2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!

As Day 2 at Miss Teenage Canada is coming to a close, it’s time for me to update you all! It’s been absolutely amazing so far, and there’s definitely going to be more great memories to come!

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Selfie with new friends!

Early Sunday morning, I boarded the flight to Toronto from Calgary  with several pageant sisters from the area. We arrived in warm, sunny Toronto shortly before 2:00, and met up with a Chaperone, more pageant girls, and Sarah, Miss Teenage Canada 2015. We quickly ran (well, as quickly as a girl can run in 4 inch heels, dragging two suitcases and an evening gown) to catch the Hotel Shuttle. I’m pretty sure we beat the record for the amount of luggage that was able to be shoved into that tiny shuttle!

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Jordyn and I!

Upon arrival at the hotel, we went up to the Holliday Inn’s Conference Room, where we then met the other delegates from across Canada! We then got assigned our roommates, and room numbers. I was paired with Jordyn, Miss Teenage Brandon 2016 (Manitoba). We get along very well, I am so happy I was paired with such a sweet, kind-hearted roomie!

After we were finished unpacking, we came back at 7:00pm to the attend the Welcome Party for the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, where we also met many of our sponsors! I had so much fun tasting gourmet walnut chocolates, trying my hand at mini golf, checking out the archers bow, and more! We finished off the night with a golf competition, pizza, and cake! Right now I would like to take a minute to thank our amazing sponsors for the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Competition! We’ll be visiting many of these places later in the week, stay tuned for more blog posts to come about that!

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At the Party!

Sweets Canada

Sweets Canada logo - new 2016My sweet tooth brought me here first, but it was the exquisite chocolates that got me to stay! This Canadian Retailer is known for its specialized chocolates that are unique from the majority of others on the market. IMG_0601Gourmet Chocolates, Edible Flower Chocolates, and Q’Bites are just some of their best selling products.  Wait what, did you say EDIBLE FLOWER CHOCOLATE BARS???!! I got to try the Matcha Green Jasmine Petals Dark Chocolate Bar.  Take it from me, it was SO GOOD. It was the perfect blend of dark chocolate, Matcha Green tea and real Jasmine flower petals. Sam Dhutia, CEO of Q Foods Canada, the parent company of Sweets Canada, was at the party doing chocolate tastings. I enjoyed a very informative and delicious chocolate tasting exhibit –  I strongly encourage you to check out the many other tasty flavours at the website linked above and for more info on these cool treats!

Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA and so is their parent company Q Foods Canada which tweets from @QFoodsCanada

Archer Dental

archer dental logo With all the yummy chocolate I’m going to be eating, there has to be a way to keep my teeth looking and feeling pearly white and clean!Luckily, there were many high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes specially monogrammed from Archer Dental because they care about our oral hygiene when we’re away from home competing for a crown. Thank you Archer Dental!

Nuvango

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At Nuvango Headquarters!

After visiting the chocolates, my eyes were immediately drawn to the colourful shirts and leggings at the Nuvango table. It was like they were calling my name! This Canadian brand is a closet must-have. A few days ago, we toured the Nuvango Headquarters, right here in Toronto.  I really enjoyed it, I learned so much about the clothing and design industry!

#nuvango #nuvangostyle

V.P.I. Canada

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I found my pair of Pearl Brown Clubmaster Sunglasses for sale online for $28   plus shipping and handling. Thanks VPI Canada, I love them!

Rimmel London

RIMMEL LondonRimmel London provided a surplus of products for the girls’ welcome bags. They set up a make-up station with lots of extras. A lot of fun happened here throughout the evening. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada

Hashtagio

social media ggregator hashtagioHashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the show collecting the masses of pictures we took tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016, and then projecting it live at the party!  They also made a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto,to make things simple, easy and efficient.  So if you want to be first to know what we’ve been up to, Hastagio has you covered!

Sally Hansen

Sally HansenCan a girl love anything more than clothes and makeup? The answer is yes! Sally Hansen provided products for gift bags and handed out products at a make-up station at the welcome party. Thank you Sally Hansen!

Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca

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Thank you GGG for sponsoring us ladies with a body butter that helps preserve spray tans!

Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy

Another super fun exhibit at the Opening Night Sponsors’ Party was from Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which teaches golf lessons at six golf courses west of Toronto. Here at the party there was a live mini golf attraction set up for us to practice our putting. I’ve only played golf a couple times wen I was younger, so it came as quite a surprise when I hit my ball super close to the hole! Maybe all that practice on the Wii is finally paying off 😉  We’ll be going there later this week for golf lessons, I am so excited!

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Archers Arena

 

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a paper target that was setup in the ballroom.  We’ll be playing Archery Tag at Archers Arena very soon. Look on the hashtag #archerytag for some cool pics!

Instagram and Twitter: @archersarena

 Bata Shoe Museum

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Shaquille’s size 22 shoes!

Bata Shoe MuseumOn Tuesday, we visited the Bata Shoe Museum! I learned so much about the evolutionary footwear trends from around the world, and saw many pieces unique to that museum only, including a prototype of the Basketball Player Shaquille O’ Neal’s Timberlands!

www.batashoemuseum.ca.

Twitter: @batashoemuseum  #batashoemuseum

 

Fish’d By EDO

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Sushi Burritos!

 

 

After finishing #thefitbodyproject workout, I was starving! Luckily, Fish’d by Edo brought us a lunch that was both yummy AND nutritious. Thank you!

 

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @fishdbyedo

 

Yogen Fruz

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Yogen Fruz gave us each $15 coupons that were included in the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 gift set.

https://www.facebook.com/yogenfruz

https://twitter.com/yogenfruz

https://www.instagram.com/yogenfruz/

Storia PR Inc.

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Daphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto are going to be a part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience and will be retweeting and amplifying much of the media we make, everywhere we go. Thank you ladies, your work is very much appreciated!

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations
@StoriaPR,  https://twitter.com/StoriaPR
https://www.instagram.com/storiapr/

These are all of our wonderful sponsors for 2016 Miss Teenage Canada! I want to say a big thank you on behalf of all delegates for your generous sponsorship!

Love,

Rachel

 

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As you may have already guessed by the title, today’s post is dedicated to my sponsors and supporters! I am insanely grateful for all their support. So now, I present to you my wonderful sponsors for Miss Teenage Canada!IMG_0940

Ethos Bridal –  Thank you so much Jaime from Ethos Bridal for sponsoring me not one, but two dresses for nationals! I feel just like a  princess wearing them, can’t wait to rock them on the Miss Teenage Canada
Stage!

Jim Ross – I owe a big thank you to Jim for believing in me and financially sponsoring me right from the start. Jim is a dealing representative at Raintree Financial Solutions, and is definitely an expert in his field.

Beach Beauty Bar – I’m admiring my gorgeous nails right as I type this now! Thank you to Allison Cullen, from Beach BeautyIMG_0545 Bar for getting me pampered for Nationals by sponsoring me a mani/pedi, waxing, and facial.

XY Studios Photography – Thank you to Xu Yong, from XY Studios Photography, for sponsoring me 2 photoshoots for MTC.

Meital Studios – Thanks to Meital, owner of Meital Studios, for sponsoring me my first shoot as a titleholder!

Perfect Alterations – Thank you so much to Ms. Khalili, for altering my 2 dresses so they fit just right. 🙂
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Dentrix Dental – Thank you Dr. Soliman from Dentrix Dental for sponsoring me teeth whitening trays.

Mainstream Music – Thank you to Paul Bagley, my music theory teacher, for sponsoring me financially.

Skylar Valkenberg and Sarah Stephanie Francis – Big thanks to these ladies for doing my hair and makeup for my photoshoot!

Teri-Ann Begin Real Estate- Thank you Teri-Ann for sponsoring me financially for this trip.

Neveen Dominic Cosmetics – Thank you for sponsoring the makeup used at the photoshoot.

 

Thank you also to all my raffle donors:

  • Maple Country North Hill
  • Great Clips Crowfoot
  • Danias Down
  • Step Ahead Footwear and Shoe Repair
  • Suzanne’s
  • Ma’ats
  • Pet Valu
  • Fresh Blended Coffee and Sandwich Bar
  • Baby&Me
  • Varsity Pizza and Subs
  • Paros Souvla
  • Panago Pizza
  • Crave Cupcakes
  • Lazyboy Furniture
  • Boston Pizza
  • Mr. Charenec Hair
  • Diva Salon and Spa
  • Tick Tock Clocks
  • Sutra Brush

And last, but not least, I owe a big thank you to my parents. Without them, I would;t be whee I am today, and I am so grateful for their support in all that I do. 🙂

P.S: Miss Teenage Canada starts in less than 24 hours!!!!!! Better get some beauty sleep before getting up bright and early to catch my flight! (actually dark and early, I’ll be up before the sun lol) 😉

Sweet Dreams!

Rachel

 

 

 

 

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This morning I IMG_2200braved the cold and rain to volunteer at the YMCA Calgary Stampede Breakfast! I got up bright and early to arrive there at 7:00 this morning. Although the weather hasn’t been so good these past weeks in Calgary, lots of people still came, which was great!

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It’s Spiderman!

I painted everything from Pikachus to Butterflies to Spidermans. I am a naturally artistic person, so this task was really fun and enjoyable for me too.  Its feels so great to see the delight etched on kids face’s when they walk away with a face painted. But do you know what’s the best part? Being able to throw paint on people’s faces without getting in trouble.;)

At the end of the Breakfast, it started POURING rain. It was literally raining cats and dogs (The girl who’s face I was painting wanted a dalmation dog. Unfortunately, because of the rain, the paint started running uncontrollably, and the dog turned out looking more like a ghost).

Remember to vote for me for People’s Choice Award! Voting starts July 17. 🙂

Love,

Rachel

 

 

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Hello everyone! The generous people at Sign Sources Solutions in Toronto have kindly donated a roll up banner for the Miss Teenage Canada competition! So as a result, this year’s Miss Teenage Canada delegates have been challenged to create an eye-catching, creative, design for the new banner! Naturally, being a very artistic and creative person, I was super excited to take on this challenge, and put 120% effort into creating the perfect new banner for Miss Teenage Canada. Ready to see?

Drumroll please….

Tada!

MTC Rachel’s Banner PDF

(I had to make it as a pdf because I couldn’t find another suitable banner making software lol)

 

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Original Logo

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My logo!

For this one, I decided to go with simplistic and neat. I changed up the colour of the logo, to match the colour of everything else. However, I stayed true to the font and design of the original MTC logo. I also included the Miss Teenage Canada Website and Facebook Page, for people who are interested in knowing more. 🙂

By the way Miss Teenage Canada is in 2 DAYS!!!! Be sure to follow me on my Facebook and Instagram for posts and updates!

 

Love,

Rachel 💖

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Hello Everyone, today I am excited to share with you my platform! A platform is something an individual is very passionate about, and chooses to spend their time and dedication to help address. My goal is to reduce the negative assumptions about people with special needs/disabilities, and help them find acceptance and belonging in the world. In other words, finding the abilities in people with disabilities.

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With Simon and Victoria

I chose this as my platform because my younger brother has ADHD and high-functioning autism. He has an extremely high prescription eyepiece lenses, finds it hard to express his emotions, and doesn’t like it when the schedule changes. He’s also a very picky eater, has a very sensitive sense of smell, and has difficulty concentrating.

BUT…

Simon can memorize chunks and chunks in only minutes, his brain is like a sponge! When he was 7, he memorized Matthew Chapter 5-9 from the Bible in 3 days. He is also extremely gifted, the psychologist administrating the test said that he was the smartest boy she had ever tested! He is naturally curious, and always wants to learn more about the world around him, how things work, why things are the way they are. He is a very creative thinker, always thinking outside the box. Simon doesn’t judge or make friends based on who has the coolest clothes, or who is the best at sports. He’ll just love you for who you are. Though he may not express it through words, you can see it through his actions and behaviour, and we love him too, for who he is.

‘” A disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing… But autism… is as much about what is abundant as what is missing…”

-Paul Collins

The words ‘autism’, ‘down syndrome’, or ‘dyslexia’ tell nothing about someone’s potential. No one’s merit should be judged only by the way their muscles move, or how much they can learn, or if they look the same way everyone else does, or communicate in a way that’s normal.

Often, society looks at people with disabilities and only see the challenges.  But sometimes, special needs is another way of saying special abilities. Deeper research shows that many of the world’s most genius thinkers had disabilities, for example, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. If he were born today, Einstien would probably be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Thomas Edison was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, and would probably be diagnosed with ADHD if he were living today. In fact, Edison’s mom even had to take her son out of school and homeschool him, because the teacher said he was ‘addled’.

One of my most inspirational personal role models is a man by the name of Nick Vujicic. Nick is a Christian evangelist with a rare disability called Phocomelia, which is the absence of arms and legs. As a child, he struggled mentally and physically, as well as emotionally, but today he is known as one of the world’s leading evangelists, and is well known for his powerful speaking.

So far, I have done several things to help with my platform, including:

  • Planning the ILRCC charity disability fashion show.
  • Volunteer Coach for the 2016-2017 ski season at CADS Calgary.
  • Presenting to group of children about my platform and the Acceptance Project.
  • In the process of publishing my book about Special Needs children, to use for the Acceptance Project Presentation

I decided to merge my platform, which is accepting people with special needs/disabilities for who they are, along with the themes of self-confidence and acceptance of others into one big theme of Acceptance.  I created the Acceptance Project based off these 3 main ideas; Acceptance of yourself, Acceptance of others, and Acceptance of people with special needs/disabilities. The world would be a much better place if everyone is accepted for being who they are, not harassed for being different. We are fortunate to live in a world full of people that are different from each other in all sorts of ways. Further education helping us to understand ourselves, our family members, our peers and people around us will create greater acceptance and respect, and that’s why I created The Acceptance Project.

IMG_2179Today, I presented to the children at the City of Calgary summer camp about my platform and the Acceptance Project. The children there were all between the ages of 6-12. I read several books to them about being friends with kids that have special needs, and about what being special needs means. They were all very attentive listeners and so funny and cute, one girl even greeted me with “Hi Queen Elizabeth!”. I found it very hard not to laugh at that one.IMG_2171

If I were to be crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I would continue further with my work on the Acceptance Project. I would go around and present it to different schools and classes.  When my book is published, I will bring that to use at my presentations, as well as the 2 books I am currently using now.

I hope you learned a bit about my platform! Bye for now,

Rachel

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As many know, it is Stampede time in Calgary! That means a lot of
parades, cowboy hats, bucking broncos, horse shows, and pancake breakfasts. Yeehaw! IMG_0429Luckily, the timing worked out perfectly for my Free The Children raffle, and I was able to get a table at the Ranchlands Stampede Breakfast on July 9. I owe a big thank you to Heather Mudd, Ranchlands Community President for that! She was able to waive the normal 25$ table rental fee, and get me a spot on short notice. I am very grateful to her and the community association for their generosity!  The raffle ran for almost the whole duration of the Breakfast, just short of 2 hours, and I am proud to say that it was a success!

I also want to give a giant shoutout to my sponsors! Thank you so much to…

  •  Ma’at in North Hill, for sponsoring a Gift Card, worth 50$, 
  •  Maple Country, for sponsoring a Dream Catcher, worth 10$, 
  •  Baby&Me store, for sponsoring a Gift Certificate, worth 20$, 
  •  Step Ahead Footwear and Shoe Repair, for sponsoring a Belt, worth 10$,

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    My table!

  • Great Clips Crowfoot for sponsoring a Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Oil set, worth 70$,
  • Daniadown, North Hill Mall, for sponsoring an Accents de Ville Grey Woven Throw, worth 40$,
  • Pet Valu North Hill, for sponsoring a Gift Card worth 10$,
  • Suzanne’s, for sponsoring a Gift Card worth 20$
  • Varsity Pizza and Subs, for sponsoring a Gift Certificate worth 20$,
  • Fresh Blended Coffee and Sandwich Bar, for sponsoring a Gift Certificate worth 20$

P.S: Nationals is in 5 days! Can’t wait!!!

Love,

Rachel, Miss Teen North Calgary 2016

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Picture with the winner, Catherine Z!

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Tyrrell Museum 7891Though the Calgary Stampede is an unbeatable experience, what is there to do if you come at any other time besides July? Well, the Drumheller Dinosaur Museum is just a 1.5 hour drive away from Calgary, and is home to one of the largest displays of dinosaurs IN THE WORLD!!! It is also the only museum in Canada dedicated exclusively to palaeontology, and has many educational and interactive exhibits to help visitors better understand the rich fossil history in Alberta.

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Albertosaurus on display at the Royall Tyrell Musuem!

It all started when Joseph Burr Tyrrell stumbled upon the skull of Canada’s first known meat eating dinosaur in 1884, while working for the Geological Survey of Canada. The skull was estimated to be about 70 million years old, and was found just a few kilometres away from where the Royal Tyrrell Museum stands today. It was brought to the Philadephia Academy of Science and later identified as a Laelaps incrassatus (an Albertosorous).Originally, the location was to only be a science and research facility, but later converted into a public display and gallery as well. In 1985, the year the Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology’s first opened it’s doors, it attracted 500,000 visitors, more than any other year afterwards. On average, it attracts 150,000 visitors annually. It later gained the status of Royal, after receiving the honourable title from the Queen in 1990 .

IMG_0672 The museum is one of my family’s favourite places to visit anytime in the year, even though it isn’t as famous as other tourist attractions, such as Banff National Park. In the winter, we stay warm in the museum, learning about the dinosaurs. In the summer, we take hikes in the heart of the famous badlands, the place where many of the fossils in the museum were found! It is home to over 150,000 specimens, and adds around 2,000 to that collection each year. This museum is also unique in the fact that it houses archeologists inside, IMG_0662and you can observe their work in progress and what goes on behind the scenes! Did you know that it can take years even for one fossil to be done preparing and polishing and set out in museum? With 9 different exhibits to visit, each time you’ll be sure to learn something new!

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Me and my brother in 2011, sitting with our new friend!

 

If you’re a person who likes camping, there are great campgrounds there as well! If you’re a person who likes camping, but simply doesn’t like packing (like me lol), don’t worry, there’s an option for you too! Glamping, or luxury camping sites are available, complete with spacious floor plans, furnished floors, air conditioning, and riverfront views.

If you ever come visit Alberta, I hope to see you at the Royal Tyrrell Museum!

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Posing in our dresses!

Yesterday I had fun with Stacey and Mannat modelling Mexican dresses in the Calgary Stampede Parade! The Stampede is a  tradition over 100 years old in Calgary, and a great way to get back to our western roots. I woke up (with difficulty) bright and early Friday morning, shoved down some cereal, carefully buttoned up my costume, and rushed to get to the parade before  7:30. Walking in the IMG_2059parade brought back many happy memories from having attended this parade when we first moved to Calgary, in 2007. Even back then, little 6 year old me had been in awe of the pretty confident pageant girls, smiling and waving from floats. Little did I know that I would later be one of them!

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With Doug Rogers, former Canadian Olympic competitor, and his bull Wild West Willy!IMG_0352

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I am very happy to celebrate the cultural diversity in Calgary (and Canada). Thank you Rosa for the beautiful dresses!

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IMG_0265Beautiful scenery, friendly people, democracy, maple syrup, and hockey. This sounds pretty familiar, eh? In honour of Canada’s 149th birthday today,  I thought I’d share some fun facts about what makes our nation special!

 

Did you know that….

  • Canada has the world’s largest supply of maple syrup?
  • Canada has a feminist leader and a cabinet  of 50% women?
  • Canada has women featured on currency?

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    20$ bill, featuring Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Canada is widely thought to be one of the worlds friendliest countries?
  • Canada has universal healthcare and free emergency care?
  • Canada is the most educated country? Over half of residents are college educated.
  • In Canada, bank notes have braille marks on them for the blind?
  • Every year, over 1 million letters are sent to Santa Claus, to the address go HOH-OHO, North Pole, Canada!

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I am very proud to live in Canada, and you should be too!

 

Also: Miss Teenage Canada is in 16 days!!!! I hope to win the title and honour of representing Canada internationally, and I could not be more excited for nationals to come!

All the best,

Rachel

 

 

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today, I will be sharing with you several interesting facts about myself. After reading this, I hope to have each one of you walk away knowing a bit more about me. So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here are 15 interesting things about me!

  1. I’m a real bookworm! In my free time, you can find me reading anything from romance novels to music history.
  2. I’ve always been the tallest kid in the class. My dad is 6ft 3″ , so even currently at 5ft 10″, there’s still more chance to grow;)
  3. Being tall, many friends and family encouraged me to pursue modelling! Soon it will reach my first year mark. 🙂

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    Me in the January/February Issue of Branded YYC, the local magazine! Many thanks to the team that made this possible. :)

  4. My dream is to be a criminal defence lawyer, and attend school at McGill University.
  5. I can’t stand eating chocolate chip cookies. ❌
  6. I absolutely lovemike-posner-by-meredith-truax Mike Posner and his music! His lyrics are beautifully written, honest and true. My favourite song by him is “Be as You are”, a song about staying true to yourself.
  7. My favourite sport is volleyball, but I am also involved in tennis, swimming, skiing, and dance. I believe it is important to start living healthy now at a you
    ng age, to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle for years to come.
  8. I’ve been a Christian since three. God and the Church have been a source of guidance for me from a young age, and I am thankful to have a very supportive family as well. ✝Cross-FS
  9. I’m an absolute sap for romantics and happy endings. In movies, books, everywhere! You can catch me balling at any bit that’s even remotely heartfelt or touching.
  10. I’m very smiley 🙂
  11. I love people watching. One of my favourite things to do is sit on city transit and just watch what goes on around me.
  12. I make lists for literally everything. No joke!
  13. I’m a music geek. Actually no, scratch that, I’m an all around geek lol. I live for science fairs and math competitions. Recently, I received a certificate of distinction from the University of Waterloo for outstanding performance in the 2016 Gauss Mathematics contest!
  14. I love school! I’m always interested in learning as much as I can. 😊
  15. The person currently alive I find most admirable would be Nick Vujicic. Nick is a Christian evangelist born with phocomelia, a rare disability characterized by
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    Nick Vujicic, a Christian Evangelist born with phocomelia, which is the absence of limbs.

    the absence of limbs. However, he  has a small foot attached to his left hip, which enables him to play football, golf, surf, and write! He lives by the motto” No arms. No legs. No limits”, which I believe truly goes to show that you can do anything you set your heart to.

 

So I hope you have learned a little something about me! Until next time,

Rachel 💖

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