A million moments, experiences, mistakes, and choices have gotten me to the place I am now. The person I am, and am still figuring out to be, entering into a completely new world as a Miss World Canada 2018 candidate. Thank you for witnessing me ride out this journey!

I am Adrienne Elena Ross, 24 years old from the West coast (Vancouver, born and raised), and anxiously and excitedly entering into my first national pageant. Maybe inexperience is not something we often want to share, but I do so acknowledging the excitement of trying something new, the allure of a challenge, and the thrill of adventure. I enter into the pageant open-minded, open to learning so many new things, growing as an individual, gaining new experiences and meeting some of the most amazing young women from across the country. I take it as an advantage.

The point in my life I am at now, before I step onto a National stage, was crafted from a young age. I am a creative at heart, growing up surrounded by art. I loved (and still love) to draw, write, paint, colour. I grew up adventurous and curious, and tried anything available to me, from the fine arts to ballet, gymnastics, karate, piano, guitar, singing, hip-hop dancing, ballroom dancing, skiing/snowboarding, skating, surfing, sailing, acting, sewing…the list goes on. Summers spent at camp helped nurture my leadership role, continuing on from camper to multiple leadership programs in my teens. (This is also where I realized my love of volunteering and working with children.) Acting workshops, along with being one of my favourite extracurriulars, helped build my confidence and individuality. Being mixed race, Filipino and Caucasian, along with a love of travel my parents instilled in me from a young age, has made me appreciative of all cultures, and I am proud to say I have family and friends all over the world.

So where did all of this take me? I graduated high school with a 90% average, volunteered at my local YMCA’s children’s programs, before accepting a scholarship to Carleton University. In Ottawa, I volunteered at after school programs, with children from low-income neighbourhoods and with special needs.

I missed Vancouver’s beaches and mountains (we are so spoiled), and soon moved back home where I began my university career at Simon Fraser. University was just the beginning of me building my craft, developing my skills behind the camera, on set, in post-production (sound and video editing), a little bit of theatre, and insane amounts of writing. And these became the things I loved doing (but also hated…because when it comes down to it it’s still homework!). SFU taught me to be a critical thinker, yet understanding and compassionate in navigating the world. It was in my last, and busiest, semester that I started to research things that I could do once I graduated. I dedicated my 4 years at SFU solely to school, and over the years let the things I loved doing fall to the side.

It was late one night that I came across Miss World. A mixture of things – wanting to get back into volunteering, do something more for my larger community, and my newfound feminist and racial-equality advocacies, influenced by my courses at SFU – made me feel that Miss World, with Beauty with a Purpose at its core, was meant for me. I applied for the regional pageant (Miss World BC) and placed top 3, with the title Miss Vancouver World 2018.

The last few months have felt like life in fast-forward. I finished my last semester of post-secondary. I graduated from SFU with a degree in Communication, with double minors in Print and Digital Publishing and Interactive Art and Technology, hitting Dean’s List Honours, completing an exchange program in Manila, Philippines, and a news writing internship.

I try to never be in one place for too long, beginning the New Year in Singapore, going back to the Philippines, home to Vancouver, and smaller trips to Los Angeles, Palm Desert, and Miami – chasing the sun and hot weather around the world.

I began my own personal journey and training for Miss World Canada. Nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, walk/posing, fundraising, and self-reflection were all major components of my process (which I will get into later in future posts!). And I have the most amazing support system of family and friends that I couldn’t have made it here without. I couldn’t have handled the crazy scheduling, the stress, and the self-discipline, without their encouragement and motivation. Thank you for always keeping me grounded and positive, keeping things fun, and reminding me why I am doing this!

I care so deeply about so many things, and many people do, but we often get lost in communicating that and in trying to take action to do something about it. I am still learning how my life and my platform can make change and do something bigger for the world, and Miss World Canada is a huge step along the way.

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If there is one thing that pageants have given me it has been a sense of giving back to those who are in need. Whether this may be through volunteering or raising funds, it has opened my eyes to the many organizations and charities that always look for a helping hand.

 

One organization that I have been volunteering for the past 5 years is a program called Sole Girls, which is an empowerment program for girl’s ages 6-12 that combines fun physical activity, discussion and mentorship to give them the tools they need to live a confident and healthy life. Each week the girls learn about a different topic whether it be values, what it means to be a good friend, confidence, life skills and being responsible and healthy in a safe and interactive environment. We then all run together as a team, we hop, skip, jump, and make sure that physical activity is fun for them. At the end of the nine week program we do a 5 km “fun run”. This run allows the girls to set a goal for themselves and a sense of accomplishment once they cross the finish line.

Sole Girls is so much more than a “volunteer” position, it is a family that is working together in building a stronger community. It is safe place were we can talk with no judgment, everyone’s opinion and personality is accepted and embraced. Being a Soleteer has been one of the most rewarding positions I’ve had. I have witnessed girls who are so anxious and shy the very first day and by the end of the semester they come out of their shell, participate, and make new friends.

Even though I am a Soleteer (mentor) these girls continue to inspire and teach me everyday. They are some of the most ambitious, courageous, and compassionate girls I’ve met. Some of the most heart-warming moments are seeing girls who were once so nervous and quiet, blossom into confident young ladies. Being able to see this happen every semester with at least one girl is the reason why I do this. It’s the reason why I continue to advocate for everyone to be confident in who they are and what they stand for. To go after your dreams no matter how big or small it may be.

I don’t know what I would do without my Sole Girls family; they really are a part of my Sole Awesome Life.

Until Next Time,

Miss British Columbia World 2018

Natasha

xoxo

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Hello, my name is Angela Han. I am Miss Northern British Columbia World 2018. I am 22 years old from the beautiful City of Prince George. I am honored to represent British Columbia to compete for the Miss World Canada title this July!

Miss Northern British Columbia World 2018

Five years ago I moved from Vancouver to Prince George to pursue a peaceful rustic lifestyle. I studied English and Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia and was graduated on May 25th, 2018. 

Miss Northern British Columbia with the Mayor of Prince George and the President of UNBC at the UNBC Convocation 2018

From 2014 – 2018, I was elected the president of UNBC Fencing Club and was engaged to stimulate the interests of fencing in the Prince George Community.

UNBC Fencing Club 2017

UNBC Fencing Club 2016

Passionate about nature, the move to the North was a natural fit for me. With encouragement and support from friends and family, I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. The trail spans 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. My thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail was one of the most beautiful, unique, profound and breathtaking journeys of my life.

Mexico – U.S border

Summiting Mt. Whitney

Canada – U.S border

In my free times, I love playing piano, fencing, traveling, hiking, dancing, diving, painting, and horse riding…etc. I love volunteering and raising funds for different causes such as providing remote villages with fresh water, to restore local school equipment and to raise awareness of environmental degradation around the globe. I am a volunteer for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, a member of the Stepping Stones Charity Organization in Shanghai, and the ambassador of the “Children’s Villages” in Dalian, China. 

Miss Northern BC volunteering at Nausori, Fiji

Miss Northern BC supporting the Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Miss Northern BC supporting the Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canada Day 2018

I also take pride in achieving academic excellence and will pursuing a Master’s degree of Museum Study later this year at Harvard Universtiy. By entering the pageant, I want to bring out the best of myself – inside and out. Winning or not, it will always be a fun and precious memory in my life. 

My “Beauty with a Purpose” project is to create a home for the minor children of the incarcerated parents in China, Canada and the rest of the world. I would like to use Miss World Canada and Miss World as my platform to promote and to expand the idea of “Children’s Village” to every corner of the world and to raise awareness of vulnerable children protection and education. During the Miss World Canada national competition, I will be fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Each year, tens of thousands are being raised by Miss World Canada delegates to fulfill some of the most complex wishes imaginable in British Columbia and the rest of Canada (http://www.childrenswish.ca/partners/).

“A better Children’s Villiage today, fewer prisons tomorrow”

In the past ten years, my team “Children’s Village” has provided humanitarian assistance to hundreds of vulnerable children in Dalian, China. As one of the promoters, volunteers, donors, and now the ambassador of the “Children’s Villiage”, my goal is to evolve sustainable, replicable inclusive models of quality criminal child-centered school programmes in partnership with marginalized communities and government to advocate them to the larger systems.

http://harvardpolitics.com/world/chinas-forgotten-children/

Miss World Canada for me is not to compete with each other, but a journey to better myself and to help the people around me to better themselves.

Winning or not, Miss World Canada will always be a unique, fun and one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.

Miss World British Columbia 2018

 

I’m looking forward to sharing this wonderful journey with you on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram. Thank you very much for following!

With Love,

Angela Han
Miss Northern British Columbia World 2018

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Hi, my name is Natasha, I’m 21 years old and was honored to be crowned Miss British Columbia World 2018. I am so excited to be flying to Toronto this July to compete for the title of Miss World Canada 2018! It has always been a dream of mine to win the national title and to be able to wear the Canada sash representing our beautiful country on an international stage.

I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. My family and I are very close and love to travel as well as experience new adventures together. I have 2 older siblings and my cat Pierre (AKA my furry little brother). My grandmother was born in Poland so I was fortunate enough to learn to speak a bit of Polish and the traditions of my heritage. One thing I love about my family is we all have a sense of humor. I can honestly say no matter where we are there is never a dull moment!

The feeling when you buy a new car!

I’m a 4th year student studying Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University with a goal of pursuing a career as a surgeon, specializing in cardiology or neurology. I am planning to take the MCAT next summer and apply to medical school in the fall 2019 . I’ve always loved gaining knowledge and I am not ashamed to say that I love being a nerd. I’ve always wanted a career that challenges myself mentally while allowing me to help others at the same time. Being a doctor will allow me to do just that and so much more.

When I’m not at school I work part-time as a server at the Keg Steakhouse Bar and Grill. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. We are one big family and I feel very lucky and thankful to be a part of it.

At the age of eight I was enrolled in karate. My dad wanted to make sure that as a girl, I could defend myself both physically and mentally. I quickly learned the journey to achieving a black belt would not be easy. It took six years of dedication to achieve my goal. Karate not only taught me the self-defense but also discipline, mental strength, and determination. It has been these attributes that I have carried forward into my everyday life. I always believe that it does not matter “if you fall down seven times, as long as you stand up eight”.

The performing arts have also played a huge role in my life. Since I was young I always loved being on stage (surprise surprise). I have danced competitively in various genres such as lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. I was even honored a spot on an elite Hip Hop International team and was able to compete at the regional competition in 2016. Dance has always been apart of me as it allowed me a brain break from reality. I have also performed in several musical theatre productions and completed a masters professional acting program.

The “Kings” HHI Elite Hip Hop Team

When I’m not studying or working I love volunteering in any way I can in my community (stay tuned to hear more about the volunteer work I’ve done). I love spending time with my family and friends, as well some of my fondest memories are going camping where there is no texting or social media, just nature, our stories, the campfire, and we cannot forget about those smores! I love reading, working out at the gym, traveling and found a new interest and with my dad … target shooting.

Thank you for taking the time in reading my blog and getting to know a little bit about me. If you would like to know more please follow my journey.

Until Next Time,

Miss British Columbia World 2018

Natasha

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