Being the reigning titleholder of Miss Canada was an absolute honour and I look back over the last year, savoring every moment and experience that I was blessed with. From the honour of serving the people at the depths of slum villages in South East Asia to the honour of speaking before the Assembled Members of Canada’s Parliament and Senate, 2011 has been a year I will never forget.
Walking alongside women in both the red light districts of Bangkok and the dark nights of St. Catherines, Ontario – I saw the precious worth of human lives and the way that love pushes back the darkness. In orphanages and rescue homes of Thailand and Cambodia, I saw the hope and renewal that children have when they go from being treated as objects for profit to daughter of worth and beauty.
On the Ignite Justice Tour all across Canada I’ve been inspired by individuals who choose not to turn and look away but rather to be an agent of change, a freedom fighter and intervene for others. Being blessed with the honour of, not only Miss Canada 2011, but also chosen as one of Canada’s “Women of the Year” for 2011, has been more than I ever imagined possible and both have furthered the cause of ending human trafficking.
Thank you for the honour of representing our great nation of Canada. Thank you for the platform to be a voice for justice, love and mercy worldwide, to amplify the voices of those who have been oppressed or exploited. I was blessed to meet so many wonderful people, witness miracles and humbled to be part of what God is doing to release chains of oppression and free captives in every way!
It was my prayer to serve with the utmost integrity and compassion and my desire to spend my reign, not for myself, but to impact the world in a way that brings us all one-step closer to freedom.
May we all live to shine in radiance and spend our lives on what truly matters! Looking ahead to a brilliant future! Let’s do this!
Tara Teng- Miss Canada 2011