Time to catch up again! I’ve kept you very updated with things I’ve had going in for me personally, but let’s be serious, if I do it while wearing a crown it is automatically wayyyyy cooler. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be doing a ton of rad stuff, so this is it!
– I had so much fun spending time with fellow sash holders. Sparks (mini girlguides) were so fun to present to, as I got to speak to them on inner beauty, as well as make crowns for everyone! They didn’t only catch me in tag, but they also caught my heart as well ❤️
-I was recruited as a role model for a Canadian clothing brand, reducing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness, and was interviewed for their national blog. Wear your label donates 10% of profits to mental health organizations, and I am so blessed to be working in a partnership with them!
-With my personal connection to the AB Children’s hospital, I could not miss out on an opportunity to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House on McHappy Day! I got to surprise people getting their food, as I worked the drive through, as well as made many friends within the store.
-I won the award of Leader of Tomorrow by the City of Medicine Hat, recognizing my outstanding commitment to volunteering and community involvement in a leadership position.
-In my school I helped as a leader with clothing donations to victims affected by the fires in Fort Mac.
-When Hedley came to town, rather than cozying up inside, I worked the CalTire parking lot with fellow Me to We students collecting donations for Free the Children and Red Cross
– 93.7 Radio let me practice my public speaking skills as I discussed my platform and journey on a morning interview!
-I got to spend some time with 5 (!!!) grade one classes teaching them about inner beauty, and that if someone can’t afford food, it doesn’t make them a bad person (platform alert!). These guys were great listeners during my “story time” and speech, and were even cuter when question period rolled around! Oh how much we can learn from children 😉
-I was a guest speaker at Dr Roy Wilson School’s Mental Health Fair, and got to lead my own workshops on “true beauty”. I got to speak on the importance of inner beauty and loving yourself to several groups with students ranging from grade 6-8, and teach them the importance of knowing the difference between “looking” beautiful, and “being” beautiful. It was a great way to end off mental health week, and am so honoured to have had the opportunity to teach these amazing people how to love themselves and others.
-Thank you so much to the Medicine Hat and District Live Music Club for allowing me to talk about my journey and things I am passionate about, as well as to introduce some of the amazing musicians on stage!
– I had a massive BBQ at M&M’s Meat Shops raising money for Free the Children! Thank you all who supported this!!!
-Thank you to Dr Roy Wilson School for allowing me to present on inner beauty to several kindergarten classes! You guys were great listeners, and truly adorable ❤️
-I was chosen as the “Community Champion” for this year’s upcoming Relay for Life! What a huge honour!
-I walked down memory lane as I revisited my very own middle school. Rather than sitting in a gymnasium with the rest of my classmates, anxiously awaiting the upcoming presentation, today I got to be the person at the front giving the speech. Thank you Alexandra Middle School for making me a guest speaker for the entire school at today’s ShowCase Feature Day. It was great getting to see all of my old teachers, and to get to speak to the entire school on hunger awareness and inner beauty.
-I had the honour of spending a day at Irvine School, and presenting to the K-6 grades! Thank you to all of the students who were such amazing listeners, and to the teachers, who each took a period out of their class schedule to let me speak! Speaking on inner beauty and my platform is something I am so happy to have the opportunity to present to children 💖
– Of course there was CAMP DAY at Tim Hortons! I advertised to make sure to get down there today and grab a coffee like I did, as 100% of proceeds go to help send kids from low income families build essential life skills.
-I got to speak in front of Medicine Hat at our annual Spectrum Festival! I am so honoured to have such a supportive community, as well as the opportunity to spread awareness on “inner beauty” and reducing the negative stigma surrounding disadvantaged individuals. Thank you all for coming out and helping me pursue my dreams.
-although I’m sure I frightened many children with my air horn, I still had a blast volunteering at the wipeout booth hanging out prizes and Spectrum!
-I had the opportunity to take a stand in the 8th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a walk against sexual and physical abuse. Men are encouraged to walk a mile in a pair of women’s high heels, supporting victims and taking a stand against abuse.
I had a blast on stage teaching the police and fire department how to walk in high heels, followed by myself kicking off the walk. Thank you to all who came out to support this cause.
-I had a super busy day selling floats for Free the Children with my business class! It also happened to be my last day as a leader of the very supportive Me to We club
– I had the honour of spending one last evening with my very favourite people. Waves Swim Club has been a big part of my life for a very long time, and has taught me skills from determination, to patience, to leadership skills, to the importance of supporting others. From being a swimmer for many years, to coaching for 3 years, I could not have asked for a better group to have called my swim team. Last night I got to hand out awards to recognize all of our hardworking swimmers and appear not as a friend or a coach, but as Miss Teenage Alberta (the little girls loved it!) Chat TV was there documenting the memorable event, so be sure to tune into TV to catch it!
-Guess what 🙊 mostly everyone knows I love public speaking 🎉 but I love it even more when I can speak for a cause. Recently, I got to be the MC of a fashion show… But not just any fashion show! All proceeds from the show went towards the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, to help women affected my breast cancer. We made a TON of money to help women with breast cancer, and had even more fun at it! The coolest thing? The clothes in the show (Free Hippy by Tenille Reichelman) were made from recycled materials such as broken jewellery and second hand clothes!! Cool, eh???
-I am so happy I could support the Medicine Hat Kinnettes in their Charity BBQ. A while back, I presented to this group of ladies on my platform as Miss Teenage Alberta, and the importance of reducing the negative stigma in our communities, as well as how the Brown Bag Lunch Program does so. I am so honoured that my speech influenced them to support this charity at their annual BBQ (100% of profits went towards the Brown Bag Lunch Program), and that together we can all help build up self confidence in individuals to work towards a less judgemental and more welcoming environment!
-I attended a crimestoppers BBQ making burgers and attending the “Positive Pedals Project”, giving bikes to kids in need who make an impact on our community!
And that’s not even all of it!
Whew!! That was a long one! But hey, it was fun, wasn’t it? Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for even more updates to come!
Thanks for reading!
Miss Teenage Alberta 2016