South Surrey's Xie makes push for Miss World Canada award

South Surrey volunteer Lisa Xie hands out water do runners in Stanley Park during a marathon. - Contributed photo
South Surrey volunteer Lisa Xie hands out water do runners in Stanley Park during a marathon.
— image credit: Contributed photo

A South Surrey teen vying for the title of Miss World Canada captured an early lead in votes for the People’s Choice Award earlier this month.

And Lisa Xie, 18, is hoping that push will result in a successful conclusion by reaching out to her community for more support.

The Semiahmoo Secondary student, who is currently second in votes for the award, will be making flyers next week to distribute around the Semiahmoo Peninsula, encouraging residents to vote.

“So far, I’m in the lead with 1,000 votes or so,” she said.

“And it’s just been my school and some members of my community who have been supporting me on this journey.”

The voting, which closes on May 10, will decide who will be chosen as the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the award – and of the overall title – will be announced the day after, Xie said.

The teen, who has been using her platform to advocate for basic education rights around the world, said she hopes that her extensive community work will encourage the community to log on their computers and click her name.

“I’ve been volunteering all my free time to help in my community. With the platform I have and the attention I’ve been getting, I’ve tried to bring awareness to some local causes, such as the Coldest Night fundraiser in White Rock last week,” she said.

“I try my best to give back, and I think that will help.”

For more information on the awards, or to cast your vote, visit

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