The Gaspésie is located in the middle of the Chic Choc mountain range and has many bodies of water. In the middle of the woods, with no internet nor cell phone service, is a campsite called Lac York. Both small log cabins on the lake and fields to pitch tents or park camper trailers are offered. Amongst the forest, dirt roads encircle the lake allowing for ATVs and pickup trucks to drive around it to see the beautiful scenery which it encapsulates.

Douglastown Beach

Not only does Lac York offer beautiful landscapes but it also offers a variety of facilities for all ages. There is a playground for children along with a gazebo on the lake with benches inside. Boats such as canoes, kayaks, and row boats are also offered for the campers. Often people will take the boats out to the center of the lake and fish for trout; meanwhile, the children are playing in the water closer to the shore.

Trout is not the only wildlife that inhabits the area; beavers, loons, and ducks also call the lake their home. Once the sun sets the night comes to life and millions of stars begin to dance in the sky. Coyotes and wolves howl at the moon, frogs croak, the crickets play their unique song, and in the still air of the distance the call of an owl can be heard. The sounds of the night life manifests in the air until sunrise. When the sun awakens so does the diurnal animals. Hawks encircle the lake in search of breakfast, the rabbits come out of hiding, and the birds welcome the start of a brand new day with their beautiful song.

The nature and beauty of Lac York has encapsulated my heart. Each year my family and I go camping there. It is an amazing way to escape from the business and electronics that has become the way of life in this modern age. It allows for time to focus on family and the precious moments in which some of the best memories are made.

Lac York

The breathtaking scenery is not the only thing that makes the Gaspésie unique. The simplicity and tranquility of the place sets it apart from many other towns and cities. Being surrounded by the ocean I, and many other Gaspésians, have descended from a long line of fishermen. Every morning they would be out on the water by four o’clock pulling in their catch for the day, a few people per boat. Enough profit is made from fishing in the summer months to support the family through the winter until fishing season opens once again.

Of course with fishing being a big source of income there needs to be a boat shop. When my Grandfather was just married he built a boat shop to build and repair boats, as a fisherman he saw the importance of having a boat that is in good shape. Later on in the years the building fell down and the barn was turned into what is currently the shop. Repairs were done, cement flooring was laid, and the doors and the inside were changed to fit its new purpose. The shop was then passed on to my uncle who ran the place once my Grandfather was unable. To this day the boat shop is still up and running.

Fishing boats at the wharf

The Gaspésie is a beautiful peninsula in eastern Quebec. With the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and simplistic way of life it makes for an amazing place to live. I am so proud to be representing both the Gaspésie and Quebec in the Miss World Canada 2018 National Pageant. This is where I have grown up and I know wherever my life may take me a little piece of the Gaspésie will live inside my heart forever.

 

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My name is Olivia Rehel and I am twenty years old. I am really honoured to be chosen to represent Quebec in the Miss World Canada Pageant in Toronto this month. As a first time pageant contestant this journey has lead to personal growth and many new experiences.

I just recently finished my college education and have been accepted into the University of Prince Edward Island in the fall. I plan to get my Bachelor of Science as a biology major. I then plan on getting my nursing degree specializing in pediatrics. As a baby I had a haemangioma in my trachea which filled 90% of my airway and was only given two weeks to live. I was hospitalized in a pediatric hospital and would love to help other babies and children who are in similar situations. I have always loved children and have always tried to help in any way possible. While still a child myself I sponsored a little girl in Thailand through Compassion Canada, as well as raised money to free child slaves in Africa. We also had a tradition in our family to pack Christmas gifts for children in third world countries.

I grew up in a small town in eastern Quebec where opportunities were limited. Growing up there taught me to dream big and take every opportunity that is offered. It taught me to fight for what I want. I learned with a lot of hard work and determination anything is possible. I was able to join the college dance troupe  as well as join a Cirque Du Soleil school for six years until they closed. I learned knowledge is never something that you can have too much of and to take every opportunity you can to learn a new skill, during the process you may even learn something new about yourself as well.

In my spare time I love to read, dance, spend time on the beach, cook, and go snowboarding. I have always lived a very active lifestyle. Starting my karate training at the age of 3 I am now going for my  black belt and would like to teach. I would also like to teach children with disabilities to dance as a form of therapy.

I cannot wait for the national pageant and to see what life has in store for me over the next few years.

 

 

 

 

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My dear reader,

I hope you are doing well today, and welcome to my blog!

As you can see in the picture, I am getting ready for the huge ceremony that gathered around 1000 of people from the Persian community together on at Embassy Plaza hotel.

I would like to thank dear Mojgan Karimi who always supported me unconditionally everytime that I needed her assistance for my hair and makeup for the events that I attended during my journey to Miss World Canada 2018!

Without effective teamwork and collaboration, there is no way that one can handle huge challenges to succeed. I hope I will be able to compensate the supports of anyone who did not leave me alone on my marathon journey.

The following picture has been taken before the provincial competition in September, before the provincial (Quebec) competition at Holiday Inn Hotel in Montreal in which I got selected as one of the finalists proceeding to the national competition of Miss World Canada 2018.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! If you have any comments or have any questions regarding my mission on this journey and upcoming events that I either attend or organize, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missnunsisladworld2018/

Thank you and love you all!

Tina Khadivi (Your Miss)

 

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My dear reader,

I hope you are doing well today, and welcome to my blog!

This picture was taken on the occasion of the book launch by Dr. Shourkaei, Ph.D. in Ancient History and the translator of the “Discours de La Servitude Volontaraire written by Etienne de La Boetie from French to Farsi.

We all might know that without the translation we would have been living in the provinces not being capable of crossing the borders, educate ourselves, get familiar with new ideas, and improve. I find translators as one of the most important professionals who can transform history, culture, thoughts, experiences, feelings all at the same time without changing them. The beautiful and invaluable results of their efforts are enrichening the societies, people’s mind and lives.

Being in Dr.Shourkaei’s conference and listening to his speech, learning from him and being inspired by his passion to translate this challenging book was quite enjoying and it opened my eyes about how we (people) could make ourselves the slaves of the cruelty. Sometimes we are the ones who voluntarily give the power to the unfaithful ones to destroy societies, people, and their lives!

One of the interesting quotes that I liked in his book about cruelty powers is the following:

Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.”
― Étienne or Estienne de La Boétie

The powers in the world have been chosen by us, our decision and support! We can change the societies’ future, peoples’ lives, and write the history that we want to have by gaining a clear vision about what is going around the world, what and who we should support or not.

I am reading the rest of the book and I feel it helps me every day to make my mindset clearer and my vision more transparent about my actions, decisions, and thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! If you have any comments or have any questions regarding the upcoming events that I either attend or organize, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missnunsisladworld2018/

Thank you and love you all!

Tina Khadivi (Your Miss)

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My dear reader,

I hope you are doing well today, and welcome to my blog!

At the beginning of the event, as you can see in the picture while carrying our province’s (Quebec) flag, I was announced and introduced to around 1000 guests at the gala that happened at Embassy Plaza hotel, as a young role model with significant achievements (academic, leadership, professional,..)  who has the honor to represent the province of Quebec in the final stage of Miss World Canada 2018!

I would like to thank ICI TV who was present there and interviewed with me for their channel and showed a full support to raise my voice higher to get people together and make the best possible positive changes (education, children, women,..) in our beautiful society!

Words cannot express how happy I was seeing people’s excitement to talk with me, take some pictures, and know why and how I got into the preliminary Miss World pageant which is the oldest, largest and the most popular pageant in the world.

In the beginning, I realized that most people assume it is just a beauty pageant and the main criteria for selection are based on the appearance.

However, I told them that any women of any age, height, weight, and shape is uniquely beautiful and valuable which they found inspiring to hear. I continued: “Indeed what makes women be selected in this pageant is the combination of outer and inner beauty, as well as confidence, education, massive social contributions, the ability to connect with the audiences, having leadership skills, charity involvement, etc.”

I can truly say they were impressed by the factors that Miss World Canada organization takes into the consideration and were shocked by what they thought before about the selection standards and what the truth was. Some mothers gave me their numbers so that I can be a mentor for their young girls after my pageant and I am gladly waiting for that time and service that I will provide for free.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! If you have any comments or have any questions regarding my upcoming events that I either attend or organize, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missnunsisladworld2018/

Thank you and love you all!

Tina Khadivi (Your Miss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is such an honor to be selected to compete in this years Miss World Canada pageant in Toronto. This is my very first pageant, and it has already been such a wonderful experience. I have been meeting new people, volunteering more, attending and speaking at events, and having lots of fun while promoting my title.
A bit about me,
I am currently studying Business Marketing at the University of Ottawa. I enjoy it very much, however I wanted to specialize in a specific industry. Given that I love meeting new people and serving others, I decided that the hospitality industry was right for me. This is why I decided to get my hotel and restaurant operations management certificate at Algonquin College! I am very excited to begin my career and see where it takes me.
I also love physical activity. I am a high energy person, and need to engage in some sort of physical activity every day. Things that I love doing are swimming, biking, sailing, rock climbing, and my favorite work out videos called Insanity. I also do my best to eat healthy, and have a balanced diet. I also very much enjoy spending quality time with friends and family.
I truly believe that doing something that scares you everyday, can help you grow as a person. Being able to try something new, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, can really improve your confidence.
I received my title on May 20th, and during this short time, I have already felt my confidence grow. I am not used to having all the attention on me, and these past few events I have done were definitely out of my comfort zone, however at the end I would feel more accomplished, as it is very rewarding.
To me, being in a pageant isn’t only about winning, it is about the experiences. During these next few weeks, I will have the opportunity to meet wonderful people, network, travel, and most importantly, give back to my community. My platform is educating children on the importance of good nutrition and fitness, so that they can grow with healthy habits. This will hopefully lead to a more healthy and fit society.
Every girl deserves to be able to live her own life, make her own decisions, and be happy. As Miss Island of Montreal, my one piece of advice would be to not be afraid to take a risk, or step out of your comfort zone. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes fear gets in the way, but if you tell yourself you can do it, there is nothing you can’t accomplish.
Clara Di Francesco – Miss Island of Montreal
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My dear reader,

I hope you are doing well today, and welcome to my blog!

Today from 10 am to 1 pm I had a meet & greet event at Second Cup in Ile des Soeurs to answer people’s questions about my mission in our society, social contributions, and adventurous journey to Miss World Canada 2018 as one of the finalists representing our province (Quebec) in this competition.

This picture has been taken an hour before the event. I am drinking coffee as a refresher to energize myself for the event! Cannot wait to meet people and have a conversation with them face to face, and ask how they think about what I am doing in the society and what they expect from me to accomplish as one of the young role models.

“Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success. Let
people see you value both feedback and ideas.”
– Jim Trinka and Les Wallace

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! If you have any comments or have any questions regarding my upcoming events please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missnunsisladworld2018/

Thank you and love you all!

Tina Khadivi (Your Miss)

 

 

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My dear reader,

I hope you are doing well today, and welcome to my blog!

On June 8th, I had the pleasure to meet Mayor Jean-François Parenteau (the mayor of Verdun & the member of the Montreal Executive Committee) at QUAI 5160 where he was awarded due to his significant contributions for the development of the city of Verdun in Quebec in the past 6 months.


I am delighted for having the opportunity to share my plan for developing art & culture in our society through huge art expositions that I am planning to hold and ask for his support on this mission. I will provide you with more details in the following blogs as the project proceeds.

During the conference, I had the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with Mrs. Marie-France Boyer, the Executive Director of Caisse Desjardins of Nun’s Island & the President of the Verdun Business, about my journey to Miss world Canada 2018.

As a 3rd year student perusing 2 business majors ( finance & international business) at Concordia University, I learned how our network can turn into our net worth in the future. However, I think the value of networking is not merely limited to the business purposes but to every aspect of our life! When we stay open to listen and learn from people with different backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and mindsets, we can evolve considerably over the time.

I understand how networking might sound challenging for many of us but if we truly understand how much it can open the doors and help us discover the life-changing tips and tricks that we might not be able to get from many books, then we do not miss any chance to participate in the events and network face to face with new people.

During the lunch, I started having a quite interesting conversation with one of the guests (as you see in the picture) who was the member of the Verdun Business Network. Our conversation was started with Miss World competitions, led to the culture in Canada, France, Iran, history of countries, and finally how languages have been created. I learned from him in less than an hour as much as I could from reading books with a variety of topics in weeks or maybe months.

One of the methods that I use which has always helped me in connecting and building stable relationships with people in any events that I went is that I do not just hear, but truly listen to every single word that comes out of the person’s mouth, think about it and respond accordingly. Therefore, the conversation becomes meaningful and quite interactive.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog! If you have any comments or have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me at my official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missnunsisladworld2018/

Thank you and love you all!

Tina Khadivi (Your Miss)

 

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My dear friends,

Welcome to my blog!

I am sincerely thankful of Residence Ambiance Ile Des Soeurs, une résidence du Groupe Maurice, who warmly welcomed me to introduce myself, share my mission, as well as my values that pushed me to be on this challenging journey to Miss World Canada 2018 today.

 

I am so grateful to our elderlies whose efforts, sacrifices, and achievements in the past helped to shape the future of the society that our generation is now living in and taking advantage of.

I believe that elderlies hold an important role in the society as they provide guidance on spiritual and community matters. I have always looked to them as advisors having the knowledge of many years of living and carrying with them the history and stories of the past which could be a great source of learning and inspiration in our life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My public speaking tour at the Ambiance for the elderlies gave me one of the most joyful experiences. They strongly encouraged me to keep my energy and motivation high and never give up on my goals no matter what obstacles will be on my way.

I learned a lot from their words of wisdom and I loved the memories that some of them shared with me about their past when they were at my age!

Also, the beautiful couple that you can see below taught me that true love can exist at any time and at any age. They are around 90 years old now and found each other a couple of years ago at this place. They met in the yoga class for the 1st time and that was the start of their love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you and love you all!💕

Tina Khadivi (your Miss)

 

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My dear friends,

I hope you are doing great and you are very welcome to my blog!

This picture was taken early in the morning at Elgar Community Centre where they put the local newsletters for people.

I would like to appreciate one of the most popular and engaging magazines in our area Le Magazine de l’Île-des-Soeurs for having me on their coverage and writing an article about my goals and journey to Miss World Canada 2018.

Words cannot express how exciting it is to receive such this strong interest and support from various newsletters to interview with me and share my adventurous life story, challenges that built my mindset, and lead me to have a mission of giving back to our society, especially on my beautiful journey to Miss World Canada 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This excitement is due to the fact that I feel that they might have seen some potentials on a young (24 years old) woman who is trying her best to be the best possible example and source of help, peace, and inspiration of the others.

2 days after publishing the article I received some messages from people who were impressed by my story and dedication to the society. Therefore, I decided to go to Elgar Community Centre where that they had put the magazines so that I can interact with people more at a personal level, fulfill their curiosity by answering their questions, and ask if there is any cause that I can support or issue that I can contribute in solving in our area.

It has always been my dream to be a role model in my own way, not the one that people can just read about or see on television, but the one accessible to people, and known by many at a personal level (like a close friend).

Sometimes it takes a lot of time and energy to make it happen, but my heart believes that it absolutely worth it and that is the reason that I am here in Miss World Canada path.

The picture with a red dress was taken by Mrs. Delphine Bergeron (the reporter) on May 9th right before getting to the conference I had the privilege to be sent to on behalf of John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. The event was held by Montreal International Relations Council (CORIM), at hotel Bonaventure where the industry leaders from different parts of the world (Finland, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, …) were invited to cover important topics such as:

-Encouraging medium-sized businesses to grow
-Strengthening the internationalization of companies
-Women and entrepreneurship
-Financing strategies for tomorrow’s jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always believed in a golden sentence which says “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you and love you all!💕

Tina Khadivi (your Miss)

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