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Local women hope they have universal appeal

From left: Michelle Manak, Elishia Sahota and Mannu Sandhu are vying for the Miss Uinverse Canada title. -
From left: Michelle Manak, Elishia Sahota and Mannu Sandhu are vying for the Miss Uinverse Canada title.
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Two women from Surrey and one from North Delta are finalists for the title of Miss Universe Canada.

Surrey’s Mannu Sandhu and Michelle Manak, and North Delta’s Elishia Sahota will compete in the Canadian finals for the Miss Universe competition at the June 25 pageant in Toronto.

The three are among 14 contestants from B.C.

Manak, 20, hopes to raise awareness, and educate people about the devastating effects of bullying. She also hopes to start a program in schools across Canada which would focus on empowering young girls and building their self-esteem.

Mannu, 24, devotes her time to charities and non-profit organizations such as BC Children’s Hospital, Sikh Blood Donation, Pakistan Flood Relief, Operation Rainbow Canada and MannKind Charitable Society.

Upon completion of her business degree, Sahota, 24, plans to continue her studies in order to obtain a masters degree and further the development of her own organization to help children of war.

The reigning Miss Universe Canada, Elena Semikina, will assist in crowning her successor before a live audience.

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