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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What a perfect day it was for a fundraiser. Saturday, June 6th my mom an11425579_946659342061694_2161518901931052820_nd I held a big BBQ at Fresh Co! It was the perfect weather and it ended up being a great turn out! A ton of my family came to help me out which was a great surprise as well as a lot of my family came to buy raffle tickets and food from our BBQ! I got to meet a lot of really nice people that were interested in hearing what Free the Children was all about as well as why and how I became Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario.

During the time of the BBQ we set up a big raffle table, and we also took donations. We ended up raising more money than we thought and because it was such a good turn out we are definitely having another one! My goal is to raise DOUBLE what we raised for this BBQ. This time it will not be held at Fresh Co due to business reasons but my mom and I were thinking about having it at Heemans.. yum! Heemans is a Strawberry patch in Thorndale just outside of London, who wouldn’t want to come to a BBQ AND pick out strawberry’s! The location and time for the next BBQ is still up in the air but I will definitely keep you guys posted!

Until next time,
Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario.
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As I’m sure some of you may know, pageant fees and attire are a lot of money! With this being said I have made a Gofundme account so that friends, family and even strangers could help donate.If you wish to help me go through with my journey to the Miss Teenage Canada pageant just click the link below and donate! No minimum, anything helps! Thanks guys!
All the best,
Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario Donate now!
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Good evening bloggers!

This Saturday i’ll be starting my 6 weeks of fundraising for Free the Children! My first fundraiser is going to be a BBQ at Fresh Co. Free the Children is an organization that provides education to children in developing countries such as Haiti, Kenya etc. The organization helps children become engaged in there community and empowers youth to make a change. Not only do they provide workshops and education but they get youth involved in building schools in developing countries! How inspiring. My fingers are crossed that this BBQ will be a success and there will be more fundraisers to come!

Ill keep you all posted on how it did!
For more information on the BBQ  such as time and place please contact me via email; missteensouthwesternontatio@gmail.com or facebook; missteensouthwesternontario2015 

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As you all know I was in the Women’s Lifestyle Show at the convention center in March. During this time I had the honor of meeting Heather Wenman, the Canadian ambassador of L’oreal Paris.. How cool! I had a great time talking with her talking about my reign thus far and she generously offered to be my beauty sponsor as she also owns Studio H here in London!

Heather Wenman and I at her salon with my new fresh hair cut!

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