As the holidays approach, it is a perfect time to take a moment to share just how grateful I am, for such incredible people in my life, education, freedom, security and love. I have had such incredible opportunities and experiences throughout the years and I am thrilled to see what my future has in store.
Yesterday, I was a recipient of the Nepean-Carleton Canada-Ontario 150 Inspiration award, along with so many incredible residents and organizations for our contribution to our community. I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been nominated and selected, to stand among such an inspirational group of people.
After my success competing in Taekwon-do, I created the “Believe Project” to encourage youth to pursue their dreams, find their passion, develop their confidence and strive to be the best version of themselves through public speaking in schools and at events. My community has done SO much for me throughout the years, I try to give back by paying it forward to our next generation. Positive self-esteem, inclusion and kindness are really important to me, and they are messages I try to spread through my talks.
The Award Ceremony yesterday warmed my heart, and lit a fire in me, completely inspired by our community and country. I am grateful to live in a country and community that celebrates diversity, contribution and support. The list of recipients included world renowned Cancer researchers, Cancer survivors, organ donation advocates, former soldiers, athletes, religious leaders, farmers, NFP organizations, community fair boards, politicians, parents, and volunteers who have donated countless hours to making our community stronger.
MPP, Lisa MacLeod quoted former Prime Minister, the late John George Diefenbaker who described Canada in this way:
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country.”
I couldn’t agree more, and I am proud to be Canadian, to have worn the Canadian flag on my back, and to stand for Canadian values everyday.