Wearing my Teen Ontario East Crown and sash

My journey as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario began 14 months ago when I was crowned Miss Teen Ontario East 2014 at the annual Teen Ontario East Pageant.  I was honoured to hold the title for a year and became very involved with the Organization and our charity platform; Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Throughout my reign, I attended over 40 events and volunteered with a variety of charities.  All of the events were special but the most poignant event was Light Parliament Gold last September when I lead the parade of Childhood Cancer survivors and their families down to Parliament Hill in Ottawa and participated in the ceremony to light the Peace Tower GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Leading the Parade of Childhood Cancer Champions to Parliament Hill

 

It was an emotional evening; inspiring, bittersweet, sad, but mostly the evening motivated me to do all I can to create awareness of, and raise funds for, Childhood Cancer.

Parliament Lit GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The Teen Ontario East Pageant organization has been dubbed the “pageant with a purpose” because it is a not-for-profit organization consisting of ALL volunteers who work tireless hours throughout the year hosting fund raising and awareness events for Childhood cancer.  Their main event is, of course, the annual pageant held every April.  The production is a sell out every year and proceeds from the pageant and other fund raising events are donated to various childhood cancer charities.  It is a unique pageant experience open to all teenage girls who reside within the Eastern Ontario Region.  Not only do we have the opportunity to participate in a pageant and an incredible production, but we also have the opportunity to be educated on Childhood Cancer, the charities that support it and the effects it has on the brave young heroes stricken with the disease.

Crowning my successor Miss Teen Ontario East 2015 Kathleen Barr

Miss Teen Ontario East holds her title for one year, and then after crowning her successor, she takes on the title of Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario and represents the pageant organization at the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant.  On April 12, 2015, I crowned the beautiful Kathleen Barr Miss Teen Ontario East 2015 and I was crowned with the Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2015 title.  I have been continuing my appearances as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2015 and look forward to expanding my charity involvement to include the Free The Children Charity;  the official charity of Miss Teenage Canada.

I have been so fortunate to have had the experience of holding the title of Miss Teen Ontario East 2014 and now I am proud to be representing my “home pageant” at the national level.

I have often been asked about the stigma associated to pageants and I can only reference my pageant experience so my answer is always the same; “I have gained life experiences and volunteer opportunities through my association to the Teen Ontario East Pageant and now with Miss Teenage Canada pageant and I support and encourage young ladies to participate.  Pageants have given me the opportunity to expand my horizons, polish my public relations skills and have enriched my life through the people that I have met”

I am proud to be a ‘PAGEANT GIRL!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep tuned in,

Theresa

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