Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this journey with all of you. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before we go on this journey together. I was born and raised in Alberta. At the age of 2 and a half, I fell in love with dance. I was classically trained with the School of Alberta Ballet throughout my school years. Dancing at The School of Alberta Ballet allowed me the wonderful opportunity to teach preschool ballet classes.  

At the age of nine, I started volunteering with the Kidney Foundation, my little cousin has a rare type of Kidney Disease. She is the closest thing I have to a little sister, I wanted to help her in any way I could. That year I held my first fundraisers, selling bracelets at the front of a Safeway and holding bake sales at my school. I raised over $3,000.  Since that year, I have been involved in multiple fund-raising events for the Kidney Foundation and other wonderful charities. 

When I was Fifteen, I competed in my first pageant. I saw pageants as a great platform to raise more awareness for Kidney Disease and hopefully make a difference. I was also very shy; pageants are what helped me gain confidence and break out of my shell. Being involved in the pageant world has given me countless life and growth experiences.

Currently I am in my second year of university at the University of Calgary. I am studying to become a Human Rights Lawyer. Since I was little, I have always felt driven to help others and make a positive impact on their lives. One of the sayings I live by is; People will not remember how you look in 10 years, but they will always remember how you made them feel. I am also blessed to be able to teach Modelling and Acting classes to teenagers and children. In these classes, I teach my students about the industry as well as building confidence, public speaking skills and several other skills sets that they will carry throughout all aspects of their lives. These classes are about empowering young people.  

When I am not studying or working, I love to spend my free time volunteering. I hold three charities close to my heart, Youthlink, PALs and the Kidney Foundation. Youthlink, is a City of Calgary Police Services program designed to prevent Calgary’s youth from falling through the cracks of social influences and pressures in society. PALs is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of individuals through pet therapy. Currently Izzy my first dog is a PALs dog, while my second dog Choco is still in training. Last but certainly not least the Kidney Foundation, I have created kidney bean shaped stuffed animals for children battling kidney disease. The smiling faces on the beans are meant to give the children comfort and let them know they always have a friend by their side while receiving IVs or treatments.  I was lucky enough to be invited by the Kidney Foundation of Canada to visit their Sick Kids Camp and handout the beans to the children fighting their battles. It brought me so much joy to see the smiles on their faces; it was such a rewarding experience.

I am so blessed and honored to be able to be a part of this incredible opportunity. The Miss World Canada’s official charity is the Children’s Wish Foundation. I want to be able to help children on an even larger scale, competing for Miss World Canada will give me the chance to do this on a National level. I am excited to meet all the incredible women competing this year and make some lifelong friends. 

Thank you for taking this time to get to me a little better. Talk soon! 

Love, Ciara  

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