1507784_1110311575663088_4207296362503102020_nIt all feels like such a dream. It’s as if it was just yesterday I was coming home from the hospital after reaching such a dark and scary point in my life, to only stumble upon this pageant. I believe everything happens for a reason, and although this may sound odd to some who don’t understand, this pageant saved me or at least gave me the motivation to save myself. When I reached such dark times, it was not because I felt alone or like no one loved me. Externally, I have always been blessed with support from all angles of my life. But what brought me down was my low self-esteem. Although, having many goals achieved within my 3 years of advocacy, I never had any personal goals for myself; something that I can work to in order to better myself as an individual, not just as a public figure. After applying for Miss Teenage Canada, I then had something to work towards for myself, but that also benefited my community. After receiving my title, attending all the incredible events, meeting such wonderful people who still to this day touch my life with their stories and seeing what an impact I can make on young girls in particular are just the tip of the iceberg to the happiness and confidence I gained with this pageant. It’s hard to put into words just how this pageant week changed my life; from conquering my (not so obvious) fear of social gatherings, to learning to appreciate every moment and be grateful for it all. The bullying from when I was younger, and the confidence that it took from me is now slowly being regained, and I am ready to take on any new challenge with an open mind and positive outlook. I want to thank my beautiful room-mate Hannah, Miss Teenage Halifax, for not only being the most wonderful pageant sister, but also being my best friend. I care about you so much and miss you everyday.

All of us girls, came from a different back ground with each of our own stories of failure, triumph and heartbreak, yet we all proved on that stage our strength. Our strength to look at a scary and intimidating situation, and face it head on, strength to go back on an 11825738_10153202736308208_7944604193556412332_nelevator after being stuck in one for like 3 minutes, strength to wear heels for hours on end, and the strength to hold our heads held high, support our sisters win or lose and love unconditionally. Although with such a large group of girls, I learned something new about each and every one of you and I thank you ladies so much for your strength, beauty and love through this journey.

To the beautiful future title holders, remember to never forget who you. Things will get scary, stressful, you’ll be angry and intimidated and cry and want to rip your crown off because this darn thing just keeps falling (bobby-pins will be your new best-friend ps.) But don’t ever lose that special something that made you stand out in the first place. This is a job, a very serious and hard job, but all the hard-work is what makes this experience so rewarding. Whether you win overall or don’t, you made your community, family and friends proud. Be yourself, embrace those weird silly things about yourself and shine brighter than that crown. Go 11831652_1114682178559361_1075207531646786140_nwith the attitude of “I am capable of wining, I will embrace every moment and I am proud of how far I’ve come.” Show the judges, peers and yourself why you are there.

Lastly, congratulations to our new Miss Teenage Canada 2015, Sarah Dawn of Red Deer, Alberta. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

If any girls have questions, feel free to contact me via social media. I will be   continuing to update this blog on my recent appearances and news up until my reign comes to an end. Thank you to everyone who has gotten me to this point in my life. I am excited to see what other adventures come my way as my reign as Miss Teenage Airdrie 2015 comes to an end.

 

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These past four days have been an adventure filled with emotions, laughter and great memories! I’m so excited to share them all with you on my trip back to Alberta from Toronto, to reflect and encourage all the young ladies in Airdrie to start thinking about taking part in such an incredible experience!

Siberian Tiger Cub at the Bowmanville Zoo.

Siberian Tiger Cub at the Bowmanville Zoo.

Today, we took part in a private show at the Bowmanville Zoo to get up close and personal with some fuzzy friends! Bowmanville Zoo believes in the importance of persevering our endangered species, and participates in breeding programs to protect these animals, like the Siberian Tiger that us ladies got to pet, hold and take photos with! Along with the baby tiger, a male lion cub joined in on the fun, prancing around and taunting all us adoring girls in petting this “ferocious beast.” After the babies got tired out from all their running and jumping, they fell asleep. But just when we thought things couldn’t get anymore cute, they had one last surprise for us; a Lemur! I grew up watching “Zaboomafoo” every morning, so this was a dream come true!

Bowmanville Zoological Park.

The Lemur at Bowmanville Zoological Park.

After the Zoo, we headed back into the city to explore my personal favourite spot, downtown Toronto. Between the busy streets filled with every kind of person, to soaring skyscrapers so far up a little shrimp like me couldn’t even begin to picture the top, downtown Toronto was the place to be for 82 princesses like us! We walked with heels clacking to the monumental Toronto Eaton Centre to a crowd of people taking our pictures and waving. It was so incredible to see so many different types of people in one place!

Chipotle Beef Burrito at Richman Market, Eaton Centre.

Chipotle Beef Burrito at Richtree Market, Eaton Centre.

Although, thrilled and a bit side-tracked from this new-found celebrity status we all had gained, my stomach was aching for just the right kind of food and Richtree Market had just the thing I was craving. These amazing tacos and burritos were given to us, and there’s nothing better than free food, am I right? I personally fell in food-love with the “Chipotle Beef Burrito.” Had the right amount of spice and sweetness! Aside from the food, the staff there was brilliant! Fast and easy service, even with 82 girls with hungry bellies! The new indoor food truck was just the addition the Eaton Centre needed, adding bit of vintage style with the old Volkswagen van as a kitchen! So unique and exciting to see!

Tacos and Burritos in style!

Tacos and Burritos in style!

So much more to come, I promise. But until than, I must sleep, preliminaries tomorrow! Wish me luck!

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As I pack up my final things, I am reminded of all the people who have gotten me to this point. So I’d like to thank all those who have supported me emotionally or financially in my journey these past 3 years.

Images By Joanne

Images By Joanne

First I’d like to thank my amazing sponsors who got me here, and kept me looking and feeling my best at all my events. Thank you to Bronze Baxx Tanning Studio​ for providing me with a flawless spray tan every time, frilly lilly​ for making all my waxing comfortable and my nails absolutely gorgeous, Mezzanine Hair Studio​ for my incredible extensions and all the work your team has done on my hair, Makeup by Jamie-Lee​ for you talent of make up, making me look and feel beautiful, Jessica Nash​ (AKA The Lash Fairy) for the awesome lip stain/gloss and fiber mascara, The Store Upstairs, Airdrie Pharmasave​ for supplying my one of a kind wardrobe for Toronto, Oksana’s​ for the beautiful gowns for my photo shoot and gala night, Męłissą Hąmęrą​ for not only financially supporting me and helping me get my title, but also being a great friend to myself and my mom, Images by Joanne​ for shooting my official Miss Teenage Airdrie photos and supporting me on a personal level, Lyndsey Lou Hollands​ for previously wrapping me with her ItWorks! Wraps to tone and nourish my skin and also financially helping me get to Toronto, and to all my sponsors who helped contribute to my journey to Toronto including, Davis Chevrolet GMC Buick LTD, Airdrie​, Edward Jones, Shilo from Remax Airdrie, McKee Homes, Airdrie Lions​, Airdrie Family Eye Doctors​, Vitreous Glass, Innovative Bed Systems​, Sharon and Tom Brown, Kjarlune Rae​ and her students at Journey to Change, along with all the wonderful women apart of her Facebook group, to all the anonymous donations I received and lastly a very big thank you to the silent sponsor family who at the eleventh hour made my dream a reality by helping me reach my financial goal.

Me and Mumzie

Me and Mumzie.

I would also like to thank my friends and family who have contributed and believed in me. I was told I would never change the way Airdrie looks at bullying, I was told I would never get better, I was told I would never be accepted in this world, yet here I am heading off to Toronto with this incredible support team behind me cheering me on from Airdrie. Thank you so much to my mumzie who has put so many hours into this pageant for me. She is truly the reason I am here today; not just here as in pageant wise, but life wise. My mum is the reason I got better. When the doctors, friends and almost felt like the world gave up on me, she fought for me to get better. I love you with all my heart mommy and can never thank you enough for all the work you do for me. I am so excited to have my great-grandpa come watch me as I walk the stage at Miss Teenage Canada. He has been my biggest fan since day one and my best friend. I always have such an incredible time with him and cannot wait to rock the city of Toronto with him afterwards!

I’m at a loss for words at this point as I can’t exclaim my excitement, fear and gratitude towards all of this. This pageant has done so much more than just make me a princess, it has opened a door to endless possibilities. I am happy, confident and have grown up so much since this began. This feeling of love for who I am felt like an unattainable goal, but now with all your love and support through this and the help of Miss Teenage Canada, I am well on the way to recovery for myself. For me this pageant is so much more than a crown, a title, its my life. It the beginning of a new start for me, a new life filled with positivity, successes and passion. Whether crowned Miss Teenage Canada or not, I have already won the most important part, beauty. Not superficial beauty, but the beauty of your soul, the beauty you finally find within yourself, the beauty you can share to others, the beauty to see things in a new light.  This is what a “beauty” pageant is all about; the beauty you discover through the eyes of the people and culture you represent.

I love and thank you all so much for joining me on this journey.

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Little me!

Little me!

My story began in December of 2012. I was a happy little girl with limitless dreams. I wanted to be a writer, singer, dancer, actor, doctor and Hannah Montana. I was unique with my outgoing and loud personality, which made myself a target for ridicule at an early age.  For years upon years leading up to this December evening, I had been the subject to bullying. I no longer was the girl who loved preforming or meeting new people; I was anti-social and shut down. With days of feeling hopeless, scared and frustrated with who I was becoming, I soon began my downfall. Between struggling with day to day teenage hormones, school, parents and drama, the sadness and anxiety I felt was a hard burden to carry. I started finding any reason to stay home from school, as the school bell shot shivers down my spin knowing the war I’d be facing outside those classroom doors. Not only was school no longer a safe place for

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Photo courtesy of the Calgary Sun 2013

me, but the internet were I found most of my support team, was filled with online hate from insulting comments on social media pages to anonymous attacks. I remember thinking, “if everyone thinks I’m such a bad person, maybe I am? Maybe everything they’ve said is true?” On December 3rd, 2012 while shaking on a bedroom floor, thinking that in this giant world filled with an unlimited amount of people that I was alone; I attempted to take my life. While laying in an emergency room, all I could hear in my head was the ongoing replay of the insults and jokes and I kept wondering, what comes after this? You hear all about the people that unfortunately lost their life due to suicide, but what about those who survived? Who did they become afterwards?

After my stay in the hospital, I wanted something good to come out of this. I contacted the Mayor of Airdrie, Peter Brown, to discuss an anti-bullying bylaw to help protect and educate the citizens of my city. Ever since, I became a vocal and proud advocate for anti-bullying and mental health initiatives internationally, speaking about my story and the stories of others at schools, colleges, events and conferences across Canada.  I have been recognized on a international scale with the International Diana Award and Free The Children, Canadian Living Social Action Award, along with many others near and dear to my heart that I am so thankful to have gotten the chance to further my story and pass on the strength to others struggling. Although still recovering from the damage that the bullying did to my self-esteem and mental health, along with growing up with Borderline Personality Disorder, I have found my strength through the inspirational stories and unconditional love I have received over these past few years.

 

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I am so passionate about my platform (anti-bullying and mental health,) because having dealt with these struggles personally and having seen many friends and parents lose their loved ones to the tragic reality of bullying and stigmatized mental illnesses, I am determined to be a light for those still struggling to open up about their struggles and be living proof that it does get better, through many bumps in the road, relapses and roller coasters rides of emotions, happiness will find you and you will find happiness through this.

Between creating an anti-bullying bylaw, public speaking and expanding my mission I have teamed up with many incredible organizations that believe the same values as I and want to change the world’s view on bullying and mental health, including Morgan’s Mission, Break the Silence, End the Stigma, Wear Your Label, and Bystander Revolution. I am so grateful to these amazing groups of people who continue to endlessly push for change all around the world. Whether crowned Miss Teenage Canada or not, I will continue my personal and public battle with mental illness, the stigma surrounding it and bullying in not only my community but our nation. I hope to use this opportunity of being a finalist to bring my passion towards my platform to light in the pageant community, as well as promote not only these organization to the best of my ability, but also our angels that had lost their fight with mental illness, and bullying, and give these kids their voice back.  If crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I would be better able to bring this awareness on mental illness and bullying to a international level, while showing those that are struggling that no matter your self harm scars, bullies or demons in your head, you can rise above all these burdens and struggles, and become successful in whatever it is you’d like to do. I would continue my public speaking as Miss Teenage Canada and push for more support behind therapy for bullies, as I strongly believe this problem won’t go away until the bully themselves get the help that they also deserve.

I hope through my journey and future plans for change, someone out there can see the hope in tomorrow. As my favorite poet once said, “You are not weak, just because your heart feels heavy,” -Andrea Gibson, The Nutritionist. Today is just a mere day, and with that comes tomorrow. Tomorrow is a chance for a fresh start, a day to wake up and simply smile because you are alive and although that may seem like a burden now, you will look back and love every second of this life; all the good and all the bad. Some ask me, do you regret trying to take your life? And my answer is simple; I don’t. Without this sad event that happened in my life, I would never be the person I am today and with that I am eternally grateful for the life that has been chosen for me, and I hope one day you can all come to a point were you can look back and feel the same happiness.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me through all the good and bad, the relapses and the achievements. I will never be able to repay you all for the love and support I am so blessed to have.

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“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!
Miss Teen Alberta, American Beauty and former Miss Teen Airdrie 2013, Mercy.

Miss Teen Alberta, American Beauty and former Miss Teen Airdrie 2013, Mercy.

 

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My mom yelling “MACKENZIE!” At the top of her lungs is usually not the way I want to be woken up. Usually that happens because I’m in trouble, but that was not the case. In September of last year, I received an email telling me that I had been nominated for a International Diana Award in memory of Princess Diana. Princess Diana was a statue of poise, grace, optimism, leadership and change. She used her opportunity as a royal to drastically change the world.

A few mornings ago, I received the confirmation that I had won the award! This award is given to young people all over the world to honor and recognize inspirational people. To be put in the same category as such a loved women, is absolutely incredible, humbling and heart warming. I was given this award for my work that started 3 years ago, when after my first suicide attempt in December 2012. After being in treatment, I went to my city council to create an anti-bullying bylaw to help support the victims and give help to the bullies themselves. I soon evolved into a proud advocate for anti-bullying and mental health, speaking at Pink Shirt Day’s, multiple schools, functions, events and Blue Friday’s. Speaking out about my own story has by far, been the most life changing thing I have done. Not only am I helping others, but I am also learning to heal myself through each experience I am blessed with.

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I have some amazing opportunities to team up with organizations like Wear Your Label, that use the fashion industry to showcase a positive light on mental illnesses with sayings like “sad but rad” and “strength vs. struggle.” To date, they have donated 4 067.40 to mental health incentives and individuals in need! That is incredible! I am so excited to be apart of this amazing movement and show off  some “Wear Your Label” gear at my appearances and  events through my reign. Check out the video from CBC New Brunswick that talks all about their mission here!

I also have the privilege of being one of the first youth ambassadors for Bystander Revolution from Canada. Bystander Revolution is a website designed to help those who feel afraid, bullied or ready to start change! This website is filled with tips from those who have gone through similar struggles to help those who may feel hopeless, some of these people include John Green, Jared Letto and Lilly Collins. You can search for problems, solutions to those

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Photo from: http://www.bystanderrevolution.org/

problems and also send in your own advice help someone else. What an incredible way to give peer to peer advice! If you or someone you know needs some guidance, check Bystander Revolution out here!

With all of these exciting opportunities coming my way, this summer will be one to never forget! Thank you to all who continue to support me through all my endeavors.

T-Minus 1 month and 3 weeks till nationals! No arraignment of words will begin to describe this excitement!

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May 3rd, 2015 I attended the Walk So Kids Can Talk 5km walk or run! This was an amazing opportunity to get in shape for nationals and also to support an organization that has helped me so much when I was younger.

Growing up, I was bullied a lot. Whether it was for my weight, who I talked to in school or my personality, I was the target of these attacks that have stayed with me through all these years. I had coped with these feelings in so many different ways, all unhealthy. I started retaliating, bullying the ones that bullied me but I soon learned that it just made things worse. I started taking the pain out on myself by self harming. I am happy to say that I am 5 months clean and I have to thank all the support of my family, friends and councilors that keep me busy and fighting everyday! When I first started self harming and having thoughts of suicide, I called the Kids Help Phone. Many of my first calls lead to me dialing, hanging up mid-ring and than 5 minutes later calling again. It was so nice to have a pal at the end other end of the line; I never felt alone. The loneliness, I find, is the hardest part to deal with. You’re trapped inside your own mind with just the constantly refreshing thoughts of the insults; some that people have thrown at you, others you murmur to yourself. It’s so incredible to have a support team at the Kids Help Phone, ready, trained and prepared for any situation you throw their way. You are never alone in this world, and once you can see that, it is the most beautiful feeling of relief.

I had the pleasure of walking with such a lovely team, Team Courtney. Courtney Brown was a incredible girl, but due to her being as incredible as she was, people decided to attack her. In 2011, Courtney took her life. Ever since, her wonderful parents take part in this event to help raise money to support kids and teens across Canada in staying safe, happy, and cared for. It was such an honor to be representing not only Airdrie, but Courtney, Jamie Hubley, Leelah Alcorn and so many others that have lost their life due the fight inside their mind. There’s a quote that I hold dearly in my heart; “For you I shall live.” I have attempted to take my life several times in the past 3 years, and been hospitalized 90% of my teenage life. I have this opportunity now, to look at myself and change, to live for those who can’t anymore, to not be another number in a psychology book. 1 in 10 people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder will take their life, and I have made a promise to my mom, my friends, my city, myself and to the teens like Courtney, that I will not be that one. I will be the one that stands proud and says “this is who I am, but it’s not all that I am,” I will live my life and cherish every moment I have with this world. When I wear this crown upon my head, for me it is a symbol of gratitude, strength and accomplishment. So many told me I’d never pass a bylaw, I did. I was told I’d never change the way people look at mental health, I have. Now, I will represent my city, myself, and the voices that can no longer be heard, but surely never be forgotten in my reign.

PS. T-MINUS 2 months till nationals! So much left to do, I’m so excited!!

Until next time,

Miss Teenage Airdrie 2015, Mackenzie

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I got the pleasure last weekend to attend the Airdrie Home and Lifestyle Show to participate in “The Store Upstairs” fashion show. I had an incredible time meeting some friendly faces of my community and also speak with some amazing sponsors of mine. There was so much to see (and buy! eek!) I got some cute little crystals, and if you know me, you know I’m absolutely crazy for crystals to help keep me a little more humble. I got to experience the beautiful art gallery to view the talented local artists in Airdrie. I even got to learn some of their incredible stories on how they got into art. A local author named Gordon R. Perry had his books displayed. Glancing at them I had noticed the children’s book he had written was about bullying. I told him my story; how I was bullied for several years, tried to take my own life and then went onto creating Airdrie’s anti-bullying bylaw in 2013. Mr. Perry then handed me a book and told me to keep it. This is something I will treasure forever and surely will use to teach younger children about bullying. I strongly recommend going to www.booksbygordon.com and purchasing “The Dog and The Hen: It’s Fun To Be a Friend” to teach your little ones about being a friend to all!

In my last post, I had attended the Volunteer Airdrie’s “Cheers For Volunteers” event. I got the chance to stop by and say hello again to some awesome staff trying to recruit some new volunteers for this year! If you’re in the Airdrie community, be sure to sign up and get involved to earn some amazing life skills, new knowledge, and unforgettable memories! Again, thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers who help make Airdrie such a spectacular place to live!

Some of the wonderful people who are making my dream of going to Miss Teenage Canada a reality were also at the Home and Lifestyle Show! Thank you to Edward Jones Investments and Innovation Bed Systems for sponsoring me on my way to nationals! I am truly grateful for all your support. Also a huge thank you to Bronze Baxx Tanning for all of the sponsored spray tanning! You ladies always make me look my absolute best, with the most beautiful color!

 

Fort Calgary (Dress from The Store Upstairs)

Fort Calgary (Dress from The Store Upstairs)

It was a privileged to participate in the fashion show to support The Store Upstairs. They have been an absolute delight in our community. Whenever I go, I always find some odd nick-knack or cute dress to buy. Needless to say, you will never leave empty handed! In fact, afterwards I went over to their store and bought myself a lovely dress that I soon wore down to visit Fort Calgary to learn all about Alberta.

Last weekend was quiet the success! I am so excited to see what more is in store for me during my reign. Only a few weeks after crowning and I have been absolutely swamped with events and appearances, but I love every second of it! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am so blessed to be able to experience it all. Thank you once again to all those who continue to support me through all my endeavors. I love you all very much.

 

Until next time,

Mackenzie, Miss Teenage Airdrie 2o15

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I was extremely honoured to have been asked to speak at the “Cheers For Volunteers” event hosted by “Volunteer Airdrie” to commend and praise the hardworking volunteers in our beautiful city! I got the chance to meet some wonderful fellow volunteers and participate in some awesome games to win prizes from some amazing sponsors like “MaidPro” and “Hoodoo Designs.” Not only did I get the chance to speak but I also got to pull for the draw of these prizes and hand some lucky winners some goodies!

Airdrie Pro Rodeo Princess

I got to meet Airdrie’s Pro Rodeo Princess who also spoke about her volunteer experience and how important volunteers are! I also got to meet Chris Nobel who is not only part of the NDP party but also a local man who helped form “Slam Airdrie” which is a organization that helps local musicians get on stage in our community! I absolutely love this idea as I believe that music is huge escape for many. I personally know when I’m on stage, I feel unstoppable! It’s the most amazing feeling and I’m so glad there are programs like this to help encourage and inspire our local musicians.

Traditional Glimpse Henna and Jewelry

I strongly believe volunteers are the heart and soul of our community. Without volunteers there would be no fairs, parades, or fun events in my city! They are what make my city home and I am proud to be in such a warm, supportive and accepting community, filled with so many great people I’m lucky to call friends! A lot of my friends I met while volunteering! Not only do you create lifelong memories, but you can also develope a skill set to bring into the future with volunteering. It’s programs like “Volunteer Airdrie” that help create leaders in our home. Thank you to all those that helped put on this incredible event and those who came to support our fellow volunteers!

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Yesterday, I got the privilege of participating in Carter’s Quest for a Cure, Colour Me Red for hemophilia awareness.  Hemophilia is a rare blood disease that effects about 1 in 10,000 people in Canada.

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Carter is a sassy six year old, with the brightest little smile. With such a big heart, it’s hard to believe that something like hemophilia could be a challenge in his life. But unfortunately, for this little guy and others across the world this is their reality. With one normal scrap of the knee to us, could lead to an extended stay in the hospital to Carter. It was an honour to meet Carter, even though he was a little shy!

A big thank you to the Airdrie Hair Lounge for sponsoring this event and getting all us girls ready in red! Being able to participate in this event was so much fun! I cannot wait for next year to show my continued support! Dying my extensions red for Carter was such a humbling experience, and I am so inspired by Carter to continue to be grateful for every day I have been given. Each day I meet more and more incredible individuals, I am truly blessed to be a part of such wonderful initiatives in my community.

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Be sure to support Carter’s Quest for a Cure by liking and donating to their initiatives. They can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/quest.for.a.cure and they’re website to donate is http://www.cartersquest.com/

Thank you to CODIO Photography for the beautiful photos taken at this event. It was a pleausre meeting you!

 

Until next time,

Miss Teenage Airdrie 2015, Mackenzie

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