“Some of my other hobbies include reading (especially mystery, apologetic, and fictional books), visual arts, playing sports with friends, playing the piano, and more!”
“I felt I was able to create The Omega Project (my Beauty with a Purpose) because I was raised in a community led by various influential women who inspired me in unparalleled ways.”
“I believe the most important virtue every woman should strive for, not just as a beauty queen, but to be a leader in this world – is the virtue of compassion.”
“Perform as if the world isn’t watching. Learn to do it because you love it, not because of what others think. But if you are concerned with that, know that I am in your corner cheering you on because I fully believe you are capable of incredible things…”
“To whoever needs to hear this today: You are so unbelievably loved and valued.”
It is an honor to present from Canada the beauty and talent of Sarah Cestnick who was a finalist for Miss World Canada 2022 and has a wonderful project as Omega Project Canada dedicated to actively combating sex trafficking on a local and global scale.
Welcome Sarah Cestnick!!!
1.- Sarah, tell me about the city where you were born and raised. What do you like about your hometown? What are your hobbies? What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
I was raised in a loving home located in the beautiful and flourishing city of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. For decades my city was seen as a “pass-through town” – the town that people travelled through to get to the more established cities. I’ve always loved how this simply brought our city closer together. We continually receive awards as one of Canada’s safest cities. Because of this, it’s common to see neighbourhood parties and lots of events from diverse communities! One of the staples of our city is hockey and I had the pleasure of growing up playing in the local girl’s hockey league, before going on to play at my first university. Some of my other hobbies include reading (especially mystery, apologetic, and fictional books), visual arts, playing sports with friends, playing the piano, and more! Though all these activities provide me with happiness, it’s the community I’m surrounded by and my faith in God that fills me with ardent joy.
2.- Miss World Canada 2022 Delegate, when did you decide to take your first steps as a model and beauty pageant contestant? What feelings do you have about achieving your dreams, your passions, and being a recognized woman today?
Growing up I had heard a lot about the pageant world, but it wasn’t until I did my own research into what the Miss World pageant stood for that I made the commitment to enter and strive for a title. I knew that whatever the results of the competition, I had the opportunity to raise awareness and spread hope about a cause near to my heart – the rise and prevalence of sex trafficking in our communities and world. I felt I was able to create The Omega Project (my Beauty with a Purpose) because I was raised in a community led by various influential women who inspired me in unparalleled ways. These were sisters, daughters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers who all set profound examples of leadership in STEM, business, education, film & television, family, and more. I’m proud to be a woman and I never wish to take the freedoms I have for granted – that I can do and be whatever I want in this world. But I know not everyone has the same opportunities as I do, which I why I so heavily value the mission of the pageant world which stands for women supporting women.
3.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique stamp of Sarah in each activity carried out as a person?
Though I believe any one of the girls I was competing with in nationals was fit for the title of Miss Congeniality, I was incredibly honoured and blessed to have received it by their votes. I believe in the power of living an others-focused life, so I strive each day to carry intentionality and kindness into all my interactions and relationships with others.
4.- What is the main virtue that any woman must have to be a beauty queen?
I believe the most important virtue every woman should strive for, not just as a beauty queen, but to be a leader in this world – is the virtue of compassion. Not only does compassion help the individual clarify her own passions and goals, but it also drives change and inspires hope. I believe that it helps to create open-mindedness and it encourages the development of other traits that produce a well-rounded integrity-led character.
5.- Are you aware that you are an influential woman for many girls who want to be beauty queens? How important is it to you to be an idol for many girls and teenagers?
I would never wish to be an idol to others – an idol is something that is worshiped, and I believe nothing apart from God is worthy of worship. However, one of my main motivations for entering pageantry was my desire to lead a life that allowed me to walk alongside other women and girls so that together we might empower and encourage one another. I long to live in a world where all girls can grow up feeling safe, knowing how loved and valuable they are in this world – that they have the power to inspire change and lead nations.
6.- What was your feeling the first time you modelled in front of a video camera? What did you feel the first time at a beauty pageant?
The first time I modelled in front of a video camera was when I was four years old in my new Belle costume from Disneyland that my parents had gotten me as a gift! The excitement I felt trying on that dress for the first time was the same level of excitement, if not more, I experienced when competing at my first pageant. It was truly a magical experience!
7.- What do you think about the power of social media today?
Social media is one of the most powerful tools in society today. I call it a tool because it is just that – something that can be used for good or bad. I believe there are many benefits to it, from information and news sharing to opportunities for relationship building and maintaining. But every healthy relationship has boundaries. One of the aspects of my sex trafficking curriculum for parents & guardians is the importance of setting boundaries with social media (since 40% of trafficking cases start online). Rather than banning it, children should learn how to balance it. I believe that children should first be taught their value as an individual and how to establish their beautifully unique identity apart from social media. Social media becomes dangerous when we start valuing our worth through the responses and judgements of others.
8.- What’s your favourite social media?
Truthfully, I don’t think I have a favourite social media platform. But I do love that each platform provides its users with different spaces to be creative and expressive!
9.- What would you advise young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step? What would you advise parents who do not support their children’s talents?
To the person who is uncertain of their next step,
I’m so proud of you. I’ve been where you are now and it’s okay to feel hesitant. Sometimes the pressures of the outside world can be a lot, so it’s good and healthy to take the time you need to breathe. But don’t let your fear discourage you from trying. The most beautiful moments in life come from the times when we are brave enough to say “yes.” Perform as if the world isn’t watching. Learn to do it because you love it, not because of what others think. But if you are concerned with that, know that I am in your corner cheering you on because I fully believe you are capable of incredible things. It doesn’t matter the pace in which you move, just take it inch-by-inch if you need and never belittle how far you’ve come.
To the parents who are hesitant to support their children,
Thank you for wanting what is best for your child. Thank you for loving them so much that you are unafraid to share your concerns with them. But I urge you to pause and consider the words of Harold B. Lee, who says that “the most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” You’re right, I don’t know your family and I can’t speak to your situation. But I know what it’s like to love someone so much we forget to involve them in the conversation – leading to unfair and unmet expectations. You have an incredible child, but some of the most remarkable parts of who they are can be lost in the decisions you make on their behalf. Sometimes the best thing a parent can do is provide their child with the space to explore their unique talents. We live in a world with more opportunities than ever before and it’s impossible to know all of them. The talents your child possess make them unique. Exploring one’s talents encourages creative thinking, discipline, individuality, and other useful life skills. By not allowing your child to practice the things that make them unique, you are unintentionally limiting potential future opportunities and lessons. It can be scary, but it’s important to learn to trust your child so they will trust you.
10.- Have you thought about being an actress? Do you like the entertainment industry?
When I was young, I loved to act, but over the years my personal goals and interests have shifted away from that specific hobby. That being said, I have a lot of respect for all my friends in the entertainment industry, it’s hard work!
11.- Worldwide, women have acquired a greater role even though there are societies where they are still abused. What is your opinion of the role of women in the future in these societies?
I believe in the importance of diverse representation in the rooms where decisions are made on behalf of others. Women, therefore, play a critical role in the future advancement of society. Leaders take countless forms in the present day and to meaningfully progress as a society, we need to learn how to accept these different kinds of leadership. However, we are only as strong as we are united and as long as there are societies where women are abused and mistreated, our global and local community cannot truly progress.
12.- Sarah, what is your motivation and what do you feel grateful for every day?
I’m grateful that I have the chance to live a life of thankfulness and I try to do this by counting my blessings each and every day. Regardless of my situation, there is always so much to be grateful for – from the air I breathe to the community I’ve been blessed with – and I don’t want to take any of it for granted. Ultimately, my motivation is rooted in my love for God and my desire to serve others.
13.- Sarah, what countries do you know? What other countries would you like to know and which places do you recommend to visit from your country?
I’d like to say I know the majority of the countries, being a person who loves geography and studying world cultures – but Canada and Slovenia specifically will always be near to my heart because these are the countries where most of my family is from! I’ve had the pleasure of travelling across my country and there is SO much offered in Canada. From the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in British Columbia and Alberta to the coastlines of the East Coast to the northern lights in our Territories. There really is something for everyone in Canada, but I encourage each person to explore the areas they’re most interested in. I can promise you won’t be disappointed!
14.- You and me (Jaime William) are going to play ping pong, I will tell you one word and you will answer with another word that comes to your
– Marriage – Unity
– Children – Future
– Love – God
– Canada – Diverse
– Travel – Cultures
– Dance – Expressive
– Sing – Story
– Europe – Historical
– America – Opportunities
– Sport – Teamwork
– Money – Fleeting
– Parents – Supportive
– Dreams – Inspire
– Passion – Serving
– Character – Integrity
15.- Sarah, these final lines are yours:
To whoever needs to hear this today: You are so unbelievably loved and valued.
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with Sarah Cestnick – Canada
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