Hi! I’m Colombe Aingeal Nadeau-O’Shea. I’m 26 years old and was born and raised in the beautiful city of Toronto. I am half French Canadian and half Irish. My grandparents, aunt and uncle hail from Dublin. They came over in 1954, and once settled here had a family.
I went to an arts high school to follow my passion for visual arts (I’ve been painting since I was seven, had a solo show at 12, and had pieces hanging in the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto for eight years). I ended up majoring in photography and dance! I also grew up playing the piano (brought to Toronto from Dublin!), and figure skating.
After high-school I went to Wilfrid Laurier University, where I majored in Psychology and minored in French (I’m bilingual, and currently learning Spanish). I then took a year off, worked, and traveled the world for three months. Upon my return, I went back to school to get my Master’s degree in Fashion Theory from Ryerson University.
After school (and traveling solo through South America for five weeks), I started my career as a business etiquette consultant Corporate Class Inc. I loved it, but something was missing! I took a step back from that full-time role (currently still a contractor there) to join a non-profit tech start-up. I couldn’t be more excited!
Some of my hobbies and passions include (but aren’t limited to): painting, working out, traveling (been to nearly 30 countries so far, and counting!), volunteering (a huge part of my life), animals (including my ones at home – Jax, a ball python and Charlie, a budgie), music, reading, high-adrenaline sports (like sky-diving and scuba-diving), hiking, spending time with friends and family, and living and promoting a vegan lifestyle.
I’m so thrilled and honoured to represent Toronto in this years’ Rose of Tralee Festival!
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