The annual Miss Greater Sudbury Youth Ambassador 2022 event took place at the Northbury Hotel on April 17.
Five winners were announced for this year among 23 contestants: Miss Greater Sudbury 2022 Silvanna Vitiello, Miss Teen Greater Sudbury 2022 Tia Nootchtai, Miss PreTeen Greater Sudbury 2022 Sophia Maurine Skinner, Junior Miss Greater Sudbury 2022 Olivia Fournier and Little Miss Greater Sudbury 2022 Emersyn O'Neill.
Cheryl Kozera, the producer for the event, said the competition is more about confidence than beauty.
“The mission absolutely is to create an opportunity for young women aged five to 23 who reside in the district of Sudbury,” Kozera told Sudbury.com in an interview. “To provide them with an opportunity to learn about themselves and to recognize their potential as young women.
“It's not a beauty pageant, it's not about beauty. It's about confidence, and just being the best possible version of yourself.”
The contestants who decide to join are judged by a panel. The panel will then choose winners for each category based on the contestant’s resumes (that lists volunteer work, community service and academic success), their on-stage presence as well as their public speaking. Girls who decide to join will have a full day to work through workshops before getting to do photoshoots and doing the stage competition.
“It's important to me that young women be given an opportunity to just to look at themselves from the inside out and to not focus on their superficial beauty. I want them to recognize that their beauty comes from within,” Kozera said.
While this year’s turn out isn’t as much as previous years before COVID, it was still an event to remember for Kozera and the girls involved in the event. Kozera is looking for more women and girls to join the event for next year. For anyone who would like to get involved, please visit the Facebook webpage here.