Miss World Canada Pageant a memorable experience

After the week she’s had, one can’t really blame Sidney Brown for feeling a little exhausted.

Brown, this year’s Miss Northern Saskatchewan World, has returned home after a whirlwind week in Toronto for the Miss World Canada pageant.

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A tight schedule full of photoshoots, interviews, dinners and VIP access filled the former Creighton resident’s week.

“It was an all-around good time. They were long days. We got maybe, if we were lucky, four hours of sleep a night,” said Brown, 20, who now splits her time between Creighton and Snow Lake. “You can’t just pass up on opportunities while you’re there. They offer you something to do, you just think, ‘Yeah! Let’s try that!’”

Brown did not end the pageant with the winner’s tiara, but she did leave with a great deal of respect and love for her fellow contestants, whom she calls her “pageant sisters.”

“People always look at me and every other girl and say, ‘Aren’t you competitors? Don’t you want to beat them? Aren’t you sad if they win and you don’t?’” she said. “I always say no. I don’t really care who wins, because all of us are trying to raise awareness for the cause of our choice and no one picks a bad cause.”

This year’s winner, Ottawa resident Cynthia Menard, is working toward a cause that Brown greatly admires.

“Her cause is to create a foundation of sorts to provide help for people after natural disasters,” said Brown. “She’s 17 years old and that’s what she wants to do. I’m glad she won. I’d be glad if anyone won because we all had such good things we wanted to raise awareness for.”

With the pageant now in her rearview mirror, Brown hopes to enter law school and become a lawyer with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Fluent in four languages, she also hopes to travel and make headway in the modelling world in the near future.

“I’m not the type who says no to an opportunity, shall it arise,” Brown said.

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