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Hi everyone and thanks for following me on this fun adventure! Along with amazing activities and breath-taking experiences, we’ve also munched on some amazing meals to fill our hungry appetites. I know this may be shocking, but pageant girls eat A LOT. One of my favorite meals was at RIchtree’s taco bus yesterday! Let me tell you more about it!
Richtree’s taco bus is conveniently placed in the center of the Toronto Eaton Center, and is also located in College Park, Bayview/York Mills Centre and Square One Mississauga. Whether it’s a busy day shopping and you need a quick snack or a lovely lunch date with someone special, Richtree’s taco bus is the place for you! They serve both casual dining and take-out. They operate in open kitchens across Toronto making them serve you immediately and efficiently. I don’t know how they managed to feed 90 girls so quickly, but they handled it extremely well. Thanks for taking on the challenge Richtree!
Being a bit of a health nut, I was surprised to see a taco place using all natural items. It’s been forever since I’ve enjoyed a good taco, and this one was definitely not regrettable. The inspired menu items use all-natural, fresh, local and in-season ingredients, including antibiotic and hormone-free meats. This is definitely a food bus I would recommend trying! Thank you again Richtree!
Hi everyone! Sorry for doing two blog posts so close together, but I have been super busy wrapping things up for the summer and preparing for an extremely exciting week! As our second blog assignment we were asked to write about our platform, what it means to us, and how we hope to promote it as the future Miss Teenage Canada. Hopefully you will appreciate my views, and what ideas I hope to present to the world. Let’s get started!
In one simple sentence, my platform is to promote the importance of gender equality across Canada. I strongly believe that both genders deserve to have equal opportunity in order to follow their dreams and pursue their goals. In the past, many women who share my beliefs would define themselves as “feminist” and appear to be, whether they intended to or not, as opponents of the male gender. There are many interesting stereotypes that go along with feminism such as hating men, not shaving, and refusing to wear a bra. (LOL I promise I won’t do any of those things!) I feel that this definition of “feminism” is extremely distorted, outdated, and needs to be re-defined.
I chose re-defining gender equality as my platform for many different reasons. Being newly graduated, I am embarking on a new path in my life and am more than ready to start my studies at the University of Alberta. When choosing what program to go into I considered many different factors, and gender equality was one of them. Although I do believe women should be equally as powerful as men in society, I still do dream about cleaning my hopefully glamorous home, raising my children in a cozy household, and of course, baking apple pies for my loving husband. So what does this all have to do with my job choice? Having those dreams in mind, I knew that my original career of being an engineer wasn’t for me as engineering jobs are not always readily available in every type of community. By taking general sciences, I feel I have more opportunities to be flexible in my career and essentially be a female. From a new perspective, I know many boys that are turned away from careers such as nursing and teaching due to feminine connotations. Due to these gender role stereotypes, I believe I’m not the only one feeling restricted in society.
This platform means that it brings freedom from judgement, and opens more opportunities for each individual. Life is complicated enough with choices, and between juggling family wishes with career dreams, gender stereotypes do not need to make this even more difficult. If I succeed in becoming the next Miss Teenage Canada, I plan on hopefully empowering young girls to know that it is okay to have the best of both worlds. You can be a corporate boss and have a powering career while taking on wife responsibilities and motherly roles. True, it makes for a busy life, but it is a life every girl should have the opportunity to choose to live.
We all are people possessing unique and powerful strengths, and by restricting these strengths to stereotypical gender roles, we are, in fact, limiting our potential as a society. How can we expect to change the world when only half the population is invited to participate? I believe in a world where ALL children can be educated without the fear of being gunned downed; where boys can cook in the kitchen and girls can mow the lawn, where you are not judged by your gender, but rather by what talent you have to offer. Now is the time to change the mindset of society, rid the bias of gender roles, and ultimately empower all of humanity.
Hi Everyone! I hope your summer is going well and that you’re all enjoying the upcoming long weekend. Sorry it has been a while since I’ve last blogged, but I have been extremely busy with work and prepping for this upcoming week. I can’t believe it’s already time for me to fly away to compete nationally in Toronto! Words cannot describe how excited I am for this experience. This is one of the many reasons why I love living in Canada. We are offered the opportunity to experience so many different things. Did you know you can even enter a pageant in Canada? I didn’t know until 8 months ago! As our first blog assignment, we were asked to write about why we love Canada and I couldn’t have asked for a better blog topic. Hopefully you will enjoy my written appreciation for this amazing country and like some interesting facts!
First and foremost, I think the best part about Canada is our mosaic of different ethnicities, and our ability to celebrate different cultures. We are truly a country composed of First Nations and immigrants from all over the world that, I think, have impacted the world for the better. Despite our vast amount of diversity, we are still considered to be one of the most peaceful countries in all of the world. That is truly something remarkable! Scattered throughout Canadian cities are many different neighborhoods showcasing these different cultures from all around the world. I do not necessarily need to travel all the way to Italy to experience their delicious pasta, or to France to appreciate their world-renowned cuisine, and although I have travelled both to Venice and Paris both foods are equally delectable in my eyes. Can you tell I like to eat? Canada is truly a place where we can experience the world by the cultures coming to us rather than us having to travel a far.
On top of our amazing peace keeping reputation, we also have a great government system allowing services such as free universal health care, many programs for children in need, and not to mention great lifeguards (*wink wink*). Canadians are so fortunate to be able to take advantage of all of these government funded services, but more importantly, our government is a democracy. For those of you who have not taken Grade 6 Social in Alberta, or it has been a while since you have, democracy means that it’s the citizens who get to choose which party has the most control. In other words, power to the people! Unlike most teenagers who are only excited to go to the bar for the first time on their 18th birthday, I am more excited to exercise my rights and vote in the next election. This may be embarrassing, but I definitely jumped for joy when I realized the election is scheduled a month after my birthday. I hope to see you all on Election Day! Along with our right to vote, we also have many other rights such as being able to live where we please, the right of equity, and the right of justice to name a few. We are truly fortunate to be able to enjoy all of these rights and freedoms. Also as you can tell below, I love red and white!
Being Canadian, to me, means being able to pursue your dreams. This is a truly a land filled with opportunities and I choose to utilize each one I am given to the best of my ability. Yes, to some, living in this country may mean we say “Eh” a little too much, or are extremely polite (in fact some may even think we ride polar bears to school), but, to me, living in Canada means that I am a part of a great nation that I am blessed to call home. Can I get an “Eh”?
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This week I was inspired to write about this topic when a close friend of mine asked me what the point of pageantry was. (Yes, you’re right! It was a boy!) Now I’ve asked myself this question many times throughout the competition, but still have yet to find a definitive answer. These past few days, I have done some research on the pageant world in an attempt to unravel the web of pageantry and hopefully discover some enlightenment. With any luck, somewhere in this soon-to-be-essay post, you will find a more meaningful insight as to why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Of course, like anyone else educated by social media, I thought all pageants were purely superficial. In my mind, pageants were affiliated with negative physiological and social defects along with a great amount of inappropriate attention towards young girls. (Translation: Pageants taught girls to rely too much on external features, and too little on internal qualities.) These competitions were designed to separate the prettiest from the pretty, and single out society’s idea of the “perfect” girl. This perspective encouraged many harmful habits among young girls as they started to believe in body image distortions and develop unhealthy mindsets of “perfectionism.” Perfectionism can be defined as a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less. Extreme tanning, excessive makeup, and sometimes even starving oneself are all examples of how girls across the world attempt to achieve this misguided concept. (That escalated quickly.) Sorry to get a little off topic, but I will elaborate more on this idea when I introduce my platform. Back to pageantry!
Fun Fact: Did you know child beauty pageants are illegal in France, and punishable with up to 2 years in prison? Yikes. They must be banned for a reason.
After I first placed in this pageant, I was terrified I would be associated with negative connotations such as being ditzy, superficial and self-centered, but as I researched deeper and deeper, I realized this pageant is nothing like the pageants you see on T.V. This pageant is a chance to break the stereotype and become a positive role model for young teens across Canada (along with an amazing scholarship). This gives girls the opportunity to feel confident about themselves and stand-up for something they believe in. It would be a great honor to follow the footsteps of my personal role models and make a change in the world. Some of these strong female characters include Idina Menzel, Malala Yousifazi and (my personal favorite) Beyoncé.
Throughout this process, I have learned many skills on becoming more poised, polished and proficient in the glamourous world of modeling and acting. Not only have I learned more about fashion and trends, but also more about societal issues, such as gender inequality, and the actions being taken to solve them. Yes, in some circles, the point of pageantry may be to objectify physical attributes, but in my own experience, pageantry can be used as a tool to carve the future leaders of tomorrow, and provide a healthy, positive image of beauty.
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Now that I am finally home, I can tell you about my many adventures this past week. As many of you know, I am the epitome of an “arts girls,” and literally can’t stop singing sometimes. (Sorry family! I know my shower time gets a little loud and crazy!) This past March, I participated in the local Rotary Music Festival, and was recommended by the adjudicators to advance provincially in three of my classes representing Medicine Hat. Last weekend, I was extremely fortunate to travel up to Edmonton, and compete provincially against the top musical theater performers and speech arts competitors in all of Alberta. My experience was beyond my expectations!
On the first day, I competed in the Musical Theatre category. For those of you unfamiliar with how Musical Theatre works in a music festival, competitors are asked to perform a song from a Musical in an attempt to re-create the scene to the best of their ability. We all have our favorite selections, and mine are catchy musicals numbers sprinkled with a dash of humor and dramatic flair. Currently, my favorite musical is Legally Blonde (Maybe it’s because I identify myself so much with Elle Woods #breakingblondestereotypes #nodarkrootshere). I participated in two Musical Theatre categories, and to my greatest honor, was awarded two “Superior Standard” adjudications in both of them. I was very lucky to have such an appreciated audience that seemed to enjoy my pieces. I was truly happy to make so many people smile!
Fun Fact: Did you know singing is proven to reduce stress, boost your immune system, and even enhance your mental awareness, concentration, and memory? Yes, you better all start tuning your voices soon because the benefits are endless!
I was also recommended to provincials in a category called Speech Arts. Although it is not as popular as Musical Theater, this is a very rewarding craft that I find the most challenging between voice and piano. Speech Arts involves acting out scenes, performing monologues, and reciting poetry. Yes, I have to admit, I may have developed a small crush on Shakespeare over the past few years. Most girls my age have attractive boyfriends, and this past week, these have been the men in my life…
Jealous girls? Don’t be! They can be a part of your life too!
Along with my artistic adventures in Edmonton, I was also able to explore my future home at the University of Alberta! I am beyond excited to start my studies at such a great campus, and experience all that they have to offer. In addition to their prestigious professors and mix of both old and new architecture, their parks and paths provide a great atmosphere for yoga, running and rollerblading. Yes, I am willing to fight to the bitter end against gaining the infamous freshmen fifteen pounds!
Finally, I would like to thank my teachers that have coached, nurtured and watched me grow throughout the years. You are all like second parents to me, and for all your support, I am eternally in your debt. I am unbelievably blessed to live in a community where the arts are both fostered and flourish. This past week has truly been indescribable. All I can say is, I am a very lucky girl to be given so many opportunities!
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I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, and have lived here all of my 17 years. Growing up in this vibrant community has given me many amazing opportunities, and I am truly thankful to have so many great supporters. I am presently in Grade 12, and am further pursuing my studies in sciences at the University of Alberta in hopes of studying science. I absolutely love learning, and am enrolled in both Calculus and English AP classes. Along with my academic interests, I am classically trained in piano, voice, dance, musical theatre and speech arts, and am competing provincially next week in the Rotary Music Festival. I have been involved in countless community theatre productions, and have pretty much lived my entire life on stage since I was three years old. Below you will see a photo of me acting out a solemn scene in my photo shoot with Blair Boyd Photography. During my limited spare time, I enjoy reading, running, and keeping an active lifestyle. In the summers, you can find me working at local swimming pools as a lifeguard for the City of Medicine Hat since nothing makes me happier than teaching young children how to swim and saving lives!
Entering the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant is a completely new endeavor for me, but I am beyond excited to become a positive role model for teens across Canada. I was surprisingly encouraged to enter this pageant while grad dress shopping, and entered on a whim not knowing what I was getting myself into. To my surprise, I ended up placing “First Runner-Up” provincially and am now heading to nationals. I am ready to take on the responsibilities of becoming the next Miss Teenage Canada, break the pageant stereotype, and utilize this opportunity as a way of giving back to my community. I will be fundraising for a charity called “Free the Children” within the next few months, and will also be bringing awareness to overlooked causes such as gender equality. Hopefully you will follow me not only out of support, but interest as well!
My goal is to use the Miss Teenage Canada title (www.missteenagecanada.com) to promote my community nationally, volunteer my time and talents, and above all, set a great example for teens worldwide. My platform is to promote gender equality and redefine feminism; a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Please follow me for updates on my latest adventures, healthy lifestyle tips, brainiac fun facts, and crazy artistic ideas as I attempt to become the next Miss Teenage Canada!