Family Day at the Tecumseh mall was Superhero and Princess Day! I had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing people.

Family Day at the Tecumseh mall was Superhero and Princess Day!

This Family Day was one that I will never forget. I spent the day at the Tecumseh mall helping to promote the upcoming Ronald McDonald House in Windsor, Ontario. This event was extremely important to me because I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the Ronald McDonald House and all of the amazing people who turn that house into a home.

I had the honour of meeting Miss Teen United Nations, Miss Canada Galaxy, and two amazing volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House.

I had the honour of meeting some truly amazing people who don’t need a crown or a cape to save the day.

While I was in London receiving treatment for my eating disorder, my Mom stayed at the Ronald McDonald house. For months she was able to be near me and support me, while at the same time being supported herself by the staff, volunteers, and other families staying in the house. We met so many kind and caring people during our stay. We ate together, laughed together, and when needed, cried together.

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Never underestimate the healing power of a hug.

The Ronald McDonald House supported me during my recovery in a way that no doctor ever could. Whether I needed someone to talk to, someone to take my mind off of things with a craft or a movie, or whether I simply needed someone to help me with my homework, the people in the house were there for me. They truly became a second family to me and I am so excited for the new house to open up this year in Windsor so more families can find healing in this home away from home.

The Ronald McDonald House will forever be my second home. I can never repay them for all they have done for me, but I can promise that I will never stop trying.

The Ronald McDonald House will forever be my second home. I can never repay them for all they have done for me, but I can promise that I will never stop trying.

Thank you to the Ronald McDonald House for helping to shape me into the woman that I am today.

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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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What a day today! We got to see so many places today! 7am wake up call today but it was all worth it. Today we went to the bowmanville zoo and we had the opportunity of playing with cubs and baby tigers!! It was such an amazing experience and I am so happy I got to share it today with everyone. After the zoo we went to lunch at The Eaton center in Toronto where we had amazing tacos at a resturaunt/market called RichTree! The owner and employees were very kind and they made sure everyone was satisfied!

At Richtree market I ordered 3 tacos at the taco and burrito truck, and let me just say they were the best tacos I have ever had! I highly suggest this market as there was also tons of other selections to choose from! A lot of the other girls ordered smoothies and I tried some of them and they were delicious! I got tons of pictures but I unfortunately do not have my laptop with me so I am unable to post pictures to my blog! If you would like to see photos of me at the taco and burrito truck, and overall pictures of the location and my experience feel free to check out my Facebook page and twitter! @missteensouthwesternontario #missSWOntario

Xoxoxo,
Miss teen Southwestern Ontario

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Good evening everyone!

I’m so excited to experience this journey as Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario. During my reign I have chosen a platform that hits very close to home and that I am very passionate about. This topic is very sensitive to me and it is not something I have personally endured but it is something that I have witnessed, experienced and definitely something I would like to bring attention to.

My platform is domestic abuse. I chose this topic mainly because I feel I can be the voice for the young girls who are affected by this. People think that this happens just in adult relationships but this is not the case. Statistics and experiences of my own have proven that domestic abuse often occurs and starts at a young age. In teenage years girls and even teenage boys in some cases are in a vulnerable state and sometimes don’t know others intentions. Teenagers can be so oblivious to something so serious and harmful which is why domestic abuse is becoming more common and this is why less than 10% of Canadians report domestic violence each day.

So why is there such a rise in domestic abuse cases? Why are over 3,300 canadian woman affected by it each day and only an average of 300 woman report it. These are facts that are very devastating and are the reason why I want to help. I may not be able to help everyone, or even a fraction of all the woman affected by it, but I can try.

With my platform I am trying and willing to do what I can to help woman affected by this and to also help local woman’s shelters. This year I will be doing a jean drive to raise funds for a local Woman’s shelter in London, ontario. Currently my bestfriend is staying in a woman’s shelter due to an abusive relationship. At the age of 19 it shocks me that someone so young as she is has to resort to a shelter due to another persons actions. During my fundraising I will be donating specifically to the shelter she is in, and after this I will continue to donate to other shelters.

Aside from fundraising, I want to personally get involved and be able to listen and try my best to give girls the confidence they need to get through this. Sometimes the best advice is from
those who view situations from the outside. I am currently looking into more avenues in which I can learn more and help with this cause. I am so thankful to MTC for the opportunity to learn and grow as a person and showcase all the knowledge that I have gained and have yet to learn about my platform.

If I win Miss Teenage Canada 2015 this will continue to be my platform. This is a topic I am passionate about and I will be getting involved with as much as I can to make a change. I will continue to update everyone in any events and fundraisers I take part of during my riegn as Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario and any other fundraisers and organizations I get involved with if I win the title of Miss Teen Canada 2015.
Thank you everyone and have a great night!

Yours truly,
Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario 2015
Xoxo

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AHHHHHH,I am SO excited for this pageant! Only days away and i’m preparing myself every single day. This has been a crazy journey but it is the best experience and it is hands down the best choice I have ever made. I truly think every girl needs to fulfill this dream if they even have the slightest liking to it. It will change your view on everything, it will change your lifestyle, your friends, your behavior.. everything! I mean this in the best way possible as well, this experience changes you for the better. You meet new people, you get comfortable with your body, you gain confidence and you feel like a model! I have always been into going to the gym and eating healthy, but this pageant is motivation to stay fit and make the right eating choices, you learn to socialize with everyone, you learn to handle yourself professionally and how to get what want -lol.

So as I prepare myself for the most exciting moment of my life I am doing everything I can to make sure I take home the crown! I am working out, eating healthy, staying hydrated, volunteering and/or fundraising on average once every 12 days, getting my title out to the public and SO much more. I never thought I could fund raise so much but when you set your mind to something you can really conquer anything. Between pageant fees and charity I have raised $3,250, just in 5 months! I really am proud of myself and everyone else that has helped me along the way!

Today, I took a visit to my beauty sponsor STUDIO H for my last hair appointment and consultation. I got awesome highlights and they provided me with a beautiful hair piece for the pageant! Heather Wenman, the owner of Studio H is absolutely amazing and I am so thankful I met her and had the honor of getting sponsored by her. Thanks to her I also have the honor of modelling at the Little Black Tie event here in London, ON this September! How exciting!

Now, tomorrow is a new day and am I ever busy. I received AWESOME news that I am being sponsored by Jordan Stewart, a FABULOUS clothing store and also the name of the owner. She is sponsoring me all of my outfits for the pageant and I will be rocking them the entire week of the pageant. This being said, tomorrow I will be meeting with the manager to get styled and have all my outfits ready. After that, I have a dentist appointment to make sure I have those pearly white teeth on stage AND I have an interview with CTV London!

Stay posted as I will be posting more in detail about my new sponsor, my interview with CTV & MORE!

All the best,
Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario
XOXO

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I almost forgot to fill you guys in. Thursday, June 4th at 6pm I was in a car accident . My brand new car that I worked so hard for was hit due to someone running a red light. Everyone was okay thankfully, but by car was totaled. I had been driving my best friends mom and grandma to bingo, also on my way to ask the bingo manager for a sponsorship when I was turning left and got struck but a car who was speeding and ran a red light. No one was severely hurt but I was rushed to the hospital due to carbon monoxide levels being high because of the airbag smoke I was breathing in. Besides some bumps and bruises and being completely in shock due to what had just happened I am thankful nothing worse had happened.

Aftermath of the accident.

Aftermath of the accident.

My insurance adjuster let me know that it was in fact a write off and that I could start the search for a new vehicle. Last week I spent all day looking for a new car that I could afford and because my credit was so good from paying off all my bills I was actually able to afford the exact same car but brand new! That was amazing news to hear especially because insurance did not give me extra money for a new car so I had to start back at the beginning.  Accidents like this suck, and take a toll on you mentally and of course financially but everything happens for a reason and I will always stay positive. Now I have a an even better version of my old car !

The past week I have been working on making it into my own and “JERIFYING” it! I always try to look at the brighter side of things and although it caused a small bump in the road especially with the pageant being right around the corner, Ill always learn from my mistakes and be positive.

XOXO
Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario

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11659495_1000841756601529_8237331248793780592_nGood evening bloggers!

Most of you guys are SO lucky to be on summer break right now. Unfortunately for me I work full time so “summer vacay” isn’t too much of a vacation for me. I cannot complain about the weather though, summer is my favorite season. My first fundraiser to kick off the summer heat was spending my time at East Parks grand opening in London! During the grand opening I had the honor of handing out great coupons to families, as well as greeting at the front gates. I got to walk around with East Parks very own mascot as well and the kids loved it! Who wouldn’t want to walk around with a big T-REX!

Funny story actually, after walking around with the mascot for some time we realized we actually knew each other and had each other on facebook! That was a funny ice breaker for us, it made it that much more fun that we actually knew each other… what a small world. Regardless, I love meeting knew people and just like the mascot the rest of the management team and staff were awesome and SO welcoming! I really did have a great time, and going to east park all the time as a kid brought back a lot of memories. Hopefully I will be back soon enjoying the water park and go karts!

East Park's mascot and I snapping a selfie!

East Park’s mascot and I snapping a selfie!

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O Canada, our home and native land. I truly love the fact that Canada is such a free country. From a politcal stand point to legalities to personal appearance, Canada is so accepting. I believe as a a country we are so open-minded and we take well to change… I mean we do have to deal with our weather over here(and no we do not live in igloos). We are the second largest country in the world and I think we have so much to offer. Our culture has been influenced by so many different backgrounds and traditions, not to mention we are highly influenced by our countries first individuals, the Aboriginals. Canada is not one culture, we do not all have set traditions, we do not all conform to what we believe Canada as a culture believes in, because as Canadians we are known for peace, acceptance, freedom and being the nicest people in the world of course!

I think Canada is great because we have so many different provinces and cities that are completely different from one another.  From up North in small towns like Cobalt, Ontario to popular cities such as Niagra Falls we have it all. Niagra is so beautiful and SO fun. They have beautiful scenery along with an amazing street of fun… literally! Clifton Hill will never fail to keep you excited and entertained. There is too much to do in Niagra to even sit still. Lets not forget to mention the African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario or just about all cities in B.C that have the most amazing scenery you will ever lay eyes on!

Canada as a country always come together, we are like one big family… at the end of it all, we are ALL Canadians. Canada day is probably the most exciting day of the year. We get to represent what we live for, we have fun and we get to see LOADS of fireworks! This Canada day was probably my favorite, because I got to celebrate it as Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario. It is truly an honour having this title and being able to do all the activities and volunteering I did on Canada day. This year my mom and I took a roadtrip to Amherstburg to explore a different city and enjoy how they chose to celebrate our country. It was by far the most amazing festival ive been too.

So without further ado its safe to say we are the best country there is. I do not think anyone would be dissapointed by our diversity, our kidness, and our beautiful land. You will not regret visiting Canada, unless you think we live in igloos, ride polar bears, and say “EH” after every sentence.. these are most definitely myths, unfortunately. Thank you all for taking the time to read my short essay about why I love Canada. Stay tuned for my next blog post about some more events I have attented. 11693063_10206619041173141_192724948_n

All the best EH,
Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario

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Happy Canada day to all! I hope everyone had a fun and safe day today and enjoyed all the events that took place along with all the awesome fireworks!! Today my mom and I took a mini road trip to Amherstburg to participate in the Amherstburg festival. It is such a small town but it is so beautiful, they even had pony rides by the lake! During the festival there was bouncy castles, lemonade stands, a talent show and so much more! There was also tons of great people and awesome costumes… I got to meet Disney princesses! While I was at the festival I had the honor of handing out the Canada day cupcakes to all the guests.11713414_10206619027452798_1332537460_n

 

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After all the cupcakes were gone… which did not take long, I had the honor of handing out all the Canada day flags! The amount of guests that attended this event was crazy! There was well over 2,000 people there so you could say my hands were pretty sore after handing out hundreds of flags! I had a great time handing flags out to all the adorable kids and I enjoyed talking to all the parents who were interested in hearing about my journey. So many parents had questions on how I received my title and congratulated me.

 

After the volunteering I did I had to enjoy some of the festival so my mom and I had a bite to eat, walked around and enjoyed all the little activities and performances they had. As I was walking I came across some DISNEY PRINCESSES.. it was priceless to see all of our faces when we saw each other because we just looked at each other like “WE NEED A PICTURE” and we immediately got out our cameras and snapped some photos. I know I’m not looking at the right camera but this was the best picture we got 🙁 We still all look like beauty queens. I will definitely be attending this annually because I had a blast.11657406_10206619027492799_1193355752_n

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