One of the best parts about winning a Miss Teenage Canada regional title is the opportunities that are opened up to you. Over the past two months, I have participated in several events in my area with my title that range from attending black-tie galas to face painting for children. My favourite part of being active in my community is meeting new people, and talking to them about my title, and myself! If you are interested in finding out where my crown has taken me, be sure to continue reading!
Little Black Dress Charity Gala – May 13th
The Little Black Dress Gala is put on each year by Help Change My City, a non-profit organization which brings awareness to and helps homeless and at-risk youth. The main part of this event was a fashion show, and I was asked to model at this event, which was very exciting! (But also somewhat nerve-wracking, as I had no previous runway experience.) First, I attended castings, where the designers chose their models, and then on the big day I suited up in two stunning looks from two amazing local designers.
#Donuts4FortMac – May 14th
The following day was all about giving back. After hearing about the tragic fire that tore through Fort McMurray, I along with five other BC titleholders decided to raise money for the tens of thousands of Canadians affected by it. We chose to fundraise by selling Krispy Kreme donuts. We easily surpassed our goal, thanks to all of the generous donations we received. Later, I attended a play put on by my church, and was able to raise additional money to send to Fort McMurray. As of now, citizens of Fort McMurray are slowly returning to the city, however; the need for donations is still just as strong, as most of the city needs to be rebuilt.
Sole Awesome 5km Fun Run – May 29th
At 5:00am, the alarm on my phone went off, signalling me to wake up.
An hour and a half later, I found myself at Burnaby’s stunning Deer Lake Park, surrounded by several excited individuals. The event; put on by Sole Girls, began with a 5km run and had fun stations at the end of each kilometre. I was stationed at the second stop, where we had all the young girls write down something that made them “Sole Awesome” and put it on a banner. I loved helping them find something that made them unique! After the run, there was a festival-like set-up with tons of fun activities such as yoga, tie-dying shirts, and taking photos in the photo booth! I especially enjoyed this event because it was focused on self-confidence, living a healthy life, leadership, and empowerment for young girls, which are all things I am promoting with my platform!
Tri-Cities Polish Festival – May 29th
Immediately after I finished at Sole Awesome, I headed over to Port Coquitlam to volunteer and do a meet-and-greet at the Tri-Cities Polish Festival.
I’m half Polish, so I’ve attended this festival with my family for years, and I was so excited when I was asked to come with my title! At the festival, I helped out with face painting. While it was my first time doing it, I have to say I became pretty good at it by the end. (And I may have just found a new hobby!) It was so fun to not only talk to everyone about my title and about going to Miss Teenage Canada in July, but to do it in Polish! I also had the pleasure of seeing His Worship Richard Stewart; Mayor of Coquitlam, and Mike Farnworth; MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
Burnaby’s Hats Off Day Parade & Festival – June 4th
The following weekend, I and a few BC titleholders participated in the Hats Off Day Parade. This is another event I have been attending for a while with my friends and family, so it was really fun to return with my crown! The parade is really close to my home, so it meant a lot to me to be a part of the parade, as my community is a very important part of who I am. Although the sun was blazing, we didn’t let it stop us from waving at the smiling crowds on the sidewalk, and dancing to the music from the marching band!
RBC’s Run for the Kids – June 5th
While the weather was HOT, the turnout to this event was amazing, (well over 6,000 participants) and it’s something I’m so happy to have been a part of. Altogether, we raised over $1 million for paediatric oncology and mental health at BC Children’s Hospital. I was part of the cheer squad, and my job was to cheer on the runners as they ran by my station! After around a thousand people came by, it was my turn to run; crown on head and everything, to the finish line to start handing out medals. There, I met and spoke to an endless amount of little kids, and an adorable little girl who asked to take a picture with me. (She thought I was a princess! Too cute!!) Following the race, there was a fun festival where I helped out as well. All in all, the day was super fun, and I’m so proud of everyone involved for giving up their Sunday mornings to help out the cause.
I am so grateful for this title, and the number of opportunities it has opened up for me. Being an active part of your community is so rewarding, and it is a great way to meet new people who are passionate about the same things as you are! I’d like to challenge everyone reading this to sign up to volunteer for an event in the upcoming months!
Until next time,
Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016