Louiza Kourkoyan

26 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Montreal, QC

Louiza was born in Lebanon to Armenian parents. She later moved to Canada and called Montreal her home. Her constant exposure to different cultures, races and religions made her a very accepting person who values a person for their mind and heart. She speaks four languages and is always eager to learn more!

She is a registered medical radiation technologist who has worked in hospital and clinic settings for few years. She also worked as an application specialist for a big company that sold medical imaging equipment and she travelled across the country training medical professionals on their products.

One of Louiza’s passions is to promote healthy lifestyle. She believes that eating healthy and exercising in nature will empower us with positive energy which will be reflected on our personality.

Since she was a child, she has adored animals and wild life. Growing up in Lebanon, there were many homeless cats and dogs; she remembers going to the street, feeding them and showing them the love they didn’t have. Louiza strongly believes that it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Louiza believes that everything happens for a reason. She has had her fair share of happy and sad experiences. The important thing is to convert all the experiences to valuable lessons. For that, she keeps this prayer in her heart: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference”.

Louiza hopes that joining this pageant will enable her to be involved in as many charities as possible especially the SOS children’s villages. Equipped with her strong mind and genuine heart, Louiza strives to have a positive influence on the youth, guide them towards self-fulfillment and nurture their self-esteem by teaching them to embrace the natural beauty of their soul and body.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends.

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

 Fluent in Armenian, Arabic, English, Good spoken and written French.

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

I enjoy being outdoors; whether it’s a simple walk with my dog, a bike ride or hiking with friends. I think doing activities in nature is a very healthy way to stay in shape and be filled with positive energy. I also have a daring adventurous spirit; I believe that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away ( Bungee jumping, zip lining, roller coasters, water slides, dog sledding are few of the things that have definitely taken my breath away).

I also enjoy writing free verse poetry and playing cards with my family and friends.

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

I was in the drama and dance clubs in school. I also played the flute.

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Basketball, swimming, tennis, kickboxing, horseback riding, rollerblading, ice skating and hydro biking.

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

My beloved grandmother, Mary. At a time and in a country where it wasn`t accepted for females to work, she had to fight all controversies and criticism to provide for her three young daughters. She worked hard and was able to raise a family full of love, dignity and pride. The difficulties that she faced didn`t make her a bitter woman, on the contrary she was the most compassionate and giving person I`ve ever known. She had a very kind and warm heart.  She taught me to love and stand up for those who are not able to defend themselves.

I learned from her to be strong and independent but yet feminine. I always remember her poised and graceful. Even when she got old and sick she was always well dressed and had her beautiful short blond hair coiffed. Although she suffered a lot in her life, she always looked like a queen, with her regal walk, straight back and head held high.

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

When I passed the national certification exam for medical radiation technologists. I was thrilled because I knew that the door to my exciting career was opened.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

When I worked at the hospital, I felt very rewarded and happy that I was in a position where I was helping people. But the interesting thing was that I came to realize that my patients have helped me more by teaching me very valuable lessons in life. I learned to be thankful, optimistic, have a positive outlook on life and appreciate little things. I learned the power of a genuine smile, how it can be a source of joy, hope and comfort to somebody. “Smile and the world will smile back at you“.

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

I hope I will have a teaching position in the medical imaging field, also contribute in researches and studies that help towards establishing improved medical imaging equipment.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

I am a goal oriented person but I also appreciate opportunities that present themselves along my journey. I approach life in a very open minded manner willing to try out different things. If I am happy with what I`m doing and if it is affecting the society in a good way, then I would be able to say that I’m living my dream job.

Are you currently employed?

Currently I am helping my brother in the operation of his business located in Montreal in a residence for the elderly. I am also focusing my efforts on getting prepared for the miss universe Canada pageant.

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

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon to Armenian parents. We lived in a home that had a large balcony that looked over the Mediterranean Sea. A lot of dreams were formed watching the sea and its horizon.

I have two older brothers, I share a very strong bond with them, and I cherish the love that we have towards each other.

At school, I was always the kid who approached the new comers, helped classmates with homework and organized trips.

I came to Canada at a very critical age, my personality was shaped here, and it was here that I matured professionally, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. While I hold my roots close to my heart, I am proud to have become a true Canadian especially that it was something that I didn`t have it for granted.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

The most interesting job that I have had was last year when I took a one year contract as an application specialist in a company that sells medical imaging equipment. I was based in Toronto but I travelled extensively across Canada and United States training medical professionals on our products, I enjoyed working and sharing my knowledge with people from different cities.

List any volunteering you have done.

After my grandmother passed away, I volunteered my time at the old age home being companion to the elderly.

I have also volunteered my time tutoring kids in my neighborhood.

What is your most unusual talent?

My family and friends say that I have mastered the art of multitasking!

Where is the most interesting place you have been to? 

Thanks to my job, I travelled to a lot of places I never thought I would go. One of them was Yellowknife in Northwest Territories. It is a very beautiful city with its majestic northern lights.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years? 

I hope I will continue to be a loving daughter and sister, become a devoted mother and wife while being successful in my career and involved in humanitarian work.

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

I strongly believe that inside every woman there is a beauty queen! That is why I encourage everybody to embrace the natural beauty of their soul and body, the key is to be self-confident and strong yet humble and compassionate.

Finally, thank you BOC organization for this wonderful opportunity.