Hello, hello, hello! Thank you all so much for reading my very first blog post as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015! For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Julianne and I am from Burnaby, British Columbia. I am so happy to be writing on this blog as a part of my reign. I have always believed that it is important to share what we have with others.

When my name was called at the Miss Teenage British Columbia Pageant as the second runner up, I felt a sense of peace and gratitude. I looked back at how far I had come in my journey to become Miss Teenage Canada. I found out about this pageant when I saw Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014 in June of 2014 at a charity event. How wonderful it is that I have become the next titleholder from the person who introduced me to this life changing experience!

Ever since I was young, I knew I was different from many of my peers. I wasn’t the type of person who would be in a large group of friends. Rather, I liked being with just a few friends who understood me and with whom I felt comfortable. I was taught at a young age to always be aware of the emotions of other people and to be grateful for what I have. I have always wanted to make a difference in the world and help those in need. In fact, my preschool teacher once told my mom that whenever anyone was crying or hurt, I would be the first one to comfort them of offer a Band-Aid!

Currently, I am in the International Baccalaureate program where I maintain a high GPA and I have been an honour role student all my life. Academics are a very important aspect of my life and I hope to study business, entrepreneurship or journalism at University. I have been on my school’s badminton team for the past 4 years and it is a way for me to stay active. Although I have lived in Burnaby all my life, I moved to Vancouver to join the IB program. During my reign as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015, I have made the commitment to create a balance between my academics, appearances, volunteer work and extra-curricular activities. It will be a more challenging year, but along the way I will be able to have so many opportunities I may have never had the chance to experience.

Speaking of extracurricular activities, I am involved in many activities outside and inside my school. Outside of school, I tap dance three times a week at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and I am a member of TapCo, a performance group that performs at various elementary schools. I have been tap dancing for over 10 years and I love it because I can spread joy to others while making music. I also play the piano, flute and Chinese traditional drums. I am a part of a drumming ensemble at my temple. I recently performed at the Lunar Festival in Downtown Vancouver and was able to share a part of my culture with my community. Inside of school, I am an active member of the Amnesty International club, the environment club, the Ted-Education club and my student’s council. I am also on the Vancouver District Students Council and the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Advisory Committee.

I have taken my ambition to serve my community and took action to create a difference. This is directly related to my platform, Lead From Within. I want to be able to help young girls discover their individuality to create an impact in their community. Not everyone is the same but they can all play a significant role in helping the world. Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope to be able to inspire you all!

With gratitude,
Julianne
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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