With the Canada pageant quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to update you on the exciting things I’ve been involved with over the past few months.
First off, I’d love to thank Bennett Jones LLP for sponsoring me on my way to nationals. It truly means a lot that they are backing me. Bennett Jones is a law firm in Calgary with offices in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Beijing, Hong Kong and Dubai. I am honored and will do my very best to make them proud of me.
On April 4th, I volunteered at an Easter Egg hunt where I got to hang out with none other than the Easter Bunny himself! Turns out he doesn’t have a lot to say, but he’s a down to earth fella. I hid Easter eggs for children to find and I pose for pictures and signed autographs for one or two fans. The best part was when children would come up to me and ask if I was really a true princess. I felt like a strong role model for kids to look up to. Keeping the crown to myself was tricky because all the kids wanted to try it on so they too could feel like a princess! I felt very loved and enjoyed all the congratulations on my successes and wishing me good luck at nationals.
On April 25th, I was given the opportunity to do my first modeling gig! I performed in a Bridal Fair with KSP Models. It was exciting to play dress-up as a bride for a day. I tried on lots of beautiful dresses and finally decided on one that was simple and elegant. I really enjoyed walking the runway and the energy on stage was fantastic.
I graduated with honors from Central Memorial High School on May 28th. I spent a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends saying good-bye to an amazing chapter in my life. It is bittersweet leaving the comfort of high school but I can honestly say I am really excited to begin the next phase of my life, first with the pageant and then University!
On June 27th and 28th, I got the amazing opportunity to spend two fun-filled days volunteering at the International Gay Rodeo Association in Strathmore, Alberta, hosted by ARGRA (Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association). As a volunteer, I got the chance to be in grand entry which is a parade of all of the executives, sponsors and flag bearers for Canada and the United States. I also volunteered at the front gate and managed to do a bit of fund raising for Free the Children and I got to hand out awards to various rodeo event winners.
The best part of the event was the atmosphere of it all. Everyone always seemed to have a smile on their face and they were all so kind and welcoming throughout the weekend. No one was left out and everyone was supported. This event happened on the perfect weekend as the Supreme Court had just declared same sex marriages legal in all 50 states of the U.S. This is a momentous accomplishment in our world today and I was happy to be a part of it and share in this accomplishment with the people at the event who all feel so strongly about the rights for people to love whomever they choose. The theme in the US was echoed throughout the weekend: “Love Always Wins”. This means that unconditional love is a natural force that is capable of doing away with all negativity and all suffering, misery and chaos. Love is one of the most powerful mechanisms that the human race has ever developed and no hatred is vast or powerful enough to concur it.
ARGRA is a Calgary based non-profit society that is 100% volunteer driven. It is truly an international event with people coming from all corners of the globe to attend. This makes it the largest gay rodeo association in the world. ARGRA’s philosophy is that everyone is entitled to a safe place, where all genders, orientations and backgrounds are celebrated and welcomed. ARGRA is diverse and invites everyone to join them, without fear of prejudice or discrimination.
If this weren’t enough, can you believe I also got to meet Aaron Pritchett! LeAnn Rimes, George Canyon and the Village People were also some of the people who performed throughout the weekend.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.
xoxo Brooklyn, Miss Teenage Calgary 2015.