These are the most recent Miss Teenage Canada winners
Miss Teenage Canada 2012: Megha Sandhu
Montreal native, Megha Sandhu, just recently finished her first year in Health Sciences at Marianopolis College. A real science buff, Megha is always on the lookout for new learning opportunities to better understand the world around her. In high school she participated in Science Fair where she researched the production of biomethane via NCC waste and anaerobic bacteria-earning her gold medal and the McGill University Department of Chemical Engineering Award. In 2011, she worked alongside her mentor at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University, where she observed the results of an experiment on asthma, earning her a silver medal at her school’s Science Fair. And there’s more! Enthusiastic about the performing arts, she models, acts and does Indian classical dancing, Bharat Natyam. Passionate for sports, Megha has played on six inter-scholastic teams including; soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, flag-football and the Halo road race. When not studying, you can find her taking her dog out on long walks in provincial parks and hiking. She also loves traveling; in fact, her favourite place in the world is Versailles, France as she is intrigued by Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution. Megha has also dedicated her time to various volunteering opportunities and it is her heartfelt desire to promote awareness for special needs children in school environments.
Lauren Howe is an outgoing, eighteen year old from Toronto who is currently a first year University student pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree. She graduated from high school with 95% average and along with her diploma she received a UCAPE diploma, Global Leadership Diploma and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. She is bilingual in French and English and is currently trying to expand her current knowledge of Mandarin. She is a member of the DECA U committee (geared towards business studies) and the Engineers Without Borders team at University. In her spare time, she loves to act, run, kick box and play for the Varsity Field Hockey team at University.
Passionate about volunteerism, she has previously been actively involved in volunteering with adults and children with Intellectual Disabilities as well as events to support various organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Free The Children and Dignitas International. She was also a part of the team called “Help Haiti” who raised funds for Earthquake relief in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake. In November of the same year, she won the Title of Miss Teenage Ontario where she chose a platform to help reduce hunger and homelessness in local communities through the reuse of perfectly good food that is typically thrown in the garbage.
Lauren is extremely passionate about traveling, especially when it comes to visiting unique places of the world and the discovering the extreme diversity between lifestyles. This led her to become involved with International Service Projects. She has traveled to Peru where she helped re-build a fallen community building as a result of the aftermath of a devastating Earthquake. She has also been to Ghana to help build a high school and teach English to children. This summer, she will be traveling to Kenya for another project.
In July of 2011, she won the title of Miss Teenage Canada. She then represented Canada at the Teen World Competition where she placed fourth runner up and won the Congeniality Award. With her current title as Miss Teenage Canada, she wants to relay the message to kids that they should never be afraid to follow their dreams, no matter how far away they may seem. Following this, she also strongly advocates the importance of always pursuing a post-secondary education.
Channing is an 18 year old, 5’ 9” brown eyed, brunette from Brandon Manitoba. Channing has always had a passion for the preforming arts, especially ballet; naturally pageants were an excellent fit for this stage friendly girl. Although Channing is an enthusiastic performer, she does not dismiss academics. Channing achieved academic honours throughout her years in high school and will be attending Brandon University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree.After being crowned Miss Teenage Canada, Channing received numerous prizes and incredible experiences, such as: professional photo shoots; various travel opportunities; and interviews with Breakfast Television, E-Talk, and Entertainment Tonight Canada. She also was often featured in Newspaper articles in her home community. During her reign she was given the opportunity of representing Canada in the Miss Teen World Competition in Houston Texas. She made Canada proud by placing 1st Runner-up and winning the Most Photogenic Award. Channing had the privilege of supporting local charities in her own community and working directly with the Canadian Organization Free the Children. She made appearances and volunteered at National events such as WE-Day, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba’s Teddy Bear Picnic, Relay for life and traveled across Canada as a role model, inspiring and encouraging teens to reach for their dreams at the Provincial competitions.One of her most memorable experiences was traveling to Kenya Africa with the Free the Children Organization, where she got to see firsthand how this charity changes the lives of Kenyans. This truly changed her life for the better, and opened her eyes to the importance of education. This journey only inspired Channing more to become the teacher she has always aspired to be. She is proud to say that she has teamed up with other ME to WE sponsors to help send a young girl to secondary school.Channing will be representing Canada in future National Pageants. In October 2011 Channing competed at the Miss Teenager Universe pageant in Guatemala and was named Miss Teenager 2011. Channing looks forward to seeing what the future has to offer and hopes to achieve a career in modeling /acting. Her year as a title holder has certainly been an exciting and adventurous one.
Miss Teenage Canada 2009: Siera Bearchell
At sixteen years old, Siera is a gifted dancer, a skilled golfer and an inspiration to people of all ages. Dancing for over thirteen years, Siera received numerous awards and scholarships and is an undefeated city champ golfer for two years in a row. While playing a role in her high school production, Siera choreographed many dance numbers with great leadership. With the tragic loss of her home and belongings in February 2009, she wants to help people who have faced similar situations and is already working with the Red Cross to make that dream happen. While attending A.E Peacock Collegiate, she holds high academic standards, is in grade ten and always strives for the best. Even with a busy lifestyle, Siera is a successful young woman and dreams of a big future.
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Miss Teenage Canada 2008: Katie Starke
HOMETOWN: UXBRIDGE Took home the title at age 18Katie was born Canada Day and has lived in Uxbridge, Ontario her whole life. She is currently in her 2nd year at York University where she is on a full academic and athletic scholarship. Once Katie graduates with her undergraduate degree in business she plans to continue her education further and complete her Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Successful businesswomen like Susan Arnold have inspired Katie to value education and set high goals for her future. On top of education Katie also values her family. She is the oldest of 4 siblings and believes that being the eldest has truly taught her the meaning of being a role model. Each day Katie strives to lead by example by being a strong, independent and hard working woman. She feels very proud and fortunate to live in a country where women are valued and given equal opportunities to pursue their dreams. Katie believes today’s women can be anything they want to be. Katie’s favourite activities include playing hockey, which she has played since she was eight years old. Her hard work and practice over the years has earned her an athletic scholarship at York University to play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team. She also enjoys: yoga, hiking, running, biking and swimming. Being active and physically fit is an important aspect of each and every day. In the near future, Katie plans to run a marathon. Other interests include charity work. In particular, Katie enjoys supporting causes that directly affect women such as women’s cancers and women’s shelters. Recently she competed in the Miss Universe Canada pageant and placed 6th overall and was selected to compete in the Miss Model International Pageant in St Martin.
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