Age: 20 | Height: 5’8″
Hometown: Moose Jaw, SK
“The future is bright”, “The sky’s the limit” – either of those cliches aptly describes a young Moose Jaw woman that is anything BUT a cliche, Siera Bearchell. In 2009 Siera was crowned Miss Teen Saskatchewan and Miss Teen Canada-World in the same year that she lost her home and belongings to a devastating fire.
An honour role student by day, Siera has always led an active life outside of school, from athletics to countless hours volunteering for organizations like Free The Children, Canadian Red Cross, and Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan. She was the Valedictorian at her high school graduation with the highest academic average, she recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and she is working on an autobiography.
Siera is currently attending the University of Saskatchewan on a full scholarship with an eye on the business world.
Siera aims to inspire, empower and change the lives of people around the world. After traveling to Kenya, Africa to build a school with Free The Children, Siera discovered the importance that education has on one’s life.
With an enjoyment for public speaking, she began speaking out on topics like the significance of education and youth leadership. Siera had the incredible opportunity to speak to 16,000 youth at We Day in Toronto.
Taking her leadership to another level, Siera became the President of a Junior Achievement Company that eventually became Company of the Year in Saskatchewan and later Company of the Year in Canada. Siera was the top salesperson contributing to the company’s sales of over $15,000 in just three months. Siera was eventually named Junior Achiever of the Year and won the nation-wide Deloitte Inspiration Award and the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leaderhip Award. Siera was also recently named one of Moose Jaw’s Top 40 Under 40.
Siera is a humble young woman that enjoys interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is a runner, a yogi and promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Siera strives for excellence in all areas of her life and is an inspiration to many. Siera is currently working on an autobiography and hopes to empower others to follow their heart and work hard to achieve their dreams. Siera believes that with dedication, passion and courage, anything is possible.
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What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I love to run! Running is one of my passions and keeps me fit both physically and mentally. Running gives me strength, power, confidence and freedom. Sometimes, there are moments when running allows me to realize how wonderful my life is and how lucky I am to have the freedoms that I do. I just completed my first half marathon and am now training for my first marathon.
I also love yoga, I enjoy cooking and baking and I have a passion for helping others in my everyday life and through volunteer experiences. I enjoy meeting people of different ages and backgrounds and learning about their story. Everyone has a story to tell and when we truly listen to others, I think we can often make some kind of personal connection.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I was a dancer for 13 years and took jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, pointe and hip-hop. Dancing gave me stage confidence and allowed me to express myself through music and the beauty of movement. My dance experience also got me involved in the musicals at my high school. I was the lead choreographer as well as a performer/actress in three musical productions.
I’m also a certified Keiser Spin instructor and have my Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training. I believe physical activity is a very important aspect in our lives and it is something I try to promote in my everyday life.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
I played on the high school golf team for all four years and won the City Championship all four consecutive years. I also placed first, second and third at the District Championships. Golf runs in my family and I enjoy cheering on my younger brother when he competes at the international level.
I also ran cross-country in my senior year of high school, and that is where my passion for running really began to flourish.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Emmett Harrison is my boyfriend of five and a half years and he is one of the greatest inspirations in my life. Emmett is a University of Saskatchewan Huskie athlete and runs for the cross-country and track and field teams. Emmett is a determined and hardworking young man who has his eyes on the College of Medicine. Emmett is one of the most humble, kind and intelligent individuals I know and he inspires me everyday to become a better person. His compassion shines through his smile and he always encourages me to pursue my dreams. Emmett’s support and encouragement has helped bring me to where I am today, and I am so thankful to have him in my life.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
I have been very fortunate to experience some incredible successes and accomplishments in my life. The personal accomplishment that makes me the most proud is being the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Medal represents many of my personal achievements such as receiving the Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian Award, the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award, and inspiring and empowering young people across the country. It was an honour to receive the commemorative medal and I am very proud when I get to wear the medal at ceremonial and formal events.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
One thing that many people are surprised to find out about me is that I lost my home to a house fire. In 2009, a devastating fire took our family home and many belongings. It was an unfortunate event, but it truly changed my life and my perspective on life. I learned that materialistic belongings in our lives are almost meaningless compared to the relationships that we share with our friends and family. As well, I discovered the strengths that communities can have when they come together to support a family or an individual. I also learned that no matter where you come from or your family circumstances, if you work hard at something, and you are optimistic, anything is possible.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I am very intrigued by the excitement and mystery of the business world. I spent my first two years of university studying the sciences, but I plan to transfer into a more business environment. I love the adventure, risk, and success that business holds and I want to be a part of that. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and would take great pride in owning businesses in the future. Who knows, maybe one day I could be on Dragon’s Den!
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would be something that would allow me to travel and see the world, make connections with people of all different backgrounds, and find success in something that I am happy with. It would be wonderful to also have a career in which you could have a family and be balanced in all aspects of life. I hope to become a successful businesswoman and achieve all of the above within my career.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
University of Saskatchewan
Area of study:
Are you currently employed?
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised in the wonderful city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I am a very proud Saskatchewan resident and I believe in the future of the province. Saskatchewan has a lot to offer and it is a place of economic growth, potential and a great place to live and raise a family. Moose Jaw is known as “The Friendly City,” and it certainly fulfills that name. The friendly people and supportive businesses of Moose Jaw made it possible for me to compete in Miss Universe Canada.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
My favourite position I have held to date is when I was President of a Junior Achievement Company called Peac-Treats. We sold candy bouquets and cupcake kits in the themes of Saskatchewan Roughrider, Christmas and Halloween. We were very successful and had over $15,000 in sales in just three months. Our company was named Company of the Year in Saskatchewan and later Company of the Year in Canada. I was also very fortunate to receive two awards for my work and those were the Deloitte Inspiration Award and the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award. I had the opportunity to travel to Toronto to attend the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Banquet where I received both awards from Peter Mansbridge himself and met incredible business leaders such as Galen Weston and Aldo Bensadoun. My experience with Junior Achievement ignited my interest in the business world.
List any volunteering you have done.
Free The Children- I travelled to Kenya, Africa to build a school and spoke to 16,000 young people at We Day! I was a Free The Children and Me to We Ambassador.
Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan- I’m currently a House Manager Volunteer
Canadian Red Cross- I have made speeches on disaster preparedness and disaster relief and engaged in other Red Cross volunteer initiatives. I was also the recipient of the Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian Award.
Canadian Cancer Society I organized a Relay for Life Team to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
KidSport- Monetary donations from our Junior Achievement Company.
Saskatchewan Winter Games
Big Brothers Big Sisters
What is your most unusual talent?
I’m not sure if you would consider this unusual or a talent, but I can talk to almost anyone. I absolutely love conversing with people of different ages and backgrounds and find others fascinating and inspiring and enjoy finding connections with others. I also enjoy public speaking, which many people fear. It can be a nerve-wracking event, but it is always so rewarding.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Kenya, Africa. I travelled to Kenya to build a school with Free The Children. The people I encountered in Kenya were the most remarkable people I have ever met. Although many lived in mud huts and did not own many, if any possessions, they were the most kind, welcoming and beautiful people. My trip to Kenya taught me that education is one of the keys in breaking the cycle of poverty and it is truly the greatest gift one can ever give or receive. The trip also helped me realize that happiness is not about materialistic belongings, it is about valuing the freedom you have in your life, your friends and family and making the most of every day.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In 10 years I hope to be a successful business woman/entrepreneur owning my own businesses. I aim to inspire and empower women in the business and politics field around the world. I believe that women have a lot to offer to the world’s economy and I hope to make an impact. I also love to travel and have a goal to run some kind of race (10k, marathon, etc.) on every continent in the world. I am not sure if I will have this goal accomplished in ten years, but anything is possible! Perhaps in 10 years I will also be planning a family.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I would like to add what I want others to know about the Miss Universe Canada Organization. Many believe that this competition is based solely on physical appearance. However, it is about so much more than that. It is an incredible opportunity for young women across the country to gain leadership experience and make a difference in the lives of others.