Hello everyone, my name is Jinkle and I am so thrilled to be your new Miss Teenage Peel 2018! Last year around this time, I had no idea that my dream of becoming a finalist would become a reality, I decided to give it a shot and here I am today writing this blog! I am 18 years old, and am studying Psychology at the University of Toronto. This is the first of the many pageants that I plan on participating in.
I was born in Gujarat, India, but have spent the last 16 years in Canada. My family has always been very involved in the events around the community, as well as various cultural events. While growing up, I spent most of my time at the local community centre taking swimming, skating, soccer, basketball and gymnastic lessons. In addition to this, I also took singing and classical dancing lessons. Winning the Peel title means a lot to me, as I have spent the majority of my life exploring this area. I grew up attending all the city events for Christmas, Easter, Canada Day, etc, so to get a chance to represent my city at events with this title is more than a dream come true!
With this title, I hope to bring awareness to reduce the stigma behind mental health. I will be volunteering at shelters and will work with people who are suffering from mental disorders. As well, I will be giving motivational speeches at different organizations about the importance of education and post-secondary education. As well as speaking to the youth, I will also be interacting with parents and will answer any questions or concerns they have regarding the generation gap between themselves and their kids.
So far on my journey, I have done a few television and radio interviews, been featured in some newspapers, participated in fashion shows, photoshoots, gave speeches, done a few ads and have attended women’s day conferences. I continue to look forward to use my title for not only my personal benefit, but also to contribute to my community. Not everyone is given such an opportunity, for most it remains just a dream, so I will not let any second go to waste, and will always accept new challenges and opportunities that come my way with a positive outlook.
I want to thank my friends and family who have supported me on my journey so far, especially my mom, who was the reason I decided to apply for this pageant in the first place. That’s all for now, but I would love for you to follow my journey through social media. Feel free to leave any comments or contact me on social media, I would love to chat with you. Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog, there will be many more to come! Until next time, bye!