Words cannot describe my appreciation to everyone who has helped me during my reign as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014! I am now at Nationals in Toronto (HOOOOORAAH) and without all of you, my journey would not have been as successful! In this post I will try my best to thank everyone (this is a near impossible task because there are so many of you but I will attempt it) and do a brief summary of the volunteer work I’ve done so far. I am proud to be representing Burnaby, and wish me luck for the next ten days!
April 26, 2014:
Richard T. Lee’s Fundraising Dinner
Thank you to Richard T. Lee!
May 10, 2014:
Teen Fest Vancouver 2014
Thank you to Ali Berman!
May 24, 2014:
Mother and Father’s Day Celebration Dinner for Cao, Cai, Zhou, Weng, and Wu Decedents
Thank you to my newly-found relatives!
May 31, 2014:
“Harmonies for Hope 2014” a benefit concert, organized be Key Club of Vancouver Westside, for BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
Thank you to Key Club of Vancouver Westside and 2014 president, Davis Zhu!
Jun. 1, 2014:
International Children’s Day Annual Dance Showcase for Sunny Dance Studios
Thank you to my Latin dance teacher, Sunny Li!
Jun. 7, 2014:
Volunteered and performed at Hats Off Day for Burnaby Heights Merchants
Thank you to Casey Harrison and Jeff Scheffel!
Jun. 10, 2014:
Youth Volunteer Fair by Richmond Schools Youth Volunteer Association
With Beini Yin (centre), president of Breakers That Believe, and Cynthia Zhou (left), vice president of BTB. Thank you for the kind invitation!
Jun. 14, 2014:
Whistler Water One Climb in support of Free The Children
Spencer West with my friend, Lily Xiong, and I. Thank you to organizers of One Climb, as well as Burnaby North's Free The Children club for participating in this event!
Jun. 21, 2014:
Burnaby’s Multicultural Festival at Bonsor Recreation Centre
Thank you to Alyx for the warm welcome!
Jun. 21, 2014:
Vancouver Relay for Life for Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you to Isaac Yang!
Jun. 27, 2014:
“Art Case” a talent show/contest for young artists at International Summer Night Market in Richmond
Thank you to R Jay Gan for allowing me to make an appearance and congrats to (right in picture) for winning 1st place!
Jun. 25 to 30, 2014:
Leadership Camp 2014 at IWE Study & Consulting Inc. in Richmond (where all of our proceeds went to Free The Children)
Thank you to Michelle Shen, IWE Study staff, and all of the guest speakers!
July 1, 2014:
Canada Day Parade and Celebrations at Burnaby Village Museum
With Lynda Maeve and husband, Robin. Thank you to Lynda for giving me this great opportunity to participate in a local parade!
July 1, 2014:
Canada Day Parade in Downtown, Vancouver
Thank you to Elyse Gawley and Loni Hulme for the fantastically organized parade! Also thank you to Violeta for finding our rides sponsored by Ford West!
July 10, 2014:
Volunteered at Giro di Burnaby 2014
Thank you to Rainy Kent and Dennis Hansen!
July 11, 2014:
Feel Good Friday at Lougheed Town Centre
Thank you to Clara!
July 12, 2014:
Modelling for Vancouver Fashion Week & West 4th Avenue at Khatsahlano! Art + Music Festival
Thank you to Fiorella and Jamal!
I am sorry for not being able to fit everyone in here, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart even if you have helped me in the tiniest little ways!
Media Interview Thank you’s
I would like to thank Laura Sun and Harrison Ha from Sing Tao Daily, for the article and pictures (they did my first ever press release!). I would also like to thank Jennifer Moreau for the fantastically written article on Burnaby Now!
Thank you to Hannah’s Hair Design for my awesome hair do for provincials!
Thank you to Live Love Dancewear for their generous support!
Thank you to Specialty Nails for the discount on your manipedi’s!
Thank you to IWE Study, for hosting and organizing the Leadership Camp!
Last but not least…
I love you mommy, daddy, granny, grandpa, my aunts, my uncles, my teachers, and my friends! Honestly without all of you always behind my back I would not have come this far! Your support truly means everything to me and thank you so much for your love and care throughout my journey!
This experience would not have been as memorable and successful if Michelle Weswaldi and Christi Woolard weren’t constantly behind the scenes helping to organize the best pageant for all of us delegates. Pageants may seem easy and glamourous on the outside, but the directors work so hard to create this masterpiece to make sure that all of us contestants can have fun and learn! So THANK YOU MICHELLE AND CHRISTI!
You are ALL the best,
Ariel Jingjing Cao
~ muah <3 ~