Bullying is such a serious issue in our world today. In schools some kids actually think it’s cool to be mean and the ones who don’t, often get the brunt of it. In elementary and start of high school , I was one of the kids who got the brunt of bullying. I was teased and excluded, girls started rumors about me and  turned all of my friends against me. Bullying can seem so big in a young mind, to me it felt like it was taking over my whole life, I didn’t want to go to school, check my phone or even leave my house in fear of being seen by my bullies. There was no escaping it and when I told a trusted adult my bullies got off with a warning and I was bullied more because of “snitching” which scared me into staying quite. Now that I’ve grown up and matured I understand just how stupid all of it was and that the stuff they were saying was not true but back then I didn’t realize that. Their words seamed so true and I didn’t believe anything else. We need more resources for kids suffering with bullying we need to show kids that being mean is not cool or justifiable by any means. Getting off on multiple warnings is not okay, Bullying is not okay. Please never treat other people with hate it will not benefit you and only hurt them. If you are struggling with bullying do not be afraid to reach out, as you know I am always a resource for you and will do everything in my power to help.

best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Today I was fortunate enough to finish up my fundraising for the children’s wish foundation with a bottle drive. I collected bottles from my local Browns Social House, who was so kind to donate their empty bottles to me. I also collected bottles from people in my community who were wanting and willing to help out. I loaded hundreds of cans, glass bottles and cartons into my car and then started assembling and sorting them at the depot. It was actually a pretty fun day and I got to meet some more friendly locals through fundraising which is always such a treat.  It is so nice to live in a supportive community like the lower mainland. Once again thanks for everyone’s continued support.

best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Pageants are often stereotyped in the media to be some sort of self absorbed, caddie, beauty contest but as a pageant girl I can tell you they are not at all like that.

The pageant world is better than Christmas ! You’re constantly receiving so much wonderful knowledge and friends, training and support. As national delegates we have to be at the top of our game, this means not only looking and behaving our best but also keeping up to date and educated on all worldly issues so that when asked a difficult or even controversial question we know how to truthfully and appropriately answer it. Some of the nicest people I know I’ve met through pageants. From the outside it looks super competitive and cut throat and all though in some cases that my be true, on the inside its really just a bunch of fun. With pageants you never stop growing, there’s always new pageants to attend and people to meet. Over the past few months I have truly fallen in love with this world. If your considering getting involved all I can say is do it, being a part of pageant life has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever experienced .

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Hello everybody!! My name is Mackenzie and I am Miss Teenage Interior BC! I grew up in Kamloops BC, and I am so excited to represent not only my hometown but also the entire interior!
Let me share a bit about who I am and what I love. My entire life has been about making myself and others around me feel happy and accepted. I found a passion for dance at a very young age, then came soccer, then basketball, then curling. My family has always been very athletic, and my little brother and I have been raised that way. It wasn’t until I was in highschool that I discovered my love for the arts. Self expression is important, especially for your mental health. I went through schooling and became a fully certified Makeup Artist when I was 16, with a love and flair for special effects; and proceeded to take the Youth Train in Trades program at my highschool to become a hairstylist!
I spend much of my free time with my dog, a chocolate lab named Dakota, or writing.

My platform is Child and Youth Mental Health, which is something near and dear to me. At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with depression. I had struggled with the thoughts for a while at that point, but even though mental health was something talked about in my family, I felt ashamed. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I was terrified that I really was alone. It wasn’t until I finally went to my mom and she took me to the hospital that I realized, I’m not alone. So many kids and teens are diagnosed with some kind of mental health disorder every year, and even more continue to suffer in silence. We need to educate youth on mental health and where they can receive support. When I was assaulted at 14, I knew where to go for help. Ptsd was a whole new battle and lucky for my I had a support system helping me. Not everyone is that lucky. Canada has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the world. Many of those could have been prevented if we as a country and community made mental health education and resources more widely available.

You are strong. You are kind. You are beautiful.
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Hello Everyone, My name is Hadley, and I am Miss Teenage Northern BC.  Born and raised in a small town, Fort Nelson BC. I teach dance after schools and dance competitively, I work hard at str I have two younger sisters and a very loving family.  I grew up with a very supportive mother pushing me todo my best and always making sure I knew that if you work towards your goals then one day you will achieve them. I am very passionate about dancing, and I love teaching young children how to dance and how to live an active life.

My platform is inspiring young children to live an active healthy lifestyle.  My whole life I grew up exercising through dance and eating healthy. I want to show other young children that it benefits you to live an active healthy life.  I work at a local concession and I see so many kids come and get a slushy or big bowl of french fries before going to exercise. Eating all that fatty food before exercise isn’t good and it also ways you down from being the best that you can be.  My goal is to help the young children of our community and other communities, live an active healthy life.  I make it a routine to workout everyday and make sure that I’m getting the eight bottles of water I need, and eating healthy.   Eating healthy and keeping active helps on your mental well being it helps us keep  a positive mindset and it makes us happy.

Like everyone else 2020 has been so crazy.  This year my grandpa had a stroke and we are now taking care of him in Vancouver, taking him to rehabilitation everyday and making sure we do everything in our power to help him get better.  I hope to show other people what could happen when you’re not living a healthy life.  I love my family so much and I want to make sure no one else lose’s a family member because of a non active life.

 

 

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Trigger warning: Eating disorders!

Hi everybody. Throughout my life body positivity 
has been a tremendous struggle for me and it took me a really long time to appreciate all that my healthy body does for me. I showed my body a lot of hate over the past years. It is because of this hate that I developed anorexia and bulimia which I lived with for multiple years on and off, sometimes even at the same time. I would lose 25 pounds then put back on 10 only to lose 15 and then gain 30. I was in a constant battle with myself and it took me a very long time to recognize it as a problem. Despite the fact that I was constantly light-headed, often fainting, and had little to no energy, I continued to push my body to the point where these two eating disorders became my life. A common miss conception about anorexia is that it means you don’t eat at all when in reality many anorexics are just forcing their bodies to survive on anywhere from 200 to 1200 calories a day, to put this into perspective 1200 calories is the daily nutritional requirements of a 2 year old.  A bulimic is someone who binges and then purges, the act of purging can severely damage the stomach lining and esophagus, some of the effects are permanent. At the time in my life when I had both of these disorders, my days often consisted of me pushing myself to eat something like a handful of carrot sticks or half an apple and then I would enter this manic state in which my brain would not allow me to think rationally and I would attempt to purge out a half an apple which resulted in purging mostly stomach acid, this became a very common and painful occurrence in my life, not only was it mentally draining but it was causing me large amounts of physical pain. Stomach acid is made by our bodies to break down food and nutrients not to coat our esophagus daily.
I had to realize that there was never going to be a thin enough or a number low enough to please me and to stop blaming everything wrong with my life on that. Our bodies do so much for us. My body lets me dance, run and jump, my legs walk me to school, my arms carry my book bags and help me hug my family, my stomach holds all of the vital organs that keep me alive and without my beautiful body, I wouldn’t be able to do all the things that I love. My body deserved to be appreciated and I showed it so much hate. I am not a size zero and when I tried to be it nearly destroyed me. 
I want to show girls that there truly is no single standard of beauty and that loving yourself is beautiful, being confident and appreciating our bodies is beautiful. You can be beautiful at a size 0 a size 4 or 8 or 12 or 25 or whatever your body was born to be and no one gets to decide that you’re not. It is very important that you understand the difference between healthy and skinny, you can be a healthy size 0 if that’s what your body is or a healthy size 8 etc, if you are fueling your body with nutrients and showing it the care that it deserves then nothing else matters. I’m not thin and that’s not going to change, my body is healthy, my body is loved and my body is happy and yours should be too. There is beauty beyond numbers, never forget that. Every body type is beautiful. Please if you are struggling with an eating disorder or are having negative thoughts about your body reach out to someone you trust, I am always a resource for all of you and will do everything in my power to help you. You deserve to love your body and you do not have to let a psychological disorder get in the way of that, there is help. I love you all so much.

best wishes, Jessica MacNiel

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Hi everyone. I’m miss teenage Lower Mainland 2020. As part of my national campaign I am fundraising for the children’s wish foundation. So far I have conducted a couple fundraising events, the most recent of which was a bake sale/ lemonade stand combo. I first want to take a moment to thank the white rock famers market for sponsoring me a booth which enabled me to hold the bake sale. For 4 days I baked in my homes kitchen making loaves, cookies, lemonade and iced tea. Even though it was a lot of work it was so worth it. I raised 350$ for the children’s wish foundation. My hope is that through these fundraisers I am able to make a difference in children’s lives not only with the money I raise but by inspiring other people to do more for their community. Being active in your community is so important ! Everybody deserves a little help where its needed, Get to know the people you share your city with to make it a better place for everyone to live. I like to be a role model for kids and teenagers in my community. As a high school student there is a lot of pressure to fit the “social norm” and that doesn’t often mean someone who is super adamant about helping their community and volunteering. I want to show kids that’s it cool to care, its cool to try and it so amazingly cool to help other people.

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Hi everyone, My name is Jessica MacNiel and I am Miss Teenage lower mainland 2020! I’m 14 years old, going into 10th grade.  I am a competitive dancer specializing in contemporary but I also compete in Jazz, Ballet, Stage, Lyrical and hip hop.  I also take acting classes and love to act.

I like to think that I am I very positive person who is always trying to lift other people’s spirits. There is so much negativity in today’s media and society, especially as a teenager, so I do what I can to change that and not be a part of the problem.  Some of my goals as Miss Teenage Lower Mainland are to be a positive role model for kids and adults in my community and to be a resource for people in need.  By this I mean someone to talk to, go to for help, and relate too.  Another one of my goals is to make a change in my community by bringing attention to pressing issues that need to be acknowledged and discussed.

My platform is sexual assault awareness.  Sexual assault is not talked about nearly enough in the media, schools, workplaces, or society.  How can we grow from it if we are not talking about it or recognizing it as a problem?  We need to not only provide support and resources for victims but to also educate the population on this rapidly progressing issue.

I am all for body positivity.  It is so important to take pride in your body.  All human beings are 99.9 % identical in their genetic makeup, it is that 0.1 % that makes us different, we must embrace our uniqueness and not be ashamed of it.  These differences are what make you so beautiful.  There is far little that is more powerful than someone who is confident in who they are.  I believe imperfections do not exist, what is an imperfection, the exact definition is “fault, blemish or undesirable feature” but who is the judge of what is undesirable or a fault.  Anything can be beautiful if you believe it is.  I encourage you to love every curve, bone, zit, scar and birthmark up until the very last hair on your head, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

 

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