World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Celine Ouellette Ms Canada Atlantique 2022/2023.
Name: Celine Ouellette Title: Ms Canada Atlantique 2022/2023. Education: Bachelor in social work Zodiac sign: Aries. Hobbies: snowshoeing, public speaking on motivational women empierrement , enjoye beaches and any sport in nature. Platform: Promote well being of kids in all aspect of life ( education, sports , food security trew a fondation i created in memory of my daughter Amelie that passed away at the age of 14 in a car accident. Years competed: I have competed since I was 11 years old. Countries visited: USA, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Like: people who are not afraid to work hard to achieve there goals and and volunteering. Dislike: judgment, negativity and mice lol. Statues: single mom of 3 World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.
I am the youngest of eight children and I grew up in a family that was not rolling in gold. However, our parents transmitted to us more important values than having money. These include the importance of working hard to get what you want, believing in yourself, and showing generosity, despite the circumstances. For example, I remember I started harvesting potatoes when I was nine so I could buy myself a pair of running shoes. I lived in a community where everyone knew each other and I had to work hard to fit in. I was a little shy, I didn't wear the same clothes as everyone else, I wasn't a fashion card and I didn't go to the hairdresser. My mother used to cut our hair at home. I feel like I had to work two or three times harder than the others to feel a sense of belonging. In addition to being a go-getter, authentic and frank, I like to support and promote various causes. I am a kind-hearted and generous person. The hardships experienced over the past five years, namely the accidental death of my 14-year-old daughter, Amélie Akerley, have contributed to developing these qualities.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about your education.
Education has always been an important value for my parents. We learned that school doesn't end after high school, especially for girls. My father wanted us to be able to have a post-secondary education, among other things, in order to be autonomous and independent. All the children, with the exception of two of my sisters, went on to study. While one of them has an intellectual disability, my eldest sister had to take care of the children when my mother had tuberculosis. I completed a bachelor's degree in social work from the Université de Moncton. Since I love working with people with special needs, I enrolled in a two-year program in community living services at the New Brunswick Community College (CCNB). Every day I tell myself that if we could see life through the eyes of these people, we would live in a better world! I also have a certificate in marketing from Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec) and a certificate in financial literacy. I love to learn!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Over the years, women have worked hard to succeed in carving out a place for themselves in society. We had to be tenacious in order to rise to positions of authority, whether in business, in politics or elsewhere. If we believe in ourselves, we can accomplish anything we want! We women are often mothers first, which is why we want our children to be successful and proud of us as mothers or women. Our strength lies in the fact that we have an open mind and
that we work more with the heart. Personally, I am a woman who celebrates women's victories. Women need to support each other, through the ups and downs. If we support each other, nothing can stop us, because we have extraordinary strengths.
Even if women stand out in different spheres, that more women than men pursue post- secondary studies and that we have women doctors or politicians, there is still work to be done to ensure that there is equity between women and men. Even if it can be difficult, let's get out of our comfort zone!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your pageant history.
When I was 11, I won the title of Queen of the Saint-Léonard Winter Carnival. It was not a competition where we had to go on stage. The winner was rather the one who had managed to sell the largest number of tickets.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
When we were young, we could only watch so many shows on TV in the evenings. So, we watched the Montreal Canadiens hockey games as well as the pageants, including Miss USA, Miss Universe, etc. We were poor and wanted to be princesses, so we could dream. At the time, we thought it would be impossible for us to participate in this kind of event.
I remember my sisters had participated in pageants. Even though they didn't win, they loved the experience. At some point, I decided it was my turn and took a chance. In the first competition I took part in, I especially wanted my family and my community to be proud of me. I proved that I could take my place! I participated in the Miss st leonard pageant and won the crow and also miss talent. Also several years ago, I participated in Miss Canada, in Toronto. As soon as I stepped on stage, I felt like it wasn't going to be my best performance and that's what happened. I was disappointed, because I told myself that I had not given the best of myself. I thought about it for a long time...
However, I won the title of Miss Model in Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec) and Miss Model, in Quebec, in addition to winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic in Quebec. I participated in the national contest, in Montreal (Quebec), but I did not win. Participating in the Miss Jetset 2022 contest allowed me to find myself. After my daughter died in a car accident five years ago, I got lost. I was no longer the go-getter, cheerful, confident and courageous woman. I had lost everything and I couldn't even speak in public. I felt that I had to rebuild myself. By participating in Miss Jetset, I wanted to promote organ donation and raise money for the Amélie Heart Foundation Inc., an organization that I set up after the death of my daughter. This competition gave me the opportunity to promote a cause that is close to my heart and to regain my confidence. Even though I didn't win the contest, I consider myself a winner.
I want to encourage women who have been through hardship to pick themselves up and move forward in life.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
After the Miss Jetset pageant, I was proud and excited. I decided to register for Mrs, Miss and
Miss Teen Atlantic Canada in order to have an experience with my daughter, Channie Akerley, who was registered in a different category from mine. I wanted to have fun, have fun and live this moment with her, because I learned how precious life is and that memories are gold. I will remember this event for a long time!
My goal was to win People's Choice. In my eyes, the latter had a greater meaning than the crown. This pageant and the many comments from people gave me a boost. Additionally, having won the title of Mrs. Atlantic Canada allowed me to put my time at Miss Canada behind me. I also felt that Amélie accompanied me, because there were no limits with her. What I am experiencing is exceptional!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
People who are not familiar with this contest, please explain to us what it consists of. The Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada pageant took place over a full day. We didn't have much time to get to know each other, but we were one big family. Moreover, there was no spirit of competition between the competitors. It was the first time I participated in a pageant where there was no feeling of competition behind the scenes. In reality, I was competing against myself. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and my bubble.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes your director different from others?
The director of Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada, Michel Clovis Belliveau, is at the base of this contest which grows and extends over four provinces: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Belliveau is an open-minded man who not only sees the outside of the participants, but also the people they are inside. As Mrs. Atlantic Canada 2022-2023, I attend activities. However, I must receive Mr. Belliveau's approval beforehand. I must respect a protocol and carry out my tasks with respect, grace and dignity. I also have the opportunity to promote a cause that is close to my heart. In short, Mr. Belliveau is a truly special person.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition?
I do not consider the contests in our region to be beauty contests, but rather contests that rely on personality, intelligence, etc. I believe that this field has evolved a lot and in a very positive way. We are on the right path. In my opinion, what makes a woman a queen is not her looks, but the person she is. I think all women are beautiful and it's what's in their hearts that makes them queens.
During my participation in Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada, we had to answer questions from judges, present our favorite sports outfit. I chose snowshoeing and took the opportunity to pay tribute to the Maliseet First Nation of Madawaska, a community for which I have a lot of respect.
Also, the snowshoes I wore had a special meaning. They belonged to the family of a boy who received a kidney from Amélie when she died. I paid tribute to the natives and highlighted the gift of life made by Amélie. It really felt like she was with me.
We also had to wear an outfit reflecting our dream career. I work in the area of poverty reduction. However, my greatest achievement - and my retirement project - is the development of the Amélie Heart Foundation Inc. We were also evaluated on our evening dress. In order to determine the People's Choice winner, people had to go online and vote. Each vote allowed us to accumulate points. Eventually, I won this award.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
During Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada, I had an extraordinary experience with my daughter, Channie. Together, we also had a thought for Amélie who would have loved to take part in this kind of event. Amélie's death allows us to live our lives to the full and appreciate them more. Amélie died at the age of 14. What would she have become? We don't know… What can we become? We don't know it, but we always aim higher, we get out of our comfort zone and we live adventures. Certainly, she is never far away.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Who would you recommend your system to?
I recommend that girls and women of all ages give themselves permission to live this enriching experience focused on teamwork, mutual support, etc. If you think about it, forget about it and go for it! Dare to participate! It helps to avoid having regrets.
Participating in this type of competition is an opportunity for people to show what they are capable of and the best of themselves. Moreover, if a woman or a girl is shy and she goes on stage, it is already a victory.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your platform or what cause you volunteer for.
On the one hand, I want to promote the Amélie Heart Foundation Inc. I created this foundation after Amélie's death. She died as a result of a car accident. The Amélie Heart Foundation Inc. is focused on the well-being of children and its objective is to ensure that they can develop to their full potential without being held back by obstacles or barriers. Among the pillars of the Foundation, there are in particular the allocation of scholarships, financial support for children so that they can indulge in sports, cultural and artistic activities, an individual tutoring service as well as a home snack delivery service in northwestern New Brunswick.
On the other hand, I promote organ donation and I hope it will become mandatory. If that had been the case, it would have been easier for our family. Organ donation, which can also be called the gift of life, is very close to my heart. My daughter donated seven organs, which saved five lives.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title?
So far, I've had the good fortune to attend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride, Acadie Day celebrations (August 15), help out at fundraisers funds to support non-profit organizations. I have also been a judge in various competitions. I have traveled to various places in New Brunswick.
I would also like to meet the municipalities, which would allow me to promote the Amélie Heart Foundation Inc. and organ donation, as well as make a few visits to the three other provinces that I represent, namely Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Prince Edward Island.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are some of your achievements?
My greatest accomplishment is undoubtedly my three children, Channie, Maxime and Amélie. Among the other things I am proud of is having done well during the Miss Jetset 2022 international competition, the creation of the Amélie Heart Foundation Inc., which allows me to help children in my region and to outside, the establishment of Connect Nord-Ouest, aimed at giving a helping hand to seniors as well as having won the People's Choice and the crown during my participation in Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada. If I am where I am, it is thanks to the people and my community. They are my strength!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe that what makes me stand out is the fact that I am natural, authentic, frank and that what I do, I do with my heart. Transparent and spontaneous, I remind you that not everything revolves around physical beauty, but it is inner beauty that should be prioritized. Once on stage, it is essential to remain yourself. I believe that a person who remains authentic before, during and after the contest is a winner!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I couldn't believe it and laughed. In reality, I participated in Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada to promote the Heart Foundation of Amélie Inc., to have fun and spend beautiful moments in the company of my daughter. Mission accomplished! I am very happy to have won the People's Choice, because it is the prize that I wanted to win. When I heard my name, I was speechless and didn't realize what had just happened. I thought that after this competition, it would be over. I must say that I was proud of myself, because I was probably the least nervous person in the whole competition. I was extremely surprised to win the title of Mrs Atlantic Canada, because I did not expect it at all. I am truly honored to represent my region. I also like to say that the diamonds on my crown represent the people of the Northwest and all the people who support me on this journey. Every time I bring it, I bring these people with me. There is also a bit of Amélie in everything I do.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
We can define beauty in different ways, whether it is physical or in terms of values, knowledge and what is in our hearts. Personally, I do not consider myself to be a beauty queen, but I believe that the fact that I remain true to myself allows me to stand out in my journey.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Participating in contests gave me back my self-confidence, allowed me to rebuild myself, to fight against my shyness and to eliminate barriers as well as to have the strength that I have today. After Amélie's death, I had to rebuild my confidence and self-esteem. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did pageants help your self esteem and body image? Contests should no longer be about women's body image, because they're all beautiful. Personally, I accept my body as it is. I prefer to bet on causes that are close to my heart. All women should be proud of their bodies.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
You are an inspiration to all girls. What does it do I am happy and proud to know that I am an inspiration to girls and women. If I can be a model of perseverance and determination, so much the better! I believe that no matter what you do, you must always believe in your abilities, your potential and go for it in life.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I can't really say that I have a strategy, because when I go on stage, I want to be myself, transparent as well as listen to my heart and my instincts. However, I make sure I have eye contact with the judges and humor always helps. Since my community supports me in my journey, it is always in my thoughts when I find myself on stage, which is an excellent source of motivation. This community gives me the confidence I need to succeed.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did you prepare for your competition?
Since I am a spontaneous and productive person under pressure, I did not spend a lot of time preparing for my participation in Mrs, Miss and Miss Teen Atlantic Canada. My goal was to have this experience with my daughter, Channie, and have fun. I believe that being spontaneous and using the knowledge acquired during my previous experiences allows me to demonstrate the person that I really am. Also, talking comes naturally to me.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
I believe that everyone who participates in a competition has their own approach. It is important to put one foot in front of the other, to smile, to take your time, to stop, to be elegant, to look at people, to be comfortable and to show off. After all, you have to enjoy your moment on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress?
It is important that the participant finds HER dress. Personally, I try to choose one that reflects my preferences and my personality. In addition, the contestant must feel beautiful and comfortable in her outfit. When a contestant has found her dress, she feels it.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for winning an interview?
First and foremost, it is important to know yourself and be yourself, to greet people and not to sit down until you have had the green light from the judges. It is also essential to exercise judgment, to be honest in your answers, to remain authentic and natural, to let the waves carry you, to use humor in moderation and to have a minimum of preparation or general knowledge. I also believe that we must avoid traps or delicate questions, including those relating to topics such as politics, religion, etc. If a judge asks a question that may seem delicate, it is best to answer them that you do not wish to comment in order to avoid offending people. Still with regard to the questions from the judges, I suggest that participants make sure that part of the question is found in the answer.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is one mistake that you've made during competing you wish you could redo and fix?
Back when I competed at Miss Canada in Toronto, we were asked to choose a cause that we would promote as Miss Canada. I had seen this question in the form to fill out, but everything was new. I had never stepped on a stage at a national competition and had not realized the magnitude of the competition. I should have prepared more, researched and gathered more information about the case in question. If I could go back in time, I would be much better prepared and confident without having memorized a speech.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Some participants are overconfident or overly driven, which makes it difficult to see their true personality. It is good to have self-confidence, but sometimes participants are really too competitive. I believe the secret to success is to compete against yourself and find a balance. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Any modeling or acting experience? Yes I did modeling for local merchant and also won Miss model search In Rivière du loup Québec. I model now for different photographer to upgrade there portfolio. As far as acting I never did but who knows I might if it the opportunity presents itself. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your plans for 2023 as a Queen? My plans for 2022 -23 well I simply what to savoir this moment to the max and getting involve in charities that I love . Certainly the first one would be to take my fondation cœur dAmelie to another level. Now I’m trying to build a community center in her name. I was also invited to participate in other pageants one the international scene but I haven’t picked out the one I will be doing. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? The legacy I want to leave is people reading my story and knowing everything I've been trough with the worst one was loosing my daughter that I’m still striving to accomplish positive things for. To never give up on dreams. Life is a gift I learned that the hard way but I also realized many things that my daughter left here on hearth to never give up. Alwayse be kind and generous, and to believe in my self no matter how hard I fall. I want people to see me and remember me as simply being me. If I could get here everyone can . Be true to yourself and never give up . Remember we are all beautiful in our way but having a good heart defines the crown and makes you a real queen. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.
Celine Ouellette Ms Canada Atlantique 2022/2023, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Monica Couturier of MC Creation
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