If there is one thing that pageants have given me it has been a sense of giving back to those who are in need. Whether this may be through volunteering or raising funds, it has opened my eyes to the many organizations and charities that always look for a helping hand.
One organization that I have been volunteering for the past 5 years is a program called Sole Girls, which is an empowerment program for girl’s ages 6-12 that combines fun physical activity, discussion and mentorship to give them the tools they need to live a confident and healthy life. Each week the girls learn about a different topic whether it be values, what it means to be a good friend, confidence, life skills and being responsible and healthy in a safe and interactive environment. We then all run together as a team, we hop, skip, jump, and make sure that physical activity is fun for them. At the end of the nine week program we do a 5 km “fun run”. This run allows the girls to set a goal for themselves and a sense of accomplishment once they cross the finish line.
Sole Girls is so much more than a “volunteer” position, it is a family that is working together in building a stronger community. It is safe place were we can talk with no judgment, everyone’s opinion and personality is accepted and embraced. Being a Soleteer has been one of the most rewarding positions I’ve had. I have witnessed girls who are so anxious and shy the very first day and by the end of the semester they come out of their shell, participate, and make new friends.
Even though I am a Soleteer (mentor) these girls continue to inspire and teach me everyday. They are some of the most ambitious, courageous, and compassionate girls I’ve met. Some of the most heart-warming moments are seeing girls who were once so nervous and quiet, blossom into confident young ladies. Being able to see this happen every semester with at least one girl is the reason why I do this. It’s the reason why I continue to advocate for everyone to be confident in who they are and what they stand for. To go after your dreams no matter how big or small it may be.
I don’t know what I would do without my Sole Girls family; they really are a part of my Sole Awesome Life.
Until Next Time,
Miss British Columbia World 2018