A Terrace teen will compete for a national beauty pageant title this weekend.
Sara Pipe, crowned Miss Teenage Northern BC earlier this year, competes at the Miss Teen Canada national pageant Aug. 9.
Since getting her regional crown, she’s been busy helping others and preparing for the big night.
“I have been attending local events, fundraising for charities and preparing for my Miss Teenage Canada competition,” she said last week
In March she helped the Canadian Cancer Society here with their daffodil campaign.
“I heard tons of amazing stories from people,” she said about the people she met who told their stories of fighting cancer.
In May, she walked with cancer survivors and their families and friends around the track at the Relay for Life.
Working and volunteering for cancer has become a passion as she’s had family members pass away from cancer, she said.
She’s looking ahead to taking the nursing program at Northwest Community College this fall with the goal of specializing in pediatrics and working with children who have cancer.
Because she has suffered from anxiety and depression during her life, she’s also interesting in bringing more awareness to individuals that suffer from anxiety and increase treatment service and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment Units in small cities across the country.
And she wants to encourage others who have the same mental issues.
“It has been a struggle for me to overcome my fears. I have pushed myself to step outside the box and do things that I would not normally be able to do, for example public speaking,” she said.
“My advice to people suffering from anxiety would be to set the bar high and don’t stop fighting until you get there, no matter what that means to you, because you really can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
And right now, she’s looking to the community to vote for her for the People’s Choice Award at the pageant.
To vote for Sara for the People’s Choice award, go to the missteenagecanada website, right click on ‘Become a VIP,’ register and start voting. Voting has started continues until August 10.
“I would like to thank all my friends and especially my family for supporting me throughout my journey,” she said, adding she thanks the individuals and businesses who have sponsored her and everyone who donated to the Free the Children charity that the pageant supports.
Pipe’s not the first one from the northwest to be in the Miss Teenage Canada national pageant: Shantelle MacLean in 2011 and Jessica Catorc in 2009 competed in the national pageant.