15th Annual Miss YWCA Pageant

Miss YThis is the biggest fundraiser for the YWCA. Proceeds collected will go to the Y’s Helping Early Leavers Programme (H.E.L.P.) This program aids girls 13-18 who come from economically disadvantaged families and are unable to enroll in high school. In addition to instruction in academics, life-skills, computer skills, creative arts and physical education, the student can choose to study for the PSE or enroll in one of the three Vocational Streams (cosmetology, hospitality or sewing.)

History of the “Ms. Y” Pageant

In 1993, a group of creative and resourceful ladies developed the “Ms. Y” Pageant as a way to contribute their talents to help the YWCA. This fun-loving and talented group is the lady seenagers aged 60 and over who meets each week to share in fellowship and love.

Since then, the “Ms. Y” pageant has grown into one of the most prestigious and celebrated events on the social calendar each year.

The main focus of the pageant is to showcase the seenagers’ talent, celebrate their accomplishments, and honor them for serving as role models for young people. The event is a true family affair.

The first “Ms. Y” pageant was held in 1993 at the YWCA building on St. Thomas Street. After its success, family and friends of the contestants promoted the event. The following year, the pageant out-grew its home and was moved to the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts, where it stayed for two years. In 1996, the “Ms. Y” pageant moved to its current home at the Belize City Centre. In 2008 we held the Ms. Y International Pageant with representation from New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.

ywca2This is the biggest fundraiser for the YWCA. Proceeds collected will go to the Y’s Helping Early Leavers Programme (H.E.L.P.) This program aids girls 13-18 who come from economically disadvantaged families and are unable to enroll in high school. In addition to instruction in academics, life-skills, computer skills, creative arts and physical education, the student can choose to study for the PSE or enroll in one of the three Vocational Streams (cosmetology, hospitality or sewing.)

This year marks the 15th year of the “Ms. Y” Pageant. Previous “Ms. Y” Queens are:

ywca31993-1994       Ms. Antolina Davis
1994-1995       Ms. Winnel Grant Borg (deceased)
1995-1996       Ms. Leotine Lewis
1997-1998       Ms. Cynthia Goff (deceased)
1998-1999       Ms. Viola Myles (deceased)
1999-2000       Ms. Paulita Reyes
2000-2001       Ms. Grace Coleman
2001-2002       Ms. Rosemarie Louis Smith
2002-2003       Ms. Shirley Ferguson
2003-2004       Ms. Catilina Casimiro
2004-2005       Ms. Catherine Flowers
2005-2006       Ms. Judith Baptist
2006-2007       Ms. Hattiemae Moody
2007-2008       Ms. Anita Henry
2008-2009       Ms. Joyce Flowers
2009-2010       Ms. Olga Cook







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About KREM
The idea for the KREM Radio station originated in early 1979 while Rufus X and I were visiting New Orleans. There was a New Orleans deejay I liked, by the name of Sister Love, and one day Rufus and his cousin, Sam Wiley, who was our host, showed me the building where the radio station which featured Sister Love was located. It was quite a modest, one flat structure, much smaller than the three story Albert Cattouse Building from where the Belize government monopoly station – Radio Belize – was broadcasting.

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