From Cooking to Miss Canada
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.misscanadatm.ca/268.html to cast a vote. Public voting ends on February 29th.
Vanessa Aubé, of Ayer’s Cliff, is one of fourteen finalists in the Miss Canada competition.