Create: 08/15/2017 - 03:28

Emma Morrison with parents Roland & Alana Morrison. Photo courtesy of the Morrison family.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates 17-year-old Chapleau Cree First Nation citizen Emma Morrison, who was crowned Miss Teenage Canada over the weekend:

“We congratulate this remarkable young woman for her accomplishments, and her family and community for encouraging and supporting her at every step along the way. It is encouraging to see youth like Emma achieve goals that they and their communities can be proud of. We strongly support and encourage all NAN youth to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential. In addition to a career in nursing, Emma’s goal in life is to help others shine; to have the confidence to be themselves and show who they are. Earning this national title is an excellent example for other young people: that great things can happen when you aim high and work hard.”

Morrison earned the Miss Northern Ontario title in May 2017. She used her winnings from that event to enter the national competition in Toronto, where she competed against 50 contestants from across Canada. An online voting process helped select the top 20 finalists for Sunday evening’s competition.

Morrison said in a Facebook post: “I am still in so much shock because last night was a night I will remember for the rest of my life. I would like to thank my pageant coach Natalie Carrier for helping me along the way and for being there for me when I needed motivational pep talks; she believed in me and gave me confidence to rock the stage! Next I would like to say thank you to my family... my auntie, brother, grandparents, my cousins (you know who you are), my amazing boyfriend Alex and my parents, you guys are my rock and I couldn't thank you more enough.”

“Lastly, I would like to thank Cheryl Kozora. She is the woman who saw potential in me and got me started in this industry, thank you so much Cheryl for everything, if it wasn't for you I would not be standing in this position.”

“Overall, I also wanted to thank everyone who believed in me. I was so proud and honoured to have walked in representing northern Ontario because I knew how much support I was given! I am proud to say that I walked away with the title of Miss Teenage Canada last night and I will make everyone proud!”

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 03:30