I hope all of you are well. I wanted to check in with you all and tell you a little about myself. My first name is Philipa but my friends usually call me by my middle name Shauna. I’m twenty five years old, I was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada when I was four. I lived in Canada for five years before moving back to Pakistan for another six years, then I finally moved back to Canada and have been here since. My stay in Pakistan was long enough for me to thoroughly understand the culture and traditions for which I am grateful. I consider myself blessed to be raised in a culturally diverse environment.
An interesting fact about me is that I graduated high school when I was sixteen years old. After graduating high school I started my BSc major in biology as I wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. During the second year of my degree I decided to take a break and complete a certificate in certified dental assisting to thoroughly understand the field by hands on experience. Although after a few years I decided to change my career path upon realizing it wasn’t my true passion.
While searching for my true passion to pursue a career in I realized counselling came naturally to me and it was something I had already been practicing for years with my close friends and family. To be a successful counselor I believe one needs to possess empathy and compassion. Listening to the life stories of people and helping them overcome challenges is a fulfilling experience for me. After completing my BSc I aspire to attain a PhD in counselling psychology.
After numerous life experiences I have chosen to take a stand for women and be an ambassador for women empowerment. It has taken me a long time to fully understand my worth and I want every woman to experience the liberating feeling of understanding that they are the ones who establish how they are meant to be treated and respected.
My passion for women empowerment and helping others led me to sponsor women from Women for Women International. This organization supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. They give the women a monthly stipend to help with the monthly expenses, while educating them for a year. They also teach the women basic life, business, and vocational skills. They are educated about their legal rights, and given health and nutritional lessons. Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in demand. Women graduate the program with confidence and a greater sense of self-worth. 91% women also have reported to be an active part of household financial decisions by the end of the year. This organization also educates the men on the importance of women empowerment.
I am currently working with other national and international organizations and will announce them when the time is right! Keep checking back to stay in touch with all the current events and programs I am a part of.
I am overjoyed to be a part of such an amazing and life changing experience. There is always a stigma around pageants. It would be my honor to take steps to eliminate that stigma as this pageant has given me a platform to have a voice for women empowerment.
Since I have received the title of Miss Fraser Valley World 2017 I have already had multiple opportunities to volunteer in the community and help raise funds for phenomenal causes.
Miss World Canada 2017 pageant is held on July 22nd in Toronto. I am honored to be able to represent British Columbia. If I win the title of Miss World Canada 2017 I will further collaborate with organizations to empower women alongside raising funds for different charities at a national and international level.
In my next blogs I will be posting about the recent events I have taken part in and the upcoming events! Thank you for following my journey thus far!
Here is a link to my first newspaper article as Miss Fraser Valley World 2017: http://www.langleyadvance.com/community/langley-woman-going-after-miss-world-canada-title/