Unexpected Benefits to the Miss Teenage Canada 2018 are many!

This week has been so eventful and wonderful! From meeting all the amazing girls from across the country,

to going to the CN Tower,

TORONTO-CANADA, 10 APRIL 2017: CN tower, third tallest tower in the world and the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, signature icon of Toronto’s skyline and a symbol of Canada

to having a private tour of Casa Loma, which is a Gothic style mansion in the heart of Toronto, ON. It took 3 years for the original owner / financier Sir Henry Pellatt to build his private residence, from 1911 – 1914. The mansion is now a historic property and museum.

The unexpected benefit to participating in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant has been all the insights and knowledge we’ve gained already!For instance, there is something you should know about me! I’m a pescatarian (meaning I’m a vegetarian who will also eat fish). I became a vegetarian several years ago during a school project, and haven’t looked back since. Not only is being a vegetarian good for the environment, but it’s also a healthier option for our bodies as well, I believe.Well since arriving in Toronto, I’ve discovered a new company that has changed my food world! And this is important, because I’m a healthy foody! ūüôā

Going into the Pageant, I was a bit concerned about what I would be eating and if being a pescatarian was even a meal option with the meal sponsors, Clean Meals? To my surprise it was!  Not only do they have Vegetarian options, but Pescatarian, Carnivors (I like to call them Meat-atarians, it sounds nicer), Diabetic, weight loss, allergy specific meals, and even Gluten free meals!

Our meals have been DELICIOUS here! I had the salmon which was incredible!

I’m so excited that Clean Meals is the sponsor of Miss Teenage Canada 2018, because this means I am able to eat healthy, nutritious, AND delicious meals on the go!

Here’s a look at our www.CleanMeals.ca all wrapped up and ready to go! Looks delicious hey?

And this is what it looks like once heated up and reading for the dining room table!

And finally, one of the best surprises I learned about #CleanMeals.ca was that we both have the SAME Platform!!! We both desire to end homelessness.For me, it’s through:

  1. Employment
  2. Improving personal hygiene
  3. Food! Lots of healthy, good food!

And this is what #CleanMeals is having a HUGE impact with! Below is their program, mission and accomplishments (taken directly from their website https://cleanmeals.ca/project-end-hunger/ 

Please check out Clean Meals today, because you’ll not only support your body by eating healthy, you’ll also be helping a lot of homeless people as well!

So there you go! Clean Meals to go!

Have a great day! And continue reading about the great work of Clean Meals.ca!

Well, it’s time for bed. I’ll saying my gratitude tonight for Clean Meals easy dinners, with their Sunday deliveries, Ontario wide. Hoping soon they’ll expand all the way to Vancouver as well. <3

#ProjectEndHunger, a charitable initiative supported by Clean Meals towards feeding as many homeless and less fortunate as possible within the Toronto and GTA regions!

#ProjectEndHunger aims to help provide healthy meals for those who are less fortunate. Food is the fuel to our bodies in order to function and essential for human survival, together we can make a difference within the community and help feed those who are hungry.

In 2017 our goal was to provide 500 meals to the less fortunate, we are pleased to announce with the help of your donations and various socially responsible companies we exceeded our goal and provided 504 meals in the short 5 months since we started this initiative.

Due to the amazing respond from companies and individuals we have set our 2018 goal to be 2400 meals for the whole year, which makes it 200 meals each month. As #ProjectEndHunger we want to make a difference in people’s lives as far as we can and we need your help.

www.cleanmeals.ca

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How exciting this past 3 months has been!

I went from being a tom-boy and playing riveting games of chess with my friends, to wearing some of the finest evening gowns from Bells & Bows in Lethbridge http://www.bellsandbowsbridalcentre.com/, and attending amazing events and galas, as Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018! (Pinch me now!)

Here’s a sneak peak of one of our latest photo shoots with the amazing @CarmellPelly!

   More pics to come!

I mean, really!!!¬†This is incredible! Life has definitely changed! For the better! I feel like I’m really living life now! My schedule is busy! I feel fulfilled now that I’m making a difference in our community through my platform and sponsorships.

How many girls do you know that are our age, who get to stand at a podium and have a credible voice, where people listen? How many wear a sash and crown, speak to groups of people, have sponsors, ride in parades, model in photo shoots, get dresses tailored, meet with dignitaries, volunteer at hospitals, give out prizes and awards, travel around the province, or fly across the country? (to Toronto to meet girls from every province and territory)

I trust that each and everyone of us participating in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, will walk forward in life with a whole new sense of self-confidence, and appreciation for all that we’ve experienced and accomplished!

A great big Thank You to Michelle Weswaldi and her team! And to Christi, the unsung hero of all the administrative, and production coordinations! Thank you for bringing these events together so that so many of us can apply, participate, and maybe even be a Representative for our community, and country as a whole!

This has been a gift far greater than I ever imagined!

Sincerely,

Amelia

 

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¬†When I was 11 years old, my sister Nakita won the Miss Teen Canada 2012 Pageant!¬†I was so excited for my sister’s win, that the Host of the Pageant invited me to come up on stage and celebrate with Nakita and all the other participants! This moment not only changed her life, but mine too!

Never could I have imagined that 6 years later I’d be a title holder as well – Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018! Soon to be off to Toronto next week to participate in the Miss Teenage Canada 2018 Pageant as well!

In fact, if I win at the Nationals in Toronto, Nakita and I will be the first sisters ever to win Major Titles as Miss Teenage, and Miss Teen Canada! This would be an amazing story to share of a very long journey in volunteering, and being Youth Ambassadors together.

Since I was 2, Nakita and I have volunteered as a team. Starting at Seniors Homes, and Sports Events. During Nikki’s first month as MTC 2012, Nik attended 36 events in her first 30 days alone! And I was at her side for every one of these events! We traveled from Edmonton to Fort McLeod, Alberta! We sang anthems for the Edmonton Eskimos

           

And the Oil Kings.

We gave out medals at the Pan AM Para-Olympic, and International Swim Games!

We volunteered at the Children’s Hospital,

We met with Rock Bands and Political Leaders. We gave out awards, spoke, rode in parades, and Nakita even won the Key to the City of Niagara Falls for all her volunteer work!

It was so exciting being Nakita’s assistant during her 2 years as MTCI 2012, that I decided to enter for the Regional Pageant of Miss Teenage Canada 2018 as well! And I did this with just 3 weeks left before the Pageant in Vancouver, BC!

“What took me so long to decide to enter, given my long history with volunteering with MTCI as a young girl?”

I had been the athletic one in the family. A tom-boy as such. I was on the school field hockey team; and was the only girl on an “all boys” soccer team. I never wore high heels! Instead I wore runners and sweat pants!¬†Even though I could definitely see myself being the Representative for Miss Teenage Canada, I didn’t know if I could walk elegantly enough in those heels!

So, I committed to a crash course and I walked everywhere in high heels for the next 3 weeks! I got blisters and my feet bled – but to my amazement, it didn’t take long to adjust! And soon I could run as well as walk in them! Who knew?!!

So I entered the Pageant and was fortunate enough to win the Crown of Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018! How Exciting!

Today, I’ve continued with the family tradition of volunteering, and participating in city-wide events, only now it’s as MTV 2018!

This has simply been THE best experience I could have ever wished for, and I’m so grateful I followed my intuition and entered the application form, just a few months ago now.

I encourage you… If you think you’d like to give back on a larger scale, or travel the country, or get experience in public speaking – then join the Pageant and really go for it!

If you’re thinking of entering the Pageant, but discount yourself because you think you’re too young, or too thin, big, tom-boyish, etc (Like I did)… I invite you to dismiss your dismissive thoughts, and let go (Like I did).

You just never know how you’ll do and what doors will open for you when you say YES to the opportunity that is knocking! This opportunity called MTC 2019!

If you’re interested, then give it a try!

Apply today at http://www.missteenagecanada.com/become-mtcw/apply-now 

And Good Luck!

Amelia – Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018!

                                                         

 

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Who is Amelia – Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018?

From the age of 3,¬†Amelia¬†has consistently practiced the Japanese Proverb ‚ÄúFall seven times, stand up eight.‚ÄĚ As a competitive figure skater,¬†Amelia¬†discovered early that mistakes were part of the learning and growth process, and getting back up was essential to achieving her goal(s).

Mia was diagnosed young with Irlen’s Syndrome, and a hereditary Reading Learning Disability. As you can imagine, traditional learning practices were challenging for her. But in true form, Amelia has never given up! Every time she has struggled, she’s dug her heels in deeper, and pursued her goal.

As a result of her passion to help others, Amelia received a Certificate of Honour from the Alberta Government for the Breakfast Program and Leader In Me Program she was instrumental in starting in grade 5!

Amelia was also invited to travel to the UAE to be a Youth Advocate, where she attended the schools and met with students from Kindergarten to High School. Together they found common interests, and challenges, and favourite songs! Amelia also toured the local hospital and met with patients, doctors, and pharmacy staff. She volunteered and fed 350 – 500 families food for the week in Ajman. Amelia then toured Mosques and had meetings with the Justice Minister of Abu Dhabi, and Environment Minister of Dubai.

As well, for eight years Mia has volunteered with the Kohan Foundation and the Alberta Housing First Approach to End Homelessness… So far they have¬†raised over $420,000.

Amelia comes from a diverse family background, where her Mom is Metis, Dad is Ukrainian, and her Stepmom and 2 brothers are Sikh. She is the quintessential example of Canadian Youth today Рembracing, and learning from all faiths, cultures, and beliefs.

Amelia currently lives in both Edmonton AB, and Vancouver BC, splitting her time between both parents and family members. She will be the first in her family to attend full-time University on a Scholarship! Amelia has worked doubly hard for this (especially given her learning disability) And all her efforts have paid off!

To contact Amelia for sponsorship, or to attend your upcoming event, please email her Pageant Travel Manager at missteenagevancouver@gmail.com, and we will contact you shortly.

Thank you!

 

 

 

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The Assignment is to blog about your favourite place inside your region.

I decided to go for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant last May and really wasn’t sure which Province to apply from, because I share my time between both parents in two different provinces. But Vancouver is now my home, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent the City where I go to High School and have fostered so many good friends!

I’ve really enjoyed this project because I got to learn a lot about the City that I didn’t know about, even though I’ve lived here for the past 3 years.

So here’s some interesting facts straight from the world of Google! ūüôā

  1. What I LOVE about the many places and people in Vancouver are their creativity! We are similar to Toronto because we have a vibrant film industry and our¬†nickname is “Hollywood North”!
  2. In 2018, Vancouver became the 3rd largest film & TV production centre in North America, according to Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Vancouver
  3. And according to a new report from the Canadian Media Producers Association, British Columbia’s industry grew from $2.1 billion in 2015/16, to $2.9 billion in 2016/17, bringing with it a 40 per cent cent surge in jobs, from 17,000 to a whopping 24,000!                                                                                                                           
  4. I love the fact that so many great movies and TV shows are filmed in our rainforests, rugged outdoors, vibrant streets, smaller towns, and throughout our diverse neighbourhoods. This industry provides employment for fellow actors, performers and crew members, which is GREAT for our economy! And it’s always fun to see some films being made just down the street.
  5. Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal is the 4th largest in the world.
  6. I was surprised to learn that the California Roll, and the cosmetic treatment Botox were both invented in Vancouver.
  7. I wasn’t surprised to learn Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada, and it’s the third most expensive place to live in the world after Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia, and London.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† (Below is BC’s most expensive residential property at $75.8 million.¬†It’s the¬†Kitsilano mansion built by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and is valued at nearly $12 million over last year)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  8. BC Place was the first covered stadium in Canada
  9. Vancouver and Victoria have the mildest climates in Canada. (Victoria having 1/3 less rain than Vancouver) We do have snow in downtown Vancouver for about 2 weeks of the year and at that time, everything often closes down – including schools. This has been a nice change from Alberta and the Prairies, because our rule of thumb there in elementary school, was that if it was -22 degrees or colder, we weren’t allowed to play outside. Most people love the fact we have so little snow, but for me, I actually miss the snow and am happy to see it when it comes!
  10. A fact I didn’t know about, was that Vancouver was not always Vancouver. Before being named¬†Vancouver, the town was called Gastown, and then Granville, Burrard Inlet.
  11. Vancouver was named after Captain George Vancouver, an English explorer famous for leading the expedition that charted the Pacific Northwest, and explored the area which would eventually become Vancouver.
  12. The Lions Gate Bridge was originally built by the Guinness Beer Company (not the City) to connect Vancouver to a residential development.                                               
  13. Just 9 minutes from North Vancouver is the spectacular Grouse Mountain, where people enjoy year round activities! During the summer months, about 100,000 people a year do the 2.9 km vertical hike, which is affectionately called the Grouse Grind. The average person can complete this climb in 1.5 to 2 hours.                                And during the winter months, Grouse Mountain transforms into a winter wonderland of Downhill and Cross Country Skiing!

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  14. And the last 2 things I’m really proud of Vancouver for are:¬†Vancouver is home to one of the largest Pride Parades in the world, with over 500,000 attendees annually.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
  15. And the international environmental activism group Greenpeace was started in Vancouver in 1971, and is now considered the most visible environmental group in the world. This makes me smile!

This is Greenpeace on Sept. 15, 1971


This is one of Greenpeace’s ships today

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza continues on an expedition in the Indian Ocean to peacefully tackle unsustainable fishing.

 

So what are my favourite places inside the City of Vancouver?

They are definitely the Beaches! English Bay and Kitsilano are my favourite!

Why? Take a look!

This is Kits Beach about 5 minutes from my home. I love going here after school with my friends! We beachcomb, have picnics, and relax on the sandy beaches.

On weekends I often bring our puppy Bella to Kits Dog Park! This is a place we spend hours at! It’s so peaceful, yet is in the heart of the City!


So to sum it up! I love my home in Vancouver BC! It has so much to offer!

And what I’ve learned from living in so many different places with my family is that, so does very other place in Canada. Each province is unique, and has a lot of diversity, and is why I love living in this country. If I could live anywhere in the world, it’d be Canada. How do I know? Because every time I come home I’m happy to return, and feel complete.

I hope you do as well. If you haven’t visited Vancouver or British Columbia yet, please come explore! There is so much to discover! Check out our local Chamber of Commerces, and Tourism Centres for more information and ideas of where to venture. I hope my little blog has enticed you to come visit. Happy travels.

Amelia – Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Vancouver

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