The end is here, and as emotional as this farewell is for me, I can’t help but look back and smile, knowing that I got this incredible opportunity to represent a city that has done so much for me. From supporting all my anti-bullying initiatives to giving me the great pleasure of inviting me to some incredible local events, this year has been jam packed and full of surprises. Nonetheless, I am so grateful for the out pour of support and love I received from those all over Canada and pushed me to become better, stronger and more confident everyday. If you were to have told me a year ago that I’d be looking back on my year as Miss Teenage Airdrie, I would laugh knowing that little dark thought of self-doubt would hold me back from believing that this dream was just that, a dream, not something reality would ever stow upon me. But yet here I am, doing just that. Everyday, I wake up and see this crown on my wall. This crown is a symbol of not only success, but also overcoming adversity. When I began this journey, I was a 15 year old girl who was scared out of her mind and had little to no self confidence, I now look in the mirror and see an intelligent, poised and determined girl who can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. I have acquired so many skills from this experience that I will carry with me throughout all my endeavors. Being selected as a delegate for Miss Teenage Canada has opened so many doors for me and will continue to do so for the girls to come in the future years.
There are so many to thank and I know I am bound to forget some, but please know you are all in my heart and I cherish all of you for believing in me. I’d like to first thank my number one fan and the women who has been there for literally all of it, my mommy. You gave me the courage to put myself out there, despite the fears of judgment, failure and disappointment I had. You have been the biggest trooper through all of this, from looking at thousands of gowns with me to making sure my crown was always straight before walking out the door, you’ve always been there to help me and I cannot begin to describe how much I love you and thank you for allowing me to have this opportunity. To my best friend Danielle, I love you to the moon and back and then some. Thank you for always being there with that big, bright smile and the best hugs to get me through. I am so blessed to have you in my life, and cannot wait for future adventures with you! Thank you to Michelle W and the entire Miss Teenage Canada team for your strength and faithfulness to this pageant and to us girls. We got to be quite the handful, and I’m sure we made you want to pull your hair out at times, but please remember that it’s in the crazy moments like that when we love you the most! To my sister queens, we’ve been through so much together and I want to thank all of you for the fun times and memories. I have a special place in my heart for all of you and cannot wait to see all that you accomplish throughout your life’s. Thank you to not only my mentor, but my good friend Mattea for always knowing just what to say. I look up to not only as an extremely successful pageant queen, but also as a strong and independent women that has the confidence and courage to be who she is. A big thank you to Miss Teenage Alberta 2015, Ilinca for representing our province so beautifully. You graced both the provincial and national stage with such elegance. It has been an honor to compete next to you. Thank you for not only being a role model but also a friend to me. To Miss Teenage Airdrie 2013, Mercy, thank you for supporting me and helping me become comfortable in my crown. I had such an incredible time doing events with you and I wish you the best of luck in your future pageants. And lastly, thank you to all my sponsors, there are so many to name but know that without all of you and your services, I would have never been able to be as successful as I am. I hope to continue to support local businesses in Airdrie as they are a vital part of our community.
To the future Miss’s, girls get ready, you are in for quite the adventure! You have such an extraordinary team at your disposal for advice and support, trust them! Never doubt yourself and what you are capable of. You have been selected because these judges believe in you, so don’t ever question it or yourself. I am so incredibly excited to follow you on a journey that has changed my life forever.
I don’t know what exactly the future holds for me yet, and as sad as I am to end this chapter of my life, I am excited to pass on my crown, my title and this un-explainable feeling of happiness to the next lucky girl.
It has been a pleasure Airdrie, thank you.
Miss Teenage Airdrie 2015, Mackenzie.