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

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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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