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Thinking back to day 5, Thursday, at MTC 2015, it was our last day of excursions! We departed from the hotel early to arrive at the Bowmanville Zoo for a private showcase with an adorable lion and tiger cub. We sat in a large circle around the two cats while they playfully wrestled with each other. they would dart by us as if daring us to “catch me if you can!” We were separated into groups of 4 and we had the unique opporunity to touch, play and capture photos with these beautiful, playful cats. Some of the delegates were also given the opportunity to have a lemur (small monkey) sit on their shoulder. It was incredible and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you Bowmanville Zoo for giving the Miss Teenage Canada 2015 delegates the special memory and the opportunity to visit with the other animals in your zoo!
Next on the schedule was lunch at downtown Toronto’s EATON CENTRE. We were
sponsored tacos and burritos from the Richtree Natural Market’s Richtree Tacos and Burritos.I chose the Hearts of Palm Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, high fibre, low calorie BURRRITO and it was delicious! Thank you Richtree Tacos and Burritos/Richtree Natural Market for hosting us!
We continued our shopping tour at the YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE. Awaiting us outside the main entrance to YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE was a lovely YORKDALE staff member with 82 YORKDALE gift bags. Each delegate was presented with a Gift Card for the Mall, a Points Card for the participating stores and booklet of coupons with amazing savings throughout the mall. And the best gift of all…We were given time to SHOP! Thank you YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE for your generosity and your gracious service.
We headed out from the YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE and my bus buddy anticipated that we would travelling in the direction of Medieval Times! She was right! At Medieval Times were were served a very large and incredibly tasty soup with garlic bread, chicken, corn and potato dinner followed by a butter tart that was too tempting to resist. The food was amazing and the performance was just phenomenal! Thank you for a wonderful dinner and show Medieval Times! It was another incredible memory to cherish from our Miss Teenage Canada 2015 Pageant week experience.
Thank you to Michelle and the Staff of MTC for an amazing week of excursions! I am truly thankful for this experience.
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Well, another FIRST during my MTC week! I have never had the experience of ordering food from a vehicle located inside a building. To think of doing that, let alone doing it inside the 3rd largest mall in Ontario, Toronto’s Eaton Centre located downtown Toronto at 220 Yonge Street, would never have occurred to a small town rural girl from Barry’s Bay. But, when visiting Toronto’s Eaton Centre you need to do just that! Richtree Natural
Market’s vehicle is not hard to spot- a blue and white 1967 Volkswagen raptop bus! You won’t be able to resist the authentic, creative, unique look to this restaurant. It certainly catches your eye and your nose! The food smells so good! The menu at Richtree Tacos and Burritos offers other dishes aside from the ones clearly stated in their name, however the tacos and burritos are seemingly what they are known for- they were TASTY! The Hearts of Palm Burrito was my choice, and it is actually a new addition to the menu! It was a refreshing, sweet, is gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian- the hearts of palm vegetable is a main ingredient which offers an delicious artichoke taste, high fiber, and a low calorie intake; a great choice for a healthy eater. I had never heard of the heart of palm vegetable, but the unique name was one of the things that helped me make my decision! My experience at Richtree Tacos and Burritos was nothing short of memorable; the staff was so friendly, efficient, and even after definitely 50 plus photos, they still had smiles to share! Thank you to all of the staff of the Richtree Natural Market for the sweet and delicious service and for hosting all of the MTC 2015 delegates and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
Visit the website: http://richtreenaturalmarket.com , for more information and details on the restaurants of this all natural, super fresh and friendly market- it should not disappoint!
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Can you say “AMAZING DAY?”
We were told that we would be boating, and that we did, but there was so much more to our day. More than I ever would have imagined!
Our day started out with a delicious breakfast at EGGlicious an all-day breakfast restaurant located in the Mimco area of Toronto! The food was delicious. It was prepared so quickly and the staff was incredibly nice. After serving all 82 of us our breakfast, they were still up for a photo shoot with us. Thank you so much EGGlicious for a superb breakfast and the amazing service!
Not too far down the road, we made it to our next stop for the day; Port Credit-J.J. Plaus Park. Walking down the boardwalk, on Lake Ontario, alongside dozens of boats of various shapes and sizes with such interesting names was spectacular. It was a truly beautiful backdrop!
Right next door, we visited J.C. Saddington Park which is filled with wildlife, rich green agriculture and multi-coloured flowers! After admiring much of the landscape,Marc Gagnon, one of our entertaining MTC chaperones and Owner/Director of Facade International-Model and Talent Agency directed our bathing suit choreography on a large piece of cobblestone placed beside a river surrounded by willow trees, filled with ducks, with a lovely fountain in the centre. What a unique and beautiful way to work rehearsal into our day! Marc is a blast to work with, and since we were going over the choreography in a public park we had lots of spectators which made it a very fun-filled, entertaining learning experience for all!
Next on the agenda was the Mississauga Canoe Club! Hot dogs, ceasar salad, peaches, bananas, and other cut fruit were provided by the club for lunch. Once our stomachs were full, we were ready to give Dragon boating a whirl! The sport is very team-oriented which encouraged us to work together for a common cause and purpose. In addition to learning the sport, we were also introduced to several games that made it that much more fun! We embarked on an interesting Tug of War game where we were divided in half, each paddling in a different direction and whichever team traveled the boat in their direction farther was the winner! The game was a workout, and so much fun! For those of us who wanted to go in the water, we even got to swim! Thank you MTC for a very memorable afternoon!
Then we loaded onto the coach buses not knowing what our next destination would be. We were told to bring our evening wear, jewelry, makeup, heels, and crowns with us so we could change out of our casual wear and prepare for the evening’s festivities. Once aboard the bus, we were told that we had approximately an hour and a half drive to our destination which gave us time to get ourselves prepped for our dinner out! Imagine our surprise when we pulled into our destination, the GREG FREWIN THEATRE in down town
Niagara Falls! Greg Frewin is the “WORLD CHAMPION OF MAGIC”, and having the opportunity to see his show we certainly understand why! The impossible was possible for Mr. Frewin! The theatre also offered a gourmet buffet which consisted of a variety of salads, meat, potatoes, buns and desert! We ate a fabulous meal and watched a phenomenal show!.
To top off this incredible day, we arrived at Niagara Falls for a spectacular night viewing of one of the Seven Wonders of the World! The glowing red waterfall marked the end of our excursion of day 4 at MTC 2015.
Thank you very much Miss Teenage Canada 2015 staff for a remarkable day and evening!
Giving our bodies some nutritious food to begin the day gave all delegates the energy and understanding to learn how to stand, walk and dance like professionals! Fresh apples, bananas, peaches and strawberries, multiple kinds of flavoured yogurt, granola bars, moist chocolate chip muffins, and bagels with the choice of butter, strawberry jam or cream cheese on top were all offered to us! It was delicious and refreshing- thank you to all who prepared such a wonderful breakfast!
As soon as we had finished eating, rehearsal with Shawn Cuffie, the Miss Teenage Canada choreographer extraordinaire began! Heels on, standing tall, shoulders in–up, back, down–position, and with a smile on we all began learning how to stand and walk correctly! Soon after learning those basics, we started right into the choreography for several components of the Miss Teenage Canada live pageant this Sunday, August 9th; evening gown, top 10 evening gown parade, and the opening number!
We broke for lunch at around 1 pm and ate a delicious pasta from Kids Kitchen! Our lunch break was a reasonable length of time which is great to allow for all of us girls to bond and get to know each other more. During rehearsal or any event/activity it can be difficult, so having the extra time while sitting down to eat and the interact with one another is amazing. Thank you Kids Kitchen once again for a delicious meal!
The rest of the afternoon was spent with Shawn in rehearsal, and the opening number seems to be coming along quite nicely!
Dinner time rolled around quickly and all
delegates were given 20 minutes to change into a cocktail dress! Not knowing where we were headed we changed, were escorted into the lobby of the hotel and out the door, down the street to the Lone Star! So many speak highly of the food, and I certainly know why now! We were given hot meat, a variety of vegetables, sour cream and salsa with warm pitas placed across our tables to create our own fajitas. The meal was so tasty and creating the fajitas ourselves made the experience fun and interactive!
We arrived back at the hotel for fittings for our opening number and the rest of the night to ourselves! Thank you for another lovely day MTC!
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This incredible experience continues:
After a late and busy first day, we were graciously given more time than planned to sleep. Thank you Michelle! The day began at 9:00 am with hair and makeup for three major components of MTC 2015; the Judges’ Interview, Photogenic Photoshoot, and the Media Interview.
Our makeup was done by GLOW and CMU beauty academy students, Sheriff Cosmetics, and some others! Thank you Luisa Diaz from CMU who enlightened my complexion, gave my eyes a larger look, and who really is so incredibly talented in multiple areas. It was wonderful getting to know you!
Hair was done by students of MARCA College!
Thank you Paramgit! You’re work gave me the full, volumous look I asked for and more! These wonderfully talented ladies are well on their way to receiving their certificate for hairdressing!
With all of the business in Ontario’s capital, the hotel was put to the challenge accommodating to all of its guests; MTC FINALISTS, people viewing the Paralympic Pan Am Games and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade! This resulted in a room change for my roommate and I as well as some others throughout the afternoon so all of the MTC Finalists could be located together in the hotel. Edwin, my room mate and I thought our first room was meant to be as it consisted of both of our favourite numbers! Loving our new room, but that was a unique coincidence!
Our Judge’s Interviews were followed by a delicious sit-down dinner prepared by the hotel restaurant! Spaghetti, a version of fettuccini Alfredo with sausage, and colourful garden salad was served with a variety of cookies for dessert: macadamia nut, oatmeal-raisin, and others! Most of us could not get enough of the meal. It was delicious!
Topping off our busy second day the Media Interview! All of the Finalists were given the Media Interview questions in advance of the pageant, so in the interview we were prepared when the camera and lights came on! Each delegate had to explain why we want to be Miss Teenage Canada 2015 and why we think we would be a good Miss Teenage Canada 2015. We were then were given the opportunity to share an answer to one of the other questions that were provided.
Another amazing day at MTC! Each day gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know more of these fantastic ladies from across Canada. It is a true blessing!
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VOTING for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD is now OPEN! I hope you take a few minutes to VOTE for me for this prestigious award. Follow the detailed instructions below to register and then VOTE! THANK YOU!
To VOTE on line for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, please follow the detailed instructions below.
If you are already registered as a VIP Club member with Miss Teenage Canada (if you have previously voted for one an Eastern Ontario delegate in previous years (Caroline, Hillary, Grace or Sonya) you will already be registered and you can click directly on the VOTE button above to be directed to my page to submit your VOTE.
CLICK ON THE LOGO TO BE DIRECTED TO THE MISS TEENAGE CANADA website.
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Fill out the required information and CLICK — REGISTER
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Thank you so much for VOTING. I am proud to be the Delegate representing the gorgeous region of Eastern Ontario!
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What in INCREDIBLE DAY! It was ARRIVAL DAY at MISS TEENAGE CANADA!
Excitement, nerves and anticipation filled my thoughts as we drove into the host hotel for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport. Thank you so much to my Dad, Mom and Brandon who made the trip with me and helped me carry in my VERY HEAVY selection of luggage. It was a quick goodbye to them and then my once-in-a-lifetime experience began!
All of the delegates met in a conference room and had an opportunity to meet and mingle until all the girls had arrived and our rooms were ready. I met my beautiful roommate; Edwin from Lethbridge, Alberta. I am not sure how roommates are selected, but we are certainly a match made in heaven!
A brief time was allotted to unpack and get acquainted and then it was down to dinner and welcoming festivities. What an evening! I truly felt like royalty!
The generosity of the sponsors has been overwhelming! We received gifts from GOLDEN GLAMOUR GODDESSES; a company that offers spray tanning, spray brightening, air brush make-up, eye lash extensions and hair styling. This week they are offering spray tanning and eyelash extensions to all MTC finalists at a reduced cost. Be sure to visit them on facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest to learn more about their services. We were each generously given a sample of their GLAM LEGS self-tanning lotion, a loofa and some sweet scented body lotion.
We also received a stunning formal necklace and earring set sponsored by Bells and Bows Bridal Centre out of Lethbridge, Alberta. The store is owned and operated by the lovely Angeline McDonald. The have a vast collection of exquisite bridal, prom and pageant gowns. We also received Rafiki bracelets with our matching set; a bracelet that supports MTC’s focus charity; FREE THE CHILDREN.
It was a magical evening! Then it was off to bed and prepare for tomorrow which will be a day of photo shoots, media interviews and much more excitement! I will do my best to keep you updated!
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Did you know that approximately 850 Canadian children aged 0 –14 develop cancer each year? Childhood Cancers account for less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed in Canada, but it remains the most common disease related cause of death in children and adolescents aged 1-19 and the second leading cause of all deaths among children aged 1-14. The number of deaths is one-sixth the number of cases. While cancer incidence rate in children has been relatively constant since 1985, the cancer mortality rate has started to decline thanks to research funded by a variety of childhood cancer charity organizations. That is why it is essential that people recognize the need to fund these charities and help the children affected by cancer and their families deal with the disease and the treatment protocols.
Over the past 16 months, I have been very focused on childhood cancer after being introduced to many cancer champions during my reign as Miss Teen Ontario East 2014 and now as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2015. I have been able to spend time in the Oncology ward at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and I witnessed what these courageous young champions go through every day just to survive. I have volunteered with various childhood cancer charities and assisted in their quest to help kids suffering
through such a devastating diagnosis. Many of the charities that I was introduced to emphasized the need to create awareness of childhood cancer and the need to support both the charities assisting those children and their families that have been affected by the disease, as well as those charities that fund critical medical research studies. There is a definite need to develop new and more precise treatment protocols and in depth gene studies to help to find a cure for the various types of childhood cancer.
As a regional titleholder, I have been working throughout the Eastern Ontario Region with the various charities to raise awareness of, and raise funds for, childhood cancer. I am anxious to take my platform to the national level!
If chosen as Miss Teenage Canada 2015, I would like to institute the following CHARITY PLATFORM PLAN to promote my charity. My plan is as follows:
- UTILIZE Social Media to Promote and Inform
Social media is an intricate tool in the success of my Charity program. It is an excellent way to spread the work to the masses. Posting on Facebook, putting tags on Twitter and utilizing website links are easy, free and reach a vast audience. Keeping these outlets updated and current is a wonderful way to promote my Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign.
I incorporated my Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario BLOG into my project plan and I have done a SERIES called BE THE GOLD on my blog to promote to a wide audience. Click on the CHARITY PLATFORM category on my Blog to access my BE THE GOLD series. I have been receiving excellent feedback on these blog posts.
- Organize and Host Fundraising Events for Childhood Cancer Charities
In order to get my message across to others, I would organize various fundraising events for Childhood cancer charities; volleyball tournaments, trivia nights, seniors teas etc. Teams and individuals who attend or participate in the events are made aware of Childhood Cancer Charities and awareness is promoted through word of mouth advertising and brochures and posters that I would post at all events.
- Establish a Relationship with Regional/National media to Promote event
An important part of any Charity platform would be to establish a relationship with the media. I would meet with media representatives, build a relationship, introduce my charity platform, invite them to an event and encourage them to write an article or do an interview.
- Attend Charity Events for Childhood Cancer Charities
To prove my commitment to my platform, I registered as a volunteer with several of the Childhood Cancer Charity organizations in my region. Given the opportunity, I would also do this to the national charities. Registering as a volunteer means that I am immediately contacted when they have a charity or fundraising event planned. To date, I have performed all types of roles at these events from hosting, to cooking, to organizing kids games, to handing out brochures and even golfing, just to name a few.
- Encourage others to Get Involved
It is my goal to take at least one new volunteer with me every time I attend one of the Childhood Cancer charity events. It just takes a push to give another young person the initiative to get involved. Once they attend the event, meet the champions, and understand what the charities provide to the children and their families, they are hooked.
- Bring Impact to a Presentation
Awake the compassion and emotion in the audience! In order to bring the message home
and make an impact, I would bring one of my cancer champion friends to speak and tell their story. One of the most impacting visual presentations I have seen is one of my Cancer Champion’s Courage Bead Necklace; A program initiated by the Candlelighters where a child diagnosed is given a leather string at diagnosis and then every time they have a procedure, blood poke, hospital stay etc. they are given the coloured bead that represents that particular facet of their protocol. They add beads through their treatment protocol and in the end the bead necklace tells their story. These necklaces are heart-wrenching and very impacting. You can SEE what the child has gone through by looking at their bead necklaces.
- Make them Remember My Message
In order to achieve this goal, I have made Gold Cancer Awareness Ribbons that I distribute at my various appearances accompanied with a card indicating my platform. These awareness ribbons provide a visual reminder of the need to donate to a childhood cancer charity.
IN conclusion, I am hoping that by choosing “CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS” as my charity platform, I will be able to spread my passion and dedication of helping the young Cancer Champions who have changed my outlook on life, to an even wider audience of volunteers and financial contributors. It is my hope that a continued focus on Childhood cancer will help to create new and less invasive treatment protocols for kids with cancer and will also result in more advanced and generous financial assistance programs for the children and their families dealing with this dreaded disease.
I GO GOLD for Childhood cancer! WILL YOU?
AND I’M OFF to the MISS TEENAGE CANADA PAGEANT!
After all of the fundraising, shopping trips, blog assignments, media and charity appearances, I am now officially OFF TO NATIONALS!
I am so excited about meeting the beautiful young ladies coming to Toronto from across the country and making memories with them that will last a life time. I am so fortunate to have been given this amazing opportunity and I intend to cherish every moment (even those moments when my feet hurt!)
The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I wanted to take this blog to thank those special folks who have supported me along the way. I can’t thank everyone by name because this blog would take up all the space on the website but I want to single out a few:
Very Special thanks:
To the residents of my home town of Barry’s Bay and all of the wonderful local businesses who have sponsored my Free the Children “FUN”draising events, assisted with prizes and supported my throughout the past few months; my sincerest thanks!
To the owners and my work team at BARRY’S BAY METRO you have been so good to me; providing me with a flexible schedule so I could attend and host events, sponsoring some of my events and for always being behind every task that I took on. You have been so accommodating and supportive!
And to my customers from Metro – you have all been so supportive and interested in what I was doing next.
To my MOM, Janet; thank you for helping me even when I didn’t realize that I needed help. You are so hardworking, kind and dedicated to helping others. You are an amazing woman and someone I can learn from and aspire to be like.
To my DAD, MIKE; you have handled all of my business so well. No matter how busy you are, you always make time for me. You are incredibly hardworking. I want to thank you for your wisdom and guidance.
To my entire family and extended family – my 6 brothers and sisters, my aunts, uncles and cousins you have all been behind me 100% and I so appreciate it.
To my boyfriend Brandon’s family, your continued support means so much to me. My own fridge doesn’t have as many newspaper clippings of me on it as Faye’s does!
To my girl friends that have seen so little of me this past year and a half yet still continue to keep me in the loop. I care about you all so much and am so thankful to have such an incredible group of lovely, beautiful best friends.
To the MISS TEEN ONTARIO EAST Pageant team; WOW! Where to begin! They introduced me to this whole pageantry world. I was drawn to their pageant because it had a purpose; A GOLD RIBBON purpose! My life has been forever changed by the cancer champions that I have met and the charities that I have worked with. This past year I have been exposed to so much and have has so many life-changing experiences that will affect me as I go forward in life. The group of ladies that make up the MTOE Organization and their families are so generous and giving; they will try to do anything in their power for anyone. To say THANK YOU is not enough for this team. The only thing I can do is to take what they have taught me, apply it to my future and make them forever proud of my choices.
To my Miss Teenage Canada Prep Team; Delaney, Hannah, Caroline, Patti, Paige, Jill, Kathleen, Hillary and Gracie; thank you for helping me get ready for nationals and for sharing your wardrobes with me! lol
To my SILENT SPONSOR, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest in my work with childhood cancer and in my charity endeavours. I truly believe we were supposed to meet and have a part in each other’s world. I promise to do my best to make you proud!
Finally, to my boyfriend Brandon, thank you for being such a patient and supportive partner. Time commitments certainly affected our time together but you never complained and were always there to give me a hand in all of my “FUN”Draising events and charity appearances. You are an incredible person. Thank you for caring so much for me!
I wish I had the time (and fast typing skills) to thank everyone who has assisted me during my reign as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario but unfortunately I do not. I have a Pageant to get ready for! LOL, But, I am truly appreciative to everyone who has supported me and I promise to represent the Eastern Ontario region and the Miss Teen Ontario East Pageant to the best of my abilities. I can promise I will cherish every moment of this unique experience and I will be the Ambassador that you expect me to be!
HERE I COME!
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