It’s been a hectic couple of months for Miss East-Central Alberta! So many exciting things have happened within the last month and I am very excited to share it all with you! Because there is so much that has happened I will be posting the title of the event along with the date, and underneath I will write a little insight on what my role was and the event itself. There will also be a lot of pictures!
Me To We Day (Dr. Bernard Brosseau School) – May 18th, 2017
Dr. Brosseau is a middle school attended by students in grade 5-8. Mrs. Collins had invited me to speak for the Me to We Day they were holding (what an honour)! I had so much fun, it was an opportunity for me to speak about my trip to Nicaragua that I took in 2014 and to reflect on how it impacted my life for the better. It was a chance for me to speak to the children about making a difference; how we do not need to help everybody but by helping somebody, it can change their lives, and our own. The things we learn about others and ourselves while giving is something extraordinary. This is the true message of Me to We.
I also enjoyed the various questions the students had asked me such as: “Is your crown real or fake?” “Why is there a wall between the rich and the poor?” and my favourite question, “Why didn’t the rich just help the poor?” Every question was a pleasure to answer!
Once again, thank you, Dr. Brosseau for this amazing experience!
Teddy for a Toonie: Pie in the face auction & BBQ – May 19th
Teddy for a Toonie is a fundraiser held by the ATB bank.
As stated by ATB, “2017 marks the 18th anniversary of the campaign that supports the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital. ATB and our team members have raised approximately $8.5 million over the years – that’s a lot of teddy bears! This year, the campaign will support Family Centred Care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the purchase of CT Scan Equipment at the Stollery (ATB Financial, 2016).”
This year, I was invited to be one of the people to get pied in the face. For multiple weeks, posters were put all over town for people to bid on their person of choice to pie them on May 19th. THE PIE WENT EVERYWHERE! My biggest mistake was wearing a cute outfit. Had a known my own sister was going to pie me I would’ve worn an old T-shirt! (She took this opportunity as payback for all the times I have borrowed her clothes.)
However, I have no regrets of getting pied because it went to a wonderful cause. The Stollery Children’s Hospital had taken care of my third degree burn when I was younger. The Stollery has affected so many children’s lives and continues to be a lifesaver for many. This charity event raised a total of $1350. I am a true believer that every single amount counts; it is changing someone’s life somewhere!
Tim Horton’s Camp Day – May 31st, 2017
As stated by Tim Horton’s, “the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation serves youth from low-income families living in Tim Horton’s communities across Canada and the United States. We believe that investing in youth living in priority neighbourhoods is such a valuable way to support our communities (Tim Horton’s, 2016).”
It was such an honour to be a part of such a remarkable day. All the proceeds from coffee purchases on May 31st, 2017 went directly to the charity. It was exciting to see so many different community members join in by serving coffee at the drive thru to help raise money on Camp Day. These members have influenced our community in one way or another and it was wonderful to see them in different positions.
Also, I have a new appreciation for those who work at Tim Horton’s. After working there for only a couple of hours things can get mixed up and a cloud of confusion can arise in a matter of seconds. So thank you to every Tim Horton’s worker out there, your time, patience, and hard work is appreciated! Thank you for having me!
Children’s Wish Foundation Road Clean Up – June 4th, 2017
Miss World Canada and the Children’s Wish Foundation have teamed up together this year. Each delegate is to raise money for the charity and is scored on her efforts of raising money. At first, road clean up was just an idea and soon enough it was a reality. There was a total of eight members who joined me on our quest to help clean up the Lakeland’s roads. We cleaned a total of 5.6km and raised $392 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
It was a very interesting adventure since the other group saw a momma bear and its cub. You never know what you will face in nature! It was hard for me to round up people for this fundraiser but with a promise of pizza for those who joined, it turned out to be a great group!
Children’s Wish Foundation Garage Sale – June 10th, 2017
The garage sale was another idea to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation and of course, it rained on June 9th, the original day I had planned for the Garage Sale. However, June 10th it did not rain! Even though it was a little chilly and gloomy we had a great turn out. A lot of the stuff at the garage sale was donated and I am very thankful for those who took the time to drop off their things. There was also lemonade, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies to help attract people over! Lemonade was not so much of a hit due to the weather but the cookies were definitely a success!!
We raised a total of $443, which is amazing for only having an advertisement on Facebook and word of mouth! I am thankful to everyone who helped me set up the garage sale and work it!
Senior’s Fish Fry – June 10th, 2017
The past week was a celebration of our seniors! There were events happening every single day, and at the end of the week, there was an annual fish fry. The fish fry was held at the Senior’s Drop In Centre in Bonnyville, AB. It accommodated 220 people (that’s a lot of fish frying!). There was live music and dancing, and a couple of speeches from our MLA Scott Cyr, and the Mayor of Bonnyville, Gene Sobolewski. I also had the chance to speak. I introduced myself and explained what I had planned for the future weeks and what I had already done as Miss East-Central Alberta.
Once again, a huge thank you for the invitation. It was an honour to celebrate the ending of yet another senior’s week, and thank you to all the volunteers who made the Fish Fry possible. The food was amazing as was everything else!
Thank you for taking the time to read about the past events in which I have had the pleasure of participating, and about where I am with my fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation! Be sure to stay tuned, I still has a few more blog posts planned before I leave for Toronto!
Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta