Prior to becoming a Miss Teen Canada-World titleholder, I never really got the chance or desire to participate in community events and volunteer. I finished all my 40 hours of community service for high school at a home daycare, so I did not have much experience with different volunteering jobs. Since being crowned Miss Teen Wellington County, I have gotten to know my city a little better. In March I helped out at a March break dance camp with a young group of children, early spring I volunteered and made an appearance at a Kidsability event which supports children with physical disabilities, and just this month I got to appear and volunteer at the annual Guelph and District Multicultural Festival! I enjoy volunteering so much now because it really has helped me gain confidence, and I have gotten to meet so many great people of different ages. I love being recognized as Miss Teen Wellington County in my community the most because it makes me feel like a true icon! Volunteering has also helped me gain support and respect of many different groups in my community, and I was even invited to work with the multicultural festival. It’s a great feeling knowing that you are a valuable person in the community. Guelph is actually named the “volunteer capital” city of Canada! Us Guelphites love to help out, so should everyone! People should volunteer more often to help others, make new friends, learn new skills, test out career options, become recognized, be a part of a team, gain work experience, and most of all; HAVE FUN! People should not let the fear of commitment get in the way of volunteering. Volunteering benefits us all and helps make our world a little bit of a better place! With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts. As Miss Teen wellington county-World 2013, volunteering has benefited me immensely! I have been invited back to many community organizations and I have met so many great people who are supporting my journey to Miss Teen Canada-World. I love every single one of my supporters! If you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and now on Instagram! 🙂

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