On Friday, July 25th, 2014 was Gala Night was an amazing experience as it was the only we night we got to completely enjoy ourselves eating a buffet dinner and watch our pageant sisters perform their talent or present their platform. I chose to present my platform: to raise the awareness of getting and most of all accepting help if suffering from depression and other mental health illnesses. In my previous blog I mentioned that my platform is very meaning full as I am a survivor of depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety.
I am happy to say one of my best friends, Kaylie Stewart, Miss Teenage Southeastern Ontario, is the winner of Miss Teen Talent! You deserve it, babygirl!
On Saturday, July 26th, 2014 was Final Night and this was the night that changed the life of one of the fifty five girls. I want to congratulate Francesca “Cheskie” McFadden as the new Miss Teenage Canada! All the best in your reign representing our nation proudly, hun! Also, I would like to take the time to congratulate my Manitoba home skillet biscuit, Chrystalle Omaga, who is Miss Teenage Manitoba, Miss Teen Supermodel, and the first-runner up in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. You are an incredible young woman who is a role model to us all. I love you so much boo and I hope you can come to Toronto next summer! I know you will be very successful in your life and your modelling career as you will be doing lot of travelling across the nation, the United States and even in South East Asia! Safe travels to Kenya for your Free the Children/birthday trip. Those three weeks will fly by so fast so embrace it!
I am so happy I had the opportunity to have this one week experience with amazing young women from across Canada. You will all go far in your life and I want each and everyone of you to know that! Even though I did not win the pageant or place in the Top 20, I remind the girls and myself each and everyday that no matter the outcome we are all winners as we are still title holders of our city, region or province. We were chosen by Michelle Weswaldi for a reason and we need to embrace it. We could be living in a third world country with no food, clean drinking water, clothes, health care and shelter or fighting a government who ejects missiles on its people. We are lucky to be alive and most of all Canadian. Be grateful of your life and especially this new chapter in our lives. It is what it is and I am very thankful for all I have accomplished in my last eighteen years and with my title as Miss Teenage Southern Ontario. All the MTC girls and I have still so much to accomplish and to give back to our community. This is only the start! Embrace it! And remember to live in the moment!
Finally, I want to give a shoutout to my best friends during the Miss Teenage Canada pageant week:
Kaylie Stewart, Miss Teenage Southeastern Ontario
Katie Dennis, Miss Teenage Halton Region
Chystalle Omaga, Miss Teen Manitoba
P.S. I want to especially thank my amazing best friend and boyfriend, Chris Corcoran for his support in this new journey. The flowers were also nice touch to the crazy week. Thank you for being awesome possum, dumb butt