W.E Kinvig Elementary
I started my summer off my giving back to the community that I grew up in. My immediate first thought was to give back to the very own elementary school I went to. I spent 3 days at W.E Kinvig Elementary reading to the kids, helping in classrooms and giving talks about self-love, body image and advice for high school. Seeing everything these kids accomplished in just a few years of their lives was totally mind-blowing. The Leaders for Change group and the Girls Group have brought immense change to their community and school.
Canada 150 Parade
One of the most memorable parts of my summer, was being a part of the Canada 150 parade held in Downtown Vancouver! I was joined by Miss Teenage British Columbia, and Miss Teenage Vancouver. The day was full of decorating the car, going on a Starbucks run, doing photo-ops, and smiling and waving at thousands of people! The parade was covered live by Shaw TV.
Carnaval Del Sol
I had the honour of volunteering for the biggest Latin American festival in BC. My day was spent with 2 amazing girls who helped me learn the basics of our stall. We greeted kids, let them draw, paint and make their own paper sombreros (hats). We were welcomed with cheerful music, bright smiles, positive attitudes, and delicious food!
North Shore Women’s Centre- Girls Empowerment Camp
The 1hr 30min journey to get to North Vancouver, was totally worth it. I went in a little worried because I was nervous to be talking about my experiences and to try and create memorable moments for these girls. When I entered the room, I was greeted with positive attitudes who were very excited to learn about self-love and body image! In those 45 minutes I didn’t just talk about my experiences, I learnt about their lives too. Every one of these girls has a unique passion that they drive towards, and that was really powerful for me. At the end of my session, I asked all of them to create a list of ways they could learn to love and respect themselves more and they did an incredible job.
Surrey Fusion Festival
When people talk about the most crowded event of Surrey during the summer, it’s almost always about the Surrey Fusion Festival! This event brings many countries together to try and showcase the diversity of our community. With hundreds of food, clothing and promotional stalls, it’s the most hyped event of every year and this year they completely outdid themselves! With it being Canada’s 150th birthday, the Surrey Fusion Festival had multiple stages with amazing performers. They also had special figures from all over Canada come and join them, and I was honoured to be a part of that list! I got to be a part of the opening ceremony, parade, and do autograph signing sessions along with photo-ops.
I’ve got a few more exciting events left, so make sure to follow along! Also, keep an eye out for my blog assignments- coming very soon.
Miss Teenage Lower Mainland.