Hi y’all! My name is Bailey and I am currently your Miss Teenage Fort Saskatchewan 2016! I was born and raised in Saint John New Brunswick till October 2013 when my family and I moved to Fort McMurray Alberta. Then last summer we moved AGAIN to Fort Saskatchewan which we currently call home!

I honestly can not believe I am even writing this! I never imagined being crowned at regional’s in February! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of firsts for me and a lot of new friendships! After being crowned that Sunday evening I expected to sleep on the drive home from Calgary but no way! I was so excited and shocked I just couldn’t sleep!

So just a little about myself and my platform because part of competing in MTC is being a voice for a matter that is important or personal to us. For me it is both. I am an identical twin and one of five kids. On June 27 2014 I lost my twin to suicide. After losing Morgan my family and I had started Morgan’s Mission Memorial Society. We are incorporated and work to end the stigma around mental health, fight for changes to bullying and bring more awareness and change to suicide prevention.

My platform is my society Morgan’s Mission. Not only did my sister suffer after being bullied but now I battle my own mental illnesses. After being diagnosed with depression and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) I thought it was rare but it isn’t. People are diagnosed with depression almost every day and veterans, first responders and war zone civilians are often diagnosed with PTSD, but it isn’t any different from people who witnessed a tragic moment in their life which could also lead to PTSD. Not only did my sister suffer the effects of peer abuse but I have as well having had my life threatened. Not only I am also a suicide loss survivor I am also a suicide survivor having survived my own attempt to end my life just last year. Why? Well when you have PTSD your symptoms change and so do your medications and sadly the doctor took my stability as taking medications away which led to a break down.

BUT enough of the down reality things! I will soon be competing in Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada! I can not wait to meet all of the other finalists in Miss Teenage Canada on July 17 and spend a whole week with them! I am hoping to return home with a huge smile on my face knowing I made a lot of new friends while I was there. This is going to be a huge step for me (and my parents) and I am pumped! I hope I can make my city proud!!! I hope you will join me and all the other girls in our new adventure!!!!

I promise I will have another blog soon on what I have been up to the last couple months in and around my city with not only my title BUT my society which IS my platform!! <3

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