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Tara Teng is a TV host, Miss World Canada 2012, Birth Doula, human rights activist, and works with various organizations around the world to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking. She regularly works internationally to support impoverished villages through community development and raising the socio-economic status of women. Her advocacy work has helped to pass new laws in Canada that protect victims of human trafficking and she has established Canada’s first Municipal Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. She was named Canada’s “Woman on the Year” in 2011, named one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top 25 Most Transformational Canadians”, received an International Heroes award from the Joy Smith Foundation, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her vast human rights work.

Today Tara can be found enjoying the majestic beauty of Canada’s west coast with her husband and son. She continues to invest in her community as a mentor with the Miss BC leadership program and serves on the Board of Directors for Reigning Grace Society, an local organization that assists women exiting sexual exploitation and addictions.

She blogs at www.tarateng.com and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @misstarateng.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather Thomson says:

    Hi Tara: met you at the National House of Prayer in Ottawa in October. Great website. Could you send me your email address.

  2. Johann says:

    Hello Tara, our son Justin & daughter Melanie had the privilege to attend the meeting on Tuesday Feb 22 at the home of Burke & his wife.
    Thank you for the information and we will support your efforts wherever we can. Our church’s youths will be at the march on March 12th.

    We have sent the letter to our local MP to make him aware of the march and of freedom week.

    Keep up the good work that our loving Father placed on your teams heart. This will bring freedom to those who are under the influence of others.
    God bless
    Much love
    Johann, Juliet Justin & Melanie

  3. Hi Tara,

    Looks like Todd, you and me are going to be getting together for a JAVA pretty soon. LOoking forward to it. Sounds like we are going to be doing a little bit of travelling together here soon too. Looking forward to meeting you sister.

    Much love

  4. Mikela says:

    Hi Tara,

    My dad talked to my principal and he would be interested in having you come to talk to the grade six’s and seven’s at our school (in north delta). In the next 2 weeks, what dates + times would you be able to come?
    I can pass the info onto him at school.

    Also, I was wondering how I could get involved in helping you with your fight against human trafficing. I had some ideas on how to fundraise but is there anything else I can do?

    I will be praying for you,

  5. Starting this Tuesday, we are praying at Dalhousie University for issues around combating trafficking. This week, we’re praying for you. Any specific issues or needs? I just sent you a friend request on Facebook…..check out: http://www.hopeforthestreets.com. I have started an initiative called the Liberte Network. Thanks- Russ theyhavenames@gmail.com

  6. RJ Sanche says:

    Read the article in the paper on your trip and your heart to abolish slavery!!!! Great!

  7. 1919 says:

    Tara, found your blog by fluke… was actually googling info on the dalai lama! Miss Tibet somehow ended up in there, and then linked to you. There was something about your face, that made me think, she’s really a beauty queen? Not that you’re not beauiful, but it just was so apparent to me that there was something more in your eyes! I love what you’re standing up for, love your discussion of what a leader is. Time like these I wish I taught older than gr 4 so that I could really get into some of these issues with youth. You go girl, keep doing what you’re doing! And good luck with your studies!

    – Vancouver teacher

  8. Teacher says:

    Hey Tara! You came to Walnut Grove Secondary and did a amazing presentation for my students! I am now at another school and am wondering if you would come and speak to some classes. Could you send me an email address to personally message you?

    1. tarateng says:

      Thanks for getting in touch with me. I would love to come speak at your new school! Please send speaking requests to: tara.teng@gmail.com


  9. Congratulations on becoming Miss Canada. I started a charitable society in Alberta to set up a home for victims of human trafficking. We are holding a Pasta Fiesta on Jan 21 in Red Deer and would love to have you come as our guest speaker to talk about your passion for justice.

  10. Charmeyn says:

    Just read your article in the Langley Times today, amazing; I’m also from Langley but I have never heard of you because I don’t follow beauty pagents as I see them, as ironic as this may sound, to be a form of human trafficking, but I applaud you for using these pagents as a platform to bring awarenss to human trafficking.
    A few years ago I was made aware of this epdemic when I got involved in shutting down a website based in the Netherlands but was hosted from a webhosting company in Montreal , the operator of the site was using his site to lure young girls to contact him, and he was not ashamed to admit he was a pedophile; it took a letter that I wrote to the Netherlands Justice minister to eventually get his site closed..
    Human trafficking is so widespread on the internet, as well as our streets; it’s shocking.
    I also like knowing that you are on the same wavelength as myself, parents need to educate their kids on this issue, but more importantly they need to educate themselves.
    And your right about opening up, what I say ” the Pandora’s Box”, to more human trafficking by legalizing prostitution, by doing that it will only up the demand, and our low age of consent law doesn’t help either.
    I had a friend, when I was 11 years old, who was abducted when she was 9, and later found murdered , so I know what it’s like to lose someone, the abductor of my friend I never found out if they caught him, but I wish I did so I can have closure, I’m 51 now and every time I hear of a child gone misssing I think about my friend and the hurt cuts deep.
    P.S. would love to be on board with you in this fight


  11. Flo says:


    My name is Flo, you met me in Winnipeg when you delivered a compelling speech for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. I spoke to you about my music and using it in any way to contribute to what you’re doing. I’m going to leave you with
    a link to three of the songs. Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in using it in any way as a fit behind the powerful message and difference you’re making in this world: “You are beautiful” http://soundcloud.com/flosoul/you-are-beautiful,
    “Butterfly” http://soundcloud.com/flosoul/butterfly,
    “Tell me Why” http://soundcloud.com/flosoul/tell-me-why

    You can contact me at:
    website: http://www.flosoul.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/flo.oramasionwu
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/flosoul

    Hope to hear from you soon, take care and thank you Tara!



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