My name is Kathleen and I am proud to be representing the beautiful Eastern Ontario region. I am proud to be a farm girl! Yes, I live on a 5th generation farm in the beautiful rural village of Douglas with my parents and two older sisters. I have a dog Molly that I love with all my heart. She was a puppy when I was born, so we have grown up together as the babies of the family. Living on a farm also means LOTS of cats! Sometimes it feels as if we are running a cat farm, not a beef farm.
Most of my summers are spent working on the farm, where I drive tractors and bale hay! And although like any job, it’s not always the ideal way to spend your summer days, I wouldn’t trade it for anything because working on the farm has taught me to be responsible and hard working. When my family is not busy working the farm, we spend our days on the water; fishing, water skiing or swimming. I live in such a beautiful area with some of the most amazing lakes and rivers so we take advantage of that as much as we can. In the fall and winter my family loves spending time at our camp where we have bonfires, go hunting, fishing and have family time away from the farm chores with friends. I love going there! Some of the best times are made there with the people I love the most. I love spending time with my friends and family. They mean everything to me! Family first!
Currently, I attend grade 10 at Opeongo High School. The high school experience has been incredible so far! I love taking part in extracurricular activities, and am a part of every sports team at my school. Although I enjoy them all, my favorites would have to be basketball, hockey, volley ball and Track and Field.
If you can’t find me on the court, ice or field, you will probably find me in the school’s auditorium, drama or music room. I am an active member of my school’s vocal class and had the honor of being a lead in this year’s musical performance of Grease. Getting a lead in the school’s musical really allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and realize my love and passion for singing, acting and performing.
I am also an active member of my school’s athletic association and am the representative for my grade on the Student Council. My sights are set on the Vice President seat for the 2016/2017 school year. My favourite subjects at school would have to be English or Music. I love being able to express myself and both subjects allow me to do so.
In my spare time I love to play music. I’ve taken piano lessons for 8 years and have taught myself to play the guitar and ukulele.
Outside of the school environment, I am always happy to volunteer and take part in various events and community sports. I play club basketball, volleyball and hockey. I come from a very small community that is very close-knit; everyone is always there to help when needed, so I find it incredibly important to give back and contribute. In 2009, my sister Jill was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I realized then that being a part of such a caring community is indeed a gift!
April 2015, just over a year ago, I entered as a delegate in the Miss Teen Ontario East pageant; a pageant held in my area for girls in my community. The Miss Teen Ontario East Pageant is a charity-based, not-for-profit organization and is a proud official fund raising and Awareness event for childhood cancer and several charities that help kids with cancer. One of those charities is Candlelighters, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that provides comfort and resources to young cancer patients being treated in Eastern Ontario. Candlelighters provided my sister Jill, and my whole family the support and the resources we needed to get through that traumatic time in our lives.
Over pageant weekend I made many new friends, had so many unique experiences and gained an inner confidence that I didn’t know I had! I really stepped outside of my comfort zone and so did all of the other delegates. It was an incredible weekend and was made even more memorable when I was crowned Miss Teen Ontario East 2015.
Being crowned Miss Teen Ontario East 2015 was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I have taken part in some extraordinary events and met some incredible people over the past year. I will cherish all of these memories in my heart forever. Throughout my reign I volunteered at over 50 events throughout the Eastern Ontario region; each one just as exciting and eventful as the last. I learned so much over my reigning year and I feel as if though I really found myself.
Now, I have handed over my Teen Ontario East crown and I have taken on the title of Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2016. I plan to keep expanding on my volunteer experiences and community events and look forward to continuing to give back as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2016. I am also excited to introduce my charity platform; CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS to my new readers and followers. If I can introduce even one person to the challenges faced by kids with cancer and their families, then I have made an impact. GO GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness! I am also excited to start my fundraising for Free the Children and to take on my other duties that come with my new title. I’m so excited to take part in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant and I can’t wait to take in all this experience has to offer!