As time is passing by quickly and nationals are quickly approaching (2 days to be exact!! ,) I wanted to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful people in my life who have made this journey possible and supported me along the way! Without the love and support from all these people I would not have gotten through or got the chance to experience this amazing journey. I truly appreciate all everyone has done for me and I can’t thank you enough!

To Delores Sullivan owner of Sisters on Huron as well as their staff, I would not have been able to do this without you!

Delores, Sheila and myself after a long day of work at Sister on Huron clothing store.

From graciously sponsoring my Miss Teen Ontario pageant, to asking me to model for billboard and posters, and for giving me the strength and confidence that I have what it takes to do whatever I put my mind to; I thank you! For those many Saturday shifts where I was out volunteering or doing work for the pageant, and you switched around shifts and covered shifts so that I was able to do that, I am so appreciative. Having the opportunity to work for you Delores has been a joy and I couldn’t think of a better atmosphere and people to work with. Your involvement and place in my life is something I have been blessed with and am so lucky for that.

To Penny Eckensweiler owner of Indulge Esthetics and Hair Design, you’re willingness and kind heart is something I hope to have half of as a person. When I first was talking to you about my pageant and you were so open about helping me in any way you could just shows what an amazing person you are. I am so thankful for you sponsoring me with nail care/painting, makeup and beauty tips. I know I will be stage ready thanks to you! Yourself and your business have grown into such a wonderful component of our community and we are lucky to have you!

To Jane Herron owner of Special Occasions, I couldn’t have asked to meet a nicer lady in my journey as a title holder. Without hesitance you offered to help and went above and beyond! I’m sure you could tell when you told me you would order my size in the dress I fell in love with that it just made my day! Your generosity was a huge help in my preparation for Nationals and took a huge load of my back; I thank you so much for all you did!

To Taylor Bragg of Taylor Rebecca Photography, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to deal with! When I first shot with you after provincials I immediately fell in love with your work! Then when I was need for a sponsor photographer before nationals, despite your crazy busy schedule you gave a helping hand and agreed with pleasure to do so. It is so nice working with you and having our chats during photo shoots. I honestly can not praise you enough on your photography skills and how amazing of a person you are. Your smile, laughter, and talent will get you so far in life.

Taylor Rebecca Photography

Alli and I at one of my many events she attended.

To my friend Alli, I know you are just counting down the days till I can ACTUALLY hang out with you! aha These last few months have been hectic but you are always there for me , when the going gets tough and when we’re having a ball! I couldn’t have asked for a better friend, and although I don’t thank you everyday I hope you know how much I appreciate having such an amazing friend to go through life with by my side. Your presence in my life has made me a happier person and has taught me so much. Your patience with me and my busy schedule and your constant helping hand with my preparations for Nationals has been more than I could ask for. I owe you giirrrl 😉 <3

A part of my family at my Mom's wedding.

To my Family, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to grow up and have in my life. You have all shaped me into the person I am today and keep me going through life with a smile, confidence, and faith. I am so blessed to have such great siblings who are always there for me. Whether it’s for some good laughs, some life lessons, or to come watch me in my endeavours. Your constant support and love as siblings has been more than I could ask for and I am truly so thankful and appreciative of it. Steve, your presence in my mother’s, my life and my family’s has been one that I am so gracious for. Your love and constant helping hand is something I hope to find in a man someday. I am blessed to have you apart of my family. Momma Cass, I don’t know how you grew to be the mother you are.

My beautiful Mother and her husband Steve.

Raising a family of ten is an accomplishment, but remaining sane? Now that’s impressive! aha Honestly though, I could not have done any of this with out you. You are there for me through thick and thin, good times and bad, and have created a home and atmosphere I couldn’t feel happier or safer in. Your constant love and support gets me through my days and gives me the strength to pursue my dreams and wishes. I hope to someday be half the woman you are, and to give back to you as much as I can as I grow through life.

To all my support group, fans, friends and community, you are all the best!! Having a support group behind me at all times is what pushes me to do my best. Your interest in my life and your faith in the success of my dreams is all a girl could ask for. The generosity which has been shown by you all is so above what I could imagine. It has ameliorated this experience for me having you all behind me in my every step. I can’t thank you enough, but I hope you realize how important every single one of you is to me.

I’m writing this at 5:30 in the morning as these next few days are packed full so to get everything in, my days have to be longer. Honestly though I can’t think of a better reason to have gotten up, I would get up earlier, I would stay up later, I would do anything to show you all my appreciation and how truly honoured I feel to have you all in my life. I hope to make you all proud as I compete for the title Miss Teen Canada World 2013.

Yours truly and with much love,

Hannah

Miss Teen Bruce County World 2013

xoxoxox

Written by: Hannah Cassidy
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