Hey girl hey #Kendyl,
Wow, I never thought I would be blogging here. I still have moments where I ask myself if that all really happened. I had already written a blog post earlier this week, however all about the final night and something seemed off. Then I read a beautiful post by the amazing Miss Teenage South Central Ontario, Bella. She had written “To be successful, is to be happy. There is no materialistic reward that can define success, but rather if you are happy with what you are
doing, you are successful.” What a beautifully spoken woman. I admire you so much Bella and I wish you all of the luck in the world with all future endeavours.
I agree, you see, that the greatest crown I won this past week were the friendships I made, the stories I heard and the memories that were created. So rather than tell you how I felt about winning (which of course bring to mind things like amazing, unbelievable, life changing etc.) I would much rather tell you about the true winning moments of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant.
Sunday we arrived, I was very early so I ended up playing “heads up” with some of the girls from Saskatchewan including. his game would later go on to be our pageant game that we played at breakfast, on the bus, when we were waiting in line, etc. As everyone arrived there were some great moments. One of the highlights was Lacy, Miss Teenage Brantford in laughing tears with the only explanation being that she ‘liked her mom.” Lacy, you bring so much energy and passion into a room the moment you walk in. Some of the girls were so mature, like Kara, Miss Teenage Eastern Manitoba. At only 14 years old this girl travelled across the country! At 14 years old I was still going through my “neon phase”. Some girls walked in and just commanded the whole room, like Ranielle Miss Teenage Scarborough. Girl, you have the best and sassiest walk I’ve ever seen!
Getting our room assignments was great! Michelle did an amazing job with pairing us up. Shout out my room mate Aneurin, Miss Teenage Saskatoon, for on our first night we started singing Breaking Free from High School Musical.
Getting to see all the behind the scenes of Nuvango was so cool! I loved getting to check out the production line for creating the clothes. Hannah, Miss Teenage Ontario , had an absolutely breathe taking moment as she spun in one of the skirts. And doing our own mini photoshoot with friends was just a blast.
Shopping at Square One was a blast! (I mean of course, it’s shopping!) Flashback to all of the girls getting asked out and asked for their numbers while eating delicious sushi in the food court. Some of the girls had some really great witty responses too!
Golfing had to have been one of my favourite moments at Bradlee Ryall Golfing . I personally was at the Royal Ontario Golf Club. There we got to do many things including #ChippingWithJohn, #PuttingWithMario and #DrivingWithIan. My favourite part was during our #DrivingWithIan when I took a huge swing and sent a huge grass chunk flying in to the air. Olivia, Miss Teenage Vancouver Island was my partner and the
two of us were thrown into a fit of laughter. There were some great moments from that day, especially meeting some ex-Toronto Maple Leafs players. My Pepe (grandpa) is huge fan, so I made sure to get a picture with the Maple Leafs players, however being from Ottawa myself I made sure to yell “Go Sens Go!” as I walked away. Thanks so much to Mikaela, Miss Teenage Langley Township for taking pictures and making sure I #Don’tPullAJudy.
Another great experience came during our archery adventure at Archers Arena. I loved getting to tap into my inner Katniss… Although when it comes to a bow and arrow I think I take after Peeta more. Some of the girls were phenomenal like Megan, Miss Teenage South Central Alberta. Make sure to check out the activities video to see Megan and I showing off our cool archery moves… only took us 4 times to get that take. 😉
The bus rides were always a blast, whether it was singing at the top of our lungs to the radio, playing “heads up” or even learning a new language. Yes that’s right, little Yulia, Miss Teenage Saskatoon District taught me how to say Hi, How are you and good in Ukranian! (Privite, Yak Sprave and Dobre… yeah I don’t think I spelt those correctly, considering I’m not even using the right alphabet)
Getting ready for the shows and events with everyone was so great, as each delegate was so willing to help each other. I never understood previously when girls spoke about the idea of having “pageant sisters”. However after participating in a pageant myself, I totally get it. You go through crazy stressful and tense situations and learn to lean on each other, support each other and love each other. You learn crazy things about each other in such a short time and bond through funny, embarrassing, disappointing and amazing experiences. Or you try and hook them up with your brother 😉 (Jodyn, Miss Teenage Brandon)
So to all of the girls at the pageant; I wish to say a very special thank to you all for your individual beautiful personalities. I also wish to extend my hand and say that if there is ever anything I can do of you please do not hesitate to ask me. I truly hope we all stay in touch!
And with that my first blog post is done! More still to come, including Boyfriends Does My Make-Up Challenge courtesy of MAC Makeup.
Miss Teenage Canada 2016
Congratulations 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.
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 a local singer songwriter really built up the drama at the end of the night.
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.
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?
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.
Samantha 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.
Judges are a diverse mixture of tastemakers from all across Canada.
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 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.
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.
So 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.
One thing is certain; Samantha has her own style, and will stand out wherever she exhibits her personality and powerful stage presence.
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.
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 Holley0 COMMENTS
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When lunch was set out on the marble counter top in Iggy’s restaurant, it was, in a word, perfect.
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.
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..
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.
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.
So without question this restaurant’s bold cuisine and Dine Palace’s brilliant dance initiative culturally impacted the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.
The 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.
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.
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!
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. 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 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Another 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.
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
The assembly of Teen Delegates will be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Rimmel London provided a surplus of products for the girls’ welcome bags.. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan
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 approximately 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.0 COMMENTS
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 moment 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.
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.
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 families 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, sleepovers, 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 learn 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!
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.
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 20150 COMMENTS