Toronto, Canada – On September 28, 2014, Tyria Benjamin representing the village of Wesley was declared the new 2014 Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada. Benjamin exuded extreme confidence and ease on stage, and was a crowd favourite. Shani Haynes representing Massacre took first runner-up, while Wendy Charles of Grand Bay captured the 2nd runner-up position. A new Ti Madame was also sashed that evening, Krystal Elie representing the village of Fond St. Jean won the title out of a field of 7 contestants. 1st runner-up spot was taken by Allidia Aubrey representing St. Joseph, and Destiny Darroux representing Roseau captured 2nd runner-up. The annual Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada & Ti Madame Cultural Show was staged at the Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Ontario.
This year’s theme was “Mas Dominik- promoting Dominica’s Carnival traditions in Color & Splendor”.
Contestants displayed this theme in the Creative Cultural wear segment and dazzled the audience with their carnival inspired costumes with Dominican motifs. Tyria Benjamin also secured a number of special awards including Miss Cultural Ambassador (online), Best Introduction, Best Cultural wear, and Best in Costume. She tied with Wendy Charles for the Best In Wob Award.
Meanwhile, in the Ti Madame competition, Allidia Aubrey tied with Destiny Darroux for the Best In Wob Award. Destiny Darroux, Avena Cunningham representing Bagatelle, and Krystal Elie tied for the Best Introduction Award. The special Awards were sponsored by Lennox Mitchell, Elle Limousine, DJ Niterider, George Joseph, O Cuts Master Barbers and Janice Williams Corbett.
The other Ti Madame candidates were Amel Sylvester representing Morne Jaune, Isalina Delsol representing Grand Bay and Shalyn Letang representing Giraudel, while Madame candidates Usline Anthony represented Rivere Cirique, Chirysh Dupie represented Bense/Anse De Mai and Saran George represented Pointe Mitchel.
As the new Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada Tyria Benjamin has won a prize trip to Dominica, and various gifts including spa treatments at The Glam Experience Day Spa, Jungle Bay Hotel and Atlantique View Resort & Spa. Show sponsors included First Class Auto, United Messengers Ltd. Longos, Graphic Artist –James Mingo LIME Dominica, Burner Hot Pepper Sauce, Roots to Curls, LALA Skin Essentials, Albert & Hope Pierre, Carib Beer, TDN Radio, Miss Pleasantly Plump and Beautiful, Ferdina Frampton, Rosalie Bay Resort, Garraway Hotel, Q95.FM Radio and L’Arts Creole (Lander Creole Arts),Organo Gold- Janice W.Corbett, Azanian Café Fashions, Deltech Communications, and Miranda Productions.
As part of the celebration this year, Dr. Alwin Bully received the MWDC Cultural Award for his considerable contribution to the advancement of Dominica’s cultural sector. His Award was accepted by longtime friend Michael White. The feature address was delivered by Ms. Diana Alli Co-Chair of the John Tory Women’s Committee on behalf of mayoral candidate John Tory.