For most, it was their first pageant. The camaraderie among these beautiful and talented young ladies was palpable although all were aware it was a competition, and only one of them would leave with a crown that night.
The show began around eight p.m. in an elegantly decorated room at the Jamaican Canadian Centre on 995 Arrow Road in Toronto ON. The organizers Mrs Althea Greene and Mr. Lloyd Dwyer worked tirelessly for months with the contestants to bring life to this Gala Affair.
The seven contestants made their first appearance dancing to the Whitney Houston version of “I‘m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan, and went on to introduce themselves and their sponsors.
The night continued with bursts of cheers and laughter as the two engaging hosts, Jacinda Liburd and Denise Jones, kept the show moving smoothly while the contestants entertained the lively crowd with talents that included singing, dancing and theatrical monologues. The crowd was also graced with the presence of Reggae artists Hammond and two times Juno Award winner Blessed who rocked the crowd with their stellar performances.
The swimsuit and evening gown segments were particularly well-received. The seven young women strutted the runway in their swimsuits with Denessia Palmer capturing the “Best Legs” award, while “Best Dress” went to Desley Andrew-Augustin, who glided across the stage in an elegant white gown that would not have looked out of place at a Hollywood premiere.
A diverse panel of three judges deliberated before naming the three young ladies who were chosen to proceed to the next round. This excited trio answered more challenging questions, and then 20 year old Desley Andrew-Augustin, a St. Lucian native who was sponsored by KEIN’s Trucking Company, was named Miss Caribbean Canada 2015 amidst tears of joy, loud cheers from her family and friends, and enthusiastic applause from the crowd. She also won the Miss Photogenic award.
Monique Johnson, the first runner-up was designated Miss Caribbean Canada Ambassador while Pega Donna, second runner-up was named Miss Caribbean Community Advocate.
The reigning queen, Miss Desley Andrew-Augustin, a York University student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Media and Communication, received a cash prize, The Role of Ambassador for Sickle Cell and the Miss Caribbean Canada Pageant, Portfolio/Photo shoot, a beauty package, guest appearances at various events and one year hair styles for each MCCP Event.
Congratulations to all the contestants and a SUPER thanks to Mrs Green and Mr Dwyer who made this pageant possible and by extension made dreams come true.