Happy Valley-Goose Bay teen competing in national pageant
Tamara Anthony travelling to Toronto for competition
Tamara Anthony of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is heading to Toronto in August to vie for the title of Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017.
Tamara is a 15-year-old student at Mealy Mountain Collegiate.
The pageant is part of the Miss Canada Globe Productions and Tamara is participating in the teen portion of the pageant.
Tamara said, after completing an application for acceptance into the pageant, she received a reply to set up a phone interview.
“After my phone interview I had to wait to see if I got accepted. And I did,” the excited teen said during a recent phone interview with The Labradorian.
During the phone interview with the pageant representatives, Tamara said, she was asked numerous questions from what she does in her spare time to any role models she may have in her life.
Tamara said growing up in Happy ValleyGoose Bay gave her an opportunity to participate in numerous sports including hockey, soccer and dance.
The United States’ former first lady Michelle Obama is one of her role models, she said.
“She’s an advocate for healthy living.”
Obama also fights for the rights of children throughout the world to attend school, she said.
Her Grade seven English teacher Sarah Michaud has also been a great inspiration to her, Tamara said.
“Sarah always taught me to be proud of who
I am. That it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks or what anyone’s standards are. I am beautiful in and out. She taught me to be myself, that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are... I know not to let anyone else make me think differently of myself,” Tamara said, in a follow-up e-mail with the Labradorian.
The teacher helped Tamara become a self-confident young woman.
“I am so happy with myself at this point. Even though (Sarah) is not my teacher anymore she still makes time to check up on me and ask me how I am every so often. I’m sad she doesn’t live here anymore. But I am so grateful I had someone to look up to like her.”
A passionate public speaker, Tamara placed in the top three in her class in public speaking initiatives for several years and also earned a spot in the Rotary Speak Off a few years ago.
The youngest of four siblings, Tamara also loves spending time with family – boating, camping, skidooing and going to the cabin.
“I always cherished my bond with my family because they’re all so much fun. If I decide to have children when I’m older I would probably want them to grow up here because there’s not a better or safer environment for them. I absolutely love Goose Bay,” she said.
Tamara has set up a Facebook page (Tamara Anthony for Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017) to keep people updated about the pageant and to seek sponsors and individual donations to help cover her expenses.
She is delighted Gilco Wholesalers are covering her airfare to and from Toronto.
Tamara hopes by participating in the pageant other young girls will realize the importance of being themselves. It’s a lesson she learned not from any textbook but from a caring English teacher.
“The pageant is a symbol of Canadian beauty but beauty isn’t all about what’s on the outside. It’s about what’s on the inside, too. And about being confident with who you are.”
Tamara Anthony of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is vying for the title of Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017.