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Neelam Patel

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Height: 5’2
Hometown: Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
Languages: English, French, Gujarati and Hindi
Occupation: Certified Low Vision Specialist
Neelam Patel was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and had the privilege of growing up fluent in English and French. She is of Indian descent on both sides and her parents have always encouraged her to be compassionate, well-rounded and hardworking. Neelam looks at life with eyes wide open, and is eager to embark on new opportunities and to make the most out of her day. She is currently working two jobs but, she still makes time to work on her fitness and maintain social relationships.
Education has always been the primary focus of Neelam’s upbringing. She graduated from the IBO program in secondary school with the Principal’s list award. This distinction was given to 7 students out of the whole graduating class that maintained an average of 85% or higher during all 5 years of high school. Then, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree from McGill University while majoring in Pharmacology. In pursuit of higher education, Neelam completed her Masters of Science degree at Université de Montréal in Vision Rehabilitation Science with a 4.0 GPA. During this time, she also initiated a research project to determine the depressive symptoms screening and management procedure for visually impaired elderly people in Quebec’s vision rehabilitation centers. She hopes that this project will help create a province-wide screening protocol, not only to help identify visually impaired people who have depressive symptoms but, to also help provide treatment.
After completing her studies, Neelam became a certified Low Vision Specialist and is currently working full time for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. She helps visually impaired individuals adjust to their vision loss by introducing optical and non-optical devices, and teaching adaptive techniques. Furthermore, Neelam educates the public on vision-related disabilities and explains the rehabilitation services that are offered. Neelam is currently on the Health and Wellness committee at work and is trying to improve the overall employee satisfaction and create a positive working environment for her colleagues. She is extremely passionate about vision care that she also works at a local optometry clinic aside from her full-time job.
By joining extra-curricular activities, Neelam learned early on how to be well organized and disciplined. She began swimming lessons when she was 6 years old and then joined the synchronized swimming team. She competitively played badminton in high school for 3 years. Although she is not currently playing any sports, Neelam maintains her physical health by going to the gym, training with a personal trainer, swimming leisurely and taking various fitness classes such as Zumba and kickboxing. Aside from fitness, Neelam took piano lessons for a year and played the alto saxophone for 4 years. Learning a new instrument required a lot of patience and practice but Neelam was highly motivated to learn.
Giving back to the community is of great importance to Neelam. Although she’s volunteered at multiple different occasions, her greatest involvement was with the Montreal Children’s hospital where she volunteered over 100 hours. During this time, Neelam was helping the nurses feed babies and spending time with the children who were very sick. Since families couldn’t always stay at the hospital, many children were alone during the day. Neelam and other volunteers would bring games and activities to help the children feel comfortable. Neelam also volunteered to judge the Montreal regional science fair projects. She gave them constructive feedback on their projects and was especially enthusiastic about inspiring the younger generations to pursue a career in science.
The Miss Universe Canada is a title that carries significant prestige and has the ability to create positive change. Neelam wants to use her platform, Vision2020, to help raise awareness on eyecare and advocate for people with visual disabilities. She wants to educate the country that even if you don’t have 20/20 vision, 2020 is the year to prioritize your vision.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Recently, I discovered my passion for traveling. When I explore a new country, it allows me to learn about the culture and traditions. Thus far, I’ve traveled to India, Italy, Switzerland, France, England and the United States. I’ve been to India five times and had the privilege of attending four weddings. The weddings in India span a couple of days and easily have over 500 guests. Attending a wedding in India is an amazing experience because there are many traditions involved, colorful outfits and Bollywood music.
I also enjoy cooking because it inspires creativity and helps me explore different cuisines. Generally, I try to prepare well-balanced meals and I constantly watch cooking shows for ideas. I’ve mostly focused on Indian, Italian and Thai food before but I’m currently learning about the Greek cuisine.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I partook in musical training where I spent a year learning how to play the piano and four years with the alto saxophone. I played the alto saxophone in my high school band and it helped me learn how everyone had to work together and play their instrument in order to play a song well. I’ve played the alto saxophone during numerous school concerts. Although I don’t play the alto saxophone anymore, I have a keyboard at home and occasionally still play it.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
In the ninth grade, I joined the high school’s badminton team and continued to play for three years. Keeping track of practices and games helped me learn how to be better organized and playing badminton helped me de-stress. Growing up, I took swimming lessons for many years and I was on the synchronized swimming team for a year. To help with my flexibility, I also took gymnastics that same year. I performed one synchronized dance routine with my team and one solo routine during competitions. Since staying active is an important part of my life, I continue to exercise at the gym on a regular basis.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Other than my parents, my older brother had the most influence on my life. He is four years older than me. Most of the time, it was my brother who would help me with my homework when I didn’t understand a subject at school. He helped me enjoy studying and made me want to pursue higher education. Although he lives in Toronto now, I know I could pick up the phone and call him for anything.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Completing my research project during my master’s degree was one of my proudest accomplishments. I designed consent forms, obtained the appropriate approval, conducted interviews with multiple participants in both English and French, went through all the results, wrote a research paper and presented it to the university’s panel of judges. I am particularly proud of this accomplishment because my research project focused on determining if Quebec’s vision rehabilitation centers were screening visually impaired elderly people for depressive symptoms. There are a few students who are continuing my research project and hopefully, it will help create a province-wide protocol to help screen visually impaired people for depressive symptoms and help provide treatment.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Many people find it interesting that I come from a very big family. My mother has 8 siblings and my father has 7. Since I have many aunts and uncles, I have a total of 39 first cousins. My cousins are all varied in age however, I am very close to most of them. Having a big family taught me how easily disagreements can arise, how important it is to forgive each other and most importantly, how to be there for each other. Most of my cousins live in Canada and I see them often.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My ambition in life is to positively affect the people around me. Focusing on career, I always wanted to work in the healthcare setting with an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Currently, I’m a certified low vision specialist and I help people who have visual impairments. I work with other professionals such as optometrists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists and family doctors. I’ve been working in the field for over a year and I want to focus on improving my knowledge and skills to better help people. To accomplish this goal, I’ve been attending as many conferences as I can, and asking my colleagues with more experience, various questions.
There are many countries that don’t have access to healthcare. My career ambition is to travel to one of those countries and use my education to provide services. I plan on partaking in a humanitarian trip to provide eye care services in the community and educating the students in the field about low vision. There are many humanitarian trips that provide services and return home after the trip. However, by educating the students there while providing services, it becomes more sustainable and the trip has a lasting effect.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
Although I enjoy my current job, it can become repetitive. My “dream job” would be a variety of different jobs put together. On the one hand, I want to continue being a low vision specialist and helping people but on the other hand, I also want to teach. Since I am certified, I will be able to start mentoring students in the program next year. A part of me would also enjoy doing research and making Canada more accessible to people with visual impairments. I want to keep learning and I want my work to have a positive impact. Therefore, my dream job is a combination of practicing my specialty, teaching and researching in the field.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Montreal and my family used to live in a duplex home with my uncle’s family. We had a big backyard where my brother, two cousins, and I used to play. We spent most of our time playing basketball and riding our bikes.
My parents were very supportive and being well rounded was extremely important to them. To ensure that a parent was always with us, my mother used to work during the day and my father would work at night. I was able to see how hard my parents worked in order to provide for my brother and me at an early age. Despite their busy schedules, during the weekends my parents would take us to the library, play board games with us and ensure we had exercise by playing sports with us at the park.
I lived in the duplex house for the first sixteen years of my life and then we moved to a house in the suburbs. Since we were old enough, my father changed his work schedule and started working during the day.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I used to work as a park monitor during the summer while I was in university. Most of the parks in the city had a park monitor who would provide first aid if anyone was in need, prepare the sports fields for activities and maintain the park overall. There were no major accidents and over the years I’ve simply provided a few residents with band-aids. There were baseball teams that would use the baseball field and I used to prepare the field by drawing white lines with sand and changing the distance between the bases depending on which age group was playing. Although this sounds easy, drawing two straight lines with sand on the group turned out to be difficult and took a lot of practice to master! I held this job for 4 years.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Montreal Children’s hospital

    • Spent time with children when their families were not available and helped nurses feed babies.



  • Royal Victoria Hospital

    • Volunteered in the therapeutic recreational department and helped plan activities. Also volunteered in the physiotherapy department.



  • Hydro-Quebec Montreal Regional Science fair

    • Volunteered to judge the science fair projects



  • Brain awareness week

    • Helped clean brains in Dr. Pfaus’s lab and prepare kits. These kits were used to educate elementary/high school students about the brain.



  • 19th Scientific Symposium on Visual Disability and Rehabilitation

    • Volunteered to guide a visually impaired person during the symposium




What is your most unusual talent?
I’m not sure if this counts as a talent however, I’m able to sing the alphabet backward.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Since I love scenery, the most interesting place I’ve ever been to was Switzerland. I was only there for three days yet I was amazed by the landscapes. Everywhere I looked, there were breathtaking views of the mountains. During the train rides, I would ensure I had a window seat because I wanted to take in as much as possible. My trip to Switzerland was also memorable because I did a hike up Mt. Titlis and went paragliding in Interlaken. I always had a fear of heights. Therefore, my trip to Switzerland was also a pivotal point in overcoming that fear. I would highly recommend Switzerland to everyone as it was such a surreal experience.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In 10 years, I hope to be surrounded by the people I love. I want to have an established career and partake in a few humanitarian trips to provide eye care services to different areas of the world where it might not be readily available.
Aside from my career, I hope to be happily married with children of my own. I see myself being an involved mother and volunteering with the other parents at my children’s schools. My goal is to create a loving home where I could encourage my kids to be well rounded and provide for them. Although I don’t mind living in another province, I know I will continue to live in Canada.
In addition, I hope to travel to at least 6-7 new countries. There are many places I want to travel to for leisure such as Greece, Bali, Iceland, Thailand and Japan just to name a few. I know I will continue trying new things and living life to the fullest.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I have been following Miss Universe Canada for the last couple of years and have been extremely inspired by the amazing women who compete in the pageant. Aside from their physical appearances, these women are well-rounded, kind, educated, role models with a lot to offer. I believe that women shouldn’t be afraid to have multiple interests and push to create positive changes in the world. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to compete at the national level and I look forward to meeting all the confidently beautiful finalists from across the country.
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Nicole Pegler

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Height: 5’5
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Languages: English
Occupation: Radiation Clerk
Nicole Enriquez Pegler is a proud Filipina-New Zealander born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently working at the BC Cancer Agency in the Radiation Department while focusing on completing her studies and leading in the Asian community as Miss Philippines International of BC 2019. With her interest in compassionate services, she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Therapy at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, anticipating to graduate by 2023. Nicole takes pride in her multicultural background as her mom had immigrated to Canada from the Philippines while her dad moved here from New Zealand. Though an only child, Nicole has a large family of cousins and grew up close to her grandma who demonstrated such positivity that she learned resilience at a young age which influenced her to always pursue her goals despite hardships.
With this determination at her first pageant, Nicole became the Miss Philippines International of BC winner. This organization was created by a former Miss International Canada as a foundation for young women to thrive with their dedication, discipline and personal development. With Nicole’s passion for helping others, she strives to promote health while advocating for education, greater integration of self-care and healthy lifestyles in our communities to prevent multiple comorbidities. Through Miss Philippines International of BC, Nicole has contributed to Young Focus Philippines, which is an organization that provides quality education to youth in need in the Philippines. Most recently, she has contributed to PAGASA: People of Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action, which provided survival packs to families who have lost their livelihood during the global pandemic of Covid-19. She had also provided to Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, and World Central Kitchen by participating in the #AllInChallenge. In addition, she contributed to a Taal Volcano Fundraiser for the distribution of all the necessary support to the volcano victims in the Philippines.
As cultural pride and women empowerment are the objectives of Miss Philippines, she was proud to have been awarded Best in National Costume for her Filipina attire; the Maria Clara, which is one of the most influential dresses in the Philippine culture taking its roots back into the Spanish era when women wore it to represent their innocence, purity and honor. The influence of the Maria Clara dress continues today as Filipina women wear it to show their elegance and beauty while reflecting honor and femininity.
Nicole exemplifies characteristics of an empowered woman with her cultural awareness, self-confidence, compassion for others and motivation to improve her well-being. She believes that by embodying resilience, gratefulness and grace, she would excel as Miss Universe Canada and beyond.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I strive on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym and creating home-cooked meals. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends; going on motorcycle rides in Vancouver or up the Sea to Sky Highway, and spending time at my favorite lake, Chilliwack Lake, BC.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Gymnastics, ballet, hip-hop dance, swimming, volleyball, skating and karate.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
I practiced and excelled in Karate (Butokukan) for almost 10 years. Strength, speed, power and discipline were valuable skills I learnt through my training. I also developed practical skills that I would be able to carry with me throughout my life such as the ability to think through my actions and foresee the possible outcomes.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Aside from my parents, my grandma was a very influential person in my life. She never ceased to put others before her and always treated others with kindness and a smile. She possessed resilience and positivity that she demonstrated throughout her life which has influenced me to continue to pursue my goals and ambitions despite hardships that I may face. I aspire to share the same unconditional love and kind heart that she had.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment was being crowned Miss Philippines International of BC 2019. The Miss Philippines International of BC pageant emphasizes the diversity of modern Filipinas along with dedication, discipline and development.
As candidates, we had opportunities to participate in numerous special events, community projects and live shows; including modelling couture designs by renowned designers of the Philippines and guest appearances during Philippine Heritage Month. Special events highlights included Vancouver Fashion Week, Philippine Independence Day, and Canada Day. We had special interviews with Vancouver Television and The Filipino Channel shown on international networks.
I am proud as I had the honour of representing Filipinos in my community, and more so because of the journey. While working two jobs, I was in school part-time, dedicating myself to succeed in all my goals that summer. Additionally, I had moved in with my ill grandmother so that I could spend more time with her. With perseverance, I was able to achieve my academic goals that semester while winning the title. I am incredibly thankful for the valuable memories that I shared with my grandma as she had passed away months later. While it was a difficult time for my family and I, I am proud that my grandma witnessed my commitment to school and pageantry; moreover, it serves as a reminder about my purpose in pursuing a career in healthcare, providing essential services to my community. Ultimately, my success during this time instilled valuable lessons beyond the crown that I feel very blessed about.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I take pride in my multicultural background. My mom had immigrated to Canada from the Philippines while my dad moved here from New Zealand when he was a child. I can generally follow a conversation in Tagalog and Ilocano. My goal is to become fluent in Tagalog before my next trip to the Philippines as I can connect to more people. If chosen to be Miss Universe Canada, I would work with many local and international charities, including continuing to support Young Focus Philippines, an established organization that provides quality education to children in the most rural areas of the Philippines.
I have a strong desire for the youth to be provided with opportunities to complete their education and therefore are given the chance to end the cycle of poverty. I would use my platform to be the voice for those in need as well as contribute my time in person to advocate for this cause as it is close to my heart. I hope to continue to use my platform to promote health and advocate for wellness through charitable work, greater integration of self-care and healthy lifestyle choices.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My biggest career ambition is to become a Radiation Therapist at the BC Cancer Agency. Through my years working in the Radiation Department, I have found my passion for working in healthcare and compassionate services, working directly with cancer patients. With this motivation and my experience over the past year, I hope to complete my Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy by 2023.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
I would consider being a Radiation Therapist as my ultimate dream job. Having the ability to touch many people’s lives during such a delicate time in their cancer journey is an incredibly rewarding job and I am looking forward to working more interpersonally with patients in the future. Being in the frontline in the fight to end cancer would be the most fulfilling career to me.
Moreover, if I had to choose another dream job, I would enjoy applying my creative side as an Interior Designer. I have always had an interest in real estate, interior designing and decorating since I started watching home and garden shows with my dad as a child. I would say I am very hands-on and love challenging myself. I enjoy tackling do-it-yourself projects around my home. Being able to carry this out on a larger scale over multiple homes would also be a dream come true.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I am an only child and was very fortunate to be raised in a loving household in Vancouver. Growing up as an only child, I looked forward to visiting my large family who all reside in the Philippines. Having a bi-cultural background, I was blessed to be able to travel to the Philippines and stay with my family there. As a child, my family and I would make our annual trip to the Philippines for one month at a time. While in the Philippines, we would lodge with my mom’s family in the provincial farmlands; thus, I was able to take in the authenticity of what living in a less fortunate country was like.
I was exposed to many cultural differences that spanned the opposite end of the poverty spectrum which was much different than what I was accustomed to in Canada. I am truly fortunate to have had these humbling experiences at a very young age as these experiences have led me to having a well-rounded understanding of global poverty issues. I genuinely appreciate these learning moments in life that have grounded me and have instilled important values in me since childhood.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
One of my very first jobs was working at a chocolate shop as a “Chocolatier”. My favorite part of being a Chocolatier was dipping and decorating chocolate-covered strawberries, especially making “bride and groom” strawberries which was a lot of fun!
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

  • Urban Promise After-School Program

  • The Canadian Blood Bank

  • Young Focus Philippines

  • PAGASA: People of Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action for Covid-19

  • Feeding America

  • Meals on Wheels

  • No Kid Hungry

  • World Central Kitchen

  • Taal Volcano Fundraiser


What is your most unusual talent?
I’m not quite sure if this is considered a talent, I can walk and jump on my toe knuckles.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Aside from the Philippines, I would consider Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic one of the most interesting places that I have travelled to. Their country is so authentically rich in culture and character. What I enjoyed the most were the people and the conversations that I was able to share with them.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
Ten years from now, I strive to have made a change in the world by using my platform to continue to promote healthy lifestyle choices that inhibit or delay multiple comorbidities. I wish to emphasize that by making these decisions early on, they can collectively contribute to an individual’s overall health and well-being for the futureAlongside that, I hope to have a very successful and fulfilled career caring for patients as a Radiation Therapist. I also wish to start a family and provide them with the best opportunities possible, as my parents have done for me.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I believe being Miss Universe Canada is an empowered woman who is confident in herself and ready to serve others with a humble heart. I feel that all of my experiences have led me to become humble, grateful, gracious, and resilient. I personally feel that I possess all these attributes and I am confident that I can represent Canada with the utmost honour and grace.
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Height: 5’8
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Languages: English
Occupation: Actress
Friendly, outgoing, and a smile that lights up the room, Nicole Peters has a zest for life that is apparent the moment you meet her! This natural blonde, blue-eyed beauty is 22 years old, born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and the youngest sibling to an older brother and an identical twin sister (who is 9 minutes older)!
Currently, she is working as a professional actress for film and television. You can see her starring as the principal character of Hope McLanden (Young Blake Lively) in the recent Lionsgate Hollywood Feature Film, A Simple Favor, directed by Paul Feig that was out in theatres worldwide. For her role in the film, Nicole was flown down to New York City last year for the Red Carpet World Premiere and nominated for a coveted Young Entertainer Award for “Best Young Supporting Actress in a Feature Film” down in Los Angeles. Starting at the age of 9 months old, some of her other significant credits include a supporting role in the popular hit movie Anne of Green Gables, numerous National television commercials including Rogers, Sears, Dodge Durango etc., as well as lead roles in a variety of web series’ and other projects.
She has balanced school, playing many sports, student council, and being an actress for film and television from elementary school all the way throughout university. Education has always played an important role in her life. With her varied interests in both the fields of entertainment as well as science, Nicole has spent time studying at both Ryerson for their renowned RTA Media Production program and McMaster for their prestigious and selective Arts & Science program only admitting 60 people per year. She graduated last year with the highest honour (Summa Cum Laude distinction) and wrote her LSAT this summer (coincidentally attaining the exact same score as her twin sister)! She plans on continuing to pursue acting for film and television, as well as attend law school in the years to come to become an entertainment lawyer.
Aside from acting and school, Nicole spends her summers in Muskoka teaching water skiing/wakeboarding and has performed in hundreds of ski shows doing pyramids, slalom skiing, swivel ski tricks, and comedy acts! She is representing Canada on Team Canada’s Show Ski Team competing in Florida in 2022.
Just as Nicole has learned a lot through these experiences, one of her greatest passions is teaching and helping others. From teaching water skiing/wakeboarding in the summers to tutoring fellow students, to volunteering in her community, Nicole is a strong believer in empowering others which is in fact one of her main platforms. She is competing alongside her twin sister, Lauren Peters. Though they have been ‘neck and neck’ in everything from school to sports, instead of comparing themselves to each other, they strive to encourage and motivate each other to do their best at whatever they put their minds to and specifically, excel on this journey towards representing Canada. In today’s society, social media makes it really easy for us to compare ourselves and rather than tearing each other down, it is important to build each other up, especially as women!
Nicole’s goal is to be the best role model that she can be and continue to take on all that life has to offer with grace, courage, and of course, a little bit of spunk!
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Acting, Waterskiing, Sports, Public speaking, Travelling!
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Acting (various courses at top studios across Toronto, Improvisation, Dance (Acro, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop)
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, flag football, cross country, Track (800 metres and 100m relay), water skiing (slalom), wake boarding,
swivel skiing, fly boarding, snow skiing
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My twin sister, Lauren Peters. She motivates me to be the best I can be and reminds me to always persevere. Lauren has always been there for me, serving as both a support system, (personal cheerleader!),and incredible role model. We have been through the lows and the highs together and there is no one else I would rather have on this Miss Universe Canada journey with me.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Booking the role of Hope McLanden in the feature film, A Simple Favor would probably be my proudest personal accomplishment. Acting has always been important in my life and the reason it is a very proud moment for me is because it showed me that hard work and determination really do pay off! In acting you have to face a lot of rejection and have a thick skin and booking this role showed me the power of never giving up even when you go through hard times.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Graduating from high school I was fortunate to get accepted to all kinds of programs including engineering, commerce, media, health sciences etc. I have always had a wide range of interests and thought I would have to choose between pursuing my academic studies further and doing acting. However, through this difficult and stressful time in my life (in grade 12) I realized that no matter what you want to do, if you just work hard all things are possible. This realization really allowed me to view life differently and realize that the power is within ourselves—we all have it, we just need to unleash it!
I truly believe that every human being is unique and interesting; it is important to remind each other of that every once in a while! The most interesting thing about me is that I LOVE adventure! I have gone on a hot-air balloon ride, an open-door helicopter ride, and have been dogsledding! I am a firm believer in the idea that life is here for us to live it!
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I have many different ambitions in life!! Though sometimes my family fears I am too ambitious, I do not believe that there is such a thing. I believe that ambition is critical and as long as you have a plan, you can make those dreams a reality. My career ambition is to continue acting for film and television and book a number of lead roles! Additionally, I strive to continue to pursue acting while furthering my education with law school and becoming a lawyer. My plan to accomplish both of these relies heavily on one main thing — hard work. I will continue to train to hone my skills, continue to put myself out there as much as I can, study hard, and focus on my end goal!
What would be your “dream job” in life?
I do not know if I necessarily have one specific dream job in life that I want to strive for. However, what I do know is that I want a job that continues to challenge me every day, allows me to learn and grow, and gives me the opportunity to make a difference in any capacity.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. Though life isn’t always easy and I was faced with a number of challenges growing up, I was fortunate to still experience a lot of love and support. Beginning at a young age, I have always had an interest in so many different areas (from sports to academics to the arts) and loved pushing myself despite everything that was thrown at me. I believe what helped me get through the tough times in my life growing up was immersing myself in so many different areas that I loved.
I feel like in society and growing up we are often made to think that we have to pick a certain pathway whether that be just concentrating on a certain subject or one specific sport, or if you are involved in sports you cannot be involved in the arts. However, my family played a big part in making me believe otherwise. Though focus is important, there is no reason you cannot do well in school (and take lots of maths/sciences), keep an active lifestyle, and pursue your passion in the arts (for me, it was acting). That is what I did growing up and continue to do, and I want to inspire other girls like me (or anyone for that matter)! I am a strong believer that everyone should be allowed the same opportunities and if you put your mind to something and work relentlessly towards your dreams you can and will achieve them.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

  • Water Skiing instructor and ski show performer! (I am on Team Canada’s Show Ski Team 2022)

  • Experiential Marketing for the Warner Brother’s movie, “Isn’t it Romantic” — I acted as a character in an open store front for promotion of the movie

  • Intern or as our colleagues called it (“TWINtern”) at Breakfast Television!


List any volunteering you have done.

  • Developed programs for youth at my local community centre

  • Tutoring — all subjects!

  • Eco team, picking up litter, planning initiatives, educating the community on climate change

  • Dr. Simone’s — packaged food and clothing for developing countries

  • Feed It Forward

  • Soccer club, helping young girls learn and get excited about an active lifestyle


What is your most unusual talent?
I can barefoot! (water skiing with no skis!)
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
I have been to Mexico a few times for family trips but where I found was the most interesting—and frankly, also disheartening, was downtown Mexico City. To witness the poverty that overwhelmed the city and the efforts that even young children were doing to help provide for their family was extremely eye-opening. I believe that we all deserve a happy and secure life. Ever since this moment, I try my best to somehow contribute to a better life for those living in poverty both internationally and locally—even if it is just in small ways. When I am able to travel abroad I always look to see if I can bring items along to donate. However, I also realize that charity starts at home. I appreciate how fortunate I am in my life in Canada but I also recognize that there are still those a bit less fortunate even in our amazing country. Though I may not always be able to help everyone, I believe all of us helping—even in a small way, can make a difference.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
Though this may seem like a cliché answer, in ten years I hope to be doing something that makes a difference. Ultimately, I want to be in a position where I can positively influence, help out, and empower others.
Additionally, as simple as it may sound, I want to be happy. Life is so short and we all deserve happiness.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I just wanted to say that I am honoured to have this opportunity and if chosen to be Miss Universe Canada I will represent Canada with grace, dignity, compassion, kindness, and fearlessness.
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Nova Stevens

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Height: 6′
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Languages: English, Nuer
Occupation: Model, Actress, Spokesperson, Mentor, Activist
Dynamic, resilient, persistent, and full of life, this is how those who know her best would describe Nova. However, asked to describe herself, Nova would emphasize resiliency and the power of faith in being able to change your circumstances. After her family fled a brutal civil war in South Sudan, Nova was sent alone to Canada at age 6 to be able to have a better life. Leaving behind her mother in a UN camp in South Sudan and her father and siblings in Ethiopia, Nova uses her new chance at life in Canada as a driving factor to one day reunite her family.
By the young age of 15, with the help of the Youth Transition program in Alberta, she had already forged a life for herself, living independently, finishing school and learning the importance of guidance for youth. At age 18 she earned the manager position for the program because of her maturity and her drive to give back. Being separated from her family and growing up without her parents in Canada, Nova is acutely aware of the importance of fostering healthy development of children and youth from all walks of life. While continuing to work towards reuniting her family, she is continuously looking for opportunities to serve young Canadians as she is so grateful for the opportunities that being Canadian has given her. Nova is a co-founder and one of the spokespersons for ‘Freedom March Vancouver’ and ‘Black freedom society’ whose mission is to eradicate hate and racism experienced by black and indigenous people of colour in our world today. On August 1st, during their emancipation day march, Nova and Shamika announced that they had the city of Vancouver declare August 1st as emancipation day with an official document signed by the Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart.
Growing up, Nova shined as a natural leader. On June 19th, 2020. Nova co-organized a peaceful protest/march for Black Lives Matter march; which brought more than 15,000 people together. This was not the beginning of Nova’s leadership initiatives. Having been involved with youth leadership programs throughout high school, she championed the importance of education for youth and helped their families foster that environment. She has experienced the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle to promote both mental and physical wellness. As such she has always excelled in sport, competing competitively in volleyball, track and field, and basketball. This led to a full basketball scholarship out of high school. She continues to maintain an active lifestyle and practices mindfulness to remain focused on her goals – which, as you can imagine, are as big as her personality!
Through her persistence and disciplined goal-setting she has become an activist for Black Lives Matter as well as an actress and published international model working in the fashion capitals of New York, Paris and Milan. She is currently working as a model and actress who can be seen in the following tv shows: See, Motherland and Magicians. She can also be found in commercials for Dairy Queen, Toyota Corolla, Jared’s Jewelry and Macy’s. Nova’s smile can light up any room and her charisma has established her as a sought after spokesperson for Freedom March Vancouver.
As part of her commitment to the Miss Universe cause she has been passionately studying and raising awareness about ‘Feed it forward’ a Canadian not-for-profit with two main goals: to feed Canadians that are food insecure, and to reduce food waste. Its mission is to make a difference in the lives of fellow Canadians who are in need of assistance with securing nutritious food and regular balanced meals. Nova looks forward to bringing her confidence and passion to the Miss Universe stage this year. While continuing to give back, she also hopes to use this opportunity to shine a light on the issue of inequality and racism experienced by people of colour. Most importantly, she hopes that winning the title and your hearts would encourage other young African Canadians to see the beauty in themselves.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I have a myriad of interests so it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. I consider myself “a lover of life” simply because I can find joy in all things. Especially when it comes traveling; which is one of my greatest passions because it allows you to explore the world while learning new cultures. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways one can truly learn different aspects of themselves. This may fall in the line of passions rather than interests: activism. For me, it’s not extremely important to use my voice to speak up against wrong doings, for those that may not be able to speak for themselves and invoke change. The most powerful tool you posses is your voice. It can be used for good or bad. Choose wisely. When I’m not immersing myself in different cultures, or organizing marches and protests, you can find me at the beach with a book in hand, or meditating. I believe it is important to live an active and healthy lifestyle; which should include a good balance of mind, body and soul. To achieve that balance I lead a healthy vegan lifestyle and enjoy hiking, swimming, running and being pushed to my limits by my trainer (sometimes). In addition, I can’t deny my passion for fashion. Fashion, has all ways been a huge part of my life. Whether it’s being on the runway, playing dress-up for photoshoots or using it as a tool to express my individuality. One of my favourite quotes by the one and only Coco Chanel “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening” this to me sums up what fashion represents. Lastly, I truly enjoy giving back to the community that helped raise me in any way that I can while mentoring youth that need that extra support in their life.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I’ve always lead an active lifestyle and workout every day. I currently live in Vancouver and for those that know the city would know that Vancouver is considered “Hollywood North” and I have been taking the advantages that this beautiful city has awarded me with. I am a signed actor with Premiere talent and have been talking acting classes to perfect the art that I love. Also, I’ve been a part of ‘Toast masters’ a public speaking group that gets together once a week to practice and learn public speaking skills. This group has aided me with strong presence as well as speaking with confidence and conviction. Additionally, I am taking singing lessons to help with the formation of my voice. I believe there is a correlation between modeling, acting and singing. In these arts, your using the other in one way or another.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Naturally, I am an athlete and have grown up playing volleyball, track and field and basketball. My athleticism lead to me receiving a basketball scholarship in high school, which led to me playing for the SAIT Trojans.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
I live by this quote “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey. Those are the words of the woman that has inspired me from a very young age. I have not been fortunate to grow up with my immediate family. It was people like Oprah that I looked up to, for inspiration. I remember always watching her talk show and listening to her advice carefully as if she was my mother. From her I learned that it’s not where you’re from, rather where you’re going. Your past does not define you, it strengthens you.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
I am very proud of the woman I’ve become and my accomplishments thus far. My proudest moment thus far would be co-organizing a Black Lives Matter march/protest. We brought together over 15,000+ to march in solidarity against racism, discrimination, police brutality, inequality and overall hate. Another accomplishment I am very proud to be a part of; is the declaration of August 1st as independent day by the city of Vancouver. This was a historic day, I am grateful to have been one of the people behind that accomplishment. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you recognize the power of your own voice and use it accordingly.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
After the ‘Freedom march that I co-organized. I would have random people come up to me and tell me they’ve seen me on tv speaking about racism etc. This has been happening quite often; which surprises and catches me off guard all the time. This is something I’ve never experienced. I must say, as I was answering these questions, I asked one of my best friends this same question and her response was “you love pranks, you live for April fools’ I guess you can consider that to be unique and interesting.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
When it’s all said and done, I want to leave a legacy of love, philanthropy and impact. I think the first key to success is knowing what you want, once you know what you want then you can orchestrate a plan on how to achieve it. As of right now, my focus is on Miss Universe Canada as it is in the path towards achieving my goal of Miss Universe. MUC is a platform; and with that platform, I am hoping to open more doors for young girls of color. Who will see themselves in me and know that they too are capable and worthy of representing Canada at Miss Universe. I will also use this platform to continue the fight of injustice and racial inequality experienced by black indigenous people of colour. Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement, it’s a way of life. In preparation, I am training and seeking mentorship from the most valuable people.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would be to continue the things I am currently doing but on a bigger scale. I.E modeling, acting, philanthropy and activism; while pursuing entrepreneurial endeavours. I believe that the entertainment industry gives you a big platform with vast opportunities that allows you to change and impact lives. I want to encourage other young people of colour to pursue their dreams in industries where we are under-represented. Currently, I am in the process of opening a non-profit organization that helps unprivileged youth lead a positive lifestyle.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
My childhood wasn’t quite average or the norm per se. I moved to Canada with a family member and lived with various family members up until I was 15, which is when I moved out on my own. My decision to move out on my own and live independently stemmed from the fact that I did not want to continue to live in a negative environment. Energy is very important and I realized that at a very young age. Things aren’t always easy, but ultimately we are in control of the people we decide to surround ourselves with.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I was 18 and was hired by a third party debt collection company. Ironically, I was the number 1 debt collector in North America during my tenure with the company. That would probably be my most unusual job. This to me was a clear indication of my people skills. I have always been great at communicating with people and genuinely enjoy it.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Freedom March Vancouver (March/protest)

  • SOS Children’s Villages

  • Operation Smile

  • Freedom March Vancouver (March/protest)

  • Keep6ix organization

  • Calgary Alpha house

  • Aspen

  • YWCA


What is your most unusual talent?
I can sing any song in a baby’s voice as well as make my left thumb dance.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Modelling has allowed me to travel the world and explore different cultures. That being said, I have travelled to NYC, Milan, Paris and the South of France where I jumped into the Mediterranean Sea and swam in a large body of water for the first time! Prior to that I didn’t know how to swim and had a fear of deep ends, but that summer I decided to conquer my fear and just do it! I think we should all work on conquering our fears as it inhibits us.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
On paper ten years seems like a long time from now but in reality, it’s really not that far from today! That being said, in ten years I envision myself having succeeded in my careers and business endeavors as well as having my non-profit organization for unprivileged kids internationally known with sectors all over the world. Nonetheless, I am open to whatever opportunity the universe grants me as I believe life is full of surprises and that’s the beauty of it.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
To me, winning this title means: showing the world that there isn’t an “ideal” beauty, we are all beautiful regardless of colour, shade, shape, physical attributes or whatever construct society has created to be considered “more beautiful “. It is time to show the world the true beauty of Canada which lies within our diverse culture and love for one another. Most importantly, I want to encourage young girls of colour to see themselves as beautiful, regardless of what society considers as “beautiful” I want them to see my image and think that they too can compete for Miss Universe Canada and win despite being of African descent with dark skin and non-Eurocentric features. We are all beautiful when we are authentically ourselves.
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Rosalie Mercier

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Height: 4’11
Hometown: Québec, QC
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Occupation: Director of Business Development
Rosalie Mercier is passionate about social relationships, international development, and local involvement. Raised in Quebec City, she always has been close to her parents and brother Jeremy. Their unconditional support gives her the confidence to follow her multiple passions and push the boundaries of her limits. Her background allowed her to recognize the importance of education and she hopes to inspire young people to follow their hearts and develop their intellectual curiosity.
It is what she has precisely done for herself. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in International Business Management at Laval University with African markets’ courses at Em Lyon. Today, she works as a Director of Business Development for Dimension Composite. Rosalie is passionate about her field of studies, and she believes that education helps to solve global world issues. Since she is people-oriented and loves studying, she decided to combine her full-time employment with part-time studies in psychology. She also aims to do a Master’s in theology and an MBA in an internationally renowned business school. According to Rosalie, learning is also an inner work, and it is the reason why she hosts conferences in high schools pertaining to self-knowledge, growth and listening to one’s inner self. At her high school graduation, acting as her schools’ president student council she gave a speech to her peers where she talked about the strong ties built throughout the years.
In 2016, she represented Quebec’s Winter Carnival as one of the Duchesses. This allowed her to experience her first trade mission in Paris where she gave a conference in Les Galeries Lafayette with her peers. Meeting politicians, entrepreneurs, media, and people from other cultures was very rewarding. She loved the experience so much that she applied for the Trade Missions program at Laval University where she participated in a three weeks trade mission with Poland to represent a Quebec based company. She received a scholarship at the end of this program and was recognized as Ms. Mission by her peers.
Even though she loves conducting business, doing humanitarian work for local communities and foreign countries showed her the impact she can have on people. Meeting small communities from Honduras and Morocco where access to medical care is limited, drinking water is scarce and education is not for all, was heart-breaking. She became increasingly of social, environmental, and health issues linked to a lack of knowledge in certain communities worldwide. She believes there is always a way of making lemonade out of lemons, with this mantra she aims to become a globally renowned spiritual leader. She would love to inspire people, and businesses to be more conscious and recognize their social responsibility.
Though pageantry has been new for Rosalie, she believes in her capacity to accept challenges, mobilize the best people around her, and to surpass herself.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
What I enjoy doing the most is learning! For me, the entire world is a class where I can learn. I enjoy reading books and broadening my horizons on a variety of topics. My favorite areas of learning are: business development, leadership, motivation, psychology, cultures, theology, social relationships, history and herbalism.
Moreover, I love to be involved in my community by doing projects which bring positive side effects (volunteering, creation of events, ideation, etc.). I enjoy attending various social events such as corporate ones, as it is a way to create social connections. From a young age I have had a passion for dancing and being on stage. Whether I am hosting conference or a speech, playing in a musical or belly dancing, it always makes me feel like I can connect, once again, with people.
When I feel like I need time for myself, I love to go to my small local market where we can buy local products. Coming back home with my local finds, I enjoy discovering new flavors by taking the time to cook a great meal. For me, cooking can be a very creative activity, and calming. I also enjoy going for walks in the forest. I enjoy meditation and practicing spiritual care such as reiki.
Finally, one of my favorite hobbies is to travel the world. This allows the discovery of new cultures by identifying the way people communicate, and how it affects social interactions. I enjoy understanding the culture by making connections with locals and being invited into the homes of local people to see their way of living. It is one of the main reasons why I studied International Business Development, that I am currently studying psychology, and that I aim to study theology. This tool helps me deepen social connections that fulfill me.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
When I was in Elementary School, I already wanted to be able to connect with people. I believe it is the reason why I was so interested in taking part in a musical. I had the chance to play the role of The Little Prince of St-Exupéry; that character was wise beyond his years. This character was so kind, dispensing long-lasting life lessons to younger, and older people that I remember feeling people’s empathy when I was on stage. This training was useful for me because it helped me manage my stress from a very young age and it also helped me feel the impact I could have on people. I also won a contest for TVA television (a major Quebec Broadcaster) to be in a commercial for Expo Québec.
During my High School period, I had the chance to be sent to leadership training sessions to improve my capacity to mobilize people around projects and communications. In the same years, I was shy of my new adult body, and I loved the confidence that Shakira had in her videos. I also remember that in kindergarten, my grandmother brought me to a Bellydance show, an experience which I would never forget because the women were so confident and feminine. For these reasons, I decided to start belly dancing to gain confidence, and positively develop my feminine energy. Since I love classical music, I also had the chance to learn how to play the transverse flute.
Once in CEGEP (college), I developed my skills in management and entrepreneurship. These years were so useful to learn basics and concrete skills. I had some training in negotiation and some classes on the role of women in the business world that are still useful for me today. Being one of the Duchesses of the winter Carnival in Quebec also provided me with a huge boost in maturity, and it helped me improve my skills in communication, leadership, and social work. This experience also allowed me to live a first trade mission and learn how to present myself correctly with diplomats, members of the media, and entrepreneurs. It was also a period where I did a few photoshoots for some young photographers and received training to practice Reiki.
Once in University, I was trained in International Business Management and chosen by the Missions Commerciales (trade missions) program. I had a complete training in importation, exportation, managing cultural differences, evaluating companies for M&A, and more. I was also part of the Les Jeux du Commerce program, where I represented Laval University for the Organizational Information Systems division. I was previously trained in strategy, visual presentation, Business presentation, and Interviews.
Finally, I am grateful for all the training I had in my life that helped me grow as a person, and that is still useful today.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Recently, I have been involved more with low impact training such as Pilates and Yoga. I have also participated in the past in swimming competitions, running races, and triathlons. Triathlons taught me a lot about discipline, going beyond my physical barriers, and rigor to achieve my goals. In the past, I also practiced baseball, where minorities of girls were playing. I played for fun and enjoyed the team spirit.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
I would say Jaggi Vasudev better known as Sadhguru, who is a master yogi and mystic founder of the Isha Foundation, a non-profit yoga organization. He is a spiritual guide with millions of followers around the world. He inspires me because he has a modern vision of the spiritual world. Like me, he comes from the business community and is a practitioner of mindfulness. I hope that one day, I will have developed such communication skills and the ability to deliver messages of peace around the world.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My most recent accomplishment that makes me proud is to have obtained a job in an industry that I am passionate about and that is directly related to my field of study. I believe that at 23, I can be proud to work in a company that allows me to learn every day, to get to know myself better and to develop my skills. I am also proud to have an environment that supports me on a daily basis and supports me in my projects.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Recently, I have been evaluated as a gifted adult, and I believe it makes me unique since a small part of the population is gifted. It helps me think outside of the box and be positively marginal. I believe it helps me understand my hypersensitivity and my need for constant improvement of myself. Additionally, I believe this condition is interesting, and it is part of the reason why I decided to study psychology.
I am always open to teaching the knowledge I have acquired because I am convinced that teaching means learning twice.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I recently finished my studies in International Business Management and started a second Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Once I will have completed the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I plan to complete a Master’s degree in Theology. I also wish to graduate from an internationally renowned MBA school.
My ambition is to work, as I already do, in international development. Therefore, in the future, I would like to add a social responsibility dimension to my career, so that I can work even closer to local and international communities in need. I feel so privileged that my job allows me to open my horizons, meet people, and develop human relationships.
I would love my job to create win-win relationships between small communities around the world and global business leaders. This way, the big organizations would gain a better image in social responsibilities, and the small communities would gain better rights for their people.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My ideal career would be to influence people on conscious, spiritual, and durable values. I would share my “out of the box” ideas and knowledge. My observations of the world are authentic, inspirational, modern, with respect to nature and cultures. I would travel around the world to help women develop a means for long term income. Moreover, I would aim to help them be able to provide the best education to their children and the best conditions for their growth (health and intellectual development). I would help international and local businesses to develop internationally and durably. I would also support local communities in need. My career would help me learn new languages to keep communicating more with small communities who do not speak French, English, or Spanish.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
My parent raised me in what I would call a modern-traditional family. In fact, my mother was a housewife, and my dad works in real estate. My parents raised my brother and I with family-oriented and loving values. They are, without a doubt, very generous people. At a young age, we were made aware of the importance of helping others. Growing up, my family was a foster family and we were taught to help others whenever the opportunity presented itself. My father also studied in the education field. He instilled upon me his work ethic and his values of knowledge and education. Also, I believe that being raised by a stay-at-home mother helped my brother and I to develop empathy. My parents always encouraged us to go through our passions even if they were multiple. In this sense, we are an active family who loves to attend events, be involved in our community, and be active. As a child, people often qualified me as being special, I was very articulated, my memory was impressive, and I was often an A student. I was often called «miss projects» since I loved, and still love to mobilize people for creating added value to the community. In elementary school, I remember raising hundreds of dollars for organizations that help children, being involved in the musical, and being a class president.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I had the chance to work at the Comedia Fest Québec festival in 2019, where I hosted renowned humorists. I felt fortunate to get to know the people behind their public figures.
List any volunteering you have done.
I did two community trips to Honduras. The first was to build a house for a family in need and the second was to carry out an educational mission. I also raised donations for Guignolée, UNICEF and Opération Enfant Soleil. I served the Ftour to homeless people itinerants in Casablanca during my studies in Morocco. In addition, when I was Duchesse du Carnaval de Québec in 2016, I represented Cité-Joie. I have already been involved in designing activities for people in CHSLD (seniors home) and in various fundraising activities of a philanthropic nature. Recently, I gave conferences to teenage girls on getting to know and listen to their inner self as a woman. I also met some of them personally for individual conversation when needed. I also welcome foreign students at university to help them adapt better to Quebec’s culture. These volunteering acts are some of my favorites.
What is your most unusual talent?
My most unusual talent is being able to visit a country and quickly identify with the norms, the values, the language subtleties, and the non-verbal languages of the locals. This talent helps me in my job and humanity work abroad. I believe this skill also helps me in my everyday life in my relationships with other people.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
The most interesting place I visited is Aït-Bougmez in Morocco. It is a small community of Berbers who live in a remote area in the mountains. A cottage that welcomes tourists represents a good part of the economy of the village. It was impressive to see how people lived well with little. I remember watching the children wash their laundry in the river and then lay them in the trees to dry them. I remember seeing the small school in the dilapidated village and wondering about the real future opportunities of its children, who were smiling but raised in extreme poverty. I found this place was impressive because it reminded me that it is possible to live more simply and in connection with nature.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to be happy in every field of my life and aligned with my inner self. In ten years, I hope to be raising a loving family and having a career that I enjoy every day. I wish I will be skilled enough in Ayurveda to teach it to other people. Moreover, I hope to still be involved in the International Business Management field to remain a citizen of the world and remain connected to its different realities. Finally, I hope that after my studies in psychology, I will be continuing to enrich my education in other fields of study.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
For me, winning Miss Universe Canada would mean that there are no limits to what we can do when we have a dream we want to achieve. I would also be proud to be one of the shortest participants to the Miss Universe pageant. I believe that every woman is beautiful in her way, and I know I would be a great representative of Canada’s values in the next steps. Coming from Quebec allowed me to get exposed to the First Nation, the French, and English-speakers pivotal to the building of our country, and also the immigrants that have made us progress through time. I would take my Miss Universe Canada role very seriously, by accepting all the responsibilities linked to it, and striving to be the best version of myself. I would also use my title to promote education around the world as a means of prevention to current world issues.
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Sam Fraughton

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Height: 5’8
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Languages: English
Occupation: Student at University of Alberta (Law)
Samantha is a third-year law student, where she is interested in issues surrounding access to justice and public legal education. In law school, her volunteerism has covered accompanying people to Provincial court, coordinating a program that teaches grade five students about the Constitution, and providing legal support to low-income communities.
Prior to law school, Samantha’s first degree was in drama, and she continues to participate in community theatre whenever she can. Recently, she won a scholarship to write a play about Canada’s legal relationship with Indigenous people through the treaties.
Outside of school, Samantha works part-time as a model and has worked for national brands such as Swimco and Paris Jewellers. The highlight of her modelling career so far has been appearing in the December 2019 issue of Vogue magazine. Working in the fashion industry has led Samantha to be an advocate for the slow fashion movement and ethical consumption of clothing. She believes that the issues surrounding textile production are not only environmental, but also have their roots in imperialism, colonial structures, gender equality issues, and human rights.
In her spare time, Samantha swims and runs avidly. She is also an artist who exhibits and sells her paintings at the annual Edmonton Art Walk. Samantha spent eleven years as a classical pianist, and enjoys continuing to take lessons and playing music with other people.
Samantha has placed as first runner-up for Miss Earth Canada 2013 and 2016, and has been a semi-finalist in every other major pageant system in Canada. She is ready to bring nine years of pageantry experience to the Miss Universe stage and make Canada proud.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I love taking in live performances of any kind, from music to theatre to WWE wrestling. I am also very interested in regional history, and enjoy photographing historic architecture all across the prairies. I spend the rest of my spare time in pursuit of the perfect cup of black coffee.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I hold a BA in Drama from the University of Alberta, where I was exposed to not only acting but directing and production design. Theatre is one of my biggest passions in life, and I participate in community theatre whenever I can!
I am also a classically trained pianist, having played since I was eight. I continue to take piano lessons, and enjoy arranging music as well as playing informally with others.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
As a lifeguard and former swimming instructor, I love to swim for my own enjoyment. I taught many aquatic sport programs for almost a decade, including springboard diving and indoor kayaking. I have been an avid runner for many years, and ran the Edmonton half marathon in 2015.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My younger sister Lindsay has had a huge impact on my life. I often turn to her for advice and support, and she makes me laugh unlike anyone else! There is a huge amount of trust between us, and we have been very close for our whole lives. I don’t know how I would get by— or who I would be— without my sister’s razor-sharp insights and wit.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Getting accepted to law school. It was a goal I set for myself in 2013, while completing my arts degree. I studied for the LSAT entrance exam for two years, and put a tremendous amount of energy into the application process. I received acceptance to my school of choice the day after my birthday, too!
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
When I was 14, I was a finalist in the Canadian National Spelling Bee. It was such a fun and unique experience where I made friends from all across Canada that I still have today. I studied word origins, and learned a lot about how languages work. The word that eliminated me from the competition was ‘dubiety’.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career goal is to practice public law in some sense. I feel that the justice system should be accessible to everyone, and a large part of my law school career thus far has been focussed on public legal education initiatives.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream is to be a lawyer, where my hope is to have a fulfilling legal practice at the intersections of law, education, and activism. At this point in my education, I am most interested in Indigenous legal issues and in seeing the promises of the treaties fulfilled.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and I was fortunate to live very near to all my grandparents, as well as my great-grandma, who lived to be almost 104! My parents, sister, and I have always enjoyed spending long nights playing board games and cards together. My family is competitive, but also tremendously supportive.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
In high school, I was a professional pianist. I had the opportunity to open for Soaring Strings, a violin-cello duo from Quebec; as well, I played other professional shows in Fort Saskatchewan. I learned a lot about myself and what it takes to play an instrument at a high level, and developed a deep respect for the work that goes into creating live music.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Faculty of Law, University of Alberta: student legal services, public legal education outreach, Law Show charity fundraisers

  • USchool at the University of Alberta

  • Lifesaving Society of Alberta

  • Operation Smile

  • Variety the Children’s Charity

  • Sheeptown Players community theatre

  • EuroTrumpet Productions

  • Fort Saskatchewan Girl Guides

  • Fort Saskatchewan Canada Day Committee


What is your most unusual talent?
I have a few: I can lick my elbow, I can recite the number Pi to 45 decimal points, and I can play piano with my hands crossed.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Nicaragua. I travelled there with my family when my younger sister competed in Miss Teen Universe, and I was absolutely culture-shocked. I saw many things that I would never see at home, and that was my first time in a country where the language primarily spoken wasn’t English. I learned a lot about my own privilege while on that trip, and it shaped many of the values and beliefs that I hold today.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I plan to be a practicing lawyer and hope that I can contribute meaningfully to the legal community. In ten years, I hope I am striving to always better myself, and finding new ways to be creative. I hope through my work and volunteer endeavours, I continue to help others who are less fortunate than I am.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I entered my first pageant because I love being on stage, and was looking for opportunities to practice public speaking. I have continued to compete in pageants because they have allowed me to ask myself what I stand for and how I want to present myself. Navigating the female experience is largely an exercise in balancing competing social expectations, and pageants create space for women to question and redefine these expectations for themselves.
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Sara Winter

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Height: 5’10
Hometown: Duncan, BC
Languages: English
Occupation: Golfer
Sara Winter grew up in Duncan, a small town in Vancouver Island, where her father raised her with strong morals and encouraged her to pursue her passions in life. Growing up Sara was always a natural athlete, excelling at dance, figure skating, and karate. But it wasn’t until she fell in love with golf at the age of 22, that she knew it would be a lifelong passion. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Sara realized her dream job would be to pursue golf professionally, so she took a risk to step away from school to practice golf full-time. Although a latecomer to the sport, in just four years she was able to achieve playing on a competitive mini-tour in Scottsdale, Arizona seasonally along with other Golf Canada events. Being a female athlete in a male-dominated sport, Sara strives to break stereotypes and show the world that through resilience and the ability to believe in yourself anything is possible. This year Sara partnered with TaylorMade Canada allowing her to be an influencer in the golf industry, and continue to help grow the game. Sara’s dream is to win on tour one day, but during her journey if she can help grow the game and get more women and children involved, that feels just as rewarding. On top of dedicating her time to golf, Sara advocates for addiction awareness in Canada, having her mother struggle with substance abuse growing up, she knows firsthand the effects it can have on families and loved ones. Sara wants to continue to use her voice and social media platforms, where she can reach over 100,000 people, to raise awareness for this issue in her hometown and across Canada.
At 15 years old Sara signed her first international modelling contract with an agency in Seoul, Korea. Quickly maturing and learning how much pressure women have to look a certain way; she struggled to feel like she was enough. This incident drove her to enter the Miss Teen Canada 2011 competition, where she quickly fell in love with pageantry. Sara continued on to represent Canada at SuperModel International 2012, Top Model of the World 2014, and placed top 10 at Miss Universe Canada 2019.
A frequent guest speaker on several podcasts has allowed Sara to tell her story and break down some barriers that women in sports and pageants are given. Aspiring to earn her LPGA tour card one day, Sara realizes how important being a role model for young girls and youth is, and strives to make a positive impact to others. Sara has worked with groups such as: FOREher Sports, Women with Drive, and Swing, where they connect, educate, and inspire women and the youth on and off the golf course. Aspiring to help youth succeed to their full potential, and achieve their dreams, Sara also guest speaks at elementary schools where she teaches goal-setting activities to the kids. Sara also works closely with Nourish Cowichan an organization that provides nutritious breakfasts to school children of the Cowichan Valley. Sara believes that regardless of what struggles you may be facing, having someone believe and support you can go a long way, and she hopes to put together many more projects in the future across the world.
Sara’s athleticism, determination and positive mindset, make her a unique contestant and an even more relatable role model. Having represented Canada internationally both in golf and in pageants, has given her the experience and confidence she needs to thrive. Sara knows she has what it takes to make Canada proud on the Miss Universe stage.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I’m lucky to call my job one of my biggest interests, which would be golfing. It has taught me how to have patience with everything in life, and you can constantly keep learning, and challenging yourself.
I also love yoga, animals, reading, peforming, travelling, volunteering and spending quality time with my loved ones.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I was a competitive dancer growing up for 5 years at Carolson’s School of Dance, where I trained in jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. I also signed to Barbara Coultish Agency when I was 14 years old, and signed my first international modelling contract to Seoul, Korea, at just 15 years old. Through Coultish agency they allowed me to attend several acting and modelling workshops, where I practiced my skills repetitively. I have always adored being able to express myself on camera or on stage, and have a true appreciation for all performing arts.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
I am currently pursuing a career in golf. Being an athlete takes determination, perseverance, and a strong mindset, all attributes that a Miss Universe Canada should have.
Aside from golf, other sports I have pursued growing up include: ice skating, volleyball, dance, karate, skiing, and track and field.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Growing up my mom became less involved when I was 11 years old, due to substance abuse, and for that reason my parents got a divorce. My dad had to step up and raise three girls alone and take on the role of my mother, and I’m forever grateful for him. But, aside from my father, my sister Mandy has influenced my life in many ways. She helped raise me, and acted like a mother when I needed one. When I was maturing into a women she always reminded me that I am enough, and helped me gain confidence in my own skin. She taught me to not be afraid to stand up for what I believe in, and chase after my dreams, regardless of the circumstances. Mandy influenced me to compete in my first pageant, Miss Teen Canada World 2011, introducing me to the deeper meaning of pageants, and what they had to offer. Without her constant love and support, I wouldn’t be who or where I am today.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
This past year I partnered with TaylorMade Canada, one of the biggest brands in golf for Canada and around the world. This has allowed me to grow my platform in the golf industry internationally and become a well-known influencer. Working with such an elite brand as a female in a male-dominated sport has allowed me to help grow the game, and encourage women and the youth all over the world to pursue their dreams. I am very proud to be connected with TaylorMade Canada, and I am looking forward to creating more content with them.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
The most interesting thing about myself would be getting diagnosed with Vitiligo, when I was 19 years old. Vitiligo is a rare skin disease that only effects 0.5 – 1 % of the world, and on top of that there isn’t a cure for it. In today’s society there is so much pressure on young women, and women in general to look a certain way, in order to feel accepted, or beautiful. Although it doesn’t affect my health, immediately appreciating how fortunate I am, and how people struggle with much worse everyday, it still effected my mental health, and self confidence. My family helped me remember that beauty comes from within, and although Miss Universe Canada is considered a beauty pageant, it is so much deeper than that. I believe that our imperfections are what make us unique, and being diagnosed with vitiligo allowed me to be different, and shed light on this topic.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
To succeed in anything in life I believe it takes repetition and hard work. I have been competing against professional and amateur golfers on a mini tour preparing myself to one day attend Qualifying School to make my way to the LPGA tour. With the support of my father and the knowledge of my coach , I train and work hard everyday on and off the course to be the best athlete I can possibly be, physically and mentally. I believe that every failure is a learning experience, and you have to keep fighting and learn from your mistakes, instead of giving up. This fits into my pageant career as well, I competed last year for Miss Universe Canada and fell short of my end goal by placing in the top 10. Instead of giving up I set my mind to competing again to fulfill one of my biggest ambitions of representing Canada at Miss Universe. I have reached success in my golf career this past year, and I feel now is my moment to be Miss Universe Canada, and I will give everything I got to make that happen.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
As cliche as this may sound I feel like I am partly pursuing my dream job already. The only thing that is missing to that dream is being Miss Universe Canada 2020 and playing on the LPGA tour. But playing golf at a competitive level regardless is extremely thrilling and being able to challenge my athletic abilities everyday, at a sport that is very independent, makes it humbling and rewarding.
On top of that my dream job would incorporate mentoring todays youth. I feel very strongly about helping children explore there talents and passions, and it saddens me that not every kid has that opportunity readily given to them. I want to help educate the youth on the power of there dreams, and encourage them to fulfill their passions in life, and I believe golf has given me a voice and a platform to do so.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Duncan, British Columbia. Duncan is a small town located on Vancouver Island. I am very proud and appreciative of where I come from , and as I travel the world, I realize how lucky I am to call it my home. The scenery of the mountains and being so close to the ocean has blossomed my love for nature, and made me apprecaite the fresh air I get to breathe in everyday. It was an amazing place to grow up because it is very family oriented. My childhood was one of the happiest times of my life, because we were very fortunate to be able to travel as a family, while my parents were still together. My childhood holds all of my happiest memories of my mother and it was a simple time for all of us. Duncan is an extremely friendly environment and I am blessed to have the support of my community through my journey of competing for Miss Universe Canada 2020.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
When I was 15 years old I modelled internationally in Seoul, Korea. Working in the modelling industry taught me a lot about my self because you constantly are being put outside of your comfort zone. In 2012 I was honoured to represent Canada at SuperModel International, in Bangkok, Thailand, where I placed in the Top 10 on the international stage. Two years later I represented Canada again at Top Model of the World in El Gouna, Egypt. Given the job to represent your country isn’t an opportunity everyone gets to experience, and it is one that I will cherish in my heart forever. There is nothing more gratifying than wearing that Canada sash across your chest, and I hope to achieve to represent my country again, but on the Miss Universe stage this time.
List any volunteering you have done.
I am one of the top ambassadors for the women’s empowerment group called FOREher Sports, a company that connects, educates, and inspires women on and off the golf course.
Other organizations include:

  • Children’s Hospital

  • Free the Children

  • Ronald Mcdonald House BC

  • Operation Smile

  • SOS Children’s Villages

  • Nourish Cowichan

  • Women with Drive


… as well as guest speaking at several elementary schools and volunteering at various animal shelters.
What is your most unusual talent?
My unusual talent would definitely be having my purple belt in karate. My dad wanted my two older sisters and I to be able to defend ourselves in any situation we were given in life, so he enrolled us all in karate as kids. I trained with a sensei once a week, and entered competitions where I won several medals.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Bangkok, Thailand – I traveled there for Super Model International 2012. I really respect how much they worship their King, it shows how loyal Thai people are. They’re also known as the Land of Smiles because they are forever choosing peace over conflict. Learning about the Thai culture, and seeing how welcoming they were of other countries, made it a trip and place I will never forget.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
A lot can change in ten years, but I would like to see myself using my success from my golf career to continue to help grow the game, and have made some status on the LPGA tour by then. I would like to continue to be an advocate for addiction awareness in Canada, and help find a solution for this issue. On top of that in ten years, I would like to see myself working with the Miss Universe Canada organization as a proud alumni, forever supporting each woman that stands on that stage.
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Sophie Church
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Height: 5’10
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Occupation: Resident Physician
Hailing from the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Sophie Church is a driven, empathetic young woman and a recently graduated Medical Doctor. In May 2020, she earned her M.D. with distinction, a designation awarded to the top ten percent of students in each graduating class. She was also honoured with the Adrienne Bastarache prize for her interest and aptitude in mental health. She is currently employed as a Resident Physician in Halifax with a specialty in Psychiatry, working every day to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness and addictions. As a front-line health care worker, she has been actively providing care to those affected by the isolation and losses of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the outset, she stepped up to volunteer for the Nova Scotia occupational health phone line, screening other health care workers for symptoms and making referrals for testing. Sophie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Honours at Queen’s University, where she earned a place on the Dean’s Honour list and graduated with distinction.
Sophie feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries around the world, learning about different cultures. An adventurer at heart, she is insatiably curious and welcomes every chance to learn something new and grow as a person. While visiting Thailand in 2018, she overcame her fears, becoming a PADI-certified SCUBA diver. At 17 years old, she traveled to Nicaragua to represent Canada in the Teen Universe pageant, where she placed as 3rd runner up.
As Vice-President of her Medical School class, Sophie organized many successful social events for her colleagues to enjoy. In this role, she was part of a team that fundraised over $2000 for Brigadoon Village, a camp for children with health conditions and other life challenges. Sophie has also led an initiative called SHOUT (Sexual Health Outreach), where medical students provide sexual health education to youth in the Halifax area. She undertook the task of updating the curriculum to include relevant topics such as consent and the safe use of electronics and social media. With hopes of improving the lives of older adults, Sophie recently had her research in the field of Geriatrics accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. A creative problem-solver, she founded a volunteer-led music and recreation program at her hometown hospital, allowing patients with prolonged admissions to engage with others in a meaningful way.
Sophie believes fundamentally that every person has infinite worth and aspires to instill in others this philosophy of acceptance and compassion. As a woman working in the male-dominated field of medicine, she hopes to inspire other young women to pursue their dreams, and to show them that they can accomplish anything.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I am passionate about travel and learning about other countries and cultures around the world. I enjoy all kinds of gastronomy, art and theatre and can often be found on the weekend visiting a new restaurant or museum, with hopes of discovering something new.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I have formal training on the stage in the form of modelling and acting lessons. I appeared on the television series, Mr. D which is available on Netflix. I learned to play piano at age three and was a trombonist for my high school concert and cadet corps bands.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
As a member of my local swim team, I grew up in the water. Thanks to my supportive family and coaches, I was able to earn several provincial medals as a teenager and even set a provincial record. One of my other great joys has been volleyball. I served as my high school team captain and competed at the National level. As an adult, I continue to pursue new activities such as yoga, tennis and surfing. My participation in sports through the years has strengthened my dedication, teamwork and leadership skills.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One of my greatest role models has been Michelle Obama. After reading her autobiography, Becoming, I was inspired by her determination, compassion, and ability to be unapologetically herself. I hope to one day follow in her footsteps, speaking to audiences of young women and girls and encouraging them to pursue higher education. I also greatly admire her humanitarian work promoting LGBTQ+ rights and healthy lifestyles.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
The achievement of which I am most proud is becoming a certified open-water diver. I have always been drawn to the water, so while visiting Thailand in 2018, I decided to get my SCUBA certification. This proved more challenging than I had ever imagined. The course involved a series of exercises in the water, each more daunting than the last. I left the course after just half a day, feeling overwhelmed and afraid. However, I decided this was something I truly wanted, and came back the next day determined to succeed. I needed extra time and one-on-one sessions to increase my comfort. I practiced removing my mask and putting it back on under water until I felt I could do it in my sleep. Then I had my first dive. Seeing marine life up close was like being on another planet, and I was deeply proud that I had overcome my fear. This experience taught me that the most challenging things in life are often the most rewarding. I learned that by doing things at my own pace and believing in my abilities, I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I have a very quirky hobby – I build miniature furniture and houses! I recently took up this interest, which allows me to relax, be creative and work with my hands.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to become a Staff Psychiatrist, providing necessary care to the people of Nova Scotia and advocating for mental health funding and awareness. I am currently in the first year of my five-year training program, at the end of which I will be fully licensed to practice Psychiatry.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job is to represent my country with pride and integrity as Miss Universe Canada. If I were to be awarded this prestigious title, I would use my platform to advance important social causes, break down stereotypes about pageants and instill confidence and ambition in young women around the world.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I grew up along the South Shore of Nova Scotia in a small, quiet town called Bridgewater. I was raised by two loving parents who taught me to believe in myself, and always stand up for those less fortunate than I. My four amazing grandparents were actively involved in my life, molding me into the woman I am today.
At a young age, secure and well-fed, I learned that a person’s health can be greatly affected by their life circumstances when I volunteered for my school’s breakfast program, providing meals to children whose families struggled with food insecurity. This was my first exposure to the social determinants of health, shaping my path to the profession of medicine.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
My first job was as a cashier at a grocery store in my hometown. In this role, was struck by the challenges the population faced in putting food on the table for themselves and their families.
I have been a tour guide for a historic church in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. This job allowed me to learn about the heritage of my home and share it proudly with tourists from around the world. I have also worked on several golf courses, serving food and beverages to players.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Dalhousie Medicine Class of 2020 Vice-President: Fundraising for Brigadoon Village, a camp for children with health conditions and other life challenges

  • Hi-Tech with Heart Service-Learning Project with Northwood continuing care: Developed a guide for using technology to promote meaningful engagement with older adults

  • Everest Day volunteer instructor: Educating Grade 4 students in Halifax about healthy active living

  • Cuts for Cancer volunteer & fundraising in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation

  • Euphoria! Charity Variety Show: Fundraising team lead; Hair and Makeup team lead; acting and dancing on-stage

  • Sexual Health Outreach (SHOUT) executive, coordinator and volunteer instructor: Educating grade 7-9 students in the Halifax area about sexual health, wellness and safety

  • Founded of a recreation and music program for patients at South Shore Regional Hospital

  • Volunteer teaching assistant for first-year medical student anatomy

  • Kaleidoscope Queen’s “big buddy”: Mentor to school-aged children with social and academic challenges

  • Generations Queen’s executive and volunteer: Adopt-a-grandparent program; organized community events for older adults including a “Senior Prom”.

  • Martha’s Table volunteer in Kingston, Ontario: Providing hot, healthy meals to individuals struggling with food insecurity


What is your most unusual talent?
I have a “semi-photographic” memory, which has served me well in learning human anatomy and finding items in my at-times-chaotic closet!
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal with a good friend. Situated between India and Tibet, Nepal is a unique and breathtaking country, with fascinating culture and history. Our five-day hike through the Himalayas is an experience I will not soon forget. The Nepali people are warm and welcoming, and I even got to watch the FIFA World Cup with a group of locals!
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I hope to be a practicing Psychiatrist, an active community member, and to have a family of my own. I plan to continue my world travels, and I dream of visiting all seven continents. Although I have ideas for what I hope to accomplish in ten years, nothing in life is guaranteed. My most important goal is to live with intention and be grateful for each day.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to participate as a delegate in Miss Universe Canada 2020. I would like to thank my family and friends for their support, as well as anyone who took the time to read this. Stay safe, be kind, and may all your wildest dreams come true.
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Svetlana Mamaeva

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Height: 5’11
Hometown: Maple, ON
Languages: English, Russian, Romanian
Occupation: Project Coordinator (Business Technology Group)
Svetlana is a first-generation Canadian who is currently working in the field of business technology. Having been born and raised in Moldova, one of the least developed countries in Europe, she was determined from a young age to not be held back by her circumstances. She moved to Canada to pursue her education and graduated with an honours degree in finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Led by her interest in this field, Svetlana spent over 2 years working in personal banking, where she earned the Top 10% in Canada award for her performance. She used her academic and professional experience to design a free financial literacy program for women across Canada. This initiative, FinPowered, provides accessible and informative workshops in the face of a global recession.
Aside from her interest in finance, Svetlana always had a passion for pageantry and performance. She first joined the Miss Universe Canada pageant in 2019 and earned the title of Miss Tourism World Canada. Later that year, she represented Canada at the Miss Tourism World pageant where she placed as the 1st runner up among 67 competing countries. Svetlana’s dream is to represent Canada on the Miss Universe stage and help women across the world gain financial empowerment.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
During my spare time, I enjoy taking dance classes, skiing, spending time with my four siblings and travelling around the world. With the ongoing pandemic, many of my go-to activities were put on hold, so I took this opportunity to seek out new interests.
Speaking of new interests, I came across a short video advertising Chris Hadfield’s online course in Space Exploration. He was the first Canadian to walk in space and served as commander of the International Space Station. With his unique storytelling, I was captivated and finished his entire program in just a few days. Led by my curiosity, I also read his book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”, which became one of my favourite quarantine reads. It was interesting to learn about this
inspirational Canadian and how he reached his “impossible dream” of becoming an astronaut.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I received formal training in public speaking, acting, singing, dancing and modelling. Although I enjoyed all of these activities, I consider public speaking to be the most valuable. To further improve this skill, I completed a graduate certificate program focused on public speaking, effective writing and leadership communication. I was able to apply what I’ve learned from this program to my career, pageantry and day-to-day life.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Growing up, I was actively involved in swimming and skiing. I trained in both sports for several years and was offered the chance to become a competitive skier. Looking back, I can confidently say that my involvement in sports strengthened my character. It taught me how to handle criticism, persevere during difficult times and always believe in myself.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
The one person who has significantly influenced my life was my great-grandmother. She was a highly respected World War II veteran and received countless awards for her service. There was even a book written about her! She passed away when I was 10 years old and I feel very fortunate to have learned about her experiences directly from her. We shared a close bond and she will always be an example of a strong and inspiring woman in my life.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment is graduating from Schulich School of Business with an honours degree in Finance. I also completed a graduate certificate program in Business Communications offered by Harvard Extension School. I am planning to pursue my master’s degree once I gain more work experience.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
One of the most unique experiences I have had was celebrating my birthday in China while competing in the Miss Tourism World pageant. Although I was far away from my friends and family, it ended up being one of my most memorable and heartwarming birthdays. We were rehearsing for the final show when the organizers and fellow contestants suddenly started singing happy birthday and surprised me with a cake. Once I returned to my hotel room, I saw the flowers and treats sent to me from Canada. I competed in the Miss Tourism World finals the next day and earned my first international crown with the 1st runner up placement, which made for a very special birthday gift.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My goal is to become a knowledgeable and compassionate leader in the male-dominated industry that I currently work in. Recent reports have shown that women make up less than 8% of the highest executive positions at Canada’s top companies. In order to change these statistics, we have to continue to stand up for ourselves, develop our skills and put in the work necessary to attain our dreams. To do my part towards accomplishing this goal, I continuously seek out new educational opportunities to enhance my skillset and show leadership by taking initiatives as work.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
Without a doubt, my dream job is to become Miss Universe Canada. This reminds me of the time when I was taking an online course in communications, where we participated in class discussions via weekly video calls. Our professor divided us into small groups and asked to share what our dream jobs are so that each group selects one person and interviews him/her for this role. I shared that my dream job is to be Miss Universe Canada and my group chose to interview me. Little did I know that I would have to be interviewed for this role in front of our entire class.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised in Moldova and had an exciting childhood. Ever since I was very little, I was actively involved in dancing, singing, acting, modeling, and even pageantry. I absolutely loved performing on stage! As I rediscovered pageantry in my 20s, I find myself experiencing the same excitement and joy that I once did as a child.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
If I had to choose my most unusual role, it would be representing my home country at an international pageant when I was only 9 years old. Even at a young age, I understood the responsibility that I had to represent my country well. Within that year, I placed as the 1st runner-up in the Mini Miss World pageant, which sparked my interest in pageantry for many years to come.
List any volunteering you have done.
My long-term experience volunteering with the breast cancer organization allowed me to step into many leadership roles, such as Information Team Leader, Logistics Team Leader and Breast Cancer Association Ambassador.
Most recently, I started my own initiative, called FinPowered, to provide free financial education for women across Canada. Recent studies have shown that Canadian women (31%) were less likely than men (43%) to consider themselves financially knowledgeable. My goal is to help women feel more empowered and equipped during these difficult economic times. I always keep this quote by Melinda Gates at the top of my mind, “Investing in women means investing in the people who invest in everyone else.”
What is your most unusual talent?
My unusual talent is my quick memorization. In my home country, our curriculum involved a lot of memorization and it was not uncommon for us to recite 2-page poems by memory, which was how I developed this skill.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
I love travelling and feel grateful to have had the chance to visit almost 30 countries! Some of my favourite destinations include Ireland, Turkey, Bermuda and China.
I also had the opportunity to do an exchange in France during my undergraduate degree. I went to school with French students, closely followed local news, and worked on improving my language skills. I think that the best travel experiences are the ones where you can fully immerse yourself in a new culture and learn to live like a local.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
No matter where I end up in ten years, my goal is to look back without feeling any regrets and knowing that I took risks and believed in myself. One of my favourite quotes is, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Our lives and dreams are constantly evolving, so my hope is to build a meaningful life that I can be proud of.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
Competing in the Miss Universe Canada pageant and representing Canada on the international stage were one of the most special and memorable experiences for me last year. As I return for my second year, my goal is to become more confident, well-spoken and strong, while empowering women along my journey—especially during these unprecedented times.
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Tamara Jemuovic

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Height: 5’9
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Languages: English, Bosnian, Croatian, French, Serbian, Spanish
Occupation: Real Estate Professional
Although she was born and raised in Toronto, Tamara prides herself on being multilingual. She inspires young girls to push stereotypical boundaries while always setting daily examples for doing better and being better. She has travelled to over 30 countries, lived in 4 of them and adopted two dogs while on her travels abroad. Tamara has a thirst for seeing new places and experiencing life through new adventures.
Aside from her travels, Tamara is known for being savvy with marketing and social media. She believes social media can be a powerful tool for spreading awareness about pressing world issues, encouraging healthy active green living, personal motivation and empowering people to make kinder, more mindful choices. Tamara is no stranger to the modeling world as she has been in front of the camera since age 3. Most notably she has modeled for L’oreal, Schwarzkopf, and nation-wide Rogers Communication ads. Eventually she discovered her love for pageantry where she was able to apply her personality and love for sharing platforms she is passionate about. Tamara was honoured to be crowned Miss Earth Canada 2016 and Miss Globe Canada 2019. Both provided her a memorable experience but further grew her desire to compete for the opportunity to become Miss Universe Canada.
Outside of her career in the entertainment industry, she is a self-employed, Award-Winning Realtor. Excelling in her field and reinforced by her contributions to her community, she has been nominated for the nationally coveted “Canadian REALTORS Care:registered: Award 2021.” She has always distinguished herself by her eminent ambition and drive to give back. Tamara graduated with an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto, she completed her graduate studies at the University of Hawaii and her Real Estate License at the Ontario Real Estate College. “Hard work, dedication and perseverance are my driving forces towards success.” Education has provided her with the compulsory tools to excel in various environments.
During her studies abroad, Tamara adopted a dog from a local shelter. A few years later, she brought home a dog from a vacation. She is the spokesperson for “HOT PAWS” a fundraising group that benefits local animal shelters and international rescue-missions. She believes that animals are very vulnerable because they rely on us to keep them healthy, safe, and happy. Tamara works towards educating people on the importance of the protection of animals and bringing awareness to prevent animal cruelty. “They can’t speak up for themselves, it’s our duty to be their voice.”
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I am a big believer in “seize the day.” I’m adventurous and embrace new challenges, really a true go getter. What I enjoy most is personal development, self care, and taking on challenges that help my growth.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

  • High School Diploma in Music Theatre.

  • Drama / Theatre

  • Music Theory

  • Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hip, Contemporary

  • Band (Flute) & Strings (Violin)

  • Muay Thai, Self-Defense Classes, Kickboxing


In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Volleyball, Basketball, Skating, Cheerleading, Skiing, Triple Long Jump, Swimming, 200m Sprint, 400m Relay.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My aunt because she is like a second mom to me, a sister, and a friend. I always admired her for the strong, successful, independent, and rational woman that she is. She’s taught me valuable life lessons directly and indirectly. She’s always been one of my biggest supporters and made a positive imprint on my life.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Completing my undergraduate degree at University of Toronto, my graduate studies at University of Hawaii and Ontario Real Estate College. Aside from my proudest academic accomplishments experiencing winning Miss Earth Canada 2016 & Miss Globe Canada 2019. Representing Canada on the international stage and meeting 90 girls from different countries has to take the cake!
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I’ve adopted two dogs from different places I’ve been to. One rescue pup from Hawaii and one from Costa Rica. They’re both the light of my life and when people praise me with “You saved them” I respond with “They saved me”. I always wonder what we did to deserve such little angels!
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I currently work on an Award Winning Team, a recipient of the “Royal LePage Red Diamond Award 2018, 2019” representing the top 2% of all Royal LePage Agents on a National Level. Every seasonal “Kick Off” meeting that my company has is an opportunity to empower one another to do great things professionally and give back to our communities. Working in such a massive field gives me the opportunity to network and work towards my goals of creating a program to help provide shelter opportunities to those that have met unfortunate circumstances and struggle to put a roof over their head. In a country made up of so many immigrants seeking a new beginning, leaving a painful past behind, we can be a helping hand.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
Miss Universe Canada is my dream job! My “dream job” is to travel the world speaking, educating, and creating awareness in children on the importance of self worth, unity, personal growth/development, and being your authentic self.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Toronto, I had a wonderful childhood overall, despite being first generation born here and my immigrant parents running into many challenges. I’ll never forget when my dad went to get a coffee and his car got towed, the money my parents used to retrieve the car was meant for groceries. It was a tough time, but their resilience and drive always stuck with me. When I was really young my entire family (including extended family) lived together under one roof. Having everyone around all the time taught me valuable lessons in life, from having a solid support system to respecting other people’s boundaries and privacy, to learning how to create peace for myself amidst chaos. Imagine 8 people living in a small apartment! It was definitely a time I will never forget.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I have had a LOT of jobs throughout my life. At one point I had about 8 part-time jobs. I felt as if there were not enough hours in a day! I haven’t asked my parents for $10 since I was 14. I started working very young because my parents wanted me to learn the value of a dollar. My mom would drive me to my first job (where I was making $7 an hour, to work my 3 hour shift) and wait for me to finish work because it would cost her more in gas to drive me back and forth than what I made in one day. That translated into being my lunch money for the week! We didn’t have much when I was growing up which is why I’ve grown such a love for giving back to my community, in hopes that I can inspire a young girl to follow my footsteps or create a path of her own despite her own circumstances.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • TDSB – International Languages Program

  • Serbian Orthodox Church

  • Chinese Inspired Fashion Collective

  • HOT PAWS – (Spokesperson)

  • Variety Village/ The Children’s Charity – (Personally raised $5,000)

  • Blic Foundation – (Helped Raise $11,000 worth of food, shelter, clothing)

  • Beauties For A Cause (Environmental Awareness Campaign)

  • TD Bank Friends of The Environment Campaign

  • Junior Achievement Worldwide (Teaching Financial Literacy)

  • Feed It Forward

  • and More…


Looking forward to working with SOS Children’s Villages!
What is your most unusual talent?
I have hypermobility because I’m very flexible, too flexible that I have to be careful when doing activities such as yoga so that I don’t strain my joints. I can bend my thumbs all the way back and touch my thumb to my forearm.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
I lived in Hawaii, it’s most interesting to me because the MANA “Spirit” and OHANA “Family” that I felt while I was living there are something so special that can’t be described in words.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to own my own Real Estate Brokerage that is tied to a local charity where a portion of our profits will go towards giving back to the community. Setting an example for our lucrative industry and showing them the importance of our contributions. Having a roof over your head should not be a privilege. I look forward to one day settling down and having my own family and continuing to travel to give my kids the opportunity to experience different cultures, religions and traditions.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
If given the opportunity to win the title of Miss Universe Canada 2020 I will use the power of social media to influence people by bringing awareness to world issues, encouraging healthier lifestyles, empowering people to make kinder and more mindful choices. I strive to use my platform to advocate for the importance of the protection of animals and bring awareness to prevent animal cruelty.
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Tasia Campbell

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Height: 5’6
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Languages: English
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Medical Aesthetician Student
Tasia Campbell is an ambitious, courageous and determined woman. Once she puts her mind to something, there’s no stopping her. She is born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, upon graduating high school she decided to move to Vancouver, BC to broaden her horizon. While in Vancouver, Tasia pursued her passion in the beauty industry and studied to become an Esthetician and Certificated Makeup Artist. Upon completion, she moved back to Calgary and continued pursing her studies at the Aveda Institute where she earned a Hairstyling Diploma and graduated with honors.
Since Tasia was a young girl she has always been passionate about fashion and aesthetics, and she recently decided to go back to school to become a Medical Esthetician. She is fascinated about how everyone’s skin has unique attributes; it being the largest organ of the human body, she believes having healthy skin helps to contribute to a longer, holistic lifestyle. Additionally, she understands the importance of healthy skin which helps individuals feel both empowered and confident.
Tasia enjoys meeting new people and helping them feel special about themselves anyway she can. She has volunteered as a hairstylist and makeup artist for fashion shows and fundraisers. Tasia now works as a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist. She is working towards pursuing her goal of owning and operating her very own salon and spa. Starting a business will provide her with the ability to share her passion with others, allowing her to mentor young women in regards to self-love, alongside caring for and appreciating their natural hair and skin, however diverse. This is a challenge Tasia has personally had to overcome, growing up in a society where curly hair and dark skin aren’t considered the standard of beauty. She hopes to educate and inspire the next generation to strive towards a more inclusive society, where the beauty standards have evolved and this is no longer the norm.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I’ve always loved performing – from learning a variety of different forms of dance, vocals & singing, modeling, and acting. Performance allows me to express myself in different ways, while simultaneously being pushed outside my comfort zone. I also enjoy doing yoga, which keeps me healthy and fit.
In my spare time, I love to focus on enriching my artistic abilities. This includes anything from new hairstylist techniques, nail designs, creative makeup looks, and even drawing fashion illustrations. I also like to try new food places with my friends. Lastly, I really enjoy playing with my two cats.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I received drama, acting, modeling and different dance lessons (ballet, lyrical, & hip hop) throughout my childhood. I’ve taken professional singing lessons on and off for several years. Now I am also learning how to play piano as well. I am a certified makeup artist and aesthetician. I recently took personal development and communication classes to allow my communication skills to evolve, and to allow me to relate to others in a greater extent.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
From a young age, I actively participated in both dance and swimming classes. In junior high and high school I was always on the school dance teams. I was also on the swimming team in high school until I decided to dedicate my efforts to cosmetology.
Developing scoliosis as a teen, I have found staying active and living a healthy lifestyle has helped to prevent pain, discomfort, and stress on my body as well as giving me more energy.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One person I’ve always admired growing up is Naomi Campbell. Amongst being one of the first black women to be crowned a “supermodel” she continues to break boundaries for Black women all over the globe. In 1988, she was the first black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue. In 1989, she became the first black model to land the September issue of American Vogue, the most sought-after cover of the year. Throughout her career, Naomi has spoken out against the racial bias that still exists in the fashion and beauty industry. Advocating with her fellow black colleagues, calling out high-profile designers who used just one or no models of color. Naomi is involved with several charitable causes. In 2009, she also became a goodwill ambassador for the “White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood”. I hope to break boundaries likewise, continuing to alter the beauty industry to be more well-rounded and inclusive.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest accomplishment was moving to Vancouver, BC by myself right after high school. I had never lived on my own yet and it was extremely challenging living so far away from my friends and family at that time in my life. I learned a lot about myself, how to be completely independent, developing a strength I didn’t know I had. It also opened my eyes to how different local cultures can vary across provinces and within cities
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I find I can easily connect with and understand a wide variety of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and languages. Working in the customer service industry from a young age I found that people seem to relate to me easily and feel relaxed in my presence. I always get stopped when I’m out and about and asked questions by individuals, even in different languages and somehow seem to be able to help them.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to become a self-employed business owner. Opening and operating a salon & spa that also educates young women on the importance of self-love and how to appreciate and care for their bodies. I would like to start a foundation that allows young girls to feel stay and heard, while instilling confidence and positive self-confidence. Currently, I am studying to obtain my Medical Esthetician Diploma while taking steps towards starting and promoting my own business. I’m also taking personal development courses to be my best self and improve my own knowledge on self-love skills and techniques.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would allow me to travel to different countries, immersing myself into their culture, learning more about the world. I would subsequently share my knowledge and experience with others. Along the way, motivating, inspiring, and empowering young women to be independent and pursue their dreams. I have a strong entrepreneurial and business mindset so having my own company would give me creative freedom to implement change, sharing my personal philosophy on social equality, environmental factors, and the power of knowledge. Miss Universe Canada provides a once in a lifetime opportunity that provides me with a far-reaching platform to do so in a greater capacity.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born into a large family with lots of siblings and relatives. Although in being part of such a large family I haven’t gotten to know everyone as well as I wanted to, my family has always been there for one another and accepting of one another. I was born and raised in Calgary, AB and lived with my mother, older sister, and younger brother. Some of my best childhood memories are during the holidays, spending time with my siblings and cousins, and playing games such as hide-n-seek. As a child, seeing how hard my parents worked to provide for our family made me into the extremely hardworking and ambitious person that I am today.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I worked at Chuck-e-Cheese as a party host for kid’s birthdays. It was an interesting experience because, as a kid myself, I only visited the establishment on special occasions, but I had always had fun making lasting memories. Now all of a sudden, I was able to celebrate and take part in making memories for young kids on their special day. I was also able to experience some of the different cultural traditions of various birthday parties, witnessing diverse family aspects.
List any volunteering you have done.

  • Aveda Walk for Water

  • Makeup, fashion show to raise money for cancer research

  • Terry Fox Run


What is your most unusual talent?
I can meow like at cat. I think it’s because I have two cats, I’ve always been good at mimicking tone.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
When I graduated high school, I was lucky enough to spend a month aboard in London, England with my best friend. Her older sister lives there with her family and welcomed me into her home with open arms. Till this day I still cherish all the memories and laughs we made there. I’ve always been into fashion and adore the look of European architecture, so the privilege of visiting somewhere that’s known for both their fashion and architecture was an amazing experience for me.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I want to be a successful business owner and have my own environmentally friendly and natural skincare line. Additionally, I want to have a have a foundation that helps educate young women about self-love, how to care for themselves both physically and mentally, while giving back to my community. I also see myself being a loving wife and mother.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
All the ups and down I have faced in my life have made me resilient and into the woman you see today. It has taught me perseverance in pursuing my dreams and to celebrate every step along the way. Although I may live a lower middle-class lifestyle, I consider myself lucky every day to have grown up as a Canadian in a place free of war. It would be my privilege to become the next Miss Universe Canada and to represent Canada during the Miss Universe Pageant. As a titleholder, I will be able to raise awareness to multiple causes through the Miss Universe Canada’s platform, spreading knowledge and affecting people in a positive way while being a role model for young woman. I’m humbled for the opportunity to be a 2020 delegate and excited for what’s next to come.
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Tavleen Singh

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Height: 5’7
Hometown: Lethbridge, AB
Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, French
Occupation: Counselling, with a specialization in mental health
Tavleen Singh was born in Brampton, Ontario and moved to Lethbridge at the age of three. She was raised in Lethbridge, Alberta where she graduated at the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a heavy background in Neuroscience. Currently, she is the process of completing her Master’s in Science in Psychology degree in 2020 where she will continue towards pursuing a Ph.D in Psychology in particular towards women in mental health. She has a personal private artwork collection where it initially started from her Master’s program in Psychology which has given her to express and display her works in the areas of mental health and the scientific research behind psychology. She is the process of self-publishing her first book called Opportunity Cost which helps deliver her creative sense of passion for writing and education. Her recent efforts are being made in starting a podcast to help empower other women in the field of psychology where near by future collaborate with other professionals. From volunteering in diverse medical practices and organizing community events has allowed to- gain a self- expression of giving back to others in the forms of art which involves music, dance, culinary experiences, charity, beauty, knowledge and education.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
My interests revolve around sharing knowledge through an innovative and creative lens where my talents have allowed me to express myself as a woman. I find satisfaction through connecting and meeting diverse individuals to further my knowledge in the areas of helping others, in particular women. My passions lie in art, where it has given me the chance to experience depths within beauty, music, dance, fitness, languages, culinary forms, cultures, travel, writing, public speaking, holistic approaches, education and other areas of knowledge.
I have grown to recognize the woman I am thus far and where my interests continue to expand, which includes connecting and sharing with other inspirational individuals, with aspirations of becoming a Psychologist for women. This will allow me to further my experiences in expanding my horizons within the areas of the mental, physical and spiritual sense of a woman.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Art, music and sports played a large part in my childhood. Piano lessons gave me the opportunity to take part in piano competitions such as the Lethbridge Piano Class Festival for nine years. I was also exposed to learning diverse forms of dance, where performing for self and community events became a passion of mine. These forms of dance included Bollywood, bhangra, giddha (folk-dance), salsa, hip-hop, and belly-dancing. Swimming lessons and provincial competitions were also a large part of my youth, they led to the certification in lifesaving bronze cross medallion in Alberta for water rescue and lifeguarding. In high school, I took part of the Art IB (International Baccalaureate program), which expanded my art and creative ability. Growing up and to this day, I take part in many charity and cultural community events where I have immense experience with public speaking, organizing and planning, choreographing events in the departments for entertainment with dance, fashion shows for children and adults with culture.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
At a young age and majority of my years swimming had been an immense part of my life outside of school where I had reached to provincial competitive levels. Basketball, badminton and track and field were major extra-curricular sports at school I enjoyed. Several summer camps revolved me taking part in golf and horse-riding lessons.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One of the most influential women, Mother Teresa is symbolic by her name. She had dedicated energy, time and passion for offering insight and hope for those in need with the greatest movements across the globe. From international charities, to family counseling, orphanages, religious and non-religious movements and several other powerful support groups has allowed her to become one of the most symbolic woman. Her dedication, service and strength have allowed many women to idolize woman empowerment. She never wanted to be recognized in her death as being in the spotlight was never really was her motive.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
I hosted and organized a private charity fundraiser with the Canadian Cancer Society where I had raised approx. $3,000. This event gave me the opportunity to personally organize a private charity event that involved entertainment, food and fun. Connecting with community members and collaborating with professionals gave me a chance to experience hosting personal private charity events. Choreographing and planning was successful where the night was left memorable by many community members of Lethbridge. I further along, would like to host more private events on a national scale.
Currently, I have started a business project Boutique of Therapy where personal art collaborations are set for purchase. This project has allowed me to combine my continued education experience with Psychology and mental health. I am currently in the process of publishing my writing and a podcast start-up plan is in the works to collaborate with other professional women in Canada to discuss notions of mental health.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
In grade 5, I received “The L.H. Bussard Medal” which is a creative award where the Board of Trustees of the Lethbridge School District No. 51 recognized me in displaying exceptional creative ability in the realms of art, music, drama, structural creativity, creative rhythmical movement, and creative writing. This medal was awarded from the entire elementary schools involved with the district in education.
The most interesting thing about myself is that I love performing and being in front of a large audience and expressing myself in diverse areas whether its dancing, speaking, displaying or choreographing.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition will continue to involve helping others to recognize themselves in their passions and dreams, where being a Psychologist for women will allow me to offer confidence, insight and strength through their journeys disregarding their class, race or ethnicity which would give the sense of empowerment. Self-help books offer a creative sense of education and my passion for art will allow me to offer and deliver counseling and therapy for women. Eventually, I plan to become a CEO of a private magazine company while also being present in the media as part of my career ambition for being a psychologist for women. I also hope to further my personal art exhibition within my career to help express myself through creative means.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
Television host, CEO of a magazine company as a Psychologist for Women in mental heath. Displaying my artwork in exhibitions and delivering knowledge as a women’s Psychologist attaining to mental health and art.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, where I have gained much of my talents and experience. Lethbridge gave me the sense to embrace and learn from individuals with diverse backgrounds and professions. It also taught me to become actively involved within the community. As a diverse individual, I developed strong leadership skills at a young age, where performing gave a chance for me to express myself.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

  • Costco Sampling

  • Cutco (sold kitchen cutlery)


List any volunteering you have done.
I volunteered often at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital (ice-water delivery, piano on Sundays in atrium, pediatrics) during my highschool and undergraduate years. I have also volunteered with various medical professionals which gave me the chance to interact and help others in need, these include, Nobe EyeCare Associates, The Third Academy, Primary Eyecare Associates, Green Acres Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and the Multicultural Association of Lethbridge.
What is your most unusual talent?
boutiqueoftherapy displays my personal art works attaining to mental health and notions of psychology.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
New Delhi
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to be offering insight and knowledge to help women in the field of mental health and help manage a collaboration with art which encompasses professional care as a Psychologist. I also hope to publish my personal art and writing.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
Sharing and collaborating with other women can help build security and offer strength and confidence. I believe being a female Psychologist can help deliver and empower other women to continue to strive through their journeys and overcome the obstacles and challenges they face within their lives. Miss Universe Canada displays excellent talented and educated women who strive to display their uniqueness while collaborating and building empowerment with other women.
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