An Indo-Canadian girl who is a first-year nursing student at the University of Windsor, has won the prestigious crown of Miss Canada 2014.
On Saturday, 18 year old Priya Madaan competed against 18 other finalists from across Canada, held in her hometown Montreal.
“I was so surprised when my name was called and they crowned me. It’s still such a shock to me. I can’t believe I’m Miss Canada,” said Madaan
Madaan talking to the press, revealed that she was proud of her accomplishment because she feels the competition is more about personality than beauty. “I learned more about the organization and realized it’s a personality-based competition and it’s not based on beauty at all,” she said.
“Being onstage is the greatest feeling in the world so I think I want to continue on doing more pageants later on, but this year I just want to focus on reigning my title as Miss Canada 2014,” she said.
Madaan who is a high achiever in academics, also actively volunteers in the Heart and Stroke Foundation as well as the Canadian World Education Foundation. She is also part of the South Asian student organisation called the Punjabi Students Association.
"From volunteering I discovered my true passion for helpings others, I truly want to change lives for the better,” Madaan wrote on her Miss Canada website. “I have been extremely privileged to have the opportunity of higher education, which is something I believe should be accessible to everyone.”