Golden’s Robin Johnston continues path towards national pageant

Johnston is continuing her push towards the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant and locals will have an excellent chance to help her out.

Golden native Robin Johnston will fly to Toronto next month for the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Golden native Robin Johnston will fly to Toronto next month for the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Golden’s Robin Johnston is continuing her push toward the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant and locals will have an excellent chance to help her on her way.

Online voting for the annual competition opens on April 28 and the top vote getter will receive an automatic entry into the show’s top 20. You can vote up to four times a day and Johnston is hoping that the community will continue to rally around her as the pageant draws nearer.

It’s been a wild few months for the Miss Universe Canada hopeful as she gets ready to fly to Toronto for the competition. Johnston’s biggest task relating to the competition was to setup and host her own fundraiser. She decided to host a fashion show in support of Operation Smile, which took place on Apr. 5 and included designers such as Beth Richards and Malika Couture.

The show was tremendously successful.

“It was good, it was a success,” Johnston said. “We raised a lot of money for Operation Smile…it was just supposed to be for the pageant but it turned into this huge event and now everyone wants to do it next year.”

Johnston chose Operation Smile as the recipient for the fundraiser.  The charity provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world. For her, it’s a charity that hits close to home.

“I had a sister that was born with a cleft pallet and cleft lip, and she died when she was a baby. It meant a lot for me and my family to raise money for those kids and their families.”

It’s been a busy few months for her, but Johnston says it has been more than worth it in the end.

“It’s been one of the best experiences, I’ve just been loving it,” she said.

Johnston will travel to Toronto on May 16 in order to get ready for the competition. The preliminaries will take place on May 22, with the field being reduced to just 20 for the final show on May 24.

Check out Johnston’s pageant profile and keep an eye out for the upcoming online vote at www.missuniversecanada.ca.