Little Volleyball fan

Little Volleyball fan

On July 20th I helped out at Center of Gravity, Canada Hottest beach party. This was the 9th year, Monster Energy Center of Gravity was at Kelowna’s City Park July 24 – 26, 2015. Produced by Wet Ape Productions and Union Electronic, the biggest, adrenaline-pumping festival to hit the Okanagan included three days packed with extreme sports, sandy beaches, bikinis, and some of the biggest DJ names in the world. The artists who play at Center of Gravity , COG for short are world renowned such as Diplo, Flo Rida, Will Sparks, D-Wayne and many, many more.

Fellow Volunteers

Volunteers

During the day there were sports competitions where you could win some serious money, people traveled from as far away as Texas and all across Canada just to compete in their sport at COG. Beach Volleyball was at the center of it all, it was the biggest game at COG.  In fact, COG started in 2007 under the name of Volley-fest. Volleyball is so hot at COG that you will find former and future Olympians alike playing for a total prize pool of $11,500. I was a score keeper and I have never seen such competitive volleyball teams!! One of the ladies that I met was a model for LuLu Lemon. Basket ball was located beside the main vendors and stores!

Volleyball STAR

Volleyball STAR

It showcased some of the best basketball players in the country battling it out in a 4 vs. 4, full court tournament. Teams competed for a prize pool of $5,000 and bragging rights for the year! My Favorite to watch was the different water sports! They showcased a mix of pro and semi-pro wake boarders and wake skaters from all over North America. Using a pulley system instead of a boat that was stretched over a massive pool, built right on Hot Sands Beach.

Water sports

Water sports

People watching were so close we would get splashed with water!!  Watching the athletes as young as 11 do the tricks was amazing.  There were also motocross riders, snowmobile, BMX riders, Skateboarders, Grass Volleyball and Sports which spectators could participate in.  Smash into your friends during a friendly game of Zorb Soccer, roll around in BC’s largest Zorb Ball or fly high over Okanagan Lake with Canadian Jetpack Adventures! It was very fun to watch kids get on the jet pack and fly!! It was really fun to score volleyball and to watch all of the other sports take place around me. It was an awesome experience!!
Just a little side note, I leave for nationals tomorrow!! Can’t wait to meet everyone!! 🙂1f451

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Party Animals

Party Animals

On July 20th my mom and I attended the Vernon Golf Spectacular volunteer appreciation dinner, put on by Kindale at Season Place here in Vernon. This was a “pizza party” and it was really nice to see everyone again. When we arrived we got to eat our choice of pizza and pop and sat around talking about how the golf spectacular went. We found out that the golf spectacular made over thirty thousand dollars!!! This is just so fantastic. We also found out that a couple of Vernon special Olympic athletes are currently at worlds,

Fantastic Athletes

Fantastic Athletes

and were sent there with the money raised at the golf tournament. I wish these athletes all the very best and I am confident that they will do Canada, the Okanagan and Vernon proud.  Before we left the pizza party, all the volunteers got together to take a group photo, and I took a photo with 2 of the athletes that are not at worlds. Please keep cheering on our athletes, right now Canada has a total of 6 medals and counting!!! Go team Canada!👑

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Looking Pretty

Looking Pretty

On July 19th I was very honored to be the guest at the Teddy Bear Tea at the Mackie house. This tea party was just for kids, the kids came dressed up as there favorite princess or prince! When the kids arrived they got to have their photo taken with a large teddy bear and me. It was so much fun to see the kids faces light up when they saw me standing at the door, welcoming them. Once everyone had arrived we all went outside and decorated cupcakes. I have never seen so much icing, and messy little hands. The kids have such amazing imaginations and great decorating skills. All of the cupcakes looked so delicious, one little girl even made a “special” cupcake just for me. 🙂

Yummy

Yummy

It was so sweet she came up to me with a cupcake with a crown made of sprinkles and told me it was made with love just for me. After decorating the cupcakes we went back inside to eat some animal cookies and drink ice tea. When we were done eating and drinking our tea we got to play games. And who doesn’t love playing games? We played tag, sang songs and blew bubbles. The kids absolutely loved the bubbles.

A Long Day of Fun

A Long Day of Fun

After we went back inside and sang “The Teddy Bear Picnic” and other songs and lullabies, all to do with teddy bears. The kids loved to sing and dance along, I had a little dance party going on in the centre. Then duck-duck goose was played and the day was over before we knew it. It was such a amazing day to spend with all of the kids! 🙂 👑

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Mackie House

Mackie House

On July 9th I was the honored guest at the Mackie house’s weekly “Tea with Grace”.  Mackie Lake House is part of the Coldstream Ranch which was subdivided in the early 1900’s and planted with apple and pear trees.  Ronald Buchanan, a businessman from Montreal commissioned architect Robert Findlay to build the House in 1910 and subsequently sold it to Gordon Shakespeare Layton and his family in 1925. Hugh and Grace Mackie, along with the Reverend Augustine Mackie had established the Vernon Preparatory School for boys in Coldstream in 1913.

Friends at First Sight

Friends at First Sight

It was a boarding school entrenched in British custom and culture greatly appreciated by the English pioneers who came to the area.  The Mackie Family became friends of the Laytons, visiting the House often, and in 1945, they purchased the House. The Mackie house is a house filed with history. At the tea with Grace (named after Grace Mackie) I had the honor of meeting an elderly lady who knew the Mackie’s when she was a child and she used to play with the Mackie child. It was so cool to hear her story. She is no longer from the Okanagan, she now lives in Calgary, it was nice to know that people travel that far to come to the historical, and beautiful Okanagan. Also attending the tea was a past Miss Canada International, who also competed in Miss Teen Canada, it was amazing to hear about the history of pageantry through her experiences. I also saw a group of my teachers from school whom I learned are regulars at the “Tea with Grace”.

The students of the Vernon Prepatory School

The students of the Vernon Prepatory School

After the tea, I was granted the private tour of the Mackie house. This house is filled with so much history, and at least one known ghost!! On the tour there was a little girl who would sneak a peak at me every few minutes, eventually I went up and talked to her. The second I said hello to her and asked what her name was her face lit up with a huge smile. It was so cute. I was even able to get her to stop looking at the crown for 5 seconds to snap a quick photo with her. I want to thank the Mackie house staff for having me at such a great event.👑

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Making new friends

Making new friends

On July 7th I was the guest of honor at the Okanagan library’s Goldie Blox fun day. Goldie Blox is a fictional character for kids (mostly girls) who build things. The initial reason for the Goldie Blox franchise was to encourage young girls to become anything their hearts desire. I believe that Goldie Blox has done a great job of getting young girls to think outside the Blox box about what they can do and become. The commercial for the toys does an awesome job of showing what girls can do.

Goldie Blox

At the library Goldie Blox day we read story’s and then built the objects in the story’s, with Goldie Blox sets. We built a little parade float, a carnival merry-go round, and even a movie projector that actually worked. The hardest toy to build was the projector but it was also the coolest to play with, this was very cool because you could watch a little movie without having electricity.  All of the kids loved having “The Queen” as they called me, there to play with.

Building with Goldie Blox

Building the projector

After we had finished building and playing with our Goldie Blox creations I walked over to the children’s section of the library, and a loud gasp came from a group of kids from a local day-care who were visiting. They were surprised to see me and all of the kids were so adorable and wanted to get a photo with me. It was such an unforgettable experience to be asked for my autograph. It has been such an amazing experience to have such an impact on young kids because of my crown and sash I feel very honored and grateful for the opportunities I have had to meet such wonderful people and to put smiles on their faces.👑

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Photo Booth Fun

Photo Booth Fun

On Saturday July 4th I attended Vernon’s “Beach Blankets and Bellinis”! It was so nice for Kindale to invite me to this fundraising event. And the very best thing about attending this event was I was able to bring my Mom along with me. The event took place at the Prestige hotel in Vernon. Many people who I have met throughout the Okanagan attended this event and the host was Bryan Martin the radio announcer for Sun fm. This event had a silent auction, games and Bellini drinks (non-alcoholic). I got the chance to play this game which was called top or bottom, where you had to either touch your top or your bottom, and if the position you are touching is called you move to the next round. I only made it to the second round however but the game was very fun to watch. And in the end Bryan Martin’s daughter won. 🙂

Princess Pals

Princess Pals

There was also a photo booth with really fun props, so I just had to get a photo in some. The one thing that made my day was meeting a young at heart woman with special needs who was so happy to see me. I even found out that I share a birthday with her (not the year though). And when I asked her if I could take a photo with her she screamed so load and yelled “Ya princess” and when I was done getting one on my phone she rushed over to get a photo on her own camera. It makes my day when things like this happen.  All of the money raised at this event went to Teens Count Too and Kindale. I hope everyone at this event had as fun of a time as I did. 👑

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My new pals

Little readers

On Friday July 3rd I was invited to attend the Okanagan Library Summer reading club’s opening ceremony. The second I walked in the doors, all of the little girls and some of the little boys gasped in disbelief. Some even whispered it’s a princess!! Before the ceremony began I was able to talk to some of the children, I was a little shocked that not a single one was shy. Once the ceremony began all of the kids were very intrigued with the book readers.

Watching a movie

Watching the video

There was a puppet show, and several funny books were read. After this I was able to say a bit about how books can help you escape reality. I spoke about how you can step into a book and feel like you are the main character.

Looking at our goodie bags

Looking in our goodie bags

After I spoke we watched a video, called “All About Those Books”, which was a parody of the Meghan Trainor hit “All About That Bass”. The CHALLENGE is for the kids to make a video about books or reading!! The kids then were given goody bags, and then were able to look at the prizes. I took photos with several kids, one little boy came up and put his arm around me while I was getting a photo with his sister. Toooo cute!! Then after the ceremony was over I went over to the kids zone and read to some kids. It was such a fun experience, and I can’t wait to see the video’s that the kids come up with! 👑

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Perfect Pageant Walk

Perfect Pageant Walk

On Canada Day, July 1st, I and four other Miss Teenage Canada finalists were in the Vancouver Canada Day parade! Just days before the parade I was lucky enough to arrange for a few of us to be driven in a vintage 1930 Model A Ford Deluxe, from a sponsor from the Vancouver Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, Simon was the owner and he was our chauffeur for the event.

Thank you Richmond Auto mall

Thank you Richmond Auto mall

He was awesome! This parade was the second largest in Canada this year, with more then 50 groups in the parade and Tens of Thousands of people watching. The real fun however started before the parade. We were lucky enough to have two amazing photographers, Alex Smith and Norm Lee. As we were posing for shots several random people came and took pictures with us, everyone who did was so polite and thankful to do this with us. It felt like we were celebrities.

Simon's  Vintage car

Simon’s Vintage car

After many, many pictures I walked around for a little bit and looked at all the other floats and groups. While I was walking around I met some British Columbian Army men, Ms. Vancouver and several other people. I also got to be interviewed by Global B.C. they did a live interview asking me about pageants and the Donald Trump controversy. I also was interviewed by a Vancouver radio station.

New West Minster Hyack Ambassadors

New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors

As I was walking back to where the other girls were, more people would ask me to take a picture or selfie with them. Once I returned to the other finalists more photos were taken. We took photos by each car The Lexus from Richmond Auto Mall, and Open Road Auto Group, and Simon’s beautiful car from the Vintage Car Club. Once the parade started I was lucky enough to get a seat in Simon’s car, the second we turned the corner there was a gasp, by how lovely the car was.

 Army Men

Army Men

It was unbelievable how many people were there!! I had been in parades before but none this crowded.It was insane, in some spots along the road people were crowded in 10 people deep. People were on roofs, balconies were overfilled, and the places with stairs were covered in people. Waving and smiling was really fun, I could hear kids say “Look Mom a Princess”, one kid even asked “Where’s the Okanagan”, this made me chuckle a little.

Another group in the parade, look at the crowd in the back.

Another group in the parade

During the parade I would blow kisses to lucky children who caught my eye, the children filled with joy at the sight of that. And Shaw news even zoomed in on me blowing a kiss to the crowd!! And the announcers commented on my wave as I went by, it was so cool. At the end of the parade as we were done I got handed a baby for a photo. That was very cool.

What a great day

What a great day

I want to put a big THANK YOU out there to all of our parade sponsors and I hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day. Click on the video below to see all of the pictures, and our Shaw T.V shot. I am happy to say that Miss Teenage Canada Fransisca McFadden shared my video on her Facebook!👑

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Westside Ambassador & I

Westside Ambassador & I

On June the 27th, I attended Westside Daze in West Kelowna! On the hottest day in the Okanagan to date, it was a whopping 45 degrees Celsius!! This event had everything from fair rides, to games, to live entertainment. I was pleased to meet one of the West Side ambassadors. While there I loved watching the little kids on the Mary Go Round cars, they loved to honk the car horns at me to get my attention. After walking around the fair grounds for a little while I went off to the other side of the fair, the entertainment part. It was cool to sit down and watch the local First Nations group preform traditional dancing as well as singing. Being someone who really enjoys music of all sorts I really loved watching this. All of the handmade costumes were so fantastic.

My little Friend!!

My little Friend!!

After the dances were done I was on my way to the mist tent to cool down, when a little girl, not even a year old, Pointed at me and giggled. It was so cute so I stopped to say Hi and have a photo with her, and her face when we took the picture was priceless!! As I was leaving the park to go home I stopped to look at all of the amazing venders, there were bake sales, balloons (what’s a fair with out balloons?) and the coolest thing was an amazing artist who painted everything from cars to feathers. YES FEATHERS. It was so cool to see this, and it was something I have never seen before. Then Panago Pizza was nice enough to give me free pizza. Thank you Panago it was great and they were flavors that I would never had thought to try out. Westside Daze is truly a event that I would attend again. 👑

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Canada day

Canada Day

I am not a Hockey player and I have never seen a Lacrosse game, but I am a proud Canadian, and I think Canada is great for many reasons. Its natural beauty is incomparable, where else can you drive from rain forest to dessert in a matter of hours? We can not only swim in the water we can also drink it. If we get sick we have access to medical care weather we are rich or poor, it may not be perfect but it is considered one of the best! Male or female, young or old we can all attend school and get an education.

I love Canadian Water

Fresh water

Canadians have the right to speak any language they choose and we have not one but two official languages, “voulez-vous parler en français avec moi ?” We are home to diverse cultures, and being someone that loves food I think we are very fortunate to have a variety of ethnic cuisines available to us, via fine dinning or street vendors. Canada also produces a huge amount of the food we eat, from salmon on the West Coast to lobster on the East, Alberta beef, Prairie wheat, Okanagan fruit and wines, we are so lucky to have so many natural resources.

Honoring our a fallen hero

Honoring a fallen hero

In Canada we are free to openly love who we want and to worship in a church a temple, or anywhere else we choose. Canadians don’t start wars but we come to the aide of the victims of war. We pay tribute to fallen soldiers by standing shoulder to shoulder on highways as we watch one of our own pass by;

Ogopogo statue

Ogopogo

Highway of Hero’s was born out of this uniquely Canadian phenomenon. We are always one of the first countries to send aide for almost every natural disaster world wide. We have the right to speak out against anything we don’t believe in and we have human rights that protect us from unfair working conditions and persecution for our beliefs.

The Lumberjack in  Iroquois Falls, Ontario

Lumberjack

We can live where we choose; we can own our own homes and work where we want in order to pay for them. We have Killer Whales, Polar Bears, a Sasquatch and the Ogopogo. We celebrate Christmas, Chinese New Year, Dawali and Gay Pride. We are home to three oceans, not only lakes but the Great Lakes, The Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, huge International cities, ghost towns and Drumheller, Dinosaurs once lived here. More people want to get into Canada then want to leave, but we are free to leave if we want to. I think this is what makes us want to stay it is why Canada is great. It is our freedoms and the choices we have that make us so fortunate to live in the greatest place on earth. And I for one don’t mind the igloos or my plaid lumberjack shirt! And of course the fact that we still respect the crown, well Eh! You know what I mean! 👑

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