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I will make a large post about the competition once finals are over, but I would just like to say thank you to the sponsors of the pageant and my personal sponsors as well.
First off all I would like to give a big shout out to the companies who have donated their food! I am an Alberta farm girl through and through and I love to eat and the food here as been fantastic !!! I would recommend all of these establishments to anyone who wants to have a very delicious and filling meal! For our first supper and evening out we went to Lone Star and had sizzling fajitas which were absolutely mouthwatering! They made us feel welcome and full all at the same time!! Here is there link I would definitely have a look! https://www.facebook.com/lonestartexasgrilletobicoke I also had to write a single post for the food in the Rich Tree Market at the taco truck, mouth watering tacos, and burritos, read my other posts to hear about the mouth watering details! https://www.facebook.com/RichtreeMarket I would also love to thank Panago Pizza for their delicious pizzas! I know that I love pizza and to be able to eat a smooth piece of cheesy bread was just what the doctor ordered! @Panago_Pizza
Secondly I would love to thank the businesses that sponsored us activities to do! as much as I love all the girls I would not have loved being stuck in the hotel for the entire week, so I am very thankful for the activity sponsors and the places that hosted us! Being able to go dragon boating was honestly a blast! I loved canoeing and being able to step outside of the hustle and bustle feeling of the city while still staying with the girls and having a fun time! So I am truly thankful to the Mississauga Canoe Club for giving us lessons and allowing us to boat! https://www.facebook.com/mississaugacanoeclub One thing that we did that was truly inspiring was the trip that we had to Niagara Falls. Our counties land mark, majestic, powerful and moving in more ways then one, hahaha! A national treasure I am so glad I got to witness it thank you to the city of Niagara. https://www.facebook.com/CityOfNiagaraFallsCanada Now tigers are absolutely my favourite animals and so taking a baby tiger and putting it in the mix? Well lets just say that I am a very VERY happy girl! The fact that the Bowman zoo allowed us private time with not only a tiger cub but a lion cub as well, and then let us explore the zoo was absolutely heart warming! If you every want to go to a zoo in an intimate setting where you can actually touch the animals and truly feel in the wild, please check out the Bowman Zoo! https://www.facebook.com/BowmanvilleZoo Being in a pageant means that you have to be very lady like and when we got to experience the medieval times dinner theater, we really were true ladies! The food was delicious and the fact that we had to eat it with our hands made it even better! The show was fantastic and the company and actors were the icing on the cake! https://www.facebook.com/TorontoMedievalTimes Now what would a pageant be without a little bit of mall time?! The Eaton Center was amazing, all the people and workers were so welcoming and eager to boost up all of our confidence with photographs and positive cheers! I loved this because we even got to showcase ourselves in a public setting that was not exclusive or closed off which allowed us to interact with the public to Thank you Eaton Center! https://www.facebook.com/torontoeatoncentre I would also love to thank the Yorkdale mall for not only having us but being so gracious and sponsoring each girl a ten-dollar gift card as well as including a fabulous VIP discount card! The selection of this shopping establishment was outstanding; my only complaint was that I did not have enough money! https://www.facebook.com/Yorkdale
Thirdly I would like to thank my own sponsors. I would like to thank Elite Bridal in Lacombe for being the number one establishment to help me buy dresses and keeping me as glamorous as ever! https://www.facebook.com/elitebridalboutiquelacombe?fref=ts to one of the owners Jill, who personally made sure that I had cloths to wear. I would love to thank Absolute Custom Designs for always having my back and doing everything that they can to try and help me in this journey. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Absolute-Custom-Designs-Inc/302711446406436?fref=ts I would like to thank Reflections Day Spa for the facials as well as nails that they have provided me with. It has been a pleasure not only getting exquisite nails and other spa services but to also being able to work there for seven months. https://www.facebook.com/reflectionsdayspalacombe?fref=ts would love to thank my community. All of those who have sponsored me whether with your time, money, or good will. I appreciated every bit of what I have received. You my community have been the biggest support I would not be here if it was not for my community and I am blessed and thankful for it every day!
For lunch after going to the zoo we went to the Eatoncenter and ate at the Rich Tree Taco Truck! The first interesting thing about this is that it is a legitimate truck, inside of the mall. Secondly you have choices of tacos or burritos made fresh right in front of you! Every thing on the menu looked so good that I could not just choose one burrito instead I got the three taco option which included a taco with beef, a taco with chicken, and one with fish. All three were amazing and tasted fabulous! Each had different veggies, sauces and spices. I loved the kick of the spice in the chicken and fish tacos and the tangy and sweet taste of the beef taco. Not to forget the fact that the service was incredible. The fact that they managed to create such great quality food for eighty-two girls in such a short amount of time was spectacular. That just shows how good the workers there are at their jobs as well. The food was clean, healthy and left me feeling refreshed and ready for the next part of my day! The service was efficient, and I felt like a valued customer I would go back any time! Here is their website for you to have a look!
August 4th Rehearsal day
This day we woke up early, had a healthy nutritious breakfast with fruit, bagels, muffins, yogurt, and granola bars. Then we headed upstairs to learn our dance number and some of our walks! We met Shawn our choreographer and spent the rest of the day rehearsing and learning and creating our dance! Then we had supper at Lone Stars, which was amazing! We had Fajitas hot sizzling and fresh right on the table with delicious corn chips salsa, and all the fixings. The service was amazing and the food was just what the doctor ordered for tired dancing feet! We then went back to our rooms and received our opening number dresses, which are super cute, I can’t wait to wear mine and show it off! Then my roommate and I had quite the sweet tooth and ordered the first room service we have had for dessert!
August 5th First day on the town
First off all to start the day we went out for breakfast at the cute café and grill Egglicious, the food was fantastic eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast! I was so hungry and the bacon in the morning was just the thing to wake me up and start my day! Next we went to a boardwalk at the opening of lake Ontario and then practiced our walking in a beautiful park. We had lots of fun just hanging out and talking, we even found a poor dead little crawfish! We then went to canoe and have a dragon boat race! We split up into 4 groups and had a blast, I would also love to say that y group kicked some serious butt in the dragon boat races, go
Alberta and BC girls! After that we got on the bus and drove to the Greg Frewin theatre, to go and watch the Beyond Belief Magic Show by Greg Frewin! It was amazing, daring escapes, three separate tigers, doves, parrots, and dancing! The food was amazing, it was a dinner show and so we got to eat and watch the amazing performance! I am so thankful that we got to go it was truly an unforgettable experience. Just before we drove back to the hotel there was one more thing that we got to go do which I am so thankful for! We were able to go and witness Niagara Falls. They were breath taking at night and I am so thankful that I got to experience one of Canada’s natural wonders on such a once in a life time trip, with some pretty amazing people! I can’t wait for August 6th!
The Day Before I Left
Well not everything had gone quite to plan, the seamstress did not have my photo shoot dress done, and I had to go to Reddeer and try to find a bright coloured cocktail dress for the official Miss Teenage Canada photo-shoot with ninety dollars cash. I went to Reddeer and found a cute little pink dress for forty dollars that I wore for the photo shoot. I will not be the most glamorous girl by far but I will be unapologetically me. On a positive note I went to the Spa, which I work at and have been using as my spa of choice for the pageant, Reflections Day Spa. At Reflections I got my nails done with a simple yet elegant oval shaped set of French gel nails with a slight sparkle on the free edge done by Brittney. I also am taking control of my acne and have been getting facials at the spa, with our amazing organic eminence products. I decided to get a facial just before I leave to give my face a good cleanse. My face felt absolutely fabulous after Kaitlyn gave me my facial and I felt ready for the pageant!
Travel and Arrival
Well I woke up at three in the morning to be able to make it to the airport by 5:15! Everything was going smoothly until just before we left because just as we were leaving a skunk sprayed my dog! He is an inside dog and we could not just leave him outside so my mom brought him in and had to wash him as fast as she could!!! Then we were off to the races, washing the dog put us behind schedule but we were still making decent time. When we got to the airport the security line was HUGE!!! It was a half hour wait in line and that combined with getting tickets plus them boarding the plane earlier then we expected I almost missed my flight! Needless to say it was quite the eventful morning to begin with. The flight was three and a half hours and I slept majority of the way, pageant week is supposed to be busy and I was preparing myself! We landed and already there were crowns in the airport and I was making new friends. We got to the hotel and there were people everywhere, there were events going on everywhere in Toronto!! Because of the huge amount of people the hotel was booked solid and so we had to wait for people to check out of all the rooms before we could check into them. The hotel also made a huge mistake with booking and overbooked the hotel. We all managed to have rooms but they changed and with everything that was going on we did not get into our rooms until quite a late time. But that just gave us all more time to get to know one another. We are not done then either; next we had the welcome party where we were all officially welcomed as Miss Teenage Canada Finalists. There we got to meet the reining Miss Teenage Canada Francesca McFadden, receive our numbers, hats, new provincial sashes, shoes, opening number jewelry and shoes!! After all that my amazing roomie and I hit the hay and had a fantastic sleep!
The First Full Say of the Pageant
Because we did not go to bed until late the night before we got to sleep in until nine, which was lovely. First of all we had to go and get our hair and makeup done the only problem was that there were not enough hair and makeup stylist for all the girls because some ended up getting really sick. Because of that hair and make up took a very very long time. I was actually the very last girl to get makeup done and the fourth last to get hair done. So I had waited the longest, but that was alright because that just meant that I got to get to know people more. The reason why we were getting our hair and makeup done was because for the first day we had our official photo shoot, video interview, and judged interview. I was very happy with my interview with the judges, afterwards I even received a comment that I answered the questions excellently. The photo shoot was also fun, my makeup was nice and fresh so I am so excited to see what the photos look like! The video shoot ended up taking a very long time because it was for each girl, and so I ended up rushing back to the room after supper and luckily I managed to get mine done before the last 20 girls so I could go to my room and get all settled in. Some girls were not so lucky and had to stay late to get their videos done. Tomorrow is a new day and I am very excited to see what it will bring.
My platform for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant is volunteerism. Why did I choose this platform, well first of all I would love to explain what a platform is! In the Miss Teenage Canada Competition a platform is something that as a delegate and national finalist you want to bring awareness to that you are passionate about, for me that is volunteerism. Now I realize that in the eyes of many people volunteerism is not a world issue, that it is not a life changing altercation. However I disagree with that belief.
First off, the topic of volunteerism being a world issue, volunteers are global.There are volunteers in every community, in every nation and on every continent. It does not matter how large or small the act is. Whether or not you are picking up garbage, or attending an event that you could really care less about but you are going to support the organization, or raising funds for the local homeless shelter. Volunteering is doing things for others or your community without any expectation of a personal or monetary reward. Volunteers are instrumental in our communities without them there would be little to no social programs, and community facilities and events. Volunteers are the backbones of community because without their selflessness we would not be living in a community we would be living in an industrial block, and a selfish world.
Volunteers do not get the recognition that they deserve as are usually overlooked. This is why I chose volunteerism as my platform because it is a huge necessity for any productive community as well as it is not promoted or recognized enough. Volunteering is close to my heart because I am an avid volunteer myself. In my community I work with various volunteer organizations such as Clive Lions, Clive library, Tees ag, and I have worked at the Clive school breakfast program for 6 years. I know the hard work and dedication it takes and I also see the huge implications of volunteers because when you don’t have any, things don’t happen. If I were to win Miss Teenage Canada I would promote volunteerism by promoting 4-H in Canada but more focused on my province. 4-H Alberta, teaches youth everything that I think is necessary that schools don’t. I Revel in the skills taught through 4-H such as community awareness, teamwork, public speaking, record keeping, financial accountability, democratic experience, and professionalism. 4-H started largely as an agricultural program but it has evolved into something so much bigger you can have live stock projects, robotic projects, knitting, and so much more. In 4-H each member must have a diary which he or she records all of there activities through the year. This is where the real life knowledge and skill is put into place. To receive points for the 4-H year members must complete, a communications activity, volunteer activity, attend 70% of club events, and attend the clubs achievement day. 4-H cultivates young professionals and is a program that I fully support 100%! 4-H is a volunteer run association, the leaders who run the club are volunteers without leaders there would be no club and so no 4-H. 4-H promotes volunteerism in youth and adults as well it is an excellent volunteer organization to use as an example when I am promoting volunteerism.
It’s that time of year again. The tractors are in the fields, clouds of dust filled with the remnants of last years crops and this years dust bellow out behind them. The dry summer wind rattles the green leaves of the ever-present poplar trees. Mid July, finally the Alberta summer has arrived. Summer is a treat because of its warmth and abundance of things to do, however what makes summer so magical is its contrasting partner, the icy winter. Being able to experience both types of climates and ways of life is one thing that I think many Canadians take for granted. When thinking about Canada one could conclude that we take many things for granted in our great northern country and it is my goal today to reflect on some of those things.
When asked the question why is Canada so great, one would automatically mention our freedom, our equality, our amount of fresh water and our advances in agriculture. However those are not really what I am going to focus on today, yes they are key components of why Canada is a superior country but they are beaten to death because they are the easiest things to mention about our country.
I am an Alberta girl born and raised, but I have experienced much of my own country. I have traveled to British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. I have been to the United States of America specifically Orlando Florida, and I have traveled the entire country of Costa Rica. I have eaten dinners at operas, I have attended galas, but I have also sat in a poor mans shack, seen what poverty looks like and what true human kindness is. The reason why I have mentioned some of my experiences is so that you can see that I do possess some knowledge not only of my country but also knowledge of others so my comparisons are somewhat legitimate. For only being seventeen I can say confidently that I have seen a great amount of what this world has. I am still learning of course for one can never truly stop learning.
What makes Canada great? Well first of all I would have to say our liberal views. Canada is quite a liberal country when comparing it to others. I am a left wing supporter and Canada is taking steps every year to a more liberal government. This year in Alberta the conservative monopoly was toppled and for the first time in approximately 40 years the New Democratic Party was voted into power. In the federal government more liberal views are being expressed. Liberalists believe in the common good and Bill C-51 was passed, this bill protects individuals in this country as a whole. Canada has had gay marriage legal for close to 10 years, as well as we have eliminated the death penalty. I love the fact that we are moderates leaning to the left on the political spectrum. We still have so many individual rights and freedoms that many people around the world don’t have, but we also take care of each other whether we like it or not.
What also makes Canada great is the fact that we do take steps to preserve historical documentation, and cultures. Perhaps we do not practice this equally among our provinces and territories I know that my province, Alberta is not the best at that type of preservation. However, British Columbia and Quebec are the two provinces that in my option are exemplary when looking at these criteria. In British Columbia the care taken to not only preserve but also to celebrate their first nations specifically the Haida is magnificent. The dedication to preserve the French culture in a predominantly English country in Quebec is noteworthy as well. I have traveled to Parliament Hill and have been inside the Parliamentary library, the last remaining original piece of parliament. The care taken to preserve this immaculately kept historical gem is uplifting. For a fairly new country our care in the preservation of our history is something I am very proud of.
A final reason why Canada is such a great country is the fact that it is so expansive yet has such a minuscule population. I am very proud of our agricultural endeavors, and the fact that so much of Canada is still wild, still in its natural state. In an industrial world many of us forget that we are not machines that we are just as organic as the food we eat. We are all carbon-based organisms after all. We are far to busy making a living that we forget to simply live. If our entire country if not majority of it was industrialized mental health would decline drastically, food quality would decrease and even physical health would decompose. Canada has one of the largest reservoirs of fresh water in the world, we have so many trees and greenery that if it all was chopped and burned air quality would decrease. One of Canada’s largest exports rests in the category of agriculture. Our rural culture, and roots makes Canada great.
Well, some very interesting things have happened in my life as of recent! First of all I was able to attend a One Republic concert with one of my best friends from 4-H. The concert was absolutely amazing, all I could have wanted and more! The lead singer Ryan Tedder was astonishing. The talent of the musicians was also awe-inspiring; it was truly a concert I would go to again, and again!
A few weeks ago I was chosen along with four other students out of my school of 700 to promote and advertise our school on the radio. Each one of us chosen students were chosen for a specific category, we all were intermixed in more then one category but for the sake o organization we all were put in our own category. My category was “ heart” meaning that I am the representation of the heart of the school, an individual that they feel is involved in the community and makes a difference. It was an honour to represent the school and be able to do so on a level that will reach many people!
This last week I was a competitor in the provincial Skills Alberta competition in the Public Speaking category. Myself and 17 other speakers from across Alberta competed for gold, sliver, and bronze metals. Unfortunately I did not place but that is okay, because it was still quite an amazing experience! What was really fun was in the opening ceremonies the MC called three people to the stage to take the first “selfie” of the competition and I was one of those three people! It was a great three days that I am so glad I participated in!
The last interesting thing is that I am getting my grad pictures taken today! My aunt is a photographer and she needs to build her graduate portfolio so she and a makeup and hair artist are coming over to my property today to take pictures!! I will post some once I get them!!