Being crowned Miss Teenage Alberta 2020 has opened so many doors for me, including the opportunity to bring awareness to important causes, such as my platform, children and adolescents mental health. Mental Health is slowly becoming a rising issue in our world today, especially in adolescents and teenagers. Which is why I feel so blessed to have a title that allows me to speak up and help provide support to my peers. As a teenager, I battle the stresses and anxiety of balancing school, extracurricular activities, and self care time. I understand how growing up and learning to face the world can be scary, so as a teenager, I want to help my fellow peers transition through this confusing time.

Mental Health is an important topic for today’s youth. In fact, the total number of youth age 12-19 who have depression in Canada is over 3.2 million and due to this, suicide is the second most highest cause of death, with Canada having the third most highest suicide rates in the world.

Over the course of my reign so far, I have been trying to shed as much light possible on this topic to make as much of a difference as I can. A part of this is by helping to raise funds for the new Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Centre at the Alberta Children’s hospital. This facility is planned to open Fall of 2021 and will help provide community-based mental health services for Children and Adolescents. This centre has many programs available to help youth such as, a walk in clinic, intensive treatment, and a day hospital, as well as many wonderful Physiatrists.

Now over 50 percent of people go undiagnosed or never see a doctor when going through mental health issues, which is why it is extremely important to watch out for any symptoms that may be an indication of any type of mental illness. These symptoms include extreme mood changes, excessive worrying, significant tiredness, loss of appetite, suicidal thoughts, and many others. If experiencing these symptoms it is extremely important to go see a doctor, speak to a trusted adult, or call any of the available hotlines to get help.

We need to start paying attention to mental health and the importance of making sure that we are listening to our body and its feelings, as well as supporting each other. Remember, you are not alone! We are all one world, one society, and one team! Let’s make a difference, together!




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So happy to have the support of my family, friends, and community behind me as I continue my fundraising efforts for the Children’s Wish Foundation! These past few weeks I have been selling cookie dough, beef jerky, muffin dough and more! Thank you so much to everyone who supported this cause! Can’t wait to keep it going!

I would also like to give a huge thanks to my amazing sponsor, Rapid Fire Theatre, who agreed to donate some tickets to their upcoming shows (pandemic permitting) to sell for fundraising! I am so happy to partner with amazing institutions like RFT that support my goals and platform of Arts and Arts Opportunity Awareness!

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Hi everyone, welcome to my official blog! My name is Xara Sylvestre,  I am 13 years old and I was recently crowned your Miss Teenage Alberta! As Miss Teenage Alberta I’ve been given the opportunity to have a voice and spread awareness on important issues, such as my platform, mental health. I also hope to use my title, as Miss Teenage Alberta,  to become an ambassador for girls around the world and help to show them that confidence and beauty comes from within. I am super excited to see what the year has to offer and I will be sure to keep you all updated on these events. But to kick off my blog, I thought that I would dedicate my first post to introducing myself !

To start off, I was born into a family of 4. I have an amazing mother, father, little brother and dog. I come from two very different backgrounds, with my Mother being East Indian and my Father growing up in a small town just outside of Calgary, Alberta. Being from two very different cultures,  I feel like I represent what Canada is really about, which is inclusion, diversity and being unique. Schooling wise,  I am currently in Grade 8, attending a Catholic School in my community. My faith has always been something that is important to me, and gives me the strength and passion to help others and try to make the world a better place. I consider myself a passionate and committed student who works very hard to achieve distinction on all of my schoolwork. Overall I really enjoy school, and find it1 such an innovative place to learn new things, and better myself.

Aside from spending most of my time committed to school, I like to spend my time singing, acting, dancing, and modelling. I have danced since I was 2 years old, and have been competitive dancing since I was 6 years old. Dancing is something that I have always loved and it is something that allows me to express my emotions, when I just can’t find the right words. I also enjoy singing, for me personally, singing brings me comfort and helps me disconnect from the craziness in life and just be free.. Recently I decided to start modelling and am currently signed with the Patti Falconer Agency. They have been so supportive and this fall I am lucky enough to accompany them to Faces West 2020, a modelling convention in Vancouver. I also really enjoy acting and have acted in my schools last three plays, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins JR, and Hairspray. 

Volunteering is also something I am very passionate about and try to do as much as possible. All my life I have been blessed, and by volunteering, it gives me a chance to be the change I want to see in the world. Something I am also very passionate about is my platform mental health (which I will dedicate a specific post to). Mental Health has always been something that has been close to my heart, as it is something that I see my friends, peers, and classmates deal with everyday. Through this pageant, I hope to become a positive role model for teenagers all around the world. As well as spread many messages to them, such as embracing their imperfections. 

 

That is it for my first blog post! Thank you all for taking the time to read. I hope that this gave you a quick glimpse into my life and helped you to get to know me better. I will definitely keep you all updated on my journey as Miss Teenage Alberta. Have a great day!

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As Miss Teenage Edmonton, my platform was all about promoting the importance of the arts and artist for youth in my community. Although I haven’t been able to work alongside theatres and art galleries like I hoped to due to covid-19 closures, I have been able to find a way to combine my platform with helping essential workers during this crisis. I hosted an art auction with the help of some amazing artists in my community to raise money for the children’s wish foundation as well as Canada Helps.I was also able to connect and promote some local businesses through sponsorship! Shoutout to ARAE Beauty and Eliasz and Ellie Jewelry! I promoted those artists and their works while fundraising, with the help of my fellow Albertan Pageant Girl, Janaya Iverson, Miss Teenage Alberta 2019.

I am continuing this path and helping a local theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre with helping them find artists and pieces to help them fundraise during this unprecedented era for art. We were very lucky that covid-19 restrictions in Alberta let up and Janaya was able to come to my house where we tried to maintain distance and stay as sanitary as possible!

 

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I was wracking my brain, trying to find a way for Canadian and Edmontonian women to stay connected during these trying times. I had the idea to launch the #inspiringcanadianwomen campaign. This campaign is a series of interviews with notable Canadian women, and it is off to a great start. I spoke with Councillor Sarah Hamilton, Producer Janet Hamley, winner of the Great Canadian Baking Show Nataliia Schevchenko, one of my personal pageant heroes and friends Miss Earth Canada Mattea Henderson, and philanthropist, musician and wife of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson Sarah Chan. I also spoke with Miss World Canada 2019 Naomi Colford as well as Miss Teenage Canada 2019 Emma Jeapes. I was also very honoured to discuss the importance of essential workers and my essential worker campaign with President and Ceo of Alberta Health Services, Dr. Verna Yiu. I’ve also been able to speak with women in politics supporter and Parity Bot creator Lana Cuthberston, and Miss Supranational Canada 2019, Courtney Mandock. I learned so much from these incredible women and put together some of their best quotes from their interviews to inspire other women. Local magazines have expressed interest in publishing these articles and I can’t wait for all of you to see the finished project. Here are some of the inspiring quotes I collected over this past while, advice I hope to inspire and encourage other young women with!

“Be patient. We live in a world where there is a sense that your achievements have to come young and fast. If you cultivate wisdom and character and cultivate friendships, those are long term investments. Be patient, stand up for yourself, and be okay with letting mistakes go.” –Councillor Sarah Hamilton

“I really admire women who were able to forge through places where women were such a minority. Those trailblazer women who set a path that allowed us to walk smoother are the women that I really admire.” –Dr. Verna Yiu

“Where you start doesn’t determine where you end you up. My mom always encouraged me to go after my dreams and focus on doing my personal best. I would tell my younger self to ignore what other people think and any opinions they may have on my interests and what my heart wants to do. At the end of the day, other people’s opinions don’t matter, go after what you love and what you want to do.” –Naomi Colford

“It’s about what you believe in, it’s about having a message and having a platform that you can look up to. I find the biggest part of it is being able to have a platform in my community and reach out to others.” Courtney Mandock

If I was younger, I would do more for all my passions. I would recommend that everyone focus on their passions for something. We only have one life.” –Nataliia Schevchenko

“Be brave. Be transparent, trust your gut and surround yourself with good people. People who will be with you when you fall flat on your face but people who will also challenge you. All the other answers you are looking from will come from you.” –Sarah Chan

“I have to take a step back and go ‘no, I am incredible as who I am, I know my potential, why am I competing with myself?’”–Mattea Henderson

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Hey Everyone! I am Mia, 14 year old small town girl. I am beyond astonished I got the amazing opportunity to travel a 12 hour drive to Calgary to compete in Miss Teenage Alberta.  Pageantry has always been an interest to me, but living so far in the north there was no exposure to anything of the such, until one of my closest friends brought the idea of Miss Teenage Canada to me.  It is such a great feeling to be representing Northern Alberta in Nationals!

Beats and Balls

I have a crazy passion for sports, over my years I have played Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Figure Skating, Competitive Swimming, Competitive Dancing, Sprints in Track and Field aswell as Gymnastics.  Back again with living in a small town there is a fair bit of travel to do for events, but travelling with your team is all part of the fun!

A Passion for Paws

I have grown up with dogs always in the house, but every and all animals interest me in so many ways.  I have met and held many snakes, ridden a couple horses, played with TONS of puppies and kittens as well as handled many reptiles.  I’ve also had many different species of fish.  Currently I have a Veiltail Betta named Popeye who I bought in December of 2018, and a Black Labrador Retriever names Asha who my family recieved in November of 2019.

Academics

I enjoy learning and school is a great time for me. I have received Honors with Distinction for the past 4 years.  In my lower elementary years when it was offered I always chose to participate in Public Speaking and Science fairs very often placing well.  I would like to attend university to later become a sports therapist!

 

Stay tuned

Thank you for spending the time to read my first blog, and supporting my journey to Miss Teenage Canada 2020

-Mia H

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Hello everyone,

My name is Sophia Lia and I am the current reigning Miss Teen Central Alberta 2020!  I feel so blessed and excited to be representing Alberta at Miss Teenage Canada 2020. I am 15 years old and currently enrolled at Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High as a French Immersion student finishing grade 10. This is my first blog post, so I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my platform!

My Journey

I have always had an intrest in pageantry, and it wasn’t until just recently that I actually took a chance and persued it! Competing at Miss Teenage Alberta was my first pageant ever. Of course the experience came with nerves, but looking back it was an incredible blessing and opportunity. I met some amazing girls with similar values and goals than mine who are also passionate about making our world a better place.

They say that pageantry can become addicting (in a great way, of course), and I recently discovered for myself that they were not wrong… ever since competing at Miss Teenage Alberta, I truly developped a place in my heart for it that I didn’t even know existed. Not only was the pageant itself a phenomenal experience, but everything leading up to it and afterwards is just as amazing. Getting the opportunity to compete at MTC has allowed so many new experiences, as well as another way to promote and bring awareness to my platform.

My Platform

Since a very young age, I have always been interested in mental health, and more specifically self-care, self-esteem and self-love. It all began when the opportunity at school to join the Student Voice club to stand up against bullying and promote mental health came to my attention. As a young teen, I have witnessed and have seen several other people (myself included) struggle with their mental health, so from there I knew this was a cause that needed some more awareness. When it was time to select my platform for MTC, mental health was the obvious choice as I was so thrilled to have even more opportunity to spread awareness.

Next month will mark my one year aniversary journaling in regards to mental health for Teen Look Magazine and providing an advice column for teens daily obstacles!

Meeting with childrens Mental Health professional Jackie Hann

Visiting elders at the local Bethany Centre

My intrests 

A few more of my intrests include academics, modeling, journalism and cooking! I am interested in studying psychology after highschool, as I feel it will really allow me to continue persuing my passion to help others with their mental health! I have always found psychology and the study of the mind very interesting.

This past year has been crazy. From starting my modeling career, to competing at Miss Teenage Alberta and getting to journal about mental health in a teen magazine, I have grown so much as a person thanks to these incredible opportunities.

Thank you so much for reading my blog post, and I absolutely cannot wait to share this exciting jorney with all of you!

Talk soon,

Sophia Lia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am going to tell you a little bit about my platform and what inspired it. As you can see in my earlier blog post, I love the arts. I have been performing since I was a young child, and I have acted in dozens of productions and one acts through my school career and have even taken classes at Edmonton’s own Citadel Theatre (and performed there.) I suffered from a great deal of anxiety as a child, and being able to express myself creatively helped me work through that. Collaborating with others on something you are passionate on is a great way to tackle mental health, so for me my platform was an easy pick. Campaigning the importance of the arts and arts education for youth. I had reached out to numerous studios and theatres, eager to work to provide arts opportunities for youth who struggled with their mental health.

Some donated tickets from Rapid Fire Theatre

Then, all of Canada and the world was impacted by Covid-19 and theatres and galleries were forced to close. I was still determined to help support Edmonton’s art community, but I knew the focus had to be on the brave essential workers keeping us all safe. I had to adapt my platform, and promoting art and artists in my community in an effort to support essential workers became the new game plan. Out of this was born the #essentialworkersdeserevecrowns campaign. The idea was to post a picture of yourself holding a crown and tag an essential worker or essential worker group to “crown,” them for their achievements. Beyond the symbolic meaning, it also promoted the Gore Mutual fund, which is working to support essential workers in Canada right now. To my surprise and wonder, over EIGHTY pageant girls joined this trend. Miss World Canada 2019, Miss Teenage Canada 2019 and 2018, Miss Teen Globe America’s, Miss Tourism Canada, Miss Earth Canada 2019, as well as my amazing MTC pageant sisters joined in. International queens from Mexico and the USA also joined and it was incredible to see!

Some of the amazing ladies who joined EWDC

My next step is to start an art auction to promote local artists in my community to raise money for MTC’s Make A Wish Foundation and the Gore Mutual Fund! Stay tuned for news on that!

 

 

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Hi everyone! My name is Sophia Wojdak and I am 17 years old. I am so incredibly grateful and happy to be representing my great city at Miss Teenage Canada 2020! I am also very excited to be representing the great provice of Alberta at the national pageant! This is my very first blog post, so I wanted to let you know a few little facts about me!

I am a 12th grade student at W.P Wagner Institute of Science and Technology (graduating class of 20′ I feel your senior blues) and am an active member of my school community. I am an honours student who has a great love for the arts and literature, which influenced my school involvement.

Being a published member of my school’s Edmonton Journal Cappies theatre critic program has been amazing, as is writing for the NYC based Teen Magazine (I’ve ever written an article on pageantry!) I’m an art nerd, and a member of my schools Improv team, as well as our Advanced Acting and Production Program. I also wrote and directed a play for my school’s one act program in the winter!This love of the arts community inspired my platform which I will get into in a later post! Miss Teenage Alberta was my first big pageant, and it was more amazing than I could have dreamed. I met some of my pageant heroes and so many inspirational women were my fellow competitors. I can see long term and amazing friendships with some of these girls in the future and I am so excited. I have had a great time connecting with the other inspiring women competing at MTC this summer over social media these past few weeks and cannot wait to meet them! It is incredible to see how much social media can connect us even as Covid-19 keeps us physically apart.I am so excited for this journey and cannot wait to share more with all of you!

P.S I am also a huge animal lover, and I have 5 dogs and 2 cats! Take a look at some!   

 

 

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