My name is Shirley Lei. I am beyond excited to be starting this blog – this will be a place for me to regularly update interesting and inspiring events in my “reign” as Miss Teenage Vancouver 2015.
Let’s get to know me better first, shall we?
Shirley is a Principal’s List student who attends Kitsilano Secondary School, where she immerses herself in literature studies and designs as the Yearbook Editor-in-Chief and Newspaper Club President. She enjoys playing basketball with her school team, eating green (and cruelty-free <3 ), and living a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Shirley is actively engaged in her community – she has been volunteering at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for five years, and now assisting the running of the Volunteer Program. She has played key roles in the Community Potlucks, Kits House Youth Leadership, the Kits House Project for Awesome, the Kits House Youth Evening of Arts, and at various events. She loves supporting Kits House because it provides programs for diverse individuals from all walks of life – she is grateful to have grown a strong relationship with the community members and staff here since she first set foot on its premise at 12 years old. For her community service efforts, she received the Youth Good Neighbours Award by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses.
Shirley fulfills her love of fashion by interviewing people in the local fashion industry, writing for her fashion website, The Vancouver Scene (www.thevancouverscene.com), and interning at a luxury designer resale company in downtown Vancouver. She is constantly inspired by the creative individuals she meets, and advocates fashion as a way to bring people together, rather than a mere materialistic pursuit. Represented by her modelling agency, Shirley has graced the runway for numerous designers at Vancouver Fashion Week.
An interesting fact is that Shirley is a Sergeant in her air cadet squadron, the 111 Pegasus Squadron in Vancouver. She has been a member of Drill Team and First Aid Team. She is the editor of the 111 Roast Newsletter, and is currently the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the squadron’s annual Pegasus Challenge event (www.pegasuschallenge.ca). Shirley has had a huge passion for flying since a young age, and is very excited to be a finalist for the Glider Pilot Scholarship Course this summer in Comox, BC with air cadets!
As for the future, Shirley plans to study journalism and publishing in university, and aspires to become a magazine editor. She believes in hard work, dedication, and the joy of the journey.
Her pageant platform is called “Girls, We Can Fly Too”. In the literal sense, she hopes to promote the Air Cadet program and Glider Pilot Scholarship Course to girls nation-wide, as she has personally learned so much from the program and would like to inspire more girls to join. In the figurative sense, she advocates gender equality and encourages young girls to achieve equal endeavours as boys.
There is so much more in my life that I’d love to share, but that will have to be for later posts! Stay tuned, because I have Very interesting content coming up about events, my sponsors, my pageant experience, and more get-to-know-mes. But for now, it is time for me to get back to that calculus…Meanwhile, keep up with my posts at my own website, www.thevancouverscene.com!