Denise Garrido lives by the 4 principles that earned her a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do. Modesty, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit are at the foundation of her success.
Miss Garrido was the first Canadian to win two National Grand Slam Pageants, Miss Earth Canada 2008 & Miss World Canada 2010, and technically, the first to win all three National Grand Slam Pageants when she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013 for 24 sweet hours. Her 24 hour reign received international attention, but it was her grace, not the title, that garnered her worldwide respect and acclaim.
At Laurentian University, Denise graduated, Cum Laude, in Biomedical Sciences. Her thesis, completed at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Center, was focused on Breast Cancer, applying her theoretical knowledge to the laboratory.
Having started volunteering and charitable work at a young age, Denise’s passion for giving back has taken her around the world with her various philanthropic efforts. In 2011, Denise packed her bags and traveled to India for a 2-month tour with Healthy Kids Happy Kids. They provided food and clothing to thousands of children in need. In June of 2013, Denise along with Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe 2005), and other queens, went on a goodwill trip to Nicaragua. They were able to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts, and even played an active role with the children of S.O.S. Children’s Villages, and participated in the surgical mission with Operation Smile.
In 2014 Miss Garrido was awarded the honor of North American Peace Ambassador in Seoul, South Korea. Denise was also an official Canadian spokesperson for the 2013 Bravo All-Stars Applause on International Nelson Mandela Day celebrating Respect, Equality, Peace & All Star Character on an international level.
In the past few years, Denise has become a sought after inspirational speaker. She has addressed students, teens and women’s groups on a number of topics such as dreaming big, believing in yourself and having a positive attitude, stating “You don’t have to be the winner, to be a winner.” Miss Garrido’s hobbies include playing Piano (level 8 Royal Conservatory), long distance running, swimming and ballroom dancing.