It’s me… I’m baaaack! So last weekend I ran the Shoppers Love You Run for Women to help conquer mental illness. 1 in 4 women will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime! As a woman and a person who has suffered from depression, and most recently, anxiety, it’s so heartwarming and inspiring to see so many beautiful and amazing people come together to raise awareness of the issue. 

Run for Women

My alarm went off at 5am!!!! I was so groggy and tired, I would have done anything to just stay in bed after only 3 hours of sleep. I quickly got packed and set off to the race site.

Arriving at the race site

It was such a beautiful day! The weather was probably the best we had all year! Sunshine, sunshine and even more sunshine. As I approached the venue, my heart swelled with love and thanks seeing all the wonderful participants that I completely forgot about my lack of sleep and tiredness. I was so overwhelmed by the support that it brought tears to my eyes.

I met with both the mayor of Toronto and the Ontario premier as they thanked me for my support and contributions. Of course we had to take some pictures. 

Picture with Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Premier Kathleen Wynne and John Tory

I collected my complementary cap and began warming up for the run. I felt so good running: motivated, inspired and energetic. I completed the run and received my finisher bracelet. I then picked up my swag bag full of goodies complimentary of Shoppers Drug Mart.

All the goodies

I am so happy I was able to be part of this amazing and enriching event. Together, we raised over $200,000 for the Women’s College Hospital to help treat mental illness.

Sunshine on the course

Crossing the Finish Line

Thank you so much for having me.

Until next time,

Your Miss South Central Ontario World 2017.

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