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 🙂

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Hello! My name is Megan, I am your Miss Teenage Halton Region 2016.

I was born on July 10th, 1999 in Oakville, Ontario. I currently attend Iroquois Ridge High School, as a grade 11 honours student. I am enrolled in the French Immersion program, making me completely bilingual, and I am also studying Spanish!

My Ball Gown Walk

My Ball Gown Walk

At home, I live with my wonderful mom who has taught me everything I know to this day, my 2 cats- Daisy and Duke, and my fluffy dog- Winston. I have one beautiful sister- Avery, who left home this year to study in London at the University of Western Ontario as a Medical Science student. As this is my first year being an only child, I have to keep myself busy. In my spare time, I like to play guitar, piano and trumpet. My favourite genre of music is 60s, 70s and country. One of my main hobbies include creating art; whether it be painting, drawing, henna and even just doodling- I have won several awards for my art. In June of 2014, after completing a written exam and an 8 hour physical exam, I was awarded my 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do! My love for this martial art started at age 9 when I began practicing, I love the feeling it gives me of power and adrenaline. And yes, of course I also love social media and my cell phone just as much as every other teen! My favourite apps are definitely Snapchat and Instagram :).

Other Black Belts who graduated with me!

Other Black Belts who graduated with me!

As Miss Teenage Halton Region, my goal is to educate teens on how external factors such as bullying and self esteem can affect mental health. I believe that it is important teens no longer hesitate in speaking up about their suffering from different mental health issues. I find gravity in reducing the factors and removing the stigmas attached to it. I embrace and feel very strongly about this platform. As a teen who constantly finds struggle and rejection in high school, I can relate to many who are afflicted with their mental health due to elements that you cannot even control! My overall focal point is to remove the stigmas in order to allow comfort for teens to speak about their problems and seek help. From my own experience, I know it is challenging to open up about certain things, especially when there are many layers contributing to it. Sometimes, you can’t even find the words to try and explain how or why you’re feeling a certain way. It can be very scary, feeling invisible or alone. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone but, you can only be helped as much as you allow yourself to be. My goal is to merit every individual teen the right to speak up about themselves and to strip the fear of judgement. I have began to share my own personal story to many people and on social media. For my story, follow my personal Instagram account : https://www.instagram.com/missteenhaltonregion/

From July 17th-24th this year, I will be spending a week in Toronto, where I will be able to meet ALL of the Canadian finalists. I will be rooming with a young lady I have never met before, from another province!

July 17th… I know that sounds like it’s ways away, but taking into consideration of how quickly the provincial pageant came and went… I know it’s sooner than I think it is! I am soo excited to have been granted this AMAZING opportunity, and to be able to make special appearances with so many other beautiful girls. I am so proud of myself for getting this far in my very first pageant, and I am confident that I will continue to surprise myself everyday in uncovering my many abilities.

The Crowning of the beautiful new Miss Teenage Ontario 2016, Hanna Begovic :)

The Crowning of the beautiful new Miss Teenage Ontario 2016, Hanna Begovic 🙂

As the provincial pageants continue to take place leading up to July, I wish all the delegates across Canada the best of luck and a reminder to keep on smiling! I can’t wait to meet all of the finalists and make some new friends this summer.

Yours truly,

Megan

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Being Crowned by the beautiful Hayley Bowdery!

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