Hello everyone! My name is Olivia and I am ecstatic to announce that on January 24th in Toronto, I was crowned Miss Teenage South Western Ontario.. Through this blog, I invite you to follow me on my journey to the Miss Teenage Canada competition. The next few months are going to be filled with fundraisers, public appearances, charity events and potentially a fancy dress or two. I am so excited to share this experience with each and every one of you.

Winning the title of Miss Teenage South Western Ontario is a dream come true for me. I cannot wait to use my title to make a difference in this world.

Winning the title of Miss Teenage South Western Ontario is a dream come true for me. I cannot wait to use my title to make a difference in this world.

Now a little bit about me. I am currently 18 years old. I was born and raised in Kingsville, Ontario and am proud to call such a charming, little town my home. Found on the North Shore of Lake Erie, Kingsville is Canada’s southernmost town. Growing up with two older brothers, left no room for boredom. Whether it be spending time at the beach, exploring the forest near our house, or taking our sleds down the big hill, we were always finding something to do outdoors. So it should come as no surprise that protecting our environment is something that is important to me.

Me and my brothers have always loved exploring nature.

My brothers and I have always been close and exploring the beauty of nature together has always been something that we cherish.

Plans for the future. I am currently attending the University of Guelph in the hopes of one day becoming a dietician. Having personally struggled with an eating disorder, I know how important proper nutrition is to overall well being. I want to help others to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential and I know that the first step to that is having good health.

They say that rubbing the beak of the Gryphon at the beginning of the school year brings academic success. But in order for it to work, you have to attend all of your classes and do all of your homework.

They say that rubbing the beak of the Gryphon at the beginning of the school year brings academic success. But in order for it to work, you have to attend all of your classes and do all of your homework.

Hobbies and interests. At the beginning of the school year, I joined a sorority here in Guelph called Pi Beta Phi. Overnight, I went from having two brothers, to having 30 new sisters. The sorority values integrity, lifelong commitment, honesty and respect, philanthropic service to others, personal and intellectual growth, and sincere friendship. These values are all things that I identify with which is why this sorority is such a good fit for me. I have met so many strong and independent women and made so many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The main philanthropy of Pi Beta Phi is called Read>Lead>Achieve, and it supports a lifelong love of reading which leads to success and productivity in the future. As  a bookworm myself, getting to share my love of reading with others really puts the icing on the cake for me.

A little bit sassy, but oh so classy.

A little bit sassy, but oh so classy.

Sports. Growing up, I was always a very active child and I have played almost every sport.  I have danced, done competitive swimming, done gymnastics, been the goalie of a hockey team, been the captain/MVP of my high school’s soccer team, played volleyball, done track-and-field, played tennis, and finally, played basketball. Now that I am in University, my studies take priority over my love for sports, but I still find time to go to the gym. Lifting weights and doing yoga empowers me. It shows me what my body is capable of and that is something that I believe everyone should experience at some point in their lives.

Dance allows us to use our bodies to express what words cannot.

Dance allows us to use our bodies to express what words cannot.

Volunteering. Giving back to the community is something that I believe in the importance of. I have always loved getting involved in as many ways as possible. I have participated in the local Relay for Life several times, I have helped run volleyball clinics for local youth, I have choreographed for my high-schools Glee club, I have worked at produce stands that support charity, I have participated in a car wash to raise money for my school, I spent one summer volunteering at a Day camp for kids, I organized a yard sale to raise money for cancer, and last summer I volunteered at an animal rehabilitation centre. I love volunteering because I believe in the power of kindness. One good dead can start a chain reaction and before we know it, we are making a difference in the lives of many.

Relay for Life is always an amazing night!

Relay for Life is always an amazing night!

My platform. As Miss Teenage South Western Ontario, I plan to use my title to inspire youth through promoting self-love. Self-love can be achieved in many ways. Through learning to love your body through the power of sport, connecting with nature, nourishing your mind through reading, enhancing your soul through volunteerism, or simply learning to accept yourself for everything that makes you you! When we love ourselves, we can accomplish anything that we put our minds to. One of the reasons I decided to compete in the Miss Teenage Ontario competition in the first place was the pageant’s motto “Be your own kind of beautiful”. We are all beautiful, we all have things that make us special and unique, and if we grow up learning that, then it will be harder to forget.

It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you are not.

It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.

So now that you know a little bit about me, I hope that you will join me over the next few months as I travel to the Miss Teenage Canada competition. I promise that there will never be a dull moment.

Ta ta for now,

Olivia

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