This year as a Young Canadian sure started out with a bang for everyone, but especially for me! I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and begin to pursue my dream career; singing and dancing on broadway! I wish I could put into words how phenomenal this experience was, and how amazing the big apple really is. I auditioned for a production based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s compositions and lets just say it was intimidating to say the least. Walking into a room full of 18-27 year old performers that looked exactly like me and sang exactly like me was a shock, especially as a 17 year old singer from Calgary Alberta! However once I started the audition process I realized I was not only prepared to be in this industry, I was comfortable and confident with the routine and difficulty of the dance piece. I was slightly nervous when it came to the performance of my audition, but found that all of my training with The Young Canadians went a long way in helping me to not only fit in with the calibre of the dancers trained in New York elite dance schools, but it also gave me an edge as we focus on not only technique but performance. I have to say from the bottom of my heart, I don’t think my dreams would be nearly as close as they are now if it hadn’t been for The Young Canadians and all of the progress I have made within them. Stay tuned everybody, more to come regarding my journey toward my dreams!
Since 2005, the Western Legacy Awards have honored individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in promoting western values and preserving western heritage within the community. Traditionally, three awards (Sustained Contribution, Innovation, Youth) recognize people from Calgary and the surrounding area who have acted on their visions to create a better community.
In celebration of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial, the volunteers who lead our Western Legacy Awards committee expanded awards program to honour 100 Albertans who have promoted the values of western hospitality, pride of place, integrity and commitment to community.
I’m a fan of W.O. Mitchell and was pleased to see his name on the list, since he displayed a tremendous pride of place in his depictions of the prairie way of life. In fact I was reminded that it’s about time I dug out my copy of Who Has Seen the Wind and read it to my young daughter.
But there’s way more than 100 Albertans who have demonstrated western hospitality, pride of place, integrity and commitment to community – in bettering their community.
So the question is: who would be on your list?
Thanks for your thoughts on the great people who make our province great!