SUDBURY—Manitoulin was well represented at the Miss North Ontario (MNO) pageant this past weekend in Sudbury by Miss Manitoulin 2015 Brittany Manitowabi and Gore Bay’s Delaney Madore.
Both young ladies competed in the 2015 Miss Manitoulin pageant with Ms. Manitowabi going on to represent Manitoulin Island in the MNO pageant and Ms. Madore being selected to compete as well, representing Gore Bay.
Ms. Manitowabi and Ms. Madore competed against 43 other girls from across Northern Ontario this past weekend over three days. They were judged on their 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.
Twenty-year-old Ms. Manitowabi is from Wikwemikong and is in her second year at Laurentian University in social work.
Though Ms. Manitowabi wasn’t named MNO 2016, she placed first runner up for Miss Photogenic and was selected as a national finalist for Miss Universe Canada 2017.
She was also one of four finalists in the talent portion of the competition for her performance of an original song.
“MNO went great,” Ms. Manitowabi told The Expositor on Monday. “I had so much fun. I am so proud of myself and I am so happy and thankful to have represented Manitoulin.”
“The talent portion went great,” added Ms. Manitowabi. “I didn’t place, but I was thankful to have been able to perform on Friday night for my friends and family. Miss Greater Sudbury, who won the talent portion, did an amazing job. The delegates were able to watch her final performance on Saturday—she did a sign language version of ‘Stone Cold’ by Demi Lovato and it honestly had me in tears. She is very passionate about being an advocate for children of disabilities because she is hard of hearing. It was a heartfelt performance and she gave it her all and her win was beyond well deserved.”
Ms. Manitowabi said that her favourite part of MNO were the motivational speakers leading up to the actual competition.
“I have had a lot of barriers to overcome this year filled with stress and anxiety, so the speakers opened my eyes to being positive and to different opportunities that are out there if you just follow your dreams,” shared Ms. Manitowabi. “That is a huge theme in Miss North—to follow your dreams.”
She said that listening to the speakers also inspired her to maybe one day share her story and become a motivational speaker.
“I think I am a very resilient person—I have a story to share along with my talents and I just really feel deep down that I can make a difference with those gifts,” she said. “I also owe a lot of thanks to MNO and the Miss Manitoulin pageant for that and for giving me to opportunity to be myself.”
Ms. Madore also had a memorable experience and enjoyed being part of the MNO pageant.
“I was such an amazing opportunity and I am thankful I was able to go,” Ms. Madore told The Expositor. “Leading up to the show we did a few workshops on things like time management and public speaking and how to be successful in an interview. I was very nervous at first, but then after meeting the amazing girls, it really calmed me down.”
“My favourite part of the pageant was doing the essence portion when we all shared a story about something that had a huge impact on our life and how it changed us,” she said. “It was an amazing experience because you got to learn how much everybody has gone through and how much strength and courage they all have.”
Ms. Madore said she enjoys meeting “new and wonderful ladies” through pageants and being able to represent her community.
The Miss Manitoulin pageant is seeking Island girls ages 13-24 to compete in this year’s Haweater Weekend pageant, with the winning contestant to be named Miss Manitoulin and go on to represent the Island at the Miss North Ontario pageant in Sudbury in 2017.
The pageant will be held on Thursday, July 28 at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, a proud sponsor of the pageant, along with the Little Current Lions Club and The Manitoulin Expositor.
The planning for Miss Manitoulin 2016 is underway and applications will be available this Friday, May 20 at The Expositor office, through the Miss Manitoulin Facebook page or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.