Miss Kitimat

The Elks Club was the sponsor of the first Miss Kitimat Pageant, 1954.  Terry Coghlin was crowned during the Club's Frontier Day at Smeltersite.  By 1963, the Kinsmen were sponsoring the event.  Many a Kitimat club, industry, and business entered "Miss" contestants over the years and gave them royal positions of honour on floats in the July 1st parade.  The ultimate destination for Miss Kitimat was to compete in the Miss PNE pageant, the Pacific National Exhibition held each August in Vancouver.

1955 Miss Kitimat Controversy

Edna Webb who scored highest with the four Miss Kitimat judges was identified at first by the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver as ineligible to win Miss PNE as she had been a former contestant in the 1954 Miss PNE contest.  Peggy Burbidge, First Princess was named Queen.  This decision was soon rescinded, however, when the PNE identified it had misinterpreted its own rule.  Kitimat was in an uproar, and the Elks had to publish a sizable explanation in the Northern Sentinel.

Miss Kitimat

Terry Coghlin

1954

Peggy Burbidge

1955

Edna Mae Webb

1955

Alice Pitcairn

1956

Annette Hrehorka

1957

Elaine Melnick

1958

Dorit Weise

1959

Sharon Chiles

1960

Karen Overmann

1961

Judy Cockriell

1963

Louise Sigouin

1964

Molly Edwards

1965

Myrna McKernan

1966

Daphne Birch

1967

Yoke Timmermans

1968

Lynn Montgomery

1969

Veronica Beck

1970

Diane Pope

1971

Debbie Hoisington

1972

Eija Paivio

1973

Debbie Van Ek

1974

Carrie Paul

1977

Vicky Esakin

1978

Lily Antunes

1980

Dorit Wehrhahn

1982

 

Miss Kitimat now known as Kitimat Ambassador

Marie Wipfli

1983

Catherine Johnson

1984

Wendy Fisher

1985

Martha DaRosa

1986

Joanne Moody

1987

Stephonie Merko

1988

Lyneete Costa

1989

Karen Nyce

1990

Bridget McLarty

1991

Margaret Johansson

1992

Sandra Carrita

1993

Miss Kitimat