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Height: 5’7
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Kristina Goncharova was born and raised in Ukraine, and her journey to Canada is defined by passion, creativity, and a commitment to making a difference. Now a proud Canadian citizen based in Toronto, Kristina holds a degree in architectural and civil engineering from the National University of Building and Architecture. She is the founder of Brighton Design, a company dedicated to infusing homes with a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere.

Since her youth, Kristina has been painting and creating art, drawing inspiration from everyday experiences. She is known for her energetic, positive, and endlessly creative approach, driven by a deep belief in inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Kristina’s love for travel fuels her passion for architecture and art, often finding her at exhibitions and design events around the world.

In addition to her creative pursuits, Kristina is an avid culinary enthusiast, exploring dishes from around the world. She is particularly obsessed with the presentation of food, believing that a beautifully set table is as important as the meal itself. Kristina strives to make every dining experience a masterpiece, reflecting her passion for aesthetics and design.

Kristina envisions launching a program to assist families unable to afford their own homes, ensuring more parents and children experience the comfort of a place they can truly call home. She embodies innovation, compassion, and ambition, guided by the belief that the more you give to the world, the more you receive from the Universe.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I have a deep passion for design and art. Exploring creative expressions through various mediums is not only a personal interest but also a source of inspiration and joy in my life.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I have a strong background in the arts, having taken architectural drawing classes and studied under talented artists. Additionally, I developed a passion for ballet during my school years, where I embraced the discipline and grace of this beautiful art form.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Since my school days, I’ve embraced an active lifestyle. I played basketball and soccer, but now I focus on maintaining my fitness by regularly working out at the gym. Staying fit and healthy is important to me, and I enjoy the physical and mental benefits of staying active.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

The person who has had the most profound influence on my life is my grandfather. He imparted valuable skills to me and taught me the importance of perseverance and following my dreams even in challenging times. His encouragement to push through obstacles and strive for success has shaped my outlook on life. Moreover, he emphasized the importance of considering others and motivated me to inspire and support others in reaching their goals.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest personal accomplishment is fulfilling my childhood dream of moving to a bustling metropolis and achieving success as an immigrant. I am proud to have established and run my own company, which represents the realization of two significant dreams and goals that I have worked hard to achieve.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

At this moment, I can’t pinpoint one specific event as the most interesting or unique thing that has happened to me. Instead, I feel incredibly blessed by the journey of life, which has led me to encounter remarkable people along the way – friends, colleagues, and mentors – who have continuously surprised me with valuable lessons and experiences. Each interaction has shaped me in profound ways, contributing to the unique tapestry of my life. I cherish the unpredictability and richness of these encounters, which have added depth and meaning to my journey.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

My career ambition is to establish multiple interior design studios across the country, collaborate with renowned architects, and implement programs to assist individuals who are unable to afford their own homes. I am taking confident steps toward my business goals, currently focusing on learning how to expand. In the near future, I plan to work on establishing assistance programs to help those in need.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

I believe I already have my dream job because it involves art, beauty, creativity, and love. I enjoy meeting new people and facing challenges with each project, which motivates me to strive for more.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was born and raised in Pervomaysk city, Lugansk region, Ukraine. When I was 8 years old, my family and I moved to Kyiv, where I spent most of my childhood and built many cherished memories. Those days hold a special place in my heart – I had wonderful friends, developed my artistic talents, participated in sports, performed in school concerts, and even wrote scripts for various school productions. My childhood was filled with the opportunity to explore and express myself, as my parents always supported and motivated me to develop in various fields and find my own path in life and passion.

One funny memory I have is from every summer when I visited my grandparents. Although I sometimes grumbled about it, I was put to work picking berries, weeding, and planting in their garden. To be honest, I’m not much of a gardener, but you can’t resist a Ukrainian grandma – if you know what i mean! I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but now I would love to travel back in time to experience it again and enjoy those homegrown berries.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

Probably I never had unusual jobs but my first job was as a personal assistant to the Director of the Retail Sales Department at Alfa Bank Ukraine. I’m grateful for this experience as it taught me essential skills in document management, financial analysis, organization, time management, and negotiation. My boss was very strict, which helped me develop a strong work ethic and attention to detail.

List any volunteering you have done.

One of the most meaningful volunteering experiences I had was at a hospital in Ukraine specializing in bone tuberculosis. I dedicated my time to supporting children affected by this illness, organizing entertaining and educational events to uplift their spirits and create memorable moments during their treatment.

I would love to continue my volunteering efforts here in Canada, especially if I can engage in activities similar to those I undertook in Ukraine. Making a difference in the lives of children facing health challenges is a cause close to my heart and I am eager to contribute to the community and support those in need wherever I can.

What is your most unusual talent?

One of my most unusual talents lies in my ability to transform ordinary materials into stunning works of art and breathe new life into vintage furniture pieces. I have a knack for creating beauty from unexpected sources, proving that creativity knows no bounds. Whether it’s repurposing old furniture into stylish pieces or crafting unique decorations for themed parties, I thrive on turning ideas into tangible expressions of artistry. I cherish the opportunity to infuse creativity into everything I do, bringing joy and inspiration to those around me.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

Barcelona may not be the most interesting place for everyone, but for me, it was truly unforgettable. I left my heart there – I was captivated by the people, the culture, and fell in love with the architecture, especially Gaudi’s creations. The spiritual experience of Montserrat left a lasting impression on me. The atmosphere of shopping at La Rambla’s bustling bazaar, enjoying magnificent paellas with seafood, sipping on huge sangrias, and watching flamenco shows in the evenings all added to the magic. I guess it’s clear that I have a deep appreciation for beautiful places and delicious food.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years, I envision having achieved all my career goals, including establishing the charity program I mentioned earlier. Another dream of mine is to open my own gallery where new artists can showcase their work.

Additionally, I see myself surrounded by my loving husband and children, creating a happy and fulfilling family life.
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Height: 5’5
Hometown: Whitby, ON
Languages: English, French
Occupation: Financial Security Advisor

Lachelle Williams was born in Ontario, Canada. However, she has spent lots of time travelling to her parents place of birth, Barbados and Jamaica to learn more about her roots and culture and connect more with her family.

She attended York University for Bachelor of commerce. Currently she is working as a financial advisor. She also owns a women’s online clothing store that caters to women all shapes and sizes. Additionally, Lachelle has a very artistic spirit which shines through her R&b, pop and crossover music.

Lachelle dedicates time to holistic well-being, indulging in meditation and yoga. Her commitment to a healthy lifestyle extends to the gym, where she finds balance through workouts and maintains this equilibrium by adhering to a nutritious diet.

She is an advocate for mental health and peace, Lachelle Williams is not just a financial advisor, business owner, and singer but a role model promoting positivity, inclusivity, and well-rounded living.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I have a deep passion for exploring the world through travel, connecting with diverse cultures, and meeting new people. Music and modeling are outlets for my creativity and self-expression. My greatest joy comes from continuous learning, maintaining a healthy lifestyle through workouts, meditation, and nourishing my body with wholesome foods.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I received piano lessons and ballet training during my childhood, cultivating my artistic abilities. As I grew, I invested time in singing lessons, honing my musical abilities. Naturally I have an inclination to the arts!

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I’ve actively participated in sports, particularly excelling in track and field during my school years. I specialized in the 100 meters and relay events.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

One individual who has profoundly influenced my life is Rihanna. Ironically, she was born in the same island as my mom, Barbados. Her remarkable journey from a small island to global success is jaw dropping. She embodies many qualities I admire and that align with my being – a versatile artist, fashion icon, role model, business owner, a compassionate humanitarian who gives back, and the fact that she is true to herself. Her achievements resonate heavily with my values and aspirations.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest accomplishment has to be when I made the goal to learn about financial literacy and security, then to become a financial advisor and help hundreds of people in the span of two years to make life changing decisions and implementations. This journey not only empowered others but also allowed me to leverage my knowledge to secure assets for myself.

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 think the most unique thing about myself is my humility and optimism through all the challenges I face in life. I somehow always find the strength to get through hardships gracefully.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I’ve always wanted to do things to give back and help make the world a better place. I’m fulfilled with the work I currently do, helping individuals and their families to be financially secure, I also have a clothing store that empowers women to feel confident and I also sing music with an aim to uplift and inspire others.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My ultimate dream is to have a role where I can leverage my influence to foster unity and contribute significantly to world peace. The world would be so beautiful if we could all be accepting and loving toward one another.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I grew up in both Scarborough and Whitby. One being a city, in which was more fast paced and diverse, while the other was more secluded, and rural. I grew up spending a lot of time with my cousins, we would play a lot and were very close and family oriented. I also had a small selection of friends and just enjoyed the simple things in life, like laughing and living in the moment.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I wouldn’t say any of my jobs were unusual. My first job was at a hair salon, then I was a waitress and server, then I became a financial advisor.

List any volunteering you have done.

I’ve volunteered doing food banks, Red Cross fundraising, I’ve also done mental health and breast cancer walk/run.

What is your most unusual talent?

I would say my most unusual talent is my ability to soothe children, me and children typically have great energy exchange.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

I guess you can say Amsterdam, mainly because when I had gone there years ago, there was a coffee shop where cannabis was permitted and I had never seen anything like that before.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

Enjoying a life of peace, having a family of my own, spending time with loved ones, continuously giving back to the world and people in need.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I just want to say that I’m extremely excited to embark on this pageant journey. I know so many great things are to come from this experience and I can’t wait to meet the other delegates and trainers!
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Hometown: Edmonton, AB
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Laurie Bédard
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Height: 5’8
Hometown: Longueuil, QC
Languages: English, French
Occupation: Hearing-aid acoustician

Laurie, a beacon of positivity and radiance, was born and raised in the beautiful province of Québec. She believes that even a small action like a smile or a small gesture can make someone’s day a little brighter. From a young age she displayed a passion for bringing joy to those surrounding her. With her positive energy and warm spirit she earned a reputation for lighting up any room.

Beyond the captivating smile and magnetic energy, she is an hearing aid acoustician. She has made her life’s work to bridge gaps in communication and empower individuals with hearing impairments. Her dedication to fostering connections and improving communication resonates not only on the stage but also in the meaningful work she does everyday. She pursuit to create a platform to champion diversity and for voices that often go unheard.

Her ability to seamlessly blend her vivacious personality between her personal life and her professional life showcases a woman who embodies beauty, both inside and out, leaving indelible mark on the hearts of those she encounters. She reminds us that true beauty is not only seen but felt through acts of kindness, understanding and genuine desire to create positive change.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

It is a mix of wellness and exploration. Paddleboarding and yoga bring tranquility, while workouts infuse energy into my routine. Valuing connections, I find bliss in moments spent with family and friends. I thrive on the thrill of trying new restaurants and activities, seeking inspiration in diverse flavors and experiences. Museums feed my curiosity, unraveling stories of art and history. Traveling, an ever-present joy, lets me discover the world’s wonders and connect with new people. Each element intertwines, creating a tapestry of fulfillment in my love for diverse experiences.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Art in Highschool
Gymnastics
Cheerleading
Dance
In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I’ve always had a passion for exploring new activities, and my childhood was a kaleidoscope of sports experiences. In my younger years, I embraced the artistic side with gymnastics and dance. Skiing became a winter tradition practically from the moment I could walk, and swimming lessons followed suit. While karate was a brief detour, soccer captured my interest for many years, including a stint in a predominantly male team where I stood out as the only girl. Throughout high school, cheerleading brought a sense of camaraderie during competitions. Adding to the mix, horseback riding. Nowadays, my routine includes Pilates, Yoga, Spinning classes, paddleboarding, and, of course, skiing – a testament to my enduring love for trying new things.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

A women who influence me everyday is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s an exemple of strength wrapped in grace, while navigating through justice. A trailblazer for feminism, she championed the voiceless and forged paths towards equality. She showed a balance between professional excellence and a rich personal life. She’s radiated beauty both inside and out, epitomizing compassion and genuine concern for others. She remains an enduring inspiration, a beacon of resilience and compassion. A sentence that she once said that inspire me daily goes like this: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

One of my proudest accomplishments in life is the enduring relationships I’ve cultivated with people around me. These connections have weathered the highs and lows, providing unwavering support and love. Through shared experiences, laughter, and even challenges, these bonds have grown stronger. As I reflect on my journey, it’s these connections that shine brightest, reminding me that true fulfillment stems from the richness of genuine human connections.

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 endured three concussions in some of life’s quirkiest moments. From an incident in cheerleading practice to a tumble while kayaking, and even a head bump while reaching for blueberries in the fridge. Though unconventional, each experience has reinforced the importance of being careful and finding humor in the unexpected twists in life.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I want to continue in my current role because I find fulfillment in helping patients with hearing aids. I aspire to positively impact the life of even more people in my community through my work.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job is one that continuously challenges me, make grow, and brings me genuine happiness and fulfillment every day. My current job is my dream job because it improve the lives of individuals, enabling them to reconnect with the world around them and experience the joy of sound.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised in two houses full of love. Despite my parents divorcing when I was very young, they consistently maintained a healthy relationship, setting a perfect example that families with divorced parents can thrive. Being the only child, I gained two older stepbrothers when my parents separated, ultimately making me the luckiest by acquiring four nieces and one nephew through our blended family. During my younger years, I resided in an exceptionally family-friendly city, teeming with kids and plenty of activities. In elementary school, my home became the go-to spot for neighboring kids, and my parents generously stocked up on every imaginable ice cream flavor for everyone to enjoy. Settling in that city at the age of 3 introduced me to my childhood best friend, and our enduring friendship continues to grow since then. I am lucky that I had a happy childhood filled with joyful moments, laughter, and amazing experiences that have shaped who I am today.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I worked at the « Café Étudiant » of my CÉGEP. It was always amusing as students frequently visited to unload their secrets, unintentionally turning me into the café’s «unofficial therapist ». I thoroughly enjoyed crafting drawings in latte foam.

List any volunteering you have done.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
HEMA Québec
I volunteered in an orphanage in Cuba
I volunteered in Greece to assist in building a path to an old monastery
Club des petits déjeuners
In a primary school many years
In a high school art class
What is your most unusual talent?

I don’t know if it’s an unusual talent but I seem to have a repository of “fun facts.” These facts, seemingly random and useless, reside in my mind without a clear origin. In social settings, I effortlessly become the purveyor of the quirkiest facts. They often inquire, “How do you know that?” and truth be told, I’m just as mystified! Yet, in these moments, I embrace the delightful absurdity of knowing facts that are intriguingly useless.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

Embarking on a hike through the Gorge of Samaria in Greece, a UNESCO-classified World Biosphere Reserve, was an extraordinary adventure. The sheer 600-meter-high rocky walls were awe-inspiring, surrounded by a diverse flora, including oleander, plane, cypress, thyme, and mint. The scenery felt otherworldly, transporting me to a place of sheer beauty. Accessing this wonder involved traversing a charming village, where I had the opportunity to meet incredibly friendly and adorable locals.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I envision a life brimming with fulfillment and purpose. Surrounded by a loving family, including children. Professionally, I am deeply entrenched in what I love most, pursuing a career path that ignites my passion and allows me to make a meaningful impact. Embracing each day as an opportunity for growth, new experiences and aventures. From exploring beautiful destinations to cherishing quiet moments with cherished friends and family so my heart is full as I embrace one precious moment at a time. I hope to live a life overflowing with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile, it truly means a lot to me.
Merci pour tout votre support, c’est tellement apprécié. Vous êtes incroyable!
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Height: 5’3
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Languages: English
Occupation: Nurse

Lily Ahonen found her calling caring for medically fragile children with complex medical needs. For over a decade now, she is proud to be a nurse in this niche field. In addition to this, she also works as a Nurse in corporate wellness. Lily also holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SAIT. She is a voracious learner, businesswoman, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and mother to a teen daughter. She has a keen interest in real estate and is working on building her portfolio for the future.

Lily is a first generation Canadian and was born and raised in the friendly city of Calgary. She holds citizenship for both Finland and Canada. Her love of exploring foreign countries and living abroad has brought her to visit over 40 countries, and she has lived in five. Ignited by her passion to travel, Lily begun the process to fulfill a life-long dream; to fly her own plane. She is on the way and has partially completed training for attaining a Private Pilot’s license. Lily is an actor and has appeared in film, television, music videos and commercials. She has walked in runway shows and been a hair model on many occasions. Lily is also an internationally certified Makeup Artist and has a cosmetics line called “Marigold Beauty”, allowing her to bring out her creative side.

She is a Sustainer Member of the Junior League of Calgary, having volunteered with them since 2010. She regularly volunteers with many local organizations in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta along with local grassroots organization “Love with Humanity Association” since 2018. In 2023, she began co-managing her own 24-hour outdoor food pantry and mini library, to help with food security for her community. She is an ambassador for Gems for Gems, an organization which helps survivors of domestic violence. She is passionate about empowering young people and mentoring youth. She recently began hosting motivational workshops which she intends to continue monthly. A goal for the future she is working towards is utilizing her experience and skills to serve as an empowerment coach for vulnerable populations.

Lily is a living organ donor, having donated her kidney in 2019. Her platform is bringing awareness to blood and organ donation. A children’s book, called “Sparkle, a Kidney Journey” has been written about her transplant experience. Lily has been involved in pageantry since the age of 40. She has proudly held her hometown title of Ms. Calgary 2021, as well as the international titles of Ms. Regal World 2022 and Ms. Achievement World 2024. She is extremely honored to represent her age category, for the first year ever, in the Miss Universe Canada pageant system.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I love extreme sports and adrenaline inducing activities! I have run with the bulls, skydived, flown planes, raced cars and rappelled down buildings. I love to travel and have been to over 40 countries. I have recently become interested in real estate investment. I love to volunteer and I am currently working on starting a community garden in California in collaboration with a local non profit company.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I have my firearms permit and have completed half of my private pilot’s license. I have taken acting lessons and want to expand on my skills in this area. I have attended leadership training courses and will be attending empowerment coach training in October 2024. I am internationally certified as a makeup artist and I love bringing out my creative side.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I enjoy walking and riding my bike. I played floor hockey in school and loved the fast pace!

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My daughter Marigold has had the most influence on my life. She has shown me what courage, strength and determination can do. She has made me want to constantly work on myself, to live to my full potential, so I can be a role model for her.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest accomplishment was when I donated my kidney to a childhood friend in August 2019. I want to live my life in a way that I can leave a legacy that is bigger than myself and make a small impact in a lasting way. I have become an advocate for blood and organ donation and am proud to share my story and experience to bring awareness.

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 short-sleeper gene mutation and was a participant in a study in the US in 2014. I only sleep 5-6 hours per night and I am not affected by jet lag. I really appreciate having more time to do things that I love!

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I am currently doing what I love, a career based on my passion of helping others. I am a Nurse for medically fragile children who live in my home. I have been operating a medical foster home for almost 15 years. I am also a landlord and my goal is to grow my real estate portfolio over the next 5 years.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

As I look to partial retirement in the next decade, I would love to work remotely while travelling. I would love to work as a coach and also offer workshops for young people.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was born and raised in Calgary, as a first generation Canadian. I have dual citizenship for Finland. I grew up in the city center, in a very diverse and multicultural neighborhood. I still have the same best friend from my childhood; we have been friends for almost 40 years now. I grew up with just my parents and sisters here in Canada, as all of our other relatives live in Europe. I left home at a young age and spent many years travelling and living abroad. I have lived in Spain, Finland, England and the United Arab Emirates.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I have been working since I was 12 years old and have had many different jobs. One of the most interesting jobs was working as a pizza delivery driver in the 1990’s. It was a time before google maps, and I had a paper map booklet which I had to flip through to look up the addresses! It was very rare to see a female pizza delivery driver in that era, and people were always very surprised when I showed up at their door. Another interesting job was when I was a model on a website for antique maps.

List any volunteering you have done.

I have volunteered with a local grassroots organization called Love with Humanity since 2018. They operate 24-hour outdoor food pantries and mini libraries across Alberta, and I have been co-managing one with my daughter since July 2023. They also offer fresh produce giveaways, tax filing clinics and senior’s home holiday events. I am a Sustainer member with the Junior League of Calgary and have volunteered with this organization since 2010. I have been an Ambassador for Gems for Gems since 2018, an organization which helps survivors of domestic violence. I also receive a large amount of donations from a large business every month. I sort and match specific items to select charities in Calgary and deliver the items.

What is your most unusual talent?

I am able to fall asleep on a plane, bus or train, sitting upright, with a cup of coffee in my hand. I will sleep and not drop or spill my drink. I’m sure this must frighten the people seated next to me!

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

My daughter and I go to the Coachella music festival in California every year, and we go on mini road trips in the surrounding areas. I came across a magical place called Bombay Beach, hidden away in the desert, nestled beside the Salton Sea. It is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet below sea level, and offers the most outstanding sunsets I have ever witnessed. This formerly abandoned area has been brought back to life by artists who have left their mark with incredible works amid the ruins, and on the beachfront.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I hope to be travelling between California, Calgary, Central America and Europe. I would love to be working remotely as a coach and workshop facilitator, while also hosting wellness retreats. Volunteering and giving back to the community are part of who I am, and that will continue to be important to me, wherever I will be.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Thank you for reading and learning about who I am as a person. I am very honored to compete in this prestigious pageant, especially as the second oldest delegate. I want to show that anything in life is possible and it’s never to late to go after your dreams and goals.
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Height: 5’6
Hometown: Rothesay, NB
Languages: English
Occupation: Entrepreneur

“You fat bitch…” Those 3 words changed the trajectory of my life…not being a high school drop-out, not being a teenager in the big city of Toronto alone pursuing a modeling career and not even having an unplanned pregnancy! But despite the pain and humiliation those words brought, they also propelled me into a powerful, resilient, and successful woman!

When you turn pain into purpose, you become unstoppable! After that incident I lost 35 pounds, became a personal trainer, authored the book, Curve Appeal, and threw my life into fitness and nutrition.

Pageantry has played a part in my life since my first pageant at age 15, but modeling and motherhood, adding two more children, along with my personal training and wellness consulting business kept me busy. However, my passion for serving others, becoming an herbal practitioner and fitness profssional, only grew. I became a personal trainer for one of the wealthiest families in Canada, coached 3 women to the National Women’s Tackle Football team, and at the age of 42, entered and won my first bodybuilding competition.

In between all of that I had a TV show, Friends with Manners, was a spokesmodel for a swimwear line, founded the only menopause cafe in Atlantic Canada, and had a small role in the Stephen King remake of Popsi!

My love for the modeling and fashion industry and instilling confidence in women, propelled me at age 51 to purchase the only modeling agency in my city. This is where I have focused my energy the last several years bringing value into the lives of women, girls and newcomers to Canada and watching them grow in their confidence and believe in their strengths and talents.

As I consider my life, in terms of legacy, when people think of me, I hope it’s the philanthropy and serving that shine the brightest, as my love for giving back and supporting organizations that grow and further the success of women will always be of utmost importance to me.

Organizations such as, 100 Women Who Care, Girl Child and Tea for TaTa’s, founded by my granddaughter and I, will always be near to my heart!

So while three words changed my life many years ago, now, wife, mother, grandmother, entrepreneur, author, fitness professional, herbalist, model, stylist, philanthropist, trailblazer, and the oldest Miss Universe Canada contestant, define my life!!
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Oh my! I have an eclectic array of interests, so here we go. Fashion. I hold a certificate as a fashion stylist and Image Consultant and I sell a line of clothing called Cabi. Cabi helps me connect with women in a way that makes them feel beautiful and confident. Next would be pageants. I have competed in pageants since I was 15 years old and as you can see I have no plans to stop. Modeling is another passion that has come right alongside pageants. I have done more modeling in my 50’s than any other decade of my life. Also high on my list of things I love to do is gardening, most notably, making herbal remedies and home made medicines from the plants and flowers I grow in my garden. My Calendula ointment is famous 🙂

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Modeling
Acting
Yoga Instructor
Fitness Instructor
CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
Therapeutic Touch Practitioner level 2
Herbal Practitioner
Iridology
and I am a Certified International Etiquette Consultant, Certified Fashion Stylist and Certified Image Consultant.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?

My sport has always been Bodybuilding. I have exercised since I was 24, but I trained for and won my first Bodybuilding competition at age 42 after the birth of my third child. In addition to Bodybuilding I enjoy skating, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing and paddle boarding.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My best friend’s Mother had the most influence on my life. She was into all the things that I loved as a young girl and that my Mother was not interested in. Velma loved country music, make-up, fashion and going on drives just for fun. She was so fun to be with. What I loved most about Velma was something that I would not come to realize until I was grown. She was incredibly strong and resilient. In the 1970’s in small town N.B she divorced a violent husband and was left with 4 kids. She somehow managed to buy her estranged Husband’s family’s restaurant business and ran it successfully until she passed away in 2021. She never once bragged about being a Boss lady or complained about how hard life was with 4 kids. She has been the greatest example of grace under pressure that i’ve ever met. Thank you Velma.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

In my nearly 6 decades I have 3 proudest accomplishments. #1 along with my Husband Randy, I have raised 3 children who are successful, well adjusted adults who love hanging out with their parents #2 Winning a Bodybuilding competition at the age of 42 was a dream I had carried since my teenage years and I still reflect on it positively. #3 Authoring my book, Curve Appeal, was a two year process and still one of the most rewarding endeavors of my life, mostly because it has helped many people lose weight and be healthier.

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 2013, then Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were visiting New Brunswick. My Daughters, best friend and I desperately wanted to meet Prince Charles. My oldest Daughter spend hours making fascinators out of oversized napkins to affix to their heads to hopefully catch the Prince’s attention. On the eve of the royal visit I had a vivid dream of exactly where the four of us needed to be standing to catch the attention of the Prince. I told the girls of my dream and we decided to stand in that spot. We saw the Prince exit his vehicle, turn the corner and locked his gaze in our direction and he didn’t stop until he was 2 feet in front of us. He spent 5 minutes talking to us and asking questions. I wish I had the same luck with lottery numbers!

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I plan to double down on my work to inspire women and girls to chase their goals and dreams by finding self confidence and courage. Confidence is the foundation for moving past fears to reach your dreams, and these days far too many girls and Women are quitting because they are afraid. My academy will continue to teach confidence based courses that include public speaking, professionalism, walking, personal accountability, Interpersonal skills and deportment. Deportment covers everything related to elegance such as sitting, standing, posture and generally how we move.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job is to continue to teach and speak on the topics of confidence and courage, but the “dream” part would be that I would do it to BIG audiences all over the world.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I grew up in a tiny town on the border of Maine, U.S.A, called St.Stephen. I grew up on Park St in the 70’s and 80’s and with nearly 50 kids mostly the same age growing up there was bliss. Summers were spent swimming, playing ball on my Aunties lawn, skipping rope in the street and skate boarding. Winter brought Ice skating and sliding. The “Crazy Carpet” was the death trap of the day to take to the hills with. Being outside all day in the heat or the cold was just the way it was. If you needed to get warm or use the bathroom you simply went to the nearest neighbors house to do so. The most memorable summer of my life on Park St. was the summer i turned 12, it was 1977. I had watched the Miss America pageant previously and I was obsessed. I was not going to be happy until I produced my own pageant. If I could not find a pageant to join then I’d make my own! I canvased the girls up and down the street begging them to sign up. I asked the boys on the street to be judges, that was the easy part 🙂 I made the crown from tin foil and laid down the agenda for the day. I also entered my own event, but did not win. That was the best summer of my life.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

The most interesting job I’ve had was as the Personal trainer for one of Canada’s Billionaire families. An unusual job i’ve had was that time I represented my husband’s company in court and I won against an actual lawyer. Talk about confidence. maybe a little too much!

List any volunteering you have done.

Board of Directors for Fitness N.B; President of Fitness New Brunswick; Fitness testing for Canadian Military applicants at the YMCA; PRUDE Inc Newcomer Women’s Leadership program facilitator. I am a recurring facilitator for this organization; Newcomer Youth Leadership facilitator; Mentor to International MBA students; Town of Rothesay Climate Adaptation committee; Rotary Club community clean up; Recurring guest lecturer at New Brunswick Community College speaking about professionalism.

What is your most unusual talent?

My most unusual talent is my strong intuition, gut instinct and ability to read people quickly. This talent makes me very good at energy healing and complimentary therapies such as Herbal Medicine, which is a long time passion of mine.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

In a word, Newfoundland. It is one of the most visually stunning places on earth and if you are Canadian you must go once in your life. The culture and history is truly like nowhere else. The most interesting thing though, is the fact that a mere 20 Km’s from the tip of Newfoundland you can see St. Pierre & Michelon, and that is France! yes, you can see France from Newfoundland.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years I will have capitalized in the most positive ways from being at the Miss Universe Canada pageant. I will be spreading my passion for confidence and courage to large audiences of Women and girls around the world. I will be promoting the benefits of pageantry, especially the Miss Universe Canada system. Competing at the Miss Universe Canada pageant, regardless of how far I may go, will be my legacy. I will use my experience here as a springboard for continuing my life’s work of mobilizing confidence and courage in women and girls.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I would be remiss not to mention my gratitude at being one of the first, perhaps THE first woman over age 28 to compete at the Miss Universe Canada Pageant. It is an honor to pave the way, and hopefully, make the path a little easier for women in the future.
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Height: 5’4
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Languages: English, Hindi and Gujarati
Occupation: Personal Banker (Financial Advisor)

Mansi owns and operates a B2B brand and she also works has a Personal Banker. She is mental health advocate, who loves helping others through her skills and knowledge. She graduated with honors from Algonquin college of business.

Through her business and brand she wants to encourage to spread awareness of environmental issues and approach new way of sustainable business operations by promoting eco friendly lifestyle.

She has an undeniable passion for sports. Surprisingly Mansi is national level martial artist. She is also an Advocate who works closely with Robin hood army an education based NGO that supports free education for children.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I love helping and influencing others through my skills and knowledge. I highly enjoy personal development, self care and challenges that help my growth.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I had training in music, dance, theatre (drama) and self defense classes.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I am sports lover and big believer that most of the life lessons can be learnt through sports. Since childhood I have participated and won several medals and trophies in Taekwondo. I have also explored other sports such as basketball, chess and volleyball.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My Taekwondo coach- he has though me to be persistent, focus and passionate about life goals. He has been great influence, motivator and supporter. He always has pushed me to achieve my dreams.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

I am very proud of the person I am today and the accomplishment this far. My proudest personal accomplishment so far would be being inspiration for my friends and 100 young girls at Robinhood army (NGO). When they say “they want to be like me”. I have always been go getter moved to different country by my self at very young age, graduating with honors while being financially independent to buying my dream home and establishing my own business. My proudest movement is seeing my parents proud of my achievements.

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 moved to Canada at age 18 alone with no connections. I experienced different cultures, way of living and lifestyle. This molded my personality to be best of my self and over come all the challenges thrown my way. It showed me the beauty of having open mind to take risk and see the things with silver linings.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I want to inspire and spread love around the world. As of right now, my focus is on Miss Universe Canada as it is the path towards achieving my goal of Miss Universe. MUC and MU is the best platforms to accomplish my ambition as it empowers me to help others in need, inspire youth and spread love. I can open more doors and awareness for young girls of color. I represent 1000s of girls of color and that they too are capable and worthy of representing Canada at Miss Universe

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job would be to open my own NGO while working towards stable sustainable business.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

Growing up I had marvellous childhood. I was born in Gujarat, India. I would constantly busy myself with so many different activities from dance classes to singing and even taekwondo also winning the numerous competitions. I was very adventurous child from climbing trees, playing in sand which probably explains why I am the happiest surrounded by nature. Being a only child I am very close to my parents who happens to be my best friends.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

At 19 I was hired as a Financial service representative ironically I was top 3 financial service representative in Atlantic Canada Region during my tenure with the company. Role has to grant and collect debt. This was my unusual job and clear sign that I love helping people and providing solutions that has positive impact

List any volunteering you have done.

Robin Hood Army
Muskurahat Foundation
What is your most unusual talent?

I can talk in 3 different languages in 1 sentence.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

I got opportunity to visit Jurik, Switzerland. It is to the day one of my favorite country in the world. Not only is the most beautiful country, but the people are kind and socially accepting. Switzerland is peace loving country that emphasizes the preservation of nature.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years, I want to establish my business at a bigger scale, and wants to create opportunities through my business and social skills to help people around me. I desire to have a family of my own and continue spend the movements of my life with people I love the most.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Winning the title for me is not just about accomplishing my goal but its about accomplishing my dream to make the world a better place to chase for bigger positive impact, to demolish the hate and establish love and kindness. It would be my pleasure to be able to represent Canada and bring title home.
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Height: 5’10
Hometown: Laval, QC
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Marguerite Dieunie Kilama embodies the fusion of intellect, entrepreneurship, and multicultural vibrancy. Born in the rich cultural landscapes of Cameroon, she carried her zeal for learning across the ocean to Canada, where she chiseled her academic prowess and emerged as an entrepreneurial force. With a multi-lingual background in French, English, and Spanish, Marguerite navigates the global stage with an ease that belies her disciplined devotion to personal and professional excellence.

Marguerite’s academic odyssey is punctuated with stellar milestones. Honored on the dean’s list of excellence at the University of Montreal in 2012 and brandishing a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from HEC Montréal in 2015, her scholarly efforts were recognized with a coveted tuition fee exemption scholarship from the Cameroon High Commission in Canada—an honor exclusively bestowed upon her for the Bachelor of Business Administration program of HEC Montreal in 2012.

An entrepreneurial spirit courses through her veins. In the span of 8 years, Marguerite has cultivated a thriving business trifecta, spanning wigs, fashion, and skincare, ascending to a triumphant 7-figure entrepreneur. Her sights are set on expanding her business empire, even as she inspires fellow dreamers to turn ambition into action. Not one to confine her talents, Marguerite has graced the film industry with her poise and presence in Olivier Godin’s “Les Arts de la Parole,” captivating audiences on Quebec’s silver screens. In the realm of fashion, she has brought life to catwalks, including the prestigious Black Expo Design festival, merging her love for style with the rhythm of the runway.

In the whirlwind of achievements, Marguerite grounds herself in the simple joys of life. Whether indulging her culinary skills to rival gourmet restaurants or gazing at the cosmos, her passions reflect a life lived with purpose and panache. Physical well-being harmonizes with her mental agility, finding a balance through regular pilates sessions.A woman of grace and grit, Marguerite holds steadfast to the principles of respect and humility. Shaped by her roots and siblings, she remains unfazed by the trappings of wealth, advocating for universal respect and equality. In her world, elegance in attire shines alongside the elegance of the soul. Marguerite Dieunie Kilama not only stands as a paragon for young women across the globe, but she also strides forward, a beacon of hope, intelligence, and relentless spirit, ready to inspire on the universal stage of Miss Universe Canada.



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What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I have so many interests! I love fashion, being well dressed all the time is so satisfying. I love anything beauty related especially skincare. That’s why I created my own skincare cosmetics brand, it’s very important to feel beautiful even when you don’t wear make up so skincare is a must. I love cooking, I like to challenge myself to cook meals at home, in a fine restaurant-style, with beautiful decoration. I enjoy watching astronomy or nature documentaries on TV. I would rather watch a documentary than a movie, a show or reality-tv show. I think it’s because I love learning. It’s almost as if I stop learning, my spirit dies. I love working out, I started Pilates a year ago and I absolutely love it! It made me have more balance and flexibility

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Pilates

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Pilates

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My boyfriend, in 2 years of being together he made me realize my potential. I lacked true self confidence for the longest. I used to be very shy, afraid to speak up. But he made me realize that my path is truly out of the ordinary, one of a kind. He made me realize that I can be a true inspiration for others

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

Definitely, building a 7 figure business. It was a dream of mine, I wanted to believe that I could achieve it. Then actually achieving it, still feels like a dream even though it is my reality now

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

Obtaining my tuition waiver scholarship in 2012. It is a scholarship program from the Cameroon High Commission in Canada which had been closed for 2 years before I applied. In fact, as a foreign student my tuition fees were around $16,000 per year but with this scholarship I paid $4,000 per year. Very few scholarships are awarded each year and I managed to get it on the first try. I had a GPA of 4.1/4.3 and I was the only student in the bachelor’s degree in business administration program at HEC Montreal in 2012 to obtain it. Without this scholarship I would never have been able to complete my studies because my parents had serious financial difficulties. I remember, I prayed every day for almost a year for this scholarship program to reopen, and finally God answered my prayer and I was able to apply for it

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

My career ambition was to become an entrepreneur, to work for myself and create jobs for others. I had this dream of creating a business that I would be proud to get up for every morning. To be a boss that your employees would be proud to work for. So, in order to create it, I had to believe in myself. And let me tell you, everyone discouraged me especially when I resigned from the company I was working for. It wasn’t easy at all, I had no choice but to believe in myself, believe in my vision. And today it paid off because I’m living my dream, I’m living my dream life. So I plan to expand my business ventures and continue to grow my company.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

Thank God I a living my dream job, being an entrepreneur. Another thing I wish to do in this life, is to create a non profit organization to fund upcoming entrepreneurs and give them business advices, a form of mentorship. I never had a mentor in my life, I had to learn how to run a business myself, day by day. I believe I have so much teaching that can benefit others.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I grew up in a modest family with ups and downs. When I was born my father had a high position as general manager in an oil company in Cameroon. We were living in opulence at the time and then he was laid off. It was very difficult for all of us, the descent. We moved from a big house in a prestigious area of town (bonapriso) to a small apartment. Then few years later my father created his business, back to the top! He built a big house, was able to send my siblings and I to study in Canada. Before experiencing serious financial difficulties again. This is why I always wanted to create my own business so as not to see my life turned upside down overnight if I lost my job. Contrary to appearances, I am a person who is very careful with finances. I have been saving a lot since I was very little, even if I allow myself to live the life of my dreams, traveling, shopping etc now. I don’t take anything for granted and I always think about the future. My goal is to continue to live the life of my dreams for the rest of my life and build generational wealth. I am also very proud to be taking care of my family now.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I worked in the farm fields for a summer. Weeds had to be removed, and vegetables/fruits harvested. I preferred to do it rather than be supported by a rich man. In fact, before this job, I was recruited in a coffee shop as a barista. And very quickly the owner, a wealthy man, started to seduce me from the first week of work. It made me very uncomfortable, so after only 2 weeks of work I preferred to resign. I then looked for other jobs but couldn’t find any because I had just arrived in Canada. The only work I could find during my studies was in the farm fields. And I have never been afraid or ashamed to do this type of manual work, very difficult.

List any volunteering you have done.

I love volunteering, giving back to the community is very important for me.I believe that God uses some people to bless others. I have been living abroad for a little while and as expats we created a non profit organization called Force for Good. Every now and then we meet the local communities and bring gifts, supplies, we have activities like playing with kids, small football tournaments etc…

Also when I go back to Cameroon I like to visit orphanages, public schools, and bring them food, supplies. I even went to remote areas, in villages to bring toys, food, supplies and medication to population.

In Montreal, as Miss Cameroon Canada I worked with so many non profits organization, for example with “Les trempettes à Barrette” we gave food to homeless people in the streets. With another non profit organization in Montreal G12 we collected supplies for children in Africa. During one event I even hosted an art auction for the benefit of sick children in Africa.

What is your most unusual talent?

I eat very fast! I once won a food competition.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

Visit the Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico. I am fascinated by ancient civilizations. And visiting this place was just magical. I also plan to visit the pyramids of Egypt. I have a theory according to which the world is cyclical, I think that technologically advanced civilizations existed before and have now disappeared. Because scientists even today cannot really explain how these pyramids were made and they are still in great condition today. This makes me think it could happen again. And the world would start again from 0.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In 10 years I wish to have an established real estate company, continue to grow my skincare brand internationally, be a proud mom and wife.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I was not born in Canada but I have become a proud Canadian citizen. What makes Canada beautiful today is its multiculturalism, so I hope to have the chance and the honor to become the next Miss Universe Canada.
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Height: 5’7
Hometown: Port Coquitlalm, BC
Languages: English, French, Persian
Occupation: Director of Academics; PhD Candidate in technology in Education at Simon Fraser University

Meet our captivating Miss Universe contestant, a beacon of intelligence, grace, and ambition. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Technology in Education at Simon Fraser University, she is a trailblazer in her field, driven by a profound commitment to addressing the evolving needs of society. As an educator, director of academic relations, and savvy investor, she has not only demonstrated her academic prowess but also her entrepreneurial acumen, shaping the future of learning through her innovative initiatives.

Away from the lecture halls and boardrooms, our contestant is a vibrant embodiment of vitality and passion. Whether she’s sculpting her physique at the gym, perfecting her swing on the tennis court or golf course, or captivating audiences with her dance moves, she radiates energy and enthusiasm. Yet amidst her active pursuits, she finds solace and inspiration in the pages of a good book, cherishing the quiet moments spent lost in the realms of literature.

A testament to her boundless determination and vision, she is the proud owner of an online college, a platform dedicated to empowering students to acquire new skills and realize their fullest potential. But beyond her professional endeavors, her heart lies with her loved ones, and she treasures every opportunity to share moments of laughter and love with her family and friends. Fuelled by an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for cultural enrichment, she has traversed the globe, immersing herself in the diverse tapestry of global cultures and traditions. As she graces the Miss Universe stage, she brings with her a wealth of experiences and a spirit of resilience, embodying the essence of beauty, intelligence, and empowerment.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Learning new things and being active, spending time with my family.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Dance

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

10K running training
Personal trainer
Golf training
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

Barbara Corcoran, She is a successful fun businesswoman who I want to be in the future.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

Getting into PhD program and writing my thesis in French and was chosen as the inspiring student in Graduate studies at SFU. Also I opened my own online college.

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 heard about the program I wanted to study for a PhD randomly in the radio. the most interesting thing about me is that I have a growth mindset with a great positivity. I look for improvement in every aspect.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I want to have my own business. I have invested in some real state properties and after finishing my PhD, I will sell some of them and start focusing on opening a business.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

Running my own business.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised in a close-knit family when I learnt about values such as respect, integrity and open communication. We went to many trips and did cultural activities such as museums to have a better understanding of our world.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

A language teacher. It is so much fun to see how people, their personality and life change through language learning process.

List any volunteering you have done.

Teaching English as a Second language to new immigrants, Mentoring young girls to stay focused on their studies. Recently started a project management volunteering.

What is your most unusual talent?

I have a great ability to help people to solve their problems and change their mood if they are facing a problem.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

I have traveled to more than 20 countries and 250 cities but the most interesting for me are different parts of Italy Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I will have my successful business and run it perfectly.
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Height: 5’3
Hometown: Brantford, ON
Languages: English
Occupation: Dance Teacher; Student (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Trent University)

Megen Wilkins was born in Brantford, Ontario, raised on her family’s farm. Megen is currently an undergraduate student at Trent University studying philosophy. Upon graduation, Megen plans on furthering her education by attending law school in hopes that she will become a child lawyer, specializing in family law. Her involvement with the school extends beyond her academic work as she is an active member of Trent University’s competitive dance team. Her love of dance shines through her role as a dance instructor, where she shares her passion for the art with her students.

Among Megen’s many goals is her chief aspiration to help those in need. Her drive and genuine care for children, fostered her desire to fight for children’s rights within the legal system. This passion extends to women’s rights, as she speaks on the importance of educating youth about these issues. Megen is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and strives to aid those in finding resources for recovery. Having been raised by a strong, single mother and business owner, Megen has always believed in the power of an incredible role model for young girls.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I am interested in politics, fashion, art, and drawing, most of all I enjoy dancing.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I have training in dance including classical ballet training.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I have not participated in any sports, other than competitive dance.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

One of the most influential people in my life was Mrs. King, my elementary school art teacher. Mrs King was incredibly supportive, generous, and kind. She made a great impact on my life as her passion for the arts nurtured my love of dance, music, and visual arts. Her constant show of support, including her attendance to my dance recitals left me with the feeling of genuine care that I carry with me to this day, and hope to emulate onto those around me.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest personal accomplishment thus far is my acceptance into Trent University. This was my first academic achievement and I was very grateful for the opportunity to participate in such an amazing program.

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 me is my ability to see and accept different perspectives and views. I consider it a great privilege and strength of mine to be able to listen and help my peers without judgement or my personal beliefs threatening my ability to care for and/ or provide advice. I believe seeing at things in a grey area rather then being black and white as an important part of empathy and great personal skill of mine.

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 lawyer and a politician, so that I may represent children and progress children’s rights. I am currently working towards this by completing my undergraduate degree at Trent University and studying for the L-SAT, so that I may attend law school in the near future.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job in life is to become a children’s lawyer, in family law, so that I may be the one to represent their wishes and support their best interest.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised on the countryside of a small town, and grew up going to school in Brantford, Ontario, where I also participated in dance for the majority of my life. I grew up with three older sisters and a single mom, each of whom showed me incredible strength and resilience. My childhood was filled with love, fun, and lots of dress-up. My sisters have always been one of the most positive forces in my life continuously making me feel beautiful from the inside out.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

The most interesting job I have had was as a COVID-19 health representative at a nursing home. While working this job I had many duties, including sanitation, overseeing COVID-19 testing, and more, however, my favourite part of this job was interacting with the residents. Any spare moment I had was spent speaking with, playing board games, dancing, reading to, or helping the residents. Not only did this make my job a rewarding experience but I had the incredible opportunity to meet wonderful people with incredible stories.

List any volunteering you have done.

I have volunteered as a dance teaching assistant, camp councillor, and have volunteered at a retirement home.

What is your most unusual talent?

My most unusual talent is definitely impressions. I am very good at impersonating my favourite movie characters and musicians.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

The most interesting place I have been to is Florence, Italy. I had the pleasure of visiting Florence on a school trip during my high school education. Florence is filled with beautiful architecture, gorgeous views, and many kind and interesting people.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years I hope to be an accomplished child lawyer, on my way to opening my own practice. I also hope to start a charity for underprivileged kids, to raise money in my community so they may participate in extracurricular activities of their choosing, (the arts, sports, etc.).
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Height: 5’4
Hometown: Tecumseh, ON
Languages: English
Occupation: Retail Store Manager

Being a woman filled with determination and passion, Melina aims to inspire everyone she meets. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Melina knows there are countless opportunities for her to earn and achieve. Melina currently has 3 post-secondary degrees, and aims to earn her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology in the next 2 years to further her career as a therapist working with young adults struggling with anxiety and mood disorders. With every job she has had, she has always found a way to work her way to the top. She believes that there is nothing that can stop you if you want it, you just need to take a chance and do it.

While struggling through undiagnosed mental health issues from youth to early adulthood, Melina discovered her passion for assisting others. Being a part of her community allowed her to make a greater impact when sharing her story. Discovering herself through shared experience, she found a love for pageantry. For Melina, pageantry is anchored in her passion for mental health awareness. She actively promotes her platform and how to cope with the struggles of mental health through her social media. No matter your struggle, your mental health matters because you matter.

During hard times, Melina has been able to build something from nothing. She owned and operated a small online business during the COVID pandemic that focused on using recycled fabrics, turning them into reusable items including scrunchies, headbands, and face masks. MV&Co was more than just a business. Although starting as a creative outlet to assist her through her mental health struggles during those tough times, Melina knew that there was more potential for this business and hosted fundraisers to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). As a Sole focus project ambassador, she continues to dedicate her time and energy to CMHA throughout the years by assisting in any volunteering opportunities they have alongside hosting fundraisers of her own to support their organization.

Melina is honoured to be selected to showcase her determination and passion on the stage of Miss Universe Canada. She will continue to support her local community and hopes to be able to use this platform to reach a larger audience for the issues close to her heart. Melina is excited to have the opportunity to show that no matter where you are in life, every experience, every failure, and every achievement is a step leading you to a successful and fulfilling life.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Some of my interests include painting, dancing, scrapbooking, reading, clothing design, and golfing. I enjoy art the most as it is a serene way to express my feelings and create something wonderful.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Bachelors degree in Visual Arts & Psychology, over 10 years of visual art experience, 8 years of dance experience.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I have participated in golf, dance, and wrestling.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My best friend Shauna has been such an inspiration to me. I met her almost 8 years ago at a photoshoot, and watched her grow into a wonderful person. Seeing her become a confident, driven, and enthusiastic woman inspires me everyday to continue to uphold those qualities in myself. We have uplifted, motivated and supported each other for so many years, and I will continue to share this with every person I meet in hopes I can inspire those same qualities.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

Being the first one in my family to graduate from the University of Windsor, and then from Fanshawe College with Dean’s Honor Roll Distinction with a 97% average is one of my proudest accomplishments at this time.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

Being a titleholder through COVID was one of the most interesting things that I have experienced in life. It challenged my skills and knowledge on how to maintain connections with the community while remaining so far away from them physically. I spent time learning how to complete online fundraisers, developing new ways to reach out to people to connect, and maintain my mental health. Identifying how to cope with mental health while being isolated and maintaining an online presence was hard until I recognized that sharing my story will help others as I am not alone in this. Building new relationships and connections through this time advanced my knowledge to better prepare me for the future.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

After graduating with a degree in Visual Arts & Psychology, I decided I will continue to fuel my devotedness to helping others by becoming a therapist. I have currently applied to pursue a Masters in Counselling psychology to further my career. Being able to help others find who they are, and give them the support they need to continue advancing in their life provides me with a sense of duty and accomplishment knowing I have been able to assist them and made an impact in their life.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

Learning about coffee became a passion of mine when I worked at Starbucks for 3 years. Knowing how the flavour had different tastes notes depending on where it was grown, and how different food pairings would enhance the flavour of coffee inspired me to continue to gain more knowledge. Since then, I have always wanted to open my own coffee shop that has a showroom for art, and host art classes, such as a morning coffee and paint sessions, or evening with wine and paint nights. It brings my love of art, coffee, and getting to know people all together to create my fulfilling dream job.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was born in Windsor, ON. I have 2 younger sisters, and supportive parents. We never had a lot of money throughout my life, but my parents always showed us how to live our best life with what we had and be grateful for those things. When I was in highschool, we moved to LaSalle, ON. Living in a small town, you learned who your neighbours were, what they were up to, and how their life was going. They became part of your family. You see them at holidays, and have summer BBQ’s together. They are my chosen family, and I would not change a thing about it.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I worked at a small family owned business called Art Splash for 2 years. Art Splash provided many different types of art classes. You could paint ceramics for keepsakes or take a canvas painting class. This allowed me to showcase my talents, but also help others create memories they will never forget. Although painting can be such a small activity, it has such an impact in someone’s life. Many of the art pieces made were gifts, or made in memory of someone, and the people and the receiving side of the pieces were full of emotions.

List any volunteering you have done.

Community service has been a large part of my life since I was 17. I have volunteered with a plethora of charities, but there are a few that have made a larger impact in my life. Cystic Fibrosis was one of the first charities that I became involved with. They did many events, but one that I was always at was the Princess Ball. This event consisted of encouraging young princesses and princes to be their best selves. Look up to the role models of our community, to give them more hope in believing in themselves. Transition to betterness (T2B) I have modelled for them in fashion shows hosted to raise money for their foundations, participate in their Halloween Spooktacular, and sell raffle tickets at the T2B Gala. The charity that has impacted my life the most is The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). I participate in the suicide prevention walk, Rock your Sole dinner and concert, and I have hosting my our fundraisers, including Move it: For Mental health and a handmade scrunchie fundraiser raising over $1500, while being and Sole Focus project ambassador for CMHA.

What is your most unusual talent?

I met a friend 8 years ago and she taught me how to belly dance. I was surprisingly great at it! I continued taking classes and self taught my self more advanced moves and continue belly dancing.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

After doing some travelling, the place that I found to be the most interesting was Cuba. When preparing for Cuba, I knew that the people there were struggling, but I did not realise how terribly. My family and I all packed an extra suitcase of supplies that we could hand out to people when met in town. We packed hygiene products, clothes we were going to get rid of, some candy for the kids, and more. When we arrived, we were able to meet with our tour guide who one of our family members met previously. She showed us the real Cuba. She gave us information on the struggles of daily life, what they saw on a day to day basis, and how they grew from it. When we asked our tour guide how she could be so happy living like this, she told us that “why be sad with the life I am living, when I can live a happy life with what I have. I am grateful for all I have and what comes my way.” This allowed me to perceive life in a different view and to stop stressing about the small things in life. Cuba had so much beauty in the destruction of everything around it, and its people lived life to the fullest.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In 10 years, I will be a counselling therapist, supporting those who are struggling with mental health, own a house, get another animal (preferably another cat), become married, and continue to volunteer in my community.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Living in a life full of bullying was one of the hardest things I have ever had to overcome. In grade school I was bullied for being too short. In high school, I was bullied for having too much fat on my stomach, and my chest growing too quickly. A rumour went around school, saying I was pregnant. It was one of the hardest things I ever experienced, and I lost 40 lbs over the course of 3 months. I thought at such a young age, it was better to be accepted as small and skinny. Little did I know how much my mental health was affected. Since then, I have learned that I need to take care of myself physically and mentally, and to not let other people’s opinions shape who I am. I am me for me.
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Height: 5’4
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Occupation: Entrepreneur & Actress

Mia Fiona Kut is an innovative and multifaceted Canadian born in British Columbia with proud Indonesian, Chinese, and Russian roots that instilled in her strong values of independence and creativity. Graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Major in Communications, she embarked on a 7-year stint in the film industry as a professional actress, writer and director of multiple award-winning short films. With her deft versatility, she played a wide range of roles as a music prodigy, to a politician’s lover in TV shows and feature films. During this time, she also launched her business at the age of 27, Luna Nectar — a sustainable hair care brand retailing in over 500 stores worldwide. She was the recipient of the 2019 BC Business 30 Under 30 Award and the 2023 Visa She’s Next Award. Currently, she is a Nominee for the 2024 YWCA Women of Distinction in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, presented by Scotiabank. Her business has also been featured in Vogue.

Mia’s mission is to inspire confidence and radiance to women of all ages through her innovations in the hair care industry. By donating Luna Nectar products to women’s shelters, sponsoring community events that educate and empower other women entrepreneurs, and as a part of the board of advisors of a women entrepreneur empowerment organization, Mia’s leadership and passion is evident.

When Mia is not seen acting on the big screen or building her multinational hair care brand, she enjoys immersing herself in new cultures while traveling the globe, snowboarding, and kayaking down Deep Cove in British Columbia. Through recently overcoming a year-long post concussion syndrome from a sports accident and rewiring her mindset, Mia’s resiliency shines as she aims to spread awareness on brain health and neuroplasticity.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I enjoy keeping active and healthy through hiking and strength training. My interests include learning about neuroplasticity, water sports, and practicing new languages while traveling.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Piano
TV/Film Acting
Theatre
Ballet
Chinese Cultural Dance
Swimming
Skating
In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Snowboarding
Kayaking
Soccer
Hiking
Tennis
Rugby
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

An actor that played my father in a feature film that I was casted for. He had auditioned for the film out of a whim, and now we’ve become lifelong friends. He is an amazing mentor that has taught me so much, and has taken me on as his own daughter figure. His strong character, generosity, and kindness have touched me in many ways.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest personal accomplishment has been rewiring my brain and healing it completely from a year-long post concussion syndrome from two sports accidents. During that year, I had to take a complete break from all work, social activities, and my personal commitments. I didn’t know if I was ever going to heal. As I stayed in bed for months, I had time to slow down and reflect. My perspective on life completely shifted. I gradually returned to daily life with gratitude at a second chance at life, increased resilience, and a greater re-ignition of passion in helping others.

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 me is that I used to write, produce, and direct films. One of my films was even nominated as ‘Best Canadian Short Film’ at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival! I love being able to illustrate powerful messages and inspire positive change through storytelling through the medium of motion picture.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I am fortunate to have founded and established a global business for the past 7 years doing what I love, and bringing practical solutions to the market for women to feel more radiant and confident both inside and out.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job would be one that allows me to travel the world and make a positive impact and difference, and provide equal educational opportunities for youth. At the moment, I’m working my dream job having founded my own company that innovates solutions and produces clean beauty education that help women‚Äôs health, inspire confidence and radiance within them. Through my entrepreneurship and community services, I have been able to create a safe space for women to talk about their hair health journey while overcoming hair loss.

I’m also able to use my leadership skills to nurture my team, and support other young female entrepreneurs. I am also proud to be on the board of advisors for a female entrepreneur empowerment organization, to support fellow business leaders and create opportunities for women in business.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised in Richmond, BC. My childhood was full of moments in nature while biking, swimming, and playing in the farmland.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I played the role of Veronica’s rival in an episode of a TV show called Riverdale, based on the Archie comics.

List any volunteering you have done.

Downtown East Side Women’s Shelter
Women Entrepreneur Events
Senior Residences in Richmond, British Columbia
Richmond Community Centre Kids Camp
Student Films
What is your most unusual talent?

Being able to do the splits, even after a 20 year hiatus from dance lessons.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

Madeira, Portugal. It was a small rural island community where I had a chance to connect with the locals. I met a lady who had fled the war in the Ukraine with her daughter and was rebuilding her life in Madeira. She showed so much grace and courage, while still maintaining a full heart, and the locals assisted her as much as they could. This made me fall in love with the welcoming nature of the Madeiran people.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In my career, I hope to continue to expand my business Luna Nectar, while helping women through my sustainable personal care innovations. I would also like to become an active real estate investor.

On a personal level, I hope to continue to travel the world while learning about new cultures, and partaking in initiatives that advocate for equal educational opportunities for youth.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

It would be an honour to become Miss Universe Canada and have the opportunity to advocate for brain & mental health, and female entrepreneurship. I am deeply committed to leveraging this platform to contribute positively to my country and community.
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Height: 5’4
Hometown: Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, QC
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Occupation: Psychiatric nurse practitioner

Michelle learned at a young age of the privilege that it is to be Canadian. Though born in her mother’s native Mexico and Montreal always called home, Michelle spent much of her childhood following her engineer father as he traveled from Canada to developing countries in the hope of improving their electrical grids. In her years living in Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti and Senegal she witnessed a world where safety is not guaranteed, where families are a meal away from starvation and parents struggle to give their children a better life than their own. In 2009, Guinea enacted Martial Law and with the country on the brink of civil war, Michelle was urgently evacuated and returned to Canada permanently. These life experiences shaped her appreciation for Canada and the fortunate status we have to live in such a democratic, peaceful and progressive country.

Her childhood sensitized her to the struggles of daily living and fostered in her a drive to improve the lives of others. In 2016, Michelle graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelors degree in nursing and spent the next years working as a nurse in an emergency department, as an assistant-head nurse of a locked high-risk psychiatry unit and as the nurse manager of an outpatient clinic treating initial psychotic episodes. Most recently, Michelle completed a Masters degree at the University of Montreal and is now a nurse practitioner with a specialization in mental health. She is presently highly involved in treating and advocating for persons ill with a number of complex mental health disorders.

With the mental health epidemic only worsening and the access to care becoming increasingly difficult for Canadians, Michelle hopes to help address these needs by one day opening a clinic of her own. A dream of hers is to one day return the countries of her childhood as a volunteer with doctors without borders.

Michelle will advocate for equality between genders and inspire women to focus on their mental and physical health. In competing for Miss Universe Canada, she will also show women can be beautiful, but also intelligent and strong.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I enjoy traveling, painting and staying active. I am quite adventurous and am always up for a challenge! There is nothing I love more than going out hiking with my two baby Rottweilers. Sometimes, I bring my two little rabbits; but they tend to become distracted by the all-you-can-eat leaf buffet.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

I have a bachelors in nursing, a masters in nursing as a nurse practitioner specialized in mental health and a certification in medical aesthetics. I had piano, guitar and German classes for several years. I also did aerobic dance and Zumba.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I grew up in a household that would wake up at 3am to watch tennis broadcasts. To this day, my parents still have tennis streaming from 8am onwards. To say I was encouraged to play tennis is an understatement! I played the sport for many years and enjoyed the competition. I also ran track while living in Ethiopia. The capital Addis Abba in 7000 feet in altitude, and I like to think running in low-oxygen and high heat helped my cardio. In Guinea, where I lived for 4 years, I did other track sports including vault jumping and hurdling.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My husband, Patrick, has been a real role model for me. He pushed me to go for it and pursue my master’s degree and specialization as a nurse practitioner in mental health. Despite the fact that he was very busy and working long hours during his fellowship in critical care, he supported me. For me, he is an example of perseverance and success. Despite all the obstacles, he graduated from medical school, obtained his specialization in anesthesiology while still being there for his father who had precarious health. In addition, he did not hesitate to embark on an arduous sub-specialty training in critical care medicine to be able to treat the sickest persons. He is an example to follow and I am very proud of him.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

I think reaching my professional goals is my most significant accomplishment. But I am also particularly proud to have trained my two 110lbs Rottweilers to be loyal, kind and gentle companions. I get a lot of looks when people see me and my small frame walking down the street with two gentle giants!

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

While not a typical ‘interesting’ moment, I did experience an unexpected challenge. While I was working full-time and pursuing further training, both my dogs had to undergo multiple orthopaedic surgeries. My youngest required the reconstruction of her pelvis because of hip dysplasia and shortly after, my eldest tore her knee ligaments. Four surgeries in total in less than one year. Dogs, unlike people, do not understand what has just happened to them and do not know that their recovery is precarious. Stopping dogs from running, jumping and just being themselves is certainly not easy any day; now imagine keeping them calm for a year.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

My career ambition is to build a clinic to improve access to mental and physical medical care and also add medical aesthetics to my practice. To do this, I need to focus on building a team and, through my positive leadership, encourage the team to innovate in the medical field. I would also like to launch a campaign to promote both the inner and outer beauty of women, combat body shaming, and promote self-acceptance.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

I am fortunate that after much studying and hard work, I am now working in my dream profession in a field I love. In the future, I would like to open a clinic to further improve access to mental and physical medical care.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

Though I was born in my mother’s native Mexico, I spent much of my childhood following my Canadian engineer father as he traveled to impoverished countries in hope of developing their electrical grids. In Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti and Senegal I witnessed a world where safety is not guaranteed, hunger is always a meal away from starvation and parents struggle to give their children a better life than their own. In 2009, Guinea enacted Martial Law and with the country on the brink of civil war, I was urgently evacuated and returned to Canada permanently. These life experiences shaped my appreciation for Canada and the fortunate status we have to live in such a democratic, peaceful and progressive country. My childhood sensitized me to the struggles of daily living and fostered my drive to improve the lives of others.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

When I was younger, before venturing into the medical field, I worked a lot in customer service. This allowed me to develop my communication skills, which proved helpful when I later interned in psychiatry. Then, psychiatry allowed me to strengthen my personality, set boundaries, and respect them. I believe these experiences shaped my personality and made me the person I am today.

List any volunteering you have done.

(2023 – Present) Participating in drafting guidelines for assisted dying in Quebec for psychiatric conditions.
(2023 – Present) Collaborating with the Government of Quebec to establish standards of excellence for the practice of Nurse Practitioner Specialists in Mental Health in Quebec.
(2019-2021) Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Mental Health representative for the University of Montreal.
(2018) Drafting of the Medication Reconciliation Procedure at the Integrated Health and Social Services Center of Laval.
(2016) Participation in the Alice Girard Symposium to promote a project aiming to integrate transcultural care into medical practice.
(2007-2009) Volunteering at the A.N.A.I.M Hospital in Kamsar, Guinea.
What is your most unusual talent?

I did raise a few eyebrows when I told a friend ‘my rabbit is asking for kale, not lettuce’. Maybe there is a little bit of Dr.Dolittle in me? I seem to have a knack for understanding what animals are trying to communicate. I think one of the pillars of a better world is education and education is not only important for humans, but also with animals as well. Training animals properly begins in being able to understand what they are trying to communicate and I think having grown up with dozens of family pets, I now am a little bit of an animal whisperer.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

I am fortunate to have lived in 6 different countries and visited over 20. However, my most memorable experience is going on a safari in Kenya when I was a teenager. There is something very magical about seeing so many animals in the wild.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In 10 years, I hope to have opened a medical clinic focused on total body, mental and physical wellbeing. I also know for women, one’s appearance and one’s self-esteem are often linked. With this in mind, I have begun work in medical aesthetics and in the near future I would like to incorporate it into my practice. In 10 years time, I also hope to have seen more of this wonderful world we live in and experienced new cultures.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

In becoming Miss Universe Canada, my purpose is to use my voice to enact positive change in the world and inspire women to achieve their dreams. We can succeed at anything in life if we persevere. Being positive and determined is the key. I would also like to add how grateful and honoured I am to be able to take part in this competition.
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Height: 5’8
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Languages: English, Spanish
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Mildred Rincon born and raised in Colombia, spending most of her childhood on a farm, at age 8, her family were forced to leave everything behind and start a new life in Canada. Using her past as a motivation for a better future, she is currently Miss Calgary 2024, and internationally published model, actress and pageant queen.

Currently studying interior and architecture, Mildred creates safe spaces for individuals by room design and artwork that allows those who have experienced past trauma to feel at peace.

When she’s not behind the camera you can find her on the runway for local designers, or growing her platform “Love Yourself”, focussing on women of all ages to fall in love with their inner beauty and explore their true, divine nature !
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I enjoy having time to my self to reflect on who I am, I also spend most of my time doing things that are all connected by art such as collaborating with photographers or simply spending time in my house designing or painting.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Art

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

In high school I participated in volleyball.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

The one person that has influence me the most has to be my Bestfriend, Emily Marston as someone who does so much for her community. She always puts others first, she works hard for what she has and never gives up when times get hard. In the past year i’ve learned from her not only how to be a better title holder but also a better friend.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

There’s many moments in my life that I’ve been proud, But I would have to say the most proud ive been has to be right now. I have many responsibilities being the main bread winner of my family is one, while supporting my mother in Colombia. Ensuring my younger sister has everything she needs as well with giving her a good education. All while working full time and accomplishing my duties as Miss Calgary. It’s not an easy path but it’s my most proudest accomplishments.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

Most interesting thing about me I would say is my life , one how I came to Canada as a refugee and two how a girl that lost her whole world has rebuild her self and worked hard to have a better life.

Something unique that has happened to me besides having the honour to represent Canada internationally. At the age of 17 up to my 20’s I had the opportunity to drive some of the most luxurious cars in the world as part of my daily job.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I’m currently involved in all the industries, that I want to own brands and learn all the traits of how they work to develop my own business. I want to own my own Fashion brand, iam a model to understand what it’s like to be a designer and what are the struggles. For Beauty I have collaborated with many make up artists and learned what are the best products out there, How there used and what are the target audience. And lastly understanding the business side I have connected with various successful business owners and learned from them what are the key points that made them so successful.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job is to own successful companies around the world that can support economies and open well paid jobs for people in the lower class, Giving great opportunities for their families. while reducing the struggles of poverty in the world.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was born and raised in Colombia in a small town called Algeciras, I spend most of my childhood on a farm. Unfortunately my family didn’t have a lot of financials support, There were hard times where I would go hungry or couldn’t attend school do to our situation. By the age of 8 I was forced to leave everything behind and start a new life in Canada. As bright as the future looked I still faced hard times when it came to money. My parents couldn’t afford a lot of things which meant I couldn’t have or do the things kids my aged did. I spend most of my summers going to work with my parents doing cleaning in various jobs since they couldn’t afford for a nanny to look after me or my younger sibling.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

Most interesting and unusual jobs I’ve done have been valet since the age of 17. Another job was being an extra for a movie that was film in Calgary.

List any volunteering you have done.

Spanish tutor for our kids
Runway coach for teens and children
Volunteered with Brown bag, making lunches for underprivileged kids
What is your most unusual talent?

My most unusual talent is making baby crying sounds as well with animals sounds.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In 10 years from now I hope to own multiple businesses around the world in both fashion and beauty industry, along side charities that support survivors of domestic violence and orphan children.

I hope to also be happily married with 7 children 4 my own and three adopted as it’s been my dream.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I admire any type of history whether that’s art, architecture, culture or events.
I also have short term goals such as studying abroad for fashion and business in the next 3 years.
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Height: 5’10
Hometown: Montréal, QC
Languages: English, French
Occupation: Investor Relations Manager

At 17 years old, Noelline overcame her initial fears of moving abroad and successfully joined HEC Montreal undergraduate Honorific Trilingual Finance program and attended 2 exchange program in Vancouver and in Jinan. She pushed herself every step of the way and her motto became “do it scared, do it now”.

After obtaining her degree, she held various roles in the finance sector, including trading, financial analysis, and investor relations management. In addition to her academic and career achievements, Noelline has immersed herself in various hobbies, including swimming, hiking, cooking, and traveling. Finding solace in nature, she often takes long walks to clear her mind, emphasizing the importance of inner peace. Working in a fast pace environment, Noelline became fervently passionate about promoting mental wellness and empowering individuals to embrace their true beauty. As a Miss Universe Canada contestant, she is dedicated to advocating for mental wellness initiatives in schools, universities, and workplaces. She hopes to create a society that prioritizes holistic well-being and inclusivity at every level.

She dedicates her free time to teaching swimming to underprivileged youth. Through her classes, she aims to instill in them a sense of confidence and self-assurance, helping them love their bodies and trust their capacity. She has given over 10,000 hours of swimming classes is known to say that just showing up to class you are already showing up for yourself. It is not about passing the class, it is about improving by 1% every time.

Finally, she firmly believes that women are beautiful beyond their twenties and that society’s fixation on youth overlooks the wisdom, inner peace and grace that come with age. Through her platform, Noelline aims to inspire individuals to embrace their uniqueness and rewrite society’s narrow definitions of beauty, fostering a world where confidence and inner peace replace fear and competition.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I find joy and fulfillment in a diverse array of activities that enrich my life and contribute to my personal growth. One of my greatest pleasures is immersing myself in the beauty of nature through walks and hikes, allowing me to connect with the world around me and admire its beauty.

Traveling is another passion of mine, as it opens doors to new cultures, perspectives, and experiences, fueling my curiosity and expanding my horizons. I get to discover new parts of the world, make to new friends and taste new food. I derive immense satisfaction from the art of cooking, whenn I can spending quality time with family and friends. It strengthens bonds and creates cherished memories that endure a lifetime.

Volunteering at schools holds a special place in my heart, as it allows me to give back to the community and make a positive impact on young lives. Witnessing the growth and potential of students fills me with hope and inspiration for the future.

Finally, in the last couple of years, I realized prioritizing self-care was essential for maintaining balance and well-being. So I lowered my screen time and changed my routine for example I started doing masks, going to the spa, doing sports and reading books. I have a passion for lifelong learning, whether it’s delving into new languages with an app that we all know, acquiring new skills, or exploring different fields of knowledge. Nowadays it is easy to take a new class either online or anywhere in Montreal. Last year, I gave myself the challenge to take a class per month ( from cooking to tufting, to Krav Maga to sewing) The world has so much to offer we should focus on discovering more of this beauty.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

While my formal education has been in business and finance, I have also pursued a diverse range of training and certifications that have contributed to my holistic development. In addition to obtaining lifeguard certification, I’ve actively pursued various interests and passions, including taking Chinese classes, Krav Maga training, and sewing classes. These experiences have broadened my horizons and equipped me with a diverse skill set, reflecting my commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.

Furthermore, I’ve delved into the culinary arts through cooking classes, honing my skills in the kitchen and exploring different cuisines. Additionally, my dedication to fitness and wellness led me to obtain certifications as a personal trainer, enabling me to guide others on their journey towards health and well-being.

In the realm of beauty and aesthetics, I’ve acquired certifications as a nail technician and lash technician, further expanding my expertise and skill set. These certifications not only reflect my passion for creativity and attention to detail but also my commitment to providing exceptional service and care to others.

Teaching swimming classes has been a particularly fulfilling aspect of my journey, allowing me to share my love for swimming with others while fostering their confidence and skill in the water. Moreover, my professional journey in finance has been characterized by continuous learning and specialization, as evidenced by my pursuit of numerous highly specialized finance certifications. Each of these experiences has contributed to my growth as an individual and has instilled in me the values of patience, encouragement, and mentorship in guiding others towards personal and professional success.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I have participated in a variety of sports and physical activities throughout my life. Swimming has been a central focus, serving as both a personal passion and a professional endeavor. From overcoming my own fear of water to teaching children how to swim and fostering their passion for the sport, I’ve dedicated countless hours to sharing my love for swimming with others. In addition to swimming, I have also engaged in Krav Maga, Boxing, Strength training and Badminton.

Recently, I embarked on a journey into the world of yoga. Though I initially felt discouraged by the challenges of mastering new poses and techniques, I soon realized that progress takes time and perseverance. This newfound understanding has reinforced my belief that anyone can embark on a journey of self-improvement, regardless of their initial skill level or experience. Simply taking the first step and stepping outside of our comfort zones is an achievement in itself. Through yoga, I continue to explore new avenues for physical and mental well-being, embracing the practice with dedication and enthusiasm. I encourage everybody to start a new habits be it walking more, biking to work, doing 10 squats while brushing their teeth or lifting weight while watching their favorite show. People often have limiting beliefs saying they cannot do sports and I want to show them how to incorporate these new habits in their lives is easier than they think.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

One person who has had a significant influence on my life is Mel Robbins. Her insights and teachings have profoundly impacted my journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Mel Robbins rose to fame in her 40s, following the publication of her bestselling book, “The 5 Second Rule,” and her empowering talks that reached millions worldwide.

Mel Robbins’ journey to success was not without its struggles. She faced personal challenges, including financial difficulties, self-doubt, and career setbacks. At her lowest point, Mel found herself overwhelmed by anxiety and uncertainty about her future. However, it was during this period of struggle that she discovered the transformative power of the “5 Second Rule.” By taking small, decisive actions within five seconds of feeling inspired, Mel was able to break free from procrastination and self-doubt, ultimately transforming her life and inspiring others to do the same.

Mel Robbins’ resilience and determination to overcome adversity serve as a powerful reminder that success is possible at any age. Her journey exemplifies that life is not over after one’s 20s or 30s; rather, it is a continual journey of growth, learning, and self-discovery. As a contestant for Miss Universe Canada in my thirties, I am inspired by Mel Robbins’ story to show women everywhere that age is not a limitation to pursuing their dreams and making a positive impact in the world.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

Beyond participating in this pageant, my proudest personal accomplishment is undoubtedly my journey of self-transformation and resilience. Overcoming insecurities rooted in societal pressures and embracing my authentic self has been a profound triumph. From pursuing my passion for swimming and lifeguarding to navigating a successful career in finance while staying true to my values of giving back to the community, each milestone represents a testament to my inner strength and determination.

At the age of 17, I made the bold decision to move to a different continent, leaving behind familiar surroundings to pursue higher education. This experience challenged me to adapt to new cultures, languages, and environments, fostering resilience and a sense of independence that has shaped my character ever since.

Throughout my studies in finance, I have actively participated in various competitions, showcasing my expertise and dedication to the field. I am proud to have not only participated but also emerged victorious in several finance competitions, where I demonstrated my analytical skills, strategic thinking, and ability to thrive under pressure. These achievements have affirmed my capabilities and further fueled my passion for making a positive impact in the financial sector.

However, the most fulfilling aspect of my journey is the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether through teaching children to swim, advocating for mental health awareness, or participating in community initiatives, I am committed to using my experiences and skills to uplift and empower those around me. It is in these moments of connection and service that I find true fulfillment and purpose, driving me to continue striving for excellence and making a meaningful difference in the world.

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 in my life was the journey of self-discovery that led me from France to Canada. It was a transformative period marked by cultural immersion, personal growth, and the realization of my true potential. Embracing the differences between the two countries and overcoming insecurities rooted in societal standards taught me invaluable lessons about resilience, authenticity, and the power of embracing one’s uniqueness.

Additionally, this journey included overcoming personal struggles such as depression and anxiety, as well as grappling with low self-esteem. Through my own experiences, I gained a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in overcoming mental health obstacles. This understanding has fueled my passion for helping others, particularly younger individuals, break free from the cycle of anxiety and insecurity.

I believe that parental influence plays a significant role in shaping our mental health and well-being. Often, the mechanisms of anxiety are passed down through generations, perpetuating a cycle that can be difficult to break. Through my own journey of healing and self-discovery, I have learned strategies to help younger generations navigate and overcome these challenges, empowering them to embrace their uniqueness and build resilience in the face of adversity.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

My career ambition is to continue advocating for mental health education and empowerment on a global scale, with a particular focus on making the biggest impact on young generation and freshly graduated students, both in corporate settings and in schools. To accomplish this goal, I plan to leverage my background in finance and business to amplify the conversation around mental wellness. Additionally, I aim to collaborate with organizations and initiatives dedicated to destigmatizing mental health issues and providing accessible resources for individuals in need. I am particularly passionate about inspiring them to combine mental health awareness with daily physical activity. By emphasizing the importance of holistic well-being, I hope to empower them to cultivate a balanced lifestyle that nurtures both their physical and mental health.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

In a world where social media try to impose new standards, my “dream job” aligns with my passion for making a positive impact on individuals’ lives by empowering them to overcome limiting beliefs and unlock their full potential. Whether through public speaking engagements, mentoring programs, or philanthropic endeavors, my dream job revolves around inspiring the young generation to embrace their authenticity, pursue their passions, and create meaningful change in the world. Additionally, I am dedicated to empowering women to feel beautiful and confident regardless of their body shape, age, skin color, or background. Having experienced societal pressure and outdated stereotypes myself, I understand the harmful impact of ageism and unrealistic beauty standards. As a Miss Universe contestant in her thirties, I am committed to challenging these norms and proving that beauty, grace, and charisma are independent of age. I want every woman to feel empowered to embrace her unique beauty and live life on her own terms.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised in France, where I experienced the juxtaposition of societal pressures and personal aspirations. Despite the challenges of navigating rigid beauty standards and academic expectations, my childhood was filled with moments of curiosity, resilience, and cultural enrichment. From exploring the streets of Paris to summers spent by the Mediterranean Sea, my upbringing instilled in me a love for adventure, learning, and embracing diverse perspectives.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

Throughout my journey, I’ve had the opportunity to explore diverse roles that have shaped my perspective and enriched my experiences. From working as a lifeguard to teaching swimming lessons, each opportunity has taught me valuable lessons about leadership, empathy, and the importance of stepping outside one’s comfort zone. Additionally, I expanded my horizons by serving as a chef at a crepe restaurant, where I honed my culinary skills and embraced teamwork in a fast-paced environment. Moreover, my dedication to service led me to work in the Air Force, where I played a vital role in hiring new personnel, contributing to the strength and diversity of our team. Furthermore, I have served as a Teaching Assistant at my university, where I had the privilege of supporting students in their academic journey and fostering a collaborative learning environment. Each of these experiences has contributed to my growth and shaped my commitment to making a positive impact in every role I undertake.

List any volunteering you have done.

Volunteering has been a cornerstone of my life, allowing me to give back to my community and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. From teaching swimming to underprivileged children to participating in mentorship programs for youth, I am committed to using my time and skills to uplift those in need and foster positive change. Additionally, I have dedicated my time to helping prepare foreign students joining my university, contributing to the organization and execution of events that promote camaraderie and excellence within the community.

What is your most unusual talent?

It is my ability to connect with people and motivate them that stands out as one of my most unusual talents. I possess a natural ability for building rapport and inspiring others to pursue their goals with passion and determination. Throughout the years I acquired another talent : to quickly adapt to new environments and embrace diverse challenges with enthusiasm and resilience. Whether it’s learning a new skill, a new language or navigating unfamiliar challenges, I thrive on the opportunity to expand my horizons and push beyond perceived limitations. My motto is: Do it scared, do it now.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

One of the most interesting places I’ve had the privilege of visiting is the stunning Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada. Immersing myself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian Rockies, with their majestic peaks, turquoise lakes, and abundant wildlife, was an unforgettable experience. The serene landscapes and pristine wilderness of these parks left a profound impact on me, reminding me of the importance of preserving and protecting our natural treasures for future generations. This trip was a transformative experience that allowed me to connect with nature and break free from the monotony of my finance job, where I spent long hours confined to an office. It inspired me to encourage others to spend more time in nature, as it has the power to uplift our lives, change our perspectives, and provide opportunities for meditation and introspection.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years, I envision myself continuing to advocate for mental health awareness and empowerment, both on a local and global scale. Whether through leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, innovative initiatives in corporate settings, or grassroots efforts in communities, I aspire to be a catalyst for positive change, inspiring individuals to embrace their authenticity, pursue their passions, and create a more compassionate and inclusive world. Additionally, I am deeply committed to helping the young generation feel worthy, love their bodies, and find a path to lead peaceful lives, free from anxiety and self-doubt. Through dedicated efforts and collaborative initiatives, I aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment where everyone can thrive and fulfill their potential.

Furthermore, I hope to utilize the Miss Universe platform as the best way to show women that beauty transcends age, and that women are just as beautiful and vibrant past the age of 30. I believe that true beauty lies in uplifting and supporting other women, rather than engaging in competition. Every woman is unique and possesses her own beauty, and it is important that we celebrate and appreciate each other’s beauty on a daily basis. By promoting a message of unity, empowerment, and appreciation for all women, I aim to foster a more inclusive and compassionate society where every individual feels valued and respected.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to the entire organizing committee for the opportunity to audition for Miss Universe Canada. It has been an incredible journey thus far, and I am deeply appreciative of the hard work and dedication that has gone into making this audition possible.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story and aspirations with you, and I am eager to contribute to the meaningful work that Miss Universe Canada represents. Thank you for believing in me and for providing a platform for women to showcase their talents, intelligence, and beauty in all its forms.

I look forward to the possibility of representing Canada on the global stage and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

With sincere gratitude

Noelline
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