Miss B.C. program producer Darren Storsley (left) speaks with contestants from last year’s Miss B.C. pageant (photo by Baneet Braich/Black Press Media files)

Do you have what it takes to be Miss BC?

‘It’s one of those adventures in life. Try something, try new things.’

Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen BC pageants, now in their 16th year.

The event is set to take place at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley from June 30 and July 2.

“We focus on the self development of our contestant and we want each girl to be a little better than she was before and when she leaves this three day experience,” Miss B.C. program producer Darren Storsley said. “This is a pageant that does not focus on the physical attributes of the contestants.”

The women and girls vying for the titles attend roughly 10 workshops over the three-day event, on topics such as public speaking, self defence, modelling, healthy lifestyle and assertiveness.

“[The contestants] go through all of this amazing learning that brings them along the spectrum of their confidence and really get to know who they are,” said Storsley.

“It all comes down to personality, enthusiasm, charisma. Somebody who is ready to be Ms., Mrs., or Miss Teen B.C. and represent charities that we represent and be a spokesperson for different events across the province during that year.”

In the past decade alone, the Miss B.C. program, of which Black Press Media is a sponsor, has raised $350,000 for Cops for Cancer, a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, police officers, and first responders from across the province.

“[Contestants] come together for a really good cause which is, ‘Let’s do our best to do something to fight cancer,’ but also do something fun for ourselves and be the best you than you can be,” said Storsley.

“Maybe you will walk away as Miss B.C., but even if you don’t, you’ll have something that you will remember forever.”

To apply as a contestant or to find more information, visit www.missbc.ca.

Just Posted

Nature wise: scavengers in action in the Okanagan Valley

Bob Handfield is president of The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club

Oliver to get new sheriff from graduating class

Oliver will be one of a number of B.C. communities to get a member of the recent graduating class

Male strippers appeal with comedy

Vancouver’s Comic Strippers to perform shows in Salmon Arm and Vernon

Out to pasture at the Freak’n Farmer

The annual “fun” event at Covert Farms put on by the Covert family and HooDoo Adventures

Couple of cruisers crammed in Penticton

Penticton RCMP officers and voluteers collected food and money for the Salvation Army Food Bank

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

Candidates for the Penticton municipal and school board election

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trans Canada now open west of Chase, ‘heavy delays’

Few details available about crash that closed Trans Canada Highway west of Chase Sunday, Sept. 23

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Most Read