This blog has been a long time coming and I could not be more excited to share this adventure finally.
When I came back from Egypt I wanted to utilize my position to influence positive change. I knew that I wanted to work with local non-profits that focused on community, compassion and a cause that I also believed in. AARCS, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society I had been following for several years and decided, why not, let's reach out to them and see how I can contribute to their organization.
I am a strong believer in everything happening for a reason at a specific time. Some call it fate, I just call it life.
A little over a week before I had my meeting with AARCS, my family put down my childhood Golden Retriever, Ben. He was the definition of the perfect dog, he was in a way Airbud, always playing sports with us in our backyard, going for long walks in provincial parks with the family, he was beyond intelligent, he would actually blink for 'yes' if we asked him questions. I was lucky, the family was lucky to have him. He was the constant in our lives for almost 15 years. He was my everything. But like I said everything happens for a reason at a specific time. He was with us for so long and we could not have been more grateful to have him as part of our family.
Once we put him down and I got my footing after losing my best friend AARCS was kind enough to have me come into their South East Calgary location, their Save Haven. When I first entered I was greeted with smiles, a bright green decor and I couldn't have felt more at home. I was showed around the facility, got to meet several of the pets ready to be adopted and then had the pleasure of sitting down with AARCS's Events and Fundraising Coordinator, Susan. We chatted for about an hour and the next thing I knew I was invited to their event that Thursday, Dueling Pianos.
A couple of days later I was off in heels, a black cocktail dress and my red and white sparkly sash. Kayla, a national finalist for this years Miss Globe Canada pageant, and I were off to volunteer at this year's Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Anything and everything we could do to help was our plan, either with the silent auction, selling raffle tickets or 50/50 tickets, whatever we could do to help was the plan.
The one thing I will say about AARCS is about their volunteers and their team. Words cannot describe the undeniable love these people have for their community and the compassion they have towards animals. I have worked with many organizations over my pageant years but something about AARCS instantly makes you feel like family and that you have known all of them for years.
Happy to announce, this event was successful as any. From the amazing venue of Aussie Rules, to the pianists, the guests, staff, and AARCS volunteers this was the event that I was blessed to attend to jump start being an ambassador, an advocate and part of the AARCS team.