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My Favorite Parts of the Shuswap

I have been fortunate enough to be raised in the most beautiful spot in the Interior of BC. A little community of 2 little towns that have meshed together! Sorrento/Blind Bay! We are known as the Heart of the Shuswap, and for very good reason! We h059ave the Shuswap Lake in our backyard, front yard, it’s all around us!
When I talk, I say that I live ‘on the Shuswap’ and the usual response is WOW! You’re so lucky! But it really is more than that! This town comes ALIVE in the summer! That’s just how it is, plain and simple! People from all over Alberta and across BC flood this town in the summer! We also have many NHL hockey players who have their summer homes here! We also have many bed and breakfasts and resorts ( with a summer cabin feel to it ) and they are full with excitement and happiness. Sun tans, bikinis and flip flops are everywhere! A super fun energy!

The best part though is most definitely the lake itself! Shuswap Lake! It is huge! We have Little Shuswap, Big Shuswap – and the lake has many ‘arms’ as well! Seymour Arm, Salmon Arm ( which is also a town close by ) Ansty Arm – these are joined together by the ‘narrows’ I am so blessed to live in a Summer Paradise! It is a dream for anyone who loves to be on the water. The Shuswap is a boaters dream!

You can go kayaking, wake boarding, swimming, fishing but this summer already I have discovered Stand Up Paddle Boarding! What an amazing way to start your day! It’s so calm and peaceful in the mornings and you can paddle forever! Some even paddle over to Cooper Island!

Copper Island is the lakes ‘Main Event’ it’s located in the Big Shuswap and is Awesome! You can hike it, go cliff jumping and it’s a meeting place for everyone out on the lake! The water is warm, every386one is playing music – you can tie your boats together and just float!
Another cool part of the lake is that it is on the shores of Blind Bay! There are beaches that we use, but it is also right by Centennial Field! This is owned by Shuswap Lake Estates and they work with other locals to host many different bands to come and play throughout the summer! So you can float in your boat and enjoy Music in the Bay!
And last but definitely not least is the best way to end your day on the lake would be to stop in at FINZ. This is our awesome little restaurant on the water! Giant patio overlooking the lake with great food and awesome people! They also bring in bands to play, fresh seafood…..it’s the best way to unwind after a tough day on the lake!
Yes, I am a ‘small town girl’ but I live in the best small town ever! The people here, our community is Top Notch! This definitely is the Heart of the Shuswap!!!!!

My personal favorite part of the Shuswap is the beautiful sky, there is so much beauty in it! I get lost in the unique colors, clouds and shine that it always has. I find peace in just looking into the Shuswap sky it makes me feel so small in this huge world.

 

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2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!

As a Regional Delegate from British Columbia. I arrived in Toronto at roughly 1:00 pm,

The girls were al13714280_1083664761703039_1744518575_nl told to but on a dress, our sash and our crown and that we would be picked up from our rooms at 6:45 pm.  We  went to the top floor  into the ‘waiting room’ at the Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto to attend the Sponsor Party of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.   I was feeling way more excited then I thought I would be, while I was getting ready for the sponsor party it finally clicked that I was in Toronto and this was actually happening!

The party was in the ‘waiting room’ which is a long, narrow room. There were tables set  … describe the room. Pictures pictures pictures

SWEETS CANADA

Sweets Canada logo - new 2016

Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the 13734557_1083664288369753_366520233_nparty doing chocolate tastings. Sam was very fun and easy to talk with which put a really good face to Sweets Canada! Sweets Canada makes many different flavors allowing for a big variety of delicious chocolate including gourmet chocolate bars , and or edible flower chocolate bars!

Sam sampled me the Dark Chocolate Ginger! The packa13706124_1083664258369756_1240528100_nging was very artsy, the chocolate wrapped in a package made out of burlap sack, and labeled with a pretty orange label. The chocolate it self was lovely. To me eating it I didn’t feel the need to worry about the calories because was fresh and healthy tasting! Check out Sweets Canada Dark Chocolate Ginger Bar http://sweetscanada.com/product/dark-chocolate-ginger/

Follow Sweets Canada on Twitter  twitter  @SweetsCanadaCA and their parent company Q Foods Canada @QFoodsCanada

BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY

Bradlee Ryall Golf AcademyAnother 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.

We are got to practice our putting at the mini golf attraction they had set up for us. I even made it to the “putting competition.”

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.

ARCHER’S ARENA

Archers Arena logo At the party there was a lovely lady that brought a bow and arrow from Archer’s Arena. We had a little photo shoot and we all took turns posing13713531_1083693578366824_215240327_n with it.  I’m so excited that we ALL be playing Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday July 21st 2016. #archerytag.

V.P.I. CANADA

VPI Canada logoWe each got a to pick a pair of free glasses from the huge selection of the designer sunglasses from V.P.I. Canada

I found my pair of glasses see link: https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/style-3833/  They are for sale online for $  plus shipping and handling. Thanks VPI Canada – I’ll be sure to bring these glasses back to British Columbia and rock them out, i’ll make you proud.

Here’s a pic of me wearing my shades at the party with friends.

NUVANGO

Nuvango logoNuvango definitely created a huge fashion statement and I love it. They shared their colorful, cute and comfortable designer clothes. Im excited for our visit to the Nuvango headquarters later this week (Tuesday July 19)

I got a picture with the Karen from Nuvango at the sponsor party.

 

https://ca.nuvango.com/

#nuvango #nuvangostyle

ARCHER DENTAL

Thank you Archer Dental for your support in givingarcher dental logo  us high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes. And Thank you for caring about our simile when we’re competing for the crown.

RIMMEL LONDON

Thank you Rimmel London  for your support. Excited to get the gifts from you throughout the week. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada

RIMMEL London

HASHTAGIO

social media ggregator hashtagioHashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the show 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.  And 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.

SALLY HANSEN

Thank you Sally Hansen for your support, excited to see you later this week at the makeup partSally Hanseny. i have previously shopped with Sally Hansen and I have nothing but good things to say about them. So Make sure you follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca
BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Bata Shoe MuseumWe’ll be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. So excited <3

www.batashoemuseum.ca.

Their Instagram is @batashoemuseum  and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum

Fishd By EDO

Follow Fishd by EDO on instagram/twitter/facebook: @fishdbyedo

 

YOGEN FRUZ

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Provided $15 coupon which we will be giving to the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 prize pack

http://www.yogenfruz.com/

https://www.facebook.com/yogenfruz

https://twitter.com/yogenfruz

https://www.instagram.com/yogenfruz/

Storia PR Inc.

Storia PR

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 and will be retweeting and amplifying much of the media we make, everywhere we go.

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations
@StoriaPR,  https://twitter.com/StoriaPR
https://www.instagram.com/storiapr/

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Hello Everyone!

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone here to my blog!   I am more than excited to be able to share my journey as Miss Teenage Thompson Okanagan with you!  I would like to thank everyone for the incredible support I have received since being crowned in April.  I really couldn’t be more excited to have my community on my side in the way that I do!

I went into this pageant with no experience with this sort of thing, what so ever.  It wasn’t something that I ever saw myself doing, considering that growing up I had awful stage fright and kept to myself most of the time. Being thrown into the pageant head first the way that I was taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of.  This experience has stretched me, built up my confidence and allowed me to get over my stage fright.

When all the girls were on the stage waiting for them to call the first name, I was more than nervous. I kept repeating in my head, “please, whatever happens don’t call me first, DON’T call me first!” Sure enough my name was the very first name to be called!!!!  I was completely shocked!  So much was going through my head!  I mean, a year ago I couldn’t have even fathomed myself in a position like this and now here I was getting a crown placed on my head.  I knew that this was a start of an incredible journey in my life, and in my gut that this is exactly where I am supposed to be.

I have learned that you need to be who YOU are and that you shouldn’t have to intentionally change yourself for a pageant! That is KEY! Each girl has their own personality, talents, stories and abilities and we should all recognize how that’s what makes us our own kind of beautiful.  The variety of us all is what makes it extra special. To be able to freely express who you are without judgment is so important.  Something I tell myself daily is “you are worthy, valuable and loved, no matter what!” This reminds me that I am great the way that I am.

Until next time <3

 

 

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As you have probably guessed already from the title, I am saying goodbye! Winning Miss Teenage Okanagan was a dream come true and winning Miss Teen Social media was even better.

It is such an honor to have been given this opportunity. My reign as Miss Teenage Okanagan will not be forgotten and will forever be close to me heart I will always remember the thousands of people I met across the Okanagan and across BC at the over 50 events I attended.

My first event as Miss Teenage Okanagan

My first event as Miss Teenage Okanagan

Though this is goodbye it is also hello, hello to a new chapter in my life. I am proud of my accomplishments and I want to thank everyone who has followed me through this journey, my Mom, my Dad, my brother, my community, my friends and everyone else that has helped and encouraged me along the way. Thank you for a fantastic year!!

And to the new Miss Teenage Okanagan savor every moment ad never give up! Try your hardest and remember what Taylor Swift says “ haters gonna’ hate, so shake it off”.

Goodbye and I hope to see you all on my new website and at events I will be attending!!

Lots of love, for one last time I am Samantha Sewell your Miss Teenage Okanagan & Miss Teen Social Media 2015!! Thanks for listening. XOXO <31f451

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4 Queens

4 Queens

On Saturday September 12th I participated in the Salmon Arm Fair parade, riding in a Fire Truck!! The Salmon arm fair is a small town fair and it is very close to my heart. I grew up attending this fair and I also lived in Salmon Arm for a year. The people who come out for this parade are people from all over the Shuswap-Okanagan area, because it is the largest parade in the area, and one of the only parades. Before the parade I got to meet several people such as the local girl guides, and one of the British Columbia Ambassadors.

Salmon Arm Fair

Salmon Arm Fair

It was relay cool to be in this parade this year because the B.C Ambassador and I were the first ever “real” Royalty in the parade. All of the kids were screaming “mom it’s a real princess” I also got to ride right behind the Salmon Arm Mayor who lead the parade. It was one remarkable and fun day.1f451

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What a amazing car

What an amazing car

On Saturday Sept 5th I was in the IPE (Interior Pacific Exhibition) parade. And then helped out at the IPE at the kids world. I have grown up attending the IPE and the parade. This parade  had over 100 entries, so it was huge!! Before the parade I got to meet the new Penticton Ambassadors and the new Kelowna Ambassadors as well as meet the new delegates for Queen and Princess Silver Star (which is the local ambassador pageant).

Attractions

Attractions

I then was able to meet my wonderful driver and see the beautiful corvette I got to ride in. The IPE is the second biggest fair in British Columbia so the turn out for the parade was truly amazing!!As well as being one of the largest fairs it also is one of the largest agricultural fairs in Western Canada. Even though it was a colder day in the Okanagan we all still had a lot of fun. Thousands of people came out to the IPE. “IPE general manager Bryan Burns says over the five days of the fair a total of 158,238 people passed through the turnstiles, including 38,673 on the last day of the fair Sunday, Sept. 6. That’s over 10,000 more in total attendance than last year and 8,000 more that 2013.”

Crown Sisters

Crown Sisters

In the kids world where I was volunteering at, there was a huge teddy bear that the kids could enter a draw to win.  When I say this teddy bear was huge I mean HUGE!! It was taller and wider then me and when we had to pick it up (after it fell over) it took 3 teenagers to carry!! There was also the popular money maker called wax hands were kids would put their hands in hot wax (hands that were cooled first) and make a model of there hands to take home. Every kid loved this activity. Once I showed up at the kid’s world the clowns who were making balloon animals began making several balloon crowns!! These were so cool they even had a heart shaped balloon on the top. The next day I ended up coming back with my parents and riding nearly every ride. Riding the zipper 2 times. I love the fair and can’t wait to attend again next year. P.S stay tuned for BIG news!!1f451

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My Traveler Friend

My Traveler Friend

On Friday August the 28th I was back at the Okanagan Library’s book club medals ceremony handing out medals to all the young readers, (and I also got to break in my new sash). The Medal ceremony is a ceremony I used to participate in when I was a kid and I still have (to this day) about 5 medals. The medals are rewarded to the kids who completed their book log that they were given at the beginning of the summer! It was so cool to be on the other side of those medals. When I walked into the room where the ceremony was taking place there was a gasp by the kids! The wonderful kids who I babysit were there and the one even ran up to hug me!!

The Gals I Babysit

The Gals I Babysit

It was so cute. During the actual handing out of the medals some girls would try so hard to be given the medal by me. We were teaching the kids  how to shake hands some would try but others would just pull me into a hug!! After the ceremony some of the kids who I read to at the opening ceremony started reading to me!! And they were great. Then I met a lovely young lady from Australia who wanted a photo for her family’s travel diary. I thought this was so cool to see how international the Okanagan is, especially during the summer!! I want to wish this family happy travels! Thank you to everyone who showed up to the medal ceremony, and to the library for having me. 🙂1f451Capture (1)

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Follow Sam’s Example

This is what TRUE anti bullying looks like. “Be someone’s hero not a bystander”! This is a story about Samantha, who is at children’s hospital with cancer. Even though she is fighting cancer she still finds it in her huge heart to stand up for a little girl. This is a post that was posted on Facebook by her Mom, it is copied word for word. Way to go Sam, A TRUE HERO!

Face of an Angle

Face of an Angle

So proud of Sam… Just before dinner, Sam was playing with a group of girls, and somehow the “game” turned into calling the smallest girl (maybe 4 years old) annoying and running away screaming whenever she came close… I figured out what was happening when I heard Sam yell “STOP BEING MEAN” and the little one was crying. The other girls took off, and our Sam took the girl by the hand and told her that she is not annoying, that she is very nice, then asked if she wanted to play animals.

You are my Hero Sam

You are my Hero Sam

When I spoke to Sam afterwards, all she said was she knows how sad it is to be left out, and she wanted to be a good friend!

A true superhero does not worry what others think. Sam your dream is to be a superhero but in my eyes you already one!1f451

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