My name is Mehrnaz Ghashghaei and I am Miss South Toronto World 2018. I was born and raised in Iran where I lived with my family. While in Iran, I got my Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. I decided to move to Canada in 2013 when I received a full scholarship to study for a Master’s of Computer Science at University of New Brunswick. This is when my new independent life journey started.
Immigrating to Canada by myself was an amazing but at times difficult experience. I’m really happy I made that decision, because the difficulties helped me become the strong and independent woman I am today. I compromised not having family support around by making lots of amazing new friends and being very active in my school. I used to work in Campus Security to help ensuring safety of women on campus, mentor other students, and organize social events on campus. When I graduated from UNB, I moved to Toronto and started a career in technology. I am currently a Software Engineer at TWG, a software consulting company.
Outside of work and school I am a lifelong animal lover, with my 8-month-old Shih Tzu rescue puppy being the center of my world. I love nature and I spend my summers backcountry camping in Algonquin, participating in day long hikes, kayaking in Lake Ontario, and spending some quiet time on the beach with my friends. I love cooking and I am constantly trying new recipes and mastering traditional Persian dishes. Most importantly I am a family person and despite the distance, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family back in Iran.