Danielle Murphy

Age: 20 | Height: 6’0″
Hometown: Brockville, ON

Danielle was born and raised in the beautiful city of Brockville Ontario, which is nestled along the banks of the scenic St. Lawrence River.

Most of her life has been dedicated to team sports such as hockey, baseball, and basketball. Throughout her athletic lifestyle she has learned how to give her best in everything she does. She is motivated and optimistic in every situation.

Danielle recently graduated from Algonquin College in our Nation’s capital of Ottawa Ontario, where she received an advanced diploma in Graphic Design.

Danielle has a passion for art and photography and hopes to one day find a career that will allow her to do what she loves for a living.

Volunteering is something Danielle loves to do. She has volunteered for the School Box in Ottawa, giving and organizing supplies for Children that are less fortunate.

She also helped raise money for United Way Ottawa.

Danielle has also volunteered with the Girls hockey association, teaching young girls how to skate and play hockey. Giving back to those in her own community is important to her.

People are a very important part of Danielle’s life. She is thankful to her family for being so supportive and caring. Danielle also enjoys working with children at her local YMCA as a camp leader during the summer months.

If given the chance to work as Miss Universe Canada, Danielle would want to inspire others to be themselves, and chase their dreams.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends.

Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).

English

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

I have a passion for art. Painting and photography are hobbies I love to do in my spare time.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) 

Art, painting, modelling, graphic design, hockey, baseball, dance, public speaking.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Competitive baseball and hockey we’re the two sports I played until college. During high school I played basketball, volleyball and soccer were the sports I enjoyed to participate in for fun.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why? 

Ellen Degeneres has always been an influence in my life. She is always positive and never judges others. I love how passionate she is about people and making them happy. She has worked very hard to be where she is today and never gave up on her dreams.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

After the pageant last year I was asked to speak at the Brockville Women’s Network in my hometown of Brockville. I discussed my journey, my success and my future goals. I spoke of the importance of chasing your dreams and believing in yourself. It was a very rewarding experience.

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 played competitive baseball and hockey for many years. This involved a lot of  hard work, travel and commitment. My teams earned many awards, but the two that I am most proud of are a provincial gold medal in baseball and a provincial silver in hockey.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal? 

I have already accomplished my goal of completing school with an Advanced Diploma in graphic design. I plan on continuing my education in university and receiving a degree in a Bachelor of Arts. I hope to then go to teachers college so I can share my passion of art with students.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job would to be able to go to work everyday and love what I do. My goal is to teach high school art, which is where my passion was really discovered.

Are you currently a student?

No, I graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in April 2012. I am planning on returning to university to continue studying art.

Are you currently employed?

I just finished school at the end of April. I am currently unemployed, but plan on returning to the YMCA to be a camp counsellor for the summer.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I am a country and city girl. I grew up in a small town in the country and had the same best friends all through school. Most of my time was spent with my family, my mom, dad and brother. My family then moved to the city once I started high school. We kept busy playing sports and travelling.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had. 

During my second year of college I was a residence advisor. I had a floor of 60 students that I guided and supported through their college journey. I organized educational, social and entertainment events. It was a fun, unforgettable and rewarding role.

List any volunteering you have done.

Volunteered for SchoolBox, United Way of Ottawa and the Brockville Girls Hockey Association.

What is your most unusual talent?

I enjoy doing caricatures of people for gifts, fundraisers and for fun.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Some of the most interesting places I have visited have been right here in Canada. My favourite place in Canada to visit is P.E.I. It’s a  small island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with red sand and delicious seafood.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I hope to be in a successful career that I enjoy, and to be surrounded by my loving family.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Why did I apply a second time for the Miss Universe Canada journey?

I had such a positive experience as a delegate with Miss Universe Canada 2011. I have spent the past year cheering on Chelsea and dream to have that same opportunity.

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