Miss Manitoulin 2014 prepares to represent Manitoulin Island at Miss Teenage Canada

Miss Manitoulin 2014 Katie Harper shows off her new cookbook ‘Just Baking,’ which is on sale now.

‘Just Baking’ cookbooks on sale now to raise funds for pageant

LITTLE CURRENT—Miss Manitoulin 2014 Katie Harper has launched a fundraising campaign to help her to represent Manitoulin at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant this August in Toronto.

A Grade 11 student at Sudbury Secondary School, Katie is from Little Current, but attends the Sudbury school in the performing arts program. She was crowned Miss Manitoulin 2014 last summer during the annual Haweater Weekend pageant and went on to represent Manitoulin at the Miss North Ontario pageant held recently in Sudbury. Though Katie didn’t take home the Miss North Ontario title, she did receive the talent award, pageant promotion award and was one of six contestants hand selected to attend the Miss Teenage Canada pageant.

“My title for the pageant is Miss Teenage Manitoulin 2014,” said Katie. “I’m really excited for the pageant. It is a huge opportunity. Past winners of the talent portion of the pageant have gone on to TV fame and other amazing things.”

As part of the pageant, Katie must raise $2,850 for her pageant entry, which also includes her eight-day stay in Toronto during the pageant, her meals, shoes, swimsuit, sash and other associated costs.

“We are also asked to raise $400 for Free the Children, but my goal is $1,000,” said Katie.

To kick off her fundraising, Katie has created a cookbook full of Manitoulin generational recipes she has collected from friends, family and community members.

The book, ‘Just Baking,’ is $10 and includes recipes for cookies, cakes, squares and pies.

“I come from a family of bakers and I think a lot of people will appreciate a genuine cookbook full of recipes that are special to Manitoulin,” said Katie.

‘Just Baking’ will be available at The Manitoulin Expositor Office in Little Current for $10 (cash only please) or by contacting missteenagemanitoulin2014@hotmail.com.