Born and raised on a cattle ranch near High Prairie, Alberta, Samantha Stokes has been immersed in the strong morals and values the western way of life has to offer for as long as she can remember. Her western roots and passion for agriculture opened many doors at a young age to this 23-year-old Alberta woman.
Samantha has currently completed two years of her Bachelor of Education Degree. She plans to complete her degree and further her studies in the fields of Equine Therapy and Animal Assisted Wellness. Samantha plans to open a facility to develop programs targeting children with disabilities, mental health and life coaching. Samantha actively works on educating herself in these areas and has recently completed the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide prevention training in the world.
By 19 years of age, Samantha had won three professional Rodeo Queen titles, including the coveted title of Miss Rodeo Canada in 2016. This small-town farm girl was one of the youngest to ever be crowned and completed over 1000 volunteer appearances across Canada, the United States, Australia and Holland during her three queen reigns. As the Official Ambassador for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Samantha enjoyed representing her association and country with dignity and grace.
She thoroughly enjoys volunteering closely with organizations who promote the personal development of young women. For the last three years she has sat on the Board of Directors for the Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant encouraging young women to follow their dreams and become the best possible versions of themselves. This desire to motivate young women ignited early in her teenage years and has led to Samantha to her role as a pageant coach and motivational speaker to many young women and youth groups across Alberta. Her ambassador roles also led her to model for several different companies across Canada and the United States.
Always striving for a greater understanding of other cultures, Samantha has travelled to ten beautiful countries in pursuit of what sets her soul on fire. In 2018, she completed an International Business Tour across the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
Samantha believes that becoming Miss Universe Canada is both an honor and a privilege to never be taken lightly. This patriotic, born and raised Canadian woman believes you would be granted a once in a life time opportunity to represent a strong country of freedom and acceptance. She looks forward to the endless opportunities to inspire youth while continuing to instill strong morals and values to all those her cross her path during this journey.