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
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. 🙂
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
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
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!
I was posted on Mac Duggal Pinterest!! This morning I woke up and began surfing Pinterest, which I love to do, I noticed someone familiar, ME! I clicked it (of course) and noticed it was on Mac Duggal’s page. At first I thought it was too good to be true but, it was the REAL page!! Under the photo the caption “Samantha, the new Miss Teen Social Media competed in a Mac Duggal dress. It is such an honor! Then, if appearing on Mac Duggal’s Pinterest site wasn’t enough French Novelty also shared my photo.
Next to Famous People (click to enlarge)
On French Novelty I am next to stars like, The Bachelorette 2015, Nia Sanchez, Bella Thorn and many others. It is so amazing to be recognized by people like French Novelty, and like the designer of my amazing competition dress, Mac Duggal!
The Miss Teenage Canada pageant is done. It was quite a week. I made so many new friends. Though I did not win Miss Teenage Canada I am very happy that Sarah, (someone who I became good friends with during the week) did.
Winning MISS TEEN SOCIAL MEDIA
She will make Canada proud. I did however make Okanagan history by being the first Okanagan girl to win a national title, now I hold two titles “Miss Teenage Okanagan” and the new title of MISS TEEN SOCIAL MEDIA 2015. I could not be happier. My reign as Miss Teen Social Media has just begun and I hope to do a LOT with both of my tittles. I plan on raising money for Samantha Donovan’s family. If you don’t remember the family, I met them at RMHBC this year and Sam melted my heart. I plan on helping this family however I can. I also want to go around to local Elementary schools and speak about my platform anti-bullying and inclusion for all. I have also now decided that I want to continue participating in pageants, and pursue a career in modeling.
Photoshoot as MISS TEEN SOCIAL MEDIA
I intend to try my very hardest to get signed this year. I am honored to be the current title holder of Miss Teen Social Media and congrat’s to all of the girls, hope you all have a great rest (or beginning) of your new reign. To the new national title holders you all did great and deserve your titles without a shadow of a doubt.
Selfie with Sarah who won MTC 2015
To everyone who did not win a national title or did not make top 21, don’t worry you all have a bright future to make it to this level is an achievement in itself. Hold your head up high and remember you ARE a title holder. “There is no such thing as small parts only small actors”. We all are connected by the same crown, the shared week, and the same dream. We will forever be pageant sista’s. Many girls would love to be in your shoes so cherish every moment. This week will stay with me forever and so will the memories of all my pageant sists’s ( we need to do a reunion in 10 years :D). As Miss Teen Social Media I will continue to use this blog site and let the public know what I have been doing, so please continue to read it. Lots of love <3
Today we went for lunch at the Eaton Centre Mall at Richtree Natural Market Restaurant taco & burrito bus. It was pretty cool for the bright blue and white bus to be inside of the mall it was something I had never seen and was really cool. On the chef’s recommendation,
I had the combo fish, chicken and beef taco’s and boy were they spicy! I have to admit I had never had a fish taco before and it was really good. The staff was very nice and the service was great. I would highly recommend this eatery for lunch if you are spending the day shopping at Eaton Centre in Toronto.
CEO of Richtree
My taco combo consisted of three really tasty taco’s that had a nice spice to them they were each filled differently and had all the extras like sour cream and cheese (yummy). I also had the honor of meeting the CEO of the Richtree Natural Market who posed for a photo with us! He was a really nice guy. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the new Richtree Taco and Burrito bus for sponsoring us with our delicious lunch and for being so great when the mob of pageant girls swarmed the bus.
Today was such a amazing energetic day! I had a blast with my pageant sisters. We woke up this morning at 6:30am and were out of the hotel by 7:30. We left and got to eat at Eggilisious which was amazing a big huge thank you to the waitresses and chefs for dealing with all of us ladies. After that we walked to the pier on Lake Ontario, we saw an old boat in the lake that is now a historic boat.
Down town Niagara
Then we practiced our bikini (top 20) walk in the middle of the park. It was cool, and tourists were taking pictures of us doing so. Then after our catwalk session in the park we went to the Mississauga Canoe Club to go, not canoeing but Dragon boating. First we split up into groups, I ended up being in the hardest spot to be in, the front. The front of the boat has to face the opposite direction, and scream 1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5 over and over again to the strokes. Then we raced the other Dragon boat.
Ready for Supper
Sadly we lost but it was a friendly competition so no hard feelings. Then while we were eating lunch an instructor selected 3 of us to go out speed boating, and I got picked. Speed boating was so much fun. We went so far out on the river, saw some beautiful houses, more like mansions along the water front. The best thing when speed boating was when we crossed the waves we created, by doing so we almost jumped out of the water! After speed boating we taught our dragon boat instructors to walk the cat walk and they were so good at it. They walked the cat walk ripping off there shirts. After Dragon boating we got back on that bus and drove out. For 2 hours!! We went to Niagara!! It was a dream of mine to see the falls. Before we saw the falls we went to see Greg Frewin live who is a world renowned magician, he is the current international champ.
He did tricks that I had never seen before he also has 2 albino tigers and 1 regular one. I have seen magicians before but never anything like this! Sadly we were not able to take photos or videos of the performance because of the tigers, not liking flash. It was still very cool to see a tiger in real life, let alone an albino one that is very rare, I even bought a mini stuffed albino tiger as a souvenir. At intermission a little girl was waiting at the door, staring at the “princesses” so I and Angle (another delegate) stopped to give her a hug and get a photo with her.
The Falls Glowing
She was so happy that we did this. She give me the largest, tightest, love filled hug ever she was so happy. Her smile made my day. During intermission I took several other photos with kids and all of their smiles were so bright and big. The performance was amazing with live animals, such as tigers, doves, and parrots. It was cool because I have never seen a tiger in person before.
Magic Show Souvenir
After the show was over we quickly went over to see the falls. The streets of Niagara were like a northern Las Vegas, all lit up with flashing lights. When we stopped to go see the falls I was shocked how the mist traveled up towards the people and you could feel it on your face and skin. The falls were so pretty. The Canadian side was lit up RED AND WHITE and the U.S.A side was light up RED, WHITE and BLUE which was cool. It was such an incredible day and incredible things to experience that without the MTC Pageant I never would have experienced, and I feel so lucky and grateful to have this opportunity. Quick note, don’t forget to vote…video on how to do this is below.
It is day 2 of my amazing MTC experience and I am loving all of my pageant sisters. Last night I went to bed at about 1:00 after getting a great spray tan. Then this morning after waking up I had a great breakfast of chocolate chip muffins and fruit. Then the first day of rehearsals started. We met our amazing cat walk trainer and choreographer Shawn, who has one of the best pageant walks I have ever seen! We were taught how to do proper pageant turns. Then got into dancing to our opening song cheerleader!! Then after a long hard day of dancing we went out to, Lone Star Grill for dinner. It was great and I want to extend a huge thank you to all the staff members there for letting us take over their restaurant. And let me tell you it felt so great to just get out of the hotel for some R&R. Tomorrow we are going out around the city of Toronto, so until then ladies and gentlemen don’t forget to vote, watch the video down below for a how to!!
Its day 1 of Miss Teenage Canada 2015 and so much has already happened!! Yesterday I flew in from Calgary with two other MTC delegates. This was the first time I had ever flown. I was scared but it was for nothing, it was really fun, and I met many people who were so nice and heard many stories. Such as the woman who sat next to me who was on her way back to Jamaica. Though there was awful turbulence all I could think about was that it is finally happening!!
When we landed and arrived at the airport we were picked up and taken to our hotel. Then we met up with the other girls, upstairs in the ball room. We got our rooms then had an opening party with cake and everything. MTC gave us cute hats that say Miss Teenage Canada, and Bells and Bows Bridal Center from Lethbridge Alberta gave us beautiful necklaces, (big thank you!) they are one of the sponsors for MTC and have beautiful dresses for all formal occasions. Today we woke up bright and early and got our hair and makeup done by Sheriff Cosmetics and we even got photos posted on their Facebook page.
Then we had a professional Photo shoot in our cocktail dresses, and a video interview, and then the pageant interview. So many photo’s in so little time! Hope tomorrow is just as great. And don’t forget to vote for me. Info on how to do that is located in the video down below.
It is finally here, my week with Miss Teenage Canada starts today, and I can’t wait to meet all of the other finalists!! It feels as if it has been a decade since I was crowned. I am proud to say that I surpassed my goal of 50 events!! And I rose over 1000$ for Free The Children. I feel so blessed to have an opportunity like this. Being crowded Miss Teenage Okanagan has changed my life forever. I feel that I have made a noticeable difference in my community. I have shown people that everyone should be treated fairly and I’ve tried my very hardest to included everyone, with every ability. I have seen youth and kids smile when I walk into a room, and the grins only got bigger when I high fived them. I have traveled the province and been part of events I would only have dreamed of before MTC, such as the Vancouver Canada Day parade, and visiting RMHBC.
Samantha from RMHBC
I have seen children with cancer faces light up when playing with them. I have witnessed communities’ coming together to support causes like, Cancer, MS, ALS, and many more. I have been on radios, T.V, Newspapers, Magazines and every other type of media there is. I have spoken to people all across B.C. about anti bullying and inclusion for all. I have spoken about the importance of treating everyone how you would want to be treated. My reign is far from over, yet it feels like it has been a life time. I feel like my first event was decades ago.
I LOVE the Okanagan, where I call home
I feel like I have changed, I’m more connected to my city and my province. It has been great getting to this point, and now it is Miss Teenage Canada time I ask you, my readers, my friends, to please vote for me to become the next Miss Teenage Canada. Did you know that there has never been a Miss Teenage Canada from B.C? And no Okanagan girl has ever made it to the top 20? I want to be that girl so I ask you to please vote for me. I want to share the beauty of the Okanagan and of B.C with the whole country! I want to share with people all across Canada, how to include everyone special needs or not, and to stand up when you see someone being bullied. Watch the video down below on how to vote, step by step. And THANK YOU!
My platform is anti bullying and equality for all. My motto for this platform is “be someone’s hero, not a bystander”. What this means is that you will never stop the bullies but the bystanders can be taught that they don’t have to enable the bully, and that they can stand up for the victim or get help for them. Another part of my platform that goes hand in hand with anti bullying is equality for all.
Pink Shirt Day
What this means is that all people need to be treated equally and that race, religion or IQ should not be acceptable reasons to treat someone badly and that when this is done it is a form of bullying. I want everyone with a disability to be able to know that they can do whatever they put their mind to, and that they have as much human worth as anyone else.
People don’t understand how much words can hurt
When I was little I had a sever speech impediment and because of this I was bullied. I was called terrible names and made fun of constantly. As my speech improved I thought the bullying would stop but it didn’t. Kids were in the habit of bullying me and the teachers didn’t seem to care very much. When I started high school it got really bad, but thanks to a teacher and my mom and a group of girls that befriended me I was able to get through this really horrible time in my life. The bullying hit an all time low when a teacher bullied me.
An example of bullying
Fortunately my mom took serious action and involved the school board. People need to know that words do hurt. I have learned that it’s not me that’s the problem it’s the bullies. It’s what’s wrong with their lives and what’s going on with them that makes them want to bully. I can’t change them I can only help their victims and stand up to them. Many kids with special needs are bullied and excluded by the mainstream. I befriended a girl with special needs when I was in grade 9 and through that friendship I started volunteering in the schools resource room. I learned that although we might all learn differently that we all just want to be included and treated equally.
Let’s Erase Bullying
I love to meet people and interact with everyone. If I was Miss Teenage Canada I would have the best opportunity to not only speak about my platform but to also show others how to interact with people with special needs, young kids, the elderly and people who are sick. I know what people feel like when they aren’t included and when they are bullied.
equality for all
I would love to travel to different provinces and speak at schools on this subject and to talk about ways to change things to reduce bullying and to treat everyone as an equal. I would promote the use of Kids Help Phone and Erase Bullying which is a program that is done through the schools where kids anonymously report bullying and then the bully is turned into the school principle. I believe ending bullying starts with changing the kids from bystanders to hero’s and equality for all.
Below is Taylor Swift’s award winning music video “Mean” this helped me to survive being bullied!