Miss Canada 2011
I am so excited for this new opportunity ahead of me! Not only do I have the honour and privilege of representing my beautiful home of Canada to the world- I now have a larger platform to speak from. But let’s be real here, I cannot take credit for this win because I did nothing more than be obedient to what I knew I had to do. I have to give credit where credit is due, and that belongs only to God. He paved the way before me and He established my calling long before I could see the big picture. I still don’t know all the details or how the next year will play out but I trust that I have the best career manager I could possibly have!
My goal as Miss Canada is unchanging from my mission as Miss British Columbia. I am a voice for the voiceless bringing attention to causes of social injustice worldwide. In the last 6 months, I have used my role as Miss British Columbia to speak at summer camps, schools, churches, universities, community clubs and within government, urging my fellow Canadians to stand for justice, freedom and mercy worldwide. I know that my focus is clear- I am not a Beauty Queen, I am an abolitionist. I am using my voice to bring an end to the modern day slave trade.
Currently 27 million people are caught in modern day slavery, a reality that in 2011 is simply unacceptable. Modern day slavery is also known as human trafficking and it is the fastest growing crime internationally, second only to the drug trade. According to the UN, it happens in 161 countries worldwide, including Canada. People are not commodities; we are not to be bought and sold- ever!
To bring this cause to the hearts of Canadians, I have been organizing “Freedom Week: a week to end slavery”. Because slavery is bad, and we want it to stop! The week of awareness takes place from March 6-13, 2011 and will involve benefit concerts, theatrical plays, dance shows and end with a march in the name of Freedom, down the streets of Langley, BC. I believe that if we all stand together in the name of justice and freedom, slavery will end.
Please join me in standing up against the exploitation of people as commodities. This cannot happen any longer. We may be small but we can accomplish powerful things when we stand together. Canada was known as the country that granted freedom to escaped slaves leaving the southern United States via the Underground Railway; this is our heritage, this is our legacy- Canada needs to stand against slavery again today!
For more information on events or to learn how to become involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org