Was It All Just A Dream…

What an amazing year I have had as the reigning Miss Teenage Canada.

To the 2019 Miss Teenage Canada delegates, this week and year is one that I will cherish forever.  It has been a true honor to meet so many amazing young ladies that exemplify beauty with a purpose and who have already accomplished so many amazing things.  You are all truly inspirational role models and I am proud to call you my friends.

To Emma , Miss Teenage Canada 2019, it is an honor to pass on the crown to you. You are in for an exciting and rewarding year and I look forward to following you on your journey.   Cherish the experience, friendships and the people you meet along the way.  I know I will forever hold this past year and week dear to my heart.  Best wishes to you from the bottom of my heart!
I know you will do amazing things!

This year has been one of the busiest, most rewarding years of my life, filled with so much adventure, growth and love. I am thankful for the opportunity to meet new people, to volunteer with various charities, and for making a difference and having a positive impact on the environment. I am thankful for every single moment!

To all the girls who competed I hope you will remember these days at Miss Teenage Canada for the rest of your life. You all shined on stage.

It has been an honour to meet so many amazing young ladies that exemplify beauty with a purpose and who have already accomplished so many amazing things.  You are truly all inspirational role models.

Winning Miss Teenage Canada was the most amazing feeling, and when my name was called, I didn’t know it yet, but my life was going to change. Since becoming Miss Teenage Canada, I have traveled to so many new places. I have been up north to Canada’s arctic.  I traveled south to Curaçao for the Miss H2O International Pageant. I have stretched from the West Coast to the East.  As my parents would say I have become quite the little traveler. 

I spent my birthday representing Canada in Curaçao and went all the way to the Maritimes with my best friend, Miss World Canada to attend a pageant. I traveled North to places like Thompson Manitoba for Carnival days, and Sanikiluaq, Nunavut with my dad to help with providing Christmas dinner in the community. These crazy fun adventures are just a few of the huge highlights during my time as Miss Teenage Canada.  

This year I had the opportunity to work and grow in my modelling career as well as work with organizations so close to my heart, such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Water Ambassadors of Canada, and the Make A Wish Foundation as well as other charitable organizations.  I had the pleasure of working with various corporations supporting events to give back to the communities and in support of youth mental health.  I hope to continue this work in the future.

I want to say thank you to my family and friends for all your support during my Miss Teenage Manitoba and Canada reign. From watching me compete on the livestream, to coming out to events, thank you for believing in, and supporting me.

I want to say thank you to everyone involved in Miss Teenage Canada for making my dreams come true and making this year possible. I’ll truly remember this year for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and I’ve learned so much from it. 

I also want to thank the girls I met along the way who I can now call my best friends. Also, a huge thank you to my parents because without you I wouldn’t have made it this far. Thank you to my sponsors and the sponsors of MTC.  Everyone who has supported me thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this year possible.

I am beyond thankful for the people that have come into my life during the last year. You are part of my extended family and my friends for life. 

This has been an amazing year that I’ll remember and cherish it forever! 

Congratulations to all the delegates, and to MTC for making a difference; for having a positive impact in the communities, having a positive impact on the environment and for much more!

To Miss Teenage Canada 2019 Emma, get ready for one heck of a busy, exciting, and fun year.  I look forward to following you on your journey.  I know you will do amazing things!

With love, Kate Lawrence 

Miss Teenage Canada 2018

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Get Your Tickets for the Final Night and Crowning of Miss Teenage Canada 2019

Come join us as Katelyn Lawrence, Miss Teenage Canada 2018 says her final farewell and crowns a new National Titleholder, Miss Teenage Canada 2019!

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Miss Teenage Canada 2019 PRELIMINARY & TALENT SHOW

40 delegates from across Canada will compete in the preliminary competition as well in the optional talent show

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May Adventures

I had the privilege of attending two awesome pageants recently. I attended the Miss Northern Ontario Regional pageant in Sudbury Ontario, as well as the Maritime pageant in Moncton New Brunswick. Traveling to new places and meeting the amazing people is a memory I will hold so close to my heart forever,

I started this fun journey in Winnipeg Manitoba on may 8th. I flew from Winnipeg to Sudbury. I met up with Hanna Miss World Canada at the Sudbury airport, big thanks to Maya (Miss North Ontario 2018) for coming to pick us up at the airport. Now that we are finally in Sudbury the journey begins. Later on that day we began to set up for the pageant. I was beyond excited.

The following day we met the beautiful delegates competing for the title of Miss North Ontario. We went on some fun excursions around Sudbury. I loved visiting a trampoline park. Later that evening we had a blast at the pyjama pizza party. My favourite part of that day was the essence competition where each delegate has the chance to tell a story about there life, it gets very deep, and it bonded all the delegated.

The girls I met were truly amazing and I had a blast. The final show was wonderful. Everyone looked stunning, and shined on stage. I was so sad when it was all over. Huge congrats to all the beautiful ladies. 

The Sudbury trip comes to an end and it is time for Hanna and I to head back to her hometown of Vaughn Ontario. We relaxed for 2 days before heading too Moncton on the 15th. We woke up early and made our way to the airport.

When we finally arrived in the maritimes and began getting ready for the pageant out in the east coast. 

The following day after we arrived we got to meet all the wonderful girls competing at the maritime pageant, and watched them begin rehearsals. Hanna and I loved exploring the maritimes as none of us have ever been there before. It is so colourful and beautiful down in the maritimes. I fell in love.

After the days of rehearsals and events, the preliminary and talent night had come, the girls shined on stage. I was blown away by all the talent. The following night was finals and everyone looked so beautiful in their gowns. Once the night was over we had to pack our things for an early flight back to Toronto. This is where I had to say goodbye to Hanna for the next month. I made my way home back to Manitoba, for now. 

I am so grateful for travelling to these amazing places, and the people I met. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

xoxo Kate

Miss Teenage Canada

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Fashion Art Toronto 2019

In the month of April I had the opportunity to walk on the Fashion Art Toronto runway along with some past and present MTC delegates. It was an amazing experience that I am glad to have shared with my wonderful pageant best friends.

I had the opportunity to walk for 3 amazing designers. I walked for Phoenix Ba, Manik fashion, and Loveclosly. I am so honoured to have modelled for these extremely talented designers.

During the fashion show week Avery (Teenage Waterloo 2018) and Faith (Teenage Sudbury 2018) and myself all stayed together in Toronto it was like a big reunion. I met these wonderful girls during the Miss Teenage Canada pageant last summer, and I am so glad to have been reunited with them.

It was a lot of fun days filled with hair and makeup in the morning, runway rehearsals, and shows. I loved hitting the runway again and can’t wait to be back up there modelling, and reunite with the girls soon.

xox Kate

Miss Teenage Canada

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Children’s Wish

“WISHES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As noted by Children’s Wish at:

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

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

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

April 7, 2019 in Halifax

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites 

Princess Tea and Superhero Party

April 14, 2019 in Moncton

Crowne Plaza

Princess Tea Party

April 28, 2019 in Yarmouth

Rodd Grand Hotel

Princess Tea and Superhero Party

April 28, 2019 in Fredericton

Crowne Plaza

Princess Tea Party

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

May 5, 2019 in New Glasgow

Summer Street

Princess Tea and Superhero Party
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOX – Kate

Miss Teenage Canada


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Miss Teenage Ontario 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Teenage Kawartha Lakes 2018 and Miss Teenage Canada 2018

so much love,

Kate (Miss Teenage Manitoba/Canada 2018)

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Christmas Dinner in Nunavut

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Curaçao Adventures November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL FACTS:

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

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

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

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

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