North Dakota International Ambassador 2017 - Wiljar Ojuro
Wiljar Ojuro is a Junior at North Dakota State University working on her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Sociology. She chose this field because she has a passion for working with children and adults and will pursue just that in the field of Family Counseling after graduation. Feeling honored to know that in the future families who are going through troubled times can trust her to listen and help them center their minds and lives and be at peace.
Wiljar grew up in New Hartford, New York with her three wonderful younger siblings. Christopher, Christian and Nia and beautiful loving parents Dr. Peter Ojuro and Jackie Ojuro. Coming from a large family she was never bored, being the eldest she always strives to lead by example so her siblings do the right thing. Living in many parts of the U.S. and Port-au- Prince, Haiti. Wiljar has had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.
With her family being from Canada, Kenya, Haiti and all parts of the U.S she was always exposed to her thriving culture. From ethnic food, music, dancing and even languages. She still speaks her mother tongue Haitian Creole. Through this exposure Wiljar was able to learn from an early age that no matter where you’re from, hard work and perseverance will take you far in life. When meeting someone for the first time Wiljar has always felt that first impression can be made by her actions, and helping people is one of many ways in which she expresses her personality.
Her Aunt Magali is the person in Wiljar's life who showed her the gift of giving. Of course anyone can give money and sure that will help but it’s not the same as dedicating your time to show that you are there for someone in need. Still committed to what only began almost a decade ago, Wiljar is learning and growing with her platform. Working with the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association and more to promote her platform volunteerism. This platform is to help encourage anyone and everyone to volunteer and help make a difference in one’s personal life and in their community.
During her down time Wiljar enjoys singing, reading books specifically Shakespeare plays and learning salsa dancing! She enjoys going to yoga classes at NDSU, creating do it yourself projects and playing tennis! As her new tittle as North Dakota International Ambassador, Wiljar will be making appearances and working on promoting her platform that is near and dear to her, Volunteerism! She will also be focusing on issues, events, causes, and activities in her community and across North Dakota.
Wiljar is looking forward to working and getting to know her sister queens as they set sail for nationals! She is also very excited to make the most of this year with her title. This only being her second pageant she wants to encourage young girls and women to get involved in pageants.
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