Miss Manitoulin 2015 Brittany Manitowabi to compete at Miss North Ontario Friday

Miss Manitoulin 2015 Brittany Manitowabi at her NOFCC Charity Fundraiser held recently at the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course.

Delaney Madore to represent Gore Bay this weekend

SUDBURY—Miss Manitoulin 2015 Brittany Manitowabi will be representing Manitoulin Island in the Miss North Ontario (MNO) pageant this weekend in Sudbury as will Gore Bay’s Delaney Madore.

“I’ve been practicing my guitar a lot getting ready for the talent portion of the event,” Ms. Manitowabi told The Expositor. “Talent was optional this year, so if you wanted to, you had to send in a video ahead of time. I did and I was one of four contestants selected to perform at the preliminary competition. I’ve been practicing a lot.” 

From left, performers JW Stevens, Elijah Manitowabi, Brittany  Manitowabi and Jason Manitowabi at Ms. Manitowabi’s NOFCC concert fundraiser.
From left, performers JW Stevens, Elijah Manitowabi, Brittany Manitowabi and Jason Manitowabi at Ms. Manitowabi’s NOFCC concert fundraiser.

Ms. Manitowabi shared that she will be performing a song she wrote that is close to her heart, dealing with her personal experience with depression and anxiety.

“I really put my heart and soul into this song,” said the 20-year-old.

Last year at MNO, Ms. Manitowabi placed second in the MNO pageant talent portion, performing another original song when she was representing her home community of Wikwemikong.

Ms. Manitowabi has been doing other things to prepare for this year’s competition such as practicing her pageant walk, public speaking and fundraising.

“I held a fundraiser for Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC) at the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course last month,” she said. “Family and friends helped me with the event and we had Josh Stevens from Nippising First Nation perform, as well as myself and Elijah Manitowabi. It went really well and we raised $435.”

As part of MNO, each contestant is required to raise a minimum of $100 for NOFCC, MNO’s official charity.

“Being Miss Manitoulin has been an amazing experience,” Ms. Manitowabi said. “I got to walk in the Little Current and Sudbury Santa Claus Parades and sing at Manitoulin Country Fest. I’ve also been asked to speak at a number of events and that has really helped with my public speaking confidence. I used to be so nervous, but I’ve got a lot of practice this year, which has been great. I was also asked to be a community champion role model for Healthy Kids, Healthy Life at the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury, which has been a great and I’ve been asked to speak at an indigenous youth conference through Cambrian College in June. I’m in my second year of social work at Laurentian University, so it means a lot to me to be able to share my story. I want to share with them to never give up on your dreams because you never know where they will take you.”

She said that she is excited about the MNO pageant this weekend and representing both her home community of Wikwemikong and Manitoulin as a whole.

Delaney Madore of Gordon/Barrie Island competing in the Miss  Manitoulin 2015 pageant.
Delaney Madore of Gordon/Barrie Island competing in the Miss Manitoulin 2015 pageant.

Delaney Madore will also be competing in the MNO pageant representing Gore Bay. Sixteen-year-old Ms. Madore also competed in the 2015 Miss Manitoulin pageant and was selected by MNO organizers to compete at this year’s competition.

For someone so young, she has a great deal of experience already in the pageant world, previously being selected to attend Top Model Search Canada and competing at Miss Trillium Canada earlier this year where she was crowned first princess.

Ms. Madore raised $500 for NOFCC through a volleyball tournament she organized at Manitoulin Secondary School recently.

“I am both nervous and excited,” Ms. Madore told The Expositor of the upcoming pageant. “I have been practicing my speech and platform, organizing events for the official charity (NOFCC), collecting clothes and shoes and preparing everything I need to bring with me.”

Ms. Madore described her eveningwear as a black dress with pink through it in a tiger-like print with silver rhinestones on the top.

For her speech she will be talking about bullying and sharing her personal story.

Ms. Manitowabi and Ms. Madore will compete against 43 other girls from across Northern Ontario this weekend. The judging is broken down into several categories: the preliminary night formal wear worth 15 percent of their overall score; a personal interview with the judges worth 40 percent; beauty with a purpose, 20 percent; scholastic testing, 20 percent; final night opening number, 15 percent; public speaking, 20 percent; preliminary night formal wear, 15 percent; and pre-pageant participation and cooperation, 10 percent.

The preliminary show is this Friday, May 13 at 8 pm at the Fraser Auditorium at Laurentian University, while the final gala competition and crowning will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 8 pm, also at the Fraser Auditorium. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $20 for Saturday or $25 for both and are available at the door.

For more information, visit www.missnorthontario.com.