For Katya Kalashnikoff, the tiaras, crown and banners represent a significant 18 months in her young life.
From September 2006 to February 2008, Kalashnikoff was involved in the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program. She represented Jaci Lynn’s Bridal Boutique, then represented the City of Vernon for a year after she was chosen Princess Silver Star in February 2007.
She kept the three tiaras and crowns, and three banners, including the ones given to her after being named princess, at her family home in Coldstream.
On Monday, the items were stolen from the home.
“It’s kind of shocking and kind of weird at the same time,” said Kalashnikoff, now 24 and living in the Lower Mainland where she studies political science at college. “I know the outcome could have been a lot worse. But the stuff that was taken is sentimental to me, and you can’t really replace it.”
The theft has been confirmed by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP and likely occurred sometime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday.
Kalashnikoff thinks the thief may have been scared off which is why they only took the items related to the excellence program.
The tiaras include the large crown she was given for being named princess, her official candidate crown and a smaller one she wore at events.
The banners read Princess Silver Star, Princess Vernon and Miss Jaci Lynn’s Bridal Boutique.
As she expressed, the items stolen are irreplaceable from a memorable time period in Kalashnikoff’s life.
“It (Queen Silver Star) was something I wanted to do, I just didn’t know how life-changing it would be in my teen years,” she said.
“A lot of people in Vernon are supportive of the program, and it was one of the best things I could have ever done during my high school years.
“I’m really thankful I got the opportunity, and to be chosen as an ambassador for Vernon was something I definitely did not expect.”
Kalashnikoff and her family would like to have the stolen items returned.
Anybody with any information is asked to call the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.