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Omicron Nu's (University of Windsor) Cynthia Loewen has a passion for the environment as Miss Earth Ontario

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Omicron Nu's (University of Windsor) Cynthia Loewen was crowned second runner-up at the Miss Teen Face of Beauty International Pageant on December 19, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She represented the country of Canada on behalf of the Miss Teen Canada World Organization. In addition to her placement, she was named the top contender among the Internet pageant critics of Missosology.org, and was one of the three highest scoring vocal talent finalists.

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Cynthia is no stranger to the world of pageantry. In August she also placed as first runner-up at the Miss Earth Canada competition, after winning the provincial title of Miss Earth Ontario 2012 earlier that year.

The sophomore hopes to grace the international pageant stage once again during her collegiate years. She is thankful to have had the support of her Delta Zeta sisters throughout her journey, and is honored to have represented her country. Pink Goes Green recently interviewed her about her passion for the environment and her dedication to the Miss Earth Ontario role.

Visit Cynthia's website and her Facebook page, as well as the official Miss Earth Canada website.

Q. You are studying biology at the University of Windsor. Please tell us how this ties in with your passion to preserve the environment.

Cynthia: I am fortunate in the fact that the courses I take as a biology major have introduced me to the importance of preserving our environment. Many of the classes I take emphasize the importance of the ecosystem, and moreover, teach us how every organism on earth is tied to the other. Although this is a relatively simple notion, my passion for environmental activism grew out of this information.

Prior to beginning my university studies, I was always aware of the fact that making environmentally-friendly decisions was the "right" thing to do. However, I never came to the complete realization of this importance until I began my studies in this program. The program itself also teaches me a lot of specific facts about environment, which is useful when trying to teach others about the importance of living an "eco friendly" life.

Q. What would you like to do after you graduate?

Cynthia: My dream job would entail working in the cosmetics industry, ultimately creating my own environmentally-friendly makeup and skin care line. Thousands of men and women use these types of products daily. Altering their chemical characteristics and the way in which they are produced can have a tremendous impact on the environment.

Q. What responsibilities go with the title of Miss Earth Canada 2012 Ontario?

Cynthia: The Miss Earth Ontario pageant is the preliminary competition to the Miss Earth Canada pageant. The winner is crowned in March, and the international pageant itself takes place in August. As a result, a lot of time is dedicated toward the preparation for the national competition. Other than preparing for the actual national pageant itself, the job of Miss Earth Ontario requires that I travel my province and make appearances on behalf of the Miss Earth Ontario organization. Being an environmentally-focused pageant program, these appearances include events such as tree plantings, attending "Green Speaker Events," meeting with politicians, and of course, hosting my own environmental education seminars. The job is truly unique in that it extends beyond simply being a "beauty queen."

Q. Can you tell our Pink Goes Green readers how you believe your performance in the Miss Earth Canada 2012 Ontario competition gave you the edge over the other contestants?

Cynthia: I strive to accomplish all of my goals clear-mindedly and with great focus. I knew that if I were to win the title, the opportunity would allow me to spread my environmental message. Therefore, I focused my energy and passion toward accomplishing this goal. Knowing that I had an environmental message to spread, I tried to exemplify this in every aspect of the competition. I did this all the while remaining positive.

Q. What work, causes and/or organizations are you personally affiliated with or passionate about to help the environment?

Cynthia: I have been fortunate enough to have worked with several environmental organizations over the course of my reign as Miss Earth Ontario 2012. There are the large organizations that I have worked with such as WaterCan, a leading Canadian charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world's poorest people gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education), and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), (an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment).

However, I consider the local organizations (such as the Windsor-Essex Conservation Authority, which furthers the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals) that I have worked with as important as the international ones. I consider all these organizations successful in that they have helped spread environmental awareness.

Q. A quote from the Miss Earth Canada website says, "Everything begins from a single step. Our concerted efforts are essential to effect and affect changes in our lives in this beautiful planet Earth." Please explain how one person's actions can make a big difference in environmentalism.

Cynthia: As simple a notion as it may seem, we must realize that all of our environmental efforts added together can have a huge impact on the health of our planet. Nevertheless, it is always important to keep in mind that we must all lead by example. Others are more prone to complete environmentally positive actions if they observe their peers doing the same thing. It truly does start with simple actions.


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Q. Can you tell us more about your Green Education/Education Verte program?

Cynthia: I started this program a few months after winning the title of Miss Earth Ontario, out of a realization that my passion for preserving the environment stems from the education I have in this domain. Much of the knowledge we learn in elementary and high school, we carry with us throughout our lives. Keeping that in mind, I wanted to create a fun, educational and interactive program that I could present in both the elementary and high school settings. My belief is that when we are faced with environmental information, issues, and most importantly, solutions, we are increasingly inclined to accomplish something positive for the environment.

My program consists of one-hour presentations tailored to my audiences. Young children do not absorb as much information as high school students do; therefore, I conduct a crafting activity with younger children based on the ecosystem. When I am presenting to older students, I will often discuss a current environmental "trend" or issue, and leave the floor open for discussion. I wanted to create a program where I can present to all types of students and schools, and so I also offer the option of a French presentation (Canada's two official languages are Canadian English and Canadian French - Editor).

Q. How would you say your membership in Delta Zeta has inspired you in your pageant competitions, your love of the environment, and in your life overall?

Cynthia: One of the many wonderful things that Delta Zeta teaches us is to strive to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves based on our passions and our dreams. In doing that, we are always putting our best selves forward, and consequently, we are successful. With this philosophy in mind, and with the support of my sisters (locally, regionally and internationally), I am always striving to be the best individual that I can possibly be. I strive to do so in all aspects of my life, but most importantly when it comes to accomplishing my goals.

The women of Delta Zeta truly leave their mark in the world. This continuously inspires me to pursue my love and interest for environmental advocacy, my pageant goals, as well as all other objectives I set for myself in everyday life.