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 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 liked. 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 as well, we were all given discounts on getting spray tans and lash extensions. We were even offered massages as well!

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.

 

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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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Taking photos with two little princesses

I had an amazing time today being a part of the Annex Festival on Bloor! I have attended this Summer festival many times in the past, however, this time differed as I arrived as Miss Teenage Ontario. Having this large title allows me to have many new experiences, one specifically is being able to put a smile on a little girl or boys face by just glancing over–while wearing my crown and sash of course!

The day was a great opportunity for the communities of Toronto to gather on Bloor street and celebrate its local heritage with a wide variety of events and activities for the whole family. From live music, jumping castles, great food and even hoola hooping; I definitely enjoyed the whole experience.

Picture taken during the live interview

I started off my day by marching and dancing to the great music played by the marching band’s Buck’s Brass and the Heavy Weights. Although I am not the best dancer, it was very fun dancing around and acting silly with many kids at the festival. I explored the Children’s Village and met many young girls who were most definitely princesses-to-be. Afterwards, I met with the hosts of CUIT 89.5 FM and was interviewed live on air. I enjoyed chatting about the Miss Teenage Canada pageant and laughing about funny occurrences throughout the day. I will be posting the interview on my Facebook page very soon!

The festival was ultimately a huge hit! A huge thank you to Maxine Bailey who helped plan this guest appearance with me. Click HERE to check out more pictures from the festival!

Until next time,

Francesca :)

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Ronnie Allen, Miss Teenage Southern Ontario and I

On Wednesday I met up with my close friend and pageant sister Ronnie Allen with a plan to do what we can to help the homeless in our own community. Poverty is an issue that is known to be very common in third world countries, however the rate of homelessness in our own communities is often overlooked! There are over 5,000 men, women and children who are homeless in Toronto; these individuals struggle every day to find shelter, food and even safety. Although I can’t help every person, it was nice to put a smile on a few faces today.

Donating clothing at the Bloor West drop off

We started off our day bright and early at the Salvation Army food bank to drop off non-perishable food items. Initially, Ronnie and I took a wrong turn in the Salvation Army building and unexpectedly found ourselves alongside some amazing female volunteers. These women are part of the organization Sistering and provide a safe environment and a hot meal for countless homeless women across Toronto. I am excited to be volunteering at the grand opening of their new location next Thursday! After this amazing occurrence, Ronnie and I walked over to the Salvation Army’s clothing-drop off to donate a large bag of clothes. The Salvation Army is always looking for donations! If you have any clothes you aren’t wearing please donate to a local drop-off. Every time you donate your unwanted clothing to The Salvation Army, you are helping fund programs right in your community.

I offered this cute dog a sandwich after his owner began to selflessly divide his own in order to feed the two of them.

It was a sunny day in Toronto and therefore it was important to stay hydrated! Ronnie and I decided to deliver water and breakfast sandwiches to the homeless in order to help out on this hot day. It was truly moving watching the reactions of the men and women when receiving such a small gift. They all showed gratitude and appreciation and left with a smile. Even something as little as this can do so much! It was nice to open an ear to some of the people we met. The experiences that they have gone through are heartbreaking but even through these difficulties they still find happiness and I feel very blessed to be able to contribute to that. This experience made me sincerely appreciate how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, food to eat and a great family. This was definitely a memorable day!

Thanks for reading my post!

Francesca :)

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The MC's for the evening: MC Terry, MC Fadden and MC Sav

I had an amazing time last night as one of the hosts for Music Arts and Drama Night at my school. As an active member of Blyth Academy’s student council, we worked collectively to plan an evening to celebrate our student bodies artistic talents. I am proud to be a part of such a creative and hardworking group of students.

The night was an utter success; from the art pieces to the musical performances, even the snacks were great I had the opportunity to showcase three short films that I had directed when attending film school in Los Angeles. I will be posting one of the films that I created in the upcoming weeks.

Standing beside the life size Barbie doll

One of the art pieces that I found especially moving was a “Human Barbie” created by the United Artists for a Cause club. In an effort to expose how unrealistic the media depicts body image, the group made a life size Barbie doll with proportions the doll would have as a living person. If Barbie was a real woman she’d be forced to walk on all fours and would be physically incapable of lifting her over-sized head. Her impossible dimensions range from her 16 inch waist, to her legs which would be twice the length of her arms.

Music Arts and Drama night was an amazing hit! I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teacher Katlynd McLaren and my principle Luke Coles for making it all happen.

Until next time,

Francesca :)

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