Hello, my name is Precious Abygail, I’m currently 18 years old and representing the Maritimes. The Maritimes include 3 provinces near the Atlantic Coast called New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I live in New Brunswick! I may be born learning english but I was teached frenched my whole life by going to a french school.

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I’ve participated in a National pageant and won Sunburst baby Canada first runner up 1999. I have been doing pageants for 3 to 4 years in my community to help out any cause I possibly can! I also did this to help ME out with self confidence (not that it was something too bad) and it has improved, for a fact, from my french teacher. She told me that she noticed how I feel more confident in front of the class room since pageantry started. I’m so thankful to have started doing what I am to help out anyone in need and build myself up.

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I’ve been doing a thing you call, Fancy Shawl since grade 7. We then built a group called Esgenoooetitj Wegatusk Dancers, meaning Burnt-Church Northen Lights Dancers. Fancy Shawl has been a big thing for me knowing I’m dancing for mother earth and/or special ocassions/people. I also participate in smudging ceremonies. Smudging is a way to purification of our soul with herbs. We usually put Sweetgrass, Cedar and Sage in a shell and burn them. I’m a proud mikma’q, acadien and Irish girl who celebrate’s each year at festivals, parades and events!

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Growing up, the night before Christmas was always the worst. I would toss and turn in excitement, and my sleep hours were limited. Our day yesterday; was like Christmas.

We ate breakfast early, than boared the bus to the bowmanville zoo. We got the play with baby lions and tigers as well as take an unlimited amount of selfies.

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Living in a small town I never get exposed to different culture foods as often as I wish. Today, at the Eaton Mall (Toronto) we ate at a new retro taco/burrito VW bus called RitchTree Market. Inexperienced with this type of food, I chose the beef Burrito and LOVED IT! Not only the food, but the atmosphere. The polite, quick service was very professional. It’s not very often you meet people who want to please you, who want to get your order right and who want to see you come back another time. Next time your wanting to head down to Mexico, head down to RichTree instead cause things just got HOT!

To end the jam packed day, we concluded at the Mideaval Dinner theatre, and showed our spirit for the red night!

Yesterday was a day I’ll never forget, and it proved how important friendship really is.

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My platform, youth issues is understand social pressures and modern issues. I generally wanted to base my platform on the youth and teens because the person we grow up to be, is based on who we were and what we went through when we were young.

I focus on severe illness, grief, suicide, bullying; the barriers that keep us from being who we are as individuals whether it’s our sexual preference or race.11844003_1033517340022364_920066198_n

I believe in being who you are and that’s the reason I have taken part in various groups in my school such as : Gay straight alliance, bully blockers and now I have my Red Cross certified “ Beyond the Hurt” training to educate others about the things they choose not to understand.

Being a teenager is hard sometimes, getting up in the morning is hard enough for any girl my age. Watching one of my best friends grow up with Cystic fibrosis knowing her life expectancy is 30 years. Helping the paralyzed boy in my school every chance I get. Observing my brother of twelve years old grow up with Asperger’s. Losing three grandparents in one year. It hurts to know that there are so many things that could go wrong, before something were to go right. It is painful to watch the worst happen to the best. It agonizes me that these people will not have a normal life.

My platform allowed me to work on two special projects including raising money for a little girls dream tree house, and I also collaborated on a 24hr renovation for a teenage boys man cave wish. I also had the honour of presenting a one-thousand dollar check to the IWK which was featured on CTV. I also spent time with IWK patients at our annual IWK fair.

11846112_1033517343355697_971102620_nThrough my endeavors with youth issues I have met with some remarkable teens across our beautiful Maritimes by working closely with a Charity called Workers 4 Wishes. Workers 4 Wishes is a non-profit organization granting sick children their last wish. It is astonishing how children can be in such crucial situations, but still smile. The moment a sick little girl is so amazed by your crown, and your presence, the world stops and gives you the best unexplainable feeling of life.

I thank the people I have met in my high-school endeavors, for being my inspiration every day to make a change. To stand up for those who don’t have a voice, and those who cannot stand for themselves. To help those who want to live a normal life again, or to grant the wish of what is left of their remaining life. To give hope. To encourage. I know what it feels like to have no one. No one to reach out to, no one to listen. I want to pick those up who’s fallen, and I want to be the ear no one gets. Its time youth issues goes nationally because there is more problems, than just one.

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There is nothing more powerful than meeting center court, ice or field for the singing of my national anthem, O’Canada. The energy of the crowd, the “in sync” sway, the rush of the hidden voices that always join along nearly send shivers down my back each and every time. It’s a privilege to be a part of a place beautiful and I love being reminded of that by the lyrics. I’m proud to be Canadian and there are many reasons why it is the best country in the world and many reasons why people feel the same way.

I’ve been privileged enough to escape my province to venture into other provinces such as Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec and now Ontario. People come near and far to reach, tour and live on Canada’s rich soil. To escapade through our 10 provinces and 3 territories brings wonders to those who take the time to do so. When people do tour our nation from other countries, they leave relieved that it is not cold year round.

My canadanation takes pride in intelligence and having a higher education. It is said by Mclean.com that Canadians are educated better with 48.3% post-secondary completion rate compared to America which is 40.3%

Canada believes in individuality. Since 2005 it has been legal to marry the same sex in Canada. It warms my heart to have such an accepting country. Throughout my high school endeavors I have always supported those who did not always have a good go at things, especially their sexuality. Parallel to this I was a part of my schools Gay-Straight Alliance club and went to the raising of the pride flag in my provinces capital, Fredericton NB.

Canada is known for its high way grub (Tim Horton’s), our national branding, our humour, our industries, our lakes, our hockey, our brew, our patriotism and people truly do recognize the amount of times Canadians say “sorry” in the run of a day.

There truly is, no place like home. I am proud to be Canadian.

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Coming to you from Canada’s beautiful chocolate town, St Stephen NB, I am 17 year old Sarah – Miss Teenage Maritimes 2015. This year has been by far the biggest chapter in my life.

In a short span of two weeks I will be throwing my cap in the air and saying good bye once and for all to the place that made me the person I am today, St. Stephen High School. There I accomplished honors, lead my team with sports and acted proudly upon the lit up stage. I found out who my friends were, and who my friends were not. I branched off and joined Bully Blockers and GSA to defend those who did not have a voice of their own. I developed personally who I want to be, and in this real world who exactly I want to become. It will be difficult to say good-bye to friends, teachers, coaches, and staff but I am ready to take the next step from home and attend the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton. There I will focus my studies on Kinesiology and am hopeful to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist one day.Not only get to study my highest interest, but also play Rugby for the university of my dreams.

They say home is where your heart is at, I cant help but believe it is true. I have two loving, supporting parents. They have both been extremely approachable and willing to lend a hand in whatever this year has brought me. I have three brothers: Nick, Gage and Kael who do well at supporting things they don’t exactly know much about like pageants. But still bring a smile on their face, even when we travel province to province in a crammed vehicle. Although there is quite an age gap between my brothers and I we all have our own unique relationships. The oldest taught me to stand up for what you believe in no matter how ridiculous you sound, the middle taught me that it is okay to be different and the youngest taught me it is okay to bring your stuffed animal to school everyday no matter your age and without washing it. Whether we have a comedic relationship, or a sentimental one I would not change them for anything. We surly classify as the Canadian Griswold’s.

Stepping outside of school limits I have worked closely with two special charities dealing with chronically ill children for the past three years. One being the IWK make a wish foundation. Over the span of three years I have volunteered my time at carnivals, tea parties , making supper for patients along with their parents at the Ronald McDonald house and presenting checks to the foundation.  Another charity I volunteer for is called Workers 4 Wishes. This is a non-profit organization out of Saint John New Brunswick that allows chronically ill children their wish. This past Christmas I help with a twenty-four hour room renovation, and hand delivered Christmas presents to an eighteen year old suffering a brain tumor. My latest project has allowed me to design a route for a 5K run/walk I am planning for Free the Children. I am proud of the work I have done, and will continue throughout my existence.

They say ” In order to see a rainbow, one must learn to deal with the rain”. Throughout the course of this year, I have defiantly seen my fair share of rain storms. In relation to this, I cant help but pat my self on the back for overcoming, and fighting the rain. Over the span of seventeen months I lost three grandparents unexpectedly. Not only were they sincerely close to me, they were my biggest motivators and my loudest sideline voices. Putting aside the tragic events, I knew I had to keep up with my studies, sports, extra curricular activates, scholarship applications and this pageant. Not because I wanted to, or emotionally thought I could handle it, but because it was what each and everyone of those overly proud grandparents of mine would have wanted.  I thank them everyday for giving me my rainbow.

This year I have brought home several awards for my involvement in sports, drama and academics. Its bittersweet my High School years are shortly wasting away, but I would not change a thing. As Miss Teenage Maritime 2015 I have represented my Maritimes with class, and elegancy whether it is a school or in the community. I am proud to wear the crown upon my head, and the sash around me and it shows. I am proud to have embarked such a remarkable footprint not only on St. Stephen High, but with my brothers, community, province and hopefully the Maritimes. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

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