HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Despite the light showers, everyone was PUMPED at the walk/run and I had a fabulous time helping out with the great cause. I was beyond excited to celebrate today with families and dads from all over Metro Vancouver! A special BIG thank you goes to my dad for being awesome!

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Did you know that 73 Canadian men, on average, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day? Sooo…I did some research on how to fight/prevent prostate cancer:
1. Eat fruits and vegetables.
2. Limit consumption of animal protein. Diets high in red meat, dairy products and animal fat have frequently been connected with the development of prostate cancer.
3. Seek plant protein.
4. Green tea.
5. Whole grains.
6. Limit sugary drinks.
7. Choose organic foods when possible.
8. EXERCISE!!!

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3rd time this year volunteering for a Canadian Cancer Society’s event!!! Super thankful for everyone who came out even though it was a morning of pouring rain! I helped out at the survivors’ tent today and was able to hear inspiring stories of many who have successfully combatted cancer and made it through. About 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease, but cancer can be prevented when we keep a healthy, active lifestyle!

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Join the fight, accept the baton, and go the distance! Any contribution will help to conquer cancer!

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Ciao! I recently attended Italian Day and laughed my heart out as I helped to host the pasta-eating contest!!! Ahh…it looked really delicious (my favourite food is pasta and I was secretly drooling when I was watching the contestants)… Thank you to Anika, Angie, and Dee for allowing me to take part; attending the event made my day!

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I spent a nostalgic Friday morning volunteering at my elementary school’s Sports Day! Visiting my old school brought back so many great memories; Grauer welcomed me with open arms when I moved from China to Canada and it was where I learned not only English but also many many other important skills as well!!! Thank you so much to my teachers’ continuous support! Today would not have been possible without your constant encouragements!!!!!!!

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I had so much fun joining the adorable kids while they ran, hopped, and danced around the school field…I miss the good ol’ days when I went against my friends for potato sack races!!!

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I had the opportunity to perform alongside We Youth Help, a club at Burnaby North that performs regularly for senior homes and hospitals, for their June concert at Summerhill Parc Retirement Residence. I am super thankful to have been able to tag along this amazingly talented group (they do incredible things around the community!); I had a wonderful time sharing music and joy to the seniors at Summerhill!

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Super duper excited to have been able to cheer on the runners, along with Miss Teenage Delta 2016 – Tiara and Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016 – Gabriella, at this year’s RBC Run for the Kids! As the largest family fun run in Vancouver, RBC Run for the Kids (formerly ChildRun) inspires participants to raise funds for childhood cancer and mental health initiatives at BC Children’s Hospital. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, over 6,600 participants ran or walked the scenic 5km or 2km Fun Run route and we were able to help raise $1,013,223 for paediatric oncology and mental health initiatives!

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I was the cheer squad captain and I had an incredible time with the rest of my team! We spread out along the route and shouted encouragements as the runners went by (“you are doing GREAT!!!” “keep it going!!!”). Some of the participants are FAST – I didn’t wait long until the first runner sprinted past the finish line, red-faced and smiling like it was no big deal (ahh I have so much respect for all the participants)! We then helped with the process of handing out medals to the adorable runners; crowds and crowds of people piled at the finish line, and I was in awe by the large number of people, who took their time off their Sunday mornings (which could have been used for sleeping-in…) to run under the fiery sun! At the after-run entertainment zone, we were quickly assigned to the balloons area, and let’s just say we all felt like we didn’t have enough hands and mouths. 😀 Amazing work to both the participants and volunteers!!! And thank you to Miriam L. for allowing the Miss Teenage Canada girls to be a part of this sensational event!

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Back again volunteering for a Canadian Cancer Society’s event and was welcomed by an afternoon of beautiful sunshine and laughter! I helped out at the luminaries tent, where we had families come and go, decorating and writing on paper bags the names of those who have fought cancer. These were then filled with candles, which would be lined up around the track and lit up later that night, creating a ring of light to remember all of those lives that have been affected by cancer. We had an overwhelming amount of support from the community and I am thankful to have been able to be a part of such an inspiring event!

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Busy weekend! Also the start of the Vancouver summer!!! On Saturday,Miss Teenage South Western BC 2016 – Madison, Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016 – Gabriella, Miss Teenage Langley township 2016 – Mikaela, and I went on a sunny ride down Hastings in North Burnaby for a wild adventure in the jungle-themed parade. The Heights community means a lot to me because my high school is actually right around the corner! It was a bundle of fun as we waved at crowds of people while jamming to the music of marching bands. Although beads of sweat gathered on our brows and our face muscles twitched because we held smiles for so long, it was all worth it as we watched the excitement grow in the neighbourhood, and we were so happy to be a part of this amazing event!

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Special thank you to Mikaela’s father for the spectacular vehicle! This morning would not have been possible if we didn’t have such a beautiful ride!

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Special thank you to Reena from the CFOFO – Canadian Federation of Fiji Organizations for the invitation to attend their annual youth talent show! I am so grateful for allowing me to share my story and to talk a little bit about my platform on encouraging a healthy lifestyle! I performed a short hip hop dance piece as well and was able to watch some captivating cultural performances with roots in South Asia. One particular girl who did a Bollywood dance piece really caught my attention; ahh, I want to learn to dance Bollywood!

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My platform in 2014 as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014 – Ariel was celebrating diversity, and this event reminded me how lucky I am to be able to experience all these cool, amazing cultures! Equality amongst all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities is something that I constantly preach for; I look forward to the day where there is no racial discrimination in our world and we can proudly be whoever we want to be!

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Mixing two of my favourites together: children & art!!! I had an afternoon full of giggles and crazy face painting at Capital Hill Elementary in Burnaby; I got to utilize my full artistic potential in the most fascinating way possible!

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As per some of the adorable children’s request:
“Make me look scary!” (“are your parents okay with this”)
“I WANT A MOUSTACHE” (my specialty!)
“May I get a hockey mask painted on my face…Toronto Maple Leafs!” (“uh…okay!”)
“DRAGON! ON MY WHOLE ARM” (of course…he had to choose the one picture that looked like the dragon could eat me alive)
“Can I get a Batman symbol, a Superman symbol, Ironman’s mask, Thor’s hammer, and Captain America’s shield on my arms please” (“I…uh…will try my best”)

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Yup. I said yes to all of this and used a sprinkle of creativity plus a dash of gooey water to make the magic happen! I laughed quite a bit when I decided to accept some of these hilarious requests…ooooh, I had so much fun working with kids! XD

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