Miss America visits Vancouver and North Vancouver Chamber Business Awards

miss_america.jpgWest Vancouver was paid a royal visit of sorts last week as Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, visited Ambleside’s Aldila Boutique. In town to help present Canadian clothing designer Joseph Ribkoff, the 18 year-old Nebraska native was the epitome of style and smarts. With a smile that sparkled even brighter than her crown, this confident young woman made it clear that the era of Barbie doll blondes and beauty pageant pigeonholing is long over. Later this year, when her reign is over, she plans on returning to school to pursue law. Also last week, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Hats Off to Excellence” Business Awards at North Vancouver’s Pinnacle Pier hotel. With a “Mad Men” theme, and contributions by the Capilano University film students, the evening was both elegant and entertaining. Congrats to all nominees!


01 – Aldila Boutique owner Elif Costello, left, welcomes Miss America Teresa Scanlan, who is proud to have Canadian label Joseph Ribkoff as her official designer.

02 – Joseph Ribkoff reps Lamar Walrond and Jennifer Ross check out the action at the Miss America event.

03 – Gulay and Hasan Sarihan come out to meet Miss America at their daughter’s clothing boutique in West Vancouver.

04 – Hair, hair! Let’s “hair” it for the gals from Holly’s Salons and School – nominee in the Business Person of the Year category at North Vancouver Chamber event.

05 – Paul Myers and his wife proudly accept the Best Business award for Keith Plumbing & Heating after 100 years in business at North Vancouver Chamber event.

06 – Great Canadian Landscaping’s Chris O’Donohue, seen here with wife Laura Clarke, takes home the award for Business Person of the Year at North Vancouver Chamber event.

07 – Cheers to legal eagle Digby Leigh for sponsoring the North Vancouver Chamber awards champagne reception.

08 – North Vancouver Chamber’s events manager Gail Pickrell welcomes GlobalBC TV news anchor and MC for the night Chris Gailus.

09 – Nominated for the Young Entrepreneur award, Derek Archer, right, has also just opened a new Browns restaurant in Lynn Valley with business partner CJ Kerr.

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By Catherine Barr – Nov 3, 2011

Also as seen in print in the North Shore Outlook Newspaper on Nov 10, 2011

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