DREAM is not what you see in sleep, DREAM is something which doesn’t let you sleep. – Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
This is Amrin, born and raised in Gujarat, India. As a little girl, I always dreamt of coming to Canada one day, and, after that, I never stopped dreaming about it. In Spite of critical financial conditions, my parents managed to help me turn my dream into reality. Being the 1st one in the community to leave Canada at the age of 18 with no awareness and support in Canada, was a life changing experience. My journey of 10 years from an international student to now a PROUD resident of Canada, had lots of ups and downs that I can actually write a book on. From college challenges to culture differences, from relationship challenges to language barriers, adapting and settling into a new world with no family and friends and no guidance, wasn’t an easy task to take upon. Having my first job at a farm catching earthworms at the age of 18, middle of nowhere at night, when winter was at peak, to my journey of being able to work in the management team for one of the great companies, I have seen all dark phases of life and worked all kinds of jobs.
On a brighter side, what I thought was my weakness, actually turned into my strength in no time!
It was me living and doing everything by myself, made me this strong and confident about myself and my life. It gave me courage and self motivation that if and only if, you are determined and firm about your goals and dreams, there is NOTHING in this world, and I repeat, there is NOTHING in this world, that can stop you from achieving it. During the journey of achieving your goals and dreams, many obstacles will come, life will throw lots of challenges at you and you will only think of giving up because it is just getting tougher and tougher. But, my friend, that’s when you get up and keep going, as you never know when the sun will rise and the darkness of the night will be gone. And this is what I learnt from my 10 years of experience in Canada.
To get nominated for Miss Canada was one of the biggest dreams I had and I am honored and amazingly thankful to be a part of this family. Having no privilege of being born or raised in Canada, I feel it’s a huge achievement for me to reach this stage from the place where I initially started.
I started my career in the healthcare field and ended up being a Personal care aide working for facilities in Ontario and SK. It was a field that brought happiness to me by the hearts and lives I touched every day. I have volunteered for communities helping refugees to learn english, for sick kids and old age homes.
Apart from that, I also hold interest in reading books, writing journals, dancing, singing and practising yoga on a regular basis.
I conclude my biography with these words:
I have seen the worst and I have seen the best, I have seen dark days and I have seen bright days, and that only makes me more humble, respectful and understanding of other human beings around me. It’s because of my experience on this journey, I have understood that no matter how successful I become, I will never forget where I first started from.