I’ve been trying to think of how to write this particular blog post for a while. I have been so excited to talk about my platform, I just wanted to find the perfect way to do it. I wanted it to be good enough for my lovely readers. I began to stray away from what I was trying to teach others with my platform, and I decided that this post would be a more personal one.

My platform is Self Acceptance and Empowerment, and as much as I’d like to think that I’ve found the secret to living a wonderfully happy life filled with acceptance, I, like the majority of the population, still struggle on almost a daily basis.

Something we all need to remember is that perfection is an illusion. Between taking a photo, and posting it on the internet or publishing it in a magazine, there is a gap dedicated to altering the viewer’s perception of beauty through photoshop. Individuals come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no “ideal” body type. Whether you are a size 2 or 22, you are gorgeous.

Originally I wanted my platform to focus more on individuals like myself, who live, or have lived with physical disabilities whether visible or not. For example, my hip dysplasia, the cause of both of my hip reconstructions, was only visible through a “waddle” I had when I walked, or the forearm crutches I used to help me get around. Now, my only reminder of the past is two fading scars and a small limp when I walk. I wanted to use my experiences to empower other youth who spend a great amount of time in hospitals, encouraging them to understand and believe that their illness or disability doesn’t define them. However, through my last 3 months as Miss Teenage North Calgary, I have been made more aware of the other illnesses and disabilities people face.

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I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression at a young age, and through high school, they both found their way to suffocate any feelings of love I had for myself. It was another huge challenge for me to get out of bed some mornings with the knowledge that I would be plagued with the face of depression yet again. One day, I saw a photo on instagram by an account called Wear your Label They had a shirt that read “It’s okay not to be okay”. This idea slowly began to change my perspective. I eventually no longer felt that my mental illness was my fault, and I slowly stopped feeling the pressure to force myself to feel happy. Through further exploration I found that there was a whole community who was dedicated to empowering individuals like myself, and just how many lives had been changed by this ideology.

I saw the importance of not only empowering individuals with physical illnesses and disabilities, but the mental ones as well. This led to my passion for encouraging others to see themselves in the best way, to love themselves the best they can, and to see how truly incredible they really are.

Emily, Miss Teenage North Calgary 2017

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This past weekend was incredibly busy, from Thursday to Sunday I was volunteering at something new every day! I was so thankful for the beautiful weather Calgary received, after a few nights of brutal wind and rain.

My weekend started off at the Health and Fitness Expo just beside the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Calgary flames. I spent the evening handing out t-shirts to the Marathon runners after they traveled through the expo, eating delicious subway sandwiches, and meeting inspirational people from all over the world. One man I had the pleasure of meeting flew in from California to run his 60th marathon, he was so enthusiastic and passionate about running. Another man was told he couldn’t run anymore after undergoing two hip replacements, so he made it his mission to walk the full marathon. There was one adorable little girl who was staring at my crown as her mum picked up her shirt, and so I offered to let her try it on. The look on her face was one of pure joy, and she giggled the whole time, especially when I told her she looked just like a princess. During my spare time that evening, I was able to wander around the expo in my sash and crown, visiting all of the different booths, entering contests and playing little games they had.

On Friday, I spend my morning at the Calgary Children’s festival! I was at the “Wishing wall” where kids, parents and volunteers wrote their wishes for Canada’s 150th birthday on a strip of a plastic ribbon, and tied it to a wall. My wish for Canada was for more opportunities for the homeless. The kids wished for everything you could imagine. A new puppy, no more war, a longer school year, and more sports. One parent supervising the field trip decided to write a more personal wish for a better head of hair! The children’s festival had so many exciting things for the kids to make and do. Some of the things I saw were sketch artists, costume designing, dance parties and puppet making, which was where I volunteered on Saturday! The tent for puppet making was certainly more busy that the wishing wall. There was a constant line of kids hoping to make one of the adorable puppets. The line went as follows: Get a paper tube and chose some coloured and patterned duct tape to cover it. Glue some googley eyes onto a small ketchup cup for the head and hole-punch the holes for the legs (The volunteers did that part) Now this is where I came in! I showed the kids how to put the legs on their puppet. We used pipe-cleaners, and I showed them how to thread the pipe-cleaners through the leg holes, and guided them as they tried it on their own. Last but not least, they got the head attached to the body, and the puppet string as well! We also provided emergent care for any puppets who had been stepped or sat on.

On my final day, I got to hand out medals with the wonderful Miss Southern Alberta-World. I arrived just in time to give medals to the 5k and 10k runners! It was such a great experience to see the pride on peoples faces as they crossed the finish line, and I could only imagine what running those races meant to some of them. One man I gave a medal to was in a wheelchair. When he saw me he pushed himself slowly out of the chair and asked me for a hug and a picture! I had to help support him as he stood for the photo, and it was such a moving moment for me. I also had the pleasure of giving medals to some dogs who crossed the 5k finish line with their owners. 400 other individuals who I didn’t get the chance to meet signed up for the 150k race, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. While 325 of those people were participating in a relay, there were 75 who signed up to complete the race solo. Each runner or group had around 19 hours to complete the race, although they had to complete the first 100k in 13 hours, otherwise they would be disqualified and couldn’t finish the last bit of the race with the marathon and 50k runners. I don’t know for sure how many actually completed the entire 150 kilometers, but when they called the top 3 solo runners on stage for their awards, the crowd went wild!

A message to the runners,

Whether you ran 150k, 50k, 42.2k, 21.1k, 10k, or even 5k. Be proud of yourself. On Sunday you accomplished something that so many people only dream of doing. You set out a goal, and regardless of what time you crossed the finish line, you crossed it. That alone is a huge accomplishment. So please, be proud, and remember it as a time of courage, determination, and strength. The heat mixed with exhaustion couldn’t turn you away from the idea of finishing the race, and you have walked away with the knowledge of some new great things you are capable of doing. Congratulations.

Sincerely,

Emily

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It’s been a while since my last blog post, so I thought I would write an update about what’s been going on in my life!

About a two months ago, I got my official pageant photos taken by the brilliant Jodi O! She kindly sponsored a photo session, and I absolutely loved how the photos turned out! She was so sweet and passionate about her work which certainly made me feel confident and beautiful. I have also been getting some other pretty awesome donations from my sponsors! I’m holding a silent auction in June,and the generosity from places like Denny’sHome Depot and Ranchlands Dental are really helping to make this all possible

Another exciting thing going on is that I’ve been getting more into modelling! I’ve had a strong interest in modelling since I was about 12 years old, but I was encouraged to wait until I was older. Now that I am 18, so many possibilities are opening up, and I’m so excited to see where this all leads me! A few weeks ago, I did a shoot with Tony Chan, a brilliant photographer who contacted me after being the photographer at our provincial pageant. We planned a photo session together and the photos turned out amazing.
Now most recently, this past Saturday I had an amazing experience in Airdrie at Chinook Winds Park! I’ll start this off with a little back story. I submitted an article to my community newsletter and was very honoured to have it published. Following this newsletter, I received emails from different members of my community wishing me the best of luck in my journey to the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, and how their children, or grandchildren had participated in pageants years ago just like the one I was in. One message in particular stood out to me the most. It was from a lady named Jayne. Jayne has been helping her
daughter fundraise for months so that they could fly to Ecuador to help build a school with the Free the Children or WE charity. We met at our local Starbucks so that we could get to know each other prior to the event. Jayne was genuinely one of the sweetest people I have ever met! She gave me some great fundraising ideas, and shared her experience with the charity and with WEDay. They held their last fundraiser on Saturday and invited me to come out and participate as well as to get my title out there and promote my platform of self-acceptance and empowerment. It was amazing to see so many people come together to raise money for such a great cause! I am so thankful to have such an incredible community support me on my way to Toronto!

That’s all for now! ‘Till next time

Emily

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Today I made my first appearance as Miss Teenage North Calgary 2017, and let me tell you, it was probably the most adorable appearance I’ll make. I spent the afternoon at my old elementary and junior high school visiting with a 1st and 5th grade class! This was the first time since crowning that I had gone out in my sash and crown, and it was amazing. When I attended this school, I was in the library every lunch period helping our librarian with anything I could. So when I was thinking of things I could do with my sash and crown, the first thing that came to mind was to throw it back to junior high and help out in the library again! I called the librarian and we made plans for me to come and read to a first grade class in the afternoon the following day. I was talking to my family about what I would be doing at dinner that night, and my youngest brother asked me to come and visit with his class, so he could show everyone that “the sister who had hip surgery was now a princess.” I thought it was a great idea, and could hardly wait to get started!

The following afternoon, I was sitting in the office while waiting for the grade one students, and I got the chance to talk to some of the teachers about what I was doing. It was so fun being able to talk about my platform and how I won my title!  Eventually, it was time for me to go begin. I walked in the library, smiling and waving at all the little kids who were looking, and picked books called Frog on a log and Knuffle Bunny. The little girls in the library continued to watch me as I talked with the librarian and the teacher who taught me when I was in grade one, who was coincidentally the teacher of the kids I would be reading to! I was introduced as “Princess Emily”. They all listened and giggled as I read, and afterwards we had about fifteen minutes for me to answer their questions. I got the classic “What’s your favourite colour?”, and more regarding favourites, including what my favourite princess dress is, and what my favourite thing to do as a princess was. Of course I told them it was reading to them. When I told them my favourite colour is blue, about half of the students eagerly raised their hand to tell me that their favourite colour was blue too. My favourite question I received from their class was if I lived in a castle, it was so cute! At the end of their library time, the librarian took a group picture, and they all hugged me goodbye. One boy shouted “Princess Emily you’re really pretty!” and after thanking him he giggled with all his friends.

My next stop was my brothers 5th grade class. I talked to them about my platform, and bullying, as well as the pageant itself and how I got my title. Most questions I received were regarding how much money I make for being a princess, and how to become Miss Canada (the student who asked that was teased and corrected by his friends because “It’s Miss TEENAGE Canada”). They were eager to know how I became Miss Teenage North Calgary, and why I chose to enter this pageant. It was great to be able to work my platform into the answer, explaining how I wanted others to know that they are still capable of amazing things despite the differences and setbacks that they might have.

All in all, it was a great first appearance, and I’m so happy I got to make those kids day. I look forward to all my events to come, and all the opportunities I’m going to have to change lives.

Keep on shining,

Emily

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Hey there! Miss Teenage North Calgary at your service. I’m so excited to begin this journey towards Miss Teenage Canada all while representing my city!

To begin, here is a little bit about myself.

I grew up in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta. I spent a lot of my childhood creating, whether through painting, writing short stories, or even making up songs on my piano. My love of music grew through highschool, as I joined a marching band and learned to play the French Horn, Tuba and Marimba. My marching band took me all over Canada, and in 2015, we were given the privilege of being a part of the Canada Day show in Ottawa on Parliament Hill! Just before I began my final year of high school, I was re-diagnosed with a condition I was born with called ‘bilateral hip dysplasia’, and was unable to play my Tuba unless I was in a wheelchair. With the support of my teachers and fellow band members, I was able to complete every performance. I participated in the “Pit” section for field shows (the section of the marching band that
is positioned at the front) and played things such as marimbas, bass drums, and yes, the cowbell. Hip dysplasia meant that my hip sockets never really formed properly and with the constant marching it began to cause me severe pain. In 2016 I underwent two surgeries to reconstruct both my hips. My most recent surgery was just 4 short months ago, and it’s incredible to see how much I was able to accomplish in such a small amount of time! Since my crowning, when I’m not planning fundraisers and signing up for volunteering opportunities, I spend a lot of my time learning new things. Whether learning how to knit a pair of slippers, or learning sign language, even learning all about the surgery that fixed my hips (which is called a ‘periacetabular osteotomy’, and I think that’s super cool). I can always find something that will hold my curiosity. My experience with the surgeries inspired my future career goal of becoming a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. My goal is to help children through very difficult times and to give them a chance while making a difference in their everyday life.

Standing on the stage at the provincial pageant among so many other incredible teens was an experience that will be hard to forget. Hearing my name during crowning made the whole experience even better! I was so proud of all of the girls who went home with a crown that night, but I was also incredibly proud of all the girls who didn’t. Some of the sweetest girls I met that weekend didn’t win a title, but they carried themselves the entire weekend with confidence and elegance. We all walked through those big ballroom doors on Saturday morning with various levels of experience. Some of us, like myself, had no idea of what to expect, and others had years of pageant experience under their belt. During rehearsal there was never a dull moment. The weekend was filled with laughter, excitement and lots of learning. When the 2016 titleholders walked in, we were in awe. They watched our routines while we practiced and gave us pointers following each run, and gave words of encouragement right before we walked on stage! Their support definitely made a difference and I am so thankful for everything they did.

One of my goals between crowning and Nationals is to partner with the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Through my childhood I spent a lot of time there for various reasons, and I want to give back and support the children who are spending a lot of their time there. Through volunteering at the Children’s Hospital, I will also be able to promote my platform! I strongly believe that everyone has a purpose, and that we are all worthy of love and being able to accept ourselves. I want todays youth to grow up knowing that they are capable of amazing things, and to help them reach their full potential. In the meantime, I have quite a few appearances lined up, and I will be posting more about them as they get closer. Be sure to check back frequently for updates!

Yours Truly,

Emily, Miss Teenage North Calgary 2017!

 

 

 

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Hello again my lovelies!

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This will be my final blog post as Miss Teen North Calgary 2016. Oh, where did the year go! It seems like just yesterday that I was walking across the stage of Miss Teenage Canada.  In the short span of a week, I came back with a Top 20 placement, Miss Teen Talent, a full scholarship to Top Model Search Canada 2017, 54 new best friends, and some amazing memories.

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Top 20! Can you find me?

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Your Miss Teen Talent 2016!

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I am very proud to say that I raised over 1000$ for Free The Children and Fort McMurray wildfire relief over the course of my reign.  Thank you to everyone who contributed as little as a dollar to help me reach that goal, i truly appreciate it. It has been a pleasure for me to be able to contribute to these causes, and I hope to do more work like this in the future.

There are so many other wonderful things I experienced this year as a titleholder, I don’t even think I could put them all into words. So here are a few pictures from my favourite ones!

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Alberta Girls at MTC!

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The night I was crowned!

On March 11-12 I will be going back to the Alberta provincial pageant to meet a new round of delegates, some of which will have the pleasure of competing in Miss Teenage Canada! A message to all future titleholders: Be strong, confident, embrace your flaws, and believe in yourself.  As a titleholder, you can reach out to people on a higher platform. Use it! Raise awareness, make your issues known, create the change to see in the world. There will be times where you will feel down and exhausted, but difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.  I am always open to lend a listening ear or a helping hand. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have, through direct message on Instagram. My handle is @rachelbutler1. 🙂

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photo by Jessica Pechet 🙂

 

 

So what’s next? Right now I am focusing on school and sports, but am also exploring the world of modelling! It has been great fun and an incredible experience so far, and am eager to see where it takes me!

I would like to close off by saying thank you. Thank you to my family, friends, sponsors, supporters, Michelle, Christi, and the rest of the MTC-W crew. Without them, none of this would have ever been possible. Thank you all for your continuous support.  💕

Bye for now,

Rachel

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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!

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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

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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!

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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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