Wow! Life has been a whirlwind, but as Lucille Ball once said, “If you want something done, ask a BUSY person to do it!”
In the midst of cramming for exams, qualifying for OFSSA and kicking off my fund raising campaign for Free the Children and the Alberta Wildfire Relief Fund as part of my responsibilities for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, I have also been fortunate to have been invited to several events as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario.
My reign as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario officially began April 17, 2016 when I crowned my successor for the title of Miss Teen Ontario East 2016 Sophia Decarle and I took on the regional title of Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario. Since then, I have been busy and loving every minute of it!
My first official event with my new title was to Host and Greet at the annual MYFM Radio Home Show! What an incredible event. I was able to spend some quality time with my successor, Miss Teen Ontario East 2016 Sophia Decarle and 2016 Ontario East Ambassador Daphne Rose, meeting and welcoming folks to the Home Show, visiting with regional businesses and promoting our regional radio station MYFM 96.1.
The following weekend was a gorgeous weekend for a huge community Side walk/Garage Sale. The entire region got involved and the downtown area was a sea of vendors, crafts persons, fun activities for the family and spirited residents. It was a wonderful day to interact with the community and officially introduce my new regional title.
May is an incredibly beautiful month in the city of Ottawa as they celebrate the annual TULIP FESTIVAL. I was invited to attend a variety of events throughout the tulip festival and I got to as many as I possibly could. I really enjoyed meeting the tourists, taking photos with them and taking some time to truly enjoy the beauty of Spring in the city.
I was also invited to tour Ottawa’s Little Italy and personally decide if the famous Meatball
Sub at the PRESCOTT is as legendary as they say; IT WAS! It was great attending this event with my Mom because it was where she spent a great deal of time when she was young and living in Ottawa. We had a wonderful mother-daughter bonding day after the event visiting her old haunts.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s RELAY FOR LIFE has had a huge impact in my sister’s life and to our entire family. We have proudly watched year after year as my sister Jill, my friend Paige and all of the inspirational Survivors walk the Survivor lap in their bright yellow Survivor t-shirts. Each one has their own story and each one has struggled through their journeys. Seeing them all walking together as a show of pride and courage along with family members and friends who have been such a strong support network is truly moving every year!
The luminary lighting is also very inspiring. The music is played low and the songs are inspirational, the night is dark and the track is lit by luminaries purchased in Honour of family/friends/community members who have fought or continue to battle cancer and also by those lit in Memory of so many who lost their battles but they are remembered with love. It is surreal when you walk the track and read each message so lovingly displayed on each individual luminary.
It is emotional but somehow comforting too. Our Relay for Life event is even more special because it is organized by a group of high school students and faculty members of Renfrew Collegiate Institute. Although I don’t attend RCI, I am so proud of all they have accomplished over the past 10 years for the Cancer Society. In 10 years, this small school of 400+ students have raised over $850,000 and holds the honour as the HIGHEST RELAY FOR LIFE FUND RAISING SCHOOL in all of CANADA! Yes, they are TOP in the country! This includes Relays organized by grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities! A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT and one the entire community is very proud of! This year’s event was made extra special for all of us who work so hard to create awareness for Childhood
Cancer when the organization along with the Canadian Cancer Society announced that they would be taking $100,000 of the money raised and creating a special CHILDHOOD Cancer Research Grant in honour of my friend and a 10-year participant and committee member of the RCI Relay for Life: PAIGE DILLABOUGH! It was such a special moment and so inspiring! I hope all of you have had an opportunity to participate in a Relay for Life event in your community.
Just this past weekend, I was invited to attend the annual CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) Teddy Bear Picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Governor General’s Residence in Ottawa. What a great day! I spent the day with Miss Teen Ontario East 2016 Sophia Decarle and Ontario East Ambassador Daphne Rose visiting with the kids, meeting some local celebrities and getting to know some of our amazing military personnel. The little ones had a great time trying on the “bling” and learning the “queen wave!” It was a WONDERFUL DAY!
In addition to these major events, I have also been taking time to speak to groups and community gatherings about my Charity Platform: Childhood Cancer Awareness and also about my fund raising project for Free the Children and the Alberta Wildfires Relief Fund. I have been fortunate to have been invited to speak several times at various locations and I will continue to promote my Awareness campaign not only as part of my platform for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant but also long after Pageant week has concluded. I want to use the opportunity as a regional titleholder to get my message out to as many people as possible.
I have kicked my Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario Fund raising Project for Free the Children and the Alberta Wildfire Relief fund into high gear and I will be sure to share my events with you when my project winds down the first week of July. All to say, IT HAS BEEN BUSY BUT A BLAST so far!
I hope you will stay tuned to my Blog to share in my upcoming appearances as I continue my reign as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2016.