Hello Everyone! My name is Grace, and I am happy to announce I am Miss Teen South Central Saskatchewan 2015. I’m nervous but also extremely excited to begin this new journey and share it with all of you. I will fill you in on how this all started. I applied to compete for Miss Teenage Canada Pageant in April: I had a phone interview and then was left to wait. A few days later I received an email telling me I was a finalist! I was happy and relieved! Provincials were held on May 2nd and 3rd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. On the night of May 3rd, 2015 I was crowned first runner up to Miss Teen Saskatchewan, and so begins the startof my journey to Nationals.
I am nineteen years old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I have lived here for almost nine years. I was born in Pembroke, Ontario, but I am proud to call Moose Jaw my hometown. I love the prairies! Moose Jaw is a great town: not too big and not too small. Everybody knows everybody, and if they haven’t met you, they know someone who has. There is a strong sense of community in this town whether it be helping out someone in need of financial aid, or cheering on our WHL team as they make a playoff push. We all come together to help.
Education plays a key roll in my dreams. I wasn’t as academically strong as I could have been during my years in high school. As teens, we deal with a lot of issues including self esteem, peer pressure, and bullying. These issues proved to be a distraction from my studies. If I could do it all over, I would not let these issues be an excuse to let grades slip in school, and to study hard no matter what the circumstances. I graduated from Vanier Colligate Institute in the spring of 2014. I had decided to take a year off before going to university to be 100% sure about the path I wanted to take with my future. During my time off I was offered a position as a working student with Olympic dressage rider, Gina Smith. I have always enjoyed horses, and I felt this would give me time to discover my path. I left for Brockville, Ontario in November and returned to Moose Jaw at the end of February. It was truly a life changing experience. I had never been that far from home for that long. While I was away I learned a lot about horses, but even more about myself. I learned inner courage, organizational skills, and self-discipline, and to never take family and friends for granted. During my time away I was able to discover what I really wanted to do as a profession. I knew through and through that I wanted to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and work in the field of fashion and design. I began modelling in Grade 10, and I have always been in love with the fashion industry. PR will give me the opportunity to continue doing what I love such as writing, organizing and planning events in the field that I enjoy so much!
All about me…
- I’ve been modelling for three and a half years. My modelling career has given me the chance to travel though out Western Canada, and my personal favourite, Paris, France! I believe that the fashion industry is changing, and often the most successful models are unique. They are not like anyone else. Models, like any woman can be strong, smart and empowering!
- I love singing. I’ve competed on singing shows such as The Next Star and Karaoke Star Junior. I sang in my high school’s choir all four years.
- I come from a military family. My dad has been on four tours. (Bosnia, Cypress, and Afghanistan twice) My mother was also in the military as a dentist but has been in private practice for 25 years. I have an older brother named Scott. He’s my confidante, and very own personal trainer!
My Platform is something I feel very passionate about. I have chosen the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. What is CanTRA anyway? CanTRA is a non-profit organization that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through use of the horse. I have volunteered with CanTRA for over two years and it has changed my life. It has been wonderful to see the positive affects it has on its’ participants, but just as importantly, volunteering has a positive affect on us all.
I want to inspire. I am running for the title of Miss Teenage Canada because I truly want to make a difference. I want young girls in today’s society to help bury the idea that you have to be pretty and popular. We are all beautiful in our own way. Be your own beautiful.
“Be kind to one another” – Ellen Degeneres