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Friday, May 6, 2011

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Victoria Volkova

Name: Victoria Volkova

Age: 23 | Height: 5’9″ | Thornhill, ON

Victoria is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. in Political Science. In addition, she is a professional model and is currently writing a motivational book. Her ultimate goal is to become a published writer, motivational speaker, and promoter of child welfare.

She believes that the only mistake in life is letting yourself be trapped by your fears and not taking chances. Victoria hopes to inspire people to realize and achieve their greatest potential and to never be fearful of pursuing their dreams even when they may seem unattainable.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

Victoria speaks fluent English and Russian.


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Venessa Facciotti

Name: Venessa Facciotti

Age: 25 | Height: 5’5″ | Langley, BC

Venessa has recently completed the Mortgage Brokers course at University of British Columbia. She is now working towards opening her own mortgage and lending company with a focus on providing finance options for individuals who have trouble obtaining a mortgage through traditional financing methods.

In addition to this, Venessa hopes to open the country’s first unconventional depression resource center in her hometown, Langley BC. In her free time,she enjoys training her puppy so they will be able to volunteer together at the local cancer clinics.

Sponsored by: Dr. Anil C. Verma and staff, Banyan Dental Office, Ginger Sun Spa, Gerry Facciotti Royal Lepage Real Estate, Kelowna BC., Geoff Howard Photography, Nicole Zehr Makeup and Hair, Victoria of Miss Jacada, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English

Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Valery Karen Michaud

Name: Valery Karen Michaud

Age: 24 | Height: 5’7″ | Montreal, QC

Valery Karen is currently completing a commerce degree at Montreal University, this business savvy individual is actively implementing her entrepreneurial visions through the creation of her own lingerie brand, “Glo”.

Her greatest ambition is to travel the world and achieve all of her dreams. Valery also enjoys volunteering for “The Missing Children” foundation as well as “The Ride to Conquer Cancer” which is an epic and challenging two day journey.

However, what she rejoices in most are times spent with family and true friends, aerial trapeze, Opera performances and great healthy food.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English, French, Biblical Hebrew.

Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Valerie Remillard

Name: Valerie Remillard

Age: 23 | Height: 5’9″ | St-Félix-de-Valois, QC

Valerie was born in a small village in Quebec. It is a determined girl who does everything to achieve his dreams. Soon graduate nursing Valerie aspires to improve the university level.

She has a talent she has been practicing for several years: the song. She also earned a degree in Performing Arts during which she could show her talent during a tour. Valerie is a model.

Valerie made in recent years volunteering to help to organizations working for children and a senior center where she made the zoo-therapy. His philosophy in life is to be yourself, that every dream if we really believe we will achieve. We are the master of our lives.

Miss Universe Canada is an achievement for her. It’s a chance to project ideas of a strong woman and determined to exceed the limits. Become Miss Universe Canada for her would be an honor!!!

Sponsored by: BOSTON PIZZA de Joliette, La Famille Rémillard, Coiffure Karine Laroche, Centre de Santé Magali Beaulieu Inc., Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

I speak French it’s my native language . I understand and speak English well

Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Trisha Vergo

Name: Trisha Vergo

Age: 25 | Height: 5’6″ | Cold Lake, AB

Trisha is an energetic, outgoing and caring individual. She believes in putting family first and is very thankful for the role that her family has played in making her the hard working and ambitious woman she is today.

Born in Edmonton and raised in northern Alberta’s Cold Lake she is proud to call Canada her home.

After graduating high school Trisha continued her education in Hanceville, Alabama USA studying her Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Upon returning to Canada she went a different direction and began working in Real Estate.

After three years she is the Office Manager of a Real Estate Investment Company in Edmonton, Alberta. Growing up she enjoyed dancing jazz, ballet, tap and folk and uses her dance back round to teach dance fitness classes evenings and weekends.

She enjoys leading an active lifestyle and in her spare time she is studying to become AFLCA certified in group exercise leadership.

Trish has a kind heart and believes that everyone can make a difference for positive change. She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, The Edmonton Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services/One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network and American Red Cross.

Growing up on acreage in a rural community Trish has always had an affinity for animals and is a member of PETA and the Soi Dog Foundation. She hopes to one day adopt a dog to Canada from the organization that helps abused and abandoned cats and dogs in Thailand.

In addition to dancing, Trish enjoys travelling, swimming, snowboarding, creating culinary sensations in the kitchen and making people laugh. Her favourite night of the week is Monday as she gets to catch up with Grammy and Gramps over supper. Her passion for life keeps her pretty busy when she isn’t on the go you can find her curled up reading a book or watching the Food Network.

Sponsored by:

Crystal’s Bridal, Joanne Halldorson Royal LePage Cold Lake, Master & Master Real Estate Edmonton, Tangles Hair Salon Cold Lake, Royal LePage Northern Lights Cold Lake, Louise Johnson Sutton Cold Lake, EK Designs, Shameless Accessories, Family and Friends.

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English



Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Tina Grant

Name: Tina Grant

Age: 19 | Height: 5’10″ | Calgary, AB

Tina Grant is a very vibrant, energetic and positive individual. She comes from a mixed background of Guyanese, Spanish and Ukrainian. This born and raised Calgarian lives a very active life style as health and being well balanced are very important to her.

This artist can be found sewing and designing as fashion designing is her passion. This passion began at the early age of 12 and has continued since. She loves all forms of art and is always creating something.

Tina is currently enrolled in fashion design courses in Calgary and is a hopeful prospective student at Ryerson University. She is also into the performing arts. She has appeared in a Tide Acti-Lift commercial, as well as several charity fashions shows.

In her spare time you will find Tina skateboarding, snowboarding, being active outdoors, and always cracking jokes. In 2008, Tina competed in an all females skateboard competition called “See Jane and Skate”. She placed second in her category.

Tina is very much the adventurous type and is always willing to try something that she is absolutely scared of. Last summer she went skydiving and is now hooked and would love to someday be a skydiving instructor. She believes that pushing your limits allows you to find out what you’re capable of.

Tina’s philosophy in life is ”it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you, always.”

Sponsored by: Just One By Justin Seth, Afrikana Beauty Supplies and Salon, Kris Labelle Presents, Jungle Strength Inc., White Cedar Photography, Kane Keller, Elisa Choi (nutritionist), Jake Purves, The Stem Support, Family and Friends.

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Stefania Balasoiu

Name: Stefania Balasoiu

Age: 19 | Height: 5’9″ | Laval, QC

Stefania was born in Antwerpen , Belgium and is of Romanian background. She moved to Canada at two years old with her young parents that ran from the communist system and wanted to give their child a better future. She was raised in Montreal and was a very active child.

She played Volley-ball and basket-ball in her school teams and she also practiced swimming and athlestism at competition levels. Then, at 16 years old, she was crowned Miss Diaspora Canada 2008 and went in Romania for the international finally as the reprensentative of our country.

She currently speaks,writes and reads five languages and has the capacity to understand and speak seven.She will be starting university in september this year at Concordia’s School of Business in their Administration program.

She also is a model and plans on taking a year off from university to pursue her dreams and accomplish her carreer in the fashion industry.

During that year, she wishes to model internationaly and travel all around the world.Stefania has participated to many volunteer activities such as fundraising fashion shows, political campaigns, etc. She is very involved in the Montreal and Romanian communities and Stefania is a very generous person when it comes to giving her time to others.

Finally,Stefania lives her life at it’s fullest potential and wishes to make this opportunity one that will bring out in her all the best she has to give to the world. She is not afraid of losing because she believes that from every experience, you learn something new and you come out to be a winner in your own unique way. She always says : “Life is all about taking chances and doing everything you do at your best!”.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

French, Romanian, Spanish, English, Italian.


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sonia Judge

Name: Sonia Judge

Age: 25 | Height: 5’10″ | Mississauga, ON

Sonia is a proud born Canadian raised in Mississauga. As a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, she received an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. She later went on to receive a Bachelors of Education along with a Master’s of Science in Education. Sonia’s passion for education and making a difference in the lives of Children is something she strives for.

Sonia has volunteered for charities such as the Canadian Women’s Breast Cancer and Free the Children. Her hopes for the future include furthering her schooling and one day attaining a PhD in Education, and to go be a volunteer as an educator in a third world country.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English, Punjabi, and I can understand Hindi


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sierra Wagner

Name: Sierra Wagner

Age: 22 | Height: 5’7″ | Saskatoon, SK

Sierra Wagner was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is the youngest of five sisters. Although she is the youngest that does not stop her one bit from achieving her goals.

She has a very strong compassionate side and will do anything to help those in need. This charismatic, adventurous woman can do anything she puts her mind, heart and soul to.

Sierra graduated from the Mckay Institute of Massage Therapy in 2010. After College she followed along with her passion and starting treating clients out of her home. She loves to keep busy along with her career; she also works at two other jobs where there is never a dull moment.

With a very steady schedule Sierra will always take the time to put a smile on someone’s face. Sierra is also working on her personal training certificate to further her experience in the health field.

Sierra is extremely devoted to the healing and happiness of others through Massage Therapy. She aspires to become Miss Universe Canada to show teenagers the road to a healthy lifestyle inside and out.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sheri Cuillerier

Name: Sheri Cuillerier

Age: 20 | Height: 5’5″ | Cornwall, ON

Born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Sheri Cuillerier would describe herself as an optimistic and very outgoing woman who works hard in everything she does. She promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle by staying active.

She is a proud sponsor of a young girl living in El Salvador, and is looking forward to one day having the opportunity to go visit with her and her family. She has been a Jazz dancer for twelve years and has been an instructor for two of them.

She believes that in order to live a healthy lifestyle you must be able to love yourself. Her philosophy on life is to “Never live life with regrets.” In life there are curveballs, and the way they are perceived will stay with someone forever.

Whether a goal is accomplished or failed, knowing that a hundred and ten percent was giving, and the feeling of self-achievement is greater than any feeling possible; you will love yourself and everything around you.

Sheri has graduated from St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, with a Social Service Worker Diploma. She has worked in group homes for developmentally disabled, seniors, and psychiatric clients.All of these opportunities have built her to become the kind and loving person she is today.

She is currently working full time as a waitress at a local restaurant to save money to further her education and attend University. When she is not working she loves to spend her time with family and friends doing simple things like supper or movie nights. She also really enjoys, reading a great book, talking walks, fashion, beauty, writing, learning new things, and always embracing a new day.

Sheri feels fortunate to be given the opportunity to represent her community within Canada, and then the potential to represent Canada to the world. Being a part of ‘Miss Universe Canada’ to her is more than anything that has ever been offered to her. She hopes to be able to show all the young women just like herself that anything is possible, and self-confidence will get them there. She has met many people in her life that have made an impact on her. All she hopes to do is inspire future generations to strive for the most gratifying outcomes in life.

Sponsored by: Service Master, Phatty Kat’s, Lee Ladouceur Photography, Bridal Dreams, The Cotswold Studio, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English

Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sarah Gheisari

Name: Sarah Gheisari

Age: 20 | Height: 5’7″ | Richmond Hill, ON

Sarah’s the type of person that believes anything is possible once you put your mind to it. She is currently a 3rd year student at Ryerson University majoring in Psychology. When she’s not busy with her head in books, watch out for this sports crazy tomboy.

Her desire for sports led her to playing competitive soccer for over 10 years, as well as being highly involved in many other sports including volleyball, softball and fencing while growing up throughout her teenage years, rewarding her as female athlete of the year four years in a row.

She discovered her true passion not too long ago, for mixed martial arts which has affected her life positively in every aspect.

Sarah believes you should always try new things in order to truly discover who you are. Shoot for the sky and never look back down. She also believes living a healthy lifestyle will only give you that inner strength to push for more.

Moreover, Sarah hopes to one day open her own fitness and rehabilitation center. The opportunity to represent Canada in Miss Universe has allowed Sarah to get out of her comfort zone and experience life beyond its limits. At the same time, it’s allowing her to be a positive role model for young women of today.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English, Farsi and French



Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sadhna Yunus

Name: Sadhna Yunus

Age: 25 | Height: 5’7″ | Toronto, ON

Sadhna was born in Guyana and moved to Canada at the age of 17. At Toronto’s storied Winston Churchill Collegiate she was a member of the Honour Society and actively involved in school life.

She is also proud graduate of Toronto’s Centennial College Advance Diploma in Business Administration program.

Sadhna plans to continue her education leading to Teacher’s College, her career goal is to become an elementary school teacher where she can utilize her knowledge of business and society to benefit the community at its most impressionable stage – that is children in their early years.

In keeping with her commitment to children, she is a Salvation Army volunteer and contributes to SOS Children Villages.

Sadhna loves Toronto’s diverse culture, cosmopolitan society where she makes it her joy to interface with and learn about the many cultures of the world.

She believes that as we learn about others, we learn more about ourselves and think that people must take full responsibility for their decisions and actions.

Her best attributes are her outgoing personality, kindness, and passion for life. Her interests include: traveling, modeling, dancing, reading and spending time with loved ones. Her advice is to always value your individuality and to remain true to the qualities that make you who you are.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Sabrina Sixta

Name: Sabrina Sixta

Age: 18 | Height: 5’7″ | Ottawa, ON

Sabrina is an A+ student studying mathematics and economics. When she is not writing papers at home, practicing math problems at the library, or explaining to her friends the last question on the assignment, she is usually at the gym—with some slides to memorize in her hand.

However, Sabrina does do activities in her spare time, like dance classes or a judo wrestling match.

Sabrina likes to play rough, with emphasis on the play, but understands that when it comes down to school work or her volunteer activities, she gives her complete effort.

Sponsored by: Newsam Construction, Jack Sixta, Glenna Uline, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English and French


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Rana Khaled

Name: Rana Khaled

Age: 27 | Height: 5’7″ | Montreal, QC

Rana Khaled is a loving, down to earth individual of Syrian origin. Not only is she fearless and motivated, Rana is full of life and unstoppable when it comes to achieving her dreams.

Giving back to her community is important to her, which is why she has volunteered at many events and organized fundraising activities.

Being determined has helped her start, at her own cost, a web-based TV show supporting young entrepreneurs while bringing the Montreal community closer together. She respects each person’s dreams and encourages them to work hard to make them come true.

Working out, maintaining a healthy life style, and filling up her time with activities is very important for Rana. Currently, Rana works as a project manager for 3men@work Integrated Networks.

Sponsored by: http://www.3menatwork.com., Uniglobe Lexus travel – Uniglobe Voyages Lexus, Monkey Skull Arts Tattoo Studio, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

Arabic and English

Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Prabhjot Gill

Name: Prabhjot Gill

Age: 24 | Height: 5’6″ | Mackenzie, BC

Prabhjot is a firm believer that life is a gift which is meant to be savoured, whether its indulging her taste buds in her favourite food group, dessert, exploring trends in fashion while shopping on a Sunday afternoon with friends, or travelling the world.

This savvy and sophisticated 24 year old has many interests including keeping up with the latest trends in the automotive industry as she is a keen car enthusiast. She believes every moment, every experience is precious and in order for it to be as fulfilling as possible it is important to make the most out of every day.

Education has always been of high importance to Prabhjot and as a result of her hard work and determination she was bestowed the honour of being awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic medal.

Growing up Prabhjot’s parents were strong mentors and entrepreneurial influences and through their support and encouragement Prabhjot and her siblings went on to cofound a successful business, Craving Asian Foods, which encompasses their cultural roots. Prabhjot strives to translate her current and future business accomplishments into an opportunity to help those less fortunate.

She dreams of one day becoming a philanthropist, with a primary focus on educating children in 3rd world countries. Prabhjot looks upon an education as a virtue that manifests itself throughout each aspect of life and as an asset that will always remain with an individual regardless of their circumstances.

Prabhjot is a level-headed, yet impassioned young woman who is thrilled at the opportunity to represent her country as Miss Universe Canada.

Sponsored by: District Of Mackenzie, Craving Asian, Conifex, Dr. Espositio Vancouver Dentist, King Vision, Riversol, Peoples Drug Mart, Colleen Conroy Makeup, Super Photo Studios, Deo Studios, FloMotion Fitness + Yoga Studio, See prabhjotgill.com for a Full List of Sponsors, Family and Friends.


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Pablita Thomas

Name: Pablita Thomas

Age: 25 | Height: 5’9″ | Mississauga, ON

Pablita is an energetic and kind hearted young lady who has always seen the glass to be half full. Born in the French island of Guadeloupe, Pablita comes from a diverse family and is tri-lingual. She is able to communicate in French, Spanish and Creole.

Pablita plans to pressure her career in medical business and to complete a M.D program at a respectful institution. Pablita feels that a well-rounded and good spirited person should have good moral support, the opportunity to education and a drive to success.

She feels that her parents have provided her with all of these basic needs and is ready to show this on stage. Due to her overall charm and people personality, Pablita is a young lady of extreme kindness and a go getter.

She applies herself in all that she does and this will show in her overall actions. Once exposed to her it is easy to see why she is loved by many.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English, French, Spanish and Creole



Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSEMISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Olawumi Adeniyi

Name: Olawumi Adeniyi

Age: 23 | Height: 5’5″ | Calgary, AB

Olawumi Adeniyi was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta on June 19th, 1987. Her parents and three older siblings immigrated to the USA before settling in Calgary.

Olawumi is the only 1st generation Nigerian-Canadian in her immediate family. She is a 3rd year business student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources at Mount Royal University.

Olawumi has been involved with performing arts since the age of 4 when she began dancing in cultural shows with the Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary Children’s Dance group.

From there, she became involved in other dance styles such as Hip Hop and various Caribbean dance styles including Soca and Dancehall. I

n 2006, Olawumi became a member of Cstylz Dance Crew, a local group based in Calgary. With Cstylz, Olawumi travelled to Los Angeles to compete in the World Hip Hop Competition where they represented one of three Canadian dance groups and competed against groups from over 30 countries around the world.

Later that year, Olawumi created a cultural dance group called Amara Ijo. Her group has performed at many local events in Calgary including Afrikadey, Nigerian Independence & Gala Night, Black History Month Celebrations at the University of Calgary, as well as City TV’s Breakfast Television Show.

In addition to performing, Olawumi enjoys listening to music, cooking, reading, traveling, shopping, and playing sports. She was a member of various sports teams in Junior High & High school, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, track & field, wrestling and rugby. Her favourite foods are ice cream cake, seafood, and hot wings.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English and Yoruba


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Nicole Roy

Name: Nicole Roy

Age: 19 | Height: 5’5″ | Calgary, AB

Born in Vancouver B.C, Nicole Roy is a young woman who believes that living life to the fullest and taking on every given opportunity with a positive attitude and determination Is a key step to success. She has had the opportunity to live in many parts of Canada, including Toronto, Kelowna, Vancouver, and Calgary and is proud to call Canada her home.

She currently lives in Calgary Alberta and is a student at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology studying Business with a major in Management. She hopes to use her education to one day own her own business, or to be a public relations spokesperson for a large organization.

Nicole has always been an active member of the community in every city she has lived, and feels that embracing humanitarian characteristics can improve everyone on a personal level as well as help make positive change in the world.

She volunteers her time frequently for Organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society to help raise funds for Cancer research, as well as children’s summer camps where she learned the importance of being a role model for young children.

Nicole has always been a very active individual, taking part in many styles of dance, horseback riding, synchronized swimming, and receiving her bronze cross in life guarding. She has also taken multiple courses to improve her education in many fields, such as junior achievement courses and acting studies at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Nicole was the first place winner of the television commercial competition at Faces West 2009. For her this was a huge accomplishment as acting has always been her passion from a very young age. She believes that acting is a way for people to build on their character and learn more about themselves, as well as giving them the ability to have strong communication skills in there day to day life.

Nicole is an advocate for believing in yourself and never giving up on your goals and dreams. She hopes to inspire others to believe that anything is possible no matter how young or old you may be, age is nothing more than a number.

Nicole views her involvement in the Miss Universe Canada 2011 pageant as an opportunity to be a positive role model, and someone who everyone can be inspired by.

Sponsored by: Xtreme Photography, Glenmore Park Dental, Elite Hair, Family and Friends.

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Natalia Solis

Name: Natalia Solis

Age: 24 | Height: 5’8″ | Victoria, BC

Natalia Solis was born in Cancun, Mexico and is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women´s Studies and Spanish in addition to a minor in Business.

Natalia has a passion for travel and since graduating from university, has visited over 14 countries. She believes that by experiencing other cultures we allow ourselves to understand and embrace diversity. As a result, we are able to make the best decisions for the citizens of our multicultural nation.

A competitive figure skater for eight years, Natalia learned at an early age that it is hard work and dedication and not just talent alone that make an individual successful. She has enjoyed coaching young athletes in various sports and her goal is to begin an athletic scholarship in her hometown of Victoria which would provide financial aid to athletes who otherwise would not be able to afford their athletic pursuits. Natalia is also an avid writer and has just completed her first children´s book and hopes to have it published by the end of 2011.

Natalia is truly honored and thankful to be a part of Miss Universe Canada 2011 and wishes each delegate a lifetime of success in her future endeavors.

Sponsored by: Suits U, Who Dyd Your Hair, North of Naked Lipolaser Boutique, Ivan Bebek, Spencer Denton, Mixx Fitness Co, Cranberries Spa, Studeo 55, Hollywood Boutique, Noir Lash Lounge, Family and Friends.

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).

I speak both English and Spanish fluently.


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Nassima Erraki

Name: Nassima Erraki

Age: 21 | Height: 5’7″ | Montreal, QC

Nassima is currently completing her studies at Concordia University in Marketing. She completed her high school in three different cities, Montreal, New York and Louisville, Kentucky.

All this travelling at a young age develops her networking, charismatic, integration and tolerance for others. Nassima is known in her entourage to be a social butterfly, and always there for her friends and people in need.

Fashions take an enormous part in Nassima life, this business savvy individual plans on working in a well-known fashion industry to then open her own cocktail dress brand.

She has been brought up to several values, believing that every human have the same equal right, and should acknowledge their right of freedom without any prejudices on races, statues, gender, and religion.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

French, Arabic, English


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Michelle Manak

Name: Michelle Manak

Age: 20 | Height: 5’6″ | Surrey, BC

A proud Indo-Canadian, Michelle was born and raised in Surrey, BC, and is extremely outgoing, passionate, and determined.

By competing in Miss Universe Canada, she hopes to raise awareness, and educate people about the devastating effects of bullying.

She also hopes to start a program in schools across Canada, which would focus on empowering young girls and building their self-esteem.

This opportunity has also sparked an interest in fitness and nutrition, which Michelle hopes to maintain for life, and inspire others with.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

I speak English and Punjabi fluently. English was not my first language; I actually was more comfortable speaking Punjabi first, because my grandmother who only communicates with Punjabi, used to babysit me. I actually had to attend ESL classes until I was 9 years old.


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Michelle Kwan

Name: Michelle Kwan

Age: 24 | Height: 5’11″ | Thornhill, ON

Unique and diverse is the best way to describe Michelle. An artist by nature, she completed her BFA (Hon) in Visual Arts. Michelle is also passionate about healthy eating, pursuing her second degree in Nutrition at Ryerson University.

She aspires to become a successful Registered Dietitian, bridging her creativity with the nutrition and health promotion fields.

Michelle is also a dedicated leader and has extensive experience in leadership, operating through a ‘lead by example’ approach. She is a caring individual and believes in living life with integrity.

Michelle thrives on inspiring others to create positive change in their communities.

Sponsored by: Pilates Platz, Ryan Joelson – Fashion Designer, Dr. Jennifer Yu – Family Dental Care, Boudoir Momento Photography, Corvus Fashions by Natalia Cuervo, Michelle Im, Yvonne Lin, Denise Kwan – Illustration and Design, Cinder Elle, Jessica Nguyen – Hair Stylist, Olivia Image, Family and Friends.

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English, Cantonese


Special thanks and credits to www.beautiesofcanada.com

MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Michelle De Sousa

Name: Michelle De Sousa

Age: 26 | Height: 5’7″ | Mississauga, ON

Michelle is currently pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism at York University. Her drive and work ethic are key motivators that allow her to succeed in any venture she pursues.

Her extensive travels to various places around the globe have given her a better understanding of the many issues faced by our society.

Michelle believes that her voice will give her the power to draw much needed attention to these issues. She credits the close relationship she has with her family with helping her become the strong and independent woman she is today. Her philosophy of life is when you know better you do better. Knowledge is power.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

Fluent in Portuguese


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MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Mesha Toor

Name: Mesha Toor

Age: 27 | Height: 5’7″ | Vancouver, BC

Mesha was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and works as a professional actor, model, clothing designer and event organizer. She completed her Associates Degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising from the Art Institute of Vancouver. And later trained as an actor at Vancouver Film School.

Mesha is also actively involved in the community where she supports and lends her time for non-profit organizations and various charities such as Operation Rainbow Canada, Sikh Nation, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen and Red Cross Pakistan Flood Relief.

Mesha’s hobbies include: Acting, dancing, modeling, organizing events such as fashion shows, sewing, and traveling. Her friends would best describe her as someone who is strong, bold, passionate and genuine. Mesha’s strongest attributes are her drive, dedication and sensibility.

She leads an active and healthy lifestyle by practicing Bikrams Hot Yoga on a regular basis and believes in leading a life in a peaceful and optimistic manner. Her quote in life is: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”

Sponsored by:


Dr. Harry Dhanju, Iris Skincare, Isles of Mann, Bikram Yoga Surrey, Homelife Benchmark Titus Realty, Studio Orange Photography + Design, Films of Fire Productions, Crossover Bollywood Se, Survivor Bootcamp-Surrey, BC, House of Mish By Mesha Toor, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

Punjabi and Hindi.


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MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2011 CONTESTANT - Megan Stagg


Name: Megan Stagg

Age: 20 | Height: 5’5″ | Ottawa, ON

Megan Stagg was born in Ottawa, Ontario. A very upbeat, positive, and creative individual, Megan loves to spend time with her friends and family, as they are very important to her.

A student at Carleton University she is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology. In addition to her school workload she also works part-time as a server at both Lobby Nightclub and Moxies Classic Bar and Grill. Megan feels that exercise is a very important part of leading a healthy and well-balanced life.

Megan’s passion in life is performing and being able to express herself through acting, dancing and visual arts achieving a Dramatic Arts Certificate from Canterbury High School.

Megan is already pursuing a career in advertising, and after graduation, she plans to go to college for hands-on, practical experience in the field. A true dream would be to weave her passion for the arts and a creative flair for fashion into her advertising career, and at some point design fashion-wear for women.

Megan has always loved to travel and has been very fortunate since childhood that as a family they have traveled to several beautiful and fascinating places in the world. On her bucket-list is the hope that through her career and other opportunities she will be able to visit as many countries in the world as she can.

Megan aspires to win Miss Universe Canada 2011 and hopes to encourage other women to have the confidence in themselves to achieve anything they put their mind to. Her outlook is that life is beautiful and a gift to us, so we should not take anything for granted because it can be taken from us at any moment. It is our choice in how we live it.

Sponsored by: Vivianna Day Spa, Gord Weber Photography, Poised Boutique, Family and Friends

Languages spoken Fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language)

English


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The 61th Miss World Final will be held on 8th November 2011 in London.


The date and location for the 61st Miss World Final has been announced -- 8th November 2011, in London, England.



The first Miss World event was created by Eric Morley in 1951 as part of his promotion of the festival of Britain which took place in the South Bank of the River Thames. The Miss World is approaching its 60th birthday and wants to celebrate with a very special party by returning where it all began on the London's South Bank.

The special event will feature from winners from the past and present, and we will be re-living some of the special moments and the star names that have been a part of our 60 year history. Our celebration will take contestants across the United Kingdom in the runner-up to the final, to be held in London on Tuesday 8th November 2011.

Miss World 2010 - Promo 60 Seconds




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