Hey everyone!

The pageant has finally begun.

Yesterday, Sunday the 17th, I arrived in Toronto at approximately 4:30 ready for the week. After being checked in, we were all put into a room until all the girls arrived from across Canada. I made a lot of new friends and talked to almost all of the 64 girls before we were assigned a roommate! My roommate’s name is Charlie, and she’s from Alberta 🙂 I was feeling very nervous at first about being paired with another girl, but I think that Charlie and I are a perfect match! Check out her blog at missteensouthernalberta.com

Around 7pm all of the girls were picked up from their room and brought to the ballroom on the 12th floor. Most of the sponsors for the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 pageant were present and it was pleasure to meet them!

The party was very fun and an amazing way to meet and get to know everyone and which province/region they came from. Everyone looked spectacular in their dresses and crown, it really was a room full of princesses.

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V.P.I Canada

This company provided us with a variety of free, BEAUTIFUL sunglasses at the party that we are able to take home with us and show off!  I absolutely adore my new shades and highly recommend you go check out this store which is located in Toronto, Ontario!

Here is the link to my beautiful new pair of shades! Check them out: https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/bolero-ladies-cat-eye-polarized-sunglasses-614/ . They currently on SALE for $54.99 + taxes. What an amazing deal. Here is a pic of me in my shades!

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Nuvango

This sponsor is amazing and has done so much for us! At the party they had a table with assorted clothing articles to pick from to take home with us. They had leggings, crop tops, tank tops, and more! Here is a photo of my roommate and I showing off our new swag.

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On tuesday, we were actually able to visit their location in Toronto and see their production line and do an amazing, fun photoshoot with samples from their newest line of clothing. Unfortunately, I will not receive the photos til later… But I am so excited to see them.

https://ca.nuvango.com/

#nuvango #nuvangostyle

Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy

Thank you so much to the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy for the sponsorship, you guys are awesome! On Wednesday, we were able to go to the Lionhead golf club and learn how to put, chip and drive the ball. At the end, we had a fun little one-hole game for all of the girls to play! Here’s a photo of me at the golf course!

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https://www.bradleeryall.com/

Sweets Canada

Another amazing sponsor for the pageant! They provided us with samples of delicious chocolates at the party as well as gift bags to take home with different types of sweets in it. I loved this group so much, they were so nice!

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Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA

and so is their parent company Q Foods Canada which tweets from @QFoodsCanada

Rimmel London

Although we haven’t met with this sponsor yet, I am so excited to meet with them and see what they have to offer! I use many products by them at home and know their products are AMAZING! Looking forward to a visit. 🙂

Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada

Hashtagio

Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the show collecting all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016  and then projecting it live at the party.  Even better, they make a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto.  And the mass of spontaneously issued images and text from all 65 delegates will be archived on this page in the Miss Teenage Canada main site and on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network / Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016.

Archer’s Arena

This is an amazing place to go if you are looking to have a lot of fun with family or friends. I loved every minute of it along with the positive energy from the staff! here’s an awesome pic with some friends!

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http://www.archersarena.com/ #combat-archery-toronto

#archersarena #combatachery #gameoffoam #archerytag #championsarena #toronto

Sally Hansen 

We have not yet met with this sponsor but I have heard we are going to very shortly! I am so thrilled as Sally Hansen is a great brand and offers a diverse selection of beauty products! Thank you Sally Hansen!

Website: https://ca.sallyhansen.com/

Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca

Bata Shoe Museum

We visited the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday and it was fabulous! We learnt so much about shoes and the history of their evolution! It’s amazing! A big thank you to the dedicated tour guides who lead us through the museum and showed us many cool pieces!

www.batashoemuseum.ca.

@batashoemuseum   and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum

Fishd by EDO

OMG. AMAZING. I absolutely adore the sushi burritos we were given. They were to die for. Everyone liked them! A great idea with an even better flavour! 🙂 Thank you so much for sponsoring us this year, I am so pleased with your food!

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instagram/twitter/facebook: @fishdbyedo

Storia PR Inc.

This sponsor is awesome! Follows us around and takes cool shots of all of us doing our thing! Check out their instagram to see some pretty cool stuff 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations
@StoriaPR,  https://twitter.com/StoriaPR
https://www.instagram.com/storiapr/

Archer Dental

I can’t wait to finally meet with this sponsor and see what they have to offer! Dental hygiene is definitely important and plays a large role in my life. Thank you so much to this sponsor for supporting us.

 

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Hey everyone!

My second blog assignment was to create a roll up banner that could possibly be used at the final Miss Teenage Canada show!

This roll up banner was made on photoshop with vector images that were bought and payed for, resized with proper quality, and assembled onto a banner containing the recommended dimensions of 33×80 inches.

The design of my banner is very simple, classy and definitely represents the Pageant.

Out of all the contestants there will be a winner for the roll up banner design. Their design will appear on the official roll up banner and they will be able to pose with a representative from the company “Sign Source Solutions” at the final event- How amazing! That means that your artwork could be on display for all to see. 🙂

Here is my banner below! Wish me luck.

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Blog Assignment #1: As Miss Teenage Halton Region and a resident in the city of Oakville, my favourite place to visit is our beautiful downtown core, situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. Many times growing up my family and I had visited lakeshore to learn about it’s heritage and important role in history. Lakeshore hosts many popular events such as Midnight Madness, Parades, Music Festivals, and many Seasonal Festivities.

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One of my most cherished memories is when my family and I packed a picnic lunch and then rode our bikes down and spent the day on a blanket on the lake front looking out at the marina and beautiful lighthouse, where we enjoyed the park and played Frisbee.

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Fun Fact about Lakeshore!:

Although there are only 6 blocks in the downtown core; there are 400+ shops, services and restaurants!

For more info, check out this awesome video:

If you ever get the chance to pass through Oakville, come check out our quaint little town, you’ll love it! See ya there 😉

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I was emailed by the principle of Falgarwood Elementary School in Oakville and was asked if I could possibly volunteer and do henna for the kids at their annual end of the year fun fair. As a former student at this school, I accepted the offer. I was so pleased that she asked me for this favor as I volunteered last year and loved every minute of it! I spent 4 hours straight this year doing henna for many, many girls and, I loved the smile I got when they saw the finishing product. 🙂 🙂

Here are a few of my free hand henna designs I have done:

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Along with doing henna there… With permission, I held a fundraiser at the fun fair for Free The Children, as part of my fundraising initiative for the pageant. 🙂

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On June 11th and 12th  the Milton Orthotic & Wellness Centre held an outdoor event for kids and adults to play ball hockey to support ROCK (Mental Health for Kids). This is a great event as the fundraising is done for kids- by kids. As a part of the Halton New Mentality and an advocate for ROCK- I took a stance at the ROCK information stand with our posters that explain what we are all about

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Of course, as I love sports- I walked around and watched the teams play hockey!

It was such a beautiful day for this event and it was soo hot that I got a little sunburnt (and had the best icecream in the world).

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I promised my Hair Stylist- Eric Del Monaco – that I would put out a good word for him. But really, I think this man truly deserves a shout out.

At first, I was skeptical about going to the hair dressers because I’ve heard so many horror stories- and I just really liked the length of my hair. Of course, the first thing suggested was a haircut, though I really didn’t want to cut my hair… I trusted him. He is so easy going and hilarious- it’s hard not to!

I was surely surprised by the outcome of my hair. It was the most beautiful I think I have ever seen it. I fell in love with it. Even now, months later I still love it and I don’t mind the length. For any Males or Females reading this post, I highly recommend you book an appointment and go visit the AMAZING Eric Del Monaco!

his website: http://delmonacostudio.com/   Read his portfolio- he’s well known!

Here are a few pictures from my last 2 visits (I have another one in just over a week (yay!)):

The second visit, we brought my sister along!

The second visit, we brought my sister along!

After the first visit

After the first visit

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fab, just fab.

fab, just fab.

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On May 2nd I attended and led a walk for Mental Health to raise awareness and decrease the stigma. This walk was run by Maria, one of the awesome workers at ROCK (reach out centre for kids) and a member with the Halton New Mentality volunteer group which I am also a part of. This walk took place at the ROCK office in Burlington and continued through the lakeshore portion of the city. This was a fundraising initiative for Mental Health and was a great way to kick off Mental Health Week! It was so gratifying walking with so many people for the cause and the amount of people who cheered us on. We raised a total of $1500 just at this event alone! All proceeds were presented to ROCK.13557930_1188616561212584_1918289437552478278_n

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On April 23, 2016 it was my pleasure to be a part of the 25th annual Halton Earth Week Clean Up. I was one of the many volunteers that came out and gave up a couple hours of their weekend to make our planet more beautiful by picking up over 10 garbage bags of waste. I actually joined a family that came all the way from Brantford to clean up the streets of Oakville! It was such an amazing experience as well as the recognition we got from cars and people going by saying thank you and honking their horns. I truly felt like I was doing something amazing and productive for our earth. I wish their were more people that came out, as there were about 44 clean up areas across Halton! Which just proves that we need to help clean up the earth. If we stop caring, then who’s going to?!…

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Yes I got burrs in my hair. And yes, I am holding a bouquet of garbage.

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Hey everyone, Just wanted to make a super quick post telling you about my trip to the bahamas!

I had an amazing time as you can imagine. It was everything I was hoping it would be. Sunny and 31 degrees mostly every day. Even though I am Canadian, I don’t do so well in the winter weather 🙁 I was seeking a little adventure and most definitely some tropical weather.

While I was there, I stayed with my dear family friend, Janeen Hall. Janeen is a 52 year old woman who is living with stage 4 terminal cancer, and it has started to spread across her body. This woman is my biggest inspiration. Janeen has never had one day of treatment or chemo in her entire life. Every doctor that sees her is shocked that she is still alive and what seems to be pretty well. To me, this is prove that a healthy mind truly is important. Janeen has a very strong belief system and is determined to live her life to her full potiental. Although many doctors have told her that her time is up, she has surpassed her life expectancy by 5 years already! She is one of the kindest, smartest, and of course, most hilarious people I have come to know yet. By looking at Janeen, you couldn’t tell that she has cancer. She is, as my dad likes to call her “angelic”. Besides her good looks and ability to see the good in life, Janeen is a caring soul who has taken stray dogs off the streets of Nassau to care for them as her own. It is so inspiring to see someone like this with such a deadly disease still be so selfless, carefree and strong minded. She doesn’t let the bad effect her overall experience of life. She perseveres each and every single day. Janeen loves to exercise, she is very particular about healthy eating and daily exercise. She has been like this all her life as a marathon runner. It strikes me how someone who could potentially not wake up one day, can be so motivated to still look and feel her best. She has been an inspiration to my mom as well, saying “if Janeen can do it, then there’s no reason why I can’t do it”. Janeen is my biggest inspiration, and it is extremely difficult to think that one day soon she won’t be here to look up to. I enjoyed every minute spent with her for the 17 days I spent in the Bahamas. Here’s to a woman who proves that physical health and mental health go hand in hand, and that believing in yourself is one of the most rewarding things you can do in life.

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Here is a picture of the two of us, the day of my arrival at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

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This is one of my favourite pictures of us. This is on Sandy Toes- Rose Island. Isn’t she beautiful!?

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to make a post before March Break to share information about an event that took place at my school earlier this week! As well as the fact that I will be going away for 17 days to the Bahamas on Monday, I will wait until my return to make another post and share my spring break with all of you!

On March 3rd, Iroquois Ridge High School held an amazing event called “Ridge 360” which educated our entire school through workshops and presentations on the importance and additional information on Mental Health, Global Citizenship and Leadership.

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The official Iroquois Ridge 360 Brochure. (Click for more info!)

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The schedule which shows the entire school day full of amazing events and opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was supposed to speak at this event to share my story and speak on mental health to build up my platform, but due to the short notice and the tight schedule I was unable to. On the bright side, I am still trying to arrange an entire school assembly where I will be able to share this information to not only improve my public speaking skills, but also to gain confidence and attempt to remove the stigma at my school by creating a safe space.

From my perspective, I thought even the fact that the entire school day was dedicated to these  pillars that truly are attached to everyday life, was ingenious and ever so important in our society and generation of teens. I thought the workshops demonstrated a large quantity of edification and were not only educative, but also realistic. Usually you hear presentations or commercials that are based on opinions, stigmas, generalizations and many other misleading facts. Instead, they were direct presentations from people who underwent certain life changing events or have experience working with these people.

I am so proud of the amount of people that showed up for this school wide conference as it does hold a large significance at the Ridge! I am so grateful to be a student at such a wonderful high school that chooses to educate students on not only academic topics, but also worldly and mindful topics as well. There is a certain peace of mind that I am experiencing reflecting back on the entire conference that was held.

I would like to thank all the speakers who were able to come to the school and present. Everyone did an amazing job, as well as the students who took the initiative and organized this event! It was a complete success. Well done 🙂

-MeganRidge 360 - IRHS Logo

 

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