By Woodard, Dale on October 21, 2020.
Two local models are in the running for the People’s Choice Award 2020 Miss Universe Canada title and the right to represent Canada at the Miss Universe Pageant later this year.
Jaime VandenBerg and Tavleen Singh are among 40 models vying for a spot in the semifinals.
The top six delegates with the highest number of votes will be announced Thursday during the Preliminary Competition. The top two delegates of the People’s Choice Award will be announced during the Miss Universe Canada 2020 finals Saturday and will automatically be in the top 20 semifinalists.
VandenBerg is a 23-year-old international model and recent University of Lethbridge graduate. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in May with honours and a concentration in legal reasoning with plans of becoming a human rights lawyer.
VandenBerg wrote the LSAT in August and plans on attending law school in September 2021. She is well known internationally for her activism and volunteerism towards gender equality. She received an international Diana Award – established in memory of Princess Diana to encourage activism and social change involvement – for her humanitarian work and social change efforts abroad.
Through her passion for gender equality, VandenBerg volunteered in the Victim Services Unit at the Lethbridge Police Service. Her primary role was working alongside first responders of crime and tragedy in Lethbridge to assist with victims and witnesses in their recovery and process through the judicial system.
Subsequently, she was the Lethbridge YWCA’s Women of Distinction 2019 Ceremony keynote speaker where she discussed her experiences and how she continued to fight gender-based violence through her role with the LPS.
VandenBerg was awarded a full-ride scholarship to attend Semester at Sea, a study abroad program through Colorado State University where students take university classes on a ship while travelling the world. The experience took her to Europe, Africa and South and North America.
VandenBerg is on a contract in Guadalajara, Mexico with I Am In Cover. Although it is not her first time competing at Miss Universe Canada, it is her first time preparing for a pageant abroad.
Singh was born in Brampton, Ont., and moved to Lethbridge at the age of three.
She graduated from the U of L with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a heavy background in neuroscience.
Singh is the process of completing her Master’s in Science in Psychology degree in 2020, where she will continue towards pursuing a PhD in Psychology in particular towards women in mental health.
She is the process of self-publishing her first book called “Opportunity Cost” which helps deliver her creative sense of passion for writing and education.
Singh’s recent efforts are being made in starting a podcast to help empower other women in the field of psychology.
Those wishing to cast a vote can visit https://missuniversecanada.ca/vote-2020/.