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Prince George’s Jaymie Derksen Crowned Miss Northern BC

Prince George's very own Jaymie Derksen took home the title of Miss Northern B.C. at the Miss B.C. 2010 competition. Fort Langley's Tara Teng was the overall winner, when she was crowned Miss B.C.
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Prince George's very own Jaymie Derksen took home the title of Miss Northern B.C. at the Miss B.C. 2010 competition.

Fort Langley's Tara Teng was the overall winner, when she was crowned Miss B.C. at the annual charity event, which takes place every summer at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley.

Prior to her win, Teng had been busy co-founding the Undies For Africa campaign, which helps send undergarments to women and girls in Zambia, Africa.

By providing them with underwear, Teng has been able to raise their social status and make them less vulnerable to sexual assault and rape. She has also volunteered in the projects in Harlem and Brooklyn with children of gang members, and more recently during the 2010 Olympics, helped with the Buying Sex is Not a Sport: Vancouver Initiative to Prevent Human Trafficking campaign.

This year's Miss B.C. competition was the biggest yet, with 46 contestants, who brought in a combined record-breaking total of $32,000 for the Cops For Cancer organization.

Teng was also the winner of the online People's Choice award, selected via the Miss B.C. website.

The Miss B.C. pageant is a developmental program for young women. Each contestant received professional training in areas such as modelling, stage presence, manners and etiquette, self-esteem, interview skills, public speaking, self-defence, and assertiveness.

Other winners included:

Miss B.C. Interior - Samantha Taylor

Miss Vancouver Island - Rakiya Larkin

Miss Fraser Valley - Vanessa To

Miss Greater Vancouver - Dionne Ng

Miss Lower Mainland - Raman Sihota

Miss Charity B.C. - Courtnee Anderson

Heart and Soul award - Jennifer Narayan

People's Choice Award - Tara Teng

Miss Congeniality - Cassandra Tracy