Sunday, June 30, 2013
Miss CHIN International Bikini Pageant 2013
And she was stunned.
“I’m still a little shocked that my name was called but I’m thrilled,” DiBella said after beating out the other finalists at one of the most popular events of the CHIN International Picnic at Exhibition Place, traditionally held every Canada Day long weekend.
The 33-year-old from Toronto said she had been going to the picnic since she was little but only thought about competing in Miss CHIN after entering her first bikini competition last year and finishing as a runner-up.
“It was a great experience and whether I won or not wouldn’t have mattered but, right now, winning is a good feeling,” she said.
DiBella said she was eager to help market and support CHIN.
She works at ErinoakKids, a treatment and development centre for children with disabilities. DiBella works one-on-one with children with autisim.
“I love it,” she said of the demanding job.
Ky Williams was first runner-up and Jenn Willum second-runner up from a diverse group of competitors who reflected CHIN’s multicultural identity.
This year marks the 47th edition of the CHIN Picnic.
“My dad (Johnny) started it back in 1966 as a celebration, almost as a gift back to the city for being licensed as a multicultural broadcaster and it grew from a small little gathering amongst his friends,” explained Lenny Lombardi, president of CHIN Radio International.
“As more languages were added to CHIN Radio, he extended the invitation to different communities. It’s a cross-section of so many cultures and groups that come together to celebrate together through music, culture, song, dance and food. It’s something that we’re very proud of and after 47 years, it’s something that continues to work and thrive.”
Well over 100,000 people are expected to attend the picnic this year which continues with events Sunday and Monday.
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