Hometown: Whitney, NB
Breanne Tozer is a young woman with a unique entrepreneurial career in the Canadian Construction and Mining services industry. With a heart for helping others she strives to give back by restoring hope in those who face various life challenges.
Breanne realized early on, how we often take for granted that food, water, shelter and education are a given, but there are many people in the world today that do not have these basic necessities of life. Breanne’s goal is to help restore hope in these people, by utilizing her education and life experience to assist in guiding them to become self-sufficient, educated people who are capable and proud of their self-sustainability and contribution to society!
Breanne has completed both a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Education Degree from St. Thomas University. During her academic studies she received numerous scholarships, including the UNB Presidents and Residence Scholarship, McInnes Cooper Leadership Award as well as the prestigious National Millennium Excellence Award based on academic achievement and community engagement.
Breanne was born and raised in the diverse rural community of Miramichi, New Brunswick. This diversity has taught her from a young age that inclusivity is a must, and that it is possible for many cultures to successfully live and work together as one. Breanne is an avid traveller and has had the opportunity to experience various cultural differences in many parts of Canada, U.S.A., Europe and the British West Indies. One day she hopes to combine her love of travel with her ultimate goal of restoring hope in those whom the light of Hope is dim!
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 love to volunteer and travel. Having the opportunity to be immersed in other cultures is a truly invaluable experience. Living a healthy and active lifestyle has been a priority of mine from a young age and has taught me dedication, commitment and determination.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I have been trained in pointe ballet, lyrical, jazz, and tap dancing for the past 22 years. I have also been trained in figure skating, canoeing, piano and Community Theater. In addition to extensive public speaking and leadership workshops.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
I have participated in many competitive and recreational sports from a young age including various types of dance, figure skating, basketball, volleyball, downhill skiing and canoeing.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
The person who has had the most influence in my life, outside my parents, has been Marg Urquhart, my childhood babysitter. Marg has remained an influential part of my life for the past 24 years. She was a true humanitarian and independent woman before her time. She was a compassionate and caring women while teaching me the importance of giving back to the community and helping those in need. She instilled a great love of travel and curiosity of the world around me and above all else, that you are the only one who can control your destiny and to never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment has been seeing my life goals start to align. First there was graduating high school, then putting myself through a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Education Degree on full scholarship. Then, starting my entrepreneurial career! I am looking forward to what the future holds!
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 of the most interesting things about me is that I am a woman working in a non-traditional occupation. I believe leading by example is the best way to encourage and empower women of all ages to pursue their dreams regardless of stereotypes.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to be a successful entrepreneur, while assisting others in realizing their full potential. So many communities and individuals both in Canada and around the world have lost hope, that it is my goal to be able to assist them, by utilizing my education and life experience to help empower these communities to become educated and self-sustainable.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would be through my role as an entrepreneur to be able to assist and empower people who have lost hope. My greatest desire is to be able to give back and better the world around me. No one person can change the world but the world will never change without each and every individual doing all they can.
Are you currently a student?
I have graduated with my Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Bachelor degree in Education from the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University respectively.
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
I am an entrepreneur in the Canadian construction and mining services industry.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Although Miramichi may be small in population, it is large in diversity and cultural awareness. I grew up a very active child with the importance of volunteering and giving back to our community being instilled in me from a very young age. Having lived in a culturally diverse area and having the opportunity to travel throughout my life has made me who I am today.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
The most interesting and unusual job I have had, was the opportunity to work in isolation in Canada’s North on a Mine development project. The unique landscape and culture, gave me the opportunity to appreciate the diversity Canada has to offer.
List any volunteering you have done.
Volunteering has been an important part of my life from a young age. I have had the opportunity to work with many different charities and organizations at all levels from creation to execution. I was the only youth member of the Miramichi Uganda Foundation, involved with Turn Around Achievement Awards, Suitcase of Hope for Underprivileged Children, Engineers without Borders, Children’s Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Aids-HIV Awareness, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Boys and Girls Club, Teens Against Drunk Driving, Breast Cancer Awareness, SPCA, and the coordinator of a Seniors Visitation Program. In addition I tutor all ages in a variety of subjects as well as coach a number of sports with a special place in my heart belonging to helping Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities.
What is your most unusual talent?
My most unusual talent is canoeing. During high school I participated in a physical education class where we were taught the technical and practical aspects of canoeing.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Although I have travelled extensively, one of my fondest memories is of attending a traditional ceremony in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories. Seeing the local people come together to share their cultural traditions with us was an incredible experience I will never forget.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I hope to be able to look back and be able to see how my business has advanced and how I have been able to help create positive change through providing hope and encouragement in communities both locally and abroad.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
Becoming Miss Universe Canada 2014 would be a truly life changing experience. I would embrace the opportunity to be involved with the Beauties of Canada Organization and the incredible charitable organizations they support. Being an ambassador for Canada and representing Canada at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant would fulfill a life-long dream. Being able to make a difference on such a large scale would truly make my dream job a reality!