What a great experience to see all these cool places and be on CP23 this morning! Fun fact: not only is casaloma beautiful but the very first XMEN movie was filmed there!!!

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CROSSFIT Cristini Athletics 😍 I died a little but definitely worth it! Feelin great right now…hopefully that lasts until tomorrow morning Ahahaha
Cristiniathletics really challenged me mentally and physically but soooo glad I got to try CrossFit! Also so so grateful to have met this supermom @maria.cristini who really made the whole experience so stress free and she helped me mentally get through these challenges so thank you!’❤️ @missworldCND

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Delicious lunch for today!!! @panpannoodlebar #panpan #panpannoodlebar

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Toronto! Landed! @missworldCND

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My goal is to create more education & entrepreneurship opportunities for women & minorities. An advocate for gender equality & women empowerment, I strive to promote beauty in diversity. Gender inequality & discrimination continue to be issues in our world today, and my beauty with a purpose project aims to help solve these problems with the 2 e’s: to educate & to empower.

Background…

I am a Visual Arts & Computer Science student at the University of British Columbia. Although both subjects work very different parts of my brain, the two have helped me grow creatively & logically. I have always been very passionate about the arts, where I have played both piano & violin to level 10 and level 8, respectively, for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and I have also extensively trained in various dance forms (Latin, Chinese, hip-hop, Kpop, ballet, & contemporary). I started sketching & painting in grade 5 and now I have taken an interest in graphic design, having some of my work printed on Victoria’s Secret PINK campus campaigns. I was introduced to Computer Science when I took a coding course in grade 12. In freshman year, my friends and I challenged ourselves through joining hackathons, which provided a platform where we could gain insight and develop skills from industry professionals in 24-hours, and it pushed us to think outside of the box. The best part about computer science projects is that they are highly collaborative. My team helped me discover my own strengths and weaknesses and pushed me to be the best. We get to not only individually explore different areas of interest, but also learn from our peers on how to use technology to better the lives of others. 

My VSPINK phone wallet design!
Official VSPINK photoshoot in Malibu, California.
My first ever hackathon – won first place at BizHacks 2017.

Recent Projects…

Right now, I take every opportunity to be a part of women empowerment organizations to help spread awareness & support more females & minorities in my community. I am a Logistics Coordinator for cmd-f*, the first & biggest all-female* 24 hour hackathon in Western Canada, where approximately 200 students come together to gain new skills, construct awesome projects, and find a community of like-minded individuals. We aim to shift the paradigm of a hacker by helping young women* build positive STEM identities, and we use * to specifically and intentionally include cis and trans women, as well as non-binary, agender, and intersex people. I am also the Vice President of Marketing for UBC Sororities, an organization that focuses on connecting female university leaders and providing them with the platform to grow. Every single UBC sorority chapter is values-based, which means that we work together to support our members in four tenets: service, leadership, scholarship, and social involvement. As a Victoria’s Secret PINK Campus Representative, I actively advocate for “girl power” on a day-to-day basis to encourage students to have faith & confidence in themselves. Having been selected as one of the top performing schools in Spring 2019 and as a model for an official VSPINK summer in-store campaign, I am blessed to have been given these incredible opportunities to further share my ideas on promoting inclusivity and motivating those around me to do the same.

Volunteering at cmd-f* 2019.
My campaign video on the VSPINK Bus!
2019 Spring VSPINK Campus Rep Incentive Trip at New York Headquarters.

If given the prize for beauty with a purpose, I would use the money to fund, locally & internationally, the two parts of my project: to educate & to empower. Locally, I would continue to work with female-centric organizations & philanthropy projects, such as volunteering with women-based clubs & events, and helping out with the local women’s shelter. This year I had the opportunity to lead a girl power meet-up on campus where over 16 clubs that supported women empowerment attended and facilitated a positive space for female university students to connect & network. I was also part of multiple campaigns to collect cans for the local food bank and to collect toiletries for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, where I was able to support those in need with small gestures of kindness. My goal is to launch a Canadian GRLBOSS conference where we could connect young women & minorities with female leaders in Canada, where we educate & provide the attendees with real industry skills when they enter into the workplace, and empower them to grow as they interact with other successful women in our country. 

The amazing clubs we collaborated with at our mini-GRLPWR meetup!
My power team that helped in running the event.

Internationally, I would use another portion of the money to fund more education opportunities for those who cannot afford to have them. Recently I helped in collecting donations to build a school and to fund school supplies for the children of war-stricken Marawi, Philippines, and I am determined to take part in more projects like this, where I can provide & teach useful skills & tools, whether it be entrepreneurship or technology, to support those who are not as privileged. Through the GRLBOSS conference, the proceeds made from the event will be donated to a cause to help educate and empower others in the world who are less-privileged. I am excited to use the GRLBOSS platform to raise more awareness and to inspire more people in lending a helping hand to others. 

The wonderful children who I helped support! They were very kind to make signs and sent me this heart-warming picture!

Ending Thoughts…

Winning the project would help in funding the efforts to educate & to empower, and I am thrilled to have been given the Miss World Canada platform to share my dreams & goals.

Best,

Ariel Cao

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I’m often asked: what is the Children’s Wish Foundation? The answer to this is not an easy one. For some it’s a spot of light in the dark while for others it’s just one of the hundreds of charities that they come across on a daily basis.

Children's Wish Foundation, NL Chapter Logo

This Children’s Wish Foundation is an all-Canadian wish granting charity that, impressively, maintains a “no wait list” policy. About 3 wishes each day are granted for those who are terminally ill and are aged 3-17. Most people compare it to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that has the same basic idea. However the Children’s Wish Foundation strives to carefully structure and execute each and every wish, adding a personal touch thanks to the dedicated staff in every province. Learning about the hundreds of children that have been granted wishes from this charity is heart-warming. The pictures depicting their pure joy on having their biggest wish fulfilled is a reward on its own.

Hence, I decided to do my fair share by selling donuts to travellers in my home town of Vancouver. Specifically Krispy Kreme donuts. Most stopped by for pictures and for a chat which was just as fun. I met people from all over the world, most who hadn’t heard of the charity and were glad to donate for such a good cause. Many were just surprised to see a girl walking around with a crown on her head and selling donuts!

Knowing that my donations will make a difference in a child’s life is a gift on its own. I hope to continue fundraising for such amazing charities that do in fact make an enormous impact on the community.

With love, Miss. Greater Vancouver World

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“It is early morning, the sky looks silvery, the sun has not yet risen, and a soft breeze is blowing over my face. How fresh everything seems to be!

Today, I feel I’m alone. I have no need to hide it any longer, I can cry because I know there is no one to look at me, I can yell because no one wishes me well. The first twenty-one years of my life accomplished, I ponder upon the cherished moments I have spend with my family and friends for the very last time. I smile as I remember when my brother was born, when my sister topped in her boards but slowly my smile fades away. My cherished and treasured moments don’t have ME! Where am “I”? I slowly realize that I have never lived for “myself”. It’s forever been you, she, he, and they. I have only lived for people’s expectations and demands, how they want things, what they feel, how they treat me, how they looked at me, if they felt I was pretty. I forgot that I had a life of my own where I didn’t need to impress or exist for others.

But I don’t want to face the fact that I botched in the game of life and tears roll down my cheeks in grief. Youth had to be a magnificent experience however for me it has turned into a road of misery. I always wanted to be an all rounder, a good student as well as a good athlete but I guess my idea of attaining perfection has led me to depression. The strong pressure put on me to do exceptionally well in “everything” has degraded my confidence and self-esteem.

Today what I have written is my twenty-one years of pain and the lack of love in my life has made me dull. This dullness in turn has affected my life so much that now I feel I’m just unlucky that nobody is happy with me and I can never do anything. So basically I stand nowhere in this competitive world, my existence is negligible.”

This is just a page of my diary or any child’s diary who suffers from depression and bullying. Childhood is an age for joy and happiness and not needed to be surrounded by enormous clouds of despair. People think bullying and depression is sadness, people think it’s aloneness, people think its dark but people are wrong. Bullying and depression is a projection of being unique, courageous, heroic, and ebullient because they made a choice and raised their voice to be themselves.

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My flight to Toronto

Before I officially begin my Miss World Canada 2019 journey I would like to take this opportunity to give recognition to my “Glow Team” and let the world know that these people have the biggest heart!

Personal Travel Management – Rikki, thank you for organizing my flight!

Farrow & Associates Private Wealth Management from Investor’s Group – Ian & Aileen, thank you for being a part of my team since Miss BC 2016!

Future Stars Hockey – Lisa & Robert, thank you for being a part of my team since Miss BC 2016!

Star Box Express – Michael & Bella, thank you for everything this year! Daisy & Art, thank you for supporting my Zumba fundraiser!

Turnfit Personal Training – David, thank you for the consistent fitness support since 2017!

Barre Fitness South Surrey – Susan, thank you for choosing me as a barre ambassador!

Mendoza Boxing Club – Thank you for letting be your ambassador for the month of June!

Sandcastle Fitness Club South Surrey – Thank you for accommodating me and my team just so we can practice at the studio!

Katrinaaissa Beauty Artistry – Katrina, thank you for the make up tutorial and for all the amazing photoshoots we have had so far!

Belle and Rebel Beauty Makeup Artistry – Gwen, thank you for the makeup tutorial at the Miss British Columbia World 2019 provincials!

USANA – Marian, thank you for gifting me with USANA vitamins, protein shakes and skin care products!

The Base Coat White Rock – Tianna, thank you for beautifying my nails!

Gem Cares – Jen, thank you for the beautiful outfits and jewelries!

CreativEmotion – Thank you videography team!

Jenny Rae Photography – Thank you for taking my official shots for MWC!

My Zumba fundraiser event would not have been as successful without these following people and companies:

Fit for Women’s Gym – Sunita, thank you for the venue!

Zumba Instructors: Laarni, Dani, Abi and Mika, thank you for your support since our first Zumba fundraiser!

Ron Torres Realtor – Ron, thank you for supporting since the “Glow Within You Talent Showcase” fundraiser in 2018!

USANA- Marian Miranda, thank you for the door prizes!

Farrow & Associates Private Wealth Management from Investors Group

Derrick Manila & Monday Tan Financial Advisors – Thank for supporting since “Glow Within You Talent Showcase” fundraiser in 2018!

Sarabia Optical Canada – Carlo, thank you for the support!

Skoah Morgan Crossing – Thank you for the door prize!

Katrinaaissa Beauty Artistry – Thank you for the hair and make up service door prize!

Sereno Wellness- Dr. Jutai, thank you for the door prize!

Last but not least… 

Renci Vana – My stylist and coach, thank you for believing in me since Miss BC 2016! I’m so thankful we got reunited again during my final preparation for Miss World Canada!

My Miss BC family – thank for the love since 2016! Without you, I would not have discovered my true self! Special thanks to my Miss BC sister Tara Teng, thank you for the encouragement and coaching during my final preparation at Miss Universe Canada because since then, I will always remember what you instilled in me that, “a glow does not diminish itself.”

Nang Grem, Nong Stuart and baby Kara – Thank you for gifting me a safe accommodation in Toronto before I step in MWC! Thank you for supporting me since Miss BC 2016!

Tita Bella – Thank you for the beautiful outfits!

Susan & David – Thank you for your gift! I cannot wait to use my new makeup products and enhance my glow!

Sharan- Thank you for your support!

Tita Ams & Tito Nel – Thank you for supporting my journey and all that you have planned for me!

Jenny from Toast Masters Evening Edition – Thank you for supporting me since Miss Universe Canada 2018! Jenny, your passion for public speaking and compassion for guiding someone like me is beyond words. You encouraged me to speak from my heart and believe in myself. My fear of public speaking is now changed as one of my strengths because of you and the Toast Masters team!

Christine- Thank you for co- organizing every fundraising events with me and for proof reading my all my big projects!

Jenny Rae- Thank you for everything Jen. You don’t know this but you symbolize as the epiphany of this unforgettable endeavour since 2015. I’m so blessed to have crossed paths with you.

To my family and friends all across the world, thank you! *Special mention to my family from Antique for the never ending support! My lola and lolo, I love you.

And to you.

It humbles my heart whenever I get acknowledged by people who talks about what I have shared. Wether its an invitation to one of my fundraising events, an encouraging post on social media, or any of my achievements which I fail to recognize myself at times. This is why I truly believe that we will rise together. It takes a village, right? You may think that this is nothing, but knowing that what I voice out is being heard means that I am truly here for the right reason no matter what the outcome.

I know that I cannot do this alone. So, thank you, my team glow! <3

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Hi everyone! 

I am so excited for this upcoming week here at Miss World Canada. To all the other contestants, nice to finally meet you!  My name is Debbie Pai and my mission is to build a more compassionate world.

Allow me to tell you a little about myself, but before that, let me just say I am truly looking forward to my first pageant experience! 

ABOUT ME:

I am a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of British Columbia. I specialized in Business Technology Management & Marketing and led an active extra-curricular life during university – such as being a part of the student government, sustainability ambassador, and many other clubs and student organizations. During my daytime, I work a 9-5 job in the Venture Capital industry; outside of work, I devote a large amount of time for volunteering to causes close to my heart.

MY BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE PLATFORM:

I am passionate about advocating for Gender Equity in the workplace. It is inspired by my personal experience working in many male-dominated workplace: telecommunications, manufacturing and now, Venture Capital industry. I believe it is important to build inclusive communities that support women of all ages to have the confidence to succeed. Because when women succeeds, everyone succeeds!

MY MISSION (why I’m competing in MWC)

I’m competing in Miss World Canada for many reasons. One, to advocate for a cause I’m passionate about, two, for personal development reasons, but most of all, it is to leverage my reach to help more individuals. Prior to coming to nationals, I performed in a 250+ individual Benefit Concert to fundraise for Children’s
Wish Foundation and resulted in just over $5K
. When I become Miss World Canada 2019, I cannot wait to increase my fundraising efforts and be able to help more people in the world!

Together let’s build a more compassionate world.

OK. That’s all for now! Hope that paints a somewhat clearer picture of who I am. If you’d like to follow my journey closely, please refer to my Facebook Page or Instagram. Cheers!

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I am Anmol Minhas, 25 years old, and proud to be representing my home country, Canada, in Miss World Canada 2019. I was born in Edmonton, although I was raised in New Delhi, India. I was a very outspoken child, always curious, and loved creating. There was a point I couldn’t stop making our walls art, my dad eventually painted the whole wall black so that I could trace designs out of the color that hid within. My strength of seeing beauty within a gloomy situation has remained. I have been fortunate to have be raised in an environment surrounded by givers and the principal of giving; from the day I was born, to the day I first went to school, to my graduation day.

My parents have always taught me, we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Not only were these values always spoken, I could see them in true form through action such as when my mother started an NGO for the education of young girls in 2011. We provide free education, mid-day meals and stationaries all over India and remote parts of the world. During my involvement, I was learning what was true in this world such as differentiating wisdom from knowledge. Working with these young girls also taught me imagination over structure and the ability of working with like-minded people brought focus on others. I had a desire to use the hands giving to me in balance, helping myself with the left and others with the right. With a massive response of support, we created an unbelievable team of numerous volunteers and staff. I am also ecstatic to say that I grew up as a nerd and perfectionist. My competitive nature was present in all passions and pastimes of my younger years in my academics, international classical dance, basketball, cadets, and beauty pageants. I’ve always taken my education seriously, and believe it to be an essential focus in today’s day and age.

I have completed my bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University followed by my Masters in Fashion Journalism, Dual Degree with Domuc Academy, Milan where I earned top scholar in both universities, and now currently completing an executive MBA from the University of British Columbia. I started working in public relations and ran projects for brands like Honda, Samsung, Amazon etc, after which I then took on Digital writing at Cosmopolitan in Delhi at which I managed and created social media strategies. In 2015. I moved back to Canada where I immediately started implementing my diverse set of skills in the communication sector working with Ledcor Group of Companies and Telus as both a manager and mediator.

I currently have the privileged responsibility of running the largest team of sales representatives within Ledcor Sales, while instilling core principals and creating an environment for growth and success. With leadership comes great responsibility. I continue to pour into others everyday as my mentors have done for me, and always focus on bringing value that can be applicable in our forward moving society.

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