I, Rachel, have received the humbling and prestige honour of being crowned your Miss Nova Scotia World 2017. I am 24 years young and I work in the oil sands as an inspector. I bet you’re curious as to how that became my choice of career, so let me give you a brief introduction to myself and how I ended up on this path.
From a young age, I was passionate about education and helping others. My parents taught me that knowledge is power, and that it is something that no one can take from you. They encouraged me to be ambitious and to chase my dreams; they guided me but also allowed me to pursue my independence, because what better way to learn than through personal experience?
I knew my mom modelled when she was younger, so of course it became a common interest to me because I wanted to be just like her. At the ripe age of 14, I competed in Top Model Search Canada and that’s when I was fortunate enough to make my debut into the fashion industry. Over the years I received representation from notorious agencies such as Giovanni, Next, Numa and Chantale Nadeau. This was all made possible because Dan Grant, a man who I still consider a great friend to this day, scouted me at the convention. I pursued modelling while staying on top of my studies in high school, and loved every moment of it.
Although it was a hard decision to make, I knew if I wanted to be successful throughout university that it would be best to put modelling on hold. After many years of hard work and dedication, I am proudly able to say that I graduated from Dalhousie University with my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Neuroscience. In 2015, I received my diploma in Ultrasonics from the College of the North Atlantic. My motivation to register in this particular program was fueled by my desire to make my own schedule and have extended periods of time off, which would allow me to spend quality time with my family and friends.
After establishing myself in the oil and gas industry and normalizing my work schedule, I felt the desire to embark on some new goals. Since I was still passionate about fitness and modelling, I decided to combine the two by entering the bodybuilding world and I competed in my first bikini competition. Being on stage gave me back the confidence that I lacked at the time, and just made me feel genuinely good about myself. It was such a memorable and rewarding experience, one that inspired me to reach even further for the stars.
It was shortly after this event that I came across an advertisement for Miss World Canada. I knew it was a long shot, but I also thought “you won’t know unless you try”. So you can only imagine my surprise and disbelief when I was invited to represent our beautiful province, Nova Scotia, at the national competition for the Miss World Canada 2017 title this summer!
This is literally a dream come true, and I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement from my loving family and friends. I hope that my story inspires others to set goals for themselves and to work hard to achieve them. All of these experiences have collectively shaped the woman I am today; I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that I am exactly where I am intended to be.
Miss Nova Scotia World 2017