Hi my name is Rilee Lloyd. I am 18 years old and I live just outside a small town called MacGregor. It is a great place to grow up and the support that the community is giving me for the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant is wonderful!

My life is anything but ordinary. When I was 3, a cyst the size of a golf ball was found in my brain. In fear of this cyst popping I was never allowed to be involved in very physical sports. This is why my mom placed me into dance classes. Little did she know, dance would become very important in my life.  I have danced for 9 years now and I am very passionate about it. Currently I am in my first year of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers. This Program is integrated with the University of Winnipeg, so it enables me to attain a bachelor of honors in dance. Dance is so much more than a hobby for me; it helps me express myself and makes me feel alive. Dance is a major stress reliever and I don’t think I could ever live without it. I want to pursue contemporary dance as a career. My parents always joke around that I will live in poverty as a dancer but I always say, “At least I will be happy!”

Besides dancing, I love shopping , modelling, hanging out with friends and family, and most of all, I just love laughing! It is truly the best medicine!!!!

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My Platform

I was bullied in elementary school for far too long. It was never physical, just emotionally and mentally draining. It got to a point where I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I didn’t want to see people. I didn’t want to exist. I eventually changed schools. Even though the bullies were taken out of my life, I was still just a broken little girl. Luckily, I have an amazing group of friends and a wonderful family that did everything in their power to “fix” me and show me that I am important. However, I had so little self-esteem and low confidence that I wouldn’t accept their help. The only person still bullying me, was my own mind. It took me until I was 16 to realize that I was just as important as anyone else on this Earth. I didn’t have to hide anymore. I learned that you cannot replace the past, no matter how hard you try to cover it up, but you can learn from it and make yourself a new future.

This is what inspired me to enter the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant. I feel like I am given a responsibility to share my story and never let anyone go through what I went through. My platform is taking a stand against bullying and being a bystander.  I want to inspire people to have the confidence to stand up for others and themselves. I have shared my platform in a newspaper article, on the radio and an online article . Next I want to present my platform in schools. My goal is to reach as much youth as I can. So you can look forward to more posts regarding this!!


Written by: Rilee-anne Lloyd

8 Responses to Hello From Rilee Lloyd, Miss Teen Central Manitoba-World 2012!

  1. Rob Campbell says:

    Welcome to the network Rilee. Good work on the pictures and links – now you need to add categories and tags.

  2. Tammy Wotton says:

    Rilee, you are a true inspiration! Not only are you beautiful and smart you are also a kind, hardworking, conscientious young lady! Good luck to you! MacGregor is a better community with you and your family in it!!

  3. Way to go Riley,

    Your story is not only inspiring, but one that is not unlike millions of kids around the world. The more they hear that there are others out there feeling the same way the more inspired they will feel to get up, stand up and take their position in life too. Life is not about what happens to you but how you respond. Your transformation story is a positive one, an important one that will inspire others because you have chosen to stand tall, confront your fears and put yourself out there to speak up.
    Good luck in everything you do. Know that you make your parents proud every day.

  4. Sorry Rilee, I spelled (autocorrected) your name incorrectly.
    The sentiments were still true!

  5. Shoal Anderson says:

    Rilee, this is so amazing, i think you are doing what every girl wants to do, but doing it better with enthusiasm that everyone should have, you said good standards for what should be achieved in girls, and its actually pretty inspiring 🙂

  6. Look forward to meeting you next week!!!

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