Hi everyone! My name is Ariel, and I am a national finalist from British Columbia for Miss World Canada 2019!
Outgoing, diligent, and optimistic, I will be introducing how I bring girl power into my own life, in terms of service, leadership, and education.
To me, “girl power” means loving yourself and extending that love to those around me, through not tearing each other down, and lending a hand to our sisters whenever there is a need. In my life, one way to extend this love is to volunteer my time to support female-based organizations and helping girls from all walks of life, thrive in their own unique ways. In 2016 I was crowned as Miss Teenage British Columbia where I was given the opportunity to represent my province at the Miss Teenage Canada competition. My platform was to encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle, where I volunteered at over 40 events, for local, provincial, and national causes, such as the Vancouver Women’s Hospital’s Run for Women, BC Children’s Hospital Run for Kids, and Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Last year I had the incredible opportunity to represent Canada at Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 in the Philippines, where I was able to donate my time and money into building a school for children in war-stricken Marawi, Philippines, as well as package food for the hard-hit areas of Typhoon Mangkhut. Nowadays, on my free time, I love mentoring high school girls who are interested in pageantry and leadership opportunities, and I provide them with knowledge and support in confidence training, interview skills, & public speaking workshops.
In university I bring girl power into my life through taking leadership roles in student organizations. In freshman year, I was elected first year representative for 2900+ arts undergraduate students where I was able to voice out student concerns and create events for first years to socialize and find their own paths in university. I have been involved in student government, residence life, and the greek community, dedicating more than 20 hours per week on top of a full course load in helping others find their passions within university. As the current VP Marketing for UBC Sororities, part of my everyday job is to find new ways to connect women and to help them find a sense of belonging on such a large campus. I believe that a single moment could have such an incredible impact, and I strive to create positive moments whenever possible.
For my major, I am studying Visual Arts and minoring in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. I have done four hackathons in the past two years, and quite luckily I have managed to win awards at all four. Through my enriching experiences in participating in hackathons, I have also helped in organizing Girls In Tech Vancouver’s Female Hackathon in 2018, and I am currently a logistics coordinator for cmd-f*, the first female & minority hackathon in Western Canada. My biggest power moment throughout my time in participating in hackathons is not defined by a singular moment in time; it is when I realize how much potential we have to create positive change in the world when we acknowledge each other’s differences and work as a team. I am hoping to become a User Interface/User Experience Designer in the near future, using both my creative & technical sides! I love working with people so I would love to use my skills in programming to design products that are accessible to people from all walks of life, and to use technology to enhance human interactions. Being a woman pursuing a degree in STEM, the most rewarding part is when I see workplaces placing bigger emphasis on inclusion, and products being developed to provide higher usability.
An advocate for gender equality & women empowerment, I strive to promote beauty in diversity. I am thrilled to be a delegate for Miss World Canada 2019 – see you soon at Nationals!