Tired, yes. Excited, yes. Nervous, you bet! I arrived around 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the Pierson Toronto airport, with a group of my lovely Alberta pageant sisters. From there we were picked up, and headed to the hotel! We arrived at the hotel, where we then met our roommates! We unpacked and prepared for the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada – Sponsor Party happened in the Meeting Room at the Edward Village Hotel in Toronto Ontario at approx 5:30 on Monday 07 Aug 2017.

Once my roommate and I got down there, we were seated in rows. After some brief introductions and some speeches by Michelle and Rob, we were set loose to venture to the assembly of sponsor tables.
It was amazing too see all the tables, and the support these companies gave.

Our Alberta Sashes were all laid out on display to be claimed, as well the Miss Teenage Canada pins! Each contestant received a number, in which we will compete in ordered by province, my number is #10! This was really the moment that everything got real, it wasn’t until then that the fact that I was finally at nationals really sat in. After months of hard work and preparation it’s finally here!

Our shoes from Nine West were on display and we were encouraged to try on the shoes and get our shoe sizes recorded. We get the actual shoes later tonight before preliminaries! I’m so excited to wear the shoes, they not only are really cute, they are also something that I’ll be able to wear outside of nationals! So I’m really excited!

Miss Teenage Canada Sponsors are mostly small to medium size business entrepreneurs who see value in supporting this segment of society. For one reason or another this pageant is a perfect partner for each of their enterprises.

Rob himself was running the Archer Dental booth and giving away dental supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste from the famous Toronto dentist Dr Natalie Archer, a local business leader who champions women in the sciences, and who has supported the pageant for many years.Lilly Liao from Street Chic fashion magazine was there. Lily’s team published over thirty fashion blogs, submitted by over half of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates, just last week! If I had one word of advice for Lily regarding her magazine I would suggest, to post more on social media accounts where more people will learn about it. Other than that I thought she created an amazing magazine, and a fabulous place to showcase fashion.
My magazine article was “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful, in Lethbridge Alberta”
This is a direct link

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful in Lethbridge Alberta


Lily gave everyone a nice new pair of earrings and they were soooo cute! I got little heart with little stones at the top of the heart!

Dahlia DeSouza from UptotheTime Watches was present and on her table was a display of attractive time pieces from their online catalog. In addition to receiving a necklace, we were asked to select the watch we would pick if we WON the Miss Teenage Canada title next Sunday night. So we are really excited to see who is our next Miss Teenage Canada!

Judy a music teacher at the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga was there running an Instagram #MTCSongSolo challenge.
Delegates were invited to select one of five instruments and record a musical performance on Instagram using the #songselfie hashtag. The prize for the video with the most likes at the end of the week, and the winner will WIN a new cordless microphone!

Hashtagio social media aggregator was set up to show the Instagram feed for #MTC2017. Just like last year, all the best shots are being collected and displayed on the website in a special Go Behind the Scenes via Instagram page. So I mean for me I love Instagram so I’ll be posting lots with this hashtag, so check it out!!

This service is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom and all week long we are encouraged to use our cell phones and mobile devices to post our best moments using that hashtag.

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any outfit no matter your style or occasion. Headquartered here in Toronto, the company sells online all across Canada; Superadorbs is built with feminine style for individual expression.
Super Adorbs jewellery and fashion accessories gave us all cute little gift bags, which were sooo cute!!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/superadorbsco/
also pls add Alice Li on Facebook –
Instagram: @superadorbsco
Hashtag: #superadorbsco (Be creative with your photos!)
Social Media Contest: The contestant with the best social media coverage will win a special $70 gift pack from Super Adorbs! It will be filled with accessories and goodies! 1) Hashtag “superadorbsco” on your Instagram and Facebook posts so we can track it 2) Inbox your Miss Teenage blog post URL about us to @superadorbsco on Instagram
Extra Fun: 3 Geofilters will be available on Snapchat from 5-10pm for contestants to use and send snaps to their friends!
The table was run by Alice Li, Miss Toronto World 2017 who returned to the very room where she was a VIP delegate receiving gifts from sponsors less than a month ago. Alice placed fourth in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada pageant.
And there was food! Man probably a main highlight of the night! I mean after all, who doesn’t love food?! It was so funny because I was worried that at nationals no one would eat, I was very wrong. We eat so much, but we also take care of our bodies while doing it. So far the food has been amazing!

And there was cake! The cake was so pretty, and delicious! It was hilarious becaus there was no forks, so I walked into the room and all these girls are eating with their hands, probably one of the funniest sites I’ve ever seen. We did get forks, but we were all so excited we didn’t want to wait!

And there was a media wall, that had “Miss Teenage Canada” logo printed all over it, where we took lots and lots of pictures! I mean after all there was 60 girls there, you bet we took lots of pictures!

Here are Darren Lee’s Pictures ,


Until next time…

Yours truly,
~ Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017

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I am so thrilled to announce that my article has been published! I’d like to thank my sponsor MISH Fashion & Swim for the beautiful outfits! They were absolutely gorgeous!! You can check out their website for lots of stunning outfits! http://www.mishfashionandswim.com/

Check out the article on Street Chic!

 

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Until next time..

 

Yours truly,

 

 

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful in Lethbridge Alberta

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A little bit more about me and my platform. As many of you all know, I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. This comes with lots of responsibility! Since a young age my parents have demonstrated the importance of achieving good grades and obtaining a  good education. Education has been a huge part of my life. This year was my 4th consecutive year as an honour student, and I couldn’t be more proud to choose “Promoting the importance of education.” as my platform.

First off, what is so important about education? Well you see, education isn’t only about going to school every morning and getting good grades, education helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life, as well as it helps to shape our identity.

I am very fortunate to be raised in a country like Canada where I have been blessed with the right to education. In so many countries youth, such as myself, are not given that opportunity and right. This is heartbreaking, as there are so many talented and amazing youth with so much potential.


This is why I feel it is my duty to promote the importance of education, because so many others don’t have the opportunity to attending school. So often the importance of education has been neglected, as so many youth do not understand why it is important.

I have made it my mission to promote the importance of education, in hopes to educate other youth, as well as to make a change by making education available to all youth around the world.

What will I do?

First off, exposure. That is key, as not very many people are aware that this is an issue. Since the Alberta pageant I have been given the title, “Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017” with my title I will use this by attending events, meeting new people, all while sharing my platform among more people!

Second of all, using this time to fundraise. Miss Teenage Canada this year has asked us to fundraise for the charity “Free the Children.” This charity is a perfect fit to my platform, as they also fundraise money that is then used to bring education to third world countries. Thus I have fundraiser a total of approximately $500 in the past couple months by doing bake sales and accepting private donations, as well as working very hard to help in away that I can.

Third of all, I will continue to promote my platform throughout my year of being Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017. My goal is to use this time as an opportunity to make a difference. A quote we have all heard before, “There is no time like the present.” This is true! There is no no better time to start making a difference, than right now! It is an issue that can’t wait, it must be now.

In conclusion, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me thus far as I prepare for the National Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. It is so incredibly heart warming to be surrounded with so many amazing individuals who have gone out of their way to help me in making this a reality. Until next time…


~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

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Many of you who know me, know just how much I love Alberta. When I got the assignment to choose my favourite place, it was a bit challenging. I started off by making a list of places in Alberta, and from there I narrowed it down to one, Waterton. Waterton National Park is a very unique place. From the breathtaking scenery, crystal clear water, beautiful array of flowers, and hikes, it has something for everyone.

There’s something special about Waterton, I can’t put my finger down on what exactly that is. However, I can most definitely tell you that the scenery will make your heart skip a beat. Unlike many destinations, Waterton is unique. It captures the utmost beauty of Alberta, from its roaring waterfalls, to the glass like lakes. There is so much to see in Waterton, and you don’t need to go far, it’s everywhere! I am fortunate enough to live only an hour from Waterton, so I get to embrace the full effect of the jaw dropping scenery on the drive there.

The water, is something special alone. It is as clear as the most transparent diamond. So incredibly refreshing, clean, and pure. There is nothing like jumping into the glacier water after a long, hot day. Living in Alberta I have come to realize just how fortunate I am. Many places in the world do not have access clean water. Often times the water that children will play in will be brown, murky, and filled with dangerous chemicals and diseases that can cause long term health effects. Waterton is somewhere that you don’t need to worry about that, you can bring your children and let them play in the clean water without the worry that it might make them sick.

Close your eyes and imagine you are in a field of wildflowers, the mountains lay in the background and the sunset fills the sky with the most vibrant pink, yellow, orange, purple and blue. Now open your eyes. Wouldn’t that be amazing to be able to see that in real life? Well you can! Waterton is famous for the array of wildflowers offered within the park. Anything from daisies to tansy’s. I personally love flowers, it is one of my highlights each time I visit Waterton. As I have been preparing for Miss Teenage Canada, I’ve began to learn to look at things in a different perspective. A few weeks back I was hiking, and I came across this area that was filled with the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. As I thought about which flower was my favourite, I simply couldn’t. I couldn’t choose the most beautiful flower, as each one of those flowers was beautiful in their own way. I thought deeper and I began to realize it is just like this pageant. Each and everyone of these girls I am competing with are so unique and incredibly beautiful in their own way. I cannot wait to get to know each of these amazing young women!

There is nothing better than going on a hike in Waterton! You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy the hikes in Waterton, they have hikes for everyone! They range in difficulty from a short strolls to steep treks of several days duration. Hiking is a great way to set goals, and achieve them. I came across a quote given by Barry Finlay that stated,

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

I found this quote so inspirational, as it is true. Some things may seem impossible, or you feel like it’s better to just give up. Just remember to keep “climbing” don’t give up just because it is hard. In the end it will all be worth it, and at that moment you will realize just how amazing you are no matter who you are.

In conclusion, I’d like to express the love I have for not only Waterton, but for my province. I am so incredibly blessed to have been born and raised in this wonderful Province. It is my home. I love it with all my heart, it makes me who I am, and who I will become. There is no greater joy than to know that I will be representing Alberta at the National Miss Teenage Canada Pageant 2017 in 6 days!! I am so incredibly excited to meet all the amazing delegates, as well as grow from this amazing experience. Until next time..  

 

Yours truly,

 

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

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First of all I would like to thank all the participants who attended the Light The Night Walk in Lethbridge, Alberta.

What is Light The Night Walk all about?

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC)’s Light The Night Walk funds vital patient support services, advocacy, and lifesaving research across Canada. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and walk in unity, at twilight, each holding an illuminated lantern – red for supporters, white for patients and survivors, and gold to remember loved ones lost.”

I am so grateful to be able to attend an event such as this, it was so personal and very touching. I was able to meet so many inspiring people who have been through so much with very little recognition. One thing I found very astonishing, was the amount of people that have been affected by this sickness. It really opened my eyes, for there are so many people all around us who have been through so much, and maybe someone who you wouldn’t even expect.

Thanks to all the amazing participants, they were able to raise $10,000 that will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!!

 

Overall this event was a successful event! Until next time 😉

 

Yours Truly,

 

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017

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Thank you everyone who came out to the Magraths Farmers Market and bought treats for “Free The Children Charity”! It was a great turn out and I am thrilled to say that we raised $237.55!!

Some might wonder what they do? “Free The Children implements its development projects through its “WE Villages” program, formerly known as “Adopt a Village”, in rural China, Nicaragua, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Haiti, India, and Ecuador. The program is made up of five pillars: education, clean water and sanitation, health, opportunity, and food.”

What is really unique about Free The children, is that on average 89% of every donation goes directly to the children. This is what really stood out to me as I prepared for this event.

As some might already know, after lots of discussing and deep thinking, I have recently decided to redirect my platform to promoting the importance of education, my dream is to one day work with an organisation that gives kids who can’t afford proper education, the opportunities they deserve. I chose this platform because it is something that I am very passionate about, almost 25 million children will never get to go to school because they simply can’t afford it. This needs to change, I am prepared to spend numerous hours and hard work to fundraise for free the children this summer. In hopes to make a change and help kids who are relying on us to help them.

Once again, thank you everyone who came out! Keep posted for other fundraiser events I will be hosting for Free The Children through this summer!


Yours truly,

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017

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Chautauqua festival was yet again another amazing event hosted in Raymond Alberta! This was my first year attending the Chautauqua festival, and what better way than volunteering?!

I wouldn’t have even known about it, if it wasn’t for Tasha Reeves coming up to me at a previous event I was attending. Asking if I would come out and spend time with the children, talking about my road to Miss Teenage Canada Nationals 2017, I was thrilled! I immediately contacted two of my Pageant sisters, as they both lived in the Areas that the Chautauqua festival represented.

Some might be wondering, what is Chautauqua all about? The Chautauqua festival occurs every year, between Magrath, Cardston and Raymond, Alberta. The Chautauqua festival is a time where our communities come together to celebrate the areas that we live in, this years theme was, “Canada’s Mormon Trails” this was such a unique experience to be part of, as I originally come from Calgary. It was so fascinating to learn more in depth about my hometown, as well as my neighboring communities that I am representing throughout my year of reign!

I was able to meet lots of truly inspiring people, all while having so much fun! We were given a tent, where we spent time making crafts with the kids 😉 I personally love anything to do with arts or crafts, so honestly I couldn’t imagine a better day! At one point I had a little girl come up to me, asking if I was a princess then pointing at my crown. My heart melted as I saw her smiling little face staring up at me, I just smiled shaking my head as I continued to ask her how her day was. She began to tell me about how her family came to Chautauqua to spend time together. She continued to tell me more about herself, including her many brothers, which I can definitely relate to as I have 5 brothers!

Overall Chautauqua festival was another amazing event! I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have been given to become more connected throughout my communities. Until next time!


Yours truly,


~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

 

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Saturday was the annual “Nature Play Day” held by the Helen Schuler Nature Centre at Henderson Lake. What a great way to get out of the house all  all while trying lots of new things!


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It was so great to see so many people out and about, trying all the many different stations.  Some including parkour, painting rocks, hammocks, kayaking, and the horses.

My personal favourite was the parkour station hosted by “Breathe Parkour Lethbridge”. Incase you don’t know what parkour is, it’s a sport where you move along a route with different sets of obstacles, achieved by running, jumping and climbing. I not only got to learn more about parkour, but I got to actually do it! I loved the whole set up they had, and I thought it was such a great way to get kids involved all while having a blast!


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It was truly inspiring seeing the community come together, making this event so successful. B93.3 and Country 95.5 helped out by supplying healthy snacks for the kids, as well as the Lethbridge Developmental Assets Collaboration supplied delicious lemonade! Not to mention everyone who volunteered, and took charge of all the different stations!


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The whole event was overall a success and I can’t wait to go again next year! A quote that sums up Saturday for me is,

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” -Aristotle 

I am so beyond grateful to be given the opportunity to compete in Miss Teenage Canada 2017 Pageant, this summer in Toronto! I love not only attending events, but really getting involved in doing the work. Since starting my journey towards the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, I have learnt so much, and been able to engage in my community.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!

 

Yours truly,

 

 

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

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It was a successful day at UFA! Today was filled with bright smiles and loads of laughter, all while successfully promoting UFA’s “Farmer’s day” event. It ends on the 10th so if you haven’t already stopped by, be sure to head on over and you can enter in a draw to win a prize!

As many of you may already know, UFA stands for “United Farmers of Alberta”. Some may simply think it’s just a catchy slogan that they use because it’s easy to remember, but that is where they are wrong.

As I attended this event I noticed many things, more specifically how incredibly important our farmers in Alberta really are. UFA sells the proper equipment to make it possible for our Alberta farmers to do their jobs. Farmers are the base of our country and without them we would not be what we are today.

I am so grateful to be able to live in Canada, and realize how incredibly blessed we are to have so many amazing people that makes Canada the country it is today. Overall I would definitely say today was a success, and I can’t wait for my next event! 🙂

 

Yours truly,

 

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

 

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Yesterday I had so much fun volunteering at the Canadian Tire “Jumpstart For Kids” show and shine car show in Lethbridge!

In case you were wondering what Jumpstart is: Jumpstart is a registered charity that helps kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and physical activity.

I am proud to say that the show and shine car show at Canadian tire was a great success! All the money raised was donated to jumpstart where it will then be used to help kids in our community!

Not only did I get to spend time with my pageant sisters Grace Linitski, Mackenzie Murphy, and Dakota Sugai, I also had the pleasure of meeting some very inspiring people. One man in particular named Lawrence, touched my heart when he told me the story behind the truck he brought to the car show. His son had been working on the truck for years but wasn’t able to finish it before he died of cancer. In memory of his son he decided to finish the truck. Since then he has won several trophies on behalf of his son.

Needless to say, the day was a success and I wouldn’t change one thing about it. I am so grateful for Angeline from Bells and Bows for arranging for me to volunteer, as well as everyone who made this event possible. It was an amazing day and I can’t wait to be part of many more events to come!

Yours truly,

~Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017 <3

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