Eighty contestants from across the country will compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada in Toronto
TORONTO, ON – Eighty of Canada’s best and brightest teenaged women will take over Toronto July 14th -21st as they compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2012. The girls-donned in their crowns and sashes-will take in the sights and attractions of the city, engage in fundraising and leadership challenges and prepare for the big competition on Saturday, July 21th at the Queen Elizabeth Theater at 8:00pm.
Now in its fifth year, this years contest is the biggest yet. The girls face rigorous competition as they step up to the stage in hopes of becoming Canada’s next beauty and goodwill ambassador. Click Here to meet the finalists.
Last years Miss Teenage Canada 2011 Winner, Toronto native, Lauren Howe is currently in her first year of University pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree. She graduated from high school with 95% average and is an avid philanthropist. She has traveled to Peru, where she helped re-build a fallen community building as a result of the aftermath of a devastating Earthquake. She has also been to Ghana to help build a high school and teach English to children. This summer, she will be traveling to India for another project with Free The Children.
The reigning Miss Teen Canada – World, Lauren Howe of Toronto will crown her successor at The 5th annual Miss Teenage Canada Competition on July 21st 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Hosted by Degrassi’s Luke Bilyk
“Our motto is to ‘be your own kind of beautiful’ and that is reflected in every sense of the word,” Says Michelle Weswaldi, Director of Miss Teenage Canada. “It takes a lot more than a pretty smile to win the contest. It takes, brains, confidence and leadership.”
Weswaldi prides the pageant on its resonating core values like charitable involvement, personal growth and leadership, all mixed with a healthy dose of competition. Recognizing the sometimes-warranted negative stigma attached to pageants, Miss Teenage Canada is committed to setting the highest standards of competition compared to other pageant systems. As a result, Miss Teenage Canada is Canada’s most recognized competition of its kind.
“These are not your typical beauty queens, ” says Weswaldi. Ninety-five per cent of the contestants have never entered a pageant before. Miss Teenage Canada 2008 winner, Katie Starke, was a hockey-playing tomboy who had never walked in high heels before entering the competition.
With a strong social responsibility component to the contest, each Miss Teenage Canada contestant is required to fundraise individually for the international children’s charity, Free The Children ( www.freethechildren.com) through local sponsors in their communities. Each winner of Miss Teenage Canada has the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world to visit the projects they have supported and to see first-hand the impacts of their fundraising with Free The Children. To date, the Miss Teen Canada- World organization has raised over $190,000 for Free The Children.
Providing an opportunity for self-promotion and expression, each contestant has her own blog as a requirement and is judged on her social media activity. Thanks to this strong social media element- including a daily MTC-W blog and video blogs- friends, family and hometown fans can follow the girls’ adventures as they dazzle Toronto from the inside out.
2011 Finalist on Breakfast Television
The 5th annual Miss Teenage Canada Competition takes place on July 21st 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario Canada at 8:00pm EST. The reigning Miss Teenage Canada 2011 Lauren Howe of Toronto will crown her successor. Canada’s top finalist from across the country aged 13-19 come together for a night of Glamour and Excitement. They will compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes and one will walk away with the Crown. Hosted by Degrassi’s Luke Bilyk, a surprise guest performance and a celebrity-judging panel it promises to be a night to remember.
Tickets are $55.00 and can be purchased at
$1.00 for every Ticket sold will go to www.cardiackids.ca.
Delegates will also be presenting a cheque for a surprise amount to benefit Free The Children www.freethechildren.com This year the money will go to their new development in Nicaragua.
For the first time ever, a free live webcast of the event will be shown online at www.missteenagecanada.com to allow fans and family from a cross the country to tune in.
Now in its fifth year, Miss Teenage Canada is the Official Preliminary to 10 international pageants including the Miss Teen Universe Pageant. More than a pageant, the quest of Miss Teenage Canada is to find Canada’s brightest and best teen women from across the country. The competition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn, grow, challenge oneself, participate in community-building initiatives and fight for an important cause. It provides a chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people both at home and around the world. Miss Teenage Canada is the only truly National competition with finalists representing all 10 provinces across Canada. Delegates are handpicked from thousands of applicants from all across the country.
To request images or interviews with Miss Teenage Canada contestants during contest week or media passes to the July 21st contest at the Queen Elizabeth Theater please contact:
Alison Stephens Hall