Surrey’s own Miss World Canada finalist to make a world of difference (w/gallery)

Published: April 2, 2014

Lisa Xie to hold Variety Children’s Charity show in South Surrey

1798639_1409329322654829_1544409821_n

Picture 1 of 14

Surrey's own Miss World Canada Lisa Xie

CHRISTOPHER POON
SURREY NOW

SOUTH SURREY — When she first arrived in Canada nine years ago, Lisa Xie’s English wasn’t that good. She had a tough time trying to express herself to others and sought help to improve her grasp of the language. That help came in the form of an afterschool camp funded by Variety Children’s Charity and speaking to Xie today, you’d never know English was her second language.

Miss World Canada contestant Lisa Xie

Miss World Canada contestant Lisa Xie. Submitted/The Now

Fast forward nearly one decade and the 18-year-old Semiahmoo Secondary student is now up as a finalist for Miss World Canada and is wanting to give back to the community and organization that helped her become who she is today.

As such, Xie will be hosting a Variety Children’s Charity show in Surrey this weekend, with all proceeds going to the charity.

“They helped me when I first came to Canada, so this was a good time for me to give back to the organization and community that helped me so much,” she said.

To do that, Xie is using her status as a Miss World Canada finalist to bring the community together for an evening of entertainment.

Related Stories:

“We’ll have local and other artists from Greater Vancouver coming, there will be lots of dancing and singing and other performances,” said Xie. “People can come, donate a small amount of money and enjoy a great show.”

On top of the entertainment, the event will also feature refreshments from local sponsors, and other donated goods will be up for grabs in a silent auction.

“It was really nice to have the community support and have everyone donating either goods, materials or money to the event,” said Xie. “All proceeds will go towards Variety and everything is coming together and I’m just so happy.”

And while most Grade 12 students would argue they have enough on their plate, Xie said she never gave that any consideration when she started planning the event, as she simply wanted to give back to the community that’s been her home for the last near-decade.

“I’ve always been involved in a lot of community work, I’ve tried to have a good impact on the area’s youth because, as the youngest Miss World Canada finalist, I want to make sure that my generation gets the best they deserve,” said Xie. “Even though it could be stressful, I keep on track and keep plugging away and it will all come together. I’ve had experience organizing small events in previous years, but this is my first big event.”

Xie has also received support from her fellow Miss World Canada candidates, several of whom will be in attendance, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark has even sent Xie a letter of support.

“With Miss World Canada 2014 finalist, Lisa Xie, as tonight’s host, highlighting a diverse group of talented local performers, I have no doubt everyone here is in for an unforgettable evening of entertainment,” wrote Clark in her letter.

“I understand the funds raised will go to benefit Variety, an incredible charity devoted to enriching the lives of children with special needs. This is certainly a worthy organization and everyone here can enjoy themselves knowing they are lending support to a great cause.”

As for the final stretch of her beauty competition, Xie said she’s more than ready to take part and is hopeful she’ll beat out the remaining 42 finalists to become this year’s Miss World Canada.

If anything, Xie will enjoy a home advantage as the finals are set to be held in Surrey at the Bell Performing Arts Centre on May 11.

To meet Xie and her fellow Miss World Canada finalists, and to support a good cause, check out Xie’s Variety Children’s Charity show. It will take place Saturday, April 5 at the White Rock Baptist Church (1657 140th St., Surrey). Admission to the event is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at http://bit.ly/1gyyL9o. For more information about the event, contact Lisa Xie at Lisa.Xie@missworldcanada.com

cpoon@thenownewspaper.com

Related Stories:

Read more from The Surrey Now.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,




Featured

India gets its first transgender college principal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KOLKATA, India — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official…
Continue Reading »

Sikh Samaritan

Sikh Samaritan breaks religious protocol, removes turban to help injured child (with video)

IANS Wellington – A young Sikh Samaritan did not hesitate to break religious protocol by removing his turban to help an injured child bleeding profusely…
Continue Reading »

diversity-cuture-desi

Cyclists roll into Surrey schools with message of respect and diversity

BEAU SIMPSON SURREY NOW NEWTON — Hundreds of Surrey students left school Thursday with a simple request at the top of their minds – make…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Investigations into FIFA won’t tarnish upcoming World Cup in Canada: minister

THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The federal sports minister says two probes into corruption allegations at soccer’s governing body won’t tarnish the upcoming Women’s World…
Continue Reading »

diversity-cuture-desi

Cyclists roll into Surrey schools with message of respect and diversity

BEAU SIMPSON SURREY NOW NEWTON — Hundreds of Surrey students left school Thursday with a simple request at the top of their minds – make…
Continue Reading »

NRI-DESI-DEPORTATION

‘Stateless’ man argues deportation to India before Court of Appeal

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Deepan Budlakoti, born and raised in Canada, has no citizenship anywhere. But that doesn’t make him “stateless,” a lawyer for Citizenship…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Vancouver Ross Street Sikh Temple

Media-savvy Narendra Modi’s one year in photos as India’s prime minister

VANCOUVER DESI Check out photos of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he completes one year in office. Modi is one of India’s most social…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Shooting

‘This is really close to home’: Two cars exchange gunfire in Surrey neighbourhood

CHERYL CHAN VANCOUVER DESI Another bout of gunfire rocked a Surrey neighbourhood Sunday evening. Newton resident Doug Elford tweeted about hearing gunfire outside his home…
Continue Reading »

masturbation

Masturbation causes pregnant hands in afterlife, says Turkish preacher

HINDUSTAN TIMES An Islamic televangelist from Turkey has created a storm on social media by claiming that any man who masturbates will find his hands…
Continue Reading »

sexual harssment

Migrant women fear speaking out about sexual harassment in Florida’s farms

EMILIO J. LOPEZ IANS/EFE Miami – Women working on Florida’s farms, most of them undocumented immigrants, are constantly exposed to sexual harassment, workers’ rights activists…
Continue Reading »

The Canadian Flag flies over the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill on Feb. 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa unveils new immigrant investor program

VANCOUVER DESI Ottawa is now accepting applications for its new immigrant investor program, which aims to provide up to 60 “high-net worth immigrants” a path…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood-China

Chinese star Wang Baoqiang dubs for Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in PK

HINDUSTAN TIMES When Aamir Khan speaks in Mandarin in the Chinese version of his Bollywood blockbuster PK, it is the popular Chinese actor and comedian…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Bollywood actor Ashish Juneja to enter ‘Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar’

IANS Mumbai – Actor Ashish Juneja has been roped in to play the role of Kartik in popular soap opera “Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar”….
Continue Reading »

Bollywood badshah tweets first look of Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan shares first look of Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’

IANS Mumbai – Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has come forward to show ‘brotherhood’ with actor Salman Khan by releasing the first look of the “Dabangg”…
Continue Reading »