‘I want to show all younger girls that they can do anything they want to do’
Local teen heading to Toronto to compete in Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017
Victoria Burden of Happy Valley- Goose Bay paid her mother a great compliment during a recent phone interview with The Labradorian.
When asked if she has a mentor, the 14-year-old didn’t hesitate before replying that her mother – Anna Burden – is definitely her mentor.
“I really look up to my mom. She’s such a strong person. She does what she wants to do. Nobody stands in her way.”
Victoria is one of two contestants from Happy Valley-Goose Bay who are vying for the title of Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017. The pageant – which is part of the Miss Canada Globe Productions - takes place in Toronto in August.
Victoria is participating in the teen portion of the pageant.
One of five siblings, Victoria said, she was “super excited” when she found out in January that her application for entry into the pageant had been accepted.
“Mom and Dad (Glenn Burden) had a little package done up for me and a bouquet of flowers. I got home from school and they gave it to me and told me I was accepted. My whole family is pretty excited for me,” she said.
Victoria will have a lot of support while in Toronto.
“My mom is going to be with me. My dad and my two younger siblings are going to come out for the bigger show.”
Victoria is a Grade nine French Immersion student at Mealy Mountain Collegiate.
She’s been in French Immersion since kindergarten and is now fully bilingual.
An avid reader, when she’s not involved with school activities, Victoria likes to play hockey and spend time outdoors.
She’s also a member of her school’s drama club and has been on stage with the town’s drama group – The Mokami Players.
“I love singing and acting and I absolutely adore cooking and baking with Mom.”
Victoria started volunteering at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre at age 10. She’s been working at the centre as a sound technician for the past couple of years.
A Nunatsiavut beneficiary, Victoria also volunteers with Nunatsiavut Health and Social Development.
“I do a youth group with kids (aged) 10-13 and I do drum dancing with the younger kids.”
Victoria said she’s delighted that another teen from her town – 15-year-old Tamara Anthony - has also been accepted into the pageant.
“I’d really like to wish Tamara all the best,” she said.
Victoria has set up a Facebook page ( Victoria Burden for Miss Teen Canada 2017) to keep people posted about the pageant and to let them know about fundraising activities she’ll be having to help offset the cost of the trip.
The astute teen has one main goal in entering the pageant. A positive way of thinking likely instilled in her by her mother.
“I want to show all younger girls that they can do anything they want to do. Even if you’re from a small community, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything,” she said.
“I really look up to my mom. She’s such a strong person. She does what she wants to do. Nobody stands in her way.” Victoria Burden
Fourteen-year-old Victoria Burden is competing in the Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017 pageant.