“It’s impossible,” said Pride
“It’s risky,” said Experience
“It’s pointless,” said Reason
“Give it a try,” whispered The Heart!
I listened to my heart and here I am! My name is Alexa and I am proud to be representing the gorgeous region of Eastern Ontario.
My hometown, Eganville, is set near the heart of the Ottawa Valley on the Bonnechere River and is home to 1,500 residents. Our area boasts that we have scenic spots for miles, water front to be envied by all, tourist attractions like our famous Bonnechere Caves but we are most proud to be the home of Canadian Olympic 800m sensation; Melissa Bishop! The area is engulfed in red during the Summer Olympics and Go Melissa Go signs are a prominent fixture on everyone’s lawn.
I live on a small lake just outside of the town. Living on the lake definitely has its perks. My family enjoys boating, swimming, tubing and of course I have been known to catch a fish or two! It is a wonderful place to call home and certainly provides hours of outdoor entertainment when friends and family are around.
“Family isn’t an important thing, it’s everything!”
Our family may not fit the description of what a “standard” family would be but we work in our own unique way. I am very fortunate to have an amazing older sister; Mackenzie who is always there to support me in everything I do.
I am extremely fortunate to have an amazing mom who encourages me to follow my dreams and is there to lend a hand or cheer me on through all of my endeavors.
My dad was re-married last year at the local park in the centre of Eganville and both Kenz and I were proud to be part of his day.
We are unique but we work!
“Learn to Live” is the motto at Opeongo High school where I am now a proud senior! A proud Opeongo Wildcat, I am also a member of the Opeongo Athletic Association assisting in running sporting events, extracurricular activities and providing leadership to the younger student athletes. Myself, I participate in a wide variety of sports including volleyball, soccer, track and field, badminton and basketball. Opeongo is well known for our competitive basketball teams and one of my most memorable high school moments was last season when our basketball team qualified second at EOSSAA. My favourite days of the school year are when we host our intramural sports day tournaments highlighting ball hockey, ultimate Frisbee and speedball!
I love to try all sports but my passion is soccer! I started playing soccer when I was eleven years old and have worked very hard to progress my skills. My parents and coaches encouraged me to attend some development camps and I was invited to train and play with a regional team in West Ottawa. Today, I am still competing with an older team at the West Ottawa Soccer Club and it has given me the opportunity to meet team mates from a variety of backgrounds and personal stories. We are all different individuals but with a common goal; to compete at our highest level in a sport that we love! Soccer is definitely a passion of mine and one day I will never forget is the day that the women’s FIFA World Cup came to Ottawa and I got the chance to watch Alex Morgan, my inspiration take the field!
Volunteering and giving back to my community has always been an important part of my life.
For the past seven years my family have been volunteers for the IAMALIVE dog rescue foundation located just outside of Ottawa. We take in stray dogs, teach them, train them and love them until we can find them a forever home. It makes your heart happy when you rescue a dog and then help them live the life that they deserve. The hardest part is then giving them up for adoption which is why we have had three “failed fosters!” Ultimately we fell in love with the dogs we were fostering and adopted them into our family!
Over the past couple of years I have expanded my charity and volunteer work thanks to my involvement with the Teen Ontario East Pageant organization; a not for profit pageant group that raises funds and creates awareness for Childhood Cancer. I have been fortunate to have been a representative with the pageant and have attended a variety of events and met some amazing young cancer champions. It is a life-changing experience seeing what a child with cancer endures on a daily basis just to survive. I hope you will keep following my blog as I introduce my charity platform; PROMOTING CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS.
I am so proud to be representing the Eastern Ontario Region at this year’s Miss Teenage Canada Pageant! Please follow my blog to learn more about me, my region, my charity platform and to get an insight into my preparations for the national pageant!