Mrs. Calgary crowned

TJ Anderson turns to face the crowd after just being crowned Mrs. Calgary 2013. She said she promises to do her best and looks forward to helping many people.

Photo by Jenica Foster

The 45th Mrs. Calgary Pageant crowned a new Calgarian on Nov. 29, 2012.

Patti Falconer, the Miss Universe Canada regional director, and Stephanie Wilson, Mrs. Calgary 2007, hosted the event.

Out of 15 applications, eight contestants made it to the pageant:

• Laurie Kaniewski
• Christina Holgate
• Brenda Mooers
• TJ Anderson
• Stephanie Felker
• Brandice Long

Two more contestants, Rochelle Loewen and Yena Alasgar, were supposed to be featured as well, but dropped out earlier that day.

Organizer Patti Falconer said, "Sometimes people are intimidated or they aren't able to cope with the excitement."

A panel of nine judges assessed each contestant on their private interviews, public speaking and the fashion show portion of the evening.

Host Wilson said the eveningwear part of the competition was judged on how well contestants demonstrated beauty, poise, carriage and fluidity. Followed by multiple fashion segments, contestants were each asked a question they had presented themselves. The judges looked for sincerity, good taste, poise and the ability to communicate in their answers.

Falconer said overall the pageant is not a beauty pageant in the normal sense. But rather, contestants are judged based on how they communicate humanity and warmth in the community.

Mrs. Calgary 2012, Deanna Ringland, said being Mrs. Calgary means making appearances and helping out at various charitable events throughout the year. She said she attended the Barenaked Noggins event for the Epilepsy Association of Calgary and the Vehicles and Violins Gala put on by the Calgary Motor Dealers Association. In total, Ringland said she made over 150 appearances this year.

Former Mrs. Calgary, Deanna Ringland, placed the crown on this year's winner, TJ Anderson. Anderson also won a $2,000 shopping spree to the Scotia Centre. First runner-up was Laurie Kaniewski, followed by Brandice Long as second runner-up.

Falconer said if Anderson chooses to participate in another pageant she may, but the Mrs. Calgary Pageant is not endorsed as a stepping-stone to larger pageants. Rather, she said it focuses locally and gives contestants a chance to give back to the community.

Roughly 200 people attended the event, Falconer said. Ticket sales went to the Women in Need Society.