Tara Teng is a human rights activist and a modern-day slavery abolitionist. Her heartbeat and passion is to see all people, regardless of nationality, culture, gender, lifestyle or belief, thrive in freedom, truth and abundance. Born in Nanaimo, BC and raised on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Tara stands as a voice for the voiceless, promoting justice and equality for all people.
Currently studying a Bachelor’s of Education at Trinity Western University with a specialization in Secondary school English and Spanish, Tara seeks to use education as a tool to break the cycle of poverty and empower students to create a brighter future. She has taught in classrooms throughout Canada and Guatemala, served children in the project buildings of Brooklyn, NYC, and regularly works with the homeless of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC.
In July 2010, Tara was crowned Miss British Columbia 2010-2011 and has been using her title to give back to others. Tara works tirelessly to raise awareness on issues of social justice and maintains a focus on ending exploitation of children and youth internationally. Currently, she is organizing Freedom Week: March 6-13, 2011, an awareness campaign of events that will speak out against the violence and exploitation of human trafficking. Partnering with many charities, Tara is a champion for the Dalit Freedom Network and the International Justice Mission, speaking out against racial oppression and social injustice.
In November 2010, Tara was nominated as one of the Globe and Mail’s Top 25 Transformational Canadians due to her extensive advocacy work. If she is given the honor of bearing the crown of Miss Canada, Tara plans on continuing her journey of advocacy for justice and freedom, until the whole world hears.