By Lyonel Doherty
If Michaela Mills’ smile was any brighter, she would put the sun to shame.
That basically sums up the Oliver graduate who won the Oliver Times-Chronicle bursary for $1,000.
Many people know Mills for her instant, one-of-kind smile that has an immediate effect on people. In fact, that’s how she plans to make the world a better place.
In her bursary submission, Mills wrote: “I’ve developed a goal in life to make others smile; my dream is to become a nurse practitioner so I can make a difference in people’s lives.”
A wise woman (her mother) once told her that if you’re not happy in your current situation, change it. If you can’t, use your knowledge to help someone change theirs.
Mills said she didn’t have the idea youth experience and spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.
She carries those experiences with her as she travels through life. Not because of what happened, but because of the doctors, nurses and staff who helped her become the woman she is today.
“It was this wonderful little town and the cadet program that pulled me through. I remember every smile that made my immense physical and emotional pain subside.”
Mills said success for her is when she gets to be that smile for others.
She noted that one smile can change the course of someone’s entire life, therefore, she intends to be that smile in the world.