runner up, while Michelle Campbell was named second runner up and received the Haweater Pride award for demonstrating the most pride throughout the pageant in being from Manitoulin. Olivia Ashley Manitowabi was named Miss Congeniality by this year’s contestants through a secret ballot.
“We had another great pageant and we are so thankful for the amazing contestants this year—they were beautiful inside and out,” said Miss Manitoulin Chair Robin Burridge. “We are very thankful to our judges who volunteered their time and the numerous sponsors who make the event possible including the Little Current Lions Club, The Manitoulin Expositor, the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre and the Island stores that participated in the fashion show including Dreamer’s Cove, My Ol’ Blues, Boarderline, Black Butterfly, Kuku Hut, Former Flame and Turners of Little Current. A big shout out also goes to our host for the evening, Kelly Timmermans of CHAW Country 103.”
Other sponsors this year included: Dreamer’s Cove, Manitoulin Chocolate Works, The Rain Barrel, Turners of Little Current, Anchored Jewelry, Boo-Bah-Lou Candy Corner and Loco Beanz in Little Current and Bare Naked Beauty.
Megan will be at Manitoulin Country Fest (part of her prize package was a pass donated by Country 103) as well as Pride Manitoulin the weekend of August 18-20 in Little Current, so be sure to say hello.