“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:
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.
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:
“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
Princess Tea Party
April 28, 2019 in Yarmouth
Rodd Grand Hotel
Princess Tea and Superhero Party
April 28, 2019 in Fredericton
Princess Tea Party
May 5, 2019 in Saint John
Trade & Convention Centre
Princess Tea and Superhero Party
May 5, 2019 in New Glasgow
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:
I encourage you to make a general donation to Children’s Wish Foundation below by following the link below:
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
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.
so much love,
Kate (Miss Teenage Manitoba/Canada 2018)0 COMMENTS
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!
- 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.
Date: Sunday October 21st, 2018
Start time: 8:00 a.m.
I am writing a blog post about some recent projects I have been working on! I have done two photoshoots recently and I am so excited to talk about them, and share some results!
At the very end of August I had the privilege to model for “Hush Collection,” for the 2019 magazine! Hush is a Winnipeg custom bridesmaid dress boutique located in the heart of Osborne. It was so much fun shooting with these lovely ladies, I got to try on so many of the new 2019 dresses! Huge thank you to my agency, Panache for this placement I love you guys so much. I absolutely loved the team I worked with! I can not wait for you all to see the look book in January! These ladies are so talented, and fun to work with. So much talent from the makeup artists, hair, to the photographer, and stylists. We had the photoshoot in one of my hometowns most famous spots…Assiniboine Park (if you ever find yourself in Winnipeg you MUST visit Assiniboine Park, known for beautiful gardens, entertainment, the zoo and more.) I can not wait for the Magazine to come out! Stay tuned!
Another project I have recently done was a creative shoot with Imaginary Friends Creative! It was so much fun and we got some great pictures to add to my modelling portfolio! This team is very talented from makeup by Looques to creativity and photography. We had a blast, I can not wait to share these pictures with everyone. We did some pictures with sponsored Miss Teenage Canada items! As well as modelling in a Johnathan Kayne, from Bells and Bows! Of course, we got some pictures in the sash and crown! Follow my instagram to see results from these projects, as well as upcoming and current projects! @katejessie7 @missteenagecanada2018
Here are some sneak peeks from the shoot! Stay tuned for the final images.
Xoxo- Kate0 COMMENTS
This past weekend I had the privilege to judge the Mr and Miss Global Asia Manitoba pageant, and kids talent show along side my friend Hanna (Miss World Canada 2018.) The weekend was full of amazing talent and wonderful performers.
The weekend started off with preliminary night. It was so much fun to meet and watch the delegates in action, as well as see all the kids talent performances. It was a very entertaining evening, and I was so excited to be reunited with Tanisha (Miss Manitoba World 2018.)
The following day the judges met to prepare for the final night. This included reviewing the judging sheets, including judging criteria. This was my first experience judging a pageant therefore I was focused on ensuring I understood the criteria, and the rules. I was so excited and honoured to be the youngest judge.
The finals evening arrived. All of the judges meet after getting hair and makeup. We are introduced on the stage, then go take our seats to view the show. The show starts, and you can feel the excitement surging throughout the audience. There are so many amazing performers like LIVE dance crew which is a Winnipeg Hip Hop Dance crew. There were many entertaining performances. The talent of delegates and the kids kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The delegates portrayed both confidence, and poise, making judging difficult. The night was a lot of fun.
The next night is the after party where the contestants, the judges and the organizers of the event enjoyed an evening of food and festivities. It was great to be on the judging panel with Hanna Begovic (Mss World Canada), and I was sad that she returned to Toronto early the next day. I very much look forward to returning to Toronto very soon for another adventure, and to once again connect with the very inspirational Miss World Canada 2018.
This was my first event with my title, and it was so much fun and a huge success. I can not wait to participate in more events, to meet more amazing people, and to help make a difference in any way that I can.0 COMMENTS
Hello! I am Kate, Miss Teenage Canada 2018. I am 17 years old and am from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Wow, I have finally had time to process my trip to Toronto! I had the most amazing week, and met the most wonderful people. I am so thankful to have had this experience, and I am honoured to now represent Canada internationally this November.
My week in Toronto started off with an early rise heading off to the YWG airport followed by a turbulent filled flight before finally landing in Toronto. I collected my luggage (although part of it did not make it to Toronto), and then take a tour bus to Centennial Collage where I meet my three FABULOUS roomies. We have our own little party before heading down to the welcome party. It was such a privilege to meet three amazing girls. Day one was a success. I loved meeting all the other delegates and was amazed and impressed with each delegate and was truly honoured to finally meet these amazing, intelligent, and gracious ladies.
Day 2 is the photoshoot, video shoot, and interview. I had so much fun getting hair and makeup done. First was the video shoot and next the photoshoot. Later on I had my interview. It was so much fun working with the MTC team, the photographers, and the hair and make-up artists. WOW! What a great experience working with everyone! After all these activities were done we had rehearsals to learn choreography for the final show. A busy but fun schedule!
Day 3 is adventure day! We went touring around Toronto. This was unreal because I have never been to Toronto. We start our day off at the beautiful Casa Loma. We learned all about the castle’s history and had the privilege of taking a tour. Following our visit to Casa Loma we went downtown to the CN tower. We had the opportunity to take pictures by the Toronto sign. The tour bus experience was so much fun (although the driver may have had a different opinion! ). We all jammed out to songs on the tour bus from destination to destination. The next place we venture to is the Yorkdale Mall! Honestly, I could spend forever in this mall. The mall has so many stores which we don’t have in Winnipeg! We stop in at Gucci, Kate Spade, Versace, and so much more. Oh, I of course can not forget about Brandy Melville. One of my favourites that is not in Winnipeg!! To finish off our day we go too Dave and Busters for supper (another unreal place we do not have in Winnipeg.) Essentially it is a restaurant and arcade in one. You can play games to win prizes. It was honestly so much fun. Definitely a place I would like to go back to.
Friday, Day 4 includes rehearsals and the preliminary competition. We wake up and practice more choreography for the final show which is to be the following Sunday. Then later on in the evening we pack our outfits for the preliminary competition. Preliminaries determine the top 20 for Sunday’s (the final) show. We are judged in evening gown, and swim suit. This night was so much fun! I loved getting out on stage – it gives me the best feeling, like a rush of adrenaline. All the delegates did so well, and everyone looked stunning. After the show we eat supper and get some well deserved (and needed) rest!
Day 5 rolls around which is the talent competition, and platform presentation. The morning includes rehearsals to refine our choreography. We prepare for the talent night. We finally arrive to the venue and get everything set up and practice our talent and platforms presentations. For my talent performance I choreographed a lyrical dance solo to a cover of “The Climb” I sang and recorded. It was such an honour to place in the top 4 talent which allowed me to preform again at finals the next day! The talent night was a huge success and everyone shined on stage. I had the privilege of watching truly amazing talent performances, but what also so impressed by the platform presentations and how dedicated the delegates are to giving back to the community. How could one not be inspired?
Day 6 – Finals. Today is the day Miss Teenage Canada 2018 is crowned. An early start to the day including hair and makeup. By the time all the delegates finish hair and makeup it is time to make our way to the venue. Yes, this once again included lots of jamming, including singing Party in the USA (in our case Canada) at the top of our lungs. Perhaps not exactly on key! We finally arrive, and practice our dance numbers on the stage before the show starts. Finally the show starts. My family and friends back home are watching me compete on the live stream. (I am so thankful for all of their support!). After the opening number they announce top 20. Next its bikini. Then they begin to announce top 10. They continue…my number is not called …my heart is pounding. There is one more spot in the top 10. They call my number. My heart is going crazy. Next is evening gown. Then they announce the top 5. Following the top 5 announcement is the question phase where each top 5 delegate is given a question to answer on stage. After that is awards, and we all line up back on the stage for crowning. They call out all the sub awards first. I was beyond proud of my roomies. Amelia, my roommate from BC, was the highest fundraiser. My roommate Madison, from Saskatchewan, won Miss congeniality and was so deserving of this award. I was also so proud of Taela, (from Ontario) who received Miss teen talented. I expect to see Taela on Broadway some day. I was so happy to win Miss teen supermodel! It was so exciting because I have been working so hard on my modelling career! Practicing and training and trying to continuously learn. Finally they begin to announce fourth runner up, and third and second. Then there is me and Mahta left. Standing there with Mahta who is not only beautiful but also talented, strong, intelligent and gracious was such an amazing feeling. It was truly an honour to be on stage with Mahta. Then I was crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2018. I still can not process. I can’t wait for what this year brings and to see my MTC sisters very soon. You have all inspired me and helped me grow and learn. I love you all more than you could ever know. Thank you for these life long friendships (now I have excuses to take spontaneous trips across Canada.)
Much love. Xoxo
Miss Teenage Manitoba 2018
Miss Teenage Canada 20180 COMMENTS
17 year old Katelynne Lawrence from Winnipeg, Manitoba is your new Miss Teenage Canada 2018!
Katelynne is as dedicated to the Performing Arts and her community, as she is to her academics. Kate has always loved singing and dancing, and began her performing arts journey at the early age of three! Kate performed her first professional role at eight years old, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. She later landed a role in the American Girl movie Saige Paints the Sky. Kate believes that it is important to always try to make a positive contribution to the community, and has volunteered at numerous charitable events.
Katelynne plans to continue her training in the arts, modeling and academics. Katelynne believes that these skills are integral to achieving her goal of promoting mental health awareness, and in providing an understanding of the potential impact that bullying, and other factors, such as anxiety, can have on one’s mental health.