Hi Everyone! My name is Neha B. and I am Miss Teenage GTA 2015-2016. Just so everyone can get to know me a little bit better, here is my story! I was born deaf in both of my ears on November 2, 1999 in Oakville Ontario, Canada. My parents had to choose a mode of communication for me.  They chose spoken language instead of sign language.  With the help of my parents and my therapists, I started my journey of learning to listen. Once it was determined that I was a right candidate for spoken language, at age 2 I got a surgery to implant a cochlear implant in my left ear at the Hospital for Sick Kids, in Toronto Ontario.  This was followed by an implant in my right ear at age 10.

I was introduced to music and dance at the age of 3 and today I am playing piano at the Grade 8 level. I love Ballroom and Indian classical dance.

I am looking forward to taking the lifeguard exam this year. In school, I am a honor roll student and I enjoy learning different languages like French and Spanish. I am enrolled in the accelerated learning program/International Baccalaureate at White Oaks secondary School, Oakville ON, Canada. I met my best friend at White Oaks Secondary School, Shreya Singh. She has been with me through all the ups and downs we have experienced in the past year!

I would also like to thank my entire family, my sister, mom and dad. They spent hours, days, months, and years helping me to learn to listen.

I would like to especially thank my sister who is the best sister anyone could ever have. She stood by me even when times were tough. We are close despite the age gap of 14 years. I dedicate this crown to my sister Nikita Banerjea ❤.

Thank you to all of my family and friends who supported me from all around the world. I love you all!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story,

-N

 

 

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