Diana Schoutsen - Miss Universe Canada 2012 Profile

Miss Universe Canada 2012 Diana Schoutsen

Diana Schoutsen | Miss Universe Canada 2012

Age: 24

Height: 5'9"

Hometown: Binbrook

BIO: Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Diana is both Latin American and Dutch. Her parents are both immigrants in Canada from Honduras and Holland.

Diana has her roots in Canada and emulates the best qualities from her family and embodies the values of both cultures from her parents. Due to her diverse background, she has learned to embrace different languages and cultures.

Diana went to ballet school throughout her education; in addition, she began a modeling career when she was sixteen.

As a model and dancer, she demonstrated a graceful spirit and exceptional talent. Diana began to study kinesiology at York University in Toronto for about two years, after much study she found she needed some hands on experience in the clinical field to decide where she would go next.

Diana is now a graduate of Mohawk College with a diploma in Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy assistant. Diana also obtained her certificate as nutrition and wellness specialist from Niagara College, which she uses to educate clients in the professional clinical setting. She now plans to pursue and complete her degree in health and physically fitness in the near future. Diana obtained a Zumba instructor certificate this past year and is currently a Zumba instructor in Hamilton, Ontario.

She wishes to pursue her fitness instructor specialist and plans to train, teach and educate today’s youth in community settings. Her ultimate goal is to educate the importance of fitness in young adolescence. Diana is committing to fitness as a profession and takes every opportunity to better herself in all aspects of life.

Growing up on a dairy farm outlines Diana’s hardworking abilities and made her into the strong self-directed learner she is today. Country girl at heart, she is the second youngest of five. Diana fully intends to become a congenial and sincere woman, while crafting her own individuality through her experiences and influencing others to make a difference. Her appetite for learning about the world and other issues continues to drive Diana through volunteer opportunities.

Diana has kept busy extensively traveling North America involving herself in many charitable events. Some of many charities Diana has been involved in includes: Children’s fund AKA tree of hope, UNICEF Canada, the Canadian heart and stroke foundation, Children’s wish foundation of Canada, the Canadian and American cancer society, as well as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. With much experience, Diana uses these unifying positions to enrich her understanding about the world and other issues to excel in life.

Diana has been blessed to have the opportunity to travel for career-oriented opportunities, weather it be modeling, acting, fitness conferences, etc. Unfortunately with these blessed trips, Diana has learned that this world is not perfect. Through personal experience, Diana wishes to have a platform in educating women particularly on the dangers on abuse, assault and mistreatment, as well as an awareness of theft and crime.

Diana feels sheer pleasure spending time writing and one day wishes to publish a book reflecting on her life experiences. She also enjoys the outdoors, running, and the company of friends, keeping her energy and determination constant.

Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language). ENGLISH

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Travel, world issues, history, media arts and health and fitness

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)

Professional training in theatre and ballet dance

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Touch football as a teen and competitive cheerleading as an adult in university

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

My siblings, this is a difficult question because, I have four siblings and they equally have an influence on my life on different levels but at the same importance.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

Overcoming a loss in my life at a moment where I had to stay professional and positive in front of a crowd

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

The most interesting about me is my ethnic background. I am half Spanish and Dutch and represent global beauty.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?

I ambition to be a physiotherapist and my plan is to achieve my bachelors of science and gain more clinical practice as an OTA/PTA in rehab science, once I receive my bachelors , I plan to go back to more school for two years to be a registered PT. I have thirst for continuous knowledge in way that I feel that continuous education will always be in my life.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

To make a positive impact on the life of others and make people smile with what I do.

Are you currently employed? Yes

If yes, what is your occupation?

Zumba instructor/ nutrition and wellness specialist

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was blessed to have been raised on a dairy farm, I spent my childhood and teen years, waking up in the early mourning to help my dad milk cows and goats. I spent the summer bailing hay and the long winters playing with my siblings. I feel blessed to be surrounded my constant opportunity as my mom put me in dance the moment I could walk. My childhood was on a constant consistency of learning about the world as I got to see where my roots are with traveling Europe and central America visiting family.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

Working with live stock-Milking cows/ goats. Cleaning manure/ working in a green house with plants- driving tractors.

List any volunteering you have done.

-World Dance Alliance- Toronto- York University 
Student Volunteer in facilitating and giving general inquires to visitors attending this event

-Steel City Safari 3 the CHML/Y108 children Fund AKA tree of hope- raised funds for the less fortunate children. Took the position in ticket sales, greeting patrons, information and assisting staff and vendors

-UNICEF Canada 
I am a representative for UNICEF Canada facilitating in sales and merchandise team For UNICEF Christmas card and gift campaign

-Heart and Stroke Foundation 
provide a variety of administrative duties to help prepare for peak season when 110 schools will hold events to promote heart healthiness and fundraise for important cause and mission.


Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada- involved in greeting patrons, information about the foundation, accepted donations and handled customer inquires about the event’s i am in attendance at during vendor appearance

-Greater Niagara General Hospital- Niagara Health System
held numerous roles in the hospital in different departments, including oncology, palliative care, testing clinic.

-The Canadian Cancer Society 
Assist unit secretary with general administration and day to day operations and community fundraiser events. Possess leadership and passion for excellence

-Multiple Sclerosis Society Of Canada
Yoga instructor’s assistant in facilitating individuals with MS and/ or arthritis in the practice of Yoga

What is your most unusual talent?

Holding my breath for significant amount of time under water.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Honduras – exploring the ruins

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

I hope to be working as a registered PT and continue in media arts and entertainment as a professional actress and host. I also plan to continue to be a zumba instructor and possibly get more involved in yoga practice as I promote physical well being to others.

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