Rene (Newhouse) Gillespie – Miss Canada 1986
Rene was born and raised in Cranbrook. Rene was the Sweetheart of Sam Steele in 1983, Miss Interior in 1985 and Miss Canada in 1986.
Also in 1986, Rene competed in the Miss Universe pageant and was the Minolta Photo Contest winner.
Rene is the proud mother of four children. Rene was the first woman to be named Freeman of the City in Cranbrook.