AMAZING!! Apparently pageants run in my family. During my journey as Miss Teenage Vancouver Island, I’ve learned that I’m not the only pageant goer in my crazy clan, but in fact my great grandmother and grandma were both successful beauty contestants here on Vancouver Island.
My great grandmother just turned 81 years old this past week and still replays her memories of having been in pageants. She was a successful businesswoman having run her own beauty salons over the years. Fashion and Beauty were her passion. She has tremendous pride for her accomplishments and continues to share her tips with me to make sure I have an advantage. Thanks Nan <3
Joan Clapham – 1953
My adorable Grandma Denise has tremendous spunk and has always had an inner strength that allows her to reach for the stars. If something doesn’t seem possible she’s certainly been the driver in teaching the generations that anything is possible.
She’s had many accomplishments in her life. Starting with raising three independent children, one of which is my Amazing Mom. Having three children by the age of 22, her entrepreneurial spirit took flight. Owner of two retail stores in the Okanagan with a direct sales business, banking, land development and construction in her future.
She is a fashionista to this day.
Work it Grandma Work it!!
Denise Wilson – 1972
I’ve been fortunate to hear vast stories from my past. Social events, opportunities and lessons learned through pageantry. It was fascinating to see the newspaper articles and to see my Great Grandmother and Grandma’s accomplishments. It was delightful to see two individuals that I look up too immensely accomplishing the same goals I set forth today.
My Great Grandmother, Joan Clapham was a Penny Princess and Miss Vancouver Island Runner up 1953 and My Grandmother Denise Wilson was Colwood Miss Firefighter and Miss Gllangcolme 1972.
With the Miss Teenage Canada competition so close, the history with these independent women in my life is a strong reminder of what is possible.