TRURO - It's taken a tad longer than she might once have imagined but Jodi McNutt has finally achieved a childhood dream.
"When I was a little girl I dreamed of wearing a crown," the Truro resident said, of the days when she used to watch Miss Canada pageants.
In late August, at age 33, McNutt's dream finally became reality during a beauty pageant in Ottawa when she came away with the title of Mrs. Canada Galaxy.
As a teenager, McNutt grew up near St. John's, NL and came to Truro about 10 years ago to follow the man (Trevor McNutt) who would become her husband.
As a teenager, McNutt was once first runner-up in a Miss Newfoundland pageant and in later years did some modelling through some St. John's agencies.
About a dozen or so years ago she also competed in a Miss Canada pageant in Toronto. But then she became a nurse, got married and become a mother to son Zachary and her pageant days, it seemed, were behind her.
"I just missed it," she said. "I got married and you miss doing things like that."
Gone doesn't always mean forgotten, however, and some time ago, McNutt was contacted out of the blue through Facebook by someone she had met during the Miss Canada pageant all those years ago.
The individual was now serving as a director for the Canada Galaxy pageants and she contacted McNutt to inquire about her present status.
"She kept bugging me everyday," she said, of the other woman's attempts to have
her apply as the Nova Scotia representative for the Canada Galaxy pageant.
After securing that title, she then went on to win the Mrs. Canada Galaxy crown.
"I was really excited," she
said. "It means a lot, it's a big opportunity."
As the Mrs. Canada Galaxy representative, McNutt must make a minimum of 16 public appearances over the next year (she hopes to be in the local Santa Claus parade and at other community events) and she will represent Canada at a pageant in Florida next July.
"It's a lot about personality, it's about being career-oriented," she said of the qualifications that judges look for. "It's inner beauty as well (as physical appearances)."
Not only does wearing the crown and sash of Mrs. Canada Galaxy fulfill that childhood dream, she said, but it will also give her a chance to become involved with a number of charitable organizations as she carries out her role over the next year.
"Now it means so much more to me," she said.
"It's about the woman wearing the crown. You want to wear the crown to do some good ... it gives me something to work for."