Alysha Ortiz was born in Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Chestermere, Alberta. She graduated from Mount Royal University with a Baccalaureate degree in Registered Nursing and additional studies in Arts and Business. She is presently working as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital. Her passion and drive to help others through health promotion and health care have her employed on a unit focused on medical and palliative care patients. She has worked closely with interdisciplinary teams in the healthcare field and continues to integrate holistic approaches to patient care. She works towards advocating on behalf of her patients and families. Her satisfaction of providing emotional support by merely holding hands of family members and patients experiencing tragedy and being of presence brings inner peace knowing everyday she is helping make a difference in somebody’s life. Palliative care nursing has engraved her with the mindset of “Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been” – H.C. Working with individuals in our society fighting for their lives and living with terminal illnesses makes understanding quality of life in high importance. She works towards making a meaningful difference to peoples’ lives when they are at their most vulnerable states.
Alysha is currently in pursuit of completing her Real Estate License, her avid motivation to strive to new successes and educate herself consecutively has inspired her to pursue additional career ambitions alongside her most rewarded career selection in healthcare.
As an avid humanitarian, Alysha continues to engage in volunteerism opportunities and currently works alongside a young adolescent in the community as a mentor. She has actively engaged herself in a variety of organizations stemming from educating, advocating, and participating with local charities. She actively seeks new challenges and opportunities through her desire to help others and bring change.
Alysha looks forward to bringing her confidence, determination, and passion to the Miss Universe Canada stage this year. Through her drive to make a change, and help others, she hopes to use this opportunity to shine light on a variety of issues happening in our country, and our world today. Most importantly she hopes that winning your hearts and support will encourage other women from different cultural backgrounds and from many walks of life to gain the courage to see that real beauty is inner beauty, and you do not need previous titles in order to gain confidence to put yourself on a national stage. Everybody starts from somewhere, and anyone can be a Miss Universe Canada, because no beauty shines bright than that of a good heart.