What a fun day! We were up at 5 am this morning and we’re finally getting to bed now at 12 am – so it was long but very rewarding :)

When we woke up we had a bit of time to get ready and then we were off to be on Global News. We were on at 7:20 ish for the local Toronto news, and then at 9 something for the national news! The newscasters drew names and questions for certain delegates to answer, and though the questions were quite tough, everyone spoke incredibly eloquently. I was really impressed (and proud of us!).

After we finished at Global, we went directly to visit the CN Tower! Personally, it was my third time being up, but it was still incredibly fun nonetheless. It’s funny how no matter how many times you see that beautiful view, it’s still breathtaking! We took lots of pictures and before we left, we did a lot of camera work for the promo video next year, which was really fun. I love how we can have a chance to really have fun and be silly! I’m also really glad that we got the chance to visit the tower – I know a lot of girls really enjoyed seeing it for the first time and I’m really happy that they got the chance!

We left the tower and went back to the hotel for food around two, and we had an hour or so to relax. After an accidental nap (oops!), we went to the Eaton Centre, which just so happens to be my favourite mall in the whole world! The centre is three floors of glass and gorgeous architecture and there are more stores than one can even imagine. We got an hour and a half to shop and look around (and buy Starbucks) and then we received $10 gift cards courtesy of the Eaton Centre to get dinner! Thank you so much to the mall for sponsoring us – it’s so cool to have been sponsored by my favourite shopping establishment!

After the mall was rehearsal, and I finally feel like my swimsuit walk is improving. Everyone that I ask has such good advice and really knows what they’re talking about, so I really appreciate everyone that has helped me out! After rehearsal I finally got my eyelash extensions done by the lovely Queenie from Golden Glamour Goddesses, and I couldn’t be happier with them! She finished them pretty late, so I wasn’t able to take a picture of them tonight. But I can’t wait to not have to wear mascara :)

Lots of rehearsing and a trip to Medieval Times are both on the agenda for tomorrow, so stay tuned for a blog post update tomorrow night!

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The longest day I’ve had in a very long time was today. But I had so much fun! This morning, we all had to wake up around 4 am to be ready to go on air at 6:20 to be on Breakfast Television! We ended up being there for a while, but it was awesome to see everything behind the scenes, and, obviously, to be on TV! The hosts of the show were all hilarious and it was overall an amazing experience.

After we finished at Breakfast Television we headed to High Park in Toronto to eat breakfast at the Grenadier restaurant! Maybe it was just because I was so hungry, but the food was delicious and much needed. When we were finished we headed back to the hotel for a hair presentation by Schwarzkopf Canada, which was incredibly useful and informative! We also received two products that we could use in order to put their tips to good use. Keep track of my twitter and instagram to see some of the tips I learned from the Schwarzkopf ladies!

After the hair presentation we had an absolutely amazing lunch provided by Panera Bread. I’ve always been a huge fan of Panera Bread and had no idea that they existed in Canada!

At the end of lunch we headed out to the Yorkdale Mall to have a meet and greet at the Bench store. Lots of people were taking pictures with us, and we got to browse around the store and tweet and instagram all over the place! Thanks so much to Bench for having us! Before we left Yorkdale mall, we had to have dinner as well – and dinner was graciously provided by the people at Yorkdale. I was able to have Chipotle for the first time in my life, which is a food chain that I thought also only existed in America! It was DELICIOUS.

When we left Yorkdale mall we had about an hour of relaxation time and then we went upstairs to rehearsal. After two and a half hours of choreography and walking in heels, we received our amazingly comfortable Hi-Tec Canada sandals, and then it was time to turn in for bed! Today was a really fun and busy day and I can’t wait for tomorrow. We have another early call time, but we’ll be going on Global National which makes it all worth it!

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Today was a crazy busy day! We had a 7:50 am call time to get into hair and makeup (done by the amazing Motives Cosmetics ladies!) and then when all that was finished, we each had a video shoot, photoshoot and interview to do! I found the video shoot to be a little nerve wracking (just because it wasn’t something I was used to) but I had a lot of fun and it was nice to get out of my comfort zone. All of the girls looked absolutely stunning in their cocktail dresses!

Tonight, Golden Glamour Goddesses provided discounted spray tans and eyelash extensions for the girls. I’m going to be getting eyelash extensions, but it has to wait until Tuesday because they take so long to apply! It’ll be worth it, though – these ladies really know what they’re doing!

It was a long day and a bit of a crazy one, but of course, a lot of fun. Tomorrow we have lots in store, including meeting four new sponsors and being on Breakfast Television! (6:20 am Toronto time if you’re eager enough to tune in!) Thank you so much to our sponsors for today and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings :)

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Yesterday was our first day in Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada, and it was so much fun! I had to get up at 4 am to get to the airport for my 6 am flight, and ended up landing in Toronto at 12 pm. I had lots of time in my hotel room to relax, and then I met my roommate, Kyrie!

Around 6:30 pm we all headed up to the welcome party, where we met four of Miss Teenage Canada’s amazing sponsors! Golden Glamour Goddesses is offering on the go spray tans and eyelash extensions, Wright Salon was there giving ten minute massages, Hi-Tec Shoes offered us each a pair of super comfortable sandals, and Motives by Loren Ridinger will be providing hair and makeup for the entire week! It was really cool to meet all of the sponsors and get to talk to them about their brand and what they sell. We also got a chance to meet each other and talk, and it was awesome to finally be able to meet everyone in person! The welcome party was a great way to start off the week.

My first day here consisted of a lot of travelling and a lot of sitting, but in the end it was a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to the rest of the week even more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Because I will be leaving for Toronto TOMORROW, I wanted to post a final thank you to all of my sponsors, partners, and supporters throughout this journey. Each and every one of you has contributed towards this week and I am incredibly grateful for all that you have done for me!

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First, I wanted to thank my official sponsors for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. If you are interested in checking out any of these companies, simply click on their link and you will be directed to their website.

Bridgehouse Asset Managers

Corey Low at Icon Orthodontics

Dave Severson at Time Music Studios

Frilly Lilly Aspen Landing

Laura at Sundrops Tanning

David Reinks at the Glossary Jewellery

Bev Parken at Park Lane Jewellery

Sharon at Splurge Flowers and Gifts

Dawn Kidd at Nucerity International

Chinese Laundry

Tony Chan (TinoPhoto)

Bradley Hartzler (Bradley Hartzler Photography)

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A huge thank you also goes out to those who helped me with my Free the Children fundraiser, both by attending as vendors and by donating prizes. The turnout for the fundraiser was amazing, and we were able to put together an awesome door prize comprised of donations from all of the vendors!

Beverly Parken and Chauntel Swann at Park Lane Jewellery, both for their donations as vendors and their outstanding help with organizing the fundraiser

Amy Lemieux at Scentsy

Deanna Jones at Jockey Clothing

Jan Massinon at Arbonne Cosmetics and Skincare

Kerri Forcier at Epicure Spices

Chantelle Smith at Jamberry Nails

Laurel Sopher and Carla Stebbings-Davila at It Works!

Kate Newburn

Paisley Newburn

SCA Community Association 

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Another important thank you goes out to everyone who purchased a bracelet off of my Etsy site, or who donated through me to Free the Children!

Beth Rushing

Bert Heembrock

Fadwa Khourieh

Graeme Newburn

Tom Newburn

Jordan May

Peggy Squires

Ellen Dockman

Kathy Ward

Natasha Brubaker Garrison

Bridey Connolly

Susan de Ridder

Kim Dejikhangsar

Patty Krier

Diana Bernier

Diane Warwick-MacDonald

Danielle Wahl

Jan Parent

Fiona Tower

Jill Thompson

Esther Jackson

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And one last huge thank you goes to the organization my platform is based on, Live Different. I contacted this organization a little while after I was crowned to ensure that it was okay that I represented them, and they had no problem with it! Because of them I am able to go back to Mexico at the end of August and experience building another house for a family, and I am incredibly excited for it. I’m very happy to be representing them, and even have them linked at the top of my Facebook page.

I cannot thank all of you enough for your contributions towards my goals, and I am so happy with what I accomplished so far as Miss Teenage West Calgary. I’m incredibly excited for this week to come – so thank you for making it all possible!

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So before I leave for Toronto, I wanted to write a blog post organizing each appearance that I have made thus far, and include a picture from each event! Thank you to everyone who supported me at these events – I had an amazing time at all of them.

Festivals/Runs/Misc. Events:

The Calgary Woman’s Show Day 1 (May 3rd)

The Calgary Woman’s Show Day 2 (May 4th)

The Kingsland Farmer’s Market Spring Fling Festival (May 19th)

St. Martin’s Spring Tea (May 19th)

The Calgary International Children’s Festival Day 1 (May 22nd)

The Calgary International Children’s Festival Day 2 (May 23rd)

The Lilac Festival (May 25th)

The Kingsland Farmer’s Market Street Food Festival (May 30th)

The Calgary Marathon (June 1st)

The Strathcona Community Association Stampede Breakfast (June 21st)

The Calgary Greek Festival (June 22nd)

The Bay Bridal Showcase and Fashion Show (June 22nd)

Color Me Rad (June 28th)

The Chinook Centre Stampede Breakfast (July 5th)

The Ten Thousand Villages Stampede Breakfast (July 5th)

The West Market Square Stampede Breakfast (July 5th)

The Stampede Road Race (July 6th)

My fundraiser for Free the Children at the Strathcona Community Centre (July 15th)

Photoshoots/Important People/Media:

Tinophoto Photoshoot

With the Keepin’ It Country Line Dance Club

On the GlobalFest Instagram page

 

On the OPA of Greece Facebook page

With Miss Teenage Calgary at Chinook Centre

With Virgin Radio

In the SCA Gazette

I have had so much fun representing West Calgary so far and I’m so thankful for all of the wonderful people organizing these events for having me. Unfortunately, due to me being in Victoria for school until the end of April, I wasn’t able to make as many appearances as I would have liked, particularly when I was initially crowned. However, I am extremely happy with the amount of community involvement I was able to have over these past three months and I’m really pleased with how everything worked out! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me out with these appearances and especially to my mom and sister for helping take pictures. Here’s to many more appearances, even after the pageant is over! :)

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So while I know that I definitely did not raise the most money of all the delegates for Free the Children, I successfully surpassed the goal of $400, and I wanted to share exactly how I did that! This time around, I didn’t want to just ask for donations – I wanted to ensure that everyone who donated towards Free the Children would get something in return.

My initial idea was to sell makeup brush holders, because I’ve been making my own out of pieces of sample fabric for quite a while (if you’re interested in having one, let me know!). However, I decided that the quality was not what I wanted it to be, and I scrapped the idea pretty quickly.

My mom had seen these types of wrap bracelets all over the web selling for hundreds of dollars, and she decided that she could give making one of them a go. The final product turned out really well, and we decided that we were onto something! I’m not very good with beads and making bracelets, but my mom has made dozens of these gorgeous wrap bracelets and we have sold almost all of them. We decided that one of the easiest ways to sell these bracelets would be on Etsy, so we created our own store (to check it out, click here!). However, we managed to sell a majority of the bracelets in person. Selling the bracelets alone fundraised about 80% of the monetary goal.

To conclude the fundraising, I wanted to have an event that made a little bit of money for Free the Children, but also gave back a little to those who have supported me throughout this entire journey. After planning it for about three weeks, I had managed to secure a venue in my community, seven vendors who generously would be donating a portion of their sales to Free the Children, and numerous silent auction prizes donated by businesses and individuals. Because of my crazy work schedule, my mom and I basically put the fundraiser together the day of (we both did a lot of running around!) and so I was quite nervous that it wasn’t going to go smoothly.

My worries were put to rest as soon as the fundraiser began. We had a decent turnout (between 20 and 30 people) and the door prize, which was comprised of items donated by each of the vendors, was a really good basket of items! People seemed to really be enjoying themselves, and were talking, browsing the vendors, and eating my homemade cookies :) We also managed to see almost all of our bracelets there as well! The night went by incredibly quickly, and before I knew it, it was already 9pm. We managed to sell all of the silent auction items, and each vendor made a decent profit as well. That night alone, we managed to fundraise over $400 for Free the Children, which is a total I never expected. I was hoping for $100-$150 max, and I never expected to make this much in one night! I can’t thank those who came out enough – you are all amazing. A HUGE thank you also goes out to my mom, for all of the running around and planning she helped me with.

I set out to reach the $400 goal for my fundraising, and I more than doubled that goal. I am so happy to have contributed this much for Free the Children, and I’m really excited to have done it in fun, unique ways! Thank you to everyone who bought something or donated – I couldn’t have done it without you.

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If you’ve been in contact with me at all this summer then you probably know that I have developed a pretty huge obsession with America’s Next Top Model. It’s something about Tyra Banks’ beauty and brains combined with the really obscure and difficult challenges that the models face that make this show so good. And in the end, there is always one winner, and she takes away hundreds of thousands of dollars in modelling contracts and partnerships with companies.

Canada’s Next Top Model existed for a little while, but after three seasons it stopped airing, and it hasn’t come back since.

So while this show may not be an option for aspiring Canadian models, there is another competition that will bring about the same results! Top Model Search Canada is a pageant created by MTC-W Inc, the makers of Miss Teenage Canada! While it is fundamentally a pageant, Top Model Search Canada also provides opportunities for hopeful models to jump start their careers in the fashion industry. By flying in international model scouts and agents, each girl gets the chance to make an impression and, potentially, begin her career.

 At the end of the competition, Top Model Search Canada crowns more than just one girl. The winner receives the title of Miss Supranational Canada, while the runners up receive the titles of Top Model of the World Canada and Miss Supermodel Canada International! This means that all three girls are given the opportunity to represent Canada with their titles, and compete in their corresponding international pageants (Miss Supranational, Top Model of the World, and Miss Supermodel International). In addition, the winner of Top Model Search Canada will receive over 15,000 dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes! She will also be featured in magazines and on television, will be given numerous photoshoots, and will be trained specifically on runway. These prizes give each winner the practice that they need in order to be successful in the modelling industry!


Now for the details: girls between the ages of 17 and 26 may enter. Because this is a modelling competition, Top Model Search Canada contestants must be at least 5’7 in order to compete. However, anyone under the age of 19 of any height may compete in Miss Teenage Canada! Contestants must also be Canadian citizens. The pageant itself will be held from August 12th to 17th in Toronto. If you are someone with ambition, drive, a love of fashion, and the passion for being on stage, then this competition is for you! Modelling experience is not needed – if you are willing to learn and practice, the Top Model Search professionals will teach you all that you need to know for the pageant! They aim to build confidence, grace, and ensure that each contestant knows everything that she needs to know about the modelling industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are numerous award categories for the contestants in Top Model Search Canada. These include Swimwear/Fitness, Best Posing for Camera, Best Cover Model, Best Smile, Best Hair, Best Commercial Model, Best Editorial model, Best Spokesmodel, and Photogenic Appeal. There are a huge number of opportunities for participants to be recognized in the competition, and even those that don’t win awards still have the opportunity to be scouted by agents!

If you’re at all interested in getting into modelling and you enjoy meeting new people who have the same passions that you do, I highly suggest applying now! 40 contestants will compete in Toronto and will receive numerous workshops from the professionals. So why not allow yourself the chance to participate in the ultimate modelling pageant competition in Canada?

Good luck to all of the girls that will be participating in the competition this August! I wish I was able to compete this year, because it is such a great opportunity for aspiring models!

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The concept of beauty pageants has been around for many years. In fact, the first ever modern-esque pageant was held in 1859, in Scotland. Presently, pageants have developed and changed as the years have passed, and there are now thousands  offered across the world, and they have expanded to fit virtually every age group, ethnicity, size, and stage of life.

Canada has it’s own fair share of pageants, ranging from small regional shows to huge national competitions – and this is where Miss Teenage Canada (formerly Miss Teen Canada-World) comes in! Since 2008, MTC has been a forerunner in the pageant industry in Canada, and it is undoubtedly known as the biggest teen competition in Canada.

Though the modern day Miss Teenage Canada was created just six years ago in 2008, the concept of “Miss Teen Canada” was born in 1969. For the first three years it was open, this competition was entitled the “Miss Teenage Canada” pageant (exactly like the modern day version I’m participating in, in July!). However, in 1972 it was renamed “Miss Teen Canada“, and this is the pageant that most parents remember. This pageant was a very large one – it was televised by CTV and it was all over the newspapers. This is partially due to the fact that pageants were very popular in that time period. Winners were given huge opportunities, including high-profile appearances and trips across the globe. The Miss Teen Canada pageant was, unfortunately, shut down in 1990 due to financial issues.


One of the main reasons why I decided I wanted to participate in Miss Teenage Canada was because of my aunt, Nancy-Jane. She competed in Miss Teen Canada in 1977 representing Sudbury, and she won! I found numerous images and snippets about her in newspapers due to the success that she found from her title. She was given numerous opportunities during her reign, including an all-expense paid week long trip to England! Her experience was a strong contributor in making me decide that I wanted to participate in something like Miss Teen Canada.

The boy on the left is my dad, by the way!

All images taken from the INCO Triangle in 1977

Miss Teenage Canada, as I stated earlier, is the top teen pageant in Canada. Owned by MTC-W Productions and produced by Michelle Weswaldi, it’s success can be attributed to it’s huge list of prizes for the winner, it’s incredible media exposure, the notable people that have hosted and judged it, as well as the fact that each delegate is chosen from a preliminary pageant held in their home province. Each winner of Miss Teenage Canada is given the opportunity to participate in Miss Teen Universe, which would be an incredibly cool experience to have.

Miss Teenage Canada does not only provide opportunities for its delegates – it also contributes to numerous charities. This year and in past years, Miss Teenage Canada has been working with Free the Children, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the charity each year. This year alone, Miss Teenage Canada will make a minimum of $25,000 to donate to Free the Children through their delegates. Each provincial pageant also represents a charity – in Alberta this year, we raised funds for Cardiac Kids. Additionally, each winner of Miss Teenage Canada receives a trip through Me to We to Kenya, which increases the level of first-world support going into third-world countries.

I, personally, applied for Miss Teenage Canada because I’d seen their Facebook page, and I knew a few other girls that had participated in years past. I am so incredibly grateful to have this opportunity, and I can’t believe that in 11 days I’ll be boarding a plane to Toronto! This experience has given me so much more confidence in public, and it has allowed me to make some truly amazing friends. I know that if I were to win, I would be incredibly excited to really promote my platform and the organization that I represent, Live Different. I’d also be very happy to take my title with me to Mexico in August! I’d like to be a positive role model for girls across the country, just like my aunt was (and still is today!). There hasn’t been a winner representing Alberta yet – so, of course, I’d like to be the first!

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Yesterday was a super fun day for me because I was able to hand out medals to half-marathon finishers at the Stampede Road Race! This race consisted of a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and kid’s race, and had cash prizes for the top three in each group! It was a sold out race that was capped at 1950 participants, and the race this year supported the charity Can Praxis, an organization who works with Canadian Armed Forces veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For more information about this charity, click here.

I was a little worried about the weather in the morning – it was quite gloomy and there were even a few raindrops – but as the day progressed it got sunnier and it turned out to be quite a lovely day! It was a really fun experience to hand out medals to all the finishers, and I was really grateful for the opportunity. At one point I even heard the announcer talking about how “Miss Teen West Calgary is at the finish line handing out medals!” which was really cool! I felt a little bit like a celebrity :)

These were the medals for the half marathon. They're meant to resemble bolo ties, which are very Stampede-y :)

Congratulations to all of the runners who participated in the race – you all did amazingly! Thank you so much to Alan and the Stampede Road Race for having me and making this appearance so fun, and I will be sure to be back next year. To visit the website of the Stampede Road Race, click here.

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