Hello everyone! My name is Laura Pastor and I am your reigning Miss Toronto World 2020. Having been born and raised in Toronto, I am both honoured and proud to be representing such an amazing Canadian city. I am extremely excited to immerse myself into a whole new experience, and to meet all of the wonderful and strong ladies competing in this years Miss World Canada. I am looking forward to reuniting with all of of the girls I had the privilege of meeting at Miss Ontario World back in February.
Ok so, a little bit about myself…starting from the beginning! For as long as I can remember, Irish Dancing was a large portion of my life. My Grandma owned a dance school based in the GTA, The Grant School of Irish Dance, so herself, my 3x World Champion uncle and my mom put Irish dance shoes on me as soon as I could walk (my first dance competition I was still in diapers!). Little did I know then, how much Irish Dancing would shape me into the person that I am today.
I spent 7 days a week and a minimum of 3 hours a day in the studio- it was where I was able to spend time with both my family, and my friends that I now call family. Over the seemingly short 18 years of competitive Irish Dance, I was able to achieve a North American Champion title, 6x Canadian Champion title, place top 20 at the World Championships and compete in a number of other competitions in England, Ireland and Scotland. It was always so nice being able to fly overseas since a lot of my grandparents relatives still lived there (I very vividly remember eating and loving all of their homemade goodies!). Although Irish Dance WAS my life, I still managed to join the competitive cross country team at my high school and train 4 days a week to be able to compete in OFSAA each year.
Some might (and by some, I mean all of my friends and family) say I’m a little bit of a nerd- I always took school very seriously. Many times I found myself doing homework in the car rides to the dance studio, or sneaking the work into the washroom with me when we would have a break during dance class. The work ethic and determination that both dancing and running taught me has ultimately lead me to where I am today!
So, where am I today? I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Kinesiology and Physical Education. I minored in both Biology and Chemistry graduating with a 4.0. I always say that attending Laurier were some of the best years of my life (although there have only been 24 of them!). After graduating, I moved Downtown Toronto, starting a whole new chapter of my life. I got a full time job at the MOST amazing company, and have been making the most of living in such an awesome city ever since. I even took up running again and since I’ve moved I have competed in 4 half marathons!
Since moving downtown, it really opened up my eyes to quite honestly, many things. One that was glaringly unavoidable, was the homeless community living on the Toronto streets. Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to do more and be more involved in helping out our needy population. So when I moved downtown, I though I would start by making sandwiches and handing them out on my walk to work.. but it certainly didn’t feel like enough! As a city and country I think there is a lot more we can all be doing to help those most in need and it starts with awareness and education. I truly think that a little extra thoughtfulness and kindness as both an individual and a community, can go a very very long way!
On that note, I shall wrap it up and say thank you for taking the time to read a little bit more about me. I am grateful for the road that brought me here and am SO excited for this journey and the opportunities that lie ahead.
More to come!