My Pageant Journey

                 In 2016, I had a personal epiphany about the way that I was living                  my life. I realized that I had a greater potential to fulfill for myself that I wasn't currently living. It was at this time that I saw an opening call for the Miss Via Italia 2016 pageant, which is where my journey began. After placing in the top 3 and winning the Miss Congeniality award, I knew there was so much more I wanted to learn. 

A short two months later I earned the title of Miss Tecumseh 2016, along with the awards of Miss Interview and Miss Photogenic. My year of service was dedicated to supporting events, businesses, and people within my community. I hosted three fundraisers for the SickKids Foundations and raised over $4200.00. This was a gratifying experience, but again I knew I was meant for more. 

Six months after passing on the Miss Tecumseh title, which was also on the eve of my 23rd birthday, I was crowned Miss Canada 2018. It was a great pleasure and honour to represent our wonderful country on a national platform day in and day out. Raising over $4000.00 for Operation Sun Child, promoting my platform of living life optimistically with the Optimist International Organization, travelling to 6 out of 10 provinces in Canada, and presenting speeches and workshops to thousands of citizens truly allowed me to fulfill my purpose of utilizing my title to benefit the people in my country. 

The Miss Canada organization granted me the opportunity to represent Canada in two international pageants. In 2018, I placed in the top 3 at the Miss Continents pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. A little over a year later, I brought my Canadian pride and sash to the 2019 Miss Face of Beauty International pageant in the Philippines, where I placed in the top 15 in the Miss division. 

Participating in pageants is considered a great opportunity for young women to grow and mature as leaders and role models in society. I have learned that pageants give women a platform to share their personal stories and experiences with others, and allow you to support charities and organizations that aim to better the world. 

Continue to follow my social media and blog posts to see what pageant I take on next!

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