Nurse from Ontario Shores Vying for Miss Canada Crown

As a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Sadhna Persaud is a friendly and familiar face to everyone on the Forensic Assessment Unit (FAU) at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

And now, thanks to her pursuit of the Miss Canada crown, the entire country will get to know her as well.

Persaud, a long-time Whitby resident, has been named a finalist in the upcoming Miss Canada 2018 pageant set to begin in Montreal on February 28.

Described as ambitious, dedicated and compassionate, Persaud is on a mission to help others. She was introduced to the Miss Canada pageant in early 2017 and was instantly fascinated by the personality pageant.

“This is my third pageant,” says Persaud. “My experience with the Miss Canada pageant has definitely been the most hands on.”

Through her bubbly personality and passion for mental health, the main goal for Persaud’s campaign is to educate others, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health within various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Persaud has been working at Ontario Shores for over six years and hopes to incorporate her first-hand knowledge and experience with mental health to her pageantry. She is currently working towards furthering her education in mental health by obtaining a Bachelors of Allied Health Science degree with a minor in Forensic Psychology.

In her spare time, Persaud can be found volunteering within non-profit organizations, specifically The Shoebox Project for Durham Region. The Shoebox Project is a local charity that collects and distributes gifts in the form of a shoebox for women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

“This past Christmas I was responsible for collecting, organizing and distributing hundreds of shoe boxes filled with items for local women’s shelters,” says Persaud. “This could not have been possible without the kind support of compassionate local residents and dedicated volunteers.”

If elected as Miss Canada, Persaud hopes to use this as a platform to educate individuals living with a mental illness on getting help, and providing them with the appropriate coping mechanisms.

For more information about Persaud's campaign click here.