Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! Even though it is a holiday, remember to stay at home if you’re part of the Peel Region, Toronto or Ottawa area, and anywhere else where Covid cases are on the rise! We want this gone as soon as possible so just follow all the guidelines put out by the provincial government in your area. Stay safe!

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Apple Picking At Luna Farms

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go check out Luna Farm’s big opening to the public for this apple picking season! All the workers were so overly amazing and the produce was so fresh! I’d love to go back there in a few weeks again!! I also got to see some of my world girls again and I’m so excited to see who gets crowned Miss World Canada 2020!

The address is 661 8th road east, stoney creek, ontario! The phone number is 647-237-2321, and the website is www.lunafarms.ca!

 

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My Platform

As some may know already, my platform is mainly empowering women and girls regarding social media. From a young age, I knew that I really wanted to change how girls saw themselves. I’ve seen people, including myself, compare themselves to celebrities who have nutritionists, 2+ personal trainers, they go to the gym 24/7, and probably have had botox or plastic surgery of some sort. I’ve had so many nights where I just stare at the ceiling wishing I look like them, and then I would think that would lead me to happiness. But I realize it now that it would never lead me to pure happiness.

Social media is where people post their happiest moments. The traveling, concerts, nights with friends etc. It is also the place where people post the photos that they think they’re the prettiest in or their favourite one out of a photoshoot. With that in mind, everything is edited to some extent. If it’s a selfie, there’s editing on the brows to make them more arched, or to blur out pimples that may have popped up. Even if it looks natural, it most likely isn’t. So when younger girls, see that their favourite celebrities or creators start somehow having such clear skin, or the tiniest waist, they start to wonder why don’t they have that. That’s how EDs can start, or the anxiety to be “perfect”.

A year ago, I wouldn’t leave the house without covering my acne with some concealer, or fixing my uneven brows and trying to contour my nose. For some instagram photos, I would take at least 100, because I didn’t like how my waist looked in it, or the way my hand was placed. Sometimes I wouldn’t even post because of one little thing that I only noticed that I think would ruin the entire photo. Everything I posted was edited and was posed. Nothing was candid. So, only July 15, at 9:53, I took a selfie and just posted it. No editing anything. Since then, I’ve had a lot more confidence and post often about this on my pageant instagram page (miss.teenagecanada2020). Something I’ve started doing is trying my best not to edit pictures, but if I were to do any sort of editing from the normal picture, I would put in the caption what app I used and what changed.

Without this pageant journey, I would not have gotten here and gained all this confidence. If all my posts are edited, that makes me a hypocrite because that goes against my platform and everything I believe then.  If I don’t have the confidence to do something like that, how do I expect others to do so? I do like my other pictures that I have posted in the past, but people need to know that there’s apart of it that is fake.

Everything in life is you against the little voice in your head. Beauty is not defined by numbers on a scale or whether your skin is crystal clear. It is from the inside. If you got an amazing personality, I know for a fact you are so gorgeous. Stop comparing yourself to others you see online and in real life. You got this, I believe in you and am so proud of everything you’ve already accomplished and can’t wait to see what else you do.

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News article about my journey!

I got the amazing opportunity to share my journey with Ashley Newport who is the senior editor at InSauga.com. Feel free to check out the article linked below!!

https://www.insauga.com/15-year-old-mississauga-girl-crowned-miss-teenage-canada-2020

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The new reign!

Hi everyone! My name is Joanne Shao and I’m your new Miss Teenage Canada 2020! This past week has been the most insane experience of my life. I got to meet 28 beautiful and talented girls who I can now call my pageant sisters, and got to meet Samantha Pierre and Emma Jeapes who are such fun and kind human beings. I walked into this pageant not knowing what to expect, as it being my first ever pageant. My only goal was to have fun, because I didn’t even think I’d make it into Top 12. I truly did not think I would win at all, because it was anyone’s game. But as I now have the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2020, I will give a small recap of my journey till now.

Backing up to early February, when it was provincials, I bought my first pair of nude heels and my evening gown a week before the show. The weekend of provincials flew by, and I earned the title of Miss Teenage Mississauga 2020. Then covid happened, and it was super unexpected. I had events planned,  but could not attend any. So in conclusion we blame everything on covid! <3

The week of nationals came and flew by, and I miss my girls so so much. Monday, we arrived at the hotel and for dinner it was pizza and a pj party. Tuesday, was a photo shoot and video shoot, and thank you to Modern College for doing all of our makeup and hair. Wednesday was activity day, and that included things like treetop trekking, mini golfing, and lake tubing. It was also the day that Emma Jeapes arrived, and I was hardcore fangirling that I almost tripped. She is the sweetest, most down to earth person, and I’m so grateful that she is there to guide me through this journey, because without her I would be so lost. Thursday was prelims night! Modern College came back to do hair and makeup once again, and then it was show time. We had a 30 second speech about our platform, a swimsuit walk, and then talent. I personally did not perform a talent, but all the talents performed were amazing. Friday was rehearsals with Shawn Cuffie, and then in the evening we had a little circle meeting where we talked about one thing we all liked about the week and then a dislike. By the end of it, half of us were sobbing because we were going to have to leave our sisters behind (and by the half of us I meant me). Also I walked into a hotel light that was on the side of the wall somehow on the way back, which was pretty fun. Then came Saturday.

Saturday was the big show day, and I was so nervous and stressed, my stomach hurt the entire day. We had a run through in the morning and then it was time for makeup and hair.  I had my hair done by the lovely Kassandra from Modern College, and I actually got my makeup done by one of my pageant sisters, Mackenzie. We had one last dress rehearsal and then it was showtime. We had our choreographed opening dance number, and then all 29 of us got to walk in our evening gown. It would usually be Top 20, but because of the number of girls we had it was Top 14. Top 14 walked in swimwear, and then it was our swimsuit dance. Top 8 is then announced, and they walk another evening gown. After, it is Top 5 that is an onstage question, and lastly was crowning and awards. It was a blur and I was crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2020!

I can’t even explain the amount of support I got from my pageant sisters. When I was announced for Top 8, my best friend in the pageant Angela Sung, she pulled me aside and told me: “I know you don’t want to make Top 5 because you think you aren’t a speaker, but win this for me, and win this to represent all the east asians babies.” And I did. So thank you Angela. I love you with all my heart. I also want to thank  Krissy McCarthy, Emily Bliss, Clara Chemtov, and Machara McNeil. I was the closest with you guys, and I can’t explain the gratitude I have for your support from day 1, I love you guys so much. Thank you to all the other pageant girls, and even if I wasn’t that close with everyone else, I know you all support me and love me so much. Also another big thank you to all the world girls, past winners, and even universe girls who texted me right when I won, and told me if I needed anything, that they would be there. Thank you.  This is the start of my journey, and I know it’s going to be a big mess filled with laughs, and cries, but I hope to make you all proud.

PS Thank you so so much for all the gifts from Michelle and the sponsors! This is so insane of how much I’ve gotten! This still feels like an unreal dream! (Also I did not win a dog, this is my best friend’s dog, Cleo, and she is the love of my life.)

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Introducing Miss Teenage Canada 2020

Miss Teenage Canada 2020, Joanne Shao!

Joanne is a 15 year old honour roll student from Mississauga, Ontario. She is an outgoing person, and loves being part of her community. Going out of her comfort zone to take risks and meet new people is something she strives to do. She loves the arts; especially modelling, and she is currently signed with Bnmmodels. She has passed grade 10 piano, and is currently doing the ARCT level. She is a strong believer in feminism, and in school is part of a club called Making HERstory. She always looks for the good in people, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

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Spreading Kindness Rocks

Although I am lacking in artistic skills, I could not resist joining  Janaya Iverson and her campaign, Spreading Kindness Rocks! This is a quote that I hold near and dear to my heart, and wanted to share it with you all❤️ thank you Janaya for including me – I encourage all of you to check out her Facebook page and create a kindness rock of your own✨

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MyFM’s Women of Influence day

Today is MyFM’s Women of Influence day and I am very honoured to be one of the many amazing women to be featured! Thank you to the MyFM team for including me. Check out the link below to see my interview along with all of the other inspirational women! ✨

Emma Jeapes

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A year in the life…

A year ago today, my life changed forever.
When I entered Miss Teenage Canada, I told myself that all I wanted to do was have fun and make some incredible memories – did I ever do that! To this day, winning Miss Teenage Canada 2019 still feels like a dream to me, a dream that I don’t want to end. I have had so many opportunities this past year from working along this Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to giving back to my small community who has had my back through this whole journey. Although the MTC2020 pageant is still up in the air due to Covid-19, I am bitter sweet about the ending of my reign. I will for sure miss having the honour to wear this crown yet I am so excited to see what my future will hold. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this past year, from my parents, my friends and my community, I could not have done any of this without you. Here are just a few of the amazing memories I have from this past year!
Thank you,
Emma Jeapes Miss Teenage Canada 2019

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Canada Day

Happy Canada Day🇨🇦❤️ #proudcanadian

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My Platform

As some may know already, my platform is mainly empowering women and girls regarding social media. From a young age, I knew that I really wanted to change how girls saw themselves. I’ve seen people, including myself, compare themselves to celebrities who have nutritionists, 2+ personal trainers, they go to the gym 24/7, and probably have had botox or plastic surgery of some sort. I’ve had so many nights where I just stare at the ceiling wishing I look like them, and then I would think that would lead me to happiness. But I realize it now that it would never lead me to pure happiness.

Social media is where people post their happiest moments. The traveling, concerts, nights with friends etc. It is also the place where people post the photos that they think they’re the prettiest in or their favourite one out of a photoshoot. With that in mind, everything is edited to some extent. If it’s a selfie, there’s editing on the brows to make them more arched, or to blur out pimples that may have popped up. Even if it looks natural, it most likely isn’t. So when younger girls, see that their favourite celebrities or creators start somehow having such clear skin, or the tiniest waist, they start to wonder why don’t they have that. That’s how EDs can start, or the anxiety to be “perfect”.

A year ago, I wouldn’t leave the house without covering my acne with some concealer, or fixing my uneven brows and trying to contour my nose. For some instagram photos, I would take at least 100, because I didn’t like how my waist looked in it, or the way my hand was placed. Sometimes I wouldn’t even post because of one little thing that I only noticed that I think would ruin the entire photo. Everything I posted was edited and was posed. Nothing was candid. So, only July 15, at 9:53, I took a selfie and just posted it. No editing anything. Since then, I’ve had a lot more confidence and post often about this on my pageant instagram page (miss.teenagecanada2020). Something I’ve started doing is trying my best not to edit pictures, but if I were to do any sort of editing from the normal picture, I would put in the caption what app I used and what changed.

Without this pageant journey, I would not have gotten here and gained all this confidence. If all my posts are edited, that makes me a hypocrite because that goes against my platform and everything I believe then.  If I don’t have the confidence to do something like that, how do I expect others to do so? I do like my other pictures that I have posted in the past, but people need to know that there’s apart of it that is fake.

Everything in life is you against the little voice in your head. Beauty is not defined by numbers on a scale or whether your skin is crystal clear. It is from the inside. If you got an amazing personality, I know for a fact you are so gorgeous. Stop comparing yourself to others you see online and in real life. You got this, I believe in you and am so proud of everything you’ve already accomplished and can’t wait to see what else you do.

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News article about my journey!

I got the amazing opportunity to share my journey with Ashley Newport who is the senior editor at InSauga.com. Feel free to check out the article linked below!!

https://www.insauga.com/15-year-old-mississauga-girl-crowned-miss-teenage-canada-2020

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The new reign!

Hi everyone! My name is Joanne Shao and I’m your new Miss Teenage Canada 2020! This past week has been the most insane experience of my life. I got to meet 28 beautiful and talented girls who I can now call my pageant sisters, and got to meet Samantha Pierre and Emma Jeapes who are such fun and kind human beings. I walked into this pageant not knowing what to expect, as it being my first ever pageant. My only goal was to have fun, because I didn’t even think I’d make it into Top 12. I truly did not think I would win at all, because it was anyone’s game. But as I now have the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2020, I will give a small recap of my journey till now.

Backing up to early February, when it was provincials, I bought my first pair of nude heels and my evening gown a week before the show. The weekend of provincials flew by, and I earned the title of Miss Teenage Mississauga 2020. Then covid happened, and it was super unexpected. I had events planned,  but could not attend any. So in conclusion we blame everything on covid! <3

The week of nationals came and flew by, and I miss my girls so so much. Monday, we arrived at the hotel and for dinner it was pizza and a pj party. Tuesday, was a photo shoot and video shoot, and thank you to Modern College for doing all of our makeup and hair. Wednesday was activity day, and that included things like treetop trekking, mini golfing, and lake tubing. It was also the day that Emma Jeapes arrived, and I was hardcore fangirling that I almost tripped. She is the sweetest, most down to earth person, and I’m so grateful that she is there to guide me through this journey, because without her I would be so lost. Thursday was prelims night! Modern College came back to do hair and makeup once again, and then it was show time. We had a 30 second speech about our platform, a swimsuit walk, and then talent. I personally did not perform a talent, but all the talents performed were amazing. Friday was rehearsals with Shawn Cuffie, and then in the evening we had a little circle meeting where we talked about one thing we all liked about the week and then a dislike. By the end of it, half of us were sobbing because we were going to have to leave our sisters behind (and by the half of us I meant me). Also I walked into a hotel light that was on the side of the wall somehow on the way back, which was pretty fun. Then came Saturday.

Saturday was the big show day, and I was so nervous and stressed, my stomach hurt the entire day. We had a run through in the morning and then it was time for makeup and hair.  I had my hair done by the lovely Kassandra from Modern College, and I actually got my makeup done by one of my pageant sisters, Mackenzie. We had one last dress rehearsal and then it was showtime. We had our choreographed opening dance number, and then all 29 of us got to walk in our evening gown. It would usually be Top 20, but because of the number of girls we had it was Top 14. Top 14 walked in swimwear, and then it was our swimsuit dance. Top 8 is then announced, and they walk another evening gown. After, it is Top 5 that is an onstage question, and lastly was crowning and awards. It was a blur and I was crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2020!

I can’t even explain the amount of support I got from my pageant sisters. When I was announced for Top 8, my best friend in the pageant Angela Sung, she pulled me aside and told me: “I know you don’t want to make Top 5 because you think you aren’t a speaker, but win this for me, and win this to represent all the east asians babies.” And I did. So thank you Angela. I love you with all my heart. I also want to thank  Krissy McCarthy, Emily Bliss, Clara Chemtov, and Machara McNeil. I was the closest with you guys, and I can’t explain the gratitude I have for your support from day 1, I love you guys so much. Thank you to all the other pageant girls, and even if I wasn’t that close with everyone else, I know you all support me and love me so much. Also another big thank you to all the world girls, past winners, and even universe girls who texted me right when I won, and told me if I needed anything, that they would be there. Thank you.  This is the start of my journey, and I know it’s going to be a big mess filled with laughs, and cries, but I hope to make you all proud.

PS Thank you so so much for all the gifts from Michelle and the sponsors! This is so insane of how much I’ve gotten! This still feels like an unreal dream! (Also I did not win a dog, this is my best friend’s dog, Cleo, and she is the love of my life.)

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Introducing Miss Teenage Canada 2020

Miss Teenage Canada 2020, Joanne Shao!

Joanne is a 15 year old honour roll student from Mississauga, Ontario. She is an outgoing person, and loves being part of her community. Going out of her comfort zone to take risks and meet new people is something she strives to do. She loves the arts; especially modelling, and she is currently signed with Bnmmodels. She has passed grade 10 piano, and is currently doing the ARCT level. She is a strong believer in feminism, and in school is part of a club called Making HERstory. She always looks for the good in people, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

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Children’s Wish

“WISHES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada works with communities across the country to provide children with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish.

The Children’s Wish is an organization that is very dear to me.  Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 34 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to over 25,000 children and their families.

You can read more about the history and mission of Children’s Wish by following the link below:

https://www.childrenswish.ca/about/our-mission-and-history/

I have raised money for this organization in the past as funds raised truly support WISHES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  I encourage you to donate by following the link included at the end of this entry.

On March 14th I had the pleasure of attending the Children’s Wish  Fairytale Land event, (formerly known as Princess and Superhero Party)  held in Toronto at the Liberty Grand – The Governor’s Ballroom.

The Fairytale Land event brought together the magic of fantasy and fairy tales to the children.  Children and their families  visited with Princesses and Superheroes, and got to mix and mingle with favourite cartoon characters such as Elsa , while enjoying  many  interactive games, fabulous music, and of course delicious treats!  The night was a memorable night and I had so much fun!   There were horse-drawn carriage rides, superhero skills training and games, face painting, craft stations, and just having fun with favourite princesses, super heroes and characters.  I danced the night away with a bunch of little princes and princesses, it was so heartwarming. I am so thankful to have been able to attend.

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It was such an incredible event!  I even had a picture taken with batman and my little prince charming and an adorable little princess.  I also got to hold a live snake.  I honestly don’t know if I was more excited or terrified but I think I am leaning toward terrified!  Regardless, it was truly a wonderful event in support of making wishes come true.

As noted by Children’s Wish at:

https://childrenswish.akaraisin.com/ui/torontoprincessandsuperherodanceparty2019?_ga=2.125785290.1574037021.1552856463-1944896340.1552856463

 “Children’s Wish Princess and Superhero Parties take place across the country, with the goal of bringing joy to our wish children and their families, along with our wonderful community of supporters.”  

I am pleased to say that there is several additional Children’s Wish Parties taking place across Canada, with the goal of bringing joy to our wish children and their families.  The parties will have Regal princesses and Brave superheroes.  See below for some of the upcoming events: 

April 7, 2019 in Halifax

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites 

Princess Tea and Superhero Party

April 14, 2019 in Moncton

Crowne Plaza

Princess Tea Party

April 28, 2019 in Yarmouth

Rodd Grand Hotel

Princess Tea and Superhero Party

April 28, 2019 in Fredericton

Crowne Plaza

Princess Tea Party

May 5, 2019 in Saint John
Trade & Convention Centre
Princess Tea and Superhero Party
 

May 5, 2019 in New Glasgow

Summer Street

Princess Tea and Superhero Party
 

To Learn More about Wishes and Read about the incredible wishes these events and your donations will help to grant please follow the link below:

https://childrenswish.akaraisin.com/ui/fairytaleland/wishes

I encourage you to make a general donation to Children’s Wish Foundation below by following the link below:  

https://childrenswish.akaraisin.com/ui/fairytaleland/ticketed/donation/start

All donations, regardless of amount, would be greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to reference Miss Teenage Canada 2018 or MTC http://www.missteenagecanada.com/

Thank you for reading and thank you to those who decide to donate and support the Children’s Wish Foundation!  Your donations are truly appreciated.

XOX – Kate

Miss Teenage Canada


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Miss Teenage Ontario 2019

This past weekend was the Miss Teenage Ontario 2019 pageant, and I am so happy I was able to attend. It was such a fun weekend, and a big reunion. Miss Teenage Ontario 2018, Miss Teenage Kawartha Lakes 2018, Miss Teenage Waterloo 2018, and myself got to get together once again! These girls got to crown the new group of girls who will be competing at Miss Teenage Canada this summer.

On the first day of the competition Me and Liv (Miss Teenage Kawartha Lakes 2018) got to go down to the venue and meet the girls competing. We got too see them practice walking and choreography. We also got to sit in on preliminaries. The girls were stunning! Following the prelims, Aleria, Liv, Avery and I went out for dinner to catch up I haven’t seen them since the Miss Teenage Canada Competition in August.

The next day (finals night) we got ready and went to the venue. The girls got hair and makeup done by my absolute favs Modern Makeup Canada. You could feel the excitement and nerves backstage. The show started and me and Hanna (Miss World Canada 2018) sat front row! The show started off with the opening number which is always so much fun, then all the contestants introduced themselves, and may I say there was a ton of amazing girls competing.

Following was the evening gown, and platform presentation. The girls looked beautiful, and were so inspiring. Then came swimsuit presentation, and the final parade. Finally the crowning ceremony. My beautiful friend Aleria (Miss Teenage Ontario 2018) crowned her successor, followed by the stunning Alice (Miss Ontario World 2018 & Miss Intercontinental 2018) crowning the new Miss Ontario World 2019. The end of the night was some sad goodbyes after the weekend reunion, I miss my friends already, but I will see them soon. I am beyond to see these new girls compete this August at Miss Teenage Canada. They are in for one of the best weeks of their life. I am still so grateful for the week I had and the girls I am still friends with today.

Miss Teenage Canada 2018
Carmen, newly crowned Titleholder
Mahta (Miss teenage Canada 2018 first runner-up) and Kate
Liv and Kat
“Awkward Prom Photo” Hanna Begovic and Kate Lawrence

“The Kate Jessie pose” Miss Teenage Waterloo 2018 and Miss Teenage Canada 2018

Miss Teenage Kawartha Lakes 2018 and Miss Teenage Canada 2018

so much love,

Kate (Miss Teenage Manitoba/Canada 2018)

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Christmas Dinner in Nunavut

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Curaçao Adventures November 2018

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 Hello, its Katelynne, Miss Teenage Canada 2018.  I am excited to talk about my most recent project.  Although I have been very busy with school, travel between Toronto and Winnipeg, and other projects on the go, I have also decided to tackle another project, which has become dear to my heart that also aligns with the Miss Teenage Canada organization (MTC) objectives.

Those of you that have been following my journey, or the journey of any Miss Teenage Canada delegate, know that MTC is committed to giving back to the community.  Each year, Miss Teenage Canada is proud to support different charities across Canada.  Funds raised by the MTC delegates at the National Pageant each year support the WE Charity, formerly known as Free the Children.  The WE organization vision is a world where all children have access to education and where no child has to work to ensure their family’s survival. The WE model, WE villages “is an international development model that addresses the five primary causes of poverty with holistic and sustainable solutions that work in tandem to transform communities”(https://www.we.org/we-villages/our-development-model/).

WE Villages have five pillars, each one a critical component to breaking the cycle of poverty: education, health, food, opportunity, and water.

Why is water a one of the five pillars?  As referenced by the WE organization, children, especially girls, can only attend school if they have access to clean water.  Having access to clean water prevents the need to collect water on a daily basis, which allows children to attend school, prevents waterborne illness, and helps a community become self-sustaining.

Leonardo da Vinci described water as “the driving force of nature.” Clean water is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  Given the importance of this resource, and the potential devastating impacts from its scarcity, I have embarked on a journey to further educate myself on water facts and issues. Although I have always been concerned about water pollution, wastage, and accessibility, I had not personally focused on raising awareness.  I am hopeful that by partnering with organizations that are committed to addressing water related issues, that I can raise awareness that will make a difference.

With this in mind I have recently contacted various organizations whose objectives are focused on water conservation, bringing awareness regarding the global need for clean water and other water related issues.  I am pleased to acknowledge that I am working with Water Ambassadors of Canada (WAC).  

WAC’s mission is “to respond to the global need for clean water and reach some of the most remote communities in developing countries” and their vision is a “world where every individual has easy access to clean, safe water and practices good hygiene to prevent the transmission of disease.”  WAC is a faith-based, non-profit organization committed to providing clean, safe drinking water to desperately poor people in developing countries. Through partnering with in-country organizations, WAC sends teams on 7-10 day water mission trips to build and repair wells, install water filtration and chlorination systems, construct bio-sand filters, and teach health and hygiene.  WAC has successfully completed many of these projects and has had a significant impact in many communities.

Needless to say, I am excited to participate in WAC’s Scotia Charity Challenge on Sunday Oct. 21, 2018.   A group from WAC along with me will be participating in the 5km walk on October 21st with signs and buckets (sometimes with buckets on our heads).  One might ask why we will be carrying buckets on our heads? Well, did you know that the average distance that women and children in developing countries often need to walk on a daily basis to get their water is usually around 6 km.  Not only do women and children in these poor communities endure this long trek, but the water is often dirty and contaminated. WAC participates in this event every year in order to raise awareness of this global water crisis.  It is such a privilege to be able to work with WAC to help promote the global need for safe drinking water.  

So why walk for water?  Well, did you know that contaminated drinking water is the largest cause of death and disease in the world?  Millions of people around the world do not live near a clean water source, exposing them to illness and disease.  As referenced by both the WE organization and the Water Ambassadors of Canada organization on their websites, improving access to clean water is one of the most crucial and quickest ways to raise a community out of poverty.  WE can help improve lives by improving access to clean water.  

If you are in Toronto on October 21st, I encourage you to come out and participate in the Walk for Water along with me and representatives from WAC.  Please follow this link for more information on the event. https://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/walkforwater.html 

If you cannot make the event, there are other ways you can get involved.  I encourage you to visit the Water Ambassador of Canada website at https://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/ to learn more about what this organization does and to learn how you can get involved. Below are a few links to guide you:

  • Donate:  Did you know that a $25 donation can provide 5 people with clean water.  Any one time donation amount has an impact.  Please follow the link to make a donation: https://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/donate.php   
  • The H20 Project:  In 2001, a group in the United States launched the H20 project to raise awareness and monies for the global water crisis.  The idea is to set aside your usual beverage purchases such as coffee and lattes, sodas, juices, and any other drinks you ordinarily consume for two weeks and replace these drinks with water. Calculate your savings over these two weeks and send that amount to a charity whose objectives include providing clean water to communities in need (please consider WAC) – Challenge your family and friends to do the same!  If you cannot commit to two weeks, challenge everyone at your place of work to go without their favorite beverage even for a shorter period of time!  You may be surprised how quickly this can add up.  Ever bit makes a difference.
  • Support A Team: WAC send teams on short-term water mission trips every year, primarily in the Caribbean and Central America.  Follow the link https://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/trips.php#upcoming to find out more about upcoming trips and  https://www.waterambassadorscanada.org/get_involved.html  to find out several different ways you can get involved.

As referenced above, providing clean water to villages is the most effective way to relieve poverty.   I encourage you to follow the links above to help the Water Ambassadors of Canada, or WE organization or another organization in your community contribute to this objective!  WE can make a difference together!

GENERAL FACTS:

  • Only .007% of water on earth is available for drinking.
  • ~1.1 billion people (~1/6th of the world’s population) lack access to clean water.
  • ~2.4 billion people (~40% of the world’s population) lack adequate sanitation (toilets).
  • 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation.
  • ~1.5 billion people suffer from illness due to water-borne parasites such as worms, protozoa and bacteria. 
  • ~6000 children die every day from the illness caused by water-borne diseases
  • ~600,000  children annually die from illness like diarrhea resulting from unclean water
  • The lack of clean water can retard the growth of a child by up to 15%.
  • 30,000 people die every day because they have to drink bad water. The horrible Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 resulted in 300,000 deaths. 
  • ~ 50% of all the hospital beds around the world are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne disease.
  • 80% of all disease and sickness in the world is caused by inadequate water supply or inadequate sanitation.
  • In the developing countries women and children walk an average of 4 miles (6 km) daily to get water (which is often contaminated) and then must carry a 40 lb container of water once full.   This trek is not only enduring but is time consuming,  preventing attendance at school or work and the trek can result in spinal deformities and expose women to assault.

Come join me on October 21st for the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  

Join me – https://raceroster.com/events/2018/14593/2018-scotiabank-toronto-waterfront-marathon

Date: Sunday October 21st, 2018
Start time: 8:00 a.m.

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Projects

Hello everyone!

I am writing a blog post about some recent projects I have been working on! I have done two photoshoots recently and I am so excited to talk about them, and share some results!

At the very end of August I had the privilege to model for “Hush Collection,” for the 2019 magazine! Hush is a Winnipeg custom bridesmaid dress boutique located in the heart of Osborne. It was so much fun shooting with these lovely ladies, I got to try on so many of the new 2019 dresses! Huge thank you to my agency, Panache for this placement I love you guys so much. I absolutely loved the team I worked with! I can not wait for you all to see the look book in January! These ladies are so talented, and fun to work with. So much talent from the makeup artists, hair, to the photographer, and stylists. We had the photoshoot in one of my hometowns most famous spots…Assiniboine Park (if you ever find yourself in Winnipeg you MUST visit Assiniboine Park, known for beautiful gardens, entertainment, the zoo and more.) I can not wait for the Magazine to come out! Stay tuned!

 

Another project I have recently done was a creative shoot with Imaginary Friends Creative! It was so much fun and we got some great pictures to add to my modelling portfolio! This team is very talented from makeup by Looques to creativity and photography. We had a blast,  I can not wait to share these pictures with everyone. We did some pictures with sponsored Miss Teenage Canada items! As well as modelling in a Johnathan Kayne, from Bells and Bows! Of course, we got some pictures in the sash and crown! Follow my instagram to see results from these projects, as well as upcoming and current projects! @katejessie7 @missteenagecanada2018 

Here are some sneak peeks from the shoot! Stay tuned for the final images.

 

Xoxo- Kate 

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