By Caribbean News Now contributor
TORONTO, Canada -- On Sunday, the annual Madame Wob Dwiyet Cultural Pageant Show will take place in Toronto, Canada, when the best of Dominica’s cultural heritage will be showcased to a Canadian multicultural audience, in celebration of the island’s independence.
There will be presentations of Dominica’s traditional dances and a colourful display of Dominica’s national dress, the “Wob Dwiyet".
The Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada Cultural Pageant will be the highlight of the evening and will feature eight contestants of Dominican descent/origin. They will be judged on the promotion of their individual Island village/community, the Madame Wob Dwiyet traditional dress and cultural dance, public speaking and poise. The winner will be awarded a trip to Dominica for the independence celebration.
Participants in the Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada Cultural Pageant are:
, representing Cochrane, is always on the move, adventurous, entertaining and motivated by simply getting up and breathing the breath of life every day. Her inspiration comes from the youth she routinely interacts with, including her son. Ms Love enjoys the outdoors, travelling, reading, and taking on new challenges. She loves Quebec because its natural beauty reminds her of Dominica. She is a singer and a holistic nutritionist. Her genre of music is mainly R&B but appreciates all other genres. Keon’s past performances include stints with Now Magazine and Hoopz for Hope Foundation. Her music releases are played in Europe and the UK and a video that plays on Much-Vibe called “Strive”. She is a business woman in the health and wellness sector. Her future goal is in real estate. Her fondest memory of Dominica in the eyes of a seven-year-old is seeing how freely the animals roam the streets of Cochrane. She will never forget how lush, green and beautiful Dominica is. Keon’s motto is to forgive, love life and live. Her community involvement includes working with a group called “Movement on the Rise”, which focuses on the community coming together. She is a motivator, working diligently to develop and uplift youth and adults. She volunteers with families in low income neighbourhoods, reminding them of their history and the resources available to them.
Janice Lau Corbett
is adventurous, caring, multi-tasking and talented in money matters. She is representing the beautiful and vibrant city of Roseau. She is motivated by her potential as a smart worker to achieve the goals and dreams she sets for herself. Janice enjoys making people laugh while inspiring them. She is employed in the commercial banking and finance sector. Her long term goal is to own a company to provide a service assisting young students in the financial industry on how to initiate a solid foundation for their future. She enjoyed going to the rivers in Dominica frequently, for a refreshing bath in those crystal clear water. She loved relaxing on the beaches where many family members gathered for picnics. Janice’s motto is to love, laugh, forgive and always make sure to give back. She felt that it was always a privilege to volunteer with the centenarians in Dominica where she learned a lot about their history and culture. In Canada she volunteers with the Diversity in Action campaign, a partner with Financial Security Toronto Banks and also helping many calypso groups to promote their culture in Dominica and in Canada.
Revelyn Robin St John
is ambitious, artistic, gifted and talented. She was born in the beautiful agricultural and innovative village of Wesley, famed for its black sandy beaches and fringed bays. She is motivated by her daughters, helping others and being a positive role model in Canada and Dominica. Revelyn enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is a certified joint and safety inspector employed as a personal support worker at Leisure World in Toronto. A native Dominican, she holds dear to her heart the wonderful memories of her childhood growing up in the village of Wesley. Her motto is to always have a smile because it makes the world a happier place. Ms Robin St John is currently involved in the Wesley Toronto Community group as the public relations officer. She was the organizer for the Wesley West Fest 2008 and Wesley Market Day with a difference.
, ruled by the moon, is charming, fascinating and mysterious. She represents the emerald rivers of Pen Ville. Ellena is motivated by her daughter and strives to be the best life example to her. In these changing times, Ellena believes that it is important to teach our children valuable life lessons so they will appreciate the benefits afforded to them. She absolutely loves cooking. She enjoys peace and quietness, reading, listening to jazz music, long walks in the park, loves nature and conversations with her daughter. Ms Bowers is currently in the process of completing her thesis in the hospitality and tourism management industry. She loves everything natural about Dominica. Her motto is to treat others as you would like to be treated and that a life of service is a life well lived. Her community involvement includes volunteering her time working with the LIVE UP Video campaign in Dominica/Barbados to promote prevention and to increase awareness on the impact of safe sex, sexually transmitted infections and HIV-AIDS. She also took the time to visit the geriatric hospitals in Barbados with her daughter, pampering patients with manicures and pedicure treatments. Ellena volunteers at her church and the Breast Cancer Association in Toronto.
Janice Jno Lewis
is a true daughter of the soil from the breathtaking south coast of Soufriere. She is creative, cultured, expressive and bubbly. Janice is motivated by her lovely daughter because she is a high achiever who always finishes what she starts and this inspires her. She believes that individuals should work hard for what they want and should not depend on others for anything. In her leisure time she particularly enjoy reading and listening to cultural music. She loves to entertain her family and friends because she believes socializing is important, since there is always an opportunity to learn from others. Ms Jno Lewis is currently working in the customer service sector of the personal care Industry. Janice loves hiking and really enjoyed going to the Boiling Lake and Screws Falls for picnics. Her motto is to keep reaching for the stars, because the sky is the limit. Janice volunteers at an after-school programme for youth and from a very young age she volunteered with seniors in her community.
is a responsible, hard worker and always striving to reach her goals. She is a caring, loving mother and a friend to many. Veronica represents the mountainous village of Vielle Casse, the home of Dominica’s prime minister. Helping persons with disabilities is a happy feeling and this motivates Veronica. She enjoys cooking and travelling. Ms Augustine-Husbands is in the process of establishing her own business. She enjoys watching youth dressed in their national costumes participate in our cultural dances on National Day. The unspoilt scenery all around Dominica is breathtaking to Veronica. She volunteers with Easter Seals during their fund raising drive, at a centre for special needs kids and the United Way. Her motto is to give thanks to God every day for providing the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.
is disciplined, focused and filled with ambition. She was born in the culturally-rich village of Pointe Michel, a location with some of the most exciting dive sites. She is motivated by her children and spouse who support her, which gives her the strength and drive to face another day. Karen loves to create foods from nothing into something delicious. Most important to her is the time spent with her family in devotion. She enjoys family gatherings and entertaining close friends. She is currently employed in the food industry as a food service quality chef. Karen loves Dominica and says that Dominica is a part of her inside and out. Her motto is: Believe and don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Karen volunteers at Sunday school teaching boys and girls ages 3 and 4 at her church.
is a perfectionist, calm and always ready to assist a friend in need. She hails from the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes of Morne Jaune. She is motivated by her son, for whom she constantly strives to provide the best. She enjoys reading, which provides a wealth of knowledge. In future she will become a nurse because she loves helping others. Wendy enjoys Dominican rivers the most and would love to share this with others. Her motto is to always do everything to the best of her ability then God will handle the rest. Wendy volunteers at the hospital emergency department assisting patients. She is a devoted mum who volunteers on field trips with her son’s school.
In a letter to the organisers on Wednesday, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent his best wishes to the eight contestants who will be vying for the title "Madame Wob Dwiyet".
“I know that the show will be entertaining and of a very high standard, and I wish MWDC every success as you step out and organize activities to promote our culture,” Skerrit said.