Hello everyone! I am so excited to say that in one short day I will be boarding a plane, and heading off to Toronto to meet the many amazing delegates from across Canada, who’ll be representing their home province as we all compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2015. When I joined the Miss Teenage Manitoba pageant the first time around in 2012, I genuinely did not expect that it would lead me down a road of amazing changes that I was to make in my life. I believe that every opportunity in life is a learning experience, and with these experiences come learning curves. After not placing in the Top 20 at the national pageant in 2012 I became driven, not deterred. I had nothing but feelings of extreme gratitude to the Miss Teenage Canada organization, as they helped me realize the strong, unique, confident individual I was at that moment, and the potential I held to become even stronger. I’m a firm believer in the phrase “If you don’t succeed the first time, try and try again”. At the age of 16, I knew that I would come back in the years ahead of me, and compete for the title once more. As my final post as Miss Teen Southern Manitoba-World 2012, I made a vow to achieve my dreams of becoming a provincial titleholder… I’m proud to say that three years later, I did.
In January of 2015, I hit a point in my life where I wasn’t happy with who I was anymore. The stress of university hit me hard, personal issues were springing up left, right and centre, and food had become the number one thing to console me. Finally, I realized I needed to make a change for the better! It was at that moment I joined Miss Teenage Manitoba 2015, and I haven’t looked back since. In addition to practicing the eloquent nature of my speech, I knew obtaining a great personal level of physical fitness was something I slightly lacked in my first appearance at Nationals. I had to change this the second time around! It is without any shame that I post this before and after picture, as I am so proud of the transformation I’ve made. With a goal set in my mind, I began sculpting myself into the best form of “me” I could be. Though I probably won’t be the slimmest person on stage come time for Nationals, I will step out onto the stage with pride and confidence, as I have made such a huge transformation in my physical health over the course of the past five months!
My supporters… Thank you!
Winning the title of Miss Teenage Manitoba 2015 was only the beginning of hurdles I had to jump along my journey to Nationals. From the bottom of my heart, I’d love to thank the organizations who have backed me, and the people who put out a helping hand for me along my trek! Thank you to IBEW Local 2085, Manitoba Building Trades, Coughlin Insurance and the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba for your monetary donations, which have helped fund my trip to Nationals, as well as my flight. Thank you to Zhanna Polishchuck of REC Photography, for you brilliance behind a camera that led to amazing official pageant photos. Thank you to Wade Chessman and the estheticians at Scinn Studio Spa, for providing me with pageant perks such as manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and teeth whitening for my trip to Toronto. Thank you to the residents of West St. Paul, Selkirk, and surrounding municipalities for being so supportive of my determination for the title. An additional thank you to Brook Jones, editor of the Selkirk Journal, for giving me some fantastic coverage in the local paper over the course of the past few months. Finally, thank you to my family. Without your loving words and endless support, I surely would have gone crazy by now! Thank you, to all of you. Everyone mentioned above has played their own special role in helping me achieve my goal of becoming Miss Teenage Canada. As you’ve all done your part, I promise to take it to the stage this week and do mine.
When I’m asked the question “Who is Miss Teenage Canada?” I do not think of a specific person, rather a set of specific qualities that person needs to hold. Miss Teenage Canada is smart. Miss Teenage Canada is helpful. Miss Teenage Canada desires to make a change in her community. Miss Teenage Canada is a confident and successful role model for young women across the country, who is proud of the person she is, and excited for the person she can become. I know I possess these qualities. I know I have the desire and the drive to be a successful National titleholder, who makes the most of every second they wear the crown. I am beyond excited for the week ahead of me, and cannot wait to meet my fellow delegates, make lasting friendships, and enjoy the whole experience from beginning to end!
As I step onto the plane tomorrow morning, I will be thinking of you all. Thank you, so much.