Samantha Pierre is the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada

crowning moment, 2016 MTC Samantha PierreCongratulations Samantha Pierre.  The 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada came to its dramatic conclusion on Sunday July 24th in a packed house at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Exhibition Place Toronto as the Hosts, Ricardo Hoyos, and Delaney Holley a Canadian singer opened the envelope and announced that Samantha Pierre (Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016) had won the competition and would be the new national titleholder. The Judge’s votes were final, and Samantha had won, narrowly defeating Chloe, Miss Teen Alberta who will be this year’s first runner up.

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Degrassi star Ricardo Hoyos and singer Delaney Holley did a great job hosting the 2016 live event.

Hosts Ricardo Hoyos, a Degrassi star, and Delaney Holley, Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014

Ricardo Hoyos, and Delaney Holley at 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, Photo Rob Campbell

Hosts Ricardo Hoyos, a Degrassi star, and Delaney Holley a local singer songwriter really built up the drama at the end of the night.

Crowning moment at Miss Teenage Canada competition in 2016

Samantha Pierre crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2016 – photo by Chris Beers, 24July

At 10:30 pm, after all the Judges’ scores were tallied, Samantha Pierre clinched the title and received all the glory encapsulated in having the official crown and sash conferred upon her by last year’s titleholder. Samantha also won a ton of amazing prizes from sponsors totaling well over twelve thousand dollars worth of goods and services, trips, clothes and a hoard of make-up and jewelry. This is a big deal for her – she has one year to sprout and shine as a junior celebrity in the difficult Canadian media market.

Here are the top five delegates, Hanna, Chloe, Kathleen, Samantha and Precious.

Top five finalists at the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada competition - 24 july 2016

Hanna, Chloe, Kathleen, Samantha, and
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The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto roared with applause as Samantha’s new title was announced.

There were about four hundred people in the audience and everyone there was cheering for one or another of the fifty-four delegates in the show.  Whenever that person appeared on stage they hollered their support. Delegates from faraway places who had no cheering section present on Sunday had to be content knowing that another five thousand people or more were watching the show online via Facebook Live Stream and cheering their city’s delegate or friend from their region. The entire production was also video recorded of course, and in time the show will be made available as high quality DVD or online download.

The Annual Search for Miss Teenage Canada Tests Beauty, Brains and Blogging Skills?

Miss Teenage Canada, live show, dance routine,

photo courtesy of Chris Beers

Its a fact this competition is the only national level talent search in the world where as many as sixty five competitors must keep a WordPress blog and write out their weekly adventures as regional titleholders and upload original photography of their own events. And they must raise money for charities and use their social media channels to promote their own and other charity events in their region.

The delegates who really shine in Toronto are the natural performers who have special abilities like playing piano, juggling, singing or doing stand-up comedy. The young lady that won the 2016 crown on Sunday night has many remarkable talents…

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016, Samantha Pierre won the crown and sash because she was exceptional from the first moment she arrived in Toronto. She will be the new Miss Teenage Canada 2016 and represent Canada at international competitions.

SamanthaPierre-MTC-2016Samantha Pierre is just eighteen years old; this is her first national competition. She has appeared on stage before, but as a singer and stand-up comedian at community events.

Her musical comedy number, a song & dance routine performed on the national stage on Sunday night went off without a hitch, and stood in sharp contrast to the fashion beauty parade that was otherwise being presented. In her comedy act, Sam wore giant Pikachu (a Pokemon character) slippers and a sports jersey and sang a funny song about not getting any sleep in a new apartment surrounded by colorful characters. It was a high quality musical – theatre style dance number and a very impressive soliloquy by any standard. By doing this she demonstrated her incredible talent and her powerful stage presence in a live spectacle that ensured all the Judges knew her name going forward.

Other notable performances included a song from Evangeline Miss Teenage Vancouver 2016, and a piano recital that was incredibly complex and yet performed perfectly by Rachel Butler, Miss Teenage North Calgary.

miss teen vancouver 2016 - evaJudges are a diverse mixture of tastemakers from all across Canada.

Angelina MacDonald and Maureen Moe


Angeline MacDonald and Maureen Fen (Moe) – photo by Rob Campbell

Angeline McDonald is the owner of Bells & Bows Bridal Centre in Alberta. She’s an accomplished businesswoman and premier supplier of pageant, graduation and bridal gowns. She has been in the bridal industry for over 20 years and has been judging this competition for ten.

Maureen Fenn (Moe) was at one time the Executive Director of the largest modeling and acting academy in North America.

Bradlee Ryall and Rudy Blair are Athletic and Entertainment Professionals in Toronto

Bradlee Ryall with Rydu Blair at 2016 Miss Teenage Canada competition

Bradlee Ryall is one of Canada’s most celebrated golf professionals and an absolute wizard at teaching golf lessons to junior golfers at the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy at Lionhead and Royal Ontario golf courses where the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada delegates went golfing Weds July 20th morning. Bradlee specializes in coaching teen golfers competing for golf scholarships at major American universities. Training these young athletes comes naturally to him because it wasn’t that long ago he was competing and winning titles all over the world. This semi-famous golf pro is also the co-founder of SWING active wear clothing line for Junior Golfers with his wife Courtney Ryall.

Rudy Blair is a local celebrity radio host, TV actor and well known public speaker, he’s been ‘on air’ for almost 30 years.

Twenty-three of those years were with 680News as the Music & Entertainment Reporter and during that time he interviewed some of the biggest artists in music, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lorde, Gordon Lightfoot, Tony Bennett and Tim McGraw and covered major events, such as The Grammys, Junos, Much Music Video Awards, The Canadian Screen Award and Canada’s Walk Of Fame. Rudy has been honoured with sixteen Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Awards.

Anna Golja is a Canadian actress who most recently starred in a feature film called “Full Out”, an inspirational sports drama that aired on NBC, Family Channel and is now on Netflix . She’s currently staring as Zoe Rivas in the Emmy nominated drama, Degrassi which airs on MTV Canada and TeenNick.

Judges at the Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016 competition

Judges at 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, Photo Rob Campbell

Taveeta Szymanowicz is a young commercial artist from Toronto, who began dancing at the age of six and has trained intensively in a variety of styles. Like all the Judges she has a large social media following and you can find her @TAVEETA_ on Twitter.

Julia Tomasone is an actress and singer who landed her breakthrough role as “Bianca Blackwell” in the Disney Channel series Backstage.

Kyal Legend is best known for her portrayal of “Julie Maslany” in the series ‘Backstage’ now airing on Family Channel. She’s a talented actress, dancer,and singer who has toured with Nellly Furtado. When she was a teenager, Kyal trained at The National Ballet of Canada and attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater school in New York City. On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook she’s found at @kyallegend.

John Macintosh is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Hashtagio.com, a social media content aggregation solution that quickly and easily shares any organizations’ best moments on their website.

These nine Judges had a very difficult job to be sure. Even though the fifty four competitors were reduced to a Top 20 grouping at the start of the night, they still had a lot of options to weigh before selecting Samantha who shone so bright from start to finish.

Afterwards there was a photography free-for-all in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto.

Ricardo had a blast to be sure, and he must have drove the PR people crazy as he let the meter run on the cab outside, sticking around in the lobby of the theatre posing for pictures with each of the top five delegates, their families and friends.

Degrassi star Ricardo Hoyos with Samantha Pierre at 2016 Miss Teenage CanadaSo let us all congratulate Samantha Pierre again, and maybe set a Google Alert on her name to get updates on her quest for an international crown in August.

Samantha Pierre backstage at QET in Toronto, 24 July 2016

One thing is certain; Samantha has her own style, and will stand out wherever she exhibits her personality and powerful stage presence.

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Top 4 Photogenic Finalists

On Wednesday the top 4 most photogenic shot with Fashion Photographer Zvonko, one of these girls will be fast tracked into the top 20! Here is a peak of some of the shots he got from the shoot.

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Miss Teenage Canada 2016 Hosts Announced

 

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MTC-W Inc. is excited to announce the hosts for MISS TEENAGE CANADA 2016 the star of Degrassi, Ricardo Hoyos, and Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014, Model Singer/Song Wrier Delaney Holley

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Golf Lessons at Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy

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On Wednesday July 20th at 9:30 am, the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada got golf lessons at Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which runs a wide variety of Junior Summer Golf Camps, adult golf clinics and offers private lessons for golfers at six different Kaneff Golf Courses west of Toronto.

Bradlee Ryall group golf lesson LionheadBradlee Ryall himself was on hand to welcome the thirty two delegates who exited the bus at Lionhead Golf Course, at 8525 Mississauga Rd.  The remaining ladies who stayed on the bus soon found themselves at Royal Ontario Golf Course on Trafalgar Rd.  Both groups had a brilliant day whacking balls and being taught the essentials of golf, The Greatest Game.

Golf is probably the perfect sport for the Miss Teenage Canada competitors to practice before they square off against each other on stage next Sunday night.  This sport teaches persistence, honesty and grace. A golfer’s posture matters; how a player stands and how well they pivot their body affects how far each player can hit the ball, and a player’s stance on the golf green can also affect their putting.

Bradlee Ryall skills training

So on this really hot July morning, Ryall Golf was subdivided into three distinctly different skills training centers. The delegates were taught driving, putting the ball and chipping, along with many of the finer points related to the mechanics of a good golf swing.

Here’s Bradlee Ryall himself leading the first squad at the driving range, which just happens to include Sarah Wojcik, the 2015 Miss Teenage Canada titleholder.

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Here’s Bradlee at work making sure each Delegate is gripping the club correctly which is fundamental to having a good golf swing.   Such is his dedication to teaching golf, Bradlee is working out how best to impart this knowledge and other essential skills most efficiently in this introductory session. His purpose on Earth is to give good golf habits to young enthusiasts, and help shape a swing that will benefit their game for the rest of their lives.

Forty meters away, at the chipping station for lack of a better description, CPGA Golf Instructor Steve Molpy did his best to communicate the subtleties of the golf swing body pivot.

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Steve demonstrated how golfers can transfer power from many different muscles into their swing, and also improve their accuracy by using more of their body in their game.

Below, Jon is running the putting workshop which is probably the training center that benefits most from a little healthy competition.

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At this station the Delegates were frequently set against each to see how many balls they could each get close to a hole, from any given distance, and then Jon would circle around showing each player how to improve their posture will demonstrating better putting techniques.

Meanwhile over at Royal Ontario Golf Course, much the same thing was happening but with different instructors on different terrain.  Here’s Ian at the Driving Range working with delegates, helping them find their power stance and swing at the driving range.

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And below Chris is running the chipping station and at this moment communicating some complicated insights concerning the club head and face to Kathleen, 2016 Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario, who wrote about her day with pictures on her blog.

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And the heartbeat of the organization, the individual many patrons believe to be the most charismatic CPGA Golf Instructor at the Royal Ontario academy, Mario was manning the putting station, teaching the basics of the ‘short game’ by making each player practice more precise putts.

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And so it was, the morning passed without any serious accidents.

The One Hole Golf Game

At 11am, after a fifteen minute bathroom break, it was time to play the shortest game of golf possible – a one hole game. And on both courses this was advertised as a prize game although the reward was kept secret.

All the skills workshops squads reassembled and walked to the most convenient link. One by one each delegate took her turn at the tee and had two chances at whacking the ball down the fairway.

Best Shortgame

Although the game was designed to play out over the length of one hole and come to a dramatic conclusion on the green opposite the clubhouse, one delegate proved herself so superior to all other contenders at Lionhead that she was declared the winner, immediately after tee-off.

Congratulations Jordan from Brandon Manitoba who won the short game at Lionhead, and … also congratulations to the winner at Royal Ontario.

Jordan from Brandon Manitoba won the short game

First thing Bradlee did was give Jordan a red hat, which is a mark of distinction in his golf academy.

The lunch celebrations commenced at Iggy’s restaurant in Lionhead with Jordan being further recognized by Bradlee Ryall and the Kaneff Golf organization as Miss Teenage Lionhead 2016.  Here she received a SWING junior golfers jacket (to compliment the SWING armbands Bradlee gave the entire assembly earlier) and a bouquet of roses from the operations manager at the golf course.

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Jordan reported afterwards that her dad was a pretty serious golfer and this would make him real proud.  The social media director took some shots with Jordan’s own iphone so she could email the news and post the pics on her Facebook right away.

Lunch at Iggy’s in Lionhead Absolutely Blew the Delegates Away!

Preceded by tangy citrus punch designed to cool the delegates down after a morning outside in the hot sun, the cheesy pizza, mini hamburger sliders, seafood tacos and breaded shrimp prepared by Iggy’s at Lionhead was simply amazing.

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When lunch was set out on the marble counter top in Iggy’s restaurant, it was, in a word, perfect.

Lunch at Iggy's restauarant at Lionhead golf course

Super huge thanks to Bradlee Ryall and all the CPGA golf instructors, Jon, Chris, Ian, Mario and Graham Russel at the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy.

*Rumour is that Bradlee Ryall has agreed to be a Panel Judge in the Grande Finale as the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada concludes on Sunday July 24th 2016. So this isn’t the last we’ll see his face here.    Good luck to all delegates.

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Bollywood & Butter Chicken at Nirvana, Thanks DinePalace!

On Tuesday July 19th, the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada was treated to an authentic South Asian experience at Nirvana, Taste the Flavours of India restaurant in Mississauga.

Located at 35 Brunel Road, just off Britannia Rd at 410 and 401 this venue is very close to the hotel, and real handy for us to visit after a long day downtown.  None of the Delegates suspected they’d be conscripted into the song and dance routine that happened next..

Sarah W in the food line at Nirvana

Once again Hashtagio was on hand to make a special page on the restaurant’s website collecting all the media marked #NirvanaFlavours. Every tweet and Instagram photo marked as such was collected, curated and will now be displayed on a special page on their website for many months to follow.

Dine Palace It was Bollywood over Butter Chicken as Dine Palace, Toronto restaurant reviews produced a certified Odissi dance instructor. Many people believe Odissi dance to be the earliest classical dance style of India and the dance instructor sent from the Mrudanga Centre for Performing Arts in Brampton specializes in teaching its simple form. Due to scheduling issues however the expert instructor had to leave early.  Without any fuss her knowledge was quickly and effectively transferred to the social media director who then walked around choreographing the confusion based on caricatures of the original instructors’ infinitely more rhythmic gesticulations as captured on his iPad. It worked.

One by one, each table filled with delegates rose to follow Sarah in a brief Bollywood-style ritual dance meant to greet the Visitors from faraway lands which is the name of the song.

getting butter chicken at Nirvana Indian restaurant in Mississauga

So without question this restaurant’s bold cuisine and Dine Palace’s brilliant dance initiative culturally impacted the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.

Manitoba Delegates at Nirvana Taste the Flavours of IndiaThe aromatic South Asian entrees mingled with the excitement already in the air at Nirvana, Taste the Flavours of India in Mississauga as sixty five teens made media and memories they’ll cherish forever.

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2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada Opening Party

Just after 6pm on the evening of Sunday July 17th the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada started in earnest in the top floor ballroom of the Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto.

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The setting sun shone bright into the ballroom and onto the entire assembly of Miss Teenage Canada Delegates gathered here from across the nation. One by one, they traded in their regional sashes and badges for new more generic provincial sashes. At the end of the week, one delegate will turn in this sash on stage for the official 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Sash & Crown!

Miss Teen Saskatoon at registration table opening night

But that’s a whole week away – tonight it was party time, and after a two short speeches from Pageant Director and the Social Media Director, the delegates were encouraged to browse the exhibitor booths and accept gifts from this year’s sponsor’s.

The thrilling event was crystallized by the presence of a very exciting user generated content aggregator called Hashtagio which not only collects all the Twitter and Instagram posts marked #MissTeenageCanada2016, it makes a handy feed wall that can be projected at parties. And indeed that’s just what we did.archery tag business in Toronto The back of the ballroom was ablaze with user generated social media alongside the official Miss Teenage Canada backdrop, a stock attraction that featured some cool new props including a bow and arrow (with a marshmallow tip) donated by an archery tag business in Toronto.

Sam Dhutia fropm Sweets Canada dispenses gourmet chocolate

Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party doing chocolate tastings. Sam made a very informative and delicious chocolate tasting exhibit. After each sampling Sam generously gave out gourmet chocolate bars from Sweets Canada, and edible flower chocolate bars, depending the preferences of the delegates as determined by their reactions in the previously aforementioned tastings.

Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada donates gourmet chocolate bars

Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada dispenses gourmet chocolate bars

The next booth at the show was very small but important. At the Archer Dental station every delegate received monogrammed toothbrushes courtesy of the best dentists in Toronto at Archer Dental because they care about each delegate’s oral hygiene when they’re away from home competing for a crown. And plus they know girls like to eat gourmet chocolate at night before they go to bed.

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Nuvango clothing for teenagers created a shareable moment center by offering up some designer clothes in front of a full length mirror. This caused a frenzied girl party as each Delegate had a major dilemma picking just one garment Later in the week our assembly of regional delegates will be making a visit to the Nuvango headquarters (Tuesday July 21st)

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Behold, much to each delegate’s surprise there were free designer sunglasses from V.P.I. Canada, available on a table near the back of the room. The rule was simply that each delegate could take one pair – the make and model , colour size and shape that best fit their face.

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The delegate above from British Columbia is sporting round frame vintage style sunglasses found here in VPI Canada sunglasses e-store, where there are over eighty different frames shapes from which to choose your own unique style. There were about forty different styles available here.

Miss Teenage Vancouver 2016, Evangalene wearing V.P.I. Canada Sunglasses

Miss Teenage Vancouver 2016 Evangalene wearing V.P.I. Canada eyewear

The sunglasses attraction, although popular where it was, really should have been set up on the sunny side of the room – regardless it produced some spectacular eyewear fashion photography portraits.

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Bradlee Ryall Golf AcademyAnother fun exhibit that was perfectly positioned on the shady side of the ballroom was a cool mini golf game donated by a Golf Academy. This organization is very teen friendly because teen golfers are a big part of their business – they teach golf lessons at six Kaneff golf courses west of Toronto. Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy offers the best junior summer golf camps for teens in the province.

On Weds July 20th, the 2016 Search for Miss teenage Canada visits Lionhead Golf Course, Royal Ontario golf course.

Bradlee Ryall Golf Lessons for all 65 Regional Delegates

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Delegates were especially advised to seek out and introduce themselves to Daphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto. These ladies are part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience and were at this point anyway quite determined to retweet and amplify as much of the user generated content for all the sponsors as possible (without losing all their followers in the process)

BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Bata Shoe MuseumThe assembly of Teen Delegates will be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m.

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Rimmel London provided a surplus of products for the girls’ welcome bags.. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan

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Smash A Car Event for Fort Mcmurray

On May 1st, a wildfire broke out in the Alberta city of Fort Mcmurray,  it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta History. It continued to spread across  North Alberta and into Saskatchewan, consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca Oil sands, which is a major source of income for many Alberta families. The fire spread across smash a carapproximately 590,000 hectares before it was declared to be under control on July 5. The province Alberta declared to be under a state of emergency, having a tragedy  this happen so close to home, it only makes sense that as a school community we come together as one to help the victims of this tragedy.

Being an active member on student council, it was a pleasure aiding in the creation of a “smash a car event” that took place june 1st, Activities also includes  a hot dog sale, bottle sale and a wear a hat for a day. The event was a huge success rasing  1,500 dollars,  that were given family that lost their home to the fire that were currently residing in Red Deer.

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Being A Good Role Model

Maintaining a role- model status is something that has been an important aspect in my life since a young age, particularly  that I find being a good role model not only benefits my own self- discovery, but also I believe that it is a key in our society for young adults to have somebody to look up to.

Over the last year as my reign as Miss Teenage Canada 2015, I add the amazing opportunity to be a judge multiple times for the central all Canadian pageants,  It was so fun being on the other side of it!! I finally understand how hard it must be for a judge to pick winners, each contestant is deserving of a crown in my eyes!! The girls and even boys were so adorable and talented!! They brought so much joy to me and I loved every judgemoment I got to spend watching them model, act and just be silly on stage! There were 2 finals held that day, on starting at 9am for the children 0-26 months up to 4 years old and then starting at 1pm  we had the children ages 5 all they way up to adult!!  This is such a fun pageant system, the contests do talent, my doll and me, beauty, and holiday. There was so much variety and each contestant had their favorite and you could see there eyes brighten when they got to perform in their favorite.  This variety resulted in almost every contestant walking away with a crown and prize. One of the memories I will cherish for a very long time  was when a little girl came up to me after I crowned her and said “one day I am going to grow up to be just like you”. Her comment truly melted my heart and will be something I  reflect on when I am standing on stage myself. From ore commercials to beautiful piano players  I saw it all.

I was fortunate enough  many times to briefly touch on on pageants in general and the stigma often attached to pageant girls to the young contestants. I I often attribute much of what I have accomplished to my experience in pageantry. Pageants give young women a platform to stand upon to speak on issues important to them and to make a difference in themselves and in their community. Pageants allow young women to gain speaking, communication and networking skills. Participating in a pageant is not just about winning a sash and title. The people we meet, the connections we gain and the experiences we are able to be a part of can be truly life changing.
I am Very thankful to Central All Canadian pageants for inviting all their contestants to come out to my “Below the Crown” workshop and seminar and  for inviting me to be a judge and I am very excited to be continuing on even after my title is passed on.  Threw my duties as a judge I wanted to be positive role model for Canada future title holder to look up to and I hope i successfully achieved that.  

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Inspiring Younger Generations

With another event comes another stamp of accomplishment on my back and a jar full of joy in my heart. Throughout my reign as Miss Teenage Canada I made it a goal of mine to spread the power of education in an admit to create healthy mindsets for  younger generations- over my last year as miss teenage Canada I had the opportunity to do so through many different events throughout Alberta.   

Teen Fest

On September 26th, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the first ever Teen Fest Alberta,  a one day exhibition for youth ages 12-18 and their families. This event gives Teens and Tweens across Canada the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers and their communities.    By creating opportunities for interaction, activities, workshops and performances for this age group, Teen Fest engaged and connected youth and their Teen festfamilies to the businesses and organizations that support them. Besides all the fun I had exploring the many wonderful exhibitions from  photo-booths to the henna tattoos and listening to the many  amazing talents that teens from all over Alberta came to share with us. I was  very blessed to have been able to give a seminar about “following your own dreams and passions”, sharing my own experiences and answering some general questions about being Miss Teenage Canada. It was amazing to have seem by words impacted others in a uplifting and positive way. Teen Fest was an overall Blast, It will definitely be an event that I will look forward to be attending again in the future.

 

Kerry Wood Nature- Family Day

Located in the heart of the City of Red Deer, the Kerry Wood Nature Center is adjacent to the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, a municipally-owned 118 hectare park and federal migratory bird sanctuary.  The Kerry Wood Nature Center offers an extensive program of natural history interpretation, major special events, school/youth group and public programs, speakersleepovers, day camps and more. Come explore the Nature Center and see the  newly renovated exhibits, natural playground and music garden or simply go for a stroll on one of the  fabulous nature trails in the Sanctuary. The Nature Center offers many diverse programs geared towards bringing people into the many natural spaces in Red Deer and surrounding areas.

 It was a blast attending the family day expo. The expo showcased  Peter Puffin the award winning educator, and internationally acclaimed family entertainer who uses music to celebrate caring for the environment and each other, community building, and the wonderful world we live in, Peter taps the wonderful power of music to inspire kids and grown-ups to discover creativity and talents, and celebrate: environmental literacy, values education, boosting self esteem, multiple intelligence’s, peace making, community building and lifelong learning! Not only did I get to listen to peters amazing show but I also got my hands dirty leading the childerns touch , build and play session, where children had the opportunity to Kerry wood nature center cougarlearn about farming, animals and fruits and even dig there own dinosaurs, education is power in our society today today and I was glad to have aided in such an event that helped empower young minds to be active citizens when it comes to our environment. Of course I loved exploring the new exhibits as it changed so much since I was a Child.  Kerry Wood Nature Center  is such an important part of our community for many reasons, and often times very much overlooked. Help me keep the center alive by volunteering, donating or promoting the center. 

Festival of Trees MC

The Festival of Trees is an event that I have been volunteering with yearly since a young age. The festival of Trees brings the Christmas spirit  to Central Alberta  by offering a wide amount of special events  to their  guests  of all ages to come socialize, have fun, and support healthcare for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center. To Date the Festival as Raised over 12,930,513. Funds raised at the Festival of Trees go to a specific department at our local Red Deer Regional Hospital Center. Each year the receiving department is specially chosen based on the needs and demands of our hospital! This year it was a true honor to be the festivals MC for a day, not only did I get to enjoy the festivals magic but I got to watch and meet the amazing children that were preforming.  I loved watching  the children share their amazing talents for a great cause.

Pay it Forward 

My MTC Opening dress made it safe and sound in Cuba and into the hands of 18 year old l Aliyanis de la caridad Rodriguez Garcia, A 17 year old university student who has been battling leukemia since she was 13. I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing young women when I traveled to Cuba in 2013! she is looking forward to strutting this beautiful dress on her 18th birthday!

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Something as simple as saying Merry Christmas to somebody is enough to make their Christmas a little bit brighter.  Thank you gabby umphervillie for contacting me to help with this project so happy I could make somebody’s Christmas brighter in such a simple way. merry christmas

Paying it forward is about caring and sharing. Its about compassion and kindness and its about generosity, Its all about sacrifice  and love. You get what you give so give good. Paying it Forward is a quality that is very much overlooked by our society today, showcasing the importance and the simplicity of what it takes to make a difference in a persons life is something I that I can inspire  young children to take away from my examples.

-Sarah Wojcik- Miss Teenage Canada 2015

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My experience working with NASCAR

 

   Over the last year and a half I have the amazing experience of working with Edmonton International raceway TSN, Canadian tire and NASCAR with at many of their  event as there official victory lane trophy girl.  I am so thankful for the opportunity’s given  and the constant  support from NASCAR and their fan base. up high crop

On October 17th I had the wonderful opportunity to attend  one of NASCAR’s most major the events 2015  track championship gala, which was held at the memorial and award Picture 013winning Reynolds museum in Wetaskiwin Alberta. Not only did i get to spend an evening presenting, interviewing and posing beside some of the best racers in the province, I also got to explore the museum- my studious mind was in awe learning about the classic tools and cars that helped shape the province I know today. My favorite part was handing the awards to the teens just liked me, I love watching young people succeed and chasing after their dreams no matter what. It just proves that age does not limit a person’s success. Congratulations once again to the 2015 track champions. Check out http://www.edmontonraceway.com/ for exclusive pictures. Picture 002

From may to september each saturday edmonton international raceway holds the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, anybody who is familiar or a fan of NASCAR knows that there are different levels and categories of it just like many other sports! The Whelen All American Series includes some of the most outstanding, unique  and fast cars such as double stalker cars and thunder cars. The track is located around 45 minutes away from my hometown and around  30 minutes away from Alberta’s capital in a small town called Wetaskiwin. It was a great honor and a true blast to have spent many of my Saturdays at the track working as the victory lane trophy girl. vic lane crop

 

Once again thank you to Edmonton international raceway to inviting me to any of your events. To everyone I met at the track who shared your incredible stories with me, you will always be in our heart and I will never forget this amazing experience I will never forget..

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Samantha Pierre is the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada

crowning moment, 2016 MTC Samantha PierreCongratulations Samantha Pierre.  The 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada came to its dramatic conclusion on Sunday July 24th in a packed house at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Exhibition Place Toronto as the Hosts, Ricardo Hoyos, and Delaney Holley a Canadian singer opened the envelope and announced that Samantha Pierre (Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016) had won the competition and would be the new national titleholder. The Judge’s votes were final, and Samantha had won, narrowly defeating Chloe, Miss Teen Alberta who will be this year’s first runner up.

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Degrassi star Ricardo Hoyos and singer Delaney Holley did a great job hosting the 2016 live event.

Hosts Ricardo Hoyos, a Degrassi star, and Delaney Holley, Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014

Ricardo Hoyos, and Delaney Holley at 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, Photo Rob Campbell

Hosts Ricardo Hoyos, a Degrassi star, and Delaney Holley a local singer songwriter really built up the drama at the end of the night.

Crowning moment at Miss Teenage Canada competition in 2016

Samantha Pierre crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2016 – photo by Chris Beers, 24July

At 10:30 pm, after all the Judges’ scores were tallied, Samantha Pierre clinched the title and received all the glory encapsulated in having the official crown and sash conferred upon her by last year’s titleholder. Samantha also won a ton of amazing prizes from sponsors totaling well over twelve thousand dollars worth of goods and services, trips, clothes and a hoard of make-up and jewelry. This is a big deal for her – she has one year to sprout and shine as a junior celebrity in the difficult Canadian media market.

Here are the top five delegates, Hanna, Chloe, Kathleen, Samantha and Precious.

Top five finalists at the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada competition - 24 july 2016

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The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto roared with applause as Samantha’s new title was announced.

There were about four hundred people in the audience and everyone there was cheering for one or another of the fifty-four delegates in the show.  Whenever that person appeared on stage they hollered their support. Delegates from faraway places who had no cheering section present on Sunday had to be content knowing that another five thousand people or more were watching the show online via Facebook Live Stream and cheering their city’s delegate or friend from their region. The entire production was also video recorded of course, and in time the show will be made available as high quality DVD or online download.

The Annual Search for Miss Teenage Canada Tests Beauty, Brains and Blogging Skills?

Miss Teenage Canada, live show, dance routine,

photo courtesy of Chris Beers

Its a fact this competition is the only national level talent search in the world where as many as sixty five competitors must keep a WordPress blog and write out their weekly adventures as regional titleholders and upload original photography of their own events. And they must raise money for charities and use their social media channels to promote their own and other charity events in their region.

The delegates who really shine in Toronto are the natural performers who have special abilities like playing piano, juggling, singing or doing stand-up comedy. The young lady that won the 2016 crown on Sunday night has many remarkable talents…

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016, Samantha Pierre won the crown and sash because she was exceptional from the first moment she arrived in Toronto. She will be the new Miss Teenage Canada 2016 and represent Canada at international competitions.

SamanthaPierre-MTC-2016Samantha Pierre is just eighteen years old; this is her first national competition. She has appeared on stage before, but as a singer and stand-up comedian at community events.

Her musical comedy number, a song & dance routine performed on the national stage on Sunday night went off without a hitch, and stood in sharp contrast to the fashion beauty parade that was otherwise being presented. In her comedy act, Sam wore giant Pikachu (a Pokemon character) slippers and a sports jersey and sang a funny song about not getting any sleep in a new apartment surrounded by colorful characters. It was a high quality musical – theatre style dance number and a very impressive soliloquy by any standard. By doing this she demonstrated her incredible talent and her powerful stage presence in a live spectacle that ensured all the Judges knew her name going forward.

Other notable performances included a song from Evangeline Miss Teenage Vancouver 2016, and a piano recital that was incredibly complex and yet performed perfectly by Rachel Butler, Miss Teenage North Calgary.

miss teen vancouver 2016 - evaJudges are a diverse mixture of tastemakers from all across Canada.

Angelina MacDonald and Maureen Moe


Angeline MacDonald and Maureen Fen (Moe) – photo by Rob Campbell

Angeline McDonald is the owner of Bells & Bows Bridal Centre in Alberta. She’s an accomplished businesswoman and premier supplier of pageant, graduation and bridal gowns. She has been in the bridal industry for over 20 years and has been judging this competition for ten.

Maureen Fenn (Moe) was at one time the Executive Director of the largest modeling and acting academy in North America.

Bradlee Ryall and Rudy Blair are Athletic and Entertainment Professionals in Toronto

Bradlee Ryall with Rydu Blair at 2016 Miss Teenage Canada competition

Bradlee Ryall is one of Canada’s most celebrated golf professionals and an absolute wizard at teaching golf lessons to junior golfers at the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy at Lionhead and Royal Ontario golf courses where the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada delegates went golfing Weds July 20th morning. Bradlee specializes in coaching teen golfers competing for golf scholarships at major American universities. Training these young athletes comes naturally to him because it wasn’t that long ago he was competing and winning titles all over the world. This semi-famous golf pro is also the co-founder of SWING active wear clothing line for Junior Golfers with his wife Courtney Ryall.

Rudy Blair is a local celebrity radio host, TV actor and well known public speaker, he’s been ‘on air’ for almost 30 years.

Twenty-three of those years were with 680News as the Music & Entertainment Reporter and during that time he interviewed some of the biggest artists in music, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lorde, Gordon Lightfoot, Tony Bennett and Tim McGraw and covered major events, such as The Grammys, Junos, Much Music Video Awards, The Canadian Screen Award and Canada’s Walk Of Fame. Rudy has been honoured with sixteen Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Awards.

Anna Golja is a Canadian actress who most recently starred in a feature film called “Full Out”, an inspirational sports drama that aired on NBC, Family Channel and is now on Netflix . She’s currently staring as Zoe Rivas in the Emmy nominated drama, Degrassi which airs on MTV Canada and TeenNick.

Judges at the Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016 competition

Judges at 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, Photo Rob Campbell

Taveeta Szymanowicz is a young commercial artist from Toronto, who began dancing at the age of six and has trained intensively in a variety of styles. Like all the Judges she has a large social media following and you can find her @TAVEETA_ on Twitter.

Julia Tomasone is an actress and singer who landed her breakthrough role as “Bianca Blackwell” in the Disney Channel series Backstage.

Kyal Legend is best known for her portrayal of “Julie Maslany” in the series ‘Backstage’ now airing on Family Channel. She’s a talented actress, dancer,and singer who has toured with Nellly Furtado. When she was a teenager, Kyal trained at The National Ballet of Canada and attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater school in New York City. On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook she’s found at @kyallegend.

John Macintosh is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Hashtagio.com, a social media content aggregation solution that quickly and easily shares any organizations’ best moments on their website.

These nine Judges had a very difficult job to be sure. Even though the fifty four competitors were reduced to a Top 20 grouping at the start of the night, they still had a lot of options to weigh before selecting Samantha who shone so bright from start to finish.

Afterwards there was a photography free-for-all in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto.

Ricardo had a blast to be sure, and he must have drove the PR people crazy as he let the meter run on the cab outside, sticking around in the lobby of the theatre posing for pictures with each of the top five delegates, their families and friends.

Degrassi star Ricardo Hoyos with Samantha Pierre at 2016 Miss Teenage CanadaSo let us all congratulate Samantha Pierre again, and maybe set a Google Alert on her name to get updates on her quest for an international crown in August.

Samantha Pierre backstage at QET in Toronto, 24 July 2016

One thing is certain; Samantha has her own style, and will stand out wherever she exhibits her personality and powerful stage presence.

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Top 4 Photogenic Finalists

On Wednesday the top 4 most photogenic shot with Fashion Photographer Zvonko, one of these girls will be fast tracked into the top 20! Here is a peak of some of the shots he got from the shoot.

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Miss Teenage Canada 2016 Hosts Announced

 

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MTC-W Inc. is excited to announce the hosts for MISS TEENAGE CANADA 2016 the star of Degrassi, Ricardo Hoyos, and Miss Intercontinental Canada 2014, Model Singer/Song Wrier Delaney Holley

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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
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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

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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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