Last night I did my final walk and my farewell speech as Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017. It was bitter sweet, but I am truly impressed and so proud of all the girls who competed last night. Courtney, Miss Manitoba World 2017 and I got the privilege of spending the weekend with the girls and preparing them for the pageant. Congratulations ladies, you all looked fabulous and did amazing!
As for me, I want to say a final thank you to everyone who made this year so great for me. I will continue to participate in events and hold my title close to my heart. Congratulations to Katelynne Lawrence, who is the next Miss Teenage Manitoba 2018. She will be taking over this blog. I will also post my farewell speech below.
I want to give a shout out to The Magic Room downtown for always doing my nails so beautifully for all of my events! Thank you so much.
Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and following me on my journey through this past year. I am so grateful and will treasure this amazing experience in my heart forever.
My Farewell Speech
Wow. I can’t believe I’m up here giving this speech already. It seems like just yesterday I received my title and my crown. I didn’t quite realize in that moment the amazing year I was about to embark upon. A year full of new friends, new experiences and sometimes, VERY sore feet! I would need hours, possibly days, to be able to tell you about all the amazing things that I have experienced throughout the course of this year, so I’m going to tell you a few things that really made me realize why I am so happy that I got to be Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017.
There are so many people and animals that are less fortunate then we are, and volunteering even a few hours of your time may not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference. I got to see the smile on children’s faces when I would volunteer at different events across Manitoba. They would say “Mommy, daddy, look! She’s a real princess!” I was so overwhelmed with joy seeing them smile. Smiling can seem like a small act, but it can make a huge difference in someone’s day. It made me realize why I wanted to do this pageant. I wanted to make a difference, even a small difference.
Throughout the year, I got to attend events like Paws in Motion in support of the Winnipeg Humane Society, The Walk to Fight Arthritis, Pawshpalooza in support of Darcys Animal Rescue Center and the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Princess Ball. I also got to attend fairs across Manitoba in little towns like the Miami fair and the Minnedosa fair and rodeo. It was hilarious when I gave out the awards for the rodeo and I showed up in a cocktail dress and pumps. I was standing in barns for most of the day around cows and horses and many other farm animals. The people at the rodeo asked me to get up on one of the tallest horses for pictures and I had to have 3 people holding my dress underneath me while I got up on the horse, and 2 people trying to figure out how to fit my shoes into the stirrups! That was an interesting day…
There are some people who I want to thank for everything they have done and all the effort they put in to making this pageant the best it can be. Thank you to Michelle Weswaldi for guiding me through this year and for making this pageant possible. You’re amazing.
Thank you to Christi Woolard for guiding me through my time in Toronto at Miss Teenage Canada. I got to make so many new friends and go so many new places. It was the experience of a lifetime and I will treasure it in my heart forever, so thank you for being there for all the girls and for me.
Thank you to my mom and dad for supporting me throughout this past year. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for loving me and thank you for encouraging me to reach for the stars.
To the next Miss Teenage Manitoba, hold your crown and your title close to your heart. You are about to have a year full of once in a lifetime experiences that you will take with you forever.
Thank you all,
Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017