Sometimes, the apple does not always fall far from the tree. In 1980, Jamaican-born Wilfrid Laurier University student Norma Ramsey (now Mittelholzer) was a contestant in the Miss Black Kitchener/Waterloo and the Miss Black Ontario pageants.
Last month, her 21-year-old daughter, Chelsi Mittelholzer, was among 12 participants from the Greater Toronto Area to advance to the Miss Universe Canada national final in Toronto.
“Mom encouraged me to try it and I am glad I did because it has been an absolutely amazing journey,” said the second-year Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) student. “I have met so many young women with diverse backgrounds and interests and the learning experience has been extremely valuable. The public platform has allowed me to become more comfortable in a public setting and express myself without any fears.”
As part of their preparation for the national finals next May, contestants are required to make presentations on subjects of their choice at three schools.
Mittelholzer, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Design Advertising, will address the hot button issue of bullying, which she was subjected to and which, in part, led to her enrolment in taekwondo classes.
“I did it to become mentally strong,” said the holder of a black belt. “I want to get the word out there that bullying is not right and it destroys lives.”
A graduate of St. Robert Catholic High School, Mittelholzer plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in film production and embark on a career as a creative director. She also has a passion for photography and is an avid blogger.
The creative young woman is a member of her university’s improvisation team and enjoys acting, singing and dancing.
Mittelholzer’s father, Perry, is an optometrist and is related to the late Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer.