Miss Dominica contestant Meeya Francis officially sashed as Miss Convenience Plus and De Construction Solution Ltd

Miss Dominica Contestant Meeya Francis being sashed by Malkah Hector, human resources manager for Convenience Plus and De Construction Solutions Ltd

Miss Dominica 2023 contestant, Meeya Francis has been formally sashed Miss Convenience Plus Inc. and De Construction Solutions Ltd, as the sister companies have decided to fully sponsor the 21-year-old.

Malkah Hector, human resources manager for Convenience Plus and De Construction Solutions Ltd., stated at the official ceremony this morning in the community of Mahut, where both businesses are situated, that the companies are proud to be associated with and to support the Canefield native in her ascent to the throne.

Representative of the companies, Emalie Lequentes, also made similar remarks, noting that their choice to collaborate with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) was motivated by social responsibility, and the desire to give back to the community that sustains them.

“So we know we’re supporting a contestant that is definitely going to bring the crown and I want to join forces with DFC and say come out to support her on the night of the show,” Lequentes urged.

She went on to pledge the construction and supermarket companies’ support with future cultural initiatives.

Francis, contestant number one, whose platform is mental health in men, thanked the businesses for their assistance in ensuring that her journey is financially feasible.

The sports enthusiast, who says that she’s had a keen interest in pageantry from a very early age, pledged to showcase her best performance come the night of the grand show.

With Francis being the second contestant to be sashed—the first being Sandrin Elizee, Miss National Bank of Dominica– Events Assistant at Dominica Festival Committee (DFC) Kerwin Jno Baptiste noted that discussions are currently ongoing with various partners for sponsorship of the remaining three contestants.

He took advantage of the opportunity to call on the business sector to collaborate with the DDA and DFC on the impending celebration, highlighting how the return of carnival after a two-year break will benefit all facets of society.

He continued by emphasizing that although the topic of this year’s festival, Mas ah Lawi, directly translates to “playing mass in the streets”, it also speaks to much more than merely dressing up in traditional or contemporary wear.

“It brings us back to the emotions that drive our history, liberation, and childlike fears. This year, as we take back our carnival tradition, Mas Ah Lawi will play a major role in the destination streetside, cuisines, enchanting rhythms, and deco, throughout the carnival route and carnival city,” Jno Baptiste stated.

The DFC representative also revealed that, as evidenced by this year’s contestants, Miss Dominica’s 2023 pageantry has set out on a sustainable path of cultural preservation, professional development, and personal growth.

The show is scheduled for February 16, 2023, at the Carnival City -Windsor Park Stadium forecourt at 8 pm.

Also highlighted was the upcoming announcement on early bird tickets, which will include details on purchasing VIP, uncovered, sitting, or standing tickets.


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  1. Admirer
    January 12, 2023

    She is very beautiful. Best of luck

  2. Dominican Bwoi
    January 12, 2023

    What a stupid name(s). Who’s idea was it for them to be named “Miss (sponsors name”?

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  3. Roger Burnett
    January 11, 2023

    This news item, about sponsorship for Miss Dominica 2023 contestants, couple with today’s launching of five Miss Teen Contestants, begs questions on the subject of contestants of the former having to vie for what amounts to considerable sums for sponsorship. From my experience from working with past Miss Dominica contestants, a significant percentage of the sponsorship goes to purchasing costumes from overseas.

    If our Ministry of Education were to put all aspects of the creative arts high on the agenda, those now vying for the Miss Teen Competition could have their entire wardrobe designed and made “in school”. The skills they would learn in sewing and fashion design, jewelry, makeup and hair styling, would then benefit future Miss Dominica contestants. The same goes for stage set design.

    May I suggest that the rules of the pageants be changed to encourage the nurturing of home grown talent.

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  4. Jepp
    January 11, 2023

    She has a long waist, boy.

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