I’ve always loved the destination, but I think that the journey can be just as wonderful!

The journey allows you to experience all sorts of things. You can see some amazing views, make some memories, but develop yourself on the way. From what I’ve experienced, I always change and become a better version of myself when preparing for something such as Miss World Canada!

During the few months that I had to prepare for Miss World Canada, I have seen myself realize who I truly am. I’ve gotten to see myself grow. Now that the week of Miss World Canada is finally here, I am happy with the progress that I have made in my pageant journey. I started as a shy girl who wasn’t sure how to be present on the stage, but now I have this amazing confidence that I never thought I’d have. I can’t wait to get on the MWC stage and shine!

I’ve also developed myself just simply through my journey of life. I’ve become a more mature woman, I’ve learned responsibility, have developed my faith, but just became me. I’ve recently gotten a puppy and have had to learn responsibility by taking care of him on my own. I am really missing him so far and the week hasn’t even started! He is definitely routing for his mama!

(My puppy, Doug)

I am really proud of who I am today. No matter what happens at the end of Miss World Canada, I know that I will still be extremely proud of myself! The week is here and I am ready to shine! Get ready Miss World Canada, here I come!

Sincerely,

Hannah Dugas

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On July 13th, I hosted an event to raise funds for Children’s Wish Foundation, Miss World Canada’s official charity. I wanted to do an event that would bring my community together while raising donations for a good cause.

All of the sponsors and organizers are volunteers who have donated their time, services and efforts to support such a wonderful cause. A big round of applause and gratitude.  I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The event is photographed by Eeshmam Munir.

Here some of our highlights!

Rumi’s Catering happily, hopped on board with delicious, high-end treats and deserts.

There’s nothing like food to get people together!

Our wonderful dancers from St Clair Dance Collective rocked the dancefloor.

St. Clair Dance Collective performing a hip-hop routine to Bruno Mars.

Krystal and Ken Biehler, the organizers of Hamilton Fashion Week, delighted us with their new collection: “Eleanor Geraldine”.

DJ Henergy to get the beat going.

DJ Henergy teaching the next generation. The girls DJ’ed for us for a while and did an amazing job!

Rosé Toronto

Rosé Toronto provided organic facial oil for all of the guests in attendance.

Raffle Gifts

Pulling out raffle numbers!

Thank you to:
– Euclid Farms for the flowers gift card
– Hamilton Fashion Week for tickets to Hamilton Fashion Week
– SB Interior Design for a consultation

Last but not least, thank you to volunteers Anannya, Domina, Fabio, and Jeff.

Volunteers Anannya and Dom.
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Hello all!

I had such an incredible time this past Friday morning at my fundraiser! I was happily stationed in front of one of my favourite cafes, Supercoffee! The owner Cassandra and her staff were so kind and welcoming to me!

It was an early, rough,and humid morning for me but once I sat down at my little table, with my blue Children’s Wish Foundation poster, everything turned around. I did sweat off the majority of my make-up but the kind donors didn’t seem to mind much.

 I received so much generosity and positive wishes! Obviously, not everyone was able to give but everyone released to smile, wave and a good morning. Some stopped to have conversations with me about their experience with friends/family who suffered from terrible illnesses or their personal stories.

 It was such a warming feeling to share that moment with the people from the city that I am representing at The Miss World Canada 2019 Pageant.  I probably would’ve stayed out there all day, if the thunderstorm wasn’t going to literally rain on my parade! We raised a total of $203 that day! It was such a pleasure! 

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

My name is Hannah Dugas and I come from a small community called Black-River Matheson. Though I come from a small community, I have accomplished big things and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I want to start with who I am. I’m 18 years old, which means I am still so young and have a lot to experience! I just recently graduated high school this past June and that was such a bittersweet moment. I loved every part of high school and didn’t want to leave, but I knew that there was so much waiting for me.

(Grade 12 Graduation Photo)

I always devoted myself to school. I worked hard and always strived to get good grades, but I also was involved. I am a strong believer of being involved and how it changes your whole highschool experience. I was involved all over the board. I curled competitively, I was in spirit competitions, student council, I was a Link Leader for two years and I was also involved in drama. I was a part of my school’s Knights in Lights drama team and it was my favorite activity. We competed in district and regional levels at the Sear’s/National Theatre School Drama Festival and always brought home all sorts of awards. The best part of it was the family that we became. I will always hold a special place in my heart for my Knights in Lights.

Right now, my heart is set on pageants and has been for the past year or so. I am taking a gap year from school and have decided that for this next year, I would focus on better myself and gaining new experiences. I have also chosen to focus on pageants for a little bit! My pageant journey has been going on for quite a while now. I competed in my first pageant in 2017, which was the Black River-Matheson Fall Fair Queen Pageant. I went on to win that pageant the next year which was so incredible to win because I was able to go on and represent my home town!

(Black River-Matheson Fall Fair Queen 2018)

After the BRM pageant, I decided that I’d like to keep going on my pageant journey. My next pageant was Miss North Ontario in Sudbury, ON. At that pageant, I was given more self-confidence, but also the opportunity to compete at Miss World Canada! I couldn’t believe that I had this chance and I was ecstatic. I also participated in the Miss Teen Ontario North pageant and won Miss Photogenic which was also amazing!

(Miss Teen Ontario North pageant)

So far, pageants have had such an incredibly positive influence on my life. I am so excited for Miss World Canada 2019 to begin and am so excited for this experience. I have so much more to share, but I also have more blogs to write.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you’ve learned a thing or two about me!

Sincerely,

Me!

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Fun Fact: @katiezeppieri not only is a trailblazer, but she also competed to become Miss World Canada in 2013 and has been great inspiration for me 👑

Pleased to make my ‘debut’ with this #GEM 💎 @katiezeppieri at the final @girlsementorship #GEMinar, a mentorship program designed to support and provide tangible skills and lessons to high school girls as they embark on chasing their dreams. Throughout the year we disuss all sorts of barriers we all face and how to #persevere to reach our goals – these #GEMinars will leave you inspired and empowered to be #real, #vulnerableand remember that #sisterhood is important 🙌🏾 It’s been humbling to have been the youngest mentor amongst many established and career/impact driven women.


Largest Girl Empowerment event in Canada!


Special shoutout to my fellow ‘Indo-Canadian’ health and wellness coach! @SoniaJhas – her content is always relatable!

Great day at the largest girl empowerment event of the year! Girl Talk Empowerment engages with the youth to encourage a change in dialogue from negative comparison and gossip 🙅🏽‍♀️ …to supporting each other’s strengths and creating more comradery amongst teen girls ✌🏽

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World Vision Canada Head Quarters

I’ve always viewed pageants to be a place where beautiful, intelligent, and multifaceted women would challenge themselves to achieve their dreams. Personally, having “beauty with a purpose” is everything I stand for, and this would be a fantastic platform to continue to pursue my philanthropic efforts and have greater reach amongst the nation.

In many ways, competing for Miss World Canada has been on my agenda and radar for years. I knew that when the time was right, I would step on stage knowing that I’m bringing value and substance to a title that can elevate my career, ambitions, and philanthropic efforts to another level. I’ve already set up my path to take the title and ensure the Miss World Canada organization and myself receive positive publicity. I plan to utilize my public relations background, and partnership with World Vision Canada to align these two ‘global’ organizations to make a real impact amongst the world.


Some highlights from my Journey with World Vision!

#DorkAlert! When World Vision gets into some Mall action – sign me up 🙋🏽! #BestOfBothWorlds.

I sponsored my own child on one fateful day while doing some much needed retail therapy at the time, picture a happy and accomplished shopaholic with goodies in both hands and then coming across a booth (not too different from this one) and suddenly being brought back to the reality that this World Needs Help, at the very least one child at a time. I left feeling so much more content with signing up than I ever would have with the brand new pair of (obviously fabulous) shoes. The updates and progress reports fill me with joy each and every time they come in the mail – my little dude in Bangladesh is clearly growing into a taller, healthier, much more radiant little boy. They told me I was the one bringing the blessing to him, but it’s just, in fact, the opposite, he is my blessing.

Now here I am, given the same opportunity to continue to pass on that feeling over and over again… one child sponsorship at a time. Sponsor a child now  “Love is not only something you feel, it’s something you do.”

#Global6KForWater

Six kilometres is the average distance a child in the developing world has to walk to get access to what may or may not be clean water. Together our goal is to shorten this distance and ensure everyone can have access to the CLEAN safe drinking water they desperately need💧 #WorldVision #Ambassador

Working with the Christian Blind Mission

I had the most uplifting experience while working alongside the CBM Healing Hugs Campaign. Felt like I was in the right place at the right time, where I was able to cross paths with Karmapa Lama and his holy entourage. They approached the booth with a calm, radiant, and very present aura – as excited as I was to introduce our cause to these beautiful monks… I had no idea who they were, but it was clear that they were important considering the army of well-dressed security guards accompanying them haha.
His Holiness is considered to be the Buddha of compassion and is seen and worshipped to be a living God at his 17th cycle of reincarnation.
It was an honour to have been able to witness his effortlessly compassionate nature as he partnered up with a child with such ease. Safe to say I had a very Buddhaful day 🙏🏾🙌🏾

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‘Twas the night before pageant week and all through my apartment, every suitcase was packed in every compartment.

I cannot believe that tomorrow morning I will be on the train to Toronto to compete at the Miss World Canada national competition. It seems like just yesterday but I cannot believe that last year I was competing at nationals I having the most amazing time. I cannot wait to compete again this year, meet all the other contestants, and have a fantastic week filled with extraordinary experiences.

The past few months as we were in the final push toward pageant week I have been extremely focused with my physical and mental preparation. I am ready to bring everything I have to the competition to hopefully win the title of Miss World Canada and represent my beloved country on the international stage at Miss World later this year.

Wish me luck!

-Erin

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An exciting moment in time – Miss World Canada, Ontario Qualifier.
Miss Peel Region

In many ancient societies, Pearls symbolized the moon and were imbued with magical properties. Pearls have been called the ‘teardrops of the moon’. Some people believe that Pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven. Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Pearl – Yes, just like the Gem. I consider myself to be a spiritual being with a higher purpose to serve others.

Becoming a humanitarian was natural for me, as I was taught compassion and empathy from a young age. As I pursue my degree in Public Relations, I work part-time as a Marketing Specialist at World Vision Canada, and volunteer as World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Ambassador. I advocate for children in third world nations to receive basic needs to overcome poverty and injustice. This has been a brought me great satisfaction, and I’m honoured to say that Meghan Markle – the Dutchess/Princess herself, was also a World Vision Ambassador! I’ve also promoted for Plan international, and the Christian Blind Mission in the past. I’ve been able to sponsor over 150 children and continue to strive to change more lives in the process.

I’m a fitness fanatic and enjoy yoga, weight-lifting and overall staying active. Last summer, I was able to pursue a dream of mine and became a certified yoga teacher at one of the most world-renowned yoga teacher training in the world, Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas. The experience shaped me into a better person, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing yoga with others, so that they too can experience a mind, body, spirit connection.

Being Miss Peel Region has been a joy, and I look forward to all the impactful opportunities that will follow as Miss World Canada!

Follow me! Instagram: @pearlykaur Twitter: @pearlgillxo

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise” 🙏🏽

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Bonjour. Servus. Hi.

July 1st, 2018.  Everybody is celebrating Canada Day while I am getting ready to leave the country on this most exciting adventure.  Rudersdorf in Austria was going to be my home for almost a month. OMG I was soooo looking forward to it and it was all I was hoping it would be.

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This will be the first time I leave the country and I will be alone! Some call me brave, courageous, fearless, daring but I didn’t see it that way. For me, it would be like a normal trip just a bit further than usual. My family and I had taken several trips in Canada, how much more different could it be? Well, the time zone in Austria is 6 hours ahead, I don’t know many words in German and they barely speak English, my host family follow a vegan diet and I love meat. For some people those could be things that worry them but to me those are the things that made my trip so much better! I have no idea what to expect when I get there.

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The countdown is on.  I will be boarding the plane in less than 12 hours.  As excited as I am, my mom is a real mess.  She is seriously wondering why she agreed to let me go so far away without her.  All I can tell her is that everything is going to be alright.

Thanks to technology, we had virtually met my Austrian family during Facetime sessions.  I just knew that my time with them would be filled my incredible memories.  Danke Stangl Family for being such amazing hosts.

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Austria is a beautiful European country with breathtaking landscape, great people and very good food! 😉 

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Since I am a very open-minded young woman, I loved learning about their culture, visiting new places, trying new food and meeting new people that will be forever friends. But what I loved the most was changing my lifestyle for a month!

My stay in Austria went by really fast.  At the end of July, it was time to return home with my Austrian-sister, Tatjana.  It was my pleasure to make her discover what Ontario and Canada had to offer.  We spent time in Northern Ontario, we visited Toronto and Niagara Falls as well as the Capital Region.  This special tour was also an eye-opening adventure for me as I got to re-discover the beauty and wealth of beautiful Ontario.

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I will forever be grateful to the Rotary Club for making this opportunity a reality that will remain very close to my heart.  Austria, I will see you again.  Now, on to the next adventure!

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Hello! I am your Miss Toronto District World 2019, Laetitia. I had the pleasure of participating the Walk for Epilepsy organized by Epilepsy Toronto and I would love to tell you more about it!

From Epilepsy Toronto’s website.

For two years in university, I organized Purple Day for my university campus in partnership with Epilepsy Toronto. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is a day to raise awareness about epilepsy. Epilepsy Toronto is an amazing organization to partner with because of their commitment, creativity, and passion for the cause.

The first year, my team was small but the next year, I had 40 volunteers preparing for this important event. During Purple Day, we created different carnival booths with games to give information about Epilepsy. We even held a Seizure First Aid training from Epilepsy Toronto. We had over a 100 people in attendance for this workshop. The surprising part of the training was that, a week later, a student contacted me to say that she had used her Seizure First Aid training while out with her family. Someone at the restaurant she was eating had a seizure and she was the only one present who knew what to do. I am so grateful for my partnership with Epilepsy Toronto because she was able to provide support and guide others during this difficult time.

I loved the resounding theme of “See the person” at this year’s March. Hundreds came to walk the 5km to-from Trinity Square in support for the cause. We saw musical performances, danced around to bands, marvelled at stilt walkers, and raised over raised $117,000! It was an amazing day.

I made a new friend! She was super shy at first, but with loving encouragement from her family, we became good friends.
Inseparable for the Walk.

To my surprise, I ran into Leah from Epilepsy Toronto who I had partnered with previously during my university years. We recognized each other instantly even though it had been so many years. It was lovely catching up.

Leah used to be our Epilepsy Toronto contact when I used to organize Purple Day in university!


Overall, it was an amazing day. I am so happy to have been able to help such an amazing cause and organization. I can not wait to help with Epilepsy Toronto’s Buskerfest this year!

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