Hometown: Coquitlam, BC
Languages: English, Polish
Occupation: Student at Simon Fraser University (Bachelor of Kinesiology)
Natasha is described as lively, confident and compassionate. She considers herself to be well rounded, dedicated and very much a people person with strong morals and values. She was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver and currently resides in Coquitlam, B.C. Education has always played an important role in her life. Natasha maintained an A average throughout high school and she achieved the Gold Scholar award upon graduation. As a result of her dedication towards education and volunteer involvement in her community she was awarded the Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship in Science for her undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University. She firmly believes that it is not what you do in life, but how you do it. Only by challenging yourself can you be your best. We may not succeed every single time but it is through life experience that we learn lessons and grow as an individual.
Throughout school, Natasha discovered her love for science and considers herself a science enthusiast. It was in Grade 10 when she decided she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Upon graduation from high school, she was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to view two open-heart surgeries. That was the day that solidified Natasha’s ambition for becoming a neurosurgeon. She is now is in her final year of university and this summer will be studying and writing her Medical exam (MCAT).
In addition to a strong academic background, Natasha has an undying passion for the arts. Since her childhood years Natasha has danced competitively in various genres and was part of an elite hip hop team. She also completed a master acting program and performed in several musical theatre productions. One of her proudest achievements was at the age of 14 when she achieved her black belt in Shotokan karate. Through martial arts she has learned the value of discipline, determination and dedication as the way to achieve her goals.
Volunteering has played an important part of Natasha’s life. She finds it extremely rewarding to help others, strengthen the community and bring people together. For the past six years, Natasha has been volunteering for a young girls empowerment program, helping instil confidence, setting goals, living a healthy lifestyle and being physically active. Recently, she was accepted as a volunteer at the Royal Columbian Hospital Emergency room for a nine-month term. Natasha has been actively involved with many fundraising charity events such as: Operation Smile, Variety the Children’s Charity, Free the Children, The Children’s Wish Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages.
Natasha is not afraid to try anything new and challenging. She exemplifies a fit and active lifestyle by working out at the gym. She is very family oriented and realized early on in life that family and friends are of the utmost importance to her. She enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to go hiking and camping. She is an animal lover, an avid reader and loves traveling.
Natasha’s passion for pageants began at the age of 16 when she first competed in a local pageant. In 2017, she competed in Miss Universe Canada and was honored by placing in the Top 10 out of 65 delegates. Becoming Miss Universe Canada has been a lifelong dream of Natasha’s and she would be honored to proudly represent Canada on an international stage. Natasha hopes to serve as an inspiration to all individuals to promote positive change and inspire others to follow their dreams.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Throughout my life, I have always tried to experience different things that would challenge me both physically and mentally and to see what limits I could reach. I have many interest but the ones I thoroughly enjoy are: dancing, martial arts (Karate), acting, camping, reading, volunteering, target shooting, working out, travelling, spending time with family and friends, and of course pageants.
It is difficult for me to choose my favorite as they all have had a positive affect in my life in some shape or form. However, I believe that volunteering has created the biggest impact in my life. The stories that I have heard through my volunteer experience have been nothing short of inspirational. Volunteering allows me to learn new skills, be tasked with new challenges, meet new people and make a positive change in my life and those around me. Volunteering also brings with it a deep appreciation of all that you have in life and helping those in need is a firm reminder of what really matters like family, friends and health.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
- Competitive Dancing: Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical
- Master Professional Acting program
- Karate (Shotokan) – Black Belt
- Piano (Royal Conservatory) & Flute
- Musical theatre
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
When I was young, I always loved participating in various sports such as track and field, volleyball and basketball. However, most of my afterschool years were spent in a dance studio. I practiced various genres of dance, which included: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, however my favorite I would have to say was Hip Hop. I was honored a few years ago when I was placed on an elite hip-hop team.
In addition to dance, my dad enrolled me into Karate when I was 8 years old. As daddy’s little girl, he wanted to make sure that I would have the confidence and skills to defend myself incase of a dire situation. I quickly learned the journey to achieving a black belt would not be easy. It took six years of dedication, discipline and determination to achieve my goal. I always believe that it does not matter ”if you fall down seven times, as long as you stand up eight”.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One person who has always had a big impact in my life is my “Babcia” (Grandmother in Polish). She lived and experienced the war, poverty and lost both her parents when she was young. She immigrated to Canada with basically nothing, leaving family and friends behind and not knowing how to speak English. She has gone through a lot of hardship to get to where she is today. Yet, she remains strong and confident and always has a positive outlook on life and continues to put the needs of others before herself. She has built a wonderful life here in Canada, being a single mom raising two children on her own. She has taught me about values. She is compassionate, independent, hardworking and volunteers in her community. She inspires me and I am blessed to have her in my life.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
There have been many milestones in my life; however, one of my proudest achievements was receiving the Dean’s Academic Excellence – Science Scholarship from Simon Fraser University for my undergraduate studies. I will never forget the phone call that honored me the news. To be recognized for all your achievements, hard work and voluntary commitment in the community was gratifying. I have many mottos I believe in, but one I firmly stand by is that anyone can achieve their goals if you set you mind to it “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible”.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Being able to view two open-heart surgeries has been one of the most interesting and gratifying experiences. It was in high school that I found my desire to pursue a career in the medical field. In grade 12, I had the privilege of being present in an operating room with the surgical team and was able to watch both procedures up close. I will always have a vivid memory of that day going home and telling my parents “I want to be a surgeon”. Prior to this experience, I planned to go into research due to the fact that I did not know if I would be able to stomach the sight of an operation. However, as cliché as this may sound, I was able to picture the operating room as a second home to me. I will be forever thankful for that experience, as it was the pinnacle point that solidified my future ambition – it inspired me to be that person who can save a life.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My greatest ambition in life is to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree studying Kinesiology. Throughout University I have been a member of an international medical fraternity – PhiDe Delta Epsilon that helps prepare student to reach their fullest potential in their premed career. I also volunteer as a team lead Undergraduate Academic Tutor (UAT) for an upper level Functional Anatomy course. I am currently studying to take my MCAT (medical) exam this summer. After my undergraduate studies my goal is to attend Medical School.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
To be a neurosurgeon.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. My family and I are very close and love to travel as well as experience new adventures together. I have 2 older siblings and my cat Pierre. My parents really promoted living an active lifestyle and I was heavily involved with the arts (dancing & acting) and sports (swimming & karate). I am fortunate to have very supportive parents who go above and beyond in making my upbringing full of opportunity with love and support. One of my fondest memories as a child was going camping every year with our good friends and neighbors and playing cops and robbers in the bushes followed by a round of smores at the camp fire.
One thing I love about my family is we all have a sense of humour. My parents and I often compare our family dynamics to the T.V. shows The Goldbergs and Modern Family. Half the reason for the laughs is because we can relate to the humorous situations that happen in the shows. I can honestly say there is never a dull moment in my family.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
One of the most unusual volunteer positions I have had was working with the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. To explain it simply, I worked with birds. The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC specializes in the rehabilitation of various species of birds. My job was to help prep their meals, feed them and clean their cages. I was amazed at how meticulous their food portions had to be and not to mention they were very picky eaters. With this job I gained a lot of knowledge and appreciation for the wildlife and the amount of care giving they required. Did you know that humming birds need to be fed every 10 minutes because of their high metabolism? At the end of the day it was a very gratifying job when we were able to release them back into their habitat and they could survive on their own. Sometimes we may forget, but the wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment and provides the stability to different natural processes of nature.
List any volunteering you have done.
- Royal Columbia Hospital – Emergency room
- Undergraduate Academic Tutor for BPK- Functional Anatomy
- Sole Girls (empowerment program for young girls)
- SOS Children’s Villages
- Willdlife Rescue Association of BC
- BC Lung Association
- Children’s Wish Foundation
- Run Up for Down Syndrome
- Shotokan Karate
- BC Liver Foundation
- Mike Cassidy Legacy Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic
- Heart & Stroke Heart Foundation
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- Canadian Cancer Society
- BC Children’s Hospital – Child’s Run
- Variety – the Children’s Charity
- TriCities Scotiabank MS Walk
- Free the Children – One Climb
- MC at the Polish Harvest Festival – Polish Friendship “Zgoda” Society
- Various Community Festivals & Events
- Fundraising: SOS Children’s Villages, The Children’s Wish Foundation, Operation Smile, Free the Children, Variety – the Children’s Charity, & Sick Kids.
What is your most unusual talent?
This may not be considered an unusual talent but more as a unique characteristic of mine – my hiccups. Believe it or not, my friends and professors know me in school by my hiccups. It is more of a squeal but you would have to hear it to believe it.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
Every day I walk into one of the most interesting and rewarding places imaginable – my University. I have found that Universities transforms people’s lives through education, help one develop skills and knowledge that will help guide them into the future. The connections I’ve built in University have allowed me to promote a social lifestyle that offers opportunities to meet people from many different backgrounds and interests. I’ve gained independence, which is a big part of university lifestyle. I can appreciate that all of these important life skills will be developed which will lead and benefit in life.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years I hope to be in an occupation I love and that challenges me daily while helping others at the same time. I also hope to have a loving family where I can travel and continue to learn the different cultures of the world and what life has to offer. Although this may be my vision, I believe that everything happens for a reason so the only thing I can hope for is to be happy, healthy, and continue to learn and grow as an individual.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
I would like to sincerely thank the Miss Universe Canada and Beauties of Canada organization for giving me once again this amazing opportunity. I look forward to this incredible journey and everyone who I will meet along the way. I would also like to take a moment to thank my family, friends and sponsor for all their support and generosity; it truly means the world to me!