My name is Melissa Felian and I am your Miss Ottawa 2019! I work as a Senior Commerce Officer for the Government of Canada during the day… but at night, you will find me in full-on pageant prep mode.

I chose to participate in the Miss World Canada pageant as a way to give back to the community. Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” For me, serving my country through my work and through giving back has been one of my greatest joys.  

I am most excited to unveil the details of my “beauty with a purpose” platform at the Miss Canada pageant, which will largely be about empowering diverse and under-represented groups. As a person of mixed origin (Guyanese, Hungarian and French Canadian decent), I have always believed that diversity in people, attitudes and beliefs is what makes our world an exciting and beautiful place.

Being in the Miss World Canada beauty pageant has also encouraged me to improve my outer self. While fitness and fashion has been a long-time hobby of mine, I have been taking it to the next level by upping my fitness game and improving my beauty regime. I can’t wait to share some of my secrets.

I am excited to take you all on this journey to the Miss World Canada stage with me

With love,

Melissa

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