Jennifer Ling Coosemans crowned Miss Chinese Vancouver 2015

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      The winner of this year's Miss Chinese Vancouver pageant is a 21-year-old half-Chinese and half-Belgian Canadian from Terrace.

      Jennifer Ling Coosemans is also a trombone- and piano-playing University of Northern British Columbia student.

      Prior to the pageant, she declared that if she were to win, she would want to draw attention to environmental research.

      Among her goals are to learn to speak more Cantonese and Mandarin and to visit Shanghai to reconnect with her grandparents.

      Coosemans now gets a chance to compete in the Miss Chinese International pageant, which will be held in Hong Kong in January.

      Jennifer Ling Coosemans showed flair with her trombone.
      Yiheng Su

      Approximately 1,000 people attended last night's gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre, which was put on by Fairchild TV.

      The event raised $428,000 toward the purchase of an ultrasound machine in the newborn intensive-care unit at B.C. Women's Hospital.

      It's the 21st time that Fairchild TV has put on the pageant. Six winners have gone on to become Miss Chinese International.

      The first runner-up was Letittia Lai and the second runner-up was Karen Ku.
      Yiheng Su