I never would have expected my life to change so dramatically at the age of 17. On July 5th, 2015, I was crowned Miss Teen BC. This opportunity has allowed me to develop leadership skills and connect with my community at a greater capacity. This year I have been able to support many non-profit organizations such as: the Terry Fox Run, BC Boxes of Love, the Global Fire Run for Leukemia, the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, the Ronald McDonald House, Cops for Cancer, #pinkpromise week at Guildford Town Centre and the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon. I loved working together with the other Miss BC titleholders because they were immensely passionate to serve and also encouraged myself in every step I took. Later that year, I also launched a program at my school for grade 6-8 students, who gather at lunch once a week, to talk about issues in their lives and the world around them. As a leader, I have helped them work through strategies to overcome tough situations that they are facing in their pre-teen years, as well as challenge them to build others up and take positive steps to combat change. I have seen these students develop into unbelievable leaders, as they are making a difference within their own school hallways.
My title, Miss Teen BC, has also opened the door for me to compete on a national level at the Miss Teen Canada Pageant, which was held in Laval, Quebec. On March 6th, 2016, I was crowned Miss Teen Canada 2016/17 and was honored to bring home this title to the province of British Columbia and my hometown of Fort Langley.
My most treasured moments throughout my reign have been the opportunities I’ve had to speak to thousands of young teens about being leaders within their schools and local communities, on CTV Morning Live, as well as large conferences across BC. I never would have dreamt that I would receive the honor of being placed in that opportunity of leadership. Now as a first year full time university student, I am busy with assignments, two jobs, many extra-curricular activities, as well as continuing to volunteer my time, but I am enjoying every minute.
The Miss BC pageant has completely altered my life, and I quite honestly don’t know where I would be without it. It opened a door for me to get more involved in my community, as well as trained myself into being a confident leader. I would highly recommend this program to any young teen who is struggling in finding their self-worth or confidence. The workshops are incredibly encouraging and the powerful women you meet will be friendships that will last a lifetime.
I thank my family for supporting me every step of the way and I pray blessings on the future successors of Miss Teen BC, as they carry on this life altering journey.