Cristina Rémond

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Cristina Yvonne Rémond (born 1980) is a French-Canadian public servant, feminist anthropologist and Canada's representative at the Miss Universe 2001 pageant. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec. She can speak English, French, German, and Hungarian

As a teenager, Remond had seven years of paramilitary training with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, graduated as cadet Squadron Commander and obtained her private pilot's license at on scholarship at age 17. She was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence; Best overall assessment (highest mark) in Canada, and chosen as Cadet Ambassador to Australia, 1999; award-winning debater and public speaker; and has modeled worldwide. In 2001, she represented Canada at the Miss Universe 2001 pageant in Puerto Rico earning 12th place.

Remond's early adulthood was focused on the subject of human rights advocacy, particularly with regards to refugees in sub-Saharan Africa. Remond's undergraduate education was at Carleton University in Ottawa where she graduated with a BA High Honors in Human Rights and Anthropology. In Ottawa, she worked for the Senate of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She has worked as a Human Rights legal anthropologist working as a consultant with Rights and Democracy in Montreal. She has also worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya's refugee camps and in Canada. She was on the management team for Monia Mazigh's campaign in the 2004 Canadian federal election. She has won the Sylvia Forman Prize for her work in feminist anthropology, and has worked with the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights studies in the Gambia. Her work in Africa has been focused on the issues of gender and violence. [1] [2]

Remond was awarded the prestigious Williams Fellowship at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she completed a Master of Divinity with a focus on spiritual healing and mystical traditions. She graduated in 2011. Prior to being accepted to Harvard Divinity School, she studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She currently maintains a private spiritual counselling practice and teaches meditation over the internet. Remond currently lives in the state of Hawaii with her husband.

Preceded by
Kim Yee
Miss Universe Canada
Succeeded by
Neelam Verma