Happy Thursday!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the term “Throwback Thursday”… with that being said, I’m starting my own version by blogging almost every Thursday about what happened that past week or share an interesting thing about myself on my road to Miss Teenage Canada. It’s like a short term throwback, right?

Ever since I can remember, my happy place has been wherever the stage was- wherever I could perform. I remember spending countless hours at musical rehearsals or on set filming commercials for the latest new toys while other kids my age were found playing at the park or with their friends. Although I didn’t partake in “normal” activities considering my age, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Check out an old commercial that I did here… C3Lnolb9lms

Pictures from a commercial I did at 9 years old!

My drive to succeed extends far beyond the average 17-year old. I have sacrificed a normal social life to reach my goals… but I assure you; I am not even close to where I want to be yet.

My dream? To have my very own TV show! You know, something like YTV’s Life With Boys or Family Channels “Girl Meet’s World”. As I get older, I fear not being able to make this dream become a reality. The idea that even if I do make it, I wont be considered a “child star” scares me. Nonetheless, I continue to stay positive and do my best. At the end of the day, as long as I know I gave it my all, I will be proud of myself.

I look at the wonderful Marilyn Monroe as a role model in this aspect of my life. She once said, “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest”. Marilyn seamlessly captured the essence of what it takes to make something of yourself…you need to have the passion.  In such a competitive industry, you must work hard at making your dreams become a reality. Being that there are hundreds of thousands of girls who want the same thing you want, you must find a way to make yourself stand out. Finding yourself not only as an actor, but also as a person truly does help with this.

Hair and makeup done & mic'd for a Family Channel commercial shoot

Acting has taught me way more than just how to mold into a character in less then 10 seconds, how to change my shirt without actually taking off my shirt or how to improvise an entire show when someone missed a line; it taught me how to be confidant, how to converse in a public setting, how to make my self stand out and the importance of punctuality and dedication.

Over the past four months, I challenged myself as an actor and went on the other side of the table. I became the DIRECTOR!

A drama competition called the “Sears Festival” takes place every year where students either write or direct their own plays to be judged. I, alongside my best friend directed a play called “Floating on a Don’t Care Cloud” by Lindsay Price. FOADCC focuses on teenage social issues revolving around drug use and relationships while incorporating an amazing chorus and creative staging.

Cast of Floating on a Don't Care Cloud 2015 with my co-director!

I was fortunate enough to work with a talented cast of 15 students who gave this their all and helped make my visions come to life. Obviously, working alongside people around your age comes with its challenges. There is a very fine line between being their friend and being their director; however, I am thankful to have had very respectable cast members who didn’t make this a large problem.

The night of the shows were extremely nerve raking. At this point, all I could do was trust that my cast was prepared. We set the stage, took our seats in the audience with a notebook in hand and hoped for the best. By the end of the show week, my co-director and I cried tears of happiness. We were so proud of what we were able to accomplish and of our cast for pulling through.

Pre-show Excitement !

You never truly appreciate the hard work put in by your directors until you are one yourself. I have a whole new respect for what happens behind the stage and can honestly say that I would love to experience this again. Who knows, maybe I can create a career out of this?

Being a Sears director was the most amazing experience of my life and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I have a ton of people to thank for helping me put on a great show including my cast, teachers and parents.

Sear’s 2015 will be one for the books.

Thinking positively,

Michela

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Hello, hello!

With a smile stretched across my face from ear to ear, I am proud to announce that I am your new Miss Teenage Ontario 2015! 

Being crowned Miss Teenage Ontario 2015

Since I will be representing this lovely province for the next year, I suppose an introduction would be appropriate…

My name is Michela and I am a 17 year old grade 12 student at an art’s school in Celadon, Ontario where I major in drama. Upon graduating, I plan on attending university where I will study both the environment and theatre! For now, I am found taking full advantage of being in high school by joining as many extra curricular activities as possible including drama productions, Link Crew and Prefects as well as working hard academically, earning myself a spot on the honours list every year since grade nine.

Aside from spending every waking moment I have at school, I also have a passion for volunteering. At just 8 years old, I began creating change by making gimp bracelets and selling them to my friends and family (this is where the change making addiction all started)…. After seeing that I could raise thousands of dollars by doing something I loved, I began feeling more confidant and fulfilled; thus, I started taking different approaches to my fundraising! Today, I am the proud owner of a charity project called Diapers4Smiles! Diapers4Smiles is a community based initiative that works towards relieving parents of their financial burdens. I do so by hosting social events where the admission is a baby item and by openly collecting items all year round. I have recently collected over 115 boxes of diapers (filling an entire school bus) and donated them to a woman’s shelter in Mississauga!  Some people are known for their hair colour or sense of fashion; however, I am known as the girl who collects diapers and wipes and I would NOT have it any other way!!!

I have also been a supporter of Free The Children since I was in elementary school. I simply love the idea of educating today’s youth and getting them involved in social issues. As repetitive as this may sound, we are tomorrow’s future and so if we do not start taking initiative now, our future will not be very promising.

Volunteering at WeDay Toronto 2014

After attending We Day as a guest for several years, I had the opportunity to volunteer this year! Oh my goodness, this was a life changing experience! There is nothing as encouraging and motivating as being surrounded by thousands of people who all have the same drive that you do to be a #changemaker. I am an avid user of We365, an app created by Me to We to challenge people to better our world. I also hope to become a Me to We youth trip coordinator when I am a little bit older in hopes of traveling to impoverished nations to learn and work through some other social issues.

On the note of having dreams come true, winning the title of Miss Teenage Ontario certainly fits under that category. After participating in many pageants since I was 9 years old, this was certainly something I have worked my way up to. Pageants have taught me a lot over the years, one thing being that confidence is key and that sometimes you’ll loose 30 times before you win once. I plan on taking on this Miss Teenage Canada competition with an open mind and plan on striving to be the best Michela I can be. I vow to do my best to prepare, however allow myself to enjoy the process.

Again, I cannot wait to share all of my experiences with you and I hope to become a role model for many young girls. Last years Miss Teenage Canada winner was previously Miss Teenage Ontario, so maybe we can keep that tradition alive?!

Miss Teenage Canada (Francesca McFadden) and I after crowning

 

Thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

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The Miss Teenage Canada pageant has finally begun and it has been incredible so far! From Breakfast Television to free products, I feel very lucky to be a part of this action-packed week.

My favourite part of the week, so far, was getting to know my roommate Meghan Breckon. We have connected right off the bat and it feels like we have became very close over the past few days. Although we are different in many ways, me being a poetry lover and Meghan a dancer, we found common ground right away with our “go-getter” personalities. Michelle Weswaldi did an amazing job pairing us and should consider opening a match-making company!

Saturday:

The first evening of the pageant was the welcoming party, where the delegates had a chance to mingle and meet some of our sponsors. It was interesting when I first walked in  and saw the booth for Motive Cosmetics, I had been following the company for over a year on Instagram and I adore their products! I went over to their booth right away and definitely acting like a “fan girl” asking them about products used in certain looks I saw in pictures. Each of the girls were generously given a fun nail polish as well:

Another sponsor was Hi-Tec Canada who donated a VERY comfy pair of sandals. It is definitely nice to change into them after wearing heels for a few days as well. Check out a pic:

 

Golden Goddesses sponsored the pageant and we were all given discounts on getting spray tans and lash extensions. We were even offered massages too!

Sunday Funday!

On Sunday the Miss Teenage Canada delegates had a long day! It started out relaxing having our makeup and hair professionally done by Motives Cosmetics. I was very pleased with how it all turned out! Afterwards, I had my video interview and it was definitely fun. We prepared three questions to say in front of a camera and were also recorded smiling and saying your name and where we are from. If I am lucky to make the top 20 you will be able to check it out! We had our photoshoot afterwards and the photographer was great since he helped you feel more comfortable and just enjoy the experience. Lastly I completed my favourite part of the pageant, the interview! I had the chance to meet and show my personality to a panel of judges who were incredibly kind.

Monday!

On Monday we had a segment on Breakfast Television, so of course, we had to be up bright and early! Actually it isn’t too bright out at 4am… Although it was an early morning it was worth it being on television and listening to the interesting stories of a few girls in the pageant.

Afterwards we were taught beauty tips by Schwarzkopf Professional, we learned how to go from look-to-look. I learned many simple and great hair tips that are definitely going to help me through my pageant week! After being shown how to do certain hair looks, we had a challenge between the contestants to who would do the best 5-minute braid. Throwing an interesting hairstyle together in such a short time was a fun challenge but my team and I were prepared. We ended up being voted as the best braid and won some great Schwarzkopf products that I can’t wait to use.

For lunch, the Miss Teenage Canada delegates all enjoyed a delicious meal from Panera Bread!

Romper and necklace from BCBGMAXAZRIA and shoes from Steve Madden.

The next stop on our adventure was Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. This mall is my absolute favourite, and it is pretty obvious by looking at my everyday wardrobe. Even the outfit I wore over was solely from the mall. We were generously given two gift certificated at the mall, the first was $25 to Bench Canada and the second was to Yorkdale for $10. Visiting Bench Canada was definitely an adventure, from countless Polaroid photos to purchasing cute matching shorts with my roommate.

Tuesday!

On Monday night all of the delegates were given great news that we were going on The National the next morning! So we woke up bright and early, well it wasn’t too bright out yet but you know what I mean. Check out the segment here:

http://globalnews.ca/?s=Miss+teenage+canada

Afterwards we went to the CN Tower and I faced my fear of heights! Not only did I see an incredible view but I also I walk on the glass floor 1815 feet up in the air. However, I only stayed on it long enough for a picture or two:

Later in the day we visited the Toronto Eaton Centre
 

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Today, I did something I did not always think I could do. I organized a visit to the zoo, where I met a snake; a reptile I have feared my whole life. Fear has become a central aspect of teens’ lives. For example, many teens face bullying every day by simply going to school. Although meeting a snake is a small feat compared to a reality of being bullied, I wanted to remind teens across Canada that it IS possible to face fears and it is important.

The following is a video that documents my experience of facing my fear. I hope it inspires you to face your own.

p.s. There is a slow, cute and playful surprise at the end of the video. To me, it was a reminder that facing fears have more rewards than you might first expect.

Watch the video here: Miss Teenage Ontario VS The Zoo

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Olive in "Little Miss Sunshine" watching Miss Universe and pretending to be crowned the winner.

When I was a little girl I loved to sit down in front of my Television and watch Miss Universe with my family. If you have seen the film Little Miss Sunshine, I could definitely be compared to Olive watching and mimicking the crowning moment in total awe. Although I always dreamed of being one of the “princesses” on stage, I wouldn’t have thought I would actually make it to Miss Teen Canada one day. I have learned that dreams can come true with plenty of hard work and commitment and today I am very proud to be in the largest teen pageant in Canada!

Although there are plenty of pageants for teenagers across the country, Miss Teenage Canada, formally Miss Teen Canada-World is hands-down the best teen pageant out there in my opinion. One strong reason for this is that the contestants are not solely judged on beauty. They are scored on personality, ability to communicate, stage presence, charm, academics, commitment to the community, fitness and confidence-the winner of Miss Teenage Canada is always someone who is real.

I want to be Miss Teenage Canada because I feel that I am ready to take on the responsibility as an authentic role model for teens by inspiring youth to embrace their individuality. If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I march to the beat of my own drum. I love being different, it is what sets you apart from others and makes you unique. As a Canadian, growing up in a country that is very cultured, it is most special when someone does not conform to a certain ideal and stays true to themselves.

The history behind the name “Miss Teen Canada“: The original Miss Teen Canada Pageant was a loved national tradition in Canada from its inception in 1969 until financial concerns caused the pageant to be shut down in late 1990. It was a personality and beauty competition in Canada for women aged 14 to 17. The event started in 1969 and was televised on CTV. The pageant was named Miss Teenage Canada for its first three years and was then changed to Miss Teen Canada. Today there are numerous teen pageants in Canada–The largest Teen Competition in Canada  is owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi.

Miss Teen Canada-World 2011, Lauren Howe meeting Joe Jonas

Being a part of the largest teen pageant in Canada comes with many amazing benefits. The contestants of MTC-W are given prizes, opportunities to meet celebrities, the opportunity to win a volunteer trip to Kenya, be on National television and so much more. In fact, there are over $30,000 in cash and prizes to be won at Miss Teenage Canada! Winning the title Miss Teenage Ontario 2014 has opened the doors to opportunities for myself as well: It has allowed me to gain over 4200 followers on my social media accounts, it allowed me to be posted on Triangl Swimwears Instagram with over a million followers, it allowed me to be featured on a local radio station and has encouraged me to raise over $2000 for Free The Children Charity.

Siera Bearchell during her crowning moment

Something that sets apart the Miss Teenage Canada pageant from others is that it is truly an experience that is not solely about winning. The pageant is also about self discovery and developing new skill sets that will give you a competitive edge as you enter adulthood. The result is boosted confidence, lasting friendships and having the opportunity to shine in front of a welcoming audience as you grace the stage and speak about your beliefs and dreams. I have definitely grown as an individual over the past months with my title and I do feel like the princess I wanted to be as a child when I wear my crown and sash.

If I were to win the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2014 I would represent my Country honestly and proudly. I would use my title to the brink of its potential by taking on as many opportunities as possible. I would raise awareness for many charities I have worked with throughout my rein of Miss Teenage Ontario by hosting fundraising events. Secondly, I would promote my title of Miss Teenage Canada by teaming up with high profile clients such as Triangl Swimwear. Another way I will promote my title is by creating a series of short documentaries throughout my rein of Miss Teenage Canada. There is so much more beyond this that I can do, the Miss Teenage Canada pageant opens so many doors to each and every contestant. It is the truth when I say that your possibilities will become endless.


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Here is the jar I have been using for the money I have raised.

Throughout the past few months I have been working hard fundraising for the incredible charity Free The Children. This organization is absolutely inspiring as they firmly believe in a world where all young people are able to achieve their fullest potential by removing barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The Miss Teenage Canada pageant and Free The Children have very similar goals for youth across Canada, and that is to empower young people to have a voice and be agents of change. Gaining the title of Miss Teenage Ontario has pushed me to be the best version of myself and be an authentic role model for youth. It has also inspired me to raise as much money as I possibly can for Free The Children and I am very proud to have exceeded my fundraising goal of $2000.

I ended up hosting two large fitness events with all the proceeds being donated to the charity. I definitely did not expect how much hard work and time it takes to put together each event but it made it even more rewarding when they both went beyond my expectations. The first event I hosted was a DJ Yoga event-yes it exists! The event was held at Yoga Public studio in Winnipeg which is my hometown and was packed with curious but excited participants. I had no idea what to expect since my understanding of what a DJ would play is the “fist pumping” music in the reality show Jersey Shore. It was a nice surprise when the music was mellow and flowed just as smoothly as the themed flow yoga event. The live music by artist DJ HyFi was a great and being a yoga lover myself I really enjoyed the engaging environment.

Yoga Public also hosts Karma classes throughout each week which are donation based yoga classes to support fundraisers in Canada. I am very thankful for their month of June classes to have been generously donated to Free The Children as well.

Having a fun time greeting people as they enter the event!

Working up a sweat during the Zumba class.

The second event I hosted was called Fitness For A Cause, it was an engaging half-day charity event designed to promote a healthy active lifestyle. It was held on a beautiful day in Toronto and consisted of three fitness classes throughout the day: Zumba, Beach Body and Flow Yoga. The event took weeks of hard work to plan everything and I would like use this opportunity to thank all of the sponsors and my step-mom Rianna Alverez for all the support. After going door to door to many shops and restaurants throughout Toronto, I received countless donations for the raffle! The event was proudly sponsored by: The Abbot, T-Buds, Ferraro 502, Stella and Dot, Arbonne, Just Cuz, Tashi Apparel, Cozy Nails, The Ten Spot, Menchies and The Grand Hotel.

All in all, I am very proud of my fundraising efforts for Free The Children and I am confident when I say that my support for this charity will not stop here!

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I have always loved to write and read poetry. It began with my admiration for Dr. Seuss as a little girl and has grown into my own passion today. When I have experienced difficult times in my life, writing definitely helps me cope and releases the stress I have built up. I have also written some of my best pieces when I am very happy and express it through art. Up to today I have written over 100 poems and short stories, here is one of the short stories I have written called Neptune and The Mermaid:

 

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Do you have what it takes to grace the magazines?  Do you have the desire to strut your stuff on the runway wearing the latest fashions? Have you been told you should be a model?

Lights, camera, action! Get ready aspiring models Miss Teenage Canada has recently launched a new competition called TOP MODEL SEARCH CANADA. Have the opportunity to meet agents,  build your portfolio, travel the world and the bonus is you get a crown! This competition is not only a Model Search but also a pageant. The winner becomes the next Miss Supranational Canada, and runners up become Miss Top Model of the World Canada. These winners will be travelling across the world to compete in International Modelling Competitions and get worldwide recognition. Do you have what it takes?

 

Join 40 beautiful contestants from across the country who are competing to become Canada’s next supermodels. The National Competition is scheduled to take place over 5 days in Toronto, Ontario between August 12th-17th. I am excited to be following the week through social media, and I wish good luck to all of the contestants!

My experience with Miss Teenage Canada has been extremely rewarding, and since Top Model Search Canada is the sister competition it is undeniable that you would be in great hands. Take advantage of this engaging experience and become the model you know you can be!

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Donating a few home-essentials

I had the pleasure of visiting Furniture Bank last week and met some amazing people! Their mission and commitment to helping people in need in Ontario inspired me to get involved. When visiting the charity I was happy to donate a few home essentials myself! Furniture Bank is a charity that transfers gently used furniture and household goods donated to them to people who are in need of a fresh start. The majority of the people who arrive at Furniture Bank are newcomers to Canada, women and children coming out of abusive situations and the formally homeless. Over the last 16 years, they have empowered nearly 60,000 people, including over 18,000 children and youth, in starting new chapters in a true home.

My personal goal as an advocate for Furniture Bank is to spread awareness so people across Ontario know that they can donate their used furniture instead of it going to waste and in most cases it ending up in a landfill. My mission is for used furniture donations to be as common as used clothing donations in Ontario. One of the (many) amazing aspects about this charity is that they pick up your furniture from your home or company, so you don’t need to go through the trouble of driving anywhere. One simple phone call and donation can truly enhance someones life.

Before learning about this charity, I never thought of furniture as a luxury–one reason being that my mother is an interior designer. Even walking around for an hour around the location and having the opportunity to sit down to rest my feet afterwards was a relief. Being unable to afford furniture is a real issue and pushes a person to feel uncomfortable in their own space. Furniture Bank changes a house into a home by providing essential furniture, free of cost, to people who really need it. We can put this pressing issue to a stop by raising awareness and donating our used furniture to them.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Click HERE to read more about the charity and how you can get involved.

Francesca :)

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