Age: 20 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Piedmont, QC
Sophie Durand is currently attending McGill University where she is completing her bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. She is an active student on campus who gets involved in lots of events organized by her sorority form philanthropic based to sports-oriented.
Sophie is perfectly bilingual and fluent in Spanish. She has a genuine passion for languages and enjoys traveling to discover new cultures.
In her free time, you can often catch her dancing or performing. She has competed in Highland dancing since the age of 6 and has also been involved in other style of dance such as ballet, hip hop and jazz.
Her hobbies include ice skating, baking and watching historical documentaries.
Sophie aspires to one day become a successful primary school teacher and to inspire the future generations to be the very best that they can be.
However, beforehand, She would love to have the honor of representing her country on an international level because she believes she possesses the skills and the willpower to achieve greatness and make a lasting impact nationally and globally.
Sophie lives by the motto “you only live once”, so she makes every moment count.
Sponsored by: Family and Friends.
Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
English, French and Spanish
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
My interests include dance, pageantry and history. I enjoy performing volunteering and learning new languages.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I have been trained since the age of 6 in competitive Highland dance as well as Cecchetti ballet for two years and figure skating for 8 years.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
I have played soccer for 10 years each summer, figure skating and cheerleading.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My big sister Meredith has had the most influence on my life as she has always stood by me in all my endeavors and has been a positive role model for me to look up to. She has taught me so much and is one of the greatest friends a girl could ask for.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest moment was getting my acceptance letters from all of my universities that I had applied to, especially my university of choice, McGill.
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 have been writing a journal keeping track of memorable events form my life. I would love to one day make it a book for teenagers, so they have a realistic book they could relate to.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I plan on becoming a primary school teacher. I would like to work with children with special needs and give them the attention that they deserve
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would be to be able to teach children form other countries in need, to provide them with equal educational opportunities as those in Canada.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where? McGill University
Area of study: Kindergarten/ Elementary Education
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I had a great childhood. I was raised in a small town with my siblings. We have lived there ever since my parents have been together. We still live at my childhood home to this very day.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I have not yet had the chance to have an unusual job, but I would enjoy the experience of trying something new.
List any volunteering you have done.
I volunteered to dance for local festivals or at retirement homes. I have participated in several “Terry Fox” runs as well as charity events in support of one of Montreal’s children’s hospitals. Furthermore, with my sorority, we partake in multiple philanthropic events on a monthly basis in supports of many causes such as Girl Guides of Canada, breast cancer and Girls on the run. Every year, I volunteer with my municipality by helping to collect non-perishable good for those in need at Christmas time.
What is your most unusual talent?
I am oddly flexible in some of the strangest places and can contort my body.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
The most interesting place I have been to was San Andres, a small island off the coast of Colombia. It only takes roughly an hour to drive all around it.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to have a successful career as a school teacher as well a family and my own home somewhere in the countryside near a lake.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
“How are you a good fit for the title of Miss Universe Canada?”
I believe I possess both sides of the expectations that are tied on to the title of Miss Universe Canada. I can be very graceful, poised and articulate when needed, but I am also not afraid to work hard and learn from others through new experiences that would be presented to me by this organization. Pageantry is not foreign to me as I have competed for several years now in North America. Also, volunteering and working hard towards a goal is one of the most rewarding feelings that out pass monetary gain any day. I believe these are assets for a potential titleholder.