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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 have 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, everyone 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.
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 all 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
Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party 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 packaging 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/
BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY
Another 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.
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 posing with it. I’m so excited that we ALL be playing Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday July 21st 2016. #archerytag.
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 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.
Thank you Archer Dental for your support in giving us high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes. And Thank you for caring about our simile when we’re competing for the crown.
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
Hashtagio 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.
Thank you Sally Hansen for your support, excited to see you later this week at the makeup party. 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
We’ll be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. So excited <3
Their Instagram is @batashoemuseum and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum
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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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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!!