Age: 24 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Armstrong, BC
Kylee is an Okanagan girl… She attended elementary school in Kelowna and high school in the little town of Enderby.
Her family had a small farm, but at one point they raised forty registered, red Angus cattle. Kylee was very active in school and also participated in a 4H club for two years.
After graduation, she began her post secondary education to work towards becoming a dental hygienist.
She was the youngest dental hygiene graduate in her class and now has her Bachelor in Dental Science. Last year Kylee started doing some local modeling and building a portfolio of work.
Her portfolio impressed Allan International Models of Kelowna who signed her to their agency.
Kylee believes that working hard for what you receive not only teaches you how to be successful in life but also to appreciate its worth and not lose sight of what is most important in life.
During her hygiene education Kylee became involved in a number of community events, ranging from walks, galas, and fundraisers, and volunteered at two free or lower income dental clinics. Her favourite aspect of dental hygiene is teaching someone one-on-one. In hygiene school she had the opportunity to see and educate people who were, for the most part, of lower socioeconomic status and without the school would have probably not received dental care.
Firstly, she recalls, the appreciation was mind blowing, but really taking the time with each patient to individually discuss, plan, and carryout their needed treatment still remains the highlight of her dental hygiene career. Kylee hopes to go on a dental mission trip and get involved in other humanitarianism work in the near future.
Kylee believes it’s hard to always believe in yourself and go for your dreams, but that the only limitations you have in life are the ones you impose on yourself. To Kylee, Miss Universe Canada is an amazing opportunity for influence, encouragement, and change.
Sponsored by: Okanagan Woman Magazine, Armstrong Dental Centre, Fitness West, Bluenose Coins & Precious Metals, Frock Clothing Co., Amici’s Hair and Body Spa, Shepherd’s Home Hardware, Bannister GM, Bombshells Tanning & Esthetics, Big Sun Beachwear and Tanning, Family and Friends.
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 have many interests including sports and being active, travel, learning and reading. I like to work with people who share a common goal. I most enjoy trying new things and pushing myself to grow.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I was involved in acting class for two years in high school and in participated in speeches and demonstrations in a 4H club for two years.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Soccer, volley-ball, snowboarding
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
I really can’t say anyone other than my mom. Her life reminds me of the Phoenix, rising from the ashes and living again. My mom is so inspirational to me and others in so many ways.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
It would be graduating with a high GPA with my Bachelor in Dental Science. I was the youngest dental hygiene graduate in my diploma program. After that I started working full time and enrolled in my final year of university. It was a lot of hard work and many late nights, but it was very worth it.
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 think the most interesting thing about me would be all that I have accomplished in life so far and all that I plan to accomplish. By just looking at me you might not guess that I was the youngest dental hygiene graduate in my diploma program; or that I have snow mobiled to the top of a mountain just to snowboard down; or that I’ve changed the head gasket on a pickup truck; or that I chased cows on a horse and pushed then 27 kms though the brush. I hope to experience many more fantastic things in life.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I think any career that accompanies life-long learning and growth. Going to school and doing well, has been a goal of mine for some time. Now that I am graduated with my Bachelor in Science I have decided to follow some other hobbies and dreams and see where that takes me.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
I’m not exactly sure what my dream job in life is just yet, but I think that personal satisfaction comes from many areas in life. I know that I want to help people – this was why I originally entered the health field. I also enjoy educating and sharing knowledge to help someone reach their goal/s. And finally I don’t mind hard work. I like working with my hands and accomplishing things. I would love to try some humanitarian work, and will go on a dental mission in the future.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
University of British Columbia graduate
Area of study:
Completed a Bachelor in Dental Science (dental hygiene) in May 2011.
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in the Okanagan, in both Kelowna and Enderby, B.C. My parents divorced when I was young but have remained friends since – I was raised by my mother and I have no biological siblings. My mother and I are like sisters or best friends. When I was fourteen my mom and I moved from the city to a small farm and raised, registered red Angus cattle. I have always appreciated what I have and know that I have it because I worked hard or someone who loves me worked hard.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
When I was 17 I worked at a retirement/extended care facility and planned recreation activities for the residents. It took a lot of creativity and willing to coordinate the events for the wide array of ages and skill levels, but it was very rewarding.
List any volunteering you have done.
I spent many hours volunteering at two free or low-income dental offices in Vancouver, B.C. (The Downtown Eastside Dental Clinic and Reach Dental Clinic). I have also volunteered at many community events, including: the MS Society, the Arthritis Society, MADD, the Underwear Affair, Earthsave Canada, and Starlight, Starbright. I was also active while in university with the Community Builders program at UBC-Okanagan and leadership class in high school. I was also a candy-striper during high school.
What is your most unusual talent?
Where is the most interesting place you have been?
I would have to say Buenos Aires, Argentina. There was so much culture, architecture, and flavour. The highlight of my trip was a tango show that was so fantastic and beautiful. I also learned to tango that night.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
At age 34, I hope to have started growing my family. I will have been working at my career for some time now and find it very satisfying. The where and what are not as important to me as the feelings I get from imagining it. But I hope to have some acreage and find happiness in everyday.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I have so many goals and dreams and aspirations, it sometimes feels like I am bursting at the seams. However, when I make a goal, I become very focused and give it my all. I truly appreciate new opportunities to grow and am so excited for all that awaits for me.