J-student competes in Miss Canada Globe pageant

First-year journalism student Monet Rhoden is getting ready to compete in the Miss Canada Globe competition. (Kristy Strauss Photo)

Monet Rhoden is busy staying fit and looking for the perfect evening gown when she competes in the Miss Canada Globe competition.

But as a finalist in the competition’s Miss Canada Petite category, she is also working hard to bring awareness to issues that she feels passionate about – all while fulfilling her pageant dreams.

“I wanted to get involved because I’ve always been keeping up with pageants on TV, and when I found out about (the Miss Canada Globe competition), I really wanted to try it,” says Rhoden, adding that she was thrilled when she learned that she was a finalist. “I was really surprised. I never thought I would be a finalist. I was ecstatic. It was a big process, but I was so happy.”

As she gets ready for the competition, which will be held in Toronto in August 2014, Rhoden is also taking the opportunity to promote causes that she feels especially passionate about – including youth health and fitness, but also homelessness.

Growing up, she saw a friend struggle with homelessness and she knew she wanted to do something to help others.

“I feel passionate about it, and I really wanted to make a difference,” she says.

Rhoden, who’s originally from Brampton, Ont., volunteered at Covenant House Toronto – a homeless shelter that provides crisis care to youth aged 16 to 24.

During her time in Ottawa, she has spent time volunteering at Operation Come Home, which helps at-risk and homeless youth make positive changes in their lives. She has also volunteered at the Parkdale United Church’s In From the Cold program.

If she wins the Miss Canada Petite category, she says she already knows what her next plan will be.

“I’m going to donate a lot of the prize money towards those shelters,” she says.

While giving back is important to Rhoden, she also wants to make sure she remains a positive role model for her younger sister.

“She’s trying to figure out what she wants to do and she’s going to have obstacles,” Rhoden says. “I want to be that positive role model that keeps her going.”

When she graduates from Carleton’s journalism program, she hopes to work for a fashion magazine – teaching her sister that with hard work, anything is possible.

“If you feel in your heart you should do something, always go through with it,” she says.

To sponsor Rhoden in the upcoming competition, more information is available on her Facebook page.

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Kristy Strauss

By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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