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Sunday July 15th the girls and I were lucky enough to have four inspiring women speak to us. The women ranged in careers from gymnasts to dentists! As the mentors walked in, they each exuded poise and confidence.
The first to speak was Melani Chong. Melani has led a life many girls dream of. As a model she has traveled around the world, modeling for Armani, Gucci, and MAC cosmetics. While modeling, she noticed there was a lack of skin care products free from harsh chemicals. Melani decided she wanted to do something about that. Melani went back to school and developed a skin care line that incorporated fashion, beauty, and health. At the end of Melani’s speech she offered advice to all of the girls; she reminded us to always keep learning.
The second speaker at the event was Katrina Hadden. Katrina arrived in a stunning floor
length, aqua dress. Her presence was infectious, while she was talking I couldn’t’ take my eyes off of her, (I almost forgot to take notes!). Katrina spoke about being bullied, overcoming eating disorders, and making her own place in the modeling industry. Katrina is a size 12, too big for petit modeling but too small for plus size modeling. After taking a leap of faith and moving to Toronto, she landed a job in Toronto Fashion Week where she said she had a career high light. As she started strutting on the catwalk, the crowd applauded! Katrina’s piece of advice is to “Use what you have”. I think this piece of advice is perfect for this competition because the competition encourages the girls to “Be your own kind of beautiful”. It only makes sense that people should be themselves because nobody does it better.
The third speaker is former Olympian Alexandra Orlando. Alexandra competed in the 2008 Olympics for Rhythmic Gymnastics. While speaking about her journey to the Olympics, she explained to us how much she had changed between 2003 and 2008. She said she learned that its not always about winning, but about the experience, and that you are much stronger than you think you are.
The final speaker at the mentor night was Natalie Archer. Natalie Archer is a dentist, mother, and an inspiration for women’s rights. Through her dedication to her education she has successfully broken the glass ceiling. Natalie Archer focused her speech on motivating everyone to keep as many
opportunities open as possible, especially educational ones. She said “Nobody can ever take away your education”, which is a very true and empowering statement.
Although each mentor had different anecdotes, there was one commonality; whatever you do, do it to the best of your abilities! Every speaker encouraged us to be our best and take every opportunity we can! The mentor night was full of funny stories and great advice, I am very glad I was able to be apart of it!
My goal is to make everyone feel special, I always try to hold the door for people or smile at strangers as they pass. I would like to host a TV Show where I am able to make kids feel special.
The TV Show would be titled “Dreams Come True”. People would write in to the show about a certain child having a rough time, they may be dealing with bullying, the loss of a family member, or any other stressor they are faced with today. After profiling the child, they would be asked what their dream is. Some kids may dream of being a rock star, and others may dream of learning how to surf. With the help of the Miss Teen Canada World sponsors, these dreams will come true.
For a child that wants to be a rock star they would be enrolled in Zack Werner’s Idol School, MAC cosmetics would transform the child’s appearance. After a weekend chock full of singing and dancing the child would put on a concert for family and friends. After the weekend the child would be profiled again, to show how the experience changed their outlook. Maybe the child will be more confident, or more open to new experiences. The goal of this show is to help children, give them the strength to carry on through rough times.
The program would air on CTV, to promote Canadian television. It’s time slot would ideally be somewhere from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm; early enough for kids to be able to watch it with their parents. Reality television has become very popular in the last ten years, and many people, including myself, prefer reality television. Sponsors such as Zack Werner’s Idol School, and MAC cosmetics would benefit because of advertising, and it would showcase the expertise of the staff.
While on my way to work last week I drove by an odd sight, a man portaging with a pink canoe! If I hadn’t seen him on the news the night before I might not have stopped, but learning about his story and his motivation behind his portage endeavour is incredible.
Andrew Metcalfe has felt the effects of breast cancer, his Mother, Grandmother and Aunt were all diagnosed with it; unfortunately his Aunt passed away from it. Andrew knows how difficult it is to see someone you love battle such a terrible disease, but he says he can’t imagine what it actually feels like to go through it first hand. To support the fight against breast cancer he is raising money by portaging through Ontario in 40 days. It’s a 1200 km trip starting in Kingston, then going to Ottawa, Huntsville, Barrie, London and finally ending in Windsor.
It has been estimated that 40% of women and 45% of men will face some type of cancer diagnosis in their lifetime; cancer doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone. When I met Andrew it was a very hot day, almost a temperature record breaker. But the temperature didn’t stop him from his goal, he kept walking with the pink canoe on his shoulders. Andrew is truly an inspiration, it is clear that one person really can make a difference.
Looking good, doing good, and feeling good all go hand in hand. This summer, Aveda Institute posed a challenge to the Miss Teen bloggers, make a video that showcases you looking good, doing good, and feeling good. I enjoyed this challenge because the possibilities of activities to do where endless! At first I thought about helping an elderly person cross the street, picking up trash, and planting flowers but none of these seemed quite right. I was stumped about what to do until a friend of mine told me her little sister hadn’t learned how to ride a bike, perfect!
On a beautiful Tuesday morning I went to my friends house to teach her little sister how to ride a bike. I only had an hour before little Brianna had to go visit her Grandma so I knew she wouldn’t be riding without help just yet. I did my best to make her comfortable with the bike, at first she wouldn’t even sit on it! By the end all she wanted to do was pedal down the sidewalk.
Helping Brianna was a lot of fun, she has a sweet personality and we’ve already made plans to ride bikes again! Maybe next time I’ll rethink the dress and high heels, they weren’t really bike riding material!
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On June 30th I was able to do something I had never done before, go on the radio! After meeting Jamie and Tara from Chay Today at the MS Walk back in April, they invited me on their show. I was ecstatic to be on the radio because it was a great opportunity to promote my platform anti-bullying, the fundraiser, and myself. I listened to Jamie and Tara all through my high school career; they kept me updated with the weather, latest music, and school bus cancellations every morning. Needless to say my favorite mornings involved school bus cancellations!
I woke up bright and early for the 8am slot I was scheduled. I was a little nervous and very excited to be live on the radio, we didn’t rehearse so I didn’t know what to expect! Jamie and Tara were wonderful hosts; they joked around with me and made me feel very comfortable. I loved every minute of being on the air, including when they quizzed me with pageant related questions! Thank you Jamie and Tara for a great experience!
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