When I competed in March for Miss Teenage British Columbia
In March when I competed in the Provincial pageant for Miss Teenage British Columbia, we were asked to choose a platform. At first when I thought about what I would choose to have as my platform and stand by during my reign as Miss Teenage British Columbia, I had no clue. But after thinking about it for awhile, I decided to choose something that I have actually went through and experienced, and a platform that I could really connect with and was close to my heart. My platform I chose to stand by was Anti-Bullying and supporting youth who have been bullied. I decided to choose this platform because I myself have been a victim of bullying. If you have been following me along this journey the last couple of months, you know my story, but if not, I’ll tell it again.
In grade 6 I was a confident, smiley, and bubbly little girl who loved to go to school, I would actually wake up with a smile on my face when my mom would yell “Sienna its time to get up and get ready for school!”. Now we all know most kids would not be smiling at those words coming out of there parents mouth. Suddenly and quickly that feeling of excitement to go to school changed. I was scared to leave my house. Not only was I getting severely bullied at school, but also I was being cyber bullied, to the point that I would get death threats and the police had to get involved. I was trapped at school and in my private home by bullying, and I felt like no one could help me get away from it. My parents finally made the decision to pull me out of school, and after that I moved to Arizona for the rest of the year with my family to try and focus on myself and regain that confidence and self esteem, and get back to that smiley and happy little girl that I used to be.
I know exactly how it feels to be alone, scared, and just truly sad. During the process of being a victim of bullying you go through many emotions, and many times of thinking, “when does this get better?” “why me?”, and that is exactly what was running through my head for days and even months. I specifically chose this platform because I would NEVER want someone to go through what I went through, but sadly I can’t prevent that, bullying will never stop, but I can be that person that makes a change, spreads awareness of how severe bullying really is, share my story, and most importantly be there for someone who is getting bullied and to reassure them that it does get better. My platform choice hits home for me and is something I care for deeply and am passionate about because not only was I severely bullied, but because my older brother was severely bullied as well.
My platform of Anti-bullying and supporting youth who have been bullied means more to me than anyone can imagine. Even though six years ago is when I severely got bullied, I am still overcoming it to this day, and having this be my platform and share my story with everyone, helps me everyday and makes me realize that I was strong enough to overcome bullying and I didn’t let the bully defeat me. If I could make a difference and save one persons life, then my goal is complete, but if I could be a role model to young people and together make a difference to spread the message, and help youth who don’t think they can over come bullying, then I did my job.
Me in a “I AM SOMEONE” shirt filming the new Spokesperson video!
My Breakfast Television Interview On Bullying Awareness And My Reign As Miss Teenage British Columbia
Another Shot From My Breakfast Television Interview!
As Miss Teenage British Columbia my main goal was to get in contact with an Anti-Bullying organization and see how I can get involved and make a difference. Luckily I attained my goal in June. I got in contact with an Anti-Bullying Organization called “I AM SOMEONE” . “I AM SOMEONE” was founded in 2012 in Port Coquitlam, B.C. and on June 17th 2013, “I AM SOMEONE” became incorporated as the “I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society”. I AM SOMEONE’S mission is to encourage, educate, and empower individuals to be the change to end bullying. As I did more research on this organization, I knew I had to get involved no matter if they liked it or not! I took matters into my own hands and contacted the organization, and luckily they responded within 24 hours. Shortly after I had been in contact with “I AM SOMEONE”, we set up multiple meetings, and on the third meeting they had asked me a very big question.
” Sienna, how would you like to be the new Spokesperson for “I AM SOMEONE”, and not only help us get our message across provincially but all around Canada?”
I stopped, looked around, pinched myself to actually see if THIS WAS REAL, and I cried. I cried because this was an opportunity of a lifetime. To finally get involved and spread the message that I wanted to spread about bullying awareness for the longest time.
At The Radio Station For My Morning Interview With 93.7 JRFM
In the last month I have been busy in my community spreading this message. How we have done this is by interviews on the web, newspaper articles, TV interviews with Breakfast Television, and multiple radio interviews.
If I am crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I would continue to support my platform to the best of my abilities and make sure that I make it my goal to spread my message across Canada. With being the Spokesperson for “I AM SOMEONE” I would make it my mission to bring this across Canada, and do whatever I had to do to achieve it. I would do this over media (TV, Internet, Radio, Newspaper) , social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) , visit schools and share my story, and primarily make it my goal during my reign as Miss Teenage Canada to be true to myself and to my platform, and do the best of my abilities to make a difference in Canada. My goal is for the newspapers to say, “Miss Teenage Canada making a difference in Canada to end bullying”. Wow what an honour and dream come true that would be.
Please check out www.Iamsomeone.ca to learn more about this amazing organization, and help us spread the message to end bullying.
My platform is something that not only I will stick by as Miss Teenage British Columbia, or even hopefully soon to be Miss Teenage Canada, but a platform that I will stick by my whole life.
Sienna L, Miss Teenage British Columbia