Age: 22 | Height: 5’8″
Hometown: Sarnia, ON
Michelle McKay is an independent twenty two year old woman and is proud to say she is from Sarnia, Ontario. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality make everyone want to be around her.
She is an inspiration and role model for children and youth. Michelle is a firm believer in positive thinking and relishes the opportunity to inspire others to achieve their potential. Seeing the good in people comes naturally for Michelle.
Her positive outlook on life has enabled Michelle to be successful in everything she has set her mind to.
She is a fourth year student obtaining her honors degree in French and Family and Social Relations at the University of Windsor. She is fluent in French and English.
Her career goals are to teach French at the high school level and to work within the guidance department. Michelle’s plan is to be instrumental in implementing programs to combat bullying and to assist children and youth contemplating suicide. Michelle embraces the opportunity to work with children and youth of all populations.
She is very passionate about working with individuals with learning and behavioral issues. She has a strong ambition to raise children’s self esteem and to make a positive difference in their lives. Similarly, she believes in respecting individuals who are underrepresented and vulnerable.
The most important thing in life for Michelle is her family. She has always been motivated to work hard and follow her dreams. Her mother encouraged her to always look out for others, lending a helping hand when needed. Being non-judgmental and kind to people of all races, color or sexual orientation are valuable traits Michelle possesses. Michelle’s experiences, aspirations, and successes can be attributed to the love and support from her family and friends. They have shaped the person she is today.
Michelle has worked tirelessly for multiple charity events. She is a strong believer in the power of volunteerism. Michelle can be seen front and centre in many charity events. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are close to Michelle’s heart since she lost family members to these preventable diseases. Consequently, she organized and participated in the Annual Canadian Cancer Society Fashion Show and the Annual Black Tie event. Michelle also volunteers many hours with her school board within the literacy program to increase student’s reading ability. Along with feeding the homeless in the parks of Toronto, she has volunteered with the Inn of the Good Shepherd soup Kitchen in Sarnia.
Michelle McKay knows she is living out her dream by competing in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. She welcomes the opportunity to represent Canada. Winning the Miss Universe Canada title will enable her to use it as a platform to give back to her community.
Sponsored by: Louise Dottori from State Farm, Steve Pilkey from Sunlife, Lets Learn Tutoring, Stubborn Mule & Lazy Duck, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, Planet Beach, Kokomos & Fuel Factory, D’Andrea Developments, TJ Liquidators, Firenze’s Pizza, Nissan of Sarnia, Judy Jost, Xtreme Auto, Two Amigos, Fenwick Motors, Liquid Wild, Matt Martin, Ahmad Taam, Family and Friends.
Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
I speak French and English Fluently.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
My interests are wide and varied. I enjoy modeling and keeping up with the latest fashions. I am also very interested in remaining in touch with our current local, national, and International news.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Dance has been a part of my life since the age of three. I have excelled at hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, and jazz. For several years, I was involved and competed on a national level. I have also played the piano.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Gymnastics and skating were my preferred sports. Both of which I competed competitively.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My Nana has had the most influence on my life. She showed me unconditional love and support. She taught me to be tolerant and kind to everyone no matter their colour or race. She has been instrumental in teaching me good values and morals. I have learned good manners and the ability to show generosity and empathy towards others. My Nana’s love of the arts has spilled over to me.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment was when I was chosen as one of the Planet Beach’s cover models which entailed becoming their spokes model as well.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Visiting New Orleans as the Planet Beach cover model was one of most unique experiences for me. It was there that I shot commercials and a televised show, which covered the life of a model. What a truly exciting opportunity this was. I was able to capture the culture and their way of life.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to become a high school French teacher and a guidance counselor. I believe I can be an inspiration to the students in a positive manner. I am currently finishing my Honors degree in Family and Social Relations with a minor in French and graduating April 2013. I plan to attend teacher‘s College at a later date.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job is most certainly to be working within the guidance department. I will be instrumental in implementing programs to combat bullying and assist students with suicidal thoughts.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
Area of study:
I am currently a student attending the University of Windsor. I am completing my Honors degree in Family and Social Relations with a minor in French and graduating April 2013.
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
I am currently employed part time working as a model. I have been fortunate enough to work on various projects within Ontario and the U.S.A.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in a small city called Sarnia, Ontario with a population of approximately 75,000 people. My family is very loving and supportive who mean the world to me. My parents have always encouraged me to reach for the stars and accomplish my dreams. I have been taught to think and live a positive life. With my family’s guidance, I have been taught to show empathy and love to others. My whole family including myself has good values and morals. My parents were good role models and taught me to have excellent work ethics.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
All of my jobs have been interesting and have mostly entailed working with children and youth. I worked as a student tutor/mentor for the school board for the Developmental delayed. I have also created literacy programs in which I implemented them into the daily classrooms. While working within the schools, my reading group was rated as the most improved within Lambton County two years in a row.
List any volunteering you have done.
I am a strong believer in the power of volunteerism, which is why I am always volunteering within my community. I work numerous hours to assist teachers with literacy programs, one on one work, and to work with behavioral issues. I organized and participated in the Annual Cancer Society Fashion Show in which we have raised funds for this worthy cause. I also helped organized the Annual Raz Ma Taz black tie event for the Cancer Society. Every year I go door to door campaigning for the Hear t and Stroke Foundation to raise money and awareness. I also volunteer with the local dance and gymnastic teams. Whenever there is a local charity event going on, I can be seen front and center working tireless. I am always one of the first people to volunteer and take a leadership role to get the ball rolling to help the various causes. There are many charities close and dear to my heart. Most recently, I have a desire to help raise awareness and funds for the Noelle’s gift here in Sarnia. Tragically Noelle Paquette was brutally murdered here in Sarnia January 1, 2013. It is her legacy that we as a community have come together to raise funds in her honor to give food, clothing, and supplies to less fortunate children. Noelle was a teacher here In Sarnia and had a big warm heart for children that have come from lesser means.
What is your most unusual talent?
My unusual talent is my ability to inspire others to live to their potential. Many people have told me I have an infectious smile and personality. I am able to approach people in a non-judgmental manner and accept everyone’s strengths and weakness.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
One of the most interesting places I have been to is the Dominican Republic. I was able to totally capture their culture and their way of life. I was able to see their humble existence and their ability to totally appreciate life without all of the material goods that we as Canadians have come to expect.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I will be married with children and instilling the same good family values I was raised with. I will be a guidance counselor and teacher making a difference with our youth. You will see me involved in many community programs, volunteering, and sitting on local boards voicing my opinion. I will also be heard reminiscing about the time I won the Miss Universe Canada title and how I was able to be an inspiration to others.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I would like you to be aware that I plan to create programs and be actively involved in programs with respect to bullying within our schools. I will be instrumental in assisting students with suicidal thoughts and offer them the guidance and support they need. I will be a good role model to show others that all people were created equal no matter your sex, race, colour, or sexual orientation. I would like to take this opportunity to truly thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I plan to make my city and country proud!