“Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world.” -Jack Layton
I am so honored to be living in not only the most beautiful country in the world, filled with everything from the rocky mountains to the incredible beaches of British Columbia, with every type of person you could imagine, but also be a privileged young girl with the freedom and rights to education, love and equal opportunity. Despite the stereotypes of our apologetic ways, cold arctic winters and my pet polar bear that takes me to school everyday, there is so much more to this amazing country.
One of the things I’m most thankful for in Canada is our freedom. The admirable Malala Yousafzai is a prime example of the education that many of us take for granted everyday. As a 15 year old girl, I would not be given the opportunity to education in many other countries. My dreams of becoming journalist would become unrealistic as I would not know how to read or write. My rights and freedoms as a women in Canada have still yet a long way to go, but I am proud of how far we have come. My Canadian role models are the incredible Famous Five, who were determined ladies from Alberta who questioned the Supreme Court of Canada to have women legally be looked at as “persons” just as much as males. Without these women, history for the girls in Canada would be entirely different. The people of Canada have proven that we can create change and are not afraid to do so.
With our freedom, comes the acceptance of our community. Canada has continued to display the incredible foundation of acceptance that we have built over the years within our generations. We have gradually become a country that is safe for all types of people with different cultures, religions, views and orientations that are all protected and accepted by all. An example of our gradual change to support our citizens include the legalization of gay marriage in 2005 that landed us being the fourth country in the world to welcome and accept a diverse abundance of people.
Canada is referred to as the “true north strong and free.” Canada’s strength is shown in the way we battle possible threats to our country, unite together when disasters strikes and support other countries in need of help. We must thank the generations of soldiers and peace keepers of Canada that risk their lives to continue to better our community. These hero’s are the pillars of Canada and help continue the growth of our nation.
I am so incredibly grateful to be apart of a growing country that is pushing always for what is in the best interests of it’s citizens. I hope to continue to be apart of this fight to better Canada for the future generations, and pass down the legacy and strength that the ones before had given to me.
Thank you to Miss Teen Alberta, American Beauty and former Miss Teenage Airdrie 2015, Mercy for joining me alongside the 2 little princesses of Airdrie, Jacee and Tanis in the Airdrie Canada Day Parade 2015. Also thank you to my amazing sponsors Davis Chevy for providing the beautiful vehicle and Bronze Baxx for making me look like a bronzed queen with my amazing spray tan!