Local teen vying to be Miss Teen Canada 2014



By Ron Giofu


A local 17-year-old is vying to be the next Miss Teen Canada.

Nicole RobertsNicole Roberts has started a journey which she hopes ends in Montreal next year at the Miss Teen Canada 2014 pageant. The journey began earlier this year when her mother Cathy asked her if she would be interested in applying to be a contestant.

“It all started when (Miss Canada 2012 and Amherstburg native) Jaclyn Miles posted (on the Internet) on how she is looking for people to be Miss Canada and Miss Teen Canada,” said Nicole.

Nicole had to fill out an application that included listing charity work and goals for the future with a phone interview with Miles coming shortly thereafter. She was selected in May to be a contestant in the Ontario preliminary round, which is slated to take place at Hiram Walker Oct. 5.

“I had to do a photo shoot and raise money to get all the dresses and make-up for the pageant,” she said.

While a photo shoot was recently completed, the fundraising continues as Nicole is undertaking such initiatives as a penny drive, a book drive, and an Aug. 3 car wash at No Frills. Nicole’s father Doug added there are also talks about holding a dinner fundraiser.

Cathy said her daughter is not a “girly girl” but rather a girl who likes country music and loves her dog. Nicole’s interest in being part of the pageant came as a bit of a surprise.

“She’s a lot more excited about things than I thought she was going to be,” Cathy said with a laugh.

Cathy added, “She wants to get out there, meet people, try this, see our country and help in any way she can.”

Nicole said she is interested as she has never taken part in any pageants before.

“I’m really nervous but I’m excited too,” she said. “I don’t know what to expect from it.”

While the pageant experience “may be a one-time thing,” she is keeping the door open to possibly doing more of it. In the meantime, she said she is looking forward to dress shopping.

Working with children who are ill will be part of her platform and believes doing that will help change her outlook on the world and her perspective on many things.

“If anyone can support her along the way, morally or financially, that would be appreciated,” said Doug.

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