She’s already comfortable in front of the camera, but it’s her stage presence that will need some polish when Elisha Berk steps up at the Miss Canada Globe Pageant.
“A girl I know approached me about this and then my mom told me to go for it,” says the 20-year-old. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m doing it for the experience.”
Berk is presently finishing up a two-year course in broadcasting/TV production at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Lately she’s been anchoring the NAIT News Watch as well as serving as an editor and producer.
The news desk is one thing, a stage filled with other beauty contestants from across the country is another. But Berk is looking forward to taking part in the competition, to be held in Toronto in August.
“I’ve never been there. It should be fun,” she says.
Before heading east though, Berk is coming back west to her home in Campbell River. She’ll arrive later in May and will head back to her old job in the pub at Painter’s Lodge. And during her free time, Berk will be raising the $3,000 she needs to attend the pageant (Miss Canada Globe is separate from Miss Canada Universe).
“I’m going to put myself out there to be a spokesperson and to volunteer,” she says.
In June, she will also travel to Vancouver for a preliminary event which assists the contestants in public speaking, posture, etc.
It should be noted that the pageant won’t be Berk’s first time on stage. She starred as Belle in the production of “Beauty and the Beast” during her senior year at Carihi .
“It’s a pretty exciting time for our family,” says her mom Rene Tetrault. “Elisha has been very determined. She’s a go-getter.”