Hi everyone! As promised this is my recap of all my volunteer work for the month of June:
On June 2, I had the honour of being one of the judges for this year’s Pacific All Canadian Pageants -Tropical Pineapple Pageant. All the girls did absolutely amazing and should be so proud of themselves for even stepping foot on the stage. They all had poise, grace, and confidence. Thank you so much to the director April Geres for having me, it was a neat experience to be on the other side of the judging table for a change. Since volunteering it’s amazing how many people you meet and make connections. I met April at the Rotary May Day Parade and through our introduction she reached out asking if I would like to be a judge at one of her pageants. https://allcanadianpageants.com/
On June 3, I volunteered for the 22nd Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome. Met so many inspiring people that day. I got to meet the 1984 Bronze Olympic Medalist Dale Walters who won Canada’s first Boxing Medal in 52 years (I even got to hold it too)! Learned a little bit of soccer history at Willies Corner and the goal that he is known for when he played on the Whitecaps! Thank you Barry Walker for sharing your love of the game with me! Got proposed to by a monkey, and got a shift on the dunk tank! It may have been freezing cold both outside and in the water but it was all worth it in the end as record-breaking of $207,000 was raised to empower individuals with down syndrome. https://www.dsrf.org/
That same day in the afternoon, I attended the Phil Bagong Pag-Asa Society of BC, Fiesta Ng Nayon 2018 Filipinas – Canada Celebration. I was given the honour in crowning the new Bb Filipinas-Canada 2018 – Esterlita Pacana. I am always so amazed with how respectful, welcoming, and thoughtful the Filipino community is and it was such a pleasure to be surrounded by them last night. The support they are giving me during my reign has meant the world to me.
June 10, I was invited to the 7th Annual Princess & Superhero Tea Party, all to benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation which will directly fund wish granting for children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. I was dressed up as a princess and in charge of the “wish corner”. You can read all about this in my “Wishes Come True” blog. http://www.childrenswish.ca/
June 13, we finished our spring 9 week Sole Girl program. All the girls did amazing and we all completed our goal of running the 5km run! You can read more about Sole Girls in my previous blog “Sole Girls Sole Awesome”. http://www.solegirls.org/
On June 16, I volunteered at the SOS Children’s Village of British Columbia. Children’s Village supports foster children and vulnerable youth because they believe every child should belong to a family and grow with love, respect, and security. Thank you so much Anne (Miss Lower Mainland BC 2017) for allowing me to come and volunteer alongside you, it was a pleasure to see a pageant sister again (p.s. it was Hawaiian theme thus the hula skirts). http://www.sosbc.org/
On Jun 23, I attended the Whitecaps Viewing Party hosted by Barry Walker of Willie’s Corner. I met Barry at the Run Up for Down Syndrome event earlier this month. This day I temporarily traded my crown for a Whitecaps toque. Check out Willie’s Corner (Sec 236) at BC Place next time you are at a Whitecaps event! https://www.facebook.com/weewilliescorner/.
Every Thursday I volunteer for the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (which is my beauty with a purpose for Miss World Canada). I finally completed all my training as a volunteer for Animal Hospital Care where I help clean, feed, and check on all the wildlife within the rescue center. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog on more information about why I chose wildlife and more about the non-profit organization. https://www.wildliferescue.ca/
Thank you for taking the time in reading and following my journey!
Miss British Columbia 2018