Our very own Okanagan woman, Shanelle Connell, is competing in the Miss Universe Canada pageant this fall, her inner beauty shines even brighter than her amazing looks.
At just 21 years of age, Shanelle has developed a keen awareness of what is important to her, and her compassion for women in need, knows no bounds. She takes her passion and beliefs to the upcoming pageant with a simple purpose…to shed light on women’s mental health issues.
The Miss Universe Canada pageant will be held in Toronto in September. Shanelle is a perfect fit with the organization’s motto…confidently beautiful.
One of the top five pageants in the world, Miss Universe Canada expects much of their contestants. Shanelle will attend promotional media events, charity fund raisers and other activities related to the pageant. This year, their focus is Operation Smile, helping kids with cleft palates. And her adventure will provide many opportunities for her own advocacy.
“My biggest passion is mental health, particularly for women. I would love to work with women who have had to deal with toxic backgrounds or abusive relationships. Recently I was asked by the Elizabeth Fry Society to be the ambassador of their Speak Out campaign, on behalf of women who are facing these issues,” she said.