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So today I will talk a little about my platform.
I believe that everybody deserves a chance to live no matter what you’ve done. When something happens it all comes down to the last moment… You either live or you don’t. That is why for my platform I am raising awareness and recruiting people to donate blood. Just one donation can save up to three peoples lives.
As miss teenage West Calgary I became a youth ambassador and I am still volunteering at the Canadian Blood Services every Tuesday. I also created a promotional video for blood donation, which has been played at different events as well as recruited blood donors.
As Miss Teenage Canada I would be able to show the rest of Canada how important donating blood is. 50% of all Canadians need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives, but only 4% of Canadians donate. We have had a shortage for 6 years now. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood . As Miss Teenage Canada I would be able to organize national donation events or “What’s your type?” events. Just a teaspoon of your blood can save a baby’s life. Donations save more than 4.5million lives annually.
Donating blood is good for you too:
1. you get a free check up
2. you reduce your risk of heart disease by keeping iron levels in check.
3. you instantly burn 650 calories
So why don’t you donate?
Are you afraid?
I know… But the leukemia patient who needs blood is also afraid.
Don’t have enough time?
It only takes one hour and we have mobile clinics now.
You don’t have to be a police man, fire fighter or a doctor to be a life saver.
You can be a super hero.
Please check my presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvy0V8orSO8
& consider donating blood!
Everyone has certain opportunities in life. They can be brought on by your own hard work, and sometimes pure luck does its magic. But every once in a while they can be brought on by your environment. My environment has been very generous to me and I have had many amazing experiences and opportunities that I couldn’t have ever imagined. That environment is… You guessed it!… Canada!
(With Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on July 1, 2015)
Canada is actually an amazing place, and the more you think about it the better it gets. Here are just some examples as to why Canada is just so awesome.
– Our landscape ranges from mountains to prairies to forests to beaches. There is a landscape for every traveler.
– We legalized same sex marriage way back in 2005 – isn’t this the best prove of respect to human rights?
– Canadian money is both water proof and stylish for those times that you forget to empty the pockets on your dirty jeans J
– If you send a letter to Santa (at North Pole, HOH OHO, Canada) you will get a letter back from Santa.
– Hawaiian pizza actually originated in Ontario
– Alberta is completely rat free (not really a full Canadian thing, but I mean, it counts!)
– And who on earth doesn’t like maple syrup (sure isn’t me )
Canada is a land of opportunities & “wishes come true”. So many wonderful things have happened to me & my family since we moved here. My dad who had a lifelong passion for photography finally was able to quit his day job as petroleum engineer to pursue his dream. He started his own photography business and opened his… very own gallery in downtown Calgary! Even this amazing journey with Miss Teenage Canada, that teaches me great values in life like helping charities, boosts my self-confidence, develops my leadership skills, stage presence & communication – all these would never had happened had we not moved to Canada J
The opportunities for youth are endless in Canada. Only here immature high school students are allowed to get access under mentorship to very expensive & sophisticated labs at the University to test their innovative ideas & theories in microbiology! We are encouraged to do so by all the great events, science fairs & competitions in scientific fields. In my teenage life I have already put on experiments to knock in & out the DNA of an HIV virus to modify it & test if it can be made less harmful to humans. How amazing is that! There is more… not so long ago I also participated in the carrier orientation program & was allowed to spend a day in the hospital shadowing an anesthesiologist (who I am very thankful to) and watching many incredible surgeries! As a result of all these endless opportunities, young people can consciously choose a lifelong carrier (which they will love) & be much happier individuals, i.e. form much healthier & happier society in the future.
People in Canada are all very nice & supportive to each other. The mix of different cultures in Canada requires respect & tolerance & those are some of the best qualities Canadians should be proud of.
Just to finish this post off I want to make sure to point out that there are definitely amazing countries out there and that no country is perfect but all the countries and societies have different strengths and weaknesses and where you want to be totally depends on what qualities you prioritize. I love Canada from my whole heart & feel proud to be Canadian!
Just one of my dads photos – Valley of ten picks, Alberta, Canada
Let me just start by saying sorry. I know I haven’t posted anything in a while but it is exam week (I know lame excuse). Sorry! (^-^)
Alright now that thats out of the way I can tell you guys about the cool things I’ve been up too.
So recently I volunteered for the City Chase. If you’re not familiar with it, worry not I’ll explain. Essentially it’s like the Amazing Race but localized to Calgary. Teams of two decipher clues about the locations of chase-points and complete challenges to become the first team to cross the finish line. Chase points range from hamster ball races to selling cookies to eating caterpillars. I with the help of 2 amazing new friend was working the “Kids Play” Chase point. Racers had to complete a series of children’s tasks like hula hooping and frisbee tossing. It was a blast and all the funds go to different charities such as Kids Cancer Care or GoodLife Kids Foundation (supporting kids with autism).
me in front of some of the first racers within the first hour of the City Chase
And as promised here is another one of the photos I took:
San Francisco at night time.
Well thats all for today.
Did you miss me? I missed you. Anyway as some of you might now I recently walked in the Lilac festival parade.
It was a blast and I enjoyed every minute of it. Make sure to come out next year to this fun kick of to summer. There is lots of food, entertainment, and merchandise there is no way you won’t have fun.
I also had the opportunity to come down and support the Scotiabank calgary marathon. I got to see some amazing motivation, dedication, and I got to meet some amazing people.
It was even more fun than I expected it to be and I definitely want to see you come out next year.
see you next time,
I would like to welcome you to my blog. This is where I will be posting about my journey as Miss Teenage West Calgary for the next couple months. Not too long ago I participated in the miss Teenage Alberta pageant and I am now a proud representative of West Calgary. I am a grade 10 student at Sir Winston Churchill High School. I am currently enrolled in the IB program and am on the high honour roll. This year I participated in the Calgary Youth Science Fair winning a gold medal, Alberta Genome award, and a spot as a representative of Alberta at the Canada Wide Science Fair in New Brunswick. Canada Wide was a blast and I ended up bringing home a silver medal.
I dream of becoming a paediatrician. It would combine my love of kids and my passion of science for my science fair project I was actually working in a lab to test if a mutation in the DNA of HIV would make it less harmful to the host. If you want to know more check out the CWSF website. I also made a 1 minute video introducing my project.
I am also a competitive figure skater and dancer. I do ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary and a little bit of acro and tap. Competition season just ended as well.
I love to play guitar I like to play a variety of music from frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran.
I also do traditional Azeri dance and last night I performed at the Arts & Music Evening for the Baha’i community. And I speak Russian and French. I am a HUGE fan of photography! Here are some of my personal favourite photos (It was tough to chose so I will be posting some of my old photos at the end of future posts):
I currently volunteer at Canadian Blood Services every tuesday, I assist at dance on wednesdays, lead robotics workshops, and summers I volunteer at Kids Cancer Care. I believe that everyone needs a little bit of help and being so blessed myself it’s my duty to give back.
I have a multitalented family. My dad is a market analyst and he is also a pilot and a landscape photographer with his own gallery in downtown Calgary. My mom is a finance manager and she also plays piano, composes music and produces music videos. And my 11 year old brother is into robotics and has just built a 3D printer and engineered a prosthetic hand for the science fair.
For my platform I am creating awareness, fundraising, and recruiting donors for the Canadian Blood Services where I currently volunteer on a weekly basis. I believe that everyone deserves a chance to live, that no matter what you’ve done it always comes done to the last minute they either find a watch or they wont. I’m hoping to bring the medias attention to the national shortage of blood donors.
I recently made a promotional video if you guys would check it out.
Anyway I think that is enough about me, at least for today 😉 , and I hoped you will come back soon to see what I have to say (or maybe just to look at some of my old photos that I will be posting as promised above, thats ok too.).
And till next time,
The academic scholarship award winner will be announced tonight, and I wanted to share my essay with you! I worked quite hard on it and I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I thought it would be cool to post it in a blog post. Enjoy!
What do you consider to be the single most important societal problem? Why?
Society has its fair share of issues, making it incredibly difficult to decide which is the most important. Childhood obesity, the treatment of other races, and the replacement of real conversation with technology are three very prevalent problems in society today. However, there is one problem that is quite possibly the most important and widespread, and that is poverty and the blind eye that the public turns towards it. Many people subscribe to the belief that because they cannot see the problem in person, it is not a huge issue and there is nothing that they can do about it. This belief is completely false – at least 80 percent of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a day, meaning that a vast portion of the human population is living in poverty. In addition, poverty is a problem that not only exists in third-world areas, but is also something that is present in first-world society. The incredibly widespread nature of this issue makes it the most important, and biggest, societal problem today.
UNICEF states that 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. These children are living in some of the poorest, most secluded villages on earth, meaning that these deaths are away from the public eye. A major contributor to first-world society’s general lack of knowledge about poverty is due to the fact that a large portion of it is secluded, away from the media, the public, and the population’s thoughts. Poverty is extremely present in third world countries across the world, specifically Africa, South Asia, and parts of Latin America. A huge portion of the world is impoverished, and a majority of the world’s wealth is concentrated in a very small portion of the population. In fact, three-quarters of the world’s income is distributed within the wealthiest twenty percent of humans. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow larger, meaning that the wealthy are getting wealthier and the poor are getting poorer.
Though a large portion of the world’s poverty is located in third world countries, it is also an important issue within North American society. In 2012, over 870,000 Canadians used food banks each month, which is the highest recorded number ever. In addition, between 150,000 and 300,000 Canadians are “visibly” homeless, meaning they are living on the street or in drop-in centers. In 2010, 15 percent of Americans were classified as living in poverty. So while this issue may seem as though it is only concentrated in third world countries, this is not the case. Poverty is present everywhere, though the severity of it can vary country by country. A majority of people living in North America at first associate the concept of poverty with areas like Africa and South Asia, but all it takes is a quick trip to a homeless shelter to see that this is completely false. Homelessness due to poverty is an extremely important problem in societies around the world, especially in places like Calgary and Edmonton where winters can reach extremely low temperatures.
While the concept of poverty is the main issue at hand, the lack of public awareness regarding it is another problem in and of itself. Many believe that because they have not experienced poverty first-hand, they cannot do anything to help. However, there are numerous options available to anyone. Simply donating or volunteering at a local food bank or drop-in center requires very little time commitment and can be extremely beneficial to those in need. Many people benefitting from soup kitchens and charities are incredibly grateful for what they are receiving, and some have very intriguing stories to tell. Holding a fundraiser for a local or national charity, like Free the Children or World Vision, is also an option, both to raise awareness of this societal issue and to contribute funds towards it. If all else fails, there are numerous organizations today that bring groups of people from North America into countries suffering from extreme poverty, including Live Different and Me to We. While it may seem as though the problem is too vast to tackle, this is not the case. Any level of involvement can help, little by little, to reduce the impact of poverty on society.
Of all of the problems that are present in modern day society, there is one that is the most prevalent, and that is poverty. Its worldwide presence, its impact on such a large percentage of the human population, and the blind eye that first-world society in general has turned on it make it the most important societal issue at the moment. By recognizing the problem, becoming educated about it, and taking steps to eradicate it, such as volunteering locally and working internationally, society could drastically reduce the number of impoverished individuals and improve the future for those in need.
I’d like to start this blog off by apologizing for missing yesterday – but I was exhausted before I got to bed and the day wasn’t incredibly exciting anyways! It was still busy, however – we started out by receiving breakfast in bed (Michelle, Christi and Courtney rock!) and then we headed upstairs of rehearsal. We rehearsed all of the choreography for finals night for a few hours, and then the ladies from Motives Cosmetics arrived to do our hair and makeup! I brought in pictures for what I wanted for both my hair and my makeup this time, and I was so happy with how it turned out. My makeup artist was especially amazing because she talked me through everything that she was doing, and she did a fantastic job! I absolutely loved the look that I got. When hair and makeup was finished, we were fitted for our bathing suits (which are BCBG brand! WHAT?!) and our shoes, which are really cute! Then we got an hour and a half or so to hang out in our rooms and get ready for preliminaries.
Preliminaries began officially at 9 pm, and they were a blast! Of course, I feel that I could have done better because I was a little nervous once I went on stage, but I had a lot of fun. I have no idea whether or not I made top 20, but I know that I’ll be happy either way!
The next day, we slept in for a bit, which was awesome. We were brought upstairs at 10:30 and we rehearsed for about six hours. During this time, the gorgeous top four photogenic girls got their hair and makeup done, and did their photoshoots! We also got fitted for our opening number dresses, which are white lace and are really cute. After rehearsal, those performing a talent got a bit of time to practice, and then we had a little while to get ready for the gala.
The gala started at 8 pm ish and it was absolutely amazing. 25 of us performed talents, and the rest of the girls presented their platforms. I was really impressed with how well-spoken and eloquent everyone was when they presented their platforms! All of the talent people did fantastic as well – I know that the judges will have a very tough job ahead of them as to deciding who will win the talent prize. I played my flute, and though it wasn’t my best work, it was really fun to get up in front of everyone and share what I love with them. Of course, everyone looked stunning in their fancy gowns as well.
It’s almost 2 am so I’ll probably be pretty tired tomorrow – but I knew that I had to get a blog up before finals night! I’m so excited for tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what it brings. By this time tomorrow someone will be crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2014, and I can’t wait to see who it is. Thank you so much for following me along on this journey – I know I had a ton of fun. Here’s to tomorrow being a success!