Jim Prentice wasn’t the only one to pass a torch recently. In May, Breanna Harrison passed on the crown of Miss Saskatchewan Job’s Daughters after wrapping up her one-year term.
“When I read my final remarks before I passed on the title, I got a standing ovation from everybody and that was a really proud moment for me to see all of their appreciation for what I did,” said the 19-year-old Harrison.
Job’s Daughters is a Masonic youth organization for girls ages 10 to 20. It teaches leadership, self-confidence, public speaking skills, respect for elders and allows its members to develop a relationship with a higher being.
As its Miss Saskatchewan, Harrison represented Job’s Daughters at numerous events like fundraisers and the Lloydminster parade, and attended the initiations and installations of many new members. She participated in the 2014 Miss International Job’s Daughters pageant in Spokane, Wash., a crown that Miss Missouri ultimately took home.
Harrison also helped lead renovations on the Lloydminster bethel’s building, which she says was too small and old, and hosted a “Hands Across The World” rally in the Border City in an effort to unite and strengthen the organization’s membership in Saskatchewan.
“If your state has 140 girls or more, you’re considered a grand jurisdiction, but if you have less than that, you’re under supreme. Because we dropped below 140, we no longer were considered grand and you lose a lot of things,” she said.
“So I wanted to host an annual rally for all of the girls in Saskatchewan. I hosted that (this year) here in Lloyd from April 10 to 12. That was something that I got to do that is normally done by a committee of adults.”
For the rally, Harrison secured donated water bottles from Northwind, bags from the City of Lloydminster, notepads from Lakeland College and pens from Devon Canada. She says she’s extremely grateful for the gifts, which were handed out to rally participants.
Now that her run as Miss Saskatchewan is up, Harrison says she plans on finding a new role with the organization, though it won’t be as a daughter.
“I’ll be turning 20 this summer, which makes me a majority member so I’m no longer a Job’s Daughter. I get to be on council and I get to help the girls wherever they need help.”
As for the immediate future, Harrison recently finished her first year of business school at Lakeland College and works a steady part-time job throughout the year. Long-term, however, she may not be through with the Job’s Daughters pageants.
“I would like to maybe go for the Miss Canada one day,” she laughed. “I don’t know, we’ll see about that.”
Internationally, around 10,000 girls are associated with the Job’s Daughters organization, which has bethels in several countries including Canada and the United States. Saskatchewan’s five bethels are located in Lloydminster, North Battleford, Regina, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.