So, the time is near! We are all getting ready to leave and begin this journey to Miss World Canada 2020/21. It has been a very eventful year that has challenged us all. Yet, during these times I have had some beautiful people enter my life and sponsors who have helped me on my journey.
In this case, I want to give my thanks to some specific people for the support they have given me.
First, I want to thank Michelle Weswaldi and MTC-W inc. for continuing this pageant, and all the sponsors that are on your team.
Secondly, I want to give my thanks to Sage Hill Bottle Depot here in Calgary. Thank you for letting me hold my bottle drive this summer. You helped me a lot with raising money for The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Your kindness and warmth made it a joy to raise money.
To my mentors, you know who you are. I am so proud to have gotten the advice and help from you all. You all are amazing people within this industry and I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am to have you there teaching me the ropes. I am so grateful to you.
Thank you to Angeline and Val from Bells and Bows Bridal for the STUNNING gown, I am going to wear the heck out of that gown. That is a promise! You helped me buy the perfect dress… I can’t thank you enough. You are angels in disguise and I cannot thank you enough.
I would like to thank the support of the Mauritian Community here in Calgary. Your kind words and support have made me more and more ambitious to win this crown. I will bring it back to the association that taught me how to love volunteering and giving back to my community.
Thank you to my cousin Vellan, his friends and his company Breezy Bird. You guys have been so helpful and great to me. Thank you for letting me become an ambassador with your brand. If you all want a really good streetwear brand, check them out. Back to my main topic. You have been amazing and thank you so much.
Thank you to Wais Photography and your team. You taught me how to feel like a model and own my own beauty. I appreciated all the work you did with me this year. You’re an icon, and I will make sure to work those poses at Miss World Canada.
Now for some individual Thank You’s.
To Chris and Anju, and family. Thank you. You have been such beautiful people in my life, and you continue to make life more stunning with your continuous love and support.
Thank you to my Aunty Vivianna, you are a God sent. Thank you for donating so much at all times, and for doing the alterations on my gowns. You seriously are the closest thing to an Aunty here.
To my Aunty Denise… You were one of the first people who listened to my Beauty with a purpose. Since I was a kid, you watched me grow and through my parents’ divorce, you made sure to help me and my brother out. Today, you have helped me set up the biggest project of my life thus far. I cannot be more thankful. You are helping me give back and make up for everything I went through in the last 10 years.
To Dana and Kae, thank you so much for letting me intern at Gasonic this year and for sponsoring me. You helped me learn more about the environment with your company, and you really helped me relearn my confidence. You guys were the first to hear about my abuse almost 2 years ago, and you have stood by my side. You are the smartest people I know, and every day when I am with you, I am guaranteed to learn something new.
To my family friends and my actual Family. God, I cannot thank you enough. Everywhere I went, you all have looked me in the eye and gave me your support. You all have watched me grow, and heard stories. I am going to bring back this crown to honour each and every one of you. For every life lesson, you taught me, for every word of encouragement, and for every ounce of love you poured into me. Thank you.
Now, to my friends. Justice, Madison, Tesha and Sophia. My girls. God, you all are my true queens in my life! Every step of this way, I annoyed you all about my pageant stuff, but you listened. You guys are the true beauts who keep me humble, but you all are some of the most amazing women out there. You are the people who helped create this package.
Also to my special someone, Rafael. Thank you for being one of the girls. Since the day I met you, you rooted me on. Through all the tears and hardships, to making my workout plan. Thank you, especially when I had my slight freak outs. You have been my rock and I will tell you the rest later cause… Yeah.
Finally, to my family. Mom, Dad and Yasin. You guys are the reason I am here today. You have moulded me as a woman I cannot be ashamed of. You have made me the passionate, compassionate, smart, entertaining and down-to-earth woman I am today. We all have been through a lot, but we never lost who we are.Thank you, Dad, for teaching me how to be unstoppable. You taught me how to be intelligent and how to really sell myself. You are the person I always wanted to be like so thank you.To Yasin, my little brother. You have kept me in my lane since we were kids. I am very grateful to you for that. You made sure my ego was not too big, and that I wouldn’t fake my way through life. You taught me how to be genuine. It is the only way I want to exist now. Thank you.To my mom. Thank you. When I first signed up for Miss World Canada, I had nothing. I was at a very low point in my life, and I was just learning how to get back on my feet. You have been helping me prepare for this competition day in and day out. I couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. I deeply appreciate that. I will make you proud…
And…actually one more thank you…This will be weird, and a lot of people will think I am insane… to my abuser. After this Saturday, it will be 2 years since that night. I know you will never read this but, in a strange way… Thank you. You ruined my life at a time and tore me to pieces. Yet, you gave me the opportunity to revamp my life. I am not the same girl I was 4 years ago. I am way better. I am stronger, I am resilient, and I am chasing after a dream you told me was crazy. I have overcome so much in my life and you added another chapter to my story. I now have a chance to actually share that story too. Thank you for giving me another reason to fight for what I believe in because, in those disturbing moments, I knew very well my world had changed.
Thank you everyone for being on this journey of my life and towards the crown. I will make you all very proud. That is a promise.