“Is it the swaying maple trees
Or the chilly winter breeze
That makes us Canadian?
The pucks on the ice
The line in the water
Is this Canadian?Beaver
Is either the beaver 
Or the moose
Even the goose,
Making us Canadian?
Last time I recalled
That was not at all,
Making us Canadian.Canada Strong and Free
Being Canadian is an honour
Free country as they say.
We have rights,
Everyone does in Canada
Canada freeWe are more than a simple hello
Or a complicated goodbye
Canada is more than “eh”
Free range, ready to explore
Because in Canada your life is an open door.”
                                                                                                       -Avril Levins

While we are rightly glorified hockey champions, with Olympic medals this is not the mainCanada hockey reason why I am proud to be Canadian. Our diverse wildlife throughout the vast expanse land of Canada is impressive and quite captivating this is not the main reason why I am proud to be Canadian. Our pancakes and waffles may be the most tasty in the morning due to our flavourful maple syrup but this as well is not the main reason I am proud to be Canadian.

Canada mosaicThe fact that Canada is a beautiful colourful mosaic of people from different cultures and walks of life, that we openly accept is the reason why I am a proud Canadian. Without our accepting nature I may have not been in this country today. My mom immigrated into this gorgeous country from Ireland with her parents when she was a baby. Being a Canadian citizen I am not just allowed, but encouraged to be proud of both my Irish heritage, and of being a part of this glorious nation.  This accepting nature is what draws so many people into this great country, and makes them  wish to become Canadian citizens.

Canada is also known as a great humanitarian entity, which is another reason why I am a proud Canadian. Canada’s humanitarian assistance funds in 2013 is a mind blowing 5 billion USD. While we are mocked for saying sorry so much it speaks to our character, of being reflective modest people. Saying sorry has even been found to boost happiness and strengthen relationships.

Our great country is also a renowned country in the rights for everyone. In Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms it is clear that every person in Canada genderequalityregardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic religion, or physical or mental disability is considered equal. Canada is a world leader in women’s rights, Canada was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women setting the bar internationally. Canada again set the bar high when they became the first country outside Europe and the fourth around the world to legalize same sex marriage in 2005.

If these reasons do not make you want to be Canadian take a look at a dominant figure in Terry FoxCanadian history, Terry Fox. This hometown hero who lived a city away from me in beautiful British Columbia is an inspiration to everyone. Terry’s dream was to run the Marathon of Hope, where he would run across Canada, from ocean to ocean in the hopes of raising money for cancer research which he had lost his leg to. Somehow Terry Fox remained cheerful and determined with a goal set in mind to help the lives of others. He ran an unimaginable average of 42 kilometers per day during his marathon of Hope, through all types of weather including wind, rain, and snow. Unfortunately Terry lost his life when the cancer came back in his lungs this time. He had not died in vain. Today this amazing young man is an inspiration to not just Canadians, but people all over the world. Terry had accomplished his goal of raising a dollar from every Canadian towards cancer research during his Marathon of Hope. His memory has not been forgotten and Terry Fox Runs are now held every September in Canada as well as in over 50 other countries. Terry’s story inspires all of us to become the best that we can be, realizing that anything is possible if we try hard enough.

These are the main reasons that I am a truly proud Canadian.

Canada is in no way “eh?” Canada is truly amazing.

Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia,

Kayla

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think is right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”                                                                                                                                       ~John Diefenbaker

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What a busy couple weeks it has been! With graduating, working, and volunteering there has not been much time for anything else. Fortunately I had the opportunity of being interviewed by Peter Verge and Bianca Solterbeck on “That Talk Show” that airs on Shaw TV. “That Talk Show” is a brand new TV show that showcases the best in our community. It was a

Sitting with Bianca and Peter on set!

Sitting with Bianca and Peter on set!

load of fun on the show, and I was able to talk about my platform, sexism and inequality in sports. I love being able to have the opportunity to talk about my platform at any chance I may have. Bianca and Peter were both so lovely and nice genuine people it was a pleasure to talk to them. They are also very impressive individuals. Bianca is a Leo Award nominated writer and producer for Shaw TV, and Peter worked in social services for 6 years helping others. WOW! Peter and Bianca also mentioned a paper that I wrote during the interview here is a link to it for those who wish to read it: sexism and inequality in sports paper.

For anyone who has not seen the interview yet here is a link to it on YouTube! Leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of it.  Link to Kayla’s Interview on That Talk Show

While I was in the waiting room of “That Talk Show” a man sat down beside me. What is so important about this man? He was none other than BOB(ROBERT) LENARDUZZI! For those of you who don’t yet know of this man, he is the President of The Vancouver

Meeting Bob Lenarduzzi!

Meeting Bob Lenarduzzi!

Whitecaps, B.C.’s MSL team, as well as a North American Soccer League star, Canadian International, and coach of the Canadian National and Olympic men’s soccer teams. As if all these accomplishments were not enough he is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, and was voted one of the Top 30 Players of the Century in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football region.

As a huge soccer fan it was an honour to be able to talk to Mr. Lenarduzzi about the Women’s FIFA Soccer Tournament held in Canada this year, as well as the sport in my own family. He predicted the outcome of the final game between Japan and USA on “That Talk Show” and was correct!

If you or anyone you know has a story that you think should be covered on “That Talk Show” don’t hesitate to contact their producer! Contact details can be found on their Facebook page.

And just a friendly reminder to wear sunscreen in those sunny rays!

Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia,

Kayla

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”                                                                                            ~Sun Tzu

 

 

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Hello everyone!

I am finally done with high school(wohoo!) and will have more time to blog here and connect with all of you lovely people!

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Just before finals week at school I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with The Children’s Wish Foundation, BC & Yukon Chapter at their Princess & Pirates Tea Party! It was such a wonderful time volunteering. There were many activities for the children to do including a photo booth, story time, sing alongs, a Princess Parlour where the kids could have their makeup and nails done, a colouring station, a magic show, a performance from Cirque Surrey and so much more! In addition to all the fun the children and their parents were having the funds raised went to The Children’s Wish Foundation so that they could grant more wishes!Y I was taking photos at the photo booth station and it was great to sIMG_3195-minee how much fun the kids were having! At the end of the fun tea party I got to hand out cookies to all the lovely people who attended the event! I even got to take a few of them home and they were so yummy! The cookies they made looked almost too good to eat! Here is a photo of them! They were made by Sugar in case anyone wanted to buy some delicious cookies!

 

Children’s Wish is a Canadian charity that helps communities by giving the gift of a wish to a Canadian child who is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Their wish is to give moments of joy to the child and their family and to connect healthcare professionals and communities. They have been granting wishes since 1984. Their wish granting has made a tremendous difference in the lives of children across Canada, and close to their 30 year milestone they granted the 20000th wish to a child with a life threatening illness.

Did you know that a single wish can impact up to 100 people?cwf-logo5

Each day of the year without you knowing it Children’s Wish is granting the wish of three Canadian children.

Children who you think are eligible for a wish can be referred by ANYONE, the parents or legal guardian of the child just have to tell the Children’s Wish Foundation that they are interested in receiving a wish!

If you do not know of a child but still would like to help out the foundation by volunteering do not hesitate to contact them! The Children’s Wish Foundation is truly amazing! Everyone who was volunteering that day were some of the most positive happy people that I have met and they were a pleasure to work with! Here is a photo of all of us together after the amazing event. The link for information about volunteering and referring a child can be found below. Group Volunteer

The Children’s Wish Foundation Website

Hope that everyone is enjoying the amazing weather!

Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”                                                                                          -Mahatma Gandhi

 

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I know this blog post is late, but it will be a good one. I have just been so busy this week and have not been able to post anything yet. As I hope most of you know my platform is sexism and inequality in sports. I was inspired by Emma Watson and her campaign HeforShe with the UN, and wanted to make a difference just like her. The most common thing in sports is hearing the saying “you throw/kick/hit/run like a girl” and I wish this phrase was no longer used in a detrimental way.

Last Friday, March 27 I had the honour of giving a ten minute speech at a coaches meeting for West Coast Auto Group Football Club. I was asked to speak at this meeting after the president of the club, Dan Mikolay read my article in The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times that you can read here. http://www.mrtimes.com/community/pitt-meadows-teen-delivering-meaningful-message-1.1801509

I have also written a 6 page paper on the subject and if any of you would like to read it I would be happy to send it to you. Also, I would love to give another speech if anyone is interested. Feel free to email me at my business email missteenagesouthwesternbc@gmail.com

I have never felt so amazing after the meeting. Why? So many parents, and coaches came up to me telling me how my speech affected them and how I opened their eyes. I had a grown man come up to me telling me how it opened his eyes, and how you don’t even realize it is happening. He told me that he wished he saw it sooner especially now that he has two daughters. It was amazing to know that just by my speech I had made a difference in people’s lives and had hopefully made a step, no matter how small to ending sexism in sports.

West Coast Auto Group Football Club is an amazing club for soccer. They offer house teams for competitive but fun play, metro teams, and everything in between. Currently they are trying to incorporate Zorb balls into practices, or even a league. If this is something you are interested in, do not hesitate to contact them. I have both played for the club and been an assistant soccer coach for a girl’s team.

 

I hope all of you have an amazing week!

Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia,

Kayla

“We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back”
                                                      – Malala Yousafzai 

 

 

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Today is one of the most adorable days of the year! It’s National Puppy Day! This very

cute day was established on March 23 2006 by Colleen Page. This day is all about celebrating puppies, and encouraging adoption. So go snuggle up to your own puppy or dog, or visit your local shelter and volunteer. What an amazing reason to spend a day with a puppy!

Now I know what you’re thinking this can’t be an actual day, but look! Celebrities such as Betty White@BettyMWhite and Adam Savage @donttrythis tweeted about it.

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Their website www.nationalpuppyday.com has reasons why you should adopt instead of buy, with tips on making sure the puppies are properly treated whether you are adopting or buying one.

The website also has great tips on finding a new puppy, and how to take care of it. My favourite article they have is “Is your Dog, Your Child?”  http://www.nationalpuppyday.com/#!dogchild/cexn

I know that today my dog will be getting even more love and attention! My dog is the most hyper dog you will ever find…..yet he is 12 years old!! I don’t understand how he is so hyper because in dog years he is 84 years old! Maybe his breed is just naturally hyper? He is a schnoodle, which is half schnauzer and half poodle.  His name is Scooter and when he gets excited he runs laps around the living room and dining room, and it is the cutest thing ever! (The picture is not actually Scooter when he was a puppy but it is a picture of another schnoodle that looks like him when he was a puppy)

Here’s a video of some really cute puppies by The Daily. Make sure you’re sitting down for it because the video made me melt!

Have a cute or funny puppy story? Tell me about it in the comments!

-Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia

Kayla

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face” -Ben Williams

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Good evening everyone, 

I am trying to blog as much as I possibly can to connect with all of you lovelies!

Today for St. Patrick’s Day I spent the day celebrating with my family. I am very proud of my Irish heritage! My mom was actually born in Belfast, in Ireland. 

 

To start our day we went bowling at the Zone Bowling in Coquitlam! Turns out I am not very good (shhh don’t tell anyone I told you).  Am I the only one who finds bowling shoes adorable?

 

 

 

 

My mom ended up winning our game of bowling which is quite funny. My sister and I always try our best to win but got gutter ball after gutter ball. My mom just dropped the ball in the middle and let it roll slowly to the end and it worked every time!

 

 

After dinner we went over to a field nearby, and played soccer. My Dad, sister and I kicked the ball around while my mom walked our dog Scooter. Wow, was I tired after that! But being active with my family was an amazing way to spend the rest of St. Patrick’s Day.

I hope all of you had an amazing St. Patrick’s Day as well! Let me know what you did to celebrate in the comments!

Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia, Kayla

“Hence I cannot be silent, and indeed I not ought to be, about the many blessings and the great grace which the Lord has bestowed upon me” – Saint Patrick

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Hello again!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day outside! I took full advantage of it and went for a walk with my mom, sister, and dog. It was amazing to see the cherry blossoms in bloom, and it felt great to be outside and active. When the sun is beating down, and your blood is pumping it just makes you feel more alive. I really recommend taking any time out of your day to go enjoy the outdoors and be active, even if you can only spare 15 minutes.

These are my favourite kind of days, where you feel warm from the sun but can still be active and comfortable.  These days remind me of the quote from the movie Miss Congeniality when they ask what her favourite date is;

“I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.”

I thought the young cherry blossom tree was so cute, and it made me smile seeing it, so I hope the photo I took of it makes one of you smile as well.

Have an amazing night!

Kayla, your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia

“Keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

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First off let me introduce myself:

My name is Kayla, and I am from a small town in beautiful British Columbia. This is my first pageant experience and I am very excited and honoured to have been chosen as a delegate for this year’s Miss Teenage Canada!

Currently I am completing my grade 12 year, and wish to study psychology after high school. I have a younger sister who I refer to as my prodigy because I love to coach, and teach her everything I know about soccer. I also have a younger brother who pursues acting. I guess all of us have been raised to chase anything we can dream of. In addition to soccer I have always loved to sing.

I cannot wait to connect with everyone! You can find me in any of the social media links on my blog.

I hope everyone has an amazing week! I will try to write again soon!

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

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