‘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

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

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

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Four­teen-year-old Vic­to­ria Bur­den is com­pet­ing in the Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017 pageant.

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