Local woman vies for pageant crown
Just call her Miss SD&G. Alexandria’s own Rebecca Sinden is looking forward to competing in the Miss Canada Globe competition in Toronto this August. The affable 19-yearold, who works in the produce bar at the local Your Independent Grocer, says she’s entering the competition for both personal and professional reasons.
“It’s something I need to do self-esteem wise,” she says. “But it’s also important for me to get out there and show that this is something people from small towns can do too. It’s not just for people from big cities.”
Miss Canada Globe is an annual competition that is open to young women across the country. The 10-day pageant features a number of friendly contests – a talent show, for example, or an evening gown fashion show – with the winner being crowned at the pageant’s conclusion.
Although Miss Sinden says she will start the competition by herself, she will soon be accompanied by her family and her trainer, Alberta native Ayden Kosko, who was crowned Miss Teen Canada Petite in 2018.
Miss Sinden hopes that her presence at the pageant will help bring fame to the area.
“I am just excited to bring awareness to Alexandria,” she said. “We’re a small portion of the map; we deserve some recognition, especially with the Highland Games and the Williamstown Fair.”
As she is the only competitor from the area, the pageant or- ganizers have dubbed Miss Sinden as “Miss SD&G.”
Although this will mark her first real trip to Toronto, it won’t be her first time in the spotlight. As a student at Glengarry District High School, she appeared in the musical Saturday Night Fever, served on student council, played on the volleyball team and helped out with the football team.
If she wins the Miss Canada Globe competition, she will compete internationally and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
Currently, she is looking for sponsors to help with the competition’s $3,000 entry fee (she has already paid a non-refundable advance of $500.) Anyone wanting to help her can call her at 343-370-9055, email her at cor[email protected] or visit her gofundme page by going to the website and searching for “Rebecca Sinden.”