Green gives up her crown

Re­becca Dawe of St. John’s named Miss New­found­land and Labrador

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Re­becca Dawe had mixed feel­ings about be­ing named Miss New­found­land and Labrador when she walked across the stage at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace Sept. 26 to ac­cept the crown.

The 19-year-old sec­ond-year ki­ne­si­ol­ogy stu­dent at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity said she was “ex­tremely sur­prised and very ex­cited. But at the same time I feel a lit­tle ner­vous be­cause a whole lot lies ahead,” Dawe said.

She was re­fer­ring to her 12-month reign, which be­gan Sept. 27, the day af­ter she was crowned Miss New­found­land and Labrador 2010-11 dur­ing the 52nd an­nual Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Fall Fair. Sara Green of Win­ter­ton, last year’s win­ner, was on hand to crown her suc­ces­sor.

Dawe is the daugh­ter of Dave and Jan­ice Dawe of St. John’s. Her fa­ther is orig­i­nally from Bay Roberts. She grad­u­ated with first class hon­ours in the French Im­mer­sion pro­gram at Gon­zaga High School in 2009. In her spare time she en­joys work­ing part­time at Win­ners, and vol­un­teer­ing with Spe­cial Olympics and at the Janeway and Health Sci­ences Com­plex. She likes to read, bake, knit, sing, dance, play pi­ano, do yoga and play ul­ti­mate Fris­bee. Her goal is to be­come a pe­di­atric phys­io­ther­a­pist.

Dawe was cho­sen from among 16 young women from all over the prov­ince who en­tered the pageant.

Court­ney Wood­ford of Tri­ton was first run­ner-up to the win­ner, while Daisy Dawe of Up­per Is­land Cove was sec­ond run­ner-up. Dawe is a third-year nurs­ing stu­dent at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity.

If Moore had her way, the pub­lic works com­mit­tee would have sim­ply brought a rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil.

“But that’s not the way it was done,” she said. “I was re­ally sur­prised it came up and was get­ting done in such a fast fashion.”

The recre­ation com­mis­sion, made up of Alice Rus­sell, Matthew Moore, Kelly Ka­vanagh and Amanda Ralph, shares the mayor’s sur­prise.

“ We were of the un­der­stand­ing the build­ing was be­ing give to us to use,” said chair­per­son Rus­sell. “ We were go­ing to use it for our meet­ings and maybe … have a place for a tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, a place for lo­cal peo­ple to put their art and crafts.”

The com­mis­sion is fear­ful that, if the build­ing is moved, the town will be un­suc­cess­ful in seek­ing fund­ing nec­es­sary for re­pair.

Last week, the com­mis­sion cir­cu­lated a pe­ti­tion in the town. “A cou­ple of peo­ple on our com­mis­sion have been out and around, and al­most ev­ery­body is pretty sup­port­ive of keep­ing the build­ing where it is,” Rus­sell in­di­cated.

She planned to present the pe­ti­tion at Mon­day, Oct. 4 meet­ing of coun­cil.

De­spite the on­go­ing de­bate in coun­cil, the mayor ac­cepts that “the onus is go­ing to be on the coun­cil to lis­ten to the con­cerns of the res­i­dents.”

Pho­tos by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

Re­becca Dawe of St. John’s (cen­tre) was cho­sen Miss New­found­land and Labrador for 2010-11 dur­ing a pageant in Har­bour Grace on Sept. 26. She is shown here flanked by­first run­ner-up Court­ney Wood­ford of Tri­ton ( left) and sec­ond run­ner-up­Daisy Dawe of Up­per Is­land Cove.

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