Hi Everyone! I hope your summer is going well and that you’re all enjoying the upcoming long weekend. Sorry it has been a while since I’ve last blogged, but I have been extremely busy with work and prepping for this upcoming week. I can’t believe it’s already time for me to fly away to compete nationally in Toronto! Words cannot describe how excited I am for this experience. This is one of the many reasons why I love living in Canada. We are offered the opportunity to experience so many different things. Did you know you can even enter a pageant in Canada? I didn’t know until 8 months ago! As our first blog assignment, we were asked to write about why we love Canada and I couldn’t have asked for a better blog topic. Hopefully you will enjoy my written appreciation for this amazing country and like some interesting facts!
First and foremost, I think the best part about Canada is our mosaic of different ethnicities, and our ability to celebrate different cultures. We are truly a country composed of First Nations and immigrants from all over the world that, I think, have impacted the world for the better. Despite our vast amount of diversity, we are still considered to be one of the most peaceful countries in all of the world. That is truly something remarkable! Scattered throughout Canadian cities are many different neighborhoods showcasing these different cultures from all around the world. I do not necessarily need to travel all the way to Italy to experience their delicious pasta, or to France to appreciate their world-renowned cuisine, and although I have travelled both to Venice and Paris both foods are equally delectable in my eyes. Can you tell I like to eat? Canada is truly a place where we can experience the world by the cultures coming to us rather than us having to travel a far.
On top of our amazing peace keeping reputation, we also have a great government system allowing services such as free universal health care, many programs for children in need, and not to mention great lifeguards (*wink wink*). Canadians are so fortunate to be able to take advantage of all of these government funded services, but more importantly, our government is a democracy. For those of you who have not taken Grade 6 Social in Alberta, or it has been a while since you have, democracy means that it’s the citizens who get to choose which party has the most control. In other words, power to the people! Unlike most teenagers who are only excited to go to the bar for the first time on their 18th birthday, I am more excited to exercise my rights and vote in the next election. This may be embarrassing, but I definitely jumped for joy when I realized the election is scheduled a month after my birthday. I hope to see you all on Election Day! Along with our right to vote, we also have many other rights such as being able to live where we please, the right of equity, and the right of justice to name a few. We are truly fortunate to be able to enjoy all of these rights and freedoms. Also as you can tell below, I love red and white!
Being Canadian, to me, means being able to pursue your dreams. This is a truly a land filled with opportunities and I choose to utilize each one I am given to the best of my ability. Yes, to some, living in this country may mean we say “Eh” a little too much, or are extremely polite (in fact some may even think we ride polar bears to school), but, to me, living in Canada means that I am a part of a great nation that I am blessed to call home. Can I get an “Eh”?