By Daniele Iannarone
Ever heard of Miss Canada?
For Kirkland resident Sabrina Stroppetti, what started off as a google search based on a simple curiosity led to the opportunity of a lifetime.
Stroppetti recalls having one day been curious as to whether beauty pageants existed in Canada, seeing as they’re quite popular in other countries. What she discovered is that “Miss Canada” actually is a thing, but it certainly isn’t a beauty pageant in the traditional sense.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” says Stroppetti.
The national competition allows Canadian teens and young adults to participate in the nation’s biggest personality contest. According to the Miss Canada website, “Miss Canada and Miss Teen Canada are awarded the Canadian titles most likely to impress judges with their charisma, intelligence and above all their dedication to a cause that is close to their hearts.”
When Stroppetti learned about the opportunity, she didn’t hesitate to apply, and success immediately followed her. Having been offered a national platform through which to communicate her dedication to promoting sexual health awareness, her work was praised by a team of judges, and she was ranked in the top 10 in this year’s competition.
“It was an amazing opportunity,” says Stroppetti. “I already won just by meeting all these women across Canada.”
Stroppetti has been working in the sexual health field ever since graduating from Concordia University with a degree in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality in 2015. She firmly believes that there is not enough sex education in schools across the country, and that more has to be done to communicate sexual health to students and the community at large.
“The reason why I do sex ed is because I’ve learned that there’s not a lot of sex ed in school, and it’s lacking so people can’t practice healthy sexuality,” says Stroppetti. “If people know, they can be better informed.” Stroppetti adds that she believes there isn’t enough specific training for sexual health experts. Her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality was only offered as a minor, and she had to do four separate certificates since then to become better versed in her field.
As a sexual health expert, Stroppetti is invited to talk to a variety of audiences on how to practice safe sex, how to communicate sexual health effectively and how to manage certain situations. She talks to students ranging from high school to universities, businesses and parents.
“The Miss Canada competition is a good opportunity to expand your platform,” says Stroppetti. She encourages all willing participants to apply, because “you never know, you may even make it to the top.”
Teens, of course, are welcome to apply for Miss Teen Canada. To learn more about Miss Canada, the principles and the history of the competition, click HERE. To register for next year’s event, click HERE.