Tomorrow is officially the beginning of the 2018 Miss Teenage Canada pageant week! This day came by so quickly, it feels like yesterday I was walking into the Miss Teenage Ontario pageant with high hopes and ready to face the world. Now here I am, finishing up my packing for my second go at Miss Teenage Canada. I’m so excited to meet all the other contestants and to get to know everyone over the week. I’ve got to see them on social media attending events and promoting their platforms, and I finally get to meet the incredible girls who hold these titles, and of course, reunite with the Ontario girls! I’m also especially excited to meet my roommate, hopefully, whoever it is doesn’t mind how cold I like to keep the room!
And now, with the pageant one day away, this means that I have a number of thank you’s to make to those who have helped me get to where I am, my generous sponsors, and of course everyone who has supported me through this process. First and foremost, I would not be who I am, where I am, and what I am without the many blessings that God has given me. I am amazed every day by the people He has brought into my life and the opportunities that are created for me, and I know I owe it to Him. Second, my parents. I would not be going to this pageant at all if it weren’t for the incredible amount of fundraising, promoting, and sponsor-finding my dad is capable of. He’s usually behind the scenes, but he is the one who’s been there to help me spread my message and get me to Toronto. Whenever I have a new venture or project or hobby, he’s always been the first one to say “Okay, how can I help?”, along with my stepmom and her family and the support they’ve given me. And of course, my mom, who accompanies me to events, drives me everywhere, is the person I go to when I am nervous and is always there to give opinions on a walk, an interview answer, or an outfit. She tells people she isn’t a pageant mom, but trust me, she is. Third, my boyfriend Neil. How he willingly manages to put up with my stress and craziness and mood swings and busy life and have a smile on while doing it is beyond me. He’s always there to accompany me to the gym, to pageant things, events, dress shopping, and while he may not love it, he has never once complained, and I’m so thankful for him.
Now, my fantastic sponsors! I’ve been lucky to have a couple of great sponsors who’ve supported me over the last few months. Anytime Fitness Brantford has been my official fitness sponsor, and I can now say with total honesty that I like the gym! I used to dread going to the gym because I was always nervous about the atmosphere, and the fact that I wasn’t very strong or fit compared to some of the people I saw, but Anytime Fitness has given me such a welcoming environment where I’ve been able to get stronger and healthier. I’ve gained so much confidence and I feel ready to walk the stage with it! The Six Nations Marketplace has also been so supportive of all my endeavors, and have been so gracious in including me in events and even holding a fundraiser for me! I’ve always advocated in supporting local business, and they’ve been so helpful, and I cannot thank them enough! Of course, a thank you goes out to Six Nations Band Council for their generous donation to WE Charity. With their help, along with my high tea and other donations, I’ve been able to raise over $2000, which surpasses my original goal of $1500!
And finally, last but not least, a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has made a donation, who has bought a ticket, who has shared a post, read a blog, or liked a page. Everyone who has been there to support me through this journey in all of the little things. It’s the small gestures that add up, and I’ve been so blessed to have had so many people behind me in my run for Miss Teenage Canada. Pageant week starts tomorrow, so make sure you watch my social media’s for updates on events and the competition! Thank you so much for reading!
Til Next Time