Tysia Yu Shuen Suzuki is a recent medical school graduate who hopes to lend her voice to the community as an advocate for health, sustainable nutrition, and international relations.
Born in Richmond and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia, she moved to Herstmonceux, England after high school to study at the Bader International Study Centre, the UK campus of Queen’s University. She was accepted the following year to Fudan University, Shanghai Medical College – one of the top medical schools in China – for a demanding 6-year medical program. Tysia graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and made the decision to diverge away from clinical medicine to instead promote the importance of lifestyle choices and preventive healthcare. Additionally, she completed a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, the online learning platform of Cornell University. She feels that this path will allow her to make a difference in nutrition, environmental health, and mental health. Tysia actively volunteers as a health education guest speaker and provides Chinese public hospital language and service interpretation. She volunteered with a Chinese preschool as an early childhood instructor and wishes to help ensure that every child has the same opportunity to learn with full health. She is very humbled by the fact that she has already been able to share health-related messages to those otherwise not exposed. And she hopes to continue on this positive trajectory of health education and support.
Tysia has spent the past several years studying and traveling around Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Her father, who is of Japanese and Chinese heritage, immigrated to Canada from Taiwan when he was ten years old, and her mother was raised in a mixed European-Canadian Mennonite household. Her early family life shaped much of her understanding of both eastern and western cultures, and her life abroad reaffirmed the importance of strengthening international cooperation for a brighter and healthier future. Currently, Tysia is a linguistic student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University where she is testing at the highest level of reading, writing, and oral Mandarin. In her spare time, she likes to teach herself Spanish and does health research. She is grateful for the opportunity to have had such a unique education and wishes to globally educate youth on how to take charge of their health and nutrition.
From her early piano-playing days to her international singing performances, she has witnessed the power music has for bringing people together. She became an active member in choirs and musical performances, going on to volunteer with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai as a performer for multiple sports and business-related events. In 2012, she successfully auditioned and placed top 10 at the Chinese National Tibetan Folk Singing Competition in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. She has also hosted a Mandarin travel show aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and has been a commercial model. Tysia was honored to have been invited to participate in a Roundtable Luncheon with the Former Governor General of Canada, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston and other dignitaries during their state visit to China in 2013. She hopes to use her expat life experiences to help facilitate new opportunities for advocacy of and aid in health and wellness issues.
Pageants are a new experience for Tysia, but she is excited for the chance to represent her country. Her charisma, openness, and stage experience will assist her in utilizing this opportunity to inspire and empower women everywhere to strive to achieve their goals. Tysia is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with such strong, intelligent, and beautiful Canadian women. Becoming Miss Universe Canada 2019 would be an honor – one which she would fulfill with dignity and pride.