Hello everyone! My this week has been more than a hectic one to say the least. Sask fashion show is happening currently which is exciting in the world of fashion in the prairies and all us fashion loving folk.
Today I would like to share a frustration about my city. Don’t get me wrong, Regina is a good city that has kept me entertained for my young life here but the lack of support never ceases to amaze me. The mayor contacted me back saying that they could not offer me any form of sponsorship for the pageant and did not know of anyone who could….that’s my town. For those of you who aren’t aware the mayor’s daughter is the head director of Sask Fashion Week and the Mayor has pored tones of money into funding the entire project. As a model myself and my model friends who walk in the shows and help graduate excitement for the industry with Sask Fashion Week, I am a full supporter of it and what it means to the prairies. However that being said I find it disheartening my own city will not lend a dime to a leader in their community representing their community on a global scale especially since my Mayor is directly involved in the fashion industry as well.
Sponsorship in Regina has been a doosie to say the least which is not making this journey an easy one. Luckily I have been hard at work planning and organizing events to fund raise this past week and look forward to hosting a variety show later this month as well as a stake night and a car wash in the next few months. I think I’m writing about my frustration today because I met with my modeling agency director from Calgary today who said out of all 15 photographers in Regina none of them would shoot for her and after a venue cancelled for a shoot not even a hotel or restaurant would open their doors for an internationally renowned company. In Victoria when my agency did a model search there the city gave them a plaque and the whole community welcomed them and they don’t even have an office there. To me as such a community person this is extremely disheartening as well as humiliating seeing as Saskatchewan is supposed to be known for hospitality.
It feels awful being Miss Teen Regina when your own city doesn’t even acknowledge you or support you and you feel like just as much as a foreigner as your agency director from Vancouver and Calgary. This being said there are great people in Regina and there are small groups of community but I think this frustration and discouragement has made me decide to do something about it. As of now if anyone ever needs anything from Regina please come talk to me. Pitch a tent in my backyard, ask me for help when your car needs a boost, if you want someone to watch your soccer game because you need a cheerleader please call, and if you need sponsorship to follow your dreams I will help you fund raise until we are both rolling around in money because I choose to solely represent the hospitality and support Regina needs to have.
I think that’s my rant of frustration for today but honestly if there is ever a chance to help someone in your community that needs it please do. You never know how much a small thing to you can impact someone else’s life and everyone should have support from someone. Go see a community show, meet new people, support a group out of your usual zone and go make a community. I’m starting one in Regina as of now and I hope one day the Mayor looks back and wishes he would have stepped in because the girl he didn’t support shaped his city into a community. Be a leader and stay beautiful.