The 2009 Edmonton Rose
By CATHOLINE BUTLER
NEWLY CROWNED Edmonton Rose Katherine Quirke with Bill Morris (past-president of the Irish Sports and Social Society Edmonton). They are flanked by two of Canada's finest members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Katherine will now participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival which takes place in Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland this August.
Katherine Quirke was recently crowned the Edmonton Rose at a gala event held at the Edmonton Irish Club. She will represent western Canada at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, Ireland this August.
Quirke is an outgoing and adventurous young woman who works for engineers in the oil and gas industry. She has a degree in business and is an Irish dance instructor currently working to obtain her TCRG certificate.
Katherine runs marathons in support of cancer research and supports the Alberta Burn Foundation. She loves to ski in winter and in summer participates in biking treks to Canmore and Banff. She is also a white water rafting enthusiast. In short...she is one busy girl!
As it happens, Katherine's mother Moira Quirke is the contact person at the Edmonton Centre for the Edmonton Rose of Tralee and she is responsible for launching the Rose of Tralee contest in western Canada.
The Edmonton Rose is selected by an independent panel of judges from a group of finalists and, needless to say, both Moira and Mike Quirke are extremely proud that the judges selected their daughter Katherine.
Many people worked hard to ensure the success of this event. Organizers extend a special thank you to the following for their hard work and dedication: Anne Webb, social director of the Irish Sports and Social Society Edmonton, who acted as hostess and coordinator for the judges.
Susan McKenna, Ann Jones, and Seamus Donaghy, the Irish Sports and Social executive who organized a beautiful banquet for the evening. Philomena Martens who put together the program for the gala event.
Donna and Juleigh Giberson donated all the bouquets of flowers and table arrangements. Bill Morris, the past president of the Irish Sports and Social Society Edmonton, was the master of ceremonies, and music was provided by Hoffman and Brown.
We offer congratulations to Katherine Quirke and wish her great success at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee.