Hey there! Miss Teenage North Calgary at your service. I’m so excited to begin this journey towards Miss Teenage Canada all while representing my city!
To begin, here is a little bit about myself.
I grew up in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta. I spent a lot of my childhood creating, whether through painting, writing short stories, or even making up songs on my piano. My love of music grew through highschool, as I joined a marching band and learned to play the French Horn, Tuba and Marimba. My marching band took me all over Canada, and in 2015, we were given the privilege of being a part of the Canada Day show in Ottawa on Parliament Hill! Just before I began my final year of high school, I was re-diagnosed with a condition I was born with called ‘bilateral hip dysplasia’, and was unable to play my Tuba unless I was in a wheelchair. With the support of my teachers and fellow band members, I was able to complete every performance. I participated in the “Pit” section for field shows (the section of the marching band that
is positioned at the front) and played things such as marimbas, bass drums, and yes, the cowbell. Hip dysplasia meant that my hip sockets never really formed properly and with the constant marching it began to cause me severe pain. In 2016 I underwent two surgeries to reconstruct both my hips. My most recent surgery was just 4 short months ago, and it’s incredible to see how much I was able to accomplish in such a small amount of time! Since my crowning, when I’m not planning fundraisers and signing up for volunteering opportunities, I spend a lot of my time learning new things. Whether learning how to knit a pair of slippers, or learning sign language, even learning all about the surgery that fixed my hips (which is called a ‘periacetabular osteotomy’, and I think that’s super cool). I can always find something that will hold my curiosity. My experience with the surgeries inspired my future career goal of becoming a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. My goal is to help children through very difficult times and to give them a chance while making a difference in their everyday life.
Standing on the stage at the provincial pageant among so many other incredible teens was an experience that will be hard to forget. Hearing my name during crowning made the whole experience even better! I was so proud of all of the girls who went home with a crown that night, but I was also incredibly proud of all the girls who didn’t. Some of the sweetest girls I met that weekend didn’t win a title, but they carried themselves the entire weekend with confidence and elegance. We all walked through those big ballroom doors on Saturday morning with various levels of experience. Some of us, like myself, had no idea of what to expect, and others had years of pageant experience under their belt. During rehearsal there was never a dull moment. The weekend was filled with laughter, excitement and lots of learning. When the 2016 titleholders walked in, we were in awe. They watched our routines while we practiced and gave us pointers following each run, and gave words of encouragement us right before we walked on stage! Their support definitely made a difference and I am so thankful for everything they did.
One of my goals between crowning and Nationals is to partner with the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Through my childhood I spent a lot of time there for various reasons, and I want to give back and support the children who are spending a lot of their time there. Through volunteering at the Children’s Hospital, I will also be able to promote my platform! I strongly believe that everyone has a purpose, and that we are all worthy of love and being able to accept ourselves. I want todays youth to grow up knowing that they are capable of amazing things, and to help them reach their full potential. In the meantime, I have quite a few appearances lined up, and I will be posting more about them as they get closer. Be sure to check back frequently for updates!
Emily, Miss Teenage North Calgary 2017!