Green gives up her crown
Rebecca Dawe of St. John’s named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador
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.”
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.