Age: 21 | Height: 5’6″
Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC
Isabella was born in Cali, Colombia. She is a very upbeat and positive individual who learned at an early age that hard work and dedication are the blue prints to make an individual successful.
Isabella loves to spend time with her family and friends, and describes her family as the backbone of her life. They have given her the necessary tools to pursue her dreams without taking anything for granted.
While growing up in Colombia, she experienced the tragedy of children who were victims of anti-personal mines.
She witnessed the suffering of children and families who were displaced from their homes because of the violence. Since then, she opened her heart and devoted her life to help others.
She is currently attending the Bishops’s University. Her certificate is in Modern Languages and is working towards her Bachelors Degree in International Relations.
She envisions her future as a supporter and advocate of humanitarian and volunteer projects with an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) to help those in need around the world.
Isabella is fluently in Spanish, English and French. She aspires to become Miss Universe Canada to bring a word of hope for those in need and to inspire the youth across Canada to go beyond their limitations to achieve success.
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Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
Spanish, French, English.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Reading,painting ,watching movies and enjoy my free time with family and friends
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I have always liked the Arts wich is a manifestation of the human race capable of expressing a feeling.in my case would be the drawing and painting.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My brother because he’s the only one who is going to stay with me throughout the bad and good moments of my life.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
One of my biggest achievements on a personal level was my ability to adjust to a brand new culture. I had to learn not one, but two new languages. This experience definitely helped shape my optimistic outlook on life .
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
The most interesting thing about me it is my social vocation being willing to serve, to bring joy and smiles to a society which needs help, especially children affected by armed conflict.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I have always like the fashion and movie industry, and I think to accomplish these goals, I have to start with a very important tool that is language - which is the key to communicate with the world.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
To become a mediator for peace in the world, like some members of my family have done, and work with an organization like the ONU .
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
Area of study:
Certificate in Modern Languages
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born in Cali , Colombia and lived there until 12. I then moved to the US in a exchange with the school for 6 months, finally settling in Sherbrooke. My experiences in these different countries and cultures have help shaped me into the person I am today.
List any volunteering you have done.
I had the opportunity to work with Bosque de Niebla fondation helping displaced children who lived in areas where landmines are a concern. Colombia has the highest concentration of landmines in the world.
Where is the most interesting place you have been?
In Gorgona, which is a Colombian Island in the Pacific Ocean. This island functioned as a prison (similar to Alcatraz Island) until 1985 when it was turned into a National Reservation Park. When I was young, I visited this place with my family, where violation of human rights was permitted, a place where people were tortured. This did not end, until one day my grandfather, Carlos E Restrepo, a congressman at that time, went on a humanitarian mission to this place. When he arrived he witnessed the atrocities for himself and decided then that he would do something about it. He returned to the prison as a volunteer and doctor, and spoke out about the atrocities being committed at this prison. Soon after, this prison was shut down, and later, he wrote a book named Isla Prision Gorgona :imagen y realidad.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
Everybody at one time or another asks themselves the same question: what do we want to do with our lives, who will we be with. However , we always find it difficult to answer these complexe questions with accuracy. The only way to get an answer is to live the life, to do the things that make you happy, and that will make those around you happy. Personally, when I reflect upon this question, I see myself making a difference that can have a positive impact – whether it be in my personal life or professional life . Above everything, I see myself with a family, which is the foundation of a sustainable society and I look forward to the day when I can contribute to society in that way.