I had a great time sharing my speech about intelligence and hearing some of the others’ at the annual district French speech competition! It was an honour to represent Burnaby North Secondary School and I am happy to say that I won 3rd in the grade 12 core French category!

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Pour mon premier concours d’art oratoire, j’ai gagné la troisième place dans la catégorie – français de base 12ème année! Merci beaucoup pour l’occasion! Je me suis bien amusée!

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Ariel 💋

   

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The spotlight was on me and the music was pumping through every single one of my blood cells; there was a rush of adrenaline. I smiled, I twirled, and I hit every beat with all the power that I had. When my piano-playing and hip-hop-dancing combo act ended, I was content and grateful for the amazing stage. I had a wonderful time sharing my talent to the rest of Burnaby, and I wanted to do it all over again!

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Thank you to Burnaby DSAC for the opportunity to represent my school at Burnaby’s Got Talent 2016! Thank you for being so cooperative even for the really last minute technical problems! I had another amazing year at BGT (I was there last year too) and had made so many talented friends across Burnaby; it was a night to remember!

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Congratulations to sisters Veronica & Avery Amores from Byrne Creek for winning Burnaby’s Got Talent 2016! You have the voices of angels!!! 👼👼👼

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P.S. Check out this photo album on Burnaby NOW (I am in picture 19)! www.burnabynow.com/…/educati…/burnaby-s-got-talent-1.2225247

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Ariel 💋

   

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Last month went by in a whirlwind and I am honoured to be your new Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016! This is my second time going for the title and, you may ask, why did I compete in Miss Teenage Canada again? In 2014, I had the most spectacular time of my life joining my first pageant and meeting beautiful, talented, and intelligent people all over Canada. I was able to get involved with my community events and the experience changed how I perceive the world and how I carry myself. Although I have had many downfalls, I have learned and grown so much! I have made countless unforgettable friendships along the journey and I will always be grateful for every opportunity that has come in my way! 🙏🙏🙏

As if my brain was jolted by several volts of electricity, I found it very difficult to return to a mental state of serenity that night.

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So. How did I get into pageants?

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Imagine Ariel (with shorter hair), signing up for the 2014 Miss Teenage British Columbia competition on Mon. Oct. 28, 2013 at 10:58 PM. I was 15, and the idea of wearing dresses/tiaras & waving to a crowd was extremely appealing. The closest I have been with any princess was in front of my TV, watching the Princess Diaries. That, and also at Disney Land, Disney World, Disney Cruise, Disney Hotel…(yes, I chose my name from a Disney story book of princesses…I honestly joined pageants because I wanted to live my princess dream).

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In 2014, after winning Miss Teenage Burnaby, I soon realized that the crown comes with a responsibility. During my year of reign, service to the community was a mission. I fundraised for Free The Children, the pageant’s official charity, and I kept a personal blog for updates on my accomplishments within my community. I promoted my platform – celebration of diversity – through volunteering for events of all different backgrounds. I found joy in volunteering, and I have made countless friends and connections through these opportunities; it felt so good to be giving back and helping others! Pageants have opened so many doors for me and I am beyond thankful for the experience!

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A Little Tidbit About Your New Miss Teenage B.C.

Ariel is proud to be her school board’s student ambassador. She is a dedicated leader & volunteer, who takes initiative in getting involved. Starting from age 4, Ariel has been professionally trained in dance, piano, and violin. Whether it is ballet/hip hop/Latin dance/Chinese dance or flute/keyboard/guitar/Chinese zither, she has had a musically-enriched childhood, and later became her school rep to Burnaby’s Got Talent for both 2015 AND 2016. For the past 2 years, she has had the incredible opportunity to model at Vancouver Fashion Week! A great percentage of her time is also spent in art studios, where she paints, sketches, and immerses herself in a state of creative coma. She writes for the school newspaper and has achieved 3rd place in the Concours D’art Oratoire in April 2016, representing Burnaby North Secondary as one of the three grade 12 core French public speakers. Ariel strives as an athlete and loves horse-riding, ultimate, and snowboarding. This adventure-seeker is blessed to have visited 24 countries with her loving parents! As an AP Scholar, Ariel excels in academics and will study computer science at University of British Columbia.

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Ariel 💋

   

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Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 10.16.35 PMHi everyone!

Its been a very busy couple days for all of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates! Despite the very early mornings and the late nights we have, in between the day’s we’ve been lucky enough to eat three very delicious meals. Today for lunch, we were all lucky enough to eat at Richtree’s new taco bus at the Eaton Centre! Let me tell you…. IT WAS AMAZING.

We had various choices between all types of burritos and tacos (beef, chScreen Shot 2015-08-06 at 10.15.51 PMicken, fish) and a drink of our choice :p. The service at the taco truck was fast, professional, and the workers were nothing but friendly. The food was prepared right in front of us, and it was so cool watching how fast these men and women could make the tacos and burritos, and it was so nice seeing how fresh the food was that was being served.

The taco truck itself was so adorable! The food truck itself was blue, and the menu board above it was in very bright colours, so that it stood out and was easy to read! I have never seen a food truck like that in Vancouver. The roof to the truck was open and we ordered on the left hand side of the bus, where our order would pop up on a iPad (cool right), and then there were two people on the right who were quickly making food for 82 VERY hungry Miss Teenage Canada Delegates.

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 10.27.55 PMAll in all my experience at the Richtree Taco Truck was very good. 10/10. I would like to thank them for being one of our sponsorsduring our pageant, for having us, and for my delicious beef burrito!

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Xo

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When I competed in March for Miss Teenage British Columbia

In March when I competed in the Provincial pageant for Miss Teenage British Columbia, we were asked to choose a platform. At first when I thought about what I would choose to have as my platform and stand by during my reign as Miss Teenage BriScreen Shot 2015-08-02 at 6.26.31 AMtish Columbia, I had no clue. But after thinking about it for awhile, I decided to choose something that I have actually went through and experienced, and a platform that I could really connect with and was close to my heart. My platform I chose to stand by was Anti-Bullying and supporting youth who have been bullied. I decided to choose this platform because I myself have been a victim of bullying. If you have been following me along this journey the last couple of months, you know my story, but if not, I’ll tell it again.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 6.26.31 AMIn grade 6 I was a confident, smiley, and bubbly little girl who loved to go to school, I would actually wake up with a smile on my face when my mom would yell “Sienna its time to get up and get ready for school!”. Now we all know most kids would not be smiling at those words coming out of there parents mouth. Suddenly and quickly that feeling of excitement to go to school changed. I was scared to leave my house. Not only was I getting severely bullied at school, but also I was being cyber bullied, to the point that I would get death threats and the police had to get involved. I was trapped at school and in my private home by bullying, and I felt like no one could help me get away from it. My parents finally made the decision to pull me out of school, and after that I moved to Arizona for the rest of the year with my family to try and focus on myself and regain that confidence and self esteem, and get back to that smiley and happy little girl that I used to be.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 6.26.31 AM   I know exactly how it feels to be alone, scared, and just truly sad. During the process of being a victim of bullying you go through many emotions, and many times of thinking, “when does this get better?” “why me?”, and that is exactly what was running through my head for days and even months. I specifically chose this platform because I would NEVER want someone to go through what I went through, but sadly I can’t prevent that, bullying will never stop, but I can be  that person that makes a change, spreads awareness of how severe bullying really is, share my story, and most importantly be there for someone who is getting bullied and to reassure them that it does get better. My platform choice hits home for me and is something I care for deeply and am passionate about because not only was I severely bullied, but because my older brother was severely bullied as well.

My platform of Anti-bullying and supporting youth who have been bullied means more to me than anyone can imagine. Even though six years ago is when I severely got bullied, I am still overcoming it to this day, and having this be my platform and share my story with everyone, helps me everyday and makes me realize that I was strong enough to overcome bullying and I didn’t let the bully defeat me. If I could make a difference and save one persons life, then my goal is complete, but if I could be a role Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 6.27.36 AMmodel to young people and together make a difference to spread the message, and help youth who don’t think they can over come bullying, then I did my job.

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Me in a “I AM SOMEONE” shirt filming the new Spokesperson video!

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My Breakfast Television Interview On Bullying Awareness And My Reign As Miss Teenage British Columbia

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As Miss Teenage British Columbia my main goal was to get in contact with an Anti-Bullying organization and see how I can get involved and make a difference. Luckily I attained my goal in June. I got in contact with an Anti-Bullying Organization called “I AM SOMEONE” . “I AM SOMEONE” was founded in 2012 in Port Coquitlam, B.C. and on June 17th 2013, “I AM SOMEONE” became incorporated as the “I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society”. I AM SOMEONE’S mission is to encourage, educate, and empower individuals to be the change to end bullying. As I did more research on this organization, I knew I had to get involved no matter if they liked it or not! I took matters into my own hands and contacted the organization, and luckily they responded within 24 hours. Shortly after I had been in contact with “I AM SOMEONE”, we set up multiple meetings, and on the third meeting they had asked me a very big question.

” Sienna, how would you like to be the new Spokesperson for “I AM SOMEONE”, and not only help us get our message across provincially but all around Canada?”

I stopped, looked around, pinched myself to actually see if THIS WAS REAL, and I cried. I cried because this was an opportunity of a lifetime. To finally get involved and spread the message that I wanted to spread about bullying awareness for the longest time.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 6.52.11 AMIn the last month I have been busy in my community spreading this message. How we have done this is by interviews on the web, newspaper articles, TV interviews with Breakfast Television, and multiple radio interviews.

If I am crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I would continue to support my platform to the best of my abilities and make sure that I make it my goal to spread my message across Canada. With being the Spokesperson for “I AM SOMEONE” I would make it my mission to bring this across Canada, and do whatever I had to do to achieve it. I would do this over media (TV, Internet, Radio, Newspaper) , social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) , visit schools and share my story, and primarily make it my goal during my reign as Miss Teenage Canada to be true to myself and to my platform, and do the best of my abilities to make a difference in Canada. My goal is for the newspapers to say, “Miss Teenage Canada making a difference in Canada to end bullying”. Wow what an honour and dream come true that would be.

Please check out www.Iamsomeone.ca to learn more about this amazing organization, and help us spread the message to end bullying.

My platform is something that not only I will stick by as Miss Teenage British Columbia, or even hopefully soon to be Miss Teenage Canada, but a platform that I will stick by my whole life.

Xo

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Wearing red to represent my beautiful country on Canada Day:)

Wearing red to represent my beautiful country on Canada Day:)

No we don’t live in Igloos, or ride Polar Bears everywhere we go, or say sorry after every other sentence, and not all of us are born with hockey skates on, but what do all Canadians have in common? The love we have for our Country!  Oh,and the love for Tim Hortons.

On July 1st, I was lucky enough to part take in the Canada Day Parade in downtown Vancouver. That day I finally realized how lucky I truly am to live in Canada. I realized as I was sitting in a car, looking out at  thousands of people who were proudly shaking there Canadian flags from left to right, at how proud these people are to be Canadian, or to live in Canada. As I was looking out in the crowd, the one thing that I noticed was the diversity of people that Canada brings. There were thousands of different and diverse ethnicities that were down at the parade showing there love for Canada, and that is one thing that if I were to pin point what I love about my country would be  how there are so many diverse people  that live and are welcome with open arms to our beautiful country.

According to CTVnews.ca’s annual survey ranking, Canada has been ranked “the most admired” country with the “best reputation” in the world. I mean COME ON?! How true is this. Canada is said to be ranked so highly in the eyes of people because of its “effective government”, “absence of corruption”, “friendly and welcoming people”, and “welfare support system”. It is amazing that not only in my eyes is my country the best, but in the eyes of so many people’s to have ranked Canada the best reputation in the whole world. Wow.

I live in a country where I am able to express myself in freedom of speech and education. Also I am lucky that my family and I are comfortable to go about our day knowing we have access to all education and healthcare. Ever heard the Canadian Anthem? Well that anthem explains EXACTLY what Canada is, “Strong and Free.”

I asked my 14, 11, and 8 year old cousins on why they think Canada is great and there responses were:

“Everywhere in Canada I go, I am taken back every time at how beautiful our country is.” – My 14 year old cousin

“The safety of our country.” – My 11 year old cousin

“Everyone in Canada is so nice and welcoming, that I can always feel I can count on someone and not feel lonely.” – My 8 year old cousin

Now this is coming from the new generation and they already have the love and appreciation of our beautiful country at such a young age. We realize at a young age that across Canada our backyard is the most breathtaking and beautiful.

I could go on and on forever as to why I think Canada is so great, but in the end of the day, Canada is my home. My comfort zone. My beautiful backyard. I think Canada is great and ‘EH’ if you don’t agree with me… thats probably because you don’t like Justin Bieber… :p

Until next time,

Sienna L, A PROUD CANADIAN <3

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Hello hello!

I had such an AMAZING day yesterday! Besides it being mothers day and celebrating how amazing my mom is, I volunteered in the 3rd annual Sports Day for the Canucks Autism Network!!

All four of the major Vancouver sports teams were involved in this great day; The Vancouver Canucks, Whitecaps, B.C. Lions, and the Vancouver Canadians!

This event was held in B.C. place for 250 + kids and their families. Kids ranging from 3 years old to 17 years old.  The turn out was awesome. The kids went around to four stations; hockey, football, baseball, and soccer. They played with the athletes and had some fun at all these stations. Some were trying out a sport they have never played before, and some were participating in their favourite sports they claimed “were there favourite thing to do in the whole world.”

My job yesterday after I got assigned to a team colour (team green), I had about 20-25 kids in my group, and myself and some other volunteers went around with the kids and helped them at all these stations. Most importantly we got them excited and prepared for the great day that was ahead! The smiles and laughs the kids had all day was am

azing. Literally there wasn’t one person in the whole stadium that wasn’t smiling after seeing how  the kids reacted to playing sports, and interacting with some of their favourite Vancouver athletes! (Oh and I can’t forget the mascots were there too:) ). At the end of the day all of the kids were awarded medals from

the professional athletes that attended the event! There smiles got even bigger when they found out they were taking a medal home with them :)

I was lucky enough to be apart of another amazing day. If I could go back and do it all again I would in a heartbeat.

Thank you once again to the CAN organization in including me in truly a GREAT day for the families, and most importanly the kids.

Talk soon:)

Sienna xo

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Hi everyone!

Its been awhile since I have last blogged!

I apologize for that, I have been so busy with school (graduating in less than two months) its crazy how fast time goes by.

Yesterday, May 3rd, I volunteered down at the University of Victoria volunteering with the CAN organization. The CAN organization is the Canucks Autism Network, and they put on events and activities for children that range from highly active autistic kids all the way to kids that have a more severe case of autism. This organization is truly amazing, and they get many regular families who come down to these events that CAN host’s.

Yesterday was a movie matinee! Where the kids and their families watched the movie Paddington Bear (SUCH A CUTE MOVIE), down at the cinema at the University of Victoria. My job was to check in the families, give them there tickets, and of course talk to the kids before and after the movie.

The kids invited me in to stay and watch the movie and sit with them!

Its amazing how easy all the kids and their families yesterday put a smile on my face, and the fact that I could help and make the day better for them is truly what made my day. All in all I must report back to you guys and say it was such a great day. A HUGE thank you goes out to the Canucks Autism Network for allowing me to participate in such a great event and for allowing me to continue to volunteer with them!

Next Sunday I am working with this organization again with an event in Vancouver!

What will it be?  guess you’ll have to stay tuned and find out next Sunday when I blog about it!

Until next Sunday:)

Sienna <3

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to the start of an amazing journey!

As I am smiling writing this, I am honoured and excited to announce that I am your new Miss Teenage British Columbia 2015!

I am so excited for this journey, but even more excited to share this experience with all of YOU.  This is something I know I will look back on in 20 years and still have that smile on my face that I have right now.

I am going to give you a little introduction about myself! :)

My name is Sienna and I am 17 years old from BEAUTIFUL Vancouver British Columbia! I am a Senior student at Brentwood College School located on Vancouver Island (Yes I am a boarding school child, AND I LOVE IT)

I am the 2014/2015 Grad President at Brentwood, and have been actively involved in school leadership ever since grade nine when I was named the grade 9 middle school president. Aside from being involved in school leadership, academics is a huge part of my life, and I have found myself receiving honour roll achievements as well as academic commendation achievements almost all of my elementary/ high school career.

Ever since the age of 10 I have dedicated much of my life to acting. I love acting because it has helped me over the years gain confidence and be comfortable performing in front of crowds of people, and even the camera. No matter what I go on to do in my life, I know acting will always be something I will have a huge passion for and will continue to love and do.

Aside from academics, school leadership, and my extracurricular activities; I have been raised in a loving family who have raised my brother and I to always be grateful for what we have and to give back to our community. From an early age you would find my brother and I helping out at homes where sick kids would go to spend their last days with their families, and we would make sure the garden looked nice, the play rooms were clean, and we would even interact with the families and kids and make cookies. It makes me so happy when I can put a smile on someones face, and I know I can do that when I give back and help serve my time and effort into my community. I have been actively involved in helping out at an long term-care home for elders, and I absolutely love it. That hour that I take out of my day to go see them and say hi, and help them, makes their entire day. When I was 16 I had an event, and at the event I collected and raised money for an organization that helped kids who were born deaf afford ear pieces that hopefully would help them hear.

As I continue throughout my journey of being Miss Teenage British Columbia and even after my reigning to help out and get involved in community service, and always give back.

My platform hits home for me because in grade 6 I was severely bullied to the point I got pulled out of school and was homeschooled the rest of the year. It is 6 years later and I have finally started to recover from the experience, and have started to regain my confidence back. I NEVER ever want any boy or girl to EVER feel the way I felt where simply going to school wasn’t an option for them anymore. I plan on working extremely close to my platform which is anti-bullying and hopefully make an impact while doing it.

I hope this gives you a little piece of who I am, and what kind of leader I inspire to be.

Winning the title of Miss Teenage British Columbia 2015 is honestly a dream come true (it still doesn’t feel real yet, AHHH!!!)

Thanking you all in advance for joining my roller coaster of a journey, and I promise all of you that I will put my whole heart and 110% of my effort into this experience!

I plan on enjoying this experience and keeping this smile on my face every time I talk about it.

I can’t wait to share more with all of you!

Until next time! <3

Xo Sienna :)

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