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As a Regional Delegate from British Columbia. I arrived in Toronto a day early on the Saturday at roughly 6:30pm. The next day was a fun filled day where I got to meet all the delegates at the welcoming party which was lovely by the way. It was an amazing night and I made friends with the sponsors and people that will be last a lifetime.
At 6:30 pm we entered into the ballroom at the Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto to attend the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada. I was feeling rather excited! Everyone was dressed in beautiful cocktail dresses and I for one wore a white and black cocktail dress which is one of my favourite dresses I own.
I went from sponsor to sponsor taking photos and talking with them to get to know a bit more about them. This is my first time officially visiting Toronto besides always connecting through on flights and I must say this city has a beautiful sunset. Truly it was spectacular, the sky was streaked bright orange and pink as the sun fell beyond the horizon.
Even more beautiful than the sunset was the people I made friends with. They were so outgoing and funny, similar to myself. I decided to make this blog post unique in a way that many others haven’t. I wanted to experience some of the events along with talking about Sunday night, which was amazing.
The party was lively and people mingled all throughout the night and near the end Sarah, the winner of MTC in 2015 cut the welcoming cake for us which was awesome. She’s very sweet and I got to talk with her a bit too. The upcoming days got me excited as I encountered many sponsors and took tons of cute pictures.
Now let’s meet the sponsors…
Anyone who knows me knows I like to keep my teeth very clean. Oral hygiene is very important me and guess who I look forward to seeing? Archer Dental! It’s said they have Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes specially monogrammed from Archer Dental because when we’re competing for the crown want to keep that smile beautiful. Thanks Archer Dental who will be giving out toothbrushes. That’s awesome! And who doesn’t love monogrammed stuff! Hygiene is always essential for pageants because you must keep in tip top shape.
Nuvango created a shareable moment center by offering up some designer clothes and a full length mirror. I’m a sucker for clothes, and I’ve even checked out their online site and so should you! Fashion is a girl’s passion. Later in the week I will visit Nuvango headquarters (Tuesday July 19). I was very excited to go visit and see some of their expensive designer apparel!
Nuvango is beautiful and I even got a chance to check out their online site which I love. Everything is so unique and no clothing item is the same which I enjoy. They also base their print and design off artists and if you know me I love art! Drawing especially is one of my favourite hobbies.
We visited Nuvango on the Tuesday, and the studio was beautiful. They take extra care with all their products and they are definitely designer. One of my favourite things was to see the sewing machines and how everything was handcrafted. Nuvango puts so much effort into there products and I’m planning on buying some products in the future.
I tried on a handcrafted skirt that one of the girls made and it was phenomenal. Check out the photo below, it was one of a kind. Beautiful, stunning and trendy I would like to buy one in the future, haha but I’m going to need to save some money to be able to afford it. That’s okay, it’s a small price to pay for a gorgeous skirt!
All the delegates are also getting a free pair of designer sunglasses from V.P.I. Canada.
I found my pair of my glasses online for $28.00! Thanks VPI Canada . I love them and will make sure to wear them out for all our outings, Here’s a pic of me wearing my shades at the party!
These sunglasses are defiantly going to be useful through the Toronto heat. Thanks V.P.I Canada for protecting me from those rays haha. These glasses are gorgeous and I will continue to use them in the future.
Who doesn’t love the London look? Rimmel I look forward to seeing Rimmel London in the future. Thank you Rimmel! I can’t wait to see what this company has to offer. I have heard of Rimmel because it’s a well-known make up brand but I’ve never gotten the chance to try it. While In Toronto I plan to try it before I leave and I’m sure I’ll love it. I’ve heard many great reviews on it. Not only that but I’ve seen many advertisements for it.
Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the party collecting all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016 and then projecting it live at the party. Even better, they make a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto. Not only that but the mass of spontaneously issued images and text from all 65 delegates will be archived on this page in the Miss Teenage Canada main site and on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network / Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016.
Now who doesn’t love chocolate? My favourite is milk chocolate! Yummm. Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party doing chocolate tastings. Sam made a very informative and delicious chocolate tasting exhibit – after each sampling he generously gave out gourmet chocolate bars , and or edible flower chocolate bars, depending on each delegate’s individual preferences, as discovered during the tastings.
I got a lovely gift basket that had amazing chocolate such as milk chocolate malt balls that came in a cute little container and also cheesecake chocolate. Delicious!
Sally Hansen will be providing top of the line products. I shop at Sally Hansen often and I think it’s great store. It has a variety of products from hair to makeup and nails. It has all things a girl could need. If you have an fashion emergency Sally Hansen has your back.
BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY
Another fun exhibit at the Opening Night Sponsors’ Party was from Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which teaches golf lessons at six golf courses west of Toronto.
On Weds July 20th we’re all going to the golf academy to play a one-hole golf game for two ladies golf jackets (which are prizes from SWING active wear) at the end of our group lessons on two different courses. Here at the party there was a live mini golf attraction set up for us to practice our putting. We visited this beautiful place and not only were there golf lessons but also a country club.
We got to play a round go golf and Bradlee Ryall taught us himself which was super cool. Not only that but I learned that I really like golf an wouldn’t mind lessons when I get home, I think it could become a new hobby of mine.
After golfing we went back to the country club we got to eat at Iggy’s restaurant which was located there was an assortment of food such as sliders, shrimp tacos, shirley temples, pizza and a lot more food. I loved it all, the food was amazing. Thank you Iggy’s restaurant, next time I visit Toronto I hope to stop at you’re fine restaurant again. I also want to thank Brandlee Ryall for the amazing day. I loved it!
Now this sounds so cool! Archer’s Arena looks cool and unusual. I am excited to try it and they visited opening night. At the party there was a bow and arrow (with a giant marshmallow on the pointy end) and everyone took turns trying to hit a paper target that was setup in the ballroom. Guess where we’ll be on Thursday? At this place! On that night, look for the hashtag #archerytag.
BATA SHOE MUSEUM
We’ll be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. Did you know it’s the only shoe museum in North America? I feel pretty special having the opporutiny to go visit. I love shoes and knowing about all different types and the reasons behind their make is fascinating and an important part of our fashion history.
This place was very cool I liked all the shoes we saw. They were cool and I loved how they came from all different periods of time. History is fascinating! It was really cool seeing some shoes that were made of caribou knee hide which sounds weird but the hide is waterproof and creates traction in snow. Who knew?
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Delegates are especially advised to seek out and introduce themselves to Daphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto. These ladies are part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience. They will be boosting our social media and I really appreciate them helping boost us all over social media!
Miss Teenage South Western BC
If there’s something i love it’s editing photos and videos to my liking. It’s a fun hobby I have and I love it, this to me wasn’t a challenge but a great opportunity to show Miss Teenage Canada my editing skills. I had a blast making this banner.
Sign Source Solution, a multipurpose printing company, has generously donated a roll-up banner. Specialized in manufacturing business signs and event signage, this Toronto-based company will send a representative to the finals night on July 24th. But here’s the fun part! The design they like best gets to be put on a real life size banner that’s 33 inches wide and 80 inches tall and will be used in future Miss Teenage Canada competitions. How awesome would it be to have your banner for all to see? The winner also gets to pose next to the masterpiece on that night. Whoever that lovely delegate may be should be proud of herself for all the hard work she put into it.
Drum roll please!
Tadahhh! What I like about my banners is that I kept with 3 simple colours, pink, black and white. I next then wanted to emphasize the “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful.” This is because everyone is beautiful in their own way. For the girl I wanted to have a silhouette of a girl because no matter what you look like, whether you’re blonde, brunette or a redhead, tall or short you can be the next Miss Teenage Canada! Thank you and I will see you tomorrow Toronto!
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC
My platform has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people. I leave for Toronto in a few days now and as I look back, I reflect on all I did over this past year to help with my platform.
- Special Needs Christmas Hamper
- Going to a special needs track meet
- Going to visit the BASES program with my little sister
- Meeting with families
- Visiting a therapeutic riding facility called PRDA
- Variety Children’s Charity
- Princess Party (taking place in August)
It’s been an honour to be apart of all these events and even more so having the opportunity to meet some inspiring people. I loved every second of it, and helping others put a smile on my face.
Why did you chose your platform?
I chose my platform because my little sister has special needs and I’ve always looked out for her. Family is everything to me and I am so close with them all. Jada, my sister, has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and an severe learning disability. Ever since I was a little girl, I’d always looked out for my little sister and had been a fierce protector of her while she was at school. Jada has always meant the world to me and even though she looks up to me I look up to her too. She’s taught me patience, compassion and how strong the emotion of love can be because she really inspired me to do this. Before I was leaving the morning to go compete in Miss Teenage BC that day Jada said “you can do it, Madison!” And that really spurred me on, I want to show my sister that if you put your mind to it anything is possible. Even when I spoke about her on stage she told my mum while I was speaking about her that she felt like her heart grew bigger and she loved me so much.
What change do you wish to see for your platform?
As a little kid, labels aren’t something you’re born with saying they’re taught to you. For special needs kids I feel like a label is put on them that means “they’re different.” I want that label to be ripped off so there is no exclusion of any child. I noticed this trend in elementary school with my sister where she maybe got invited to one birthday party and even when she went she told me that she felt left out and other kids weren’t playing with her. No one should ever feel this way and I want to see that change in the future. I don’t blame this on anyone but how they were taught. I want to educate children and adults alike about special needs kids.
What will you do?
I would want to start with schools first off and hold presentations in schools about special needs kids. I would educate them on how to accept those who are different from them. This is beneficial in the long run because it teaches children compassion, patience and acceptance which is beneficial for any child. I also want to raise awareness by speaking out about places like PRDA that offer therapeutic riding. These are hard spots to find and I want to promote these facilities because horseback riding is not only good for special needs kids but great for teens or adults who want to get exercise and also for those who just want a good friend. Spending time with horses has so many benefits, they’re similar to therapeutic dogs. I also want to speak about local charities in the area so anyone can offer a helping hand.
See you in a few days Toronto! <3
Thank you for reading this.
Dedicated to: Jada
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC
A lot of people have been asking me why I decided to enter a pageant and before I get into that I would like to say that it’s been an honour to be given an opportunity to be apart of this. I’d seen the Miss Universe pageants on TV and I remember when I was young seeing pageant floats in parades. It had always fascinated me, the girls were so beautiful and their confidence was radiant.
Before Miss Teenage BC I’d always been reserved and shy in school, I wasn’t the greatest public speaker either, but around close relatives I could talk a mile a minute. I’d always been the type to always try and push myself. The thought of trying something new would allow me to learn something about myself. Miss Teenage BC allowed me to truly come out of my shell, I got to help out my local community as well as continuing to help out in Jamaica. I’d never felt so confident and Miss Teenage BC allowed me to learn to be confident and well-spoken in front of a crowd. The day after my competition I had a presentation in school and even my teacher commented on how I excelled compared to other presentations in that class.
Even now the effect this competition has had on me has been huge. It’s made me the best version I could be of myself. I feel fearless to speak in front of groups of people and approaching strangers which used to make me really nervous is a breeze.
I’m so glad I decided to compete because I feel like I’ve impacted others lives around me and these events I’ve done have been some of my most favourite memories. The bond I’ve formed with the fellow BC delegates have made this journey even more unforgettable.
For those who knew me before this competition know that me on stage in front of a crowd would have my anxiety through the roof. Any other girls who are interested in pageants should go for it because it changes you in such a positive way. I’m forever grateful that I competed once but now get the pleasure to compete again in Miss Teenage Canada in just over a week
-Your Miss Teenage South Western BC
My beautiful province of British Columbia is located on the sunny coast of Canada. Today my post talks about one of my favourite places and a highly popular tourist destination. More than 52% of it’s residents have a first language other than English! So no matter what language you speak there’s guaranteed a person who you can communicate with. Vancouver was ranked the third ‘most livable city in the world’ and the 10th cleanest city in the world. I want to make today’s post interesting, and fun.
So I want to treat my reader as if they’ve never seen or visited our beautiful city. That bridge right there off in the distance is Burrard Bridge and one of the five bridges entering the city. The city is actually surrounded completely by water. The backdrop you see in that photo are the North Shore mountains which can be a treat to go skiing on in the winter.
Summer is a time for people to be visiting the Sea Wall which people both walk and bike along during the summer. That photo right there is the Sea Wall. I love it and make sure to walk along it every summer.
Also don’t forget our beaches, which are full of sun tanners, beach volleyball players and runners. We are a very active city and no matter the weather we are always outdoors. We are ranked one of the fittest cities in Canada. One of my favourite beaches is the beach in English Bay where every year they hold a fireworks competition and this year Disney is coming to compete for team USA in the competition, I am defiantly marking my calendar for that spectacular event.
Another trademark of our city is Stanley Park, ranging over a 1000 acres, it’s larger than New York Central Park. It was named the top park in the ENTIRE world. The Seawall that I talked about earlier actually wraps around Stanley Park. Our Vancouver Aquarium is located in the park, beaches, restaurants and even a yacht club. There’s endless activities in the park. Right now on Tuesday’s they’re having outdoor movies held in the park that attract thousands!
Now one of my favourite things is food! I am a huge foodie and if it looks good and smells good I’ll try it. Vancouver has food from all points of the globe some of my favourites include Japanese in which I visit one the oldest restaurants in Vancouver called Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse. How cool is it for someone to cook in front of you? No wonder it’s been in the heart of Vancouver for well over 5o years.
Another spot I enjoy that’s particularly cute is called Cafe Crepe. It has food for all hours of the day from sweet breakfast crepes to savoury crepes. They also offer a wide range of breakfast items in the morning and you can dine in our get everything to go. It makes my stomach growl from just thinking about it. Yet if you’re not in the mood for a crepes or Japanese there are many food trucks right around the corner…literally. The streets of Vancouver have food trucks from Mac and Cheese to Thai food and even vegan food. All of it is delicious and there is something for everyone in Vancouver.
That’s what’s so special about Vancouver, no matter where you’re from there’s always a place right around the corner to make you feel at home.
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC <3
I know this post is a bit late I am sorry but I wanted to retrieve a lot of photos which took a few days to gather from photographers. What brightens up a post more than some lovely photos? Now you may expect this blog post to be all about what Canada Day was like but I wanted to dig into it a little bit about not only the festivities on that day but what it is to be Canadian.
I myself come from a mixed background, my father is Jamaican and my mother is Scottish. What I love so much about Canada is that whether or not you were born here you are always welcome, and when you’re here you’re Canadian. I love the fact that there is something for everyone here, for example if you’re into surfing we have our beaches. If you like a scenic winter wonderland we have our beautiful mountains and busy cities parallel to our forests that make you feel as if you’re the only person on Earth.
Canada is beautiful not only in the way that I get to enjoy all four seasons but also it’s people. It doesn’t matter what your race, culture or religion is, you’re welcomed with open arms. And of course there are the stereotypes where everyone says eh, and enjoy maple syrup showers. But we are so much more than that, on Canada Day I was downtown and hundreds of thousands of people were there celebrating our country. I met lots of people, specifically a couple from Europe who said how much they loved Canada and it made me feel proud.
Myself and other BC delegates took part in the Canada Day parade. We waved to the crowd, and blew kisses as the crowd clapped and waved and some even blew kisses back haha! At the Hats Off Day Parade I had a guy ask me to dab from the crowd and again it happened during this parade. There were many photos taken with all sorts of people on Canada Day, some of my favourites were stormtroopers. Despite the us being in the parade for over half an hour it felt like only a few minutes. I wanted to rewind time and do it over again. I had never seen so many people, the streets were overwhelmed with people. It was probably one of my favourite moments in my life. Never had I felt so proud and loved. That Canada Day will not be forgotten for many years to come. It was so memorable and every step towards Miss Teenage Canada has been so unique and amazing.
There have been so many amazing moments for far with all sorts of people. I love our country! Thank you for the opportunity that Miss Teenage Canada has given me, I couldn’t have done all these amazing events without your support.
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC
A few days ago I got an amazing opportunity to go be a guest at the Sparkle Project. Myself and four other girls were sponsored to go which was lovely. We had a great time, from taking photos in the photo booth to having sweet desserts and enjoying the nice day. But what I really loved about the Sparkle Project was how inspiring it was, all these women and a few gentlemen in the crowd of course made it a really special afternoon. We heard from numerous empowering speakers on their battle and how the Sparkle Project has benefited them. Not only that but also how they’ve changed others and I was very inspired. At the end of that day I went home with a big smile on my face, and I felt so good. All these people came together to make it a perfect day.
There were silent auctions, and many other women selling things such as Stella and Dot. If you’ve seen my Facebook page, you’d be well-aware of my weakness for Stella jewellery. I made many friends and took photos will all sorts of people. Everyone there was so kind and uplifting; I couldn’t stop smiling.
What I learned from that day and one very truthful thing one woman spoke about is how in school we were taught everything from math to english and even on nutrition but no one ever taught us how to love ourselves. Really there is no manual or cookie cutter way to love who you are, it’s all completely up to you as a person. I think that really hit home for me because for many years, I found it hard to love myself. For years I had been bullied from elementary school and even onward to high school. It had made it difficult for me to look at myself and not see every imperfection. There was no book that you could open and at the end it was fixed. Many people my age struggled with the same problem, I knew of that because so many of my friends would confide in me about how they felt about themselves.
What the Sparkle Project showcases to be your own kind of beautiful, which is much like my motto I had put in when entering Miss Teenage Canada. No one’s the same and that’s what makes you just so much more amazing. We all have a quality that’s unique to us. A funny exercise that we had to do was to shut our eyes and imagine ourself in one word. We were all asked to shout out what word we thought best described us, mine for example was creative. Everyone’s word was different and that’s the beauty of it. It was proof that we were all unique.
After the event was over I felt amazing. I thanked Crystal the woman who organized the Sparkle Project for all she’d done and how hard she’s worked. It was an event that I hope to attend next year again and hopefully even bring some friends with me too.
There I am holding the sign of “be your own kind of beautiful.” I loved all the photos we took!
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC
Sponsors include: White Spot, South Surrey Smiles, BC Lions, Pink Lime Spa, Casbah Evolution
Today I got to go to a very unique event. A theraputic riding academy that was established in 1973 for those with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities. It’s perfect because it combines two things that mean so much to me, horseback riding and my platform of children with special needs.
It was a rainy day as I made my way out to the barn to watch their horse show which had 60 riders competing in many different events. Some in obstacle courses and my favourite to watch which was jumping. I used to be a competitive show jumper myself for several years and watching others do it put a smile on my face. It is so empowering to be on top of a horse, and all you can focus on is you being one with the animal. Riding helped with emotional stress that I had and it really soothed any worries in my life. My horse was my closest friend who seemed to almost read my mind and knew exactly how I felt. Her name was Marina, and she was my best friend. I loved her.
I decided to look into therapeutic riding and some of it’s benefits. Did you know riding is one of the most progressive forms of therapy? The ability to control a horse provides it’s rider with self-confidence and sense of accomplishment. It also improves balance and decreases spasticity by due to the rhythmic motions and warmth of the horse. It forms friendship and not to mention it’s so fun! Riding has so many benefits and I loved being at PRDA.
The barn was huge and I visited two of it’s beautiful rings. I happily settled with watching the jumping and everyone who participated in that event was amazing. Everyone was so encouraging and cheering for all the riders including myself. My sister loves riding, just like me and she hopes to start at that barn this summer. I met a man by the name of Bill Hendricks who is a volunteer coordinator. He was very kind and he was very nice to talk to. Bill said I could even ride along side with my sister this summer which would be amazing. I would love nothing more than for her and I to ride together
I missed being in a barn, it was like being back home all over again. <3
Your Miss Teenage South Western BC