“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
I believe that the best thing we can use our energy for is to make the world a better place for someone else. I come from a family full of strong women that ingrained this belief in me at a young age. I feel very lucky because I’ve had the privilege of being raised by a woman who inspires me every day. My mother has been my greatest role model in life. She has shown me the importance of taking risks, of standing up for the things you believe in, and of being fearless in the pursuit of your goals. As I grow, I hope to always carry the compassion and strength she has taught me. I’m very honoured to be recognized by INSPIRE; it’s important to me to always be a role model for my younger sister, and an example of the power of a strong woman to all of the young women in my community.
I’m seventeen years old and from the small village of Lakefield. I’m a passionate musician and flutist very involved in my school’s wind symphony and jazz programs and have competed at the Canadian MusicFest Nationals. I believe in hard work and high ambitions. The need to give back to my community has always been a central focus in my life, and has been the driving force behind my passion for charity and volunteer work. Learning about the plight of children in remote parts of Africa and rural South America and their struggles to access education – which is, in my eyes, a fundamental right – motivated me to start a Build a School campaign on behalf of ME to WE at my school. Seeing the way cancer is affecting the lives of people in my community drove me to lead the committee that brought Relay for Life to TAS last year, and raised over $18,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. With my high school student council I have also had the opportunity to support causes like our local food bank, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Drive, and Habitat for Humanity. I found that once I got involved in causes like these, once I knew how much joy it brought be to know that I was making someone else’s life a little easier, I couldn’t stop. The moment when you know you’ve been part of a change for the better is an incredibly powerful one.
This fall, I am applying to Queen’s and Western, hoping to study commerce with a specialization in international relations and a major in political science. Politics, both on a local and federal level, have been a lifelong interest for me. I hope to one day be an advocate for women in Canadian society, and on the world stage.