Hey Guys,

Pageant week was amazing, I had so much fun and made so many amazing friends.  When I was little I was so different from everyone else it was hard to make friends, but when I met all these amazing girls it was like I have known them my whole life.  I was so nervous however talking to them made me feel better and I felt like I was at my second home.  The week was filled with so much fun.

The firsts day started with a photoshoot and video Shoot.  We got MTC official headshots, and made a promo video for the beautiful resort we stayed at.  We also got a casual outfit photo which I love. The first day was so busy but so fun, I also had the chance to do a swimsuit video.

The second day was activity day, we started the day with a group breakfast then we walked up to tree trekking.  Tree Trekking is where there is obstacle courses in the trees,  as you complete one the next one is harder.  There are also zip lines in it which I love.  We were there for a few hours and I ended up completing four of them.   We ended around noon then walked to grab lunch and went back up to our rooms so we could take a little rest and change to go to the lake.  At the lake we swam for a bit then a group of us went tubbing, it was a little cold and we fell off once or twice but it was fun. Near the end another group of us went on it and we fell once a whole bunch.  After that time we were cold so we went up to our rooms and got ready for dinner.  we all dressed up super fancy, everybody looked so beautiful.

The next day was rehearsal and preliminary day, we started around 9 went down for breakfast then went to practice.  We did a few hours of walking and then grabbed lunch and went up to our rooms to get our makeup ready for the interviews.  Interviews started around 4 and it went so well I was so confident in how it went.  We went back up to our rooms to change and get ready for the show.  After changing we waited in the hall and i got to meet three amazing young girls, they got to try on my crown and we got pictures together.

The fifth day was rehearsals for saturdays big show, we learned our opening number dance and all our walks.  we rehearsed for hours and at the end we were all tired but it was worth it because I had so much fun and got to learn so much.

Saturday the last day was a little emotional because we just made all these good friends and now we have to leave.  We did a small rehearsal in the morning then got lunch and went to get hair and makeup done for the show that night.  Everybody looked amazing, we all got our red dresses on and headed out for the dress rehearsal before the show started.  We got all our dresses and shoes ready for the show to start then game faces were on.  It was back to back changes smiling and wearing our heels everybody looking amazing.  I was very proud when I made it to top 12 girls.  It was such an amazing experience and i hope to go back next year and make it farther then top 12.

I’m gonna take this year and focus on my platform, make it better and expose it to other people tell them about it and share it with other communities. I want to be a role model to younger girls and show them pageants are an amazing expirence that teaches you so many life skills. And even if you don’t win you can try try again and make it farther every time. If i could take one thing away from the pageant it would be just because you didn’t win doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice, it ,means you just have to try harder next time and work more, everybody is amazing inside and out and different in there own way and that’s what make you you.

 

xoxo

Hadley

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 Day 4 was the preliminary pageant. we started our day off early with rehearsals working on our walks and stances. Then it was into hair and makeup before we all got into our interview outfits and began preparing. I feel confident in my interview and quite enjoyed it.For our opening platforms we had to wear either a cocktail dress or gown, I wore a beautiful royal blue bedazzled dress from bells and bows bridal ! After platform we moved onto to swimwear, we did a simple walk and then started preparing for talent. Not all delegates competed in talent but I did , I danced a contemporary piece choreographed by my lovely coach, I didn’t make top 3 but that’s ok I just did it for fun. Prelims were super fun and I can’t wait for Saturday night finals !!
Best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Hello Everyone,

Last night we competed and accomplished the first night of Miss Teenage Canada.  We started with our interview followed by dinner, then had some extra time so we went back to our room for a couple hours got ready and were able to rest for a bit. Around 9 Pm Est we went down and started to get ready. The first event was with a cocktail and talking about my platform then we went to walk in our swimsuits. After that I went and sat down and got to watch the talent portion of the night.  The night was so amazing and I had so much fun I can’t wait for tomorrow.

I also got the pleasure to take a picture and get to know three amazing young girls.  They were walking in the hall while I was waiting.  I started to talk to them because they were giggling and talking about us. The youngest was 8 and her name was Chelsie, middle girl was Natalie, she was 10 and the oldest was Stephanie and she was 12.  I got to talk with these girls and connect with them.  I told them about how I journeyed through the pageant and I told them if they ever needed help getting into the pageant  I would be so happy to help them through it.  I also let them try on my crown. It warmed my heart so much and I felt so good after that.  This is exactly why I want to win Miss Teenage Canada to inspire young girls that they can do and be anything want. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you put your mind to it and work hard every goal is achievable.

I am so happy with how the day went and I will be wishing luck to all my pageant sisters.

Goodnight

Hadley xoxo

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Hello! My name is Kassidy Stewart and I am Miss Teenage BC. I am 16 years old from Comox, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. A little about me: I was born in Victoria BC and my family and I moved to Comox (about 3 hours north of Victoria) when I was one. I live with my parents and my 19 year old sister (who is my best friend), and I have two little dogs that I adore! I attend Highland Secondary School and am going into my grade eleven year this fall.

Soccer is the sport that my family has been playing and loving for generations. I started playing when I was 4 and have been playing ever since. I now play for our U18 competitive select team.

 

I also love musical theatre! I have been participating in at least one production a year since I was 6. Musical theatre has taught me how to express myself in so many ways and has made me the confident person I am today!

 

Singing has always been a passion for me, along with playing guitar. I’ve been playing 

guitar since I was 8 years old and I occasionally perform at local venues with a band called “Easy Street”.

Recently I have started writing my own songs and I am hoping to soon have a enough for an album!


My platform is raising awareness for the homeless and less fortunate. I chose this platform because I want to do what I can to help the people in need, not only in my community but across Canada. When I was younger my Mom was ill, and at that time our community supported us and brought us home cooked meals everyday. So many people went out of their way to make this time a little easier for our family. That’s when I realized how important community was and I experienced what it was like to receive the love and generosity of others. I decided that I wanted to do whatever I can for those in need to make their lives and whatever they may be going through a little bit easier. I volunteer with our community Christmas hamper program and recently have started to help with the Soup and Sandwich Kitchen at Northgate Church in our community. I enjoy prepping food, cooking, serving and cleaning up.  Prior to Covid-19 I used to enjoy sitting down with those we serve; talking with them, listening to their stories and getting to know them. I’ve met some very nice people and the most adorable kids!

I hope to be able to travel and help with the less fortunate in different parts of Canada and the world as well. I would like to help build shelters or start recovery groups to help them get back on their feet! My title as Miss Teenage BC will definitely help my chances of making this possible and if I won Miss Teenage Canada that would open a whole other door for me to accomplish these goals!

This pageant and winning the title of Miss Teenage BC has been one of the best things that has happened to me because it has built my confidence, allowed me to meet so many new amazing friends from all over Canada, taught me important skills that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else, allowed me to be able to give young woman that may struggle with anxiety hope, and given me opportunities to do promote and reach people with my platform.

Thank you so much for reading, stay tuned for more blogs coming out soon about the Miss Teenage Canada 2020 Pageant week!!!

~Kassidy Stewart, your Miss Teenage British Columbia

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Day 3 has been my favorite so far. After breakfast, we walked up to The Treetop Trekking course at the Horseshoe Valley Resort, got into our harnesses, did a safety orientation, and then we were up into the trees climbing ropes, nets, walking on beams and zip lines. Around 12:30 it was time for lunch and were exhausted from climbing in the trees for 2 hours. Treetop trekking was not all the fun for day 3, next, we headed to our rooms, changed, and split into groups. Half of us started at mini-golf and the others at the lake for Hotdog ” and had a blast but eventually after a few rides ended up crashing into the water at full speed but believe or not even that part was fun. After a day of fun, we had a very fancy dinner all dressed up and got to meet the beautiful Emma Jeapes, Miss Teenage Canada 2019. Can’t wait to share how prelims go today!

Best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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We started day 2 off bright and early with breakfast at 8:00. After breakfast, we got into our cocktail dresses and waited for our turn at hair and makeup, which was provided by the modern makeup college and done by some very lovely ladies. Photoshoots began with glam shots, then video introduction shoots. Somewhere in all the hustle and bustle, we had some delicious lunch, and then it was back to shoots. For my choice of the outdoor shoot, I chose casual as apposed to swimwear. I had so much fun with the casual outdoor shoot at felt totally gorgeous. Lastly, we had some small group outdoor video shots and individual video shots in our MTC T-shirts and hats. Right before dinner, we gathered with all of the delegates on the golf course to do a big group photo and video shoot.  Finally, after such a long day we ended with a lovely dinner and some leftover cake from the previous night. Day 2 was crazy, hectic, fun and so so worth it !!!

Best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Today I had my first day of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. Early this morning Miss Teenage Vancouver Island (Angela Sung) and I flew out of Vancouver Airport to Toronto. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some fellow pageant sisters and Miss Teenage Canada 2016, Samantha Pierre. We then got into the shuttle and headed to the horseshoe valley resort in Barrie Ontario. Once we arrived at the resort we got our room numbers, roommate, and went to our rooms to hang out until the pajama party. We got in our PJ’s and headed down to the eating space where we met other delegates, ate pizza, opened presents, and had some cake! All in all, today was a wonderful day and I’m so excited to share what tomorrow brings with all os you. 

Best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Hello everyone,  I hope everyone is doing well.  Yesterday I travelled to Toronto, Ontario for the first time.  I have now checked into Miss Teenage Canada and tomorrow we start the activities and get to know all my pageant sisters.

Over the past month I have been fundraising for Make a Wish Foundation. I was able to raise $2,200, I am so happy on how it turned out.  I did a 50/50 draw, online zoom dance classes, a car wash, house cleaning for seniors and assisted with care for a heart and stroke patient. Fundraising was very different due to Covid 19 and I am so amazed with all of the support that I still received.

My zoom dance classes had such a good turn out and so many people joined.  I had a wide range of participants during my dance classes from young children to seniors. It was great to see families getting active together and for many trying something new.

I am so thankful to everyone that helped me raise the money and supported me through my journey.  I would not be able to do it without my family.  My family is a big part of my platform of getting young kids to live an active and healthy lifestyle. When we see our parents or our mentors being active and eating healthy we tend to follow suit and live a similar lifestyle.

I wish the best of luck to all of the other pageant participants and I am looking forward to this week of our new adventure 🙂

Hadley xoxo

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Trigger warning:

Today I want to touch on how deceiving photos and social media can seem. Back in 2019, my life was “perfect.” I had many friendships with almost everyone in town, I was in a long term relationship with someone I loved, I was an honour roll student, I volunteered to be a kids teacher at my church, I fit an XS and was top of my dance class.  Unfortunately, that’s what my life was online.  Nobody knew how low my mental health was stooping.  

My meals became smaller in order to try and retain my shape. I would pull sleepless nights consecutively studying from sun dawn till sunrise.  My anxiety attacks went from once a month, to weekly, to daily.  I was emotionally and physically drained just in hopes to keep up with everyone’s expectations of me and making sure everyone around me was happy yet I never took the time and stopped to see my own happiness was plummeting.  You would see on my Instagram an adorable couples photo of my boyfriend and I at the time, yet you didn’t see how mentally abuse and toxic the relationship actually was.  Behind the smiles, behind the hugs, behind the kisses you couldn’t see the arguing, the gas lighting, the cheating, and the sexual assault.  You could see photos of my friends and I having a good time at parties laughing and having fun, but I bet you can’t see the girls I called my friends snickering and calling me names behind my back.  As time went on living like this there was a breaking point.  After several months of living the life of a lie I was done.  I attempted overdosing but thankfully the attempt failed and I was left throwing up everything in my stomach 24/7 for several days after.  During that time I had lost everyone, my boyfriend and I had broken up, all my “friends” had left, I had quit my passion for dance, and my grades started to fall drastically.  I had never felt so lost in my life. 

Finally at this point I decided to take action with my life.  My mum and I packed our bags shortly after I recovered from my attempt and we flew to my family in Korea. There I stayed for a month and took a break from my life in Nanaimo.  During my time there I found true, genuine happiness.  Not from going out to parties, or going on dates, or scrolling through social media for hours and posting fake smiled photos.  I found genuine happiness by simply having a good laugh with my family and family friends over a funny sign, or a funny joke during dinner.  The best thing I found in Korea though was love for myself.  Love for who I was and love for my growth, that I didn’t need to show people 24/7 through Instagram posts that I was having fun and being happy.  

My wish is for so many young girls to know that not everything you see online is real.  There is no “picture perfect” life. There’s simply your own life that YOU are in charge of deciding how it goes, you want to have a “perfect” day? MAKE it your day then, jump up at  your alarm, go for a run and feel the wind blow past your face.  Having a bad skin day? It’s okay so does everyone else every now and then.  Have friends who make you feel bad about yourself and are constantly tearing you down? Drop them, no “friends” is better than people who try to tell you that you aren’t perfect the way you already are.  Looking at my life back then I can’t believe I let so many people walk all over me.  I am so grateful for everyone I have in my life today and what I have now is more “picture perfect” than I’ll ever need.  Know that you aren’t alone, check up on yourself. Am I feeling okay today? Never put your own mental health below anything else as it is just as important and can change you.  The “picture perfect” life may not exist but what I do know is that at any point in your life YOU can make it better, it’s never too late. Take action and learn to fall in love with who you truly are.

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Hi everyone! My name is Angela Sung and I’m Miss Teenage Vancouver Island.  Born and raised in a small town on Vancouver Island called Nanaimo.  I’m so thankful and eager to represent my island at our upcoming nationals in Toronto!

I am Korean-Canadian and I am bilingual in both languages.  I have always had a passion for the arts such as fashion, music, and dance. Music is something I have loved since I was a little girl starting from singing in front of my family at 5 years old till now where I sing with my Church worship  team.  A few of my favourite instruments to play would be guitar(8 years), piano (been playing for 5 years), and ukulele (2 years).  I have also been writing my own original songs for 3 years along with performing them in my town.  As mentioned previously, dance is another one of my passions.  I have been a competitive dancer for 7 years now specialising in ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern, and contemporary.  Dance and music has truly helped me come out of my shell and help mend me become the person I am today, as I am able to express safely and freely who I am.  One more thing I am very passionate for is fashion, specifically pieces being styled together and understanding the science behind trends.  Ever since I was little I was always known for going above and beyond in my outfits.  Thanks to my love for fashion I have decided to major in fashion and merchandising at F.I.T to become a fashion buyer.

My platform is cultural equality. Growing up I was never proud of my ethnicity.  Being Korean in a predominantly Caucasian neighbourhood was not the easiest.  I was always being told rude names or derogatory terms to my face, hurting my self confidence and self esteem more and more.  I remember lying in bed every night praying and crying wishing I had blonde hair, wishing I had blue eyes, wishing my eyes weren’t “squinted”, wishing I wasn’t me.  Looking back it breaks my heart to think I wanted to be anyone else but myself.  As the years went by I met amazing people who had been growing the same thing as me.  With them I was able to find a love for myself again and can now truly appreciate how beautiful the Korean culture was.  The unfortunate issue is that kids and people all across the globe are still fighting their battles similar to mine.  Although it may not be big I started a kids tutoring group specifically for the Korean-Canadians in my town.  The class started with 5 and quickly blew up to 25 in a matter of a couple weeks.  During these classes not only am I helping their English grammar and schoolwork I am also creating a safe space for these kids to be who they want to be and to build a trusting relationship between each student so that they know that I am ALWAYS here to talk.  The result of this class was extraordinary. Hearing these kids tell me their stories and what they experienced and helping them through similar situations I went through when I was their age warms my heart.  My main goal for this project was to create a positive and safe support system that I wish I had earlier on as a kid.  The feeling of wishing you were never born is the worst sinking feeling possible and I pray that no kid ever has to feel the way I felt.  I want everyone to be proud of who they are regardless of their skin/race, sexual preference, and gender.

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