I had the privilege of supporting my local community at the West Island’s Neighbours for Neighbours Food Drive. Alongside the co-organizers Rhonda Massad and Stephanie Koury, I had a great time collecting non-perishable food donations and winter clothing for those in need. All donations will be benefiting five West Island food banks including; West Island Mission, On Rock, John Abbott Food Bank, West Island Assistance Fund and Sainte Anne’s Food Bank.

Miss Southern Quebec World 2017 with Rhonda Massad

 

Miss Southern Quebec World 2017 with food donations in her Miss World Canada 2017 bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Neighbours for Neighbours Food Drive is a wonderful initiative that allows West Islanders to help other West Islanders in need. Although donations are needed all year long, it becomes particularly important during the winter months where those in need struggle to stay warm. Many people came by to give off their donations which ranged from food items, toiletries, clothing and money donations.

Donations

What I enjoyed the most was that this was a family event. As the younger generations see their parents donating and helping out in the community, they are influenced and will hopefully do the same when they grow up.

 

Miss Southern Quebec World 2017 with children at a local food drive.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the food drive, all the volunteers, organizers, and everyone who donated!

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I arrived to North York’s Edward Village hotel for the Miss World Canada pageant on Sunday. We were fortunate enough to have a sponsor’s party where we got to meet the various sponsors and received various gifts from them. I believe it was an amazing way to start off the week as we were able to meet the other delegates right away and have the opportunity to meet the sponsors who made Miss World Canada possible.

If I had to pick one gift I enjoyed the most it was by Warsh Cloths which provided each delegate with a makeup remover cloth. All you have to do is use water with the cloth and all the makeup comes right off. Then, you wash the cloth with soap and all the makeup comes off and your cloth is ready for the next day!

I would like to thank all the other sponsors KRA Shea Butter, skechers, Helene Clarkson designer, babe box, blo dry bar, Rachel sin designer, uptothetime watch

I arrived to North York’s Edward Village hotel for the Miss World Canada pageant on Sunday. We were fortunate enough to have a sponsor’s party where we got to meet the various sponsors and received various gifts from them. I believe it was an amazing way to start off the week as we were able to meet the other delegates right away and have the opportunity to meet the sponsors who made Miss World Canada possible.

If I had to pick one gift I enjoyed the most it was by Warsh Cloths which provided each delegate with a makeup remover cloth. All you have to do is use water with the cloth and all the makeup comes right off. Then, you wash the cloth with soap and all the makeup comes off and your cloth is ready for the next day!

I would like to thank all the other sponsors KRA Shea Butter, skechers, Helene Clarkson designer, babe box, blo dry bar, Rachel sin designer, uptothetime watches

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If there’s one thing I learned through pageantry thus far, it is how to support, encourage and empower other women even though we are all competing for the same awards and title.

All of the delegates prior to the Fitness test at Mayfairclubs!

Today, we all went to MayFairClubs to do our fitness test which consisted of 3 stations. These exercises were difficult, in the sense that we really had to push ourselves. However, what amazed me the most today was not the high scores that some delegates got but rather how they cheered on other participants. I was in the middle of doing my assisted chin ups, I had just reached 35 and was feeling extremely drained. All I wanted to do was stop but as I was about to get off, the rest of the delegates with me started cheering words of encouragement. “Just a few more, you can do it, don’t stop now!” There is something strange about the power of encouragement because from wanting to quit at 35, I made it to 50 chin ups, which was the maximum. As the other girls were doing their tests, I too cheered them on because it feels amazing to see someone succeed.

I hope that as the rest of the week progresses, we continue to support each other and help out when we can. For those girls who are hesitant in competing in a pageant, I think you should still go for it! It is a wonderful experience and you get to meet amazing other women from across the country.

I would like to thank #mayfairclubs for letting us use their fitness center. It not only had the fitness center, but it also had a tennis court and a swimming pool if anyone else was interested in joining.

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Fig Fleurs has such a comfortable atmosphere that as soon as you walk in, you can just smell the fresh flowers and feel at home. This local business, located in Quebec’s West Island, is owned by Orysia and Marie who are both extremely knowledgeable in the field.

The owners of Fig Fleurs!

They were both kind enough to invite me to their Summer Design Workshop. These workshops are designed as a way to have fun, meet new people and learn something new. We were all given our own workspace, different flowers in a vase, 3 mason jars and scissors. As the owners were teaching us how to arrange out flowers in the mason jars, they also taught us the names of the various flowers. A few useful tips I learned; never let the leaves from the flower stem touch the water, slit the stems so the flowers can get more water and always cut the stem above a flower node. I was extremely happy that we were able to bring our mason jars home.

Workstation

 

One of the reasons why I love local businesses is because of how the owners treat their clients. Both Orysia and Marie were approachable and extremely professional. Not only did they provide us with refreshments, but as we were leaving they also gave us a few gift certificates for other local businesses in the community. As a pageant woman, there’s nothing I love more than when people try to help out other people!

Fig Fleurs hold many workshops every month so please consult their website for more information. Their shop has gorgeous flowers for every occasion, I definitely recommend it!

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My name is Neelam and as the title above mentioned, I’m your Miss Southern Quebec World 2017! Many people were surprised when I announced that I was participating in the Miss World Canada National pageant because the truth is, I’ve always been a nerd. I was known as the girl who always had her head in a book, studying and if someone would have told me 5 years ago that today I was representing Quebec in the Nationals, I would’ve never believed it.

The first question people tend to ask me is how I, from all people, got involved in this pageant. The truth is, deciding to participate in a pageant of this magnitude is never one someone could make overnight. I have always wanted to help other people whether it was tutoring students or raising money for various causes. However, the desire to participate in a pageant only started a few years ago when I was introduced to the Arts. In 2015, I was fortunate enough to be an extra for Amy Adams’ movie “Arrival” which was filmed in Montreal. I was able to see all the effort and the number of people that need to work together to film one scene. It was then that I fell in love with the Arts, with performing, with costume changes and with being in the spotlight.

Extra for a movie scene. Amy Adams top right, Neelam bottom left.

I am always looking for a new experience, whether that means traveling to a new country or learning something new. When we get out of our comfort zones, we tend to grow and we learn new things about ourselves. I was happy with being the school nerd but, had I not reached out of my comfort zone then maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today. Just this May, I was in India for 3 weeks for my brother’s wedding. Indian weddings tend to have at least 5 different events and I was able to learn the importance of each one. It was such an amazing experience and I had the time of my life there. Visiting other countries helps us learn about their values and culture. One of the reasons why I love Canada so much is because in one country, we have so much diversity. We are given the ability to be friends with people who come from all around the world and we get to learn from them!

Brother’s wedding in India

Dancing the night away!

I am currently the manager at an optometry clinic. I graduated last year from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Science and I will be returning to school to complete my Master’s in Vision Rehabilitation. I want to help people see! My academic goal for the future is to become an optometrist and go to foreign countries which don’t have the necessities to provide ocular healthcare and use what I have learned from school to help out.

Regardless of what happens this July at the National pageant, I know that I got out of my comfort zone, was able to meet strong women from across the country and earn a title that will enable me to get involved with my community and for that, I am extremely grateful.

Thank you so much for your love and support!

Sincerely yours,

Neelam

Miss Southern Quebec World 2017.

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