Denise Garrido lives by 4 principles that earned her a 2nd degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do. Modesty, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit are at the foundation of her success. These principles, along with a little catwalk, have made her one of the most decorated pageant queens in Canadian history. Her impressive list of titles even includes a brief 24 hour stint as Miss Universe Canada earlier this year. However, it was her grace, not the title that made headlines around the world.
At Laurentian University, Denise graduated, Cum Laude, in Biomedical Sciences. Her thesis, completed at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Center, focused on Breast Cancer and was featured on the application of her theoretical knowledge to laboratory research.
Also a philanthropist, Denise along with Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe 2005), the current Miss Universe Canada and 2 other Miss Universe Canada delegates went on a goodwill trip to Nicaragua in June. They were able to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts and even played an active role with children while participating in work of Operation Smile and S.O.S. Children’s Villages.
In addition, Denise traveled to India in 2011 for a 2-month tour with Healthy Kids Happy Kids, providing food and clothing to thousands of children in need. Denise was also an official Canadian spokesperson for the Bravo All-Stars Applause on International Nelson Mandela Day celebrating Respect, Equality, Peace & All Star Character on an international level.
Miss Garrido’s hobbies include playing Piano (level 8 Royal Conservatory), long distance running, swimming and ballroom dancing. For the past few years, Denise has been an inspirational speaker, addressing kids and students on a number of topics such as dreaming big, believing in yourself and having a positive attitude, stating “You don’t have to be a winner, to be a winner.”