Age: 22 | Height: 5’8″
Hometown: Tecumseh, ON
Emily Bondy was born and raised in the small town of Tecumseh, Ontario. She is a bubbly and optimistic young lady who loves to take advantage of all the potential each day offers.
She is currently concluding a four year Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and aspires to later become a Nurse Practitioner. She hopes to focus her nursing career on a population she is very passionate about, youth.
Her clinical experience so far has allowed her to participate in health promotion practices for the teen population. She has worked in a youth centre and teen health clinic, where she explored health issues that were pertinent to this vulnerable population.
She especially targeted the issue of mental wellness. She knows that mental health disorders are becoming more prevalent in young adults, and therefore it has been her goal to teach prevention strategies to aid youth in coping with stressors more effectively.
Besides her clinical practice, Emily also focuses her volunteer experience to young adolescents. She is an assistant director of her hometown’s local pageant, and is a part of a youth leadership charity organization.
Volunteering is a part of Emily’s everyday life. She feels that the selfless act of aiding others is the most rewarding undertaking a person can perform.
Another great way she enriches her human spirit is through her interactions with others. In her daily activities as well as travels, Emily has encountered many different people and cultures. She aspires to do more travelling in her upcoming years to help broaden her perspective on the human race.
Finally, Emily believes the most important lesson she has learned so far is balance. She has been able to maintain a good academic standing, extensive community involvement and numerous extra-curricular activities while also nurturing strong relationships with family and friends. It is with the support of her loved ones, a diligent work ethic and passion to succeed that Emily has accomplished the goals she has set for herself. With those attributes in place she has set a new goal, to become Miss Universe Canada. She hopes to show others that if you truly believe in yourself, you can make your greatest ambitions become a reality.
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Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
English and French
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
My interests include health, wellness and volunteering. Studying in nursing has allowed me to view health more holistically. I love that I am constantly learning new things and am eager to expand my practice as I become a registered nurse. I also incorporate my education into developing an effective wellness program for myself. I make fitness a priority in my life by enjoying activities such as running, weight training and yoga. Other activities I enjoy include spending time with friends, watching movies and playing with my pets. Overall what I most enjoy doing is horseback riding. Life can get so hectic at times, but when I am on a horse my mind is able to rest. It is the most liberating feeling that also seems to give me a new perspective on the world.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
- Jazz and Hip-Hop dancing at Nancy Pattison’s Dance World
- Saint Anne’s High School’s Competitive Dance Team
- Involved many different workshops throughout my four years.
- Modeling with Brooks Photo and Skilla Studios
- Piano (four years of training)
- Pageant Training –The Miss Tecumseh Pageant
- Studying under Miss Canada Galaxy 2009, Miss United Nations 2010 and Miss Universe Canada 2011
- Theatrical performances at The Lazee G Ranch
- Showdeo (seven years)
- Christmas Play “Baby Born in a Stable” (five years)
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
- Horseback riding
- Beach Volleyball
- Track and Field
- Cross Country Running
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My older brother Chris is easily the most influential person in my life. He is a role model, a mentor and a best friend.
A teacher by profession, he always brings his work home. He is constantly helping me learn new things about myself and the world around me. He also volunteers as a coach and is a loyal and funny friend. I often times find myself aspiring to be more like him.
He is my mentor because he is always challenging me. He knows my strengths and my weaknesses; therefore he is able to help gauge when I’m doing my best and when I can work harder.
Finally he is a person I have shared so much with. We have seen each other through the best and worst times and have always been there to support one another. He is a person I joke, cry and laugh with. In my eyes, there is no greater person than my older brother.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment to date has been getting accepted into the nursing program at the University of Windsor. I knew from a young age that I was meant to be a nurse. Because the program is so competitive to enter, I had to work very hard to be selected. I have always valued education and therefore put in a great deal of extra effort to reach my goal. When I got my letter of acceptance I knew that my diligence had paid off. In that moment I was reassured that when you want something, you can achieve it. All you need is the right amount of drive, perseverance and passion.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I am not a victim of my circumstance. For ten years my father suffered with a mental illness and in 2009 he completed his attempts and finally ended his life. This was a very pivotal moment in my life and I knew I wanted to use this misfortune to make a positive influence. That is why I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness and the reduction of its stigmatization. I believe that by being able to tell my story I can empower others to open up about their encounters with mental illness.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner. I am currently concluding a four year Bachelor Degree in Nursing and will be writing the Canadian Registered Nurses Exam in June. After I receive my Registered Nurse’s license I plan to work to gain the clinical experience needed to enter into a Nurse Practitioner program.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would to be a Nurse Practitioner working in a teen health clinic. I would hope that my position would allow me the opportunity to be a public speaker and educate youth about all aspects of their health.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
The University of Windsor
Area of study:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
Machine Technician at The Windsor Star
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in Tecumseh, Ontario, where I still reside today. It is a small town where everyone knows each other. We have so many beautiful parks and facilities, on top of being ranked the fourth safest town in Canada. My childhood was amazing. I was fortunate to have two loving parents who were very involved in my life. They provided me the opportunity to participate in any activity I desired. This led to me having a very active childhood. I participated in many different sports teams, clubs and lessons. My fondest childhood memories are being at my ranch ridding and caring for horses. Taking lessons and being part of a competitive drill team taught me dedication, team work and responsibilities. These are lessons I have taken with me throughout the years and have helped shape the person I am today.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I spent many summers working on my grandmothers flower and vegetable farm.
List any volunteering you have done.
- Corn Festival Committee
• Executive Committee Member – Parade (Present)
• Director (2011 & 2012)
- Town Mascot – Nibby (2011-Present)
- Miss Tecumseh Pageant – Assistant Director (2011-Present)
• Windsor-Essex Care for Kids
• Tri for Hospice
• Running from Cancer
• Hiatus House of Windsor
• Windsor-Regional Hospital Cancer Centre
- Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership South Western Ontario 3-Day
• Executive Committee: Director of Junior Staff (20011-Present)
• Staff Positions: Junior Group Leader (2008), Mrs. Positive Mental Attitude (2009), Alumni Representative (2010)
- Walk The Red Carpet Gala/Fashion Show – Pajama Angels (2013)
- Miss Tecumseh (2009)
• CIBC Run for the Cure
• Parades (Tecumseh Corn Festival, Ruthven Apple Festival, Kingsville Migration Festival, Leamington Christmas Parade, Windsor Canada Day Parade)
• Terry Fox Run
• Christmas in Tecumseh
• Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Run
• Fire Prevention Week in Tecumseh
• Elementary School Visit at Victoria Public School
• Camp Day
• Dragon Boat Gala
• Princess Party at the Hiatus House of Windsor
- Charity Fashion Show – Hope for Michaela (2009)
What is your most unusual talent?
I am a very animated person, so much so that I was nominated to be my town’s mascot. Her name is Nibby and she is an eight foot inflatable cob of corn!
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Toronto. I had been to this city many times as a child and recently revisited it as an adult. Coming from a small town I was enthralled with the fast past of such a large city. I loved seeing all the historical sites mixed in with the new promise of today’s technology. I felt empowered and proud to be in the place that is often referred to as the heart of Canada.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
Ten years from now I hope to have gained a great deal of personal and professional success. I aspire to be settled down with a family that is filled with joy, love and laughter. I also aim to be in a career that is both fulfilling and rewarding. I would want my work to be making a positive impact on others and their surrounding environment. Also I see myself continuing to be an active member of my community through my volunteer contributions. Overall I hope I am happy. Life is a precious gift and I am determined to never lose sight of that.