Local pageant competitor preparing for Miss Canada World 2013

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

She says taking part in the Miss B.C. pageant helped open up several opportunities for her.

"I actually was approached by a few other national pageants and they asked if I wanted to [compete]."

She had considered taking a year off before getting into the circuit again, but as this would be the last year she could compete under the Miss Canada World age limit of 24, she couldn't pass up the opportunity. The pageant also caught her eye because of the convenience of it being in Vancouver, where she lives and goes to school after growing up in Fort St. John. She also likes that she will get to volunteer with the Variety Children's Charity through it, which helps disabled children and their families.

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"I have more of an opportunity to be involved with that charity here, than if I did a pageant in Toronto and they had charities based in Toronto and I can't really be involved from Vancouver."

In addition to volunteering for Variety for the pageant, she's also currently raising money for an orphanage in Guatemala, which she plans to volunteer at in January. The Miss Canada World Pageant values both inner and outer beauty, and volunteering helps factor into a contestant's success. 10 per cent of their score is based on how much money they've raised for the Variety Charity.

"It's so inspiring to be surrounded by this many amazing people that are doing amazing things," says Apples of her pageant experience so far. "The pageant process in itself, it leads you to so many more opportunities, and help other people as well. I think that's really a big thing that hit home with me."

In order to take part, Apples is looking for corporate sponsorships in any amount to help with her entrance fee, which covers her hotel stay, food, training and tours. Sponsors will get exposure and recognition on the Miss Canada World website. To contact Michelle Apples, email [email protected]

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