One year ago I started a new chapter in my journey towards becoming the woman who I was born to be, I was crowned Miss British Columbia 2010 and began a whirlwind year of bringing the plight of human trafficking victims into the public eye. I’ve always said that I’m not a Beauty Queen, I’m an Abolitionist; that is at the core of who I am as an individual and now, a year later, I can look back with pride and say that no matter the situation I never compromised in that fact.
I have grown both personally and professionally over the last 365 days. I have experienced a crash course in just about everything and through this I have come into a deeper understanding of who I am and why I am here on this planet. I have had the opportunity to travel all across the province and have been blessed with the chance to meet with so many wonderful men and women who also call British Columbia their home. I’ve met with the Prime Minister at the top of Canada and played with children in the slums of Thailand. I wanted to world to know that they were wrong about beauty and so I have defied the social expectations of what a beauty queen should look or act like and instead I have chosen to always remain true to myself.
I want to thank all the staff members and supporters of the Miss BC Organization. You have all been incredible people that I have been eternally blessed to know. Your heart and your passion is selfless and focused on celebrating in the unique diversity of each person. Thank you for your constant support of my mission and for championing me in every initiative that I chose to take on.
To my personal supporters and members of my prayer team, I couldn’t have done it without you! You have believed in me and my calling to this generation. For such a time as this, you have been placed in my life! Thank you for your daily encouragement and prayer coverage over everything that I have done. We are a team; From when I sleep to when I rise, I know that I have been lifted up in prayer and that means so much to me!
This last year, I have spent more time in classrooms across British Columbia this year that I ever thought possible! Thank you to every student that I met with over the last year. You each inspire me as I see you choosing to stand apart from your peers and use your voice to advocate for freedom and justice around the world! You will make a difference and you will save the lives of your peers around the world who are facing injustice, discrimination and oppression every day.
To my family and my closest friends, you know who you are. I thank you endlessly for the long nights preparing for events, days spent driving to speaking engagements, cups of soup when I was sick and forcing me to sleep when I really wanted to keep working for the cause. You have always been dependable and your servant hearts has not gone unnoticed. It is a privilege to serve alongside you and watch as you dedicate your lives to Kingdom Mission. You inspire and encourage me to push harder into the day when the darkness is overtaken by the dawn of the eternal sun! I only have one last thing to say to you…. “You can’t stop this train, you can’t turn this around, this is a LOVE REVOLUTION…this is Jesus!”
Finally and most importantly, to my God, my Father, who has known me before the beginning of time…words could never express the depth of gratitude that I have for all that You are and all that You have done. I can take no credit for the last 365 days of my life and the long years of preparation that You poured into me before that crowning moment. You alone are God and there is no other.
Whatever comes from this point on, my mission remains the same. My goal is to love the unlovely, make the world remember the forgotten, hold the innocent, challenge the privileged, end human exploitation, defend dignity and even love the perpetrator! Because I believe that people can always change, that we will one day live in a world without need and that the last in this world with be first in eternity. I press forward until that day!
Miss British Columbia 2010/ Miss Canada 2011…Daughter of the King.