Just as she began her studies at Windsor Law, Jennie Mercanti (JD 2000) got some bad news. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she was told that she'd likely be in a wheelchair within a year.
Instead, a change in diet and exercise regimen saw her overcome the illness, giving her a passion for wellness and a drive to help others. Now a corporate and securities attorney, she is advocating against domestic violence against women and children as a candidate for Mrs. Universe.
The international competition is open to women between the ages of 18 and 55 from nations around the world who are married, divorced, or widowed; have a family and career; and are involved in a significant cause.
Mercanti also serves as chair and director of the Charity of Hope, founded by her family to help less fortunate children in Canada.
“I am so pleased to have raised awareness for the Christmas Angels Charity against domestic violence in connection with representing Canada in the Mrs. Universe event,” Mercanti says.
The public is invited to vote — each first vote is free; supporters may cast an additional vote in exchange for a $5 donation to Christmas Angels. Learn more on the Mrs. Canada Universe Facebook page.