New ambassadors to be selected at Miss Nanaimo Gala

Nanaimo's newest ambassadors will be crowned at upcoming Miss Nanaimo Gala.

Nanaimo’s newest ambassadors to represent the city at special events throughout the coming year will be selected at the 66th Pageant Gala.

The event, including dinner, dance and pageant, happens at Beban Park social centre Saturday (Sept. 8) when Miss Nanaimo Ambassador and two vice-ambassadors will be chosen and crowned from a field of 10 contestants.

Contestants and their sponsors competing in the pageant are: Paige Milner, Damsels Fashions; Shantel Beute, Old City Quarter Association; Daley Jenkins-Thompson, Haarasma Waste Innovations; Tj Anddjekovic, Bliss Gowns and Events; Tabitha McKechnie, Kinsmen Club of Nanaimo; Katherine Jacobs, Bridget’s Salon; Taylor Hemstalk, Yeosmith Studio; Chelsea Haugen, Pattie’s Party Palace; Amber Huschi, English Entertainment Group; and Hareem Masroor, Brand Xpress.

The contestants were matched with their sponsors in April and have spent the intervening months honing their skills and talents in preparation for Saturday’s event, which includes learning about their sponsors to promote them and preparing an introductory speech at the gala.

Each contestant must have completed all training, which includes Toastmasters training, provided by the Miss Nanaimo Ambassador Program Committee. They must also present a three-minute speech on a topic selected by the committee, study for and pass a knowledge exam on Nanaimo, give a three- to fourminute talent presentation, conduct a 10-minute personal interview with the judges, sell tickets to a fashion show and the pageant and fundraise for scholarships.

Miss Nanaimo Ambassador and vice-ambassadors represent Nanaimo throughout the year at parades, trade shows and major festivals, fundraising and awards events such as the Dragon Boat and Silly Boat races and the Nanaimo Ballroom Fantasy Ball.

Tickets are $65 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the pageant 7-11 p.m. and dance 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Nettley Mark at nettley or Karly Parker at