Community Service & Involvement
I am currently a Union Member as well as Union Steward for SEIU Local 49. I love my job and appreciate my coworkers very much and am proud to be a part of a team with them. I see how hard they work and how dedicated they are to the work that they do, and being a Union Steward is my way of giving back to my team mates and showing them that I respect and appreciate them. Late last year our contract was coming to an end and a new bargaining team was elected which I got to be a part of. My team and I worked hard and gave it our all in order to fight for fair wages and a better contract. Standing up for people and the things I believe in is something that matters very much to me, and I appreciated the opportunity to do so while negotiations were taking place. It was very difficult at times, but I’m glad I didn’t give up. It was a very interesting and informative learning experience and the results were worth the efforts, as we gained many benefits including a better hourly raise, a significant increase in shift differential, Veteran’s Day off for qualified veterans, and recognition for senior employees who deserve recognition for their time and dedication to the business.
During bargaining, I put in about 56 hours of time. As shop steward, meetings take place monthly and conferences take place annually. I would say It’s been about 16 additional hours of time. I’m proud to be a union member and enjoy the work that I do. I’m also very appreciative of the benefits of being one, which includes having the opportunity to return to college and focus on my major, Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship.
Another cause that matters a lot to me is my platform, which is Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious crime that must be stopped. All over the world people are being kidnapped, and bought and sold into slavery. These people include men, women, and children. A lot of times, it happens in plain sight. These victims can be kept hidden anywhere, and are often times too scared to seek help. The best way to help to is to spread awareness and stay informed. The organizations I support are polarisproject.org which is based in the United States, and urban-light.org which is based in Thailand. I support these causes by spreading awareness on my personal website and my facebook pages. On my personal website, I feature “Crafts for a Cause” where I sell handmade crafts and donate the proceeds to these organizations. The link is here: Crafts for a cause
I also enjoy doing other things like beach clean-ups and charity walks, and other events that are easy to fit into my busy schedule.
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Talents & Skills
I love to sew. I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old and started by making clothes and blankets for my dolls. Then in my teenage and adult years I transitioned into fashion and cosplay. I currently work at Pendleton Woolen Mills sewing beautiful blankets rich in history and quality. When I’m not at work, I love making unique fashion pieces that deviate from the norm, especially for those who love to express themselves in a creative way. I also love to cosplay because it gives me a chance to bring my favorite characters to life as well as meet like-minded individuals who excel at their craft.
I have included photos of various costumes and fashion items I’ve made for myself and others over the years.
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I am a member of the Safety Committee where I work. I was chosen by my department to represent them in meetings, and to relay their concerns and suggestions during these discussions. These monthly meetings take place once a month, with members from every department and the Safety Manager, Devin Sanders. We discuss safety issues, concerns, incidences, suggestions, and so forth. We come up with solutions to help prevent accidents, from occurring, or reoccurring in some instances. We also do monthly safety inspections for all departments where a committee member, along with the Safety Manager, go to a department and go over the inspection checklist. Every month committee members will take turns inspecting a different department. Our goal is to reduce injury and accidents as well as improve safety measures for all. It is our duty as the members of the safety committee to lead by example and to exercise good safety practices at all times.
I am also CPR and First Aid certified. I first obtained my certification in 1999, when I was 17. This training is something I like to practice intermittently, in order to keep my skills and knowledge up to date. Life is precious and this is one of the many ways I can help others if the need arises. Health is another gift that I value, and I am fortunate to be healthy and strong. Not everyone is as fortunate, many need life-saving procedures that require bone marrow or healthy stem cells. This is why I am a member of the donor registry at BeTheMatch.org.
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It is through my Union membership that I have the opportunity to return to college at no cost. I am a student at Eastern Gateway Community College, and all of my courses are online. I am so grateful and fortunate for this chance, that I’m working really hard and cultivating a lot of discipline in order to make the best of my education and future. I have maintained straight-A’s since my enrollment began last spring. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and have received letters of recognition from the president of the college.
I am majoring in business with a focus on entrepreneurship. I am hoping to transfer to a 4-year college, and have received a couple of offers for scholarships already. It’s challenging finding a balance between work, school, and personal time, but I know it’s worth it.
When I have free time in the summer and winter, I like to take classes at various online academies in order to study subjects outside of my current college curriculum. These include fashion design, personal styling, and life coaching to name a few. I enjoyed the classes, and also earned certificates for each one.
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I would love to be crowned Ms. American Coronet because know that I can represent what it truly means to be an American Coronet Queen. The beauty of an American Coronet Queen radiates from within and is driven by the desire to help others, while also being fueled by a quest for knowledge. Knowledge brings awareness which can be a big catalyst for change. As a queen, I use my knowledge and other gifts to better myself and the world around me. I love to stand up for what I believe in, regardless of the challenges. I stand by my convictions and am not easily deterred because my courage is unbreakable and my spirit is unwavering. American Coronet Queens are talented, resilient, resourceful, and inspiring. We achieve our goals by holding ourselves, and each other accountable. We bring each other up and find ways to motivate each other so that we can be the best Queens we can possibly be. Being Ms. American Coronet means manifesting that inner beauty, outwardly, with a smile and a gesture of kindness. It also means being compassionate towards others and finding ways to help.
As Ms. American Coronet, I will continue to promote my platform, to help spread awareness about human trafficking. This is something that is very important to me and have been actively working on for a couple of years already. Being Queen is another outlet to discuss my platform that helps me shed light on these very serious issues. This chance to share my platform is one that I am very grateful for, and because of it, I find more motivation and inspiration to keep going. Being Ms. American Coronet will give me the opportunity to take my work to the next level, as well as give me the opportunity to represent a pageant system that I take pride in being a part of. American Coronet Queens give it their all, and that is what I am here to do.
If I had the chance to spend time with a woman in history it would be Queen Sirikit, the queen mother of Thailand. What makes Queen Sirikit a true queen goes beyond her title and position as Thai royalty. She is a humanitarian who has initiated many different projects such as SUPPORT (Supplementary Occupation and Related Techniques), which was founded in 1976 to help rural families earn additional income by providing financial assistance and expert guidance, to craftspeople all over Thailand.
Her work continues on with The Pah Rak Nam project, which works to conserve Thailand’s natural resources. Through this project, forests have been revived, and the lives of the locals have seen drastic improvement, with access to clean water and the ability to sustain their homes and farms.
She also values education and has founded an organization, the “Foundation for Supporting Non-affordable Students”. In this way, she is able to support those who are unable to afford schooling. This foundation is supported through her own money, as well as public donations.
She has served as President of the Red Cross in Thailand, and has received a multitude of awards for her contribution to humanitarian affairs.
If given the chance I would love to visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles with the queen herself, to discuss the history of Thai traditional textiles. As a seamstress, I enjoy learning about the history of textiles, fashion, and cultural traditions associated with such. It’s important to preserve the history and traditions of a culture, and this would be a great way for me to learn about my own.
I would also like to spread awareness about human trafficking, which seems to be a big problem in Thailand, especially among young Thai men in rural areas. We would work together to support the non-profit, urban-light.org, which sheds light on this problem and works towards restoring and empowering the victims of this abuse.
Queen Sirikit has done so much to support people in Thailand, and the rest of the world. She is an inspiration who embodies what it truly means to be a queen.
There are so many wonderful things that make the state of Washington great, it’s hard to narrow it down. The following are my favorite things about the Evergreen State.
The Beautiful-Washington is full of natural beauty. From Mt. Rainier to Mt. St. Helens, the gorge, North Cascades National Park, the Olympic National Park (including the Hoh Rainforest), as well as 3,000 miles of beachy coastline, Washington boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. Not only that, if I want to take a look at nature’s beauty, all I have to do is step outside to be surrounded by lush green beauty. When I travel to and from work, I get a breathtaking view of the Columbia River which is a daily reminder of how lucky I am to experience the beauty of life.
The Practical-The most practical thing I would say is that there are no state taxes here in Washington which makes things more convenient for me because I do my own taxes.
The Wonderful-My absolute most favorite thing about Washington are the people. I am not a native Washingtonian. I was born in Texas and raised in California. I moved up here in 2017 and have been warmly welcomed by many of the locals. I may have only been here for 3 years, but I have already made lasting friendships with wonderful people who are kind, compassionate, and hard-working. I also have the privilege of working with the best and most awesome team of union laborers who I have the honor of representing when it comes to union matters. My respect for them goes beyond words and into actions meant to benefit them in the best way possible. They inspire me to strive for betterment in all that I do and motivate me to keep going even when times get tough. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride knowing that I’m part of their team and that we’re all ready and willing to stand up for each other when it comes to important issues.