“Hats on for mental Health”- Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

When we are free of depression, anxiety, excessive stress and worry, addictions, and other psychological problems, we are more able to live our lives to the fullest.

Peace of mind is a natural condition, and is available to everyone.

.Mental health strengthens and supports our ability to:

  • have healthy relationships
  • make good life choices
  • maintain physical health and well-being
  • handle the natural ups and downs of life
  • discover and grow toward our potential

Each year from   May 2-8th  is Mental health awareness week. Being a Mental health ambassador in  central Alberta and knowing the personal struggles of fighting a mental illness this is a topic that is very close to my  heart and a subject I believe is  vital to educated upon in schools Canada wide. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life its hard to look after are mental well being and ask ourselves “are we doing ok”, During this annual week every May, people of all ages are encouraged to learn, talk, reflect and engage with all others on all issues relating around mental health without the fear of being judged by their peers   The Canadian Mental Health Association has a great list of resources to explore. You can also visit the Alberta Education website for even  more information and resources associated with mental health.

Show your Support

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I am Totally in love with these big statement hats!! Whats better then wearing them for a great cause! Thank You Leigha Graf from the Honor Studio for the great photo

During this special week is  Hats On! For Mental Health day on Wednesday,May 4. On this day, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Global TV were asking schools to relax their hat rules and encourage both students and staff to show support for mental health awareness by wearing a hat to school on this day.  Did you post a selfie with your favorite Hat and show your Support??

Being an active member of my high school’s student council, I had the wonderful chance to help shine even more light onto this ever important subject Besides from “hats on” the week was filled with take one as you needmental health centered games, guest speakers and activities each noon hour, with fast facts ( as can be seen below) said on the morning announcements and broadcasted on the school television’s, My favorite though being “take one as you need” posters hanging all over the school, encouraging all students to embrace the idea that they are amazing and loved no matter what.  Such as fun week of learning and self- discovery for all.

Fast Facts about Mental Illness

http://www.cmha.ca/media/fast-facts-about-mental-illness/

Who is affected?

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).

How common is it?

  • Schizophrenia affects 1% of the Canadian population.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
  • The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

What causes it?

  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.
  • Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
  • Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

What is the economic cost?

  • The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at least $7.9 billion in 1998 – $4.7 billion in care, and $3.2 billion in disability and early death.
  • An additional $6.3 billion was spent on uninsured mental health services and time off work for depression and distress that was not treated by the health care system.
  • In 1999, 3.8% of all admissions in general hospitals (1.5 million hospital days) were due to anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, personality disorders, eating disorders and suicidal behavior.Sources: The Report on Mental Illness in Canada, October 2002. EBIC 1998 (Health Canada 2002), Stephens et al., 2001

How does it impact youth?

  • It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
  • Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
  • The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
  • Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
  • Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.
  • Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

I hope this gave you some helpful information and encouraged you all to engage your school in the next Mental Health Awareness Week!!

Stay healthy- Miss Teenage Canada 2015

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Introducing.. “Below The Crown” Workshop & Seminar

    Step up for those that cannot, step up to make a difference, step up to make a change.

         Each year, the Graduating Class of Notre Dame High School leads a Service Project.  A charity is chosen and Teams of 6   create events designed to raise money for that charity, Creating healthy fun competition for an amazing cause.  This year, the chosen charity is Parkland School. Parkland School operates a program designed to meet the educational needs of mentally and physically handicapped children and young adults. Their  purpose is to provide individualized programming which will enable each student to maximize his/her potential. They  provide a full range of academic, pre-vocational, recreational and social skills areas which are needed for successful and productive participation in community life. 

Help me raise over $5,000 for this charity. 

Introducing “Below The Crown”, A workshop and seminar for young girls ages 8-17 that focuses on building confidence from the inside out.   The workshop will be held on May 7th, 2016 from 11am to 5pm at Notre Dame Highschool in Red Deer, Alberta. The day will consist of confidence building activities, games, guest speakers and much more! Each girl will receive a mini makeover and 2 edited headshots, as well as lunch is provided. Below the Crown poster Tickets are $75.00 or if you refer a friend and sign up together you both will receive $25.00 off. There are only limited spots available, if your interested please send an email to BelowTheCrown2016@gmail.com to sign up! Don’t miss out and help make this event a huge become a yearly occurrence.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Lots of Love: Miss Teenage Canada 2015

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Accelerated Potential Academy

    This past Thursday ( March 31st),  I had the wonderful privilege of traveling to Medicine Hat Alberta, to  attend  Mary’s Accelerated Potential Academy, a camp logophenomenal   organization that delivers over-the-top educational experiences for preschool to junior high school-aged children in Alberta, Canada and internationally. They  provide fun learning camps with targeted academic instruction and engaging activity breaks to facilitate higher achievement in school. Education is a critical key to transforming a child’s future success and was very happy to spend the day aiding in that transformation

 

  The day started bright and early  with the beginner reading program, where I was able to spend the morning assisting in the teacher’s classroom, helping with the children’s letter  sound kidsconnection, which is a foundation to reading.  As well as  spreading a positive message of the importance believing in yourself and the questions value of that education has to offer in society today, and of course feeding their curiosity by answering  many of their questions. Aside from aiding teaching wordsin the children’s studies, I got to participate  in the children’s activity breaks, which was a complete blast. We had so much fun playing games and joking together!  I had the chance to get to know and connect with the children on a personal level. The camp made me feel so welcomed from the start. My favorite part was the little kids saying “hi princess!” or “are you a princess!?” so cute! I felt like such a strong and bunny earspowerful role model for kids to look up to someone with goals and dreams. My crown wasn’t mine for the day, it was stolen many times by the children, even the boys loved it! Looks like one day we might need to host a Mr. Teen Canada pageant. 😉

 

After the beginner reading program, I was so blessed to have shared a delicious and generous lunch, compete with homemade cupcakes. All thanks to the  teachers at the camp! We ate, shared stories and got to know each other on a deeper level!! It was like I had known them forever!a teacher and i

 

After lunch was my very own  public meet and greet, HOW AMAZING! I am so thankful to those who took time out of the day to come meet me! I loved the chance to  signinghave the one on one opportunity to answer questions and get to meet the people behind the likes and comments on my social media.   I definitely loved all the amazing and kind support I was getting from those who attended the meet and greet  as they were congratulating me on my success and wished me the best of lucked in my future endeavors.

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Miss Mary and I

The afternoon math and writing camp was in full force once I returned from the meet and greet, it was a new group of children and another chance to get to know and assist each reading with a girlchild. It was a joy to read the children one of my favorite childhood books “The Mitten”. What an nostalgic feeling!! I remember being a young girl and having those I looked up to reading to me.  Accelerated Potential Academy is much more than just a learning camp, it’s a family and  I feel so honoured to be  apart of that family now!!  A huge thank you goes to  Miss Mary, owner and CEO of Accelerated Potential for inviting myself to spend the day at her blessing of a camp, it was a true joy. Mary brings such energy and positivity into learning! You can’t help but to fall in love with her and the camp!   I am counting down the days till I can return in the summer to be a camp counselor!! Camps like this reinforce my passion and appreciation for education and what a true blessing we are given with it!!
-Miss Teenage Canada- Sarah Wojcik

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Miss Teenage Universe: An experience of a lifetime

As Miss Teenage Canada , I had the incredible opportunity to represent  our beautiful country of Canada on the international stage at Miss Teen Universe. What an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. Representing Canada was truly a great  honor that I will cherish for a lifetime!   red outfit

On February 23rd, I was three luggages packed and in heels taller than me, (Security at airportthe Toronto Pearson  airport  was really impressed by all the jewelry  in our carry-ons ;)) and on my way spend an unforgettable week in the heat of the stunning COSTA RICA. The pageant was held from Feb 23rd to the 29th in Costa Rica’s booming capital  of San Jose. I was immersed in an amazingly beautiful new  place with new languages and cultures from around the world. It made me truly appreciate the beauty in the diverse world we all share, My curious mind was in awe learning about true wonders of our world.

One of my most memorable experiences that I will treasure of a lifetime  was wearing Canada’s National Costume on an International stage. I embodied what Canada represents in a very glamorous costume, that was overflowing with our culture from head to toe, in Canada and around the world, our National Costume is our “name tag”. They offer the world watching a small glimpse into what their  country’s values, symbols and what they  stand for.  The Maple Leaf  has been used as a Canadian symbol since the 1700s, which has become an international symbol for unity, tolerance and peace which are core values in a Canadian society. The prompt colors:  white and red are symbolic of our past heritage. White is a symbol of peace reflecting the neutrality and honesty of Canadians and the red represents hardiness, bravery and strength for the soldiers that lost their lives fighting for our freedom. The costume is a resemblance  and tribute to a flag, and meant to highlight the values in which the flag stand for in Canadian society.

Something I will treasure for a lifetime is when we got  the privilege to tour a stunning  traditional church in the outskirts of San Jose. While in the church I noticed a little old crosslady sitting on the end of a bench praying, I sat on the bench next to her and when she saw me she lit up with excitement, she hugged me and said “I was the most beautiful girl in the world she has ever seen”  and gave me her own personal cross for good luck! This  was such an meaningful act of kindness and a memory I will cherish forever!!

The 25  young women  that I met during the week very welcoming, friendly and truly beautiful-inside and out. Each girl had such a beautiful and unique quality that made them stand out. No wonder they were title holders. The world is so beautiful as well the women Girls!that walk in it.  The language barrier definitely didn’t stop any of us from making close friendships, even though we didn’t speak the same language, well we admitted to at times,   we all became best friends.  For the most time we all  could not  remember  anyone’s names, so we called each other by our countries names. My closest friend throughout the week were  “South Africa ” (Taahirah)  “Barbados” barbados and I(Aaleah), “Australia” (Gabby), “Brazil” (Nicoly), “Bahamas” (Davette) and “Turks and Caicos” (Amber),  we spent  10 days laughing, bonding and eating, sharing stories, and of course DANCING under the warm sun.    A treasured memory that more food  we all  share was when we got to experience the safe night life that costa rica has to  offer at the “O’Clock lounge”, we spent the night dancing and singing songs together (in both Spanish and English, well attempted Spanish). Another memory that we all share is when we go to to the “Blu Beach Club”, we got to Food!!share amazing food, swim in a beautiful pool and of course experience the breathtaking beaches that are enclosed in Costa Rica.

party busWorld wide title holders are so very so  valuable to the world,  because it empowers women to strive for excellence and gives them an authentic  voice that can stretch worldwide, which lets them stand out for what they believe in.  My personal favourite part of competing in a pageant is an interview, because it allows the titleholders  to show the judges their personality and what they stand for. I am  Happy to announce that after all  my hard work, I placed in the top 16 ( 6th runner up), won “best face”, and placed top 6 for “best hair” and will be featured in commercials and in advertising for “Evolution Keratin / Evox ”.  A huge Thank you them for providing myself with an amazing goodie bag full of there world winning products, My personal favorite product is their leave in conditioning spray!!

It is hard to believe that less than three weeks ago I was in Costa Rica  competing for the title of  Miss Teenage Universe, especially when temperatures go from 30  degrees celsius to flying back into a terrible snow storm.  I am so thankful for this opportunity, and I am proud to leave knowing that I embodied and exemplified everything that a titleholder should. on stage

Until next time,

Miss Teenage Canada 2015- Sarah Wojcik

 

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Join the Movement

              Confidence is contagious.. CATCH IT. SPREAD IT.

Join the movement that is taking the media by storm and redefining the way that thousands of young women are  defining  themselves online. #nomakepselfie is back and better than ever.  join the movemnt

Beauty Related anxiety is a huge societal problem  and has been a recognized issue by young women worldwide.   Over 60% of young women  avoid activities because they feel bad about the way they look.  For example • 19% won’t try out for a team or club • 23% won’t go to the beach or pool • 13% won’t give an opinion • 15% won’t go to school. In Brazil over 110,000 of young women underwent a cosmetic surgery in 2009. When girls hold themselves back because they are ashamed of the way they look society misses out.  When girls are ashamed of the way they look they often means they  fail to recognize what they do achieve and feel good about it.  It makes them  feel excluded and disconnected with society and it can makes them want to surrender their individuality and conform to the stereotypical falsehoods of beauty.


          It is so hard to be a young women growing up, there will be many times when you will ask yourself “ Am I good enough?”, “Am I strong enough?” “Am I pretty enough?”. This is why I believe this movement is so powerful. I believe beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety. We are all not perfect. I dealt with depression and anxiety for many years growing up, having those conditions made me constantly compare myself to the figures that I saw on social media, which I now realize in a sense made them worsen. Because of social media we are constantly exposed to those we “deem”  to have perfect lives. Over the years I learned to love myself, all my perfect imperfections and cherish my body for more than what it looks like, I have lungs to breathe, eyes to see, legs to run.  A personal motto I live by is “be your own kind of beautiful”, to me  personally your  appearance means nothing if you have an ugly personality on the inside. If you’re not loving, caring, intelligent and in all just letting your own beautiful light shine from the inside out what you look like means nothing. embrace what you look like and understand that being different is ok.

Let us all challenge the way we represent ourselves on social media. Join myself and thousands of others and post your  own#nomakeupselfie to help inspire the women around you to be confident in there own skin. 

You are all free to be yourselves and you shouldn’t let media or what others say about you cause you to doubt yourselves, each and every single one of you are beautiful in your own unique ways. You each were put here for a reason and each have talents and abilities that make you beautiful and special. I may not wear a crown and sash everyday or have perfectly curled hair or perfect makeup everyday but I still feel like a princess and I want you all to as well.

– Sarah Wojcik- Miss Teenage Canada 2015

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Hello from Sarah Wojcik, Miss Teenage Canada 2015

I remember standing backstage, heart pounding and thinking to myself “in less then an hour, one girl’s life is going to be changed forever”. Even though I imagined my name being called over and over again, I would have never guessed that me, a girl from a small town in central Alberta with big dreams would be walking away that night with the crown  or even becoming a semi finalist for that matter. Every girl dreams of one day becoming a Princess, and truly anything is possible with sparkle and little bit of glam.

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Top 21! How cute are those dresses!

    Top 21 :The opening number music started and my nervousness turned into pure excitement as I reflected back on my past couple months. I worked so hard to be where I was at that  moment and whatever the outcome, I know my family and friends would be proud of me.  Then it started, one by one the names of so many amazing girls were being called out and to the audience and the contestant’s surprise, it was the first time there would be 21 semi finalists. How astonishing , that just reinforces  the idea on what an excellent group of girls there were competing.  My heart started pounding again when I heard one of  our hosts, Delaney Holley, say there was “only one  spot  left for the semi finials,”  for a second my heart sank and after what felt like forever to be announced, I heard my name being called.  I was overjoyed.  I was so excited to be able to compete in the swim wear portion of the competition. Swim wear is my personal favorite.  I love the upbeat and energy filled aspect and being able to show off my personal confidence. It is truly such an amazing and powerful feeling, it’s the type of feeling that no words will never be able to describe. Confidence was my motivation and even though I did go the wrong way on stage ( how embarrassing) I smiled the whole way through, had fun and gave it all I had. Click here to watch the top 21 being announced https://youtu.be/_9ihVytnHDU

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Top 10

   Top 10: I was so proud of my personal accomplishment of making the top 21, that even if I didn’t end up making the top 10,  I would be truly happy. To my surprise next thing I knew my name was being called into the top 10. Evening gown was the feature of the top 10 and it embodied elegance, pose and gracefulness.  Each girl had such a  stunning dress and I could only dream having a closet that contained each one.  I am definitely not the most poised or graceful girl out there and just like swimsuit I ended up going the wrong way and this time lost my shoe in the process. (I like to refer  to it as my Cinderella moment. )I had a choice either let my shoe fall out my dress or some how walk and drag my shoe, which successfully worked.  No shoe was going to slow down my vibe, I felt like such a princess.

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   Top 5: The remainder of the night is such a blur from this moment on, I was called into the top 5. It was impossible to keep my emotions down, I can remember feeling over 5 different dsc3580emotions in the span of over only a couple of minutes.  I couldn’t believe it, I was definitely shock. It was time for that final question.  I was the first one to go out of the 5, I was so nervous whatever the question may been I wanted  answer it whole heartedly and in every aspect just be myself, which I honestly feel like I was successful at achieving. I heard laughter spread out over the audience after I finished my question, which made me very nervous, I could have never guessed in only a few minutes my life would be changed forever. I guess the laughter was a good thing.

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The last Moment

    The Final Moment: 3 girls before had been called  and it was left to the final two.  Next thing I knew I was holding hands with the beautiful Alexis Gardner. I visioned this moment so many times in my head but I couldn’t believe it was actually dsc3659happening. It felt like I was in a dream,  I took a deep breath and then it happened “Sarah Wojcik is your new Miss Teenage Canada 2015”. Being in compete shock is an understatement , I couldn’t believe it was me! Everything I worked so hard for paid off and this moment that filled my dreams 11988431_10153493656050295_6217667918251407818_nfor many months before had happened, and was better then I could have ever imagined before.  Funny that less then an hour ago I wasn’t thinking I would become a semi finalist. No words can describe my reaction, check it out here https://youtu.be/lDshGxENaMM

Remember if you dream it, You can achieve it! Until Next time Sarah Wojcik- Miss Teenage Canada 2015 oxox

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Congratulations to Sarah Wojcik ~ Miss Teenage Canada 2015!!

Sunday August 9th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario a new Miss Teenage Canada was crowned. Top 20 were called out first, 
Angel Berry
Ilinca Serban
Janlyn Hoffman
Sarah Wojcik
Shelby Lewington
Alexis Gardner
Julianne Nieh
Mckenna Haz
Dana Fraser
Kaylyn Roe
Bailey Tarrant
Breanna Mantley
Alyssa Chiasson
Delaney Ziebarth
Hayley Bowdery
Isha Gupta
Kelly Ouderkirk
Madison Kvaltin
Theresa Paplinskie
Kelsey Munro
Shayna Waite

The field was then narrowed to top 10 which were:

Ilinca Serban
Janlyn Hoffman
Sarah Wojcik
Alexis Gardner
Julianne Nieh
Mckenna Haz
Alyssa Chiasson
Hayley Bowdery
Kelly Ouderkirk
Kelsey Munro

From there the top 5 were called out, they were

Kelly Ouderkirk ~ 4th runner up
Kelsey Munro ~3rd runner up
Julianne Nieh ~ 2nd runner up
Alexis Gardner ~ 1st runner up
Sarah Wojcik ~ Miss Teenage Canada 2015

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OFFICIAL HOSTS FOR THE 2015 MISS TEENAGE CANADA

Luke Bilyk
lukeLuke Bilyk is well established in his field of film & television. He has a passion for acting, which began at the early age of five.
Born November 10, 1994 in North York, Ontario Luke is a Canadian Actor best known for his role as Drew Torres on the Award winning hit TV show Degrassi (The Next Generation). Luke began in season 10 filming 5 incredible seasons (2010-2014) 2015 Lost Girl Series lead actor as Mark on the Emmy-Award winning Prime Time series, Lost Girl Season’s 4 & 5. Adam’s Testiment Airing 2016 Role of Adam a fantasy thriller feature film playing a young musician whose life is turned upside down. Luke also enjoys being behind the scenes; credited on IMDB as co-producer on three short Films “Where Love Takes you” “Cycle of Broken Grace” “Little White Lines”. Luke’s ethic background is Italian, Ukrainian & German with a Jewish heritage going far back to his great-grandmother (Amanda Siegel). Luke is a BIG supporter of the World renowned organization “Free the Children” Luke has been to three 3rd world Countries India, Haiti & Nicaragua.. lending a helping hand along side his Degrassi co-stars in building schools, assisting in setting up a water filtration system in the poorest regions in the Country. Luke’s love for sports is how he fills his down time. He enjoys playing in a hockey league as well as being part of a soccer team, he is proficient on drums, has his gun licence (restricted & non restricted), Open Water Divers License, & motorcycle licence. Luke has been cast in an upcoming comedy TVSeries The Wonderful Wayneys (Family Channel) alongside 90210 Jason Priestley & Molly Ringwald, The breakfast Club. Luke cast as a series regular lead actor Adam Wayney. With 26 half-hour episodes to DHX Television for Spring 2016.The future is bright as Luke continues his passion for acting in Film & Television. Follow on Twitter @lukebilyk1

Delaney Holley
delaneyDelaney Holley is a twenty-four year from Renfrew, Ontario. As Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014, Delaney travelled to Germany to participate in the Miss Intercontinental pageant, among 73 nations. Delaney placed 4th runner up and received the Miss Congeniality 2014 Award. Delaney’s dream is to establish a platform to create positive change. She wants to achieve this through helping others to ensure influential messages are heard, both locally and globally. Delaney graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours degree in Communications and Minor in Arts Administration. Delaney loves to spend time with her family – making maple syrup, and following her musical passion through singing, songwriting and performing with her two sisters as ‘Holley.’ She strives to maintain a balance of professionalism, confidence and optimism, while focusing on a varied lifestyle that includes work, education, mental and physical wellbeing and volunteering.
“To me beauty is happiness; it is a gesture, a smile, a kind word, and compassion. Beauty is not only something visual, but also something that can be felt.” Delaney is also model; was 1st runner up in Top Model Search Canada 2014 and is leaving for Milan this September to pursue her modeling career after being scouted at TMSC.

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First few days at Miss Teenage Canada 2015

Miss Teenage Canada 2015 has started! Although I am passing down my crown, It is next to impossible to think about it with the amount of fun we are having.

Cake time at the welcome party!

Cake time at the welcome party!

I feel humbled to be spending time with a truly special group of 82 girls. We are sharing stories, experiences and laughs. Our week has just started, however, it has been full of life-long memories.

On Sunday the girls mingled together for the first time at the welcoming party. We were given gifts from our sponsors, and shared a delicious cake.

 

Monday was jam-packed! The girls struck a pose at their official Miss Teenage Canada photo shoot and video shoot.

Official Miss Teenage Canada photoshoot.

Official Miss Teenage Canada photoshoot.

They also completed their interview with the group of judges. This was of my favourite sections of the competition last year, since it allowed me to express who I am to the women and men selecting the winner. It allows you to share your personal story and what you’re passionate about and you can even have laughs along the way.

Next up was Tuesday, we were lucky to spend it with Sean Cuffie. An award winning choreographer who has worked with many celebrities. The girls learned tips to strut the runway from the very best. Afterwards they learned their opening number dance, which you can stay tuned for, this upcoming Sunday.

On Wednesday we wore pink-official Miss Teenage Canada hats as we travelled around Southern Ontario. We began our sunny day in Port Credit, which has gorgeous parks and lakes.

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The girls bonded by the water and practiced their runway in the gorgeous surroundings. We then ventured on to compete in Dragon Boat races! We raced, laughed and some girlies even jumped right in the water.

Girls on the Dragon Boat.

Girls on the Dragon Boat.

Spur of the moment, we travelled to Niagara Falls. Not only did we visit the beautiful view, but we also experienced magic that was out of this world. We spent our evening with Greg Frewin, the Champion of Magic,  at dinner and show that blew us out of the water.

My dinner dates at the Magic Show!

My dinner dates at the Magic Show!

Greg managed to cut a woman in half, disappear and bring live tigers out of thin air, all in one show.

 

I am so proud of the contestants of Miss Teenage Canada 2015 and feel blessed to be amongst them. Each and every one of the girls deserve to be here. It is definitely going to be a tough decision for the judges this coming weekend.

I’ll keep you updated on the rest of our week. So stay tuned!

– Francesca 🙂

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Tickets for Miss Teenage Canada 2015 On Sale Now!!!

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August 9, 2015
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
190 Princes’ Blvd, CNE Grounds
Toronto ON

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OFFICIAL HOSTS FOR THE 2015 MISS TEENAGE CANADA

Luke Bilyk
lukeLuke Bilyk is well established in his field of film & television. He has a passion for acting, which began at the early age of five.
Born November 10, 1994 in North York, Ontario Luke is a Canadian Actor best known for his role as Drew Torres on the Award winning hit TV show Degrassi (The Next Generation). Luke began in season 10 filming 5 incredible seasons (2010-2014) 2015 Lost Girl Series lead actor as Mark on the Emmy-Award winning Prime Time series, Lost Girl Season’s 4 & 5. Adam’s Testiment Airing 2016 Role of Adam a fantasy thriller feature film playing a young musician whose life is turned upside down. Luke also enjoys being behind the scenes; credited on IMDB as co-producer on three short Films “Where Love Takes you” “Cycle of Broken Grace” “Little White Lines”. Luke’s ethic background is Italian, Ukrainian & German with a Jewish heritage going far back to his great-grandmother (Amanda Siegel). Luke is a BIG supporter of the World renowned organization “Free the Children” Luke has been to three 3rd world Countries India, Haiti & Nicaragua.. lending a helping hand along side his Degrassi co-stars in building schools, assisting in setting up a water filtration system in the poorest regions in the Country. Luke’s love for sports is how he fills his down time. He enjoys playing in a hockey league as well as being part of a soccer team, he is proficient on drums, has his gun licence (restricted & non restricted), Open Water Divers License, & motorcycle licence. Luke has been cast in an upcoming comedy TVSeries The Wonderful Wayneys (Family Channel) alongside 90210 Jason Priestley & Molly Ringwald, The breakfast Club. Luke cast as a series regular lead actor Adam Wayney. With 26 half-hour episodes to DHX Television for Spring 2016.The future is bright as Luke continues his passion for acting in Film & Television. Follow on Twitter @lukebilyk1

Delaney Holley
delaneyDelaney Holley is a twenty-four year from Renfrew, Ontario. As Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014, Delaney travelled to Germany to participate in the Miss Intercontinental pageant, among 73 nations. Delaney placed 4th runner up and received the Miss Congeniality 2014 Award. Delaney’s dream is to establish a platform to create positive change. She wants to achieve this through helping others to ensure influential messages are heard, both locally and globally. Delaney graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours degree in Communications and Minor in Arts Administration. Delaney loves to spend time with her family – making maple syrup, and following her musical passion through singing, songwriting and performing with her two sisters as ‘Holley.’ She strives to maintain a balance of professionalism, confidence and optimism, while focusing on a varied lifestyle that includes work, education, mental and physical wellbeing and volunteering.
“To me beauty is happiness; it is a gesture, a smile, a kind word, and compassion. Beauty is not only something visual, but also something that can be felt.” Delaney is also model; was 1st runner up in Top Model Search Canada 2014 and is leaving for Milan this September to pursue her modeling career after being scouted at TMSC.

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CHECK OUT MEGHA – Miss Teenage Canada 2012

 She landed the Vichy Commercial! WAY TO GO Megha!! CONGRATS!!!

 

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Miss Teenage British Columbia Pageant

On Sunday March 1st girls ages 13-19 from across the province of British Columbia competed for the chance to represent the province at the National Miss Teenage Canada Pageant held in Toronto this August 2015. The Overall Winner was Sienna Leone taking home the title of Miss Teenage British Columbia the other finalists are in Random order:
Sienna Leone Miss Teenage BC
Shirley Lie Miss Teenage Vancouver
Janice Chok Miss Teenage Richmond
Mckenna Haz Miss Teenage Vancouver Island
Elyssa Hunter Miss Teenage Western BC
Julianne Nieh Miss Teenage Burnaby
Madison Marshall Miss Teenage Fraser Valley
Kayla Levins Miss Teenage South Western BC
Alexis Gardner Miss Teenage Southern BC
Cara Johnson Miss Teenage South Vancouver
Sara Pipe Miss Teenage Northern BC
Melissa Delmonico Miss Teenage Coquitlam
Samantha Sewell Miss Teenage Okanagan
Alicia Maclaren Miss Teenage Victoria
Emily May Gier Miss Teenage Kelowna
CONGRATS TO
ALL THE GIRLS ON A JOB WELL DONEPhoto Credit Norm Lee Photography Ed Ng Photography (V)

Photo Credit Norm Lee Photography Ed Ng Photography (V)

 

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Miss Teenage Canada 2014 ~ Results

10590430_10152550877835295_1938879889005098387_nJuly 26th, 2014, Toronto Ontario, Francesca McFadden, 17, was crowned Miss Teenage Canada, 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Francesca is passionate about education and received the Academic Brilliance award at her high school with a 96% average. This September, she will be studying Medical Sciences at McGill University in Montreal and plans to become a surgeon. Francesca volunteered at Sunnybrook Hospital in the Reconstructive Surgery Department for a year and also raised over $2,200 dollars for Free the Children

Other titles awarded at the event were:

Miss Congeniality – Vanessa Prasad

Social media Queen – Nicole Johnston

Miss Photogenic – Naomi Banks

Highest Fundraiser – Brianne Helfrich

Peoples Choice Award – Darian Lonechild 

Best in Swimwear – Franchesca McFadden

Bells & Bows Best in Runway – Chrystalle Omaga

Best in Talent – Kylie Stewart

Academic Achievement – Odeta Kasa

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Official Hair And Make Up

Official Hair & Make Up for the 2014 Miss Teenage Canada 2014 pageant is provided by10567369_10152161058137046_1732786019_n

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2014 Hosts of MISS TEENAGE CANADA ANNOUCED

Miss Teenage Canada LogoWe are excited to Annouce the hosts for Miss Teenage Canada 2014

Luke Bilyk Star of Degrassi

Luke Bilyk is a Canadian Actor, Currently Best known for his role in Degrassi as Drew Torres-Started in Season 10, Luke has also starred in Numerous Film & Television to name a few~Dry Wiskey, Cartoon Gene (Pilot), Gooby The Movie, recurring role on Really Me & starred in Flashpoint-“TheWar Within”, Host- America’s Next Top Model Live 2012, Cast “Party With Degrassi” Mini Tour 5 cities in the USA  and featured in 20+ TV Commercials.

You can Check out  http://www.whosay.com/status/lukebilyk/236685   https://www.facebook.com/lukebilyk  and follow him on twitter @lukebilyk1

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Cynthia Loewen is currently studying Biological Sciences and French in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Windsor. Having competed in pageantry since the age of 16, Cynthia holds the title of Miss Teenage South-Western Ontario 2010, and Miss Earth Ontario 2012. She placed first runner-up to Miss Earth Canada 2012, and placed second-runner up at the Miss Face of Beauty International pageant in Thailand in December of that year, while representing Canada.  Having a strong background knowledge in biological conservation, Cynthia has founded and implemented a bilingual “Green Education” program in local schools. During her reign as Miss Earth Ontario, she attended over twenty appearances, and became actively involved with organizations such as the Windsor-Essex Conservation Authority and WaterCan. Her current projects include, her role as President in the Omicron Nu Chapter of Delta Zeta International Sorority, and her involvement in a multitude of campus organizations.                                                                                                                                                             

 

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We Are Still Accepting Applications for the 2014 pageant!

We are accepting applications to compete in the provincial preliminary pageants.  Competing at your provinces preliminary pageant is your first step to becoming Miss Teenage Canada 2014!
Fill out the application form here and you could be on your way to your provincial pageant then to Toronto for the finals in July!

Ontario  – January 25th and 26th 2014  TORONTO
Alberta –  February 8th and 9th 2014 CALGARY
British Columbia – March 1st and 2nd 2014 VANCOUVER
Saskatchewan – April 5th and 6th 2014 SASKATOON
Manitoba –  April 26th and 27th WINNIPEG
Newfoundland and Labrador –   Apply through: http://www.nfpageants.net/  March 13th – 16th  2014 St. Johns
Quebec- TBA
Nova Scotia – New Brunswick – PEI  May 14th – 18th 2014   Held in NB
Northern Ontario -May 1st -3rd  Apply through:  http://www.missnorthontario.com/  Sudbury

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Good Luck Millie!

Best Of Luck to Millie Rong a MTC-W Inc Alumni she is representing CHINA at Miss Teenager tonight in Panama!
Photo Credit: Kuna Lu
Amoris Wedding, Kuna Photography Group

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Good Luck Aspen!

Best of Luck to Canada’s Representative at Miss Teenager as she competes tonight in PANAMA!
Photo Credit Andrew MacLeod – Gecko Photography www.facebook.com/GeckoNation
MUA Bonnie Walton www.bonniesbrushofbeauty.ca

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Miss Teenage Canada 2013 is ……

Miss Teenage Canada 2013 is Jill Martin from Saskatchewan!!!

1st Runner Up is Mackenzie White (Ontario)

2nd Runner Up is Hannah Simard (Ontario)

3rd Runner Up is Kennedy Todosichuk (Saskatchewan)

4th Runner Up is Sian Slingerland (Alberta)

Remaining Top 10:

Jaclyn Brown (Alberta)

Alyssa Wyspianski (Manitoba)

Mackenzie Campbell (Ontario)

Bianca Carelli (Ontario)

Melanie Renaud (Ontario)

Remaining Top 20

Madison Fertig (Alberta)

Suzannah Fialkow (Alberta)

Mattea Henderson (Alberta)

Paige Wolfe (Alberta)

Shelby LePage (British Columbia)

Trinity Stanley (British Columbia)

Anastasiya Toropova (British Columbia)

Ryley MacDonald (Nova Scotia)

Jacqueline Marsh (Ontario)

Gracie Stewart (Ontario)

Special Awards:

Academic Achievement Award- Brittany Danishevsky  (Ontario)

Best Talent – Celeste Levis (Ontario)

Best in Swimwear – Mackenzie White (Ontario)

Supermodel With Style – Hannah Simard (Ontario)

Miss Photogenic – Jill Martin (Saskatchewan)

Top Fundraiser – Gracie Stewart (Ontario)

Peoples Choice – Ryley MacDonald (Nova Scotia)

Social Media Queen – Shyann Caissie (New Brunswick)

Miss Teen Congeniality – Tricia Braunstein (Ontario)

 

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