In memory of Nelson Mandela:

Today celebrates the would be 101st birthday of the late Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a former president of South Africa, anti-apartheid political leader and philanthropist.

Madiba is known worldwide as a freedom fighter. He is a symbol of hope, a fearless leader who devoted each day of his life to attain a world where we have social justice, equality and freedom for all of human kind. He represents the global call to action: WE ALL have the power to transform the world, to make a positive impact, no matter how big or small the action.


Apartheid was the implementation of racial segregation as a form of policy in South Africa from 1948-1994. Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Walter Sisulu, were amongst the known political leaders who fought for South Africas freedom. Family members of mine played important progressive roles for people of color, from being educators as well as opening schools within their communities, in writing articles, plays, pieces of literature about ongoing issues and in supporting and participating in rallies and anti-apartheid movements. My uncle Saths Cooper, was a prominent activist during the time, leading his own anti-apartheid movement which lead him to sharing the same jail block as Nelson Mandela, on Robben Island Prison.

I would say this definitely had influence on me in wanting to empower others, in being a voice for those who don’t have one and in being a pillar of change in society. My platform and focus has been on Global Goal #4 Quality Education, and has stemmed from Madiba’s belief that:
“Education is the most Powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world”– Nelson Mandela.

July 18th is Mandela Day, a reminder that it is in our hands, to make the world a better place for all.


Visit the link below to read more about #MandelaDay and ways which you can help:
https://www.mandeladay.com/

Since launching in 2009, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched a new Mandela Day strategy, titled:
“Mandela Day: The Next Chapter, to mark the tenth anniversary of the initiative. In these next 10 years, let us mobilise people, governments, civil society and corporates to focus on these 5 areas: education and literacyfood and nutritionsheltersanitation and active citizenship.”

So let your love light shine, let’s change our world! <3

Love and Light,

Miss S BC World’19
Shakti Shunmugam

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Immense gratitude is what I feel in my heart since my birthday on June 29th.


My Miss World Canada 2019 journey has already been the most impactful change in my life. It’s more than just having the privilege to possibly represent my country. Now, It has become my inspiration to serve more, and strive more for myself. The people I met leading close to the pageant, all have taught me to be strong, determined and compassionate. I learned so much about myself. By which, I want to share a little bit of my childhood so I can share why being in this journey is significant for me. 


Imagine a princess living in a far away land playing with poor children in the village. This princess had everything. Every school year, she gets a new school bag, shoes, and clothes. On her birthday, she gets new toys, a beautiful birthday cake and tons of other surprises. She had food on the table every meal and had the best family she could ever ask for. The princess went to a nice school in the City where she was known to be “the girl who lived on a farm”. Nonetheless, she thought she was lucky to see the best of both worlds. Whenever she comes home from the City, the princess had to pass by all the other small houses. Coming home to see everyone in her small village was her favourite part of the day. She waved at every elder she saw and befriended every kid that wanted to play with her. This was her life for twelve years. However, her life changed when she had to move and live in the land of the True North. 


This was my childhood. 


I had everything a middle class family could provide me since I was a kid, and I will always be grateful for this. Leaving my childhood friends was sad, but I used them as an inspiration to one day, give what I can for those who need me. I think it’s safe to say that we all love having new things. We feel more motivated, and that is why one of my advocacies is towards supporting children by giving them that same taste of hope. 

My first bike from grandma Daisy


Furthermore, as a national delegate of Miss World Canada, I will continue to provide and raise funds for children who are in need of educational supplies. With that being said, I am  honoured to collaborate and be an advocate for the United Way organization. This organization also supports the needs of our local community in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. They help support kids, families and elders. United Way invests approximately $5million each year in after-school programs, neighbourhood-driven initiatives to reach vulnerable kids and special supports for Aboriginal children, refugee children, children with disabilities and survivors of abuse. I am humbled to have been given this opportunity to do what I stand for, and inspire others around me. 


Last but not least, for me, the children are our future. Therefore, I also am in training with the Joy Smith Foundation to give educational workshops in secondary schools to safeguard our youth against human trafficking here in Canada. 


As I am getting close to officially starting my journey in at Miss World Canada, I know in my heart that whatever happens after July 27th, I will stay true to my purpose and I will use this walk to carry me through. 

New toys
With my new bag, new shoes, new uniform – My school at Colegio de San Jose
Celebrating my birthday with three classmates, two cousins and the rest are my playmates from the village 🙂

This blog post made me reflect on my mother’s unconditional love. She endured a challenging life in Canada just so she can fulfill her dreams of providing me the ultimate education and the best life I could possibly have (a childhood she never had.) I love her because no matter how much she provided me with all these beautiful things, she never failed to remind me to share my blessings, to keep both feet on the ground, and to walk with purpose.

♥ Glow

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“I believe that one of the most valuable gifts you can ever give yourself is time – taking time to be fully more present.” -Oprah Winfrey

Oprah could not have said it any better. I learned this the hard way. With having a variety of different roles in my personal and professional life, I developed an overused habit of a “yes I can” mentality. Although this can be a positive trait, I was unhappy with the way I was feeling through the motion. My unhappiness was rooted from exhaustion and getting sick month after month. I did not know when to stop and smell the roses as I let my duties take over my energy. I couldn’t give my all to all of the things I enjoyed along with not being able to help others the best way I possibly could.

As a result, I ended up having to give up my full time job as a Licensed Practical Nurse of two years at a care home facility. This was a big leap of faith for me as I felt driven to pursue my bachelor’s degree, to dance more and to serve my community in a larger platform. Giving up a comfortable and safe lifestyle was a scary decision. But I knew I had to do something courageous enough so I could do things that would give my life some purpose. 

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Living in this busy society, we need to listen to our bodies when It’s telling us to rest and recharge even if our mind tells us “you still can.” Indeed, it is “mind over matter” but we also have to be careful and acknowledge that our bodies need us and it will forgive us for taking breaks. Through this change and self reflection, I can now find balance in between things I’m passionate about and that’s something worth celebrating for! 

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I can now relate and attest to when people say “self care is the best care”, because It changed my way of prioritizing my needs versus wants. As I am still a work in progress, I can happily say that I’m taking care of myself the way I like me to be. 

If you can relate with me and are looking for some things to help you further your “self care practice”, here are some things I love to do on my spare time: Exercising, running outdoors, going for a walk, dancing, reading self help books, listening to podcasts, listening to music, writing a journal, getting a massage, meditating, cooking a healthy meal, taking a bubble bath,  and my favourite.. putting my feet up with my eyes closed and just relax!

Give yourself some time so you can do more not only for yourself but also for others! 

🖤 Glow

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Living in a small suburb of Vancouver, I have spent 13 years of school with the same children. We grew up together, created memories together and shared experiences – in a way we have an unbreakable bond no matter where we go in the future. However, along the way I have lost a number of friends at an early age. In the last 3 years, our community has seen not one, but two young boys give up their lives.

At my graduation, we felt the loss of these two boys, one who should’ve been there with us to walk across stage and receive his diploma like the rest of us. In such a small community, the absence of these two boys was felt for months, even those who did not know them personally felt their loss. The personal connection to this issue prompted me to use it as my platform and while competing for the coveted title of Miss. World Canada 2019, I hope to facilitate conversation on this matter.

The statistics are scary. Once I started researching I grew more and more scared for our future. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst our youth, following motor vehicle accidents. Over 50% of youth formulate plans on how to end their lives and think about it daily. Imagine if all of these youth actually went through with this. It would mean that over 50% of our future is lost. And that’s terrifying.

Coming from a conservative family, I have often been told that depression and anxiety is not an illness that affects young children because we don’t have the same pressures that an adult might. However, I have seen otherwise. There are so many stressors surrounding us as teenagers that older generations didn’t have to face. While we have the power of connecting with someone on the other side of the world instantly, social media also causes a plethora of issues. Body image and cyber-bullying are just naming a few. Although we are so connected, we are even more isolated than before.

For my Beauty With a Purpose platform, I hope to help at-risk teens by creating support groups. By partnering up with youth centres across Greater Vancouver, I hope to create an open space where teenagers feel comfortable expressing their problems with each other. Being from the same age group, I know this isn’t easy. So to create trust and a bond between these youth, I will, with the help of youth centres, implement a program, sort of like a summer camp. A camp where, for a few days, the teens will not have access to their phones and social media, but will just relax and learn to connect with those around them, face to face.

I myself did a program like this a few years ago. For one week, we were completely isolated in nature with no phones, no beds and unfortunately, no bathrooms. For 7 days I didn’t look in a mirror, and I also didn’t care how I looked for what felt like the first time in forever. I was completely rejuvenated. Every morning we would walk around the forest, bare foot, feeling moss under our feet. We would watch the sunrise together and cook food over a campfire. We would canoe for hours on end and hike up waterfalls so we could shower. Every night, we would end up watching the stars and we were so far from civilization that there was nothing obstructing our view. I have never felt so comfortable with a group of people my age ever. We are still so close and whenever we have problems, we talk to each other. Having this friendship, this support, has helped all of us.

Being disconnected from the world can be hard. We are so used to checking our phones every 2 minutes to see what the latest update is. But it is so important to step aside and just take a break. That’s what I hope to accomplish with these youth. To teach them that there is more to life than the stress that surrounds us. I am incredibly passionate about this, and hope I can achieve my goal of helping these youth – because no one should feel this alone.

Miss Greater Vancouver 2019, Khushi

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Hi everyone! My name is Ariel, and I am a national finalist from British Columbia for Miss World Canada 2019!

PC: Erwin Loewen.

Outgoing, diligent, and optimistic, I will be introducing how I bring girl power into my own life, in terms of service, leadership, and education.

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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.

2016 RBC Run for the Kids.
2018 at Miss Asia Pacific International in Manila, Philippines.
The children of Marawi! <3

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.

Elected Arts Undergraduate Society First Year Rep.
The showCASE project, with student leaders from Commerce, Arts, Science, & Engineering UBC.
My sorority’s 2016 philanthropy event to fundraise for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

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. 

Winning 1st place at Eduhacks 2017!
Me doing some code reviews…

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!

Best,

Ariel Cao

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“Remember who you are” is a quote from one of my favorite Disney Movies, the Lion King. It is a quote that is engraved, close to my heart.
The Lion King was released in 1994, the same year that marked the end of Apartheid in South Africa. The following year, I was born into the Rainbow Nation, in a city known as Durban, South Africa aka “little India.”

In 2001, my family moved to Canada, the land of the free. Canada, a country that opened my mind and heart to a new culture, the friendliest people, a country where privileges and resources have been made accessible to all its citizens. A country that has given me endless opportunities, adventures and experiences…memories that I can look back on and smile.

Moving to a new country is no easy feat. I know it was hardest on my parents, who left everything they had and knew behind, to provide my siblings and I with a better life. Canada and it’s beautiful people, welcomed my family with open arms, accepting us for who we are. For this I will forever be grateful, holding Canada in a special place in my heart. Growing up Canada was different; having to adjust to a new way of living, a new culture, making new friends, a different education system, enduring cold winters, learning a new language (French) and most difficultly, missing my family back in South Africa.
Over the course of years, we adapted and things became easier. We made regular visits to South Africa, and eventually, our longtime friends in Canada, became family. However, even after all these years, my heart holds strong, happy memories of my childhood in South Africa: our big family reunions, playing outside with my cousins, listening to the stories my grandparents would tell us, adventures with mom and dad who would make it a fun educational field trip, Sunday family days at the beach, watching the golden-red sunrise over Kruger National Park as the animals woke to start their day… memories I always cherish. The thing I missed most growing up away from my birth country, and even still today, is the loss of Time, that I can never get back, when it comes to moments spent with my family. 6 years ago, I moved to Vancouver, BC to study at the University of British Columbia. Now I miss the moments and times spent with my parents and siblings growing up In Brandon.
Although life has taken me many places, I’ve experienced ups and downs, but no matter where it is that I may be, “Remember Who You are” has always resonated with me. “Remember Who You are” holds as a remind of my ancestry, my family and all they have taught me, my morals, values, who I am as a person and most importantly the woman who I have grown into and continue to aspire to be.

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Mom and Dad 4 days after Shakti was born. Durban, South Africa



From a young age, I have always been a strong advocate for human rights and equality, passionate about giving back. I do believe that my sense of activism partially stems from my family’s active role during the time of Apartheid as well as in present day with many family members who have become leaders in their communities.

My story begins with my roots, where I came from and what my family went through in order for me to lead the life I do today. Between circa 1860 to the early 1900’s, the British implemented a new form of slavery, the Indentured Labor system. Indians were taken to work in the Sugar Cane Plantations around the world. Majority of these Indians came from low caste, already treated poorly in India and now essentially treated as slaves for the British until 1911. I’m 3rd generation South African. My parents grew up during South Africa’s Apartheid. This is where both Nelson Mandel and Gandhi began their social justice and human rights movements. Family members of mine played important progressive roles for people of color, from being educators as well as opening schools within their communities, in writing articles, plays, pieces of literature about ongoing issues and in supporting and participating in rallies and anti-apartheid movements. My uncle Saths Cooper, was a prominent activist during the time, leading his own anti-apartheid movement which lead him to sharing the same jail block as Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela, as featured on TIME Magazine: http://world.time.com/2013/12/05/nelson-mandela-1918-2013-remembering-an-icon-of-freedom/

In India, many girls from lower castes, notably the Untouchables caste, are trafficked and sold into child prostitution from as early as 8 years old. It’s a sad reality, but in order to truly empathize, put yourself in the shoes of these children. Allow allow your mind to put yourself in that position and open your heart to feel that same pain, because from this, we allow ourselves to become compassionate and to love. Similarly, from the stories that I was told, from the books I’ve read and documentaries I have watched, I was able to understand the struggles that my family had gone through from their lifestyle in India and later in South Africa, and the struggles each of the generations had gone through, in order to get to where we are today. There has been so much progress, but to imagine what my life could have been like, also puts into perspective everything in my life today, and all that I am grateful for.

Although it hurts to think that there are millions of women and children who are trafficked on a daily basis, living in poverty with no food, no clean water and with no medical attention, there is still hope in knowing that we have the power to help in positively changing this. I will forever be grateful to my parents for all of the privileges and opportunities they have given me and for the lifestyle they have provided and worked hard for, here in Canada. There are so many blessings in even the simplest things that we oftentimes take for granted. For example, having a roof over your head, clean water, food, medical care and a free education…these are all privileges, that are not all yet made accessible to everyone in our world. I have so much to be thankful for and want to continue my aspiration of creating the #dominoeffect and to be able to give others the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, in living a life that every being deserves.

Yours in love and light,

Miss Southern British Columbia World 2019

Shakti Shunmugam
@shaktiaroundtheworld

Sunday Beach Days with Mom and Dad
Dad teaching me about South Africa’s National Flower: Protea, during an adventure in Cape Town
School in South Africa: Tree Tops Primary
My brother and I, South Africa
My siblings and I, Canadian Christmas
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Everyone’s favourite subject – math. For some of us, numbers were a way of life growing up, while for others numbers trigger terrible memories. However, I’m sure we can all agree that math, at least in its most simplest form, is important throughout life. We use it in almost every aspect of life – cooking, shopping and even in art. This essential skill is taught from a young age but we aren’t quite sure what the best way to understand it is.

At a young age, I joined an institution called UCMAS. UCMAS started in Malaysia in 1993 and its success has spread it across 70 countries with over 6000 centres. The premise of the program is to boost child brain development from kids aged 4-13 by offering Abacus and mental math training. Now what in the world is an abacus?

An Abacus
An Abacus

Looks kind of confusing doesn’t it? This is actually a calculator. Looks odd – it doesn’t have buttons or a screen of any sort. It’s really ancient, it showed up centuries before numbers even appeared. The abacus has been used for so long that its origins are lost – no one knows when exactly it appeared.

I started learning how to use one of these when I was 6 years old – soon I became so proficient I could do complex mathematical equations faster than a calculator. Not only did UCMAS help me further my math skills, it also gave me incredible confidence in other subjects as well. I became a quick learner and soon was way ahead of anyone else in my grade. It fostered in me a love for learning – even now I enjoy exploring and finding ways to understand difficult topics. This is a skill that is easy to learn and execute in daily life – something I believe everyone should have.

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I am South African born, East-Indian-French ethnically, Canadian by nationality. Former Miss BC 2015 & UBC student, I am an empowerist, influencer, entrepreneur and current Miss Southern British Columbia World 2019. From South Africa to Canada, my name is Shakti.

From a young age, I have always loved to give back. It’s the little things we do for others, that add up and create a positive impact in shaping someone else’s life. People always ask me what it is that I want in life. My answer has always been the same: to be and do what makes me happy, and to spread that happiness to others, so that they may genuinely smile from their heart. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
My journey in pursuing my aspirations lead me to being crowned Miss BC 2015-16, and the current Miss Southern British Columbia World 2019, finalist for Miss World Canada 2019. It’s been a crazy couple of years with life taking me in different directions, but my dream and work towards empowering others has not faltered and has become stronger than ever in wanting to inspire others.

As Miss S BC World 2019 I aim to be a role model to young girls throughout British Columbia and around the globe. This title has given me recognition and a voice with which I want to use to empower children and women across the globe to pursue a secondary and post-secondary Education. I believe that Education is a driving factor that could result in social and economic change. Many children and women, especially in lesser-developed countries, are bound to a poverty trap. I believe that education is a solution to the unjust cycle of child labour, human trafficking, child prostitution and other inhumane acts, as a means of survival in impoverished states.

I have always genuinely loved to volunteer, give back to my communities and make others smile from their hearts. I am an advocate for human rights and equality, and through my travels and experiences, I have become disheartened at the amount of poverty and social injustices that exist in our world. Living in Canada, I have become most grateful for the Education System that has been made accessible to each and every child.
I hope to use this platform to pursue my entrepreneurial vision, of creating a foundation that in turn funds for and empowers children and women to pursue a secondary education, and provide an escape route from poverty.

I truly believe that we can be the first generation to END global poverty, diminish social injustices/inequality. It all starts with our willingness to uplift one another as children of the Universe. I’m grateful for the titles (Miss BC 2015 and Miss SBC World 2019) that I’ve been given, because it gives me a voice to continue working on my platform: Quality Education: made accessible to each and every child, to drive social and economic change and in turn break the poverty cycle, diminish social injustices and human rights violations (Global Goal #4). I’m grateful for my titles, which have allowed me to empower and inspire those not only in my community but also around the world, to be a voice for those who don’t have one and to be a pillar in creating a positive change in society.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for my next post

Love and Light,

Shakti Shunmugam
Miss Southern British Columbia World 2019
IG: @shaktiaroundtheworld

Shakti during her reign as Miss BC 2015-16, working with children at the Thong To Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Hi everyone! My name is Khushi and I’m honoured to represent British Columbia as one of the contestants in the upcoming nationals. I’m 17 years old and graduated (just yesterday!) from high school with a dual diploma – a Dogwood Diploma and an International Baccalaureate Diploma. I will be attending the University of British Columbia to pursue a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. My final goal is to attend medical school and specialize as a psychiatrist.

As a young girl (arguably still a young girl), I was bullied. Viciously. Not a new story unfortunately, but one that affects the lives of thousands. For some, bullying leads them down a path of low self-esteem and no confidence, while it makes others resilient and defiant. For me, personally, I lost all sense of who I was, I resented those who told me to just “love myself”. But how can you when everyone around you says otherwise? This is one of those things that can be categorized under the cliche saying “It’s easier said than done”. I have switched schools more than most people would, all because I was cast as an outsider, treated differently. Why, you might ask? Well I looked different. I had imperfect teeth, what some might call “bunny teeth”. However, that never stopped me from smiling and laughing at everything. A true representation of my name, Khushi, which in my language means happiness.

Me before braces :)
Me before Braces 🙂

As a young child my parents protected me from most of it, they didn’t let me ever think that I wasn’t beautiful. However, as I grew older, I started seeing what society’s expectations of beauty really were. Straight teeth, flawless skin, an hourglass figure and long flowy hair. None of which I had at the tender age of 8. I started comparing myself and soon I found myself begging my parents for braces because I thought if only my teeth were straight, I’ll be considered beautiful too. Funny, right? After YEARS of braces, expanders, springs and any other contraption you can think of, as well as an unholy amount of money, I was finally done. I entered high school with perfect teeth. Life was finally going to be better.

Me now!

But that’s when the acne hit. My once perfect, childish skin was marred with pimples and scars. But hey, at least my teeth were perfect. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough. I still struggle with breakouts and they damage my confidence beyond anything. After 3 pageants, heading to my 4th, I’m still bogged down by a pimple. You know, those natural things that come in the package deal of being a teenager. After 5 years of creams, facials, and even medication, I have FINALLY admitted that society’s standards of beauty are unattainable. Unreachable. Unobtainable. It’s okay to have scarred skin, whether that be from acne or stretch marks. It’s okay to have imperfect teeth (trust me it’s really too expensive to bother). It’s okay to be YOU – no matter what that looks like.

When discussing with my friends they often ask how I have the confidence to leave my house without makeup or participate in pageants, and my answer is always the same – I embrace who I am. My self-worth isn’t determined by Photoshopped ads and unbelievably thin models, it’s defined by how I treat those around me and what I think about myself. I can finally say, I love myself.

My experiences and my mindset define who I am. My actions and words towards others reinforce that. Although I will be the youngest contestant to walk across that stage in July, I am proud and confident in myself. I hope, at the bare minimum, to inspire other girls and boys who are resilient and overcome obstacles on a daily basis, even if they don’t realize it.

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“To inspire, and be inspired”  
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As a twenty-four year old woman, I learned that I am always growing to meet the real version of myself. With all my endeavours in life, I can confidently say that I will never have it “all” figured out. However, I know that I have, and will always bring the best of me with passion, empathy, courage and love.

Although life is not a perfect journey, I am grateful for all the good and bad days the past has gifted me. Without these memorable events, I would not be where I am today. I would not have the courage to face my fears and pursue many passions in life. I would not be in this honourable platform as Miss World British Columbia 2019, and share my advocacies. This title inspires me to continually rise with my community, to serve people in need, and to inspire the next generations yet to come.

My former title as Miss British Columbia 2016, encouraged me to annually provide educational supplies to low socio-economic communities in remote provinces of the Philippines. When given the opportunity as Miss World Canada 2019, my purpose is to bring the True North across the world and be the change it needs.

My life outside of Miss World BC…

I graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the age of nineteen. Four years later, I still work in local care homes on casual shifts, while pursuing my bachelor’s degree in nursing. By surprise, an opportunity fell on my lap in 2018 as a college instructor for Health Care Assistants. My role as a health care provider and as a mentor, allows me to appreciate everything, and everyone around me.

My modelling career started when I was discovered by a photographer, Jenny Rae, during my graduation. Since then, my photos for Stenberg College were advertised in sky train platforms, buses, news papers and websites! Now, I am one of the models for Numa Network Agency in Vancouver. I enjoy doing photoshoots no matter the occasion. I feel empowered in this creative space as it allows a team to bring a concept to life through photos. It’s always a pleasure to work with talented stylists, hair and make up artists and photographers!

Dance is a big part of my life. I coached hip-hop dance teams for four years and competed across the province. Now, I am enjoying urban, heels, and contemporary styles of dance! I teach one on one classes for beginners and have recently become an official choreographer at iDance Vancouver as a heels dance instructor. I use this opportunity to welcome women of all ages to feel empowered, confident and proud of themselves! I want to establish an empowering and judgement-free dance community where everyone can feel alive.

Mentorship is something that is also important to me. Without my mentors, I would not have been able to acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, to pass the torch forward, I am honoured to mentor young girls in local pageants and secondary high schools to pursue their dreams and authentically embrace themselves for who they are. I will always be thankful of my Toast Master’s (public speaking program) team for helping me become a more confident woman! Last but not least, one of my inspiring mentors is Tara Teng. As one of my good friends now, I get to see up close how much dedication she puts in all her work. What inspires me the most is her active involvement to end human trafficking in Canada. With that being said, I am proud to share that I have taken a courageous step to join this important movement for all the vulnerable, and the innocent people in our country. I am in training with the Joy Smith Foundation to provide preventative workshops in secondary schools. This journey allowed me to educate my family members and raise awareness not only for themselves, but for their friends too.

Each day counts to get us closer to where we want to be. If you are reading this, my hope is for you is to find your purpose and share it to the World! Because I believe that together, we will rise.


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