Local teen heading to Montreal in effort to be Miss Teen Canada

 

Nicole Roberts of Amherstburg is heading to Montreal later this month in an effort to be Miss Teen Canada

Nicole Roberts of Amherstburg is heading to Montreal later this month in an effort to be Miss Teen Canada

By Ron Giofu

 

Nicole Roberts’ goal of being Miss Teen Canada is getting closer to reality as the local 18-year-old is heading to Montreal later this month.

Roberts will be in Montreal for the Miss Teen Canada pageant, which starts Feb. 27, along with two other girls from Windsor. They will be three of only nine girls competing for the crown after being allowed to continue after a preliminary pageant in Windsor, scheduled for last October, was cancelled due to not enough contestants.

The Amherstburg teen said she does not know what to expect when she gets to Montreal later this month.

“I don’t even know what is going on. They want to keep it a surprise for the girls,” she said.

“The agenda is a secret,” added her father Doug. “They don’t want her to know.”

Roberts said she knows what to pack – a number of gowns, cocktail dresses, and swimsuits among her attire – some of which cost $500 each. All things considered, though, she said she is looking forward to the experience.

“I’m more excited now than I was a couple of months ago,” she said.

Experience is something her mother Cathy wishes her daughter had going into the national competition.

“It would have been nice to have gone through the Ontario preliminaries,” said Cathy.

Cathy noted they are working with Victoria Boutique in LaSalle on obtaining some of the dresses with other sponsors coming through as well. She said Julie Wingerden donated proceeds from a Scentsy party, Meloche’s No Frills have aided her with fundraisers and Unifor Local 444 has also helped.

“We’re still looking for sponsors,” added Doug.

Part of her final mark will depend on votes from the public with the top vote getter also receiving a prize. The votes do cost money – $5 for five votes and $25 for 100 votes – but the Roberts’ hope for as much support as possible.

Roberts’ entry fee is $600 although $200 is already covered as her entry fee for the cancelled Windsor pageant can be put towards this show. Travel is also another cost consideration.

Roberts said she will be getting assistance on how to prepare from Miss Canada 2012 Jaclyn Miles and last year’s Miss Teen Canada Celina Vasquez, who lives in London.

“She’s been doing her research,” added Cathy.

Support from her friends is something Roberts said she has been getting as well.

“I see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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