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Where I grew up I grew up on a grain and cattle farm west of Didsbury, Alberta. I went to all three schools in Didsbury, and graduated in 2008. Being raised in a rural area has definitely shaped who I am today. I have a great family, and my friends are all some of the most extraordinary things. Coming from a small town I feel that it didn’t stop any of us from fulfilling our big dreams. Didsbury has been such a great place to grow up. Everyone

Rodeo Horses have also been a huge part of my life. I started in 4-H at the age of ten, and competing in Barrel Racing at the age of fourteen. I have barrel raced in associations such as Central Alberta Rodeo Association, Foothills Cowboy Association and Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Rodeo is such an amazing sport that falls back on the foundations of our western heritage and family values. In 2006 I was successful at capturing the title of Carstairs Rodeo Queen, and the following year, Miss Rodeo Sundre 2007. It was that which struck my dream to one day compete for Miss Rodeo Canada. This past summer I was crowned Miss Rodeo Airdrie 2011. This has kept me very busy traveling to various rodeos and other events. It just goes to show that hard work and determination really pay off. Next year I will have the prestigious opportunity to compete for Miss Rodeo Canada . Gillian Shields

Music I have always taken an interest in music, even from a young age. At the age of four I began to take violin lessons. I have gone through a few teachers throughout my violin career but started and ended with one of Canada’s best, Laurie Syer. She finished her masters in Conneticut, and has played with, and for many well

known people. She has played for the Queen, played with Rod Stewert and Katie Lang, just to name a few. I have had the opportunity to go to several workshops and camps growing up with this instrument. In 2001 and 2002 I received a scholarship to go the University of New Brunswick music camp. Although Violin is my main focus in music, I also play the Clarinet, Guitar, Viola, and I sing in the RDC Choir. 000266298

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Travel My first trip out of Canada was with my high school. We travelled to Germany, Greece and Italy. It was an amazing experience we even saw the Pope! We were able to attend Vatican square on Easter Sunday. Definitely one of my most memorable travel moments. My next adventure to Europe was after high school with my best friend Ashley. We went to England, Belgium, Holland, German, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. It was still the greatest time of my life. We travelled mostly with Australians, who are by far the most hard core peo-

Why I want to become a teacher I love children. Nothing is better then watching a child’s face light up. The enthusiasm and imagination that makes every day fun and interesting. The belief that magic and fairy tale is still a possibility. To be able to better a child’s situation or perspective. To create memories that a child will smile back and look on. To build positive relationships and positive outlooks. To watch an individual critically think for themselves. To find humor regardless the situation. Being a teacher is the best job in the world.

ple I have ever met. My favourite place was England, because I secretly am extremely fascinated by English history! I have also had the opportunity to travel to the southern United States, Eastern Canada, and Viva la Mexico! I would like to travel to New Zealand and Australia next and hopefully take an exchange in Scotland at St.Andrews University.

Gillian Shields

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