Intro Paragraph by Karen McKenzie
High school was very tough for me. I was constantly bullied by other students which made me want to lock myself in my room and not come out for the rest of my life. I was insecure and I didn't have a chance to fit in.
However, everything seemed to get better as I participated in extra-curricular clubs and activities.
In 2008, I joined the White Rock Youth Ambassadors. The main core for this program is for the youth to develop a sense of commitment in working together as a community by doing 500 hours of volunteer work, public speaking, and traveling to places around the province by representing our city. Since then, I won the talent and creativity contest by singing "Music of the Night" from "The Phantom of the Opera." Also, I've received scholarships as well as the Spirit of Duty Award.
After my recent appearance at a Canucks game, I had the opportunity to sing at the Art of Autism conference at Canada Place in Vancouver.
In June 2012, I was in a production of George Austin's "The King Who Wouldn't Sing" at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam, produced by the Young People's Opera Society of B.C.
I've frequently sung the national anthem at local junior hockey games for the North Delta Devils and the Surrey Eagles (where I sang "I Run For Life" by Melissa Etheridge, during intermission for "Pink in the Rink," which raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation).
My sister and I joined my grandma for her recording we did for my uncle and aunt's 40th wedding anniversary gift, with songs such as "The Power of Love," as sung by Celine Dion, "Memory" from "Cats," and "True Love" from "High Society," which grandma and I had sung as a duet.
As my grandma's health began to deteriorate, which was due to diabetes, she was transported to the hospital, underwent an operation and had her leg amputated. It was during spring break when I was in grade 12, my family and I flew by for a visit until her very last day. It was burdensome for me to see her in pain and suffering. Not only was she gone, her beautiful voice had never left us behind.
I'm also an active member of Peace Portal Alliance Church and currently sang in an adult choir and continuously led worship for a womens' bible study group.
In 2010, I sang the national anthem at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay at the White Rock Community Centre.
Also, I sang at the Surrey Arts Centre for Surrey Shines 2010. Subsequently, I've been invited by Paul Anthony to sing on his comedic variety show "Talent Time" at the Biltmore Cabaret.
I am currently employed as a dishwasher at the Peninsula Resort Retirement Living. I always love my job. Occasionally, I have been asked to sing at events for Christmas, Remembrance Day, and for a pre-Oscar party.
In November 2012, I sang at Christmas on the Peninsula, which was held at the White Rock Community Centre. I've previously sung at this event with the carollers, who were members of the church choir, which was so much fun.
My musical influences are Luciano Pavarotti, Katherine Jenkins, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Cecilia Bartoli, Josh Groban, and Sarah Brightman.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you.
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