A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Elders Citizen Recreation Association’s annual Prince and Princess Tea and Parade. Boys and girls were invited to this event on June 16th to make crafts, drink tea and have snacks, win prizes at the fish pond, play musical chairs, and walk in the final grand parade. Tickets were $5 and all the proceeds went to the Elders Citizen Recreation Centre’s opening costs. When I arrived I was welcomed by the kind members of the association and everyone was curious about the pageant. I was more than happy to explain everything I have been busy with and tell them about my platform and fundraising. As the children began to arrive at 1 o’clock I was helping at the Fish Pond Game. Little princes and princesses came to me to exchange their ticket for a fishing rod. Most of them were very young so I helped them cast the rod over the curtain while they waited to see which prize would be attached to the string. It was lots of fun and I loved meeting each of the children individually! After about an hour, the game of musical chairs began, so I sat back to watch. A little girl silently sat beside me on a step, pointed to my dress, and told me that she loves it. I introduced myself and she told me her name is Isabelle, and she is 4 years old. After talking to Isabelle for awhile she told me she wants to be a princess too, so I asked her if she’d like to try on my crown. Enthusiastically, she nodded her head. She had the biggest smile on her face, it was so cute! After, the president of the association and the organizer had a short speech, introduced me, and unexpectedly asked me to come up and say a few words. I was not prepared to talk in front of so many people, but what I learned about public speaking at the provincial pageant really helped! I just explained everything I’m doing and talked about my fundraising. After the children enjoyed their cupcakes and juice, it was time for the parade. All the kids lined up behind me, Isabelle held my hand, and we walked around the room so the princes and princesses could show off their costumes and crowns. We lined up on the stage and posed for pictures for all the parents and the Prince George Free Press. I said goodbye to the children I met, and thanked the organizers for inviting me. I am extremely thankful that the community of Prince George is so supportive and very encouraging. Seeing the kids having so much fun made my day, and I hope I helped make their day better as well! I would also like to thank Tan City and the Day and Night Store for their sponsorships!
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