Recently a very talented young local, Mia Ouellet-Wilson became one of the teens that will complete for Miss Teen Canada this summer. Mia has been chosen to represent Northern Alberta in the National Canadian Pageant which will take place in Toronto from July 9th until July 14th, 2019.
Mia is a grade 9 student at Bezanson School. The 14-year-old lives with her grandparents, her dad and her little brother. On top of these competitions and her academics, Mia played on the Bezanson School Bulldogs basketball and volleyball teams, which won zones in both sports this year. Now she continues to play basketball on the Swan City Club team, while running, practicing volleyball, and doing chores at home.
As a kid, Mia enjoyed watching Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC. She began to watch videos on YouTube on Miss Universe which led her to be curious and she began to Google Miss Teen America and Miss Teen Canada. To her surprise, there was a Miss Teen Canada, so she decided to apply online, for the fun of it.
This led to her getting a Skype interview with the pageant director. After that interview, she found out that she had qualified for provincials in Calgary. From there, she competed and became one of the 5 girls from Alberta that were chosen to go to Nationals. Mia was chosen as Miss Teen Northern Alberta (Edmonton and North). “It felt amazing when the pageant directors called my number (12),” Ouellet-Wilson says, “I was so excited to be chosen to represent the North as Miss Teen Northern Alberta.”
Mia’s platform is as follows:
“My platform is raising awareness for the harm people are causing to the environment. However, with this platform I’m in no way saying we should shut down our oilfields or anything like that. I’m saying that it’s important that everyone does the things like take shorter showers or recycle. Making these small things part of your daily routine will help our planet in the long run.”
Mia will compete at Nationals in Toronto from July 9th to July 14th where she will attend events, site-see and represent the North. In order to prepare for Nationals, Mia says she will have to, “acquire an evening gown, cocktail dress, learn to walk in heels, and have her hair and nails done which is a very glamorous experience.”
To this day, Mia has done 5 local interviews and says that “going to nationals is an excellent opportunity and will open a lot of doors for me.” Although it’s a “huge commitment,” she says that she can handle it and is very excited for what is to come.
After being asked about what being from a small town, like Bezanson, has done to influence her journey, Mia explains that, “being from a small town that is well-known for its agriculture and hunting has helped me in this competition. The pageant was very interested in my daily life and what I do in my spare time, in such a remote location.”
“I would like to thank my grandma and dad for everything they have done for me. They have supported & helped me financially, and emotionally throughout this process. I couldn’t have done it without them. I would like to thank all of my current and future sponsors. The support means so much to me. I am also grateful for all of the individuals who have reached out to interview me and get my story out.”
We wish Mia the best of luck in this competition and all of her future endeavours. If you are interested in supporting Mia’s competition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Ally Pilgrim with contributions from Jen Lyons and photos provided by Mia Ouellet-Wilson.