Hello from Katherine, Miss Durham Region World 2017!

I am absolutely thrilled to be starting this blog and introducing myself to you as the newly (well…since January…I’m a bit late) crowned Miss Durham Region World 2017!

The first thing you should know is that although my name is Katherine, I will mostly be going by Katie.  I mean, I totally look more like a Katie, don’t you think?

Katie, Miss Durham Region World 2017

The Miss World Ontario pageant was actually my FIRST. PAGEANT. EVER. And let me tell you, it was the most exciting, terrifying, fun, nerve-racking experience of my life. A pageant is so more more than I had ever imagined. It’s a lot harder and a lot more work than I thought. But it’s also been A LOT of fun, and I met some AMAZING girls, and I honestly can’t wait to do it all again in July for Miss World Canada!

Miss World Ontario 2017

I was absolutely in awe when my name was announced on stage that night, and I found out I had won a title and would be competing for the national title. At first I didn’t believe it! A shy girl from Oshawa, now on her way to compete for the unbelievable opportunity to represent ALL of Canada?! *explosion* MIND. BLOWN.

It’s an absolute honor to have been chosen to represent the Durham Region and all of its diversity and vibrancy that is so often overlooked.

I can’t wait to tell you more about myself and my pageant journey! Leave a comment and tell me about yourself! You can find out a bit more about me below 🙂

With love

Katie, Miss Durham Region World 2017


About Me!


I spent the last 4 years of my life studying Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology #shoutout and graduated with my BHSc with Highest Distinction last Thursday!

Celebrating after convocation

This face just graduated!

I will be going back in September to embark on the new journey I hope my Master’s will bring! My ultimate goal is to go to Medical school and study to become a pediatrician! I have always loved working with children and youth, and as you’ll soon discover, I have a vested interest in ensuring good health for everyone, starting from birth.

Hobbies, Interests, and Talents

I like to think I am very versatile in terms of what I like to do and try. I always want to try new things, and am usually pretty quick to catch on. Because of that, I have a really varied set of skills and interests such as…

  • Singing/ Karaoke/ embarrassing my family at the grocery store
  • Dancing/ dancing badly on purpose/ see above
  • Baking, especially cookies, but recently cakes. All from scratch. No cheating!

    Flowers blooming on a tree at Le Nordik Spa in Quebec

  • Photography/ seeing the world in the best light, but not being able to capture it
  • Soccer/ getting in people’s way (I play defense!)
  • Volunteering (I don’t know if this counts as a hobby, but I do it a lot and enjoy it!)
  • Making random crafts/drawings
  • Puzzles/ Puzzle games
  • Learning/ Researching science-y things!

And some very random talents such as…

  • I can lick my elbow. But only the right one. That left one always eludes me…
  • Making bad jokes/puns. But I mean really, the worse they are, the funnier it is!

    Guitar/ Singing practice

  • Playing guitar + singing. Strummed, not stirred.
  • Figuring things out after already doing them the hard way… (e.g. I entered the codes to change font colours and then found the toolbar button…)
  • Juggling! But only 2…more than that, you must be a wizard or something
  • The Human Doughnut. My term for being able to roll myself into a ball…it looks weird. You don’t want to see it. Trust me.
  • I can burp the alphabet. I don’t. But I can.

Fun Facts! …Besides random talents

  • I was on a rowing team once! I was the coxie…yelling at people is not my thing
  • I have 3 siblings: 2 biological (older brother, younger sister) and 1 adopted (older brother)
  • My favourite colour is blue (not that blue, but close!)
  • I LOVE to travel! I mean, who doesn’t?
  • I’m really into sci-fi!
  • I’ve never blogged before! Thank you for being my guinea pigs! 😉
Written by: Katie

10 Responses to Hello from Katherine, Miss Durham Region World 2017!

  1. Your dad says:

    You forgot to mention that the human donut trick ends with you lying on you tummy and your ankles on your ears lol.

    • Katie says:

      LOL it’s been a long time since I didn’t just roll right out of it. I can’t breathe when I stay there with my feet on my ears!

  2. S. C. says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey!

  3. Sherri Whitworth says:

    What a beautiful soul you are Katie! Beautiful inside out. You are an amazing role model for our daughters to look up too. You have made all of Durham proud. Good luck!! I am following your every moment (not the stalking kind)! I also have the extraordinary experience to know of the selfless things you do.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Sherri, thank you so much for your kind words and support! <3 I can't express enough how much your comment means to me. Lol thank you for following my journey in a non-creepy way 😉

  4. Ashley Santilli says:

    Hey Katie I am so proud of you. I have known you long enough to know that you will be amazing in whatever you choose to do in life.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Ashley, thank you so much! I hope I make all of Durham Region proud at nationals, and I hope even more for the opportunity to make Canada proud!

  5. Lynda Allison says:

    Thanks for sharing you with us, Katie. You are a delight!

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