I grew up on the rocky shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, a very tiny community nestled on what locals call “the boot” of our province. I adored growing up in such a small town because everyone is so supportive of everything I do. Then I moved 1,426.1 km to Truro, Nova Scotia to start my Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree at Dalhousie Univerisity’s Agricultural Campus.
I’ve always had a passion for animals, ever since I was old enough to understand what the question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” meant. Which is why the DAL AC is the perfect place for me, not only is it giving me the education I need to apply to vet school in three years at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI, but it also allows me to interact with a number of wonderful species.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to grow as a person in my favorite way, through acting with DAL ACTS! I’ve loved every moment on the Dalhousie stage as it gives me a way to leave all the stress of school or the heartache of being away from home behind. For when I’m on stage, all I can focus on is the lights, my lines and my love for the arts!
If I’m not on the stage pretending I’m Rapunzel or in a Chemistry lab doing titrations, I am in the barn!
Miss Teenage Canada 2017 will be the fifth pageant I compete in and I am forever grateful for the way pageantry has shaped me. Many years in pageant systems have taught me how to love myself and have opened my eyes to the fact that many people struggle with accepting themselves, especially young women.
I have watched young girls enter grade seven with a positive outlook on life and a bright future ahead of them, sadly I saw the same girls leave the seventh grade with a terrible self-image and next to no confidence in themselves. It was from that moment I knew something needed to change.
I started a group within my school for girl’s grades six to twelve that worked toward empowering women. I wanted to preach things that I thought would help these girls lead a healthier and more successful life, such as public speaking skills, safe dating, learning to love yourself, and most importantly building confidence. I focused on creating a safe environment within the group so that the members would feel comfortable speaking to one another about issues in their lives and to teach them to build each other up instead of tearing one another down. This issue has become my platform because as I preach to everyone I meet, once you learn to love yourself for who you are there is nothing on this Earth that you can’t do.
I’m very excited to update you on my platform, my reign and of course my quest for the Miss Teenage Canada crown and I’m so proud to represent Newfoundland and Labrador as I do so. No matter where in the world life takes me I will always consider NL my home, I’ve always worn the province on my sleeve and now I’m honored to wear it on my sash!
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤