May has been a whirlwind…
On May 3rd, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the UP and Away Gala hosted by Catholic Family Service, in support of their F&ST program. I learned so much about the F&ST program, who’s acronym stands for Families and Schools together. The program really serves to heal and grow relationships both within the family structure and within the school community. As a young person myself, I can completely relate to the isolation that one may sometimes feel when dealing with the trials and tribulations of this thing called childhood. It is so encouraging to see that there is a program out there that addresses this.
The experience was truly incredible. I know, this may sound cliché, but honestly, that is the only way I can describe it. As a volunteer, I had the fun jobs of blowing up balloons for the famous balloon raffle (with a few casualties of course), doing set up on the day of the event and greeting guests at the door. Surprisingly, not all the faces were strangers to me, and I was happy to see that there are quite a few people that I know that support CFS. Going behind the scenes allowed me to get a small glimpse of all the work and effort that was involved to pull off such an incredible and successful event. Altogether, the gala raised over $310 000.
I had the pleasure of being a guest judge at the 2018 Calgary and Region History Fair. This Canadian Heritage Fair program encourages young Albertans to explore their history and compose a presentation based on their findings. From the history of donuts to the Canadian Arm, these kids never ceased to amaze me. It was so wonderful seeing all the talent and potential of each child. This made my job extremely difficult to chose the winners of the theatrics awards. They were all so deserving.
Mother’s Day Walk
Along with Miss Teenage South Calgary, we joined the Breast Cancer Society of Canada as they hosted their annual Mother’s Day Walk. The day was filled with plenty of park walk festivities. The two of us rotated between stations, distributing merchandise, giving out (temporary) tattoos to the children and participating in the very popular photo booth. Before the walk was to begin, we kicked things off with a Zumba warm up while dancing to the Zoomer Radio music. As volunteers we were all requires to wear bright pink under armour sock, however knee high socks combined with the hot weather leaves you with crazy bad tan lines. So I was stuck wearing jeans for the rest of the week.
Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall – Stampede Music Video
With the Stampede just around the corner, I was asked to join a group of incredibly talented individuals to shoot a music video at the Ranchmans. This medley of people included an international Gemini Award winning movie maker, an olympian, a world class bull rider and us pageant girls. It was quite the experience! There were some country dancers who could definitely pull off some serious cheerleading stunts. Those girls put my dancing skills to shame and made me want to brush up on them. I even had the chance to attempt to mount the mechanical bull. Sadly, not much success there; but I have all Stampede to learn.
Although I finished High School back in late January, I didn’t get to celebrate until now. The St Mary’s High School Graduation Dinner and Dance was held at the BMO center. Although the tickets to attend were expensive, my gown certainly was not. I purchased it while volunteering at the Gown Town Sale last month for a mere $8.00. Yes, you read right. Although alteration cost me $90, I still came out ahead… I think. Walking the stage took place the following Tuesday, at Jubilee Auditorium. After a few pictures, it was off to Earls. The big surprise was from my Uncle, who gave me a necklace from Tiffany, a staple in any girl’s closet.
Getting accepted into University should be one of the most exciting moments of your life. In my case, it was the most nerve wracking. You see, I had encountered a few unfortunate turn of events during my time in high school that put my post secondary future at risk. I’ll avoid going into detail (since I could probably write a novel on it), but let me just say that it was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. And it doesn’t help that I’m the oldest child in my family (also known as the guinea pig). But the ending to this chapter is a happy one. I am excited that I will be heading down East this fall to study Engineering at the University of Guelph. I have to mention that most of this is due to the help I received from Blake Morrison and Greg Radovan over at Admission Services at the U of G. They are officially my heros.
Stay tuned for the summer updates!