Age: 22 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Katherine Highgate is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, and is an aspiring media practitioner. She is a lover of all things media related, and hopes to one day own and operate her own production company. In the mean time, she is an avid writer, amateur photographer, traveler, foodie and music lover.
Katherine describes herself as someone who does not give up, and at any time, may have two or three projects in the works. Currently, what keeps her busy is blogging, as well as shooting and editing footage around Toronto for RanDOMogal productions. Katherine is influenced by art, design and fashion and finds a way to integrate these loves into her projects.
Katherine is inspired by strong females, and through pageants, has been able to learn and grow from a lot of talented young women. She is excited at any opportunity to work with youth, and through the Miss Universe Canada program, she hopes to continue this tradition of instilling confidence in youth and encouraging others to become involved in their community and to pursue their goals.
Katherine is most proud of her work as a youth advocate, and through Youth for Human Rights International, has had the opportunity to work toward promoting human rights awareness among young people. Katherine was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s award for community service in 2008 as well as the Helen Kavanagh Nicol Scholarship, and is committed to working in her community, and becoming an advocate for children.
Katherine is grateful to her family and friends for encouraging her to become involved with Miss Universe Canada, and of course for their constant love and support!
Sponsored by: Family and Friends.
Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I enjoy reading, creative writing, and public speaking and almost anything that allows me to be creative! I love watching musical theatre, and though I am a terrible singer, I love music, photography, and film. Probably what I love most is spending time with family and friends, and watching Liam Neeson movies with my dad!
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I loved performing as a kid, and was able to participate in several local theatre productions. I have had 12 years of tap dance training, and though I don’t dance anymore, I surely miss it!
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One person that has had a great impact on my life is my grade 12 writer’s craft teacher. I think that teachers have an awesome ability to instill confidence within their students and having a teacher who is not only an educator but also a cheerleader, supporter, and friend is a really special thing, and that kind of mentorship has really shaped me into the person that I am today.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment was being a part of the Living Rights project. Along with Youth for Human Rights International and a team of talented writers, videographers and editors, I was able to become apart of an incredible campaign designed to raise human rights awareness.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
The most interesting thing that has ever happened to me was being able to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem solving competition in College Park, Maryland. Thousands of teams from across the U.S. and from 25 other countries participate every year, and it was awesome to be around so many different creative people!
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to be involved in broadcast media as both a host and a producer of content. I am fascinated by media, and I’ve been fortunate to have a taste of everything from scripting to editing. Over the last several months, I have been working on the launch of an original lifestyle series called “Do You” and I am very excited to see where that takes me!
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job in life would be to run my own production company or to work in children’s television.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
Area of study:
Ryerson University, school of Radio and Television Arts
Are you currently employed?
Not full time
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in the small farming community of Dresden, Ontario. My town had less than 3,000 people and though I love living in the city of Toronto, I will always be a small town girl at heart. I grew up around my grandparents’ farm and I think that it taught me a lot about work ethic, responsibility and integrity.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
In 2008, I worked as a tour guide with the Ontario Heritage Trust, and I had the opportunity to meet the Honourable Lincoln Alexander. It was such an awesome learning experience, and I was able to research and share some of the inspiring achievements that Canadians have had in promoting civil rights.
List any volunteering you have done.
- The Lambton Kent District School Board
- Ryerson University Students’ Union
- The Red Cross
- Youth for Human Rights International
What is your most unusual talent?
I don’t think that this talent is very unusual, but I really like to make people laugh!
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Paris, France! There is something amazing about French culture, and as a food, and music enthusiast, it was a really cool experience.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I hope to have visited all seven continents!
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
In 2008, I was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Community service and it really inspired me to not only take into account the importance of community, but also being globally minded. I think that the Miss Universe Canada organization does a lot of positive things in terms of philanthropy and volunteerism, and I am very excited to be a part of this experience.