My name is Karina and I am currently the winner of the Miss World Canada Provincial Competition title, Miss Eastern Ontario World. I am competing in July of 2017 against 50+ women from all across Canada for the National title of Miss World Canada in Toronto, Ontario!
I am currently a Firefighter for the City of Ottawa and I want to be involved in my community in every way possible. I am competing in the Miss World Canada competition to bring awareness about addiction, raise money for local charities, and to be a role model for young women in my community.
The recent fentanyl crisis in Canada has been devastating and it has swept across our nation taking the lives of innocent young people. As a firefighter, this has been a relevant issue that I have been exposed to in my everyday life. My platform for the Miss World Canada competition is to help teenage students in Canada who suffer from addiction issues, whether it be drugs or alcohol abuse. The platform is close to my heart, and I want to help students in high school and middle school who are suffering in Canada. This would entail travelling across the country to speak to young adults in school about addiction, educate people on the disease, and explain treatment options available for everyone.
At the end of the day, I want to show young women in my community that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, like becoming a firefighter or even the next Miss World Canada. I entered the Miss World Canada competition after I was asked by a woman in my city if I would rather be a model or a firefighter while I was on duty in my uniform. I want to show young women and girls across Canada that, “YOU can do both, and you CAN do it all”. As long as you follow your dreams you will always remain true to yourself, and you will never look back! Thank you for your support, and God bless.