From Cook­ing to Miss Canada

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ayer's Cliff

Vanessa Aubé, of Ayer’s Cliff, has a dream and she needs help from the peo­ple of the East­ern Town­ships to make that dream come true. The twen­tythree year old chef, who at­tended Ayer’s Cliff El­e­men­tary, Alexan­der Galt High

School, and grad­u­ated from 24 Juin’s culi­nary pro­gram, is a fi­nal­ist in the Miss Canada 2016 com­pe­ti­tion and on­line vot­ing from the pub­lic will make up 15 % of each con­tes­tant’s fi­nal score.

“I was ap­proached by Do­minique Daoust of Miss Canada to be a con­tes­tant af­ter she saw my pho­tos on Face­book. At first I thought it might be a scam so I looked into it and found out that it was real. I had to have an in­ter­view and they asked me a lot of ques­tions about my­self,” ex­plained Ms. Aubé in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. “So I de­cided to en­ter the con­test not so much be­cause I want to win, but be­cause I thought it would be a good grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m re­ally shy so I thought it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for me to over­come my shy­ness,” she added.

The Miss Canada or­ga­ni­za­tion de­scribes its com­pe­ti­tion as more of a per­son­al­ity con­test than a beauty con­test, and the win­ner must be the am­bas­sador of a cause dur­ing her reign­ing year. “I was told we would be judged on many things like our team spirit, ca­ma­raderie, at­ti­tude, par­tic­i­pa­tion, and how we present our­selves and an­swer ques­tions,” said Vanessa who has al­ready met the other four­teen fi­nal­ists. “We got to­gether and we had to cre­ate videos of what we would do dur­ing our year, what kind of vol­un­teer work. I have vol­un­teered at the SPCA and at the se­niors’ res­i­dence where I work as a chef. I spent one day do­ing the nails and the make-up of the res­i­dents. I plan to con­tinue do­ing that kind of vol­un­teer work – I re­ally en­joy it.”

Luck­ily, Ms. Aubé has the sup­port of her em­ploy­ers at the Jardins de Ma­gog se­niors’ res­i­dence who are help­ing to spon­sor her en­deavor and who are giv­ing her the time off needed to at­tend the fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion, held in Mon­treal, from March 2nd to March 5th.

“Dur­ing the four day gala we’ll be do­ing lots of ac­tiv­i­ties like roller blad­ing, in­door surf­ing, and we’ll have limou­sine rides and spe­cial sup­pers ev­ery night. I al­ready have my en­tire sched­ule and I need to bring three cock­tail dresses,” said Vanessa with ob­vi­ous ex­cite­ment. “We’ll be watched and judged dur­ing those four days, for 40% of our score. We’ll have to wear a ball gown but there is no bikini con­test and no singing or danc­ing con­test.”

Five young women will make it into the fi­nal and the win­ner will be crowned on March 5th. She and the run­ner-up will have to make sev­eral pub­lic ap­pear­ances through­out the year.

“So far the ex­pe­ri­ence has been re­ally good. I met some re­ally nice girls and we’ll have a lot of fun at the big gala. We’ll be stay­ing four in each ho­tel room. This ex­pe­ri­ence will re­ally give me some­thing to talk about af­ter!”

Be­sides pos­si­bly earn­ing the ti­tle of the next Miss Canada, Miss Aubé hopes her fu­ture in­cludes one day start­ing her own “Chef in your home” busi­ness, a grow­ing trend in the food ser­vice in­dus­try.

Any­one in­ter­ested in vot­ing for Ms. Aubé can go to www.miss­cana­ to cast a vote. Pub­lic vot­ing ends on Fe­bru­ary 29th.

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Vanessa Aubé, of Ayer’s Cliff, is one of four­teen fi­nal­ists in the Miss Canada com­pe­ti­tion.

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