Shoe Re­hab cel­e­brates its Queen of Gros Islet, Chelsea Joseph

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

An epit­ome of strength, unique char­ac­ter, per­son­al­ity, beauty and dance are words nar­rat­ing the story of the 2015 Miss Queen of Gros Islet, Miss Shoe Re­hab Chelsea Joseph.

Chelsea’s quest for broad­en­ing her knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways been great. Af­ter at­tain­ing nine CXC passes and two ad­di­tional awards for Theatre Arts (Dance) and House Cap­tain at the Castries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, she en­rolled at the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege where she achieved an as­so­ciate de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2014.

Chelsea, who has a great pas­sion for dance, cur­rently holds the po­si­tion of As­sis­tant Dance Co­or­di­na­tor with the CAM Dance Troupe. Her dream is to one day be­come a cer­ti­fied ac­coun­tant and a pro­fes­sional dance chore­og­ra­pher to in­ject the pas­sion and tech­nique she has ac­quired thus far and im­pact this knowl­edge to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

A con­tes­tant at the 2014 Miss In­de­pen­dence, Chelsea cap­tured the 2nd run­ner-up award, and ar­tic­u­lates that this ex­pe­ri­ence fu­elled her de­sire to com­pete in the Miss Queen of Gros Islet pageant.

20-year-old Chelsea, who re­sides in and rep­re­sented the com­mu­nity of Corinth, was spon­sored by Shoe Re­hab and com­peted against four other con­tes­tants in the Miss Queen of Gros Islet pageant on Satur­day 29th Au­gust, 2015 at the San­dals Grande Re­sort.

Af­ter a stel­lar per­for­mance, Chelsea won the awards for Miss Pop­u­lar­ity Online, Most Tick­ets Sold, Best in Cos­tume and Best In­ter­view. For her win as Miss Queen of Gros Islet, Chelsea re­ceived the cov­eted crown and sash along with sev­eral prizes and a $16,000 schol­ar­ship fund to Monroe Col­lege.

Owner of Shoe Re­hab Man­disa Mor­ri­son stated: “The com­pany is more than just a shoe re­pair and en­hance­ment shop, it is also a com­pany that is keen on so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and youth de­vel­op­ment which is ev­i­dent in the num­ber of young work­ers em­ployed who have been given the op­por­tu­nity to nur­ture their ideas and de­velop their skills within the com­pany.”

Shoe Re­hab re­cently hosted a “Back to School Shoe Drive” to pro­vide chil­dren in need around the is­land with footwear to start their up­com­ing school term.

When asked about her will­ing­ness to be a spon­sor for a con­tes­tant in this year’s pageant, Miss Mor­ri­son com­mented that she “im­me­di­ately jumped on the of­fer” and thanked or­ga­nizer Jan Du­pal for the op­por­tu­nity. The owner said she “be­came ea­ger to help Chelsea in any way pos­si­ble af­ter meet­ing her and rec­og­niz­ing her warm and hum­ble per­son­al­ity, how driven she was and her de­sire to par­take in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Chelsea’s means of keep­ing strong, firm and mo­ti­vated is by an­chor­ing her­self with words by Martha Graham - “Great dancers are great not be­cause of tech­nique; they are great be­cause of their pas­sion.”

Shoe Re­hab will be cel­e­brat­ing Chelsea’s win and up­com­ing ed­u­ca­tion jour­ney with her in the com­ing weeks by host­ing var­i­ous pro­mo­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties for the public.

The man­age­ment and staff of Shoe Re­hab con­grat­u­late the 2015 Miss Queen of Gros Islet, Miss Shoe Re­hab Chelsea Joseph, as well as her chap­er­one Franch­eska Solomon, pageant or­ga­nizer Jan Du­pal and the Queen of Gros Islet pageant com­mit­tee.

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