About Solange

Solange Tuyishime is from Fredericton, New Brunswick. She was born and raised in East Africa and at the age of 11 she escaped from war and genocide and moved to Canada.

She continued her education at École Sainte-Anne where she played various sports and was captain of the girls’ soccer team during her graduating year. Through those years, she received numerous awards such as: most improved player, and the sportsmanship award. Solange graduated with a scholarship from the Knights of Columbus.

Being involved with community development work, Solange volunteered with multicultural associations, allowing her the opportunity to lead orientation activities for newcomers and youth. Remembering her roots, she was a member of the African Student Union for numerous years, during which she was elected as the Vice President of the Union where she led the organizing team in creating activities for the African community. Solange also enjoyed being a soccer coach with the YMCA for grade 5 and 6 students.

Solange attended St-Thomas University where she received a $6000 ATV Media Scholarship, awarded to a third year student who demonstrated an interest in broadcast journalism.   In 2005, she graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism and Honours in French.

In 2004, while still university, Solange was invited to enter the pageant world. She saw this as an opportunity to use as a platform to advocate for the most vulnerable children living in the world’s toughest places. That year she was crowned Miss New Brunswick International. This gave her the chance to participate at the Miss Canada pageant. On August 27th 2005, Solange Tuyishime was crowned as Miss Canada International 2006.

Making history, Solange became the first  Miss New Brunswick to win Miss Canada and the first black woman to hold such a title amongst all other pageants in the country. With the pageant scholarship, Solange decided to further her education and obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Moncton in May 2008.

In 2010, Solange was nominated  UNICEF’s official spokesperson for Walk for Water. From 2010 to 2012, Solange was the spokesperson for UNICEF Canada National Campaign and hosted the UNICEF Canada DVD distributed in over 3000 schools. Today, Solange has the honour of being a UNICEF Canada Ambassador, encouraging fundraising efforts, in order to educate and engage their mission to give every child the opportunity to thrive.

Solange is now the President and CEO of Elevate International, elevating women and girls through heart-centred leadership, economic power and philanthropy.

As a wife and mother to four beautiful daughters (one in Heaven, three on earth). Solange and her husband, had to build resilience and gain a new perspective on life through their daughter’s short time on earth. In honour of their baby, Naylah’s Legacy was created to support newborn initiatives and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

My philosophy in life is to never be afraid of dreaming, even when it feels and appears impossible. Always work hard and believe in yourself. When one door closes, heal the wound because a greater door will be opened ahead. Be grateful, never take anything for granted, and surround yourself with incredible people.

Solange Tuyishime

Solange is the president and CEO of Elevate International. Elevate International is an organization dedicated to inspire, empower, and elevate women and girls through leadership, economic power and philanthropy.  

From a young girl who was once a refugee to a UNICEF Canada Ambassador, Solange provides real-life stories demonstrating the impact of philanthropy and shares advice on various ways you can change the world, one action at a time.

Solange’s perseverance continues to inspire leaders to create positive change globally. As a leader, Solange is advancing women and girls’ leadership while also helping the most vulnerable children internationally.

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Through her numerous moments of devastation, Solange share stories of empowerment and guidance on strength, courage and wisdom.