As one of the most livable cities in this world ranked by wikipedia on the living conditions, Vancouver definitely deserves this title.
Why do you need to visit Vancouver?
Let’s start with the living condition. The weather in Vancouver is very beautiful. In the winter it is relatively warm and in the summer it is relatively cool.
In addition, Vancouver has a lot of diversity. It is a mix of different cultures together. There are many different kinds of people from different countries with different customs.
Now I would like to tell you about Vancouver’s FOOD!!! Since Vancouver is highly diverse, there are many different blends of food from different countries. My personal favourite on is sushi. Vancouver is located near the sea with fresh seafood, Therefore, the sushi there are extra fresh and delicious.
About the tourist attractions, there are a few places I would like to recommend. I love Granville island. It is such a beautiful island. I love art and music. Granville island is a very artistic island with a lot of local musicians playing live music. There are also many art works and crafts by designer, artist, and painters. I would also taking a look at Gas town, where a lot of little shops are. Also, Queen Elizabeth park is also very beautiful.
Vancouver is a city famous for it’s beauty. I believe the beauty is not only the environment, but also he beauty in it’s local citizens. Vancouver’s people are very nice and kind. This is one of the main reasons I love about my hometown!
Helping the Operation Smile Canada during the Crystal Dinner and Dance fundraising performance was truly an amazing and valuable experience！
Helping out the Fundraising event for Operation Smile
Table setting before the fundraising event
Through the event, I was not only able to help the fundraiser for Operation Smile, but also learn more about children who are born with cleft.I want to show my effort to help these unfortunate children born with cleft by giving them safe cleft surgery, so their heart-warming smile can bloom incessantly in this world.
(Photos with the show’s dancers)
I would like to share with you about the organization,about Cleft surgery, and what I learned through the volunteering experience. As the Operation Smile’s official website explained, they are a part of the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgery for children.
Globally, Operation Smile began in the United States in 1982, and since then we have grown to become a global foundation and have together provided over 220,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.
Why Cleft Surgery?
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. These children are often unable to eat, speak, or even smile. In many places, they’re shunned and rejected, sometimes abandoned by their own parents.
Too many don’t even survive. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday.
Operation Smile Canada
We know Canadians like you believe every child deserves a chance at life. So in 2011 we founded Operation Smile Canada. Since then, caring and generous supporters helped provide thousands of surgeries for children around the world living in countries where little ones with clefts have suffered for too long.
Every time with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, I would always learn a lot of things.
Volunteering for Canada’s Federal Election
Last summer, I was volunteering for the liberal party of Canada and the federal election. All along the process and by Mr. Trudeau’s side, I see how hard working this leader truly is. I truly felt inspired.
Volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada along mr. Trudeau’s side
Later, I feel so happy to have his support for my newly founded anti-bullying association in BC, called “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA).” Mr. Trudeau was so encouraging about what I am doing that he decided to be the “HONORARY PRESIDENT” of the association to empower and inspire more youth! He is truly a great role model for teens to look up to.
“Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)” is an anti-bullying association founded by Evangeline Lou
Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)”
This year I feel so lucky to be invited to his Trudeau’s Elite house dinner with my new “Miss Teenage Vancouver” title that I haven’t told him about😄(Haha, I wanted it to be a surprise). Anyways, His “so good to see you again” and his big warm hug was still that familiar and kind.
Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau Elite Home Dinner
Not only with Mr. Trudeau, I also had a great conversation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum. Mr. McCallum was also very encouraging towards what I am doing. I feel so honoured to meet so many great leaders through this event. Thanks to this home dinner, my first time experience in Toronto was just simply valuable and amazing!
had a great conversation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum
【THE VOICE OF CHINA 2016】
Throughout April and May and quickly after Miss Teenage Canada BC competition, I was busy competing in and preparing for The Voice of China. (I had to miss prom for the finalesorry to all my friends)
Starting from the initial auditions with thousands and thousands of people from different places auditioning, to many preliminaries, and then finally to the huge finale night on May 29th, all I can say is I feel so BLESSED, LUCKY and GRATEFUL.
The only regret I had was during the final, I got sick with a high fever and a sore throat. I learned that Singing competitions are not always about one’s ability to sing. Sometimes, it’s more about one’s ability to face obstacles and pressure, and I am so happy that I MADE IT!!!
Through the whole competition, I made a lot of wonderful and talented friends from different places. I also had the honour to meet and make friends with长宇, who is a top winner from last year’s Voice of China and currently a great singer in China. You guys should check him outhis voice is amazing!
Unfortunately, I will not be going to China for the TV recording.
I had already made plans with Miss Teenage Canada before entering the competition.
Thank you for each person who supported me and encouraged me! All my achievements could not have accomplished without you guys ❤️!
my name is Evangeline, and I feel so honoured and blessed to be able to represent my lovely hometown as the new Miss Teenage Vancouver!
Today, I will be sharing with you about who I am=).
My life have always been very vacillating. From primary school, I have been studying alone in different cities. Just my high school career, I have studied in three different countries and five different cities. The diverse experience trained me with an ability to adapt to new experience rapidly and rendered me with an unique and dimensional viewpoint. Studying alone in different cities taught me how to be independent. However, the experience also made me a susceptible bullied target as a new student during the time. Despite feeling devastated at first, I was able to make the negative experience into a positive stepping stone. Anti-bullying have always been one of my biggest beliefs and my main platform. I have just founded my own anti-bullying society in BC called “Help Stop Bullying International Association” (Justin Trudeau as the society’s Honorary President).
Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)”
Circling back to my beloved Country Canada and my beautiful hometown Vancouver, I have been engaging myself passionately in school and in the community.
In school, I am a straight A student with an average of 93%-97% and a 5 or 4 score on 6 APs in total. Despite the overloaded courses, I was able to balance my passion with my academics. Outside of academics, I am also the Student Council Secretary and President for multiple clubs. Outside of school, I also passionately engage in volunteering with organizations, winning music competitions, performing for different events, etc.
Evangeline volunteering for the Federal Election
I am very passionate. I believe a person without passion is basically dead inside. I have a lot of passions, and my biggest passion is music. I started playing the piano at the age of 4, learned ballet and Chinese traditional dance at the age of 6, and also taught myself how to play guitar and ukulele later on. However, when I first wrote my original song, my whole world changed. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to write your own melodies to convey emotions that cannot be express through words. I started to fall in love with song-writing. Constantly writing songs was the water to my soul. The feeling of creating a melody of your own was ineffable! Being strongly influenced by music at a young age, I realize that music became a inseparable part of me. Gradually, it became a habit, a hobby, a company, and then to a belief. If I did not sing or write any songs for one day, I will feel empty inside. Music really shaped the person I am today. I cannot imagine who I will be like without music.
Evangeline as the Winner for Vancouver Youth Talent Showdown
At first, music have always been something personal to me. I never really shared my music with others. However, after a few years, I start to realize that passion without a positive purpose is useless. I begin to make my passion an “external” thing instead of an “internal” one. Not only did I started to enter singing and songwriting competitions (such as The Voice of China, Vancouver Youth Talent Showdown, Solid Gold Singing Competition etc.), but I also started to write/record/perform numerous original songs for societal issues (such as environmental problems, bullying issues, gender equality etc). I was invited to write/record an original campaign song for a MP candidate while volunteering for Canada’s Federal Election. I also wrote,recorded, and produced an original song for the community’s “Earth Day.” In addition, I often volunteer to perform for many charity and fundraising events.
(Below is a song I wrote, produced, and recorded for “Earth Day” called “To Mother Earth.” I hope you will like it =) )
Contributing my talents to the community made me feel satisfied, content, and truly happy. I felt this strong feeling again when I started to compete in Miss Teenage Canada. It is such a great competition for young talented and kind-hearted youth to gather together and spread their love on this stage. I hope to express my passions, what I believe as the true definition of beauty, and my anti-bullying beliefs on this platform!
Evangeline Singing as the Guest performer for famous Chinese Singer, Johnny Jiang)
Evangeline Singing for RESPON Charity night (fundraising event for Canadian Red Cross)
Now, I am so excited to take a step further on to my next journey with MTC. I hope to challenge myself by being the next MTC to continue to “be inspired” by others and also “to inspire” others!
Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau’s Elite Home Dinner
At Trudeau’s Elite Home Dinner
Thank you to all the ones who supported me and thank you to Miss Teenage Canada and the people there. I have no doubt that this will be a valuable journey that I will remember for the rest of my life!
Evangeline competing in The Voice of China
Thanks again and stay tuned for more blogs and updates=)
Shirley is a Principal's List student at Kitsilano Secondary School, where she immerses herself in literature and history studies and designs as the Yearbook Editor-in-Chief and Newspaper Club President. She enjoys playing basketball with her school team, eating green, and living a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Shirley is actively engaged in her community - she has been volunteering at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for five years, and now assisting the running of the Volunteer Program. For her community service efforts, she received the Youth Good Neighbours Award by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses.
Shirley fulfills her love of fashion by interviewing people in the local fashion industry, writing for her fashion website, The Vancouver Scene, and interning at a luxury designer resale company in downtown Vancouver. She is constantly inspired by the creative individuals she meets, and advocates fashion as a way to bring people together, rather than a mere materialistic pursuit. Represented by her modelling agency, Shirley has graced the runway for numerous designers at Vancouver Fashion Week. An interesting fact is that Shirley has had a huge passion for flying since a young age, and is very excited to be a finalist for the Glider Pilot Scholarship Course this summer in Comox, BC with air cadets! As for the future, Shirley plans to study journalism and publishing in university, and aspires to become a magazine editor. She believes in hard work, dedication, and the joy of the journey.
Her platform is called “Girls, We Can Fly Too”. In the literal sense, she hopes to promote the Air Cadet program and Glider Pilot Scholarship Course to girls nation-wide, as she has personally learned so much from the program and would like to inspire more girls to join. In the figurative sense, she advocates gender equality and encourages young girls to achieve equal endeavours as boys.