Hometown: Lunenburg, NS
Eleanor Abraham was born and raised in New York City. She fell in love with Canada 14 years ago when her family moved to Nova Scotia. Eleanor splits her time between New York and Toronto as she advocates for both marine conservation and domestic violence awareness and prevention.
With a Master’s Degree in International Relations from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Eleanor welcomes change and new opportunities. She courageously switched careers to pursue her dream of becoming a Political Analyst for environmental and social causes. As a Helpline Advocate for domestic violence survivors, Eleanor guides callers through the initial stages of receiving residential housing, legal assistance, and therapeutic pathways to healing. Eleanor understands the barriers survivors face and aspires to create legislative improvements for their journey to independence.
Using her own experience as a survivor, Eleanor founded Loving Hearts, an organization committed to sharing the warning signs of domestic violence to young adults. Loving Hearts holds educational discussions to help our youth gain the knowledge and confidence to identify and avoid potentially dangerous relationships. Loving Hearts is everything Eleanor wishes she learned as a young adult. She believes we often find our purpose hidden within our adversities. She hopes her story inspires others to transform their own adversities into accomplishments.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I love running along the water. Running helps me destress, declutter my mind, and think clearly. My favorite part of every run is the sunset. As an advocate for marine conservation, I always carry my garbage picker with me whenever I visit a park or beach. One of my favorite experiences with nature was when I was able the guide baby sea turtles into the Atlantic Ocean with marine biologists.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I took Scene Study and Improvisation courses at NYU Tisch in New York City.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
During high school, I participated in rowing. Our warmups included running/sprints. To this day, I continue to run approximately 15 miles a week.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a pioneer for women’s rights, gender equality, and political intellect. She said, “When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger will not advance ones ability to persuade.” We must instead react with mental fortitude and perseverance. We must identify which areas of society need improvement and create a plan with daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Above all, our plans must be founded with peaceful intentions. Then, we will see measurable societal change. This is exactly what I’ve done with Loving Hearts. I personally identify domestic violence to be a social cause in desperate need of reversal.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest personal accomplishment is creating Loving Hearts. I use my own experience as a survivor coupled with my experience as a helpline advocate to share the warning signs of domestic violence to young adults. Loving Hearts holds educational discussions to help our youth gain the knowledge and confidence to identify and avoid potentially dangerous relationships. If an organization like Loving Hearts existed during my adolescent teenage years, I could have avoided my abusive relationship. Loving Hearts is everything I wish I knew as a young adult. I hope my story encourages others to transform their own adversities into accomplishments.
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 studied abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. During my studies, I met students from 6 other continents. There was a particular group from Riyadh that did not speak or understand English. In turn, I did not speak or understand Arabic. We improved our Spanish speaking together because that was the only language we could use to communicate. Although we were from different parts of the world, we found a way to correspond. If we could become friends and learn to communicate, how much more can people unite, especially when they speak the same language?
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I plan to use my Master’s Degree in International Relations to become a Policy Analyst for environmental and social causes. As an advocate for marine conservation and domestic violence awareness and prevention, my hope is to analyze legislation for areas of improvement. I believe we can use our past obstacles and current passions in life to pursue careers that create positive societal change. Inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am currently studying for the LSAT to pursue my dream of graduating law school.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job is to be a Political Analyst for a major cable news network. In addition to analyzing international relations, I would also use this platform to continue advocating for marine conservation and domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised in Lower Manhattan to a Puerto Rican mother and Jewish father. My parents raised my sister and I Catholic. My father would take us to church, and we would also attend synagogue with him, albeit rarely. Although he was Jewish, my father loved celebrating Christmas and Easter. I often joke (and secretly believe) that those were his favorite holidays. To make matters funnier, my mother converted to Judaism a few years ago and now my sister and I are the only Catholics.
I enjoy sharing this part of my childhood because it shows that no matter what religious, ethnic, or cultural background we come from, we have the capacity to love each other the same. My family and I differ in many ways culturally, but none of that matters when it comes to loving them.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
During my studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I interned for Women’s Wear Daily, McQ by Alexander McQueen, and Itochu Prominent, LLC.
List any volunteering you have done.
I’ve volunteered as a Helpline Advocate at a domestic violence organization for two years. One of my best memories, was when I volunteered at one of the residential houses. As I was greeting the new guests, I realized they were the same family I spoke with a week prior. The children were some of the sweetest I’ve ever met, and you could see the family was ready for their new beginning.
What is your most unusual talent?
I am very good at improvisational acting.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
The most interesting place I’ve visited is Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is most known as the burial place of St. James the apostle. In 2019, 347,578 pilgrims took the spiritual journey El Camino de Santiago.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I hope to be a Senior Political Analyst for a major cable news network and a successful Director of Loving Hearts. I would use these platforms to continue advocating for marine conservation and domestic violence awareness and prevention.