Abbotsford and Mission locals take home crowns at Miss BC pageant

Amrit Dosanjh of Abbotsford and Brittany O'Rourke are crowned at June 30 event

Abbotsford's Amrit Dosanjh was crowned Miss Teen Lower Mainland.

Abbotsford's Amrit Dosanjh was crowned Miss Teen Lower Mainland.

Abbotsford and Mission locals took home crowns at the Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen BC Pageant on June 30.

Abbotsford’s Amrit Dosanjh came home with a crown from the Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen BC pageant.

The 16-year-old Rick Hansen Secondary student took the title of Miss Teen Lower Mainland at the competition on June 30.

Brittany O’Rourke of Mission took the Miss Fraser Valley title. This is the first time a Mission resident has placed in the pageant.

Dosanjh will now assume a variety of new responsibilities, including making public appearances. But she says her most important job is being a good role model for younger girls.

The event was her first pageant, but Dosanjh jumped on the opportunity to try something new.

“Growing up, I’ve always learned that you’ve got to take every opportunity you get. So I took the opportunity and tried out.”

Fifty women from around the province participated in the pageant, with a variety of crowns to win. But Dosanjh said despite the fact that the pageant is technically a competition, “I actually realized that I made 50 amazing friends.”

The three-day event saw the contestants complete workshops on diverse subjects such as self-defence and healthy living. Dosanjh believes what set her apart was her public speaking skills and ability to communicate with an audience.

Now that she has the crown and title, she will focus on her platform, which is working to end child hunger.

The pageant will be broadcast on Shaw Television later this month.

The provincial titleholders this year include Taylor Scott from Richmond, who walked away with the Miss BC title; Stanislava Ludmilin from Surrey, who won Mrs. BC; Brette Joyal from Langley, who was named Miss Teen BC; and Tanpreet Parmar from Delta, who was awarded Miss BC Charity for having raised the most out of the $25,000 the contestants raised for the pageant’s charity, Cops for Cancer.

The Miss BC, Miss Teen BC and Mrs. BC Pageant is unique in the pageant world in that there are no height or weight requirements or restrictions against women who have had children.  This year’s roster of contestants included a woman who was previously a competitor in the Special Olympics as well as a contestant with autism.

The Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen BC Pageant is already conducting interviews for the 2015 pageant.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at http://www.missbc.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany O’Rourke took home the Miss Fraser Valley title, the first time a Mission resident has placed in the pageant.

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