Age: 22 | Height: 5’8″
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Elana Wu graduated in 2009 from West Coast College of Massage Therapy and is currently enrolled in Thompson River University for Bachelor in Health Sciences.
She was born in Taiwan and has lived in Canada since 1996, making her fluent in both Mandarin and English.
Elana is currently working as a full time health care professional working two jobs as a Registered Massage therapist.
Her goal is to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine because she believes in a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person.
She has always been interested in arts, drawing, music and fashion. During high school sculpting and drawing came to her intuitively and Elana excelled in those fields as well as academic subjects.
After college she was blessed with the opportunity to take voice lessons with Ariel Sung who taught her how to sing. She performed as a solo singer on stage few times in front of crowds ranging from 200-300 people. The experience has made stage performances become more natural for her.
On December 18th 2011, she was given the chance to volunteer as a model in the Winter Runway 2011 event for T.C.C.B.C (Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia). The event has inspired her to try out a model course in Stage One Academy, for her to pursue more exposure to model for runway shows and print work. With the experience behind her, she decided to join the Miss Universe Canada 2012.
If chosen to be Miss Universe Canada, Elana will dedicate her time to raise awareness in the Natural Medicine health field.
Elana’s personal motto is: “to never be afraid to try anything that is worthwhile. Cause life’s too short to regret!”
Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Reading, Travelling, Sports, Dining, Spending time with Family, Listening to music.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Voice lessons for 1 year, piano 4-5 years, drawing in my spare time
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Ice hockey, swimming, ringette, jujitsu, tai chi, yoga, snowboarding
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Jenny, my first and former employer has had the most influence on my life because she helped me with my career decision when I was about to finish high school. Working in her clinic environment made me realize that I liked it when people walk out of the clinic they were grateful for the service that she did to help the condition or disease. Working in her clinic has helped me discover my humanitarian side.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and successfully practicing as a health care professional.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
As a child I got to move around and travel a lot with my family.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
To be a Doctor of Natural Medicine and travel the world doing workshops to help educate safe, effective and smart practices in holistic medicine. I am currently enrolled in Thompson River University to finish my Bachelor of Health Sciences credits. Later I plan on attending Boucher’s Institute of Naturopathic medicine.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
To be a Doctor of Natural Medicine and travel the world doing workshops to help educate safe, effective and smart practices in holistic medicine.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
Thompson River University
Area of study:
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Are you currently employed?
If yes, what is your occupation?
Registered Massage Therapist
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born in Taiwan, moved to Canada when I was 6 years old and at 9 I moved to Shanghai for 3 years to learn Chinese. At age 13 I moved back to Canada, which was the right age for high school.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
- Receptionist at a Chinese medicine clinic – I helped the acupuncturist pull out needles and did the regular duties such as filing, phone answering and booking appointments
- Pizza Hut as cook – learned how to make pizza and dough sticks
- Registered Massage Therapist- working with muscle tissues
List any volunteering you have done.
- Collected donations for Unicef
- 30 Hour Famine raising awareness and donations for the organization
- Volunteering for Charles E. London Secondary (Collecting cans and setting up events)
- Volunteered for Richmond Ringette for more local girls to join the team
- Volunteered as a receptionist at a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
- Volunteered at the Youth Group in Chinese Mental Wellness Association of office
- Volunteered as a model in a Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in B.C. Winter Walkway event
What is your most unusual talent?
The ability to read a bit of calligraphy, palmistry
Where is the most interesting place you have been?
Russia, (Moscow, St.Petersburg)
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years I hope that I will be running a clinic with a specialized treatment in internal diseases. I will have 3-5 branches around the world such as Canada, USA, China, and/or Europe. Have a great family, with a husband and 2 kids.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
Nope, just hope everyone has a great time in Miss Universe Canada 2012!