By Djami Diallo The Afro News Burnaby
North Vancouver, BC–When Rama Diallo smiles, she lights up the room. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine her wearing that smile and the crown delivered to the winner of the Miss Universe Canada 2010 pageant. This young lady, a resident of the North Shore for the last 11 years, is one of 63 women to compete for the title in Toronto on June 14th.
Those who know her will attest to the fact that from a very young age, it was evident that Rama was ambitious, and determined; and she formed the belief that the individual has the power to change the world, one idea at a time. During an idyllic childhood in Agen, France, she developed a knack for languages. In addition to the French and English spoken at home, she spent years studying German, Spanish and Latin. Surrounded by the endless sunflower fields typical of the region in which she grew up, she says she would often imagine how she would make her mark on this world. It is there that she formed her life philosophy of positivity, driven by ambition and kindness to others.
Today, Rama stands to represent her family and her country with pride and to perpetuate her family’s tradition of excellence. She hopes to one day be a peace ambassador for the United Nations and a Hollywood actress.
This contest is very important to Rama, as she views it as a forum to use her voice, to reach far and wide, and shine the light on issues, seldom discussed such as poverty and orphans in third-world countries. As a multi-cultural Canadian, she brings to the table the immigrant experience and will show that immigrants make important contributions to Canadian society by using every tool and opportunity at their disposal, to constantly better their lives, and the lives of those around them.
One of Rama’s foremost goals is to be able to raise consciousness, and to use the skills that she has amassed to make a difference in the world. Becoming Miss Universe Canada is one step in this journey towards change. A man Rama very much admires, American President Barack Obama once said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Rama takes this very much to heart, and wants to be the change.
Support Rama by voting for her on the official pageant website: www.beautiesofcanada.com.
For more information, contact Rama by email at firstname.lastname@example.org