Hey guys!

Time to catch up again! I’ve kept you very updated with things I’ve had going in for me personally, but let’s be serious, if I do it while wearing a crown it is automatically wayyyyy cooler. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be doing a ton of rad stuff, so this is it!

– I had so much fun spending time with fellow sash holders. Sparks (mini girlguides) were so fun to present to, as I got to speak to them on inner beauty, as well as make crowns for everyone! They didn’t only catch me in tag, but they also caught my heart as well ❤️

-I was recruited as a role model for a Canadian clothing brand, reducing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness, and was interviewed for their national blog. Wear your label donates 10% of profits to mental health organizations, and I am so blessed to be working in a partnership with them!

Rachel Renner Photography

Rachel Renner Photography

-With my personal connection to the AB Children’s hospital, I could not miss out on an opportunity to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House on McHappy Day! I got to surprise people getting their food, as I worked the drive through, as well as made many friends within the store.

Serving coffee... MMM

Serving coffee… MMM

-I won the award of Leader of Tomorrow by the City of Medicine Hat, recognizing my outstanding commitment to volunteering and community involvement in a leadership position.

It included a feature in the newspaper!

It included a feature in the newspaper!

-In my school I helped as a leader with clothing donations to victims affected by the fires in Fort Mac.

-When Hedley came to town, rather than cozying up inside, I worked the CalTire parking lot with fellow Me to We students collecting donations for Free the Children and Red Cross

– 93.7 Radio let me practice my public speaking skills as I discussed my platform and journey on a morning interview!

image-I got to spend some time with 5 (!!!) grade one classes teaching them about inner beauty, and that if someone can’t afford food, it doesn’t make them a bad person (platform alert!). These guys were great listeners during my “story time” and speech, and were even cuter when question period rolled around! Oh how much we can learn from children 😉

-I was a guest speaker at Dr Roy Wilson School’s Mental Health Fair, and got to lead my own workshops on “true beauty”. I got to speak on the importance of inner beauty and loving yourself to several groups with students ranging from grade 6-8, and teach them the importance of knowing the difference between “looking” beautiful, and “being” beautiful. It was a great way to end off mental health week, and am so honoured to have had the opportunity to teach these amazing people how to love themselves and others.

-Thank you so much to the Medicine Hat and District Live Music Club for allowing me to talk about my journey and things I am passionate about, as well as to introduce some of the amazing musicians on stage!

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I even got to get up on stage many times to speak about my platform

– I had a massive BBQ at M&M’s Meat Shops raising money for Free the Children! Thank you all who supported this!!!

-Thank you to Dr Roy Wilson School for allowing me to present on inner beauty to several kindergarten classes! You guys were great listeners, and truly adorable ❤️

-I was chosen as the “Community Champion” for this year’s upcoming Relay for Life! What a huge honour!

-I walked down memory lane as I revisited my very own middle school. Rather than sitting in a gymnasium with the rest of my classmates, anxiously awaiting the upcoming presentation, today I got to be the person at the front giving the speech. Thank you Alexandra Middle School for making me a guest speaker for the entire school at today’s ShowCase Feature Day. It was great getting to see all of my old teachers, and to get to speak to the entire school on hunger awareness and inner beauty.

-I had the honour of spending a day at Irvine School, and presenting to the K-6 grades! Thank you to all of the students who were such amazing listeners, and to the teachers, who each took a period out of their class schedule to let me speak! Speaking on inner beauty and my platform is something I am so happy to have the opportunity to present to children 💖

– Of course there was CAMP DAY at Tim Hortons! I advertised to make sure to get down there today and grab a coffee like I did, as 100% of proceeds go to help send kids from low income families build essential life skills.

-I got to speak in front of Medicine Hat at our annual Spectrum Festival! I am so honoured to have such a supportive community, as well as the opportunity to spread awareness on “inner beauty” and reducing the negative stigma surrounding disadvantaged individuals. Thank you all for coming out and helping me pursue my dreams.

-although I’m sure I frightened many children with my air horn, I still had a blast volunteering at the wipeout booth hanging out prizes and Spectrum!

-I had the opportunity to take a stand in the 8th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a walk against sexual and physical abuse. Men are encouraged to walk a mile in a pair of women’s high heels, supporting victims and taking a stand against abuse.
I had a blast on stage teaching the police and fire department how to walk in high heels, followed by myself kicking off the walk. Thank you to all who came out to support this cause.

-I had a super busy day selling floats for Free the Children with my business class! It also happened to be my last day as a leader of the very supportive Me to We club

– I had the honour of spending one last evening with my very favourite people. Waves Swim Club has been a big part of my life for a very long time, and has taught me skills from determination, to patience, to leadership skills, to the importance of supporting others. From being a swimmer for many years, to coaching for 3 years, I could not have asked for a better group to have called my swim team. Last night I got to hand out awards to recognize all of our hardworking swimmers and appear not as a friend or a coach, but as Miss Teenage Alberta (the little girls loved it!) Chat TV was there documenting the memorable event, so be sure to tune into TV to catch it!

-Guess what 🙊 mostly everyone knows I love public speaking 🎉 but I love it even more when I can speak for a cause. Recently, I got to be the MC of a fashion show… But not just any fashion show! All proceeds from the show went towards the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, to help women affected my breast cancer. We made a TON of money to help women with breast cancer, and had even more fun at it! The coolest thing? The clothes in the show (Free Hippy by Tenille Reichelman) were made from recycled materials such as broken jewellery and second hand clothes!! Cool, eh???

Being the MC as well as getting model the clothes was fun!

Being the MC as well as getting model the clothes was fun!

-I am so happy I could support the Medicine Hat Kinnettes in their Charity BBQ. A while back, I presented to this group of ladies on my platform as Miss Teenage Alberta, and the importance of reducing the negative stigma in our communities, as well as how the Brown Bag Lunch Program does so. I am so honoured that my speech influenced them to support this charity at their annual BBQ (100% of profits went towards the Brown Bag Lunch Program), and that together we can all help build up self confidence in individuals to work towards a less judgemental and more welcoming environment!

-I attended a crimestoppers BBQ making burgers and attending the “Positive Pedals Project”, giving bikes to kids in need who make an impact on our community!

And that’s not even all of it!

Whew!! That was a long one! But hey, it was fun, wasn’t it? Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for even more updates to come!

Thanks for reading!
Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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To those who don’t know me, I am a very busy person. However, when I say “busy,” I don’t mean “sitting at a desk doing work and other boring stuff,” I mean I am truly living life to the fullest. Confused? Let me explain by taking you through one day of my life.

Wednesday, in no particular order, I:

  • -watched the birth of 3 deer
  • -completed my LAST EVER day of high school
  • -got to support local charities by buying “Kona Ice” from a nearby food truck
  • -did a conga line down a hallway
  • -presented to a classroom on healthy lifestyles
  • -was presented a $450 cheque for Free the Children (after convincing my school to host a fundraiser!!) YAY MHHS
  • -received a free ice cream slushie mix from Hat News (thanks guys!!)
  • -watched a baby dear take its first steps
  • -had a chocolate celebratory ice cream cone
  • -ordered a McDouble, dressed like a Mac, with no bun (my favourite McDonalds meal)
  • -handed in my last high school assignment
  • -wore heels for 7 hours (correct, not minutes… HOURS) without rolling my ankles (whoop whoop)

And that’s just a peek into how my day went! On an average day, I’d also add in “attended Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked out, volunteered after school, and worked as a swim coach for a few hours,” and would not have all of those junk foods added into the mix, but got lucky with my last day of school and had a day full of fun!

Wondering what else I’m up to? Tune into my blogs for me to go over all my recent appearances!!!

Thanks for reading <3

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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I’d like to make a toast. And I’m not talking about the peanut butter and banana toast that our parents would make for us every morning for breakfast, although we all are finally old enough to do that on our own. I’d like to make a toast to the parents, because us students have finally reached that stage where we are moving on to the portion of our lives where we will have to make our own toast for breakfast.

Okay, parents, before we start I’d like to have some straight talk with you. You’re always telling us to “be creative” and that we are sooooo unique, but let’s be serious. I was sensing a trend going on, so did some research. How many of you know someone with this name:

Jacob
Austin
Matt
Jarred
Nick

Emily
Hannah
Madi
Taylor
Hailey

Well it turns out these are some of the most common baby names of 1998. Way to be creative. I’m so glad we’re “unique” 😉 But you see, it’s not always so easy for us to be so creative.

I know you always have our best interests in mind, hence the curfew, but do you realize that you are actually putting our lives at risk by doing so?! Following speed limits, it should take approximately 16 minutes to get from the far end of crescent heights to south ridge. We’ve accomplished this is a mere 6 minutes, just to meet that curfew, am I right? Side note- biggest mover on bidding battles right now is the radar detectors. So parents, when you ask us how we’re home 2 minutes early, I’m not going to lie, we only drove 45…. Over the speed limit (not actually but we’re all basically skilled at doing corners at 45!) and if we’re late, I can tell you, it was most definitely a traffic jam… At midnight… In Medicine Hat.

Parents, you’ve had to deal with our crap (like, literally deal with our crap), for a long time, but I guess it’s time for us to say thank you. Thank you for your sleepless nights staying up waiting for us while we’re in “traffic jams”, for giving us that much needed hug when our heart is shattered after a breakup, for you worrying for us when we first got our drivers license, for giving us pointers for our first job interview, for making us soup when we’re sick and handing us kleenexes when we’re down. For understanding that although we’re addicted to technology, that we really do noooot want you to answer the landline phone call from anytime between 5-7 pm (a student from your household in grade 12 was absent for teacher advisory period…), for believing in us in everything we do, and pushing our limits to be our best. For always being there to listen to us, and offer advice. These are sacrifices you’ve made for us that would have been hard, and they don’t unrecognized.

Thank you for moulding us into the young adults we are today, ready to venture on to a new chapter of our lives. But also, thank you for giving us space after door slamming, and putting up with our name calling.

You guys have had to deal with us complaining of name calling for a long time, but no longer do you have to ask the other parents what the words mean. In kindergarten having others say we have “cooties,” to grade 7 being called “band geeks” or “drama nerds”, to grade 9, I’m not going to repeat some of those words, but a tip of advice, if you don’t know what they mean, I don’t suggest you ask the other parents… We as youth, don’t like to take the blame for anything. It somehow was always your fault. You made me a girl and that’s why I have cooties, you enrolled me in that class and that’s why I’m a nerd. But today, I can be called a new name. Today I am proud to call be called a graduate, and it’s all thanks to you.

Massive thank you to my mom, Terrie, and dad, Rob. You guys are the real MVP!

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Signing off for today,

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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Aloha! On a daily basis I’m asked about my upcoming Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, and my current title of Miss Teenage Alberta. However, hardly ever am I asked about myself as a person! So here is 10 answers to questions you were probably never going to ask 😉

10 little known facts about me:

-my best friend is my beagle Holly

-I either listen to classical music, rap, or musical theatre during my workouts, and there is no in between (talk about getting a pump on!)

-I have a slight (and by slight, I mean will drink 6+ cups a day) addiction to tea of all flavours

-I’m a huge nerd. We’re talking spending my free time writing pieces to get published, memorized 200+ digits of Pi, highest mark in school type nerd.

-I believe in aliens. Seriously.

-I probably spend more time in a swimsuit than I do in clothing #lifeguardlife #swimcoach #lakelife

-my very favourite food is a traditional Hawaiian salad, consisting mainly of raw tuna and spices called POKE (mmmmmmmmmm it is actually so good… If you like raw fish) BUT I am not a picky eater. I seriously eat everything. (Some things on the list include frog legs, snails, and some other pretty crazy stuff)

-I enjoy making words up. Some words are just meant to be! Find that missing sock you’ve been looking for? That’s a SOCKCESS (sock+success) Do you ever get frustrated because you’re so cold? Sounds FREEZSTRATING (freezing+frustrating). Nervous and excited at the same time? You’re NERVOUSCITED!

-I can state the alphabet faster backwards than forwards

-I have many talents, but singing is definitely not one of them (some times I like to think I’m pretty good at opera though hahaha *wine glass in the background shatters*)

And there you go!! Pretty cool, eh?

Thanks for reading! Check back soon!

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016 <3

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Hey guys! My past week has been busier than a high school with one hallway between periods (have I mentioned that with my school under construction, they are literally fitting 1256 students into one hall??)… To put it into simple terms, it’s hectic!

Speaking of schools, that’s where I have been for the past week…. But not my own school! I’ve been going to other schools, and have had the privilege of holding assemblies, workshops and conferences with ME as the guest speaker! We just concluded Mental Health Week, and I got to be a motivational speaker to students of all ages, teaching them of the difference between someone who LOOKS beautiful, and someone who IS beautiful, and how if you are beautiful inside, it will show on the outside (as well as how not to think of people as bad people if they are disadvantaged and can’t afford food or extravagant belongings- read my last post for more info!).

This was amazing, as I dealt with people from age 3 to age 16, and was told of how my speaking and presentations inspired many. During this time, I dealt a lot with kids, and was constantly reminded of how much I can learn from them.

Since I’ve spent so much time with children in the last week, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to things we can learn from them. Just like thousands of other people my age, I am a teenager, and often forget that sometimes the most valuable lessons aren’t always taught from people older than me.image

So, here we go, 15 things we can learn from children:

  1. Laugh every day- I forgot how hard I could laugh until I was with a group last week and had to question if booster juice was coming out of my nose from laughing so hard… Lol
  2. Be active- have you noticed how kids RUN EVERYWHERE? Sometimes I think they forget they can walk!
  3. Be courageous- just do it! Whether it’s the monkey bars or applying for a job, be brave.
    Notice the little things- apparently I have pockets in a dress that I didn’t know about, thanks to the little girl that pointed that out!
  4. Stop stressing and just live life- pretty self explanatory.
  5. Be forgiving- don’t dwell on things that’ll get you down. They probably regretted pouring chocolate milk in your shoes… Or eating the last piece of chocolate cake. Learn to forgive!
  6. Give with an open heart- some children are the most selfless people I’ve ever met.
    Dream big- whether it’s becoming an astronaut or a paediatric neurologist, don’t doubt yourself.
    Let out your emotions- okay, maybe don’t throw a tantrum in SuperStore because you’re on a diet and can’t buy the double fudge cookies… But it’s healthy to let out your emotions, rather than holding them in. Children, some of (generally) the happiest people, do this all the time!
  7. Do things you enjoy- if you’re hating sitting at a desk all day, maybe that’s not what you should be doing. Do what you love.
    Be creative- from fingerpainting, to dancing in the car, to strumming out some chords on the guitar, be yourself, and be creative.
    Own your accomplishments- did you get a promotion? Celebrate it! Did you wake up before your alarm clock? Top your morning smoothie with whipped cream, you deserve it! Be proud of what you do, and own it all!
  8. Listen to your body- tired? Take that nap. Children will show you how it’s done.
  9. Run full force- self explanatory. (Just make sure you tie your shoelaces first!)
  10. Love unconditionally- love with no conditions or special terms, and with your full heart.

    How cute is she!

    How cute is she!

Even as a child, you are always of value, and can learn, and teach copious amounts. Let’s not forget these simple, yet valuable lessons, taught to us by the littlest members of society!

Hope to talk with you soon :),

 

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

 

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Hey guys!

You’ve probably noticed me mentioning helping with my platform lots on my social media, and although my immediate community knows what it is, I think it’s time I reveal it to the world!
For those confused by what a platform is… We’re not talking about a fancy shoe or stage I practice on (although those are different platforms I use!)… It’s something in the community I’m passionate about, and am actively working on to improve!

My platform is (drumroll please!) on reducing the negative stigma surrounding hungry individuals in the community, and reducing overall hunger, while encouraging uplifting views on ones self and their confidence. (Wow, that’s a mouthful! But what does that mean, you may ask…) Well let me break it down for you!

Reducing the negative stigma- this means that our community stops putting blame on those who are hungry, and instead views them as just at an unlucky period in their life. Nobody chooses to go hungry or not be able to afford groceries, and if they are in that position, it certainly does not make them a bad person. I want people to stop associating hunger with shame. People who are hungry are not bad people, and they are not a burden. The people who view them as such, though, are the true burden to society (I hope that caught your attention!).

Stop hunger- this one is pretty basic! Simply making sure mouths are fed however possible, whether be through school programs or the food bank, that is the goal!

Encourage uplifting views upon ones self and others- this one is one of the most important. Encouraging positivity and reminding one that fortune is not comprised by their economic wealth or amount of tangible food or items they have in their house, but rather fortune is gained by how positive a person is with themselves and surrounding peers, and by who they are inside.

I’ve been doing lots of work on my platform recently, and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to!

I am presenting my platform wherever possible! So far I have presented it at elementary schools, and have many more presentations planned in front of school assemblies! Aside from schools, I’ve also been presenting it to various clubs and organizations across Alberta including Sparks (girl guides), Big Brothers Big Sisters, City of Medicine Hat Leadership Conference, Kinettes, and more!

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I’ve also been actively promoting it on every media source I can get featured on. This includes speaking about my platform on ChatTV, ChatNews, Medicine Hat News, Medicine Hat Newsletter, MHHS News, 102.1 Radio, and more news websites and papers!! I never really considered myself a media hog, but when it came to something so important in my heart, I could not resist! Spreading the message of the importance of reducing the negative stigma is something I want the world to hear, and so I’ve set out to do so.

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Not only is my work limited to emotional support and educating others, but I’ve also been put to physical work. Alberta is amazing for having programs in place in support of the values found in my platform, and so I’ve been helping at them as much as possible. This includes with the Grocery Basket Program, Brown Bag Lunch Program, Meals for Mom’s, Medicine Hat Prairie Gleaners, MyPlace, Hugs, Meals for the Homeless, McHappy Day, and more! With these programs, I’ve been put to work, mainly preparing meals, but also doing other tasks such as packaging food, labelling, helping present to groups, planning, and driving food to chosen location.

I also have exciting news! After a presentation to the Medicine Hat Kinettes, I persuaded them to put the profit from their annual BBQ towards the Brown Bag Lunch Program! Find me at M&M Meats Shop on June 18th to be supporting this cause and working at the BBQ!

Tomorrow, find me working at McDonalds for their annual McHappy Day (supporting the Ronald McDonald House)! If you can’t make it to the Dunmore location at 8am, that’s okay! Paparazzi (AKA My 96 News and other radio stations) will be capturing me there and posting about it later!

I am trying very hard to get 100 Women Who Care (a program where $10 000 is donated) to feature one of the programs my platform supports! I hope to present the program and raise $10 000 for it, with the help of my 100 women in the audience!

I hope you guys are as excited for all of this as I am! Hope to keep you updated soon!

Xoxo,

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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