June 28th, 29th, and 30th I held a cupcake decorating fundraiser for Free The Children at Holly’s Sweets and Eats in Barrie. Free The Children is the official charity associated with the Miss Teen Canada World organization; the charity’s focus is on children helping children through education. Founded in 1995 by activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has been awarded the Children’s Nobel Prize and the Human Rights Award. Recently, friends of mine were able to go to Kenya and help build a school through Free The Children. Friends described the experience as life changing, I too hope one day I can volunteer with Free The Children.

Fundraiser

While planning the Decorate A Cupcake fundraiser, I found that people were very charitable. I would like to thank Grand & Toy for printing the colorful posters,  TPH The Printing House for producing the raffle tickets, Huronia Art Glass for the use of their studio for the fused glass Canada Day and cupcake themed plates I made, and Our House for donating a cupcake themed gift basket. I’d like to thank Holly’s Sweets and Eats for supplying all of the delicious cupcakes and hosting the event.

 

Enjoying the Cupcake

The fundraiser was a lot of fun; my favorite part was talking to the kids that came to decorate cupcakes. I was told all about their favorite school subjects, friends and pets! A high light was when one little girl whispered in my ear asking, “Are you a real princess?” One thing I learned is that there is no such thing as too much icing or candy on top of a cupcake. The Decorate A Cupcake fundraiser was a lot of fun, very messy, and a success.

At Promenade Days

Canada Day Weekend also coincides with Barrie’s “Promenade Days”. The main street in downtown Barrie is closed off for entertainment, midways, activities, and local shops to set up stands outside. Every year since I can remember I’ve gone to Promenade Days, its always a lot of fun; this year especially because I walked around with the crown and sash! My Canada Day weekend was chock full of fundraising, and making appearances and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Beautiful Spain

¡Hola! That’s exactly what I would say if I was in Spain, my dream vacation spot! My dream vacation would consist of beautiful beaches, my closest friends, and a chance to try new things! I dream of going to Spain because its one of the most exquisite places in the world; not only home to some of the most beautiful beaches, Spain has terrific mountains and historical cities that I would love to explore.

My dream vacation would start by waking up and having a lovely breakfast with ocean view. I love the water, especially sparkling ocean water when it contrasts with pristine white beaches. After a leisurely breakfast I’d spend my day at the beach. I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf and so on my dream trip I’d learn for sure! I can almost feel the warm sunlight just thinking about it!

Surfing in Spain

Flamenco Dancer

After a day of surfing, lounging, and swimming I’d head into town. I would love to explore cities, trying out new food and talking to locals, (of course I’d have to brush up on my Spanish first!). I love trying new things, especially food. No matter how exotic the food looks I’ll try it, how do you expect to really feel like you’re in Spain if you’re only eating hotdogs and hamburgers? I’d love to end each night with dancing, even though I’m not very good! It would be incredible to learn how to flamenco, I think the way flamenco dancers move is sexy and romantic.

Each day I’d do something new, exploring mountains, visiting old castles and museums, learning about Spanish history and culture, and feeling like a real Spaniard. I’d save Barcelona for the end, although it’s not the capital of Spain I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. The architecture, rich history, and legend of Hercules founding the city truly make Barcelona one of a kind.

Barcelona

My good friends Charmaine and Cabrina

The great thing about my friends and I is that we are all so similar. Although some may prefer stir-fry while others prefer sushi, a trip to Spain would suit all of us perfectly. My friends and I have never had an opportunity to travel together; being in university it is very hard to find time or money to do special things. To go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my closest friends would be indescribable. It would be the perfect opportunity to catch up and make new memories!

Evening Gowns at Miss Teen Ontario World 2012

I had a blast writing this blog post, letting my imagination and curiosity run free was exciting. Although a trip like this isn’t something I can see happening in the near future, (unless I win this contest!), I hope when I’m a little older I can make this trip happen. Thank you S Trip, for donating a trip to one lucky girl in the competition! Every girl in this pageant is an amazing young woman and I’m very excited to meet everyone this coming week.

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends onGrad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

Now as they say in Spain, adios!

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The Miss All Canadian Pageant organization holds pageants throughout Canada focusing

Outfit of Choice

on girls and boys ages 0-14. I was lucky enough to help out at two pageants put on by the organization, the Easter Darling Pageant, and the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Easter Darling Pageant occurred on April 1stat the Kozlov Mall in Barrie. Contestants 0-4 were judged in 3 categories, their Sunday best attire, Easter Bonnet, and Outfit of Choice. There were some babies as young as 2 weeks competing in this category! My favorite category was Outfit of Choice because the costumes were outrageous! Unfortunately I could not stay for the entire day, I had an allergic reaction and had broken out in hives the day before the pageant! I had tried to cover up the hives the best I could, but the allergy medication made me very drowsy. Kind of ironic that I would break out into hives the day before helping out at a beauty pageant, hope none of the parents thought I was contagious!

0-4 Winner at Easter Darling Pageant!

 

High Point Winner!

The Diamond Jubilee Pageant was a two-day event held on June 23rd and 24that the Kozlov Mall. The Diamond Jubilee Pageant was similar to the Easter Darling Pageant but the outfits were a little fancier and there was also a talent option! I was impressed with the girl’s performances, some had choreographed dances and others sang. It was great to see young girls so confident and comfortable in their skin to perform in front of a crowd of strangers. At the Diamond Jubilee Pageant I was not the only Miss Teen Canada-World contestant, Lolah Gifford Miss Teen Simcoe County-World was also helping out. It was great to see Lolah again; together we handed out medals, trophies, and crowns.

Lolah and I with some crowns and trophies

 

I loved helping out at the pageants because the smiles on the girl’s faces were priceless. Every time they strut down the runway, danced and sang on stage, and had their names called their smiles grew more and more. Even if some had a few teeth missing the smiles were full of excitement and happiness. The pageants were a lot a fun, it was fun talking to the girls and hearing all about their pets, school projects and friends. I will be helping out at the finals coming in August, where the competition will be even more fierce!  Good luck to all contestants!

7-9 Year Old Girls

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Automotive Students

The Nissan Leaf

On a rainy Saturday afternoon I was able to visit the Georgian College Auto Show. The Auto Show showcases vehicles from different manufacturers; these manufacturers included Honda, Kia, Nissan, Porsche and many more. Many of the volunteers at the different car tents

were Georgian College automotive students. These students were able to answer all of my questions about the cars on display and even posed for some pictures with me!

One car that was particularly interesting was the Nissan Leaf. While approaching the Leaf I noticed there was a plug instead of a tailpipe. The Leaf is 100% electric and produces zero emissions. After a full charge costing roughly 3$, the car is built to go 160km. The Nissan Leaf has received numerous awards such as 2011 World Car of the Year, and it’s the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class for 2012.

Sitting in the Ferrari

The auto show also had exotic cars on display. I was lucky enough to have the chance to sit in a Corvette and Ferrari. The auto show also had a fire truck and a Police Emergency Vehicles on display. The Georgian College Auto Show allowed people to look at new cars without any sales pressure and speak to knowledgeable people. 

For more information on the Georgian College Auto Show click here

 

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On May 26th the Barrie Branch of the OSPCA held its Plants for Pets fundraiser. The OSPCA holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year because it receives no financial support from the government. Established in 1873, the Ontario SPCA was originally for the protection of both animals and children. After the Children’s Aid Society was established the OSPCA became primarily focused on the prevention of cruelty towards animals. The OSPCA today investigates reports of animal cruelty, the surrender and adoption of animals, and lost and found animals.

At OSPCA with a volunteer and dogs Franco and Caleb

While at the fundraiser, I was able to take a tour and see all of the animals. There are cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits at the Barrie branch ready for adoption. I was

Dooie an English Foxhound Mix

greeted by a beautiful Labrador/ Retriever mix named Franco. He had a lot of energy and was very happy to meet new people. While in the cat adoption room I wanted to adopt every cat I met! There were cats as old as seven years and kittens as young as two months, each feline in need of a good home. All dogs and cats are either spayed or neutered and have their shots up to date. For more information on animals available for adoption you can visit the Barrie location of the OSPCA on 91 Patterson Road or click here.

As mentioned before, the OSPCA receives no government funding and therefore relies solely on fundraising and donations. A 25$ donation helps to sponsor one week of care

Denver the Cat

for a cat or dog, a 150$ donation helps to sponsor one large and one small raised dog bed to keep dogs comfortable and off of the concrete floors, and a 1,000$  helps to sponsor the cost of neuter/spay surgeries for 5 puppies. The OSPCA also raises money through their ongoing bottle drive; you can bring in empty beer and liquor bottles and all the proceeds will go towards the animals. Upcoming events include a dog wash, golf tournament, and walk-a-thon. For more information on events click here.

The OSPCA’s volunteers are some of the nicest and most caring people I’ve met. I was surprised to see volunteers cleaning litter boxes with a smile. One volunteer even arranged for me to hold one of the kittens, this was my favorite part of the day! Right before I left I noticed a little Jack Russel behind the front desk, Piper. Piper immediately stole my heart- she was a little meek but once she smelled me she treated me like her best friend. If I could adopt I would in a heartbeat, I encourage anyone interested in a pet to adopt from the OSPCA. These animals are waiting for a new home where they would make a wonderful addition to any family.

Volunteer Jill and Piper the Jack Russel

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Miss Teen Barrie World 2012 Skyline Video

Click the link to be directed to my skyline video!

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April 22nd was a day filled with hope and strength.  All across Ontario 58 communities participated in the annual MS Walk raising over $4,000,000.  The Barrie chapter raised over $102,000.00 to help find a cause and support those living with MS.  Multiple Sclerosis is the most prevalent neurological disease among young Canadians, affecting three times as many women as men.  There are more than 70,000 affected by the disease in Canada.

MPP Rod Jackson and MP Patrick Brown


Radio hosts Jamie and Tara

While waiting for the walk to begin, you could feel the excitement and energy from the crowd of over 470 participants.  I was excited and honored to speak at the event; speakers also included MPP Rod Jackson, MP Patrick Brown, and CHAY FM 93.1 radio hosts Jamie and Tara (who I listened to all through high school).  The organizers, volunteers and walkers are all dedicated and caring people.  I encourage everyone to sign up for the walk for next year; you can walk in a group, alone or with your dog, just like George pictured here.

George and his owner participating in the walk

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On August 28th I moved from my hometown of Barrie to Hogtown. I was very excited but definitely nervous about leaving home. I took the advice of my RA and went to as many campus events as possible making friends everywhere I went. The best friends I made were the ones that lived on the same floor as me.

My floor at an event during Frosh Week!

 

The academic side to university took me by a bit of surprise the first week of classes. All of a sudden the class size of 30 I was used to changed to 420! I was faced with 3 hour lectures and classes that went until 10 at night! It took a bit of getting used to but after a few weeks I got the hang of it, now sitting through class from 8-2 sounds crazy.

A Group project I was apart of promoting campus services

 

My first year is winding down, I’ve started packing up everything in my room and studying for my final exams. Last week the floor had its final dinner together. Soon all the people I’ve lived with for 8 months will be back home, some in Windsor, Amsterdam, North Bay, Hong Kong, and one in Barrie with me! My first year at University was amazing, filled with memories I will never forget.  I’m extremely excited for summer, but I will definitely miss everyone on floor 7!

Floor 7's official floor photo, we felt towels were appropriate

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Friday, March 2nd I made my first official appearance as Miss Teen Barrie-World 2012 at my elementary school – St. Monica’s Elementary School, Barrie.  I read to students in grades 1 & 2;  they were full of energy, smiles and a little mischief.

Posing with the crown

I was greeted with hugs and asked if I was a princess; they certainly made me feel like one.  All the girls tried on my crown and posed for the camera, and even one boy tried on the crown too!

I spoke to a group of grade 7 and 8 girls who were forthcoming and open about their experiences with bullying.  Their stories were both heartbreaking and liberating.  Our conversations became lively and fun talking about pets, hobbies and all things relevant when you’re 13. I even taught the girls the proper way to stand for the pageant.

Teaching the girls to pose for pictures

I was able to meet with many of my former teachers and the staff; they were all supportive and surprised as I was quite a Tom Boy when I was younger.  It was a wonderful experience visiting my elementary school, the sights, sounds and even the smells brought back wonderful, loving memories.  I was very fortunate to have attended such a good school.

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I’m Danielle Hawthorne, Miss Teen Barrie-World 2012.  In this post I will tell you a little about myself, more than what is in the About Me box to the right.  I have always liked school, since my first public speaking award in grade 4 I’ve had a strong interest in writing, probably in part to some good teachers.  I’ve been recognized by the Young Authors of Ontario and graduated high school as an Ontario Scholar. In the picture below I’m with my grade 12 English teacher Mr. Conroy and my friend Cabrina Belisle at my high school graduation.

Currently I study at Ryerson University – I love psychology.  I also love the city of Toronto, even though I grew up in the country, I am a city girl at heart.  I go home to Barrie most weekends, it’s hard to go without a home cooked meal for more than a week.  Luckily my mom works 15 minutes from Ryerson, so I am treated to lunch a couple of times a week. The picture below is of me and my Mother at a Christmas party.

My platform is anti-bullying.  When I was younger I was bullied alot, it hurt, but I learned how to deal with bullies.

I have visited my elementary school recently and spoke to some students about anti-bullying (more detailed post about that to come).  I have a few appearances scheduled in the near future; I’ll be helping out at the Easter Darlings pageant on April 1st and participating in the MS walk in Barrie on April 22nd. 

This first post is sponsored by some companies helping out behind the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network including directbuy and a Toronto roof repair and replacement company.

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