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!”
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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!!