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This weekend marks the end of my reign as Miss Teenage Saskatoon. This is so bittersweet, because I truly never want it to end. I knew from the moment I was accepted to compete in regionals that this would be such an amazing experience for me, yet I couldn’t have imagined just HOW great this past year would be. I have grown so much this year, and gained so many useful skills – public speaking, hosting events, and fundraising just to name a few. My confidence levels have soared, as well. I finally feel beautiful in my own skin, and I’ve learned how to love everything else about me, too. All of the aspects of my personality, (even the ones others may consider weird,) are what make me who I am, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. The most important things I’ve gained from the pageant are the friendships and strong bonds with my fellow pageant sisters, along with the many other people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting along the way.
To all of the new delegates and future delegates: this really is the experience of a lifetime. Make the most out of your reign; cherish the memories, appreciate all of your loved ones that support you along the way, but most importantly – have fun. You will always look back on these memories and remember what a blast it all was. Contrary to popular belief, it takes a lot of hard work to compete in pageants, but it’s well worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
Even though this chapter of my life is now over, I will always be proud to say that I was Miss Teenage Saskatoon 2016. This is just the tip of the iceberg for me, and I can’t wait to continue sharing my journey with you all!
Thank you all so much for the love and support you’ve given me throughout this whirlwind year. I can’t express how much it means to me to have such amazing people in my life!
Signing off for the last time,
Miss Teenage Saskatoon 2016 and Miss Teen Scholastic Achievement 2016
The 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!
I flew in from my hometown of Saskatoon yesterday to compete as a delegate. My plane arrived safely (only minor turbulence occurred) at Pearson Airport in Toronto at 10:30 am.
I spent some time at the hotel before the Welcoming Party started, and it was so nice to get to know my fellow pageant sisters!! We had some really good bonding moments; my favourite ones were when we played Heads Up on our phones! Trying to act out what was on the screen was a lot of fun. We shared a lot of laughs together!!
I was so excited to arrive in Toronto. It felt so surreal to me, like it wasn’t actually happening. It felt like I was in a dream. It’s crazy to think that I’m finally here at nationals! I was a little nervous to meet the other delegates because I was worried they wouldn’t like me, but we all hit it off so well. Everyone is so nice, and I already love these girls. We have all helped each other out already, whether it’s straightening our crowns or checking for food in teeth!
I was really excited to meet my roommate for the week here, and I was paired with Samantha Pierre, Miss Teenage Ottawa! Be sure to check out her blog, http://missteenottawa.com She and I make a great team. We have set reasonable boundaries to make sure we enjoy our stay, but don’t annoy the other one! We are already super close, and I am so thankful that I was paired with such an amazing girl!
The Opening Ceremonies didn’t start until 6:30 pm, so it gave all of us delegates lots of time to bond and get settled into our rooms. When we arrived at the ceremonies, the ballroom was gorgeous. There were so many different sponsor stations, and they all had beautiful displays of their products for us to see. It was packed pretty full once all of the delegates were in the room, but the atmosphere was electric; everyone was feeding off of each other’s energy and excitement!
We each received official Miss Teenage Canada ball caps and shirts to wear to events, along with other goodies from our sponsors.
We had so many amazing sponsors at the opening ceremonies, including the following:
This was the first station I stopped at, as all of the bright colours on their table caught my eye. They provided some beautiful pieces of clothing for each of the delegates, all with stunning designs based on art. They even had a full length mirror for us to pose in front of! I chose to take a gorgeous tank top that I fell in love with at first sight. The artwork on it is so amazing; I knew I had to have it. A huge thank you goes out to Nuvango for giving all of the delegates our new clothes!
Check them out at https://www.nuvango.com
Golden Glamour Goddesses
This lovely company provided spray tanning services for the delegates who wanted it at an affordable price! Each delegate received a gift package with a special beauty item in it; mine had a nice body butter in it. Thank you so much for keeping my skin looking and feeling its best!
Check them out at http://www.gggodesses.com
This company that sells sunglasses and reading glasses was so nice to us, generously donating a pair of sunglasses to each of the delegates to keep us looking stylish while protecting our eyes from the sun. I received the black Mirror Framed Sunglasses with Top Bar (#2517), which look amazing and are affordable, too, at only $28.00. Buy them here at https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/mirror-framed-sunglasses-top-bar-2517/
They have such a wide selection of styles, colours, and shapes! Be sure to check them all out at http://www.vpicanada.ca
It’s not an easy feat to teach me sports, and yet, these guys were able to do it! I’ve never played golf in my life, and with some short lessons from them, I was able to actually hit the ball and make it move! The instructors were so good and patient! They treated us like royalty (the crowns make an impact!) and truly made our experience amazing. Our trip to the golf course wasn’t until Wednesday, but they have been great to us since we first met them at the opening ceremony.
I highly recommend going to their golf course to get lessons if you want to learn how to play golf! Visit their website at https://www.bradleeryall.com/ and their other social media platforms; https://twitter.com/ryallgolf https://www.facebook.com/Bradlee.ryall https://www.instagram.com/ryallgolf/
If you are ever looking for a unique chocolate experience, this is the place to go! I didn’t think I would be able to ever find a chocolate bar that was so unique, yet I did! All of the ones I sampled were delicious, but my favourite was the Banana Caramel Cinnamon one. They gave each of the delegates a bag with a bar of chocolate and a box of mini chocolate covered foods. I ended up getting the Banana Caramel Cinnamon one I loved so much along with yummy White Chocolate covered Cashews! Unfortunately, I ate all of it before I could take a picture! I am so grateful that I was able to get their chocolates
Visit them at http://sweetscanada.com/products#!/gourmet-chocolate-bars/c/14936871
The people from Hashtagio supported us all by creating a blogosphere for #missteenagecanada2016, while also giving us some helpful tips on how to improve our blogging and social media skills! Thank you so much! Check them out at http://www.hashtagio.com
We have a few other sponsors who couldn’t attend the opening ceremony, but will be visiting us later in the week, including:
Archer’s Arena (we visited them on Thursday, and had a blast shooting a bow and arrow! Visit them at http://www.archersarena.com/#combat-archery-Toronto)
Fish’d by Edo
Storia PR Inc.
To sum up, I was already having an amazing time by the end of the first night in Toronto. I know the rest of the week will be just as good or better!!
For the second blogging assignment we were asked to make a new banner design for Miss Teenage Canada.
I chose to recreate the logo that the pageant has, but kept it similar.
I changed the logo slightly by switching fonts and making it all pink, adding a pink maple leaf again to show the support for our country!
I chose to add the silhouettes of the crown and girl because they both represent parts of the pageant and what it involves, like wearing a crown.
My special touch to the silhouette of the girl is adding the text “your face here,” to show that any girl can be the next Miss Teenage Canada!
Last but not least, I knew I wanted to incorporate the motto of the pageant, “be your own kind of beautiful,” because the motto was the catalyst for me signing up for the pageant in the first place. It’s important to show that the pageant is all about building confidence and about letting girls be their own beautiful selves!
This assignment was difficult, and I had a few setbacks, but I am happy with the end result, and I hope you all like it, too!
Until next time,
I am so honoured to tell you all about the amazing city I represent. There are so many neat things about it that I am excited to share with you!
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. It is located in the heart of the prairies as shown below.
It is surrounded by many different types of ecosystems, including prairies, forests, swamps, lakes, and more. Saskatchewan is a very diverse place when it comes to ecosystems, and it is one of the things that makes us so special! However, most people know Saskatchewan as a prairie province. It’s true, roadtrips here are usually very boring when it comes to scenery, but at the end of the day, looking out at brightly coloured fields and being able to see for miles is one of the most comforting things to me. Prairies are what I think of when I think of the word ‘home’.
Back to Saskatoon; we are known as the “City of Bridges” due to the large amount of bridges we have in comparison to our size. We need lots of bridges though, simply because we have the South Saskatchewan River running directly in the middle!
Our history consists of settlers coming to live here to learn how to farm, and we became a “Boomtown” during the 1910’s. Our population grew rapidly since we had such perfect farming conditions that the settlers needed, and we have maintained that population well ever since.
There are several places that I highly recommend people see when they come to Saskatoon. The Western Development Museum, The Delta Bessborough Hotel, The Little Stone School, Kinsmen Park, The Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park just to name a few! They all hold so much history, yet still manage to be really fun places to visit.
The best time of year to visit Saskatoon is definitely during the summer, and not just because our winters are extremely cold! Summertime is when all of our major festivals and events occur. Some of my personal favourites are JazzFest, a music festival with various artists performing live; The Fringe Festival, a theatre and street festival celebrating the arts; The Ex, a short event with several carnival rides, live music, and vendors; A Taste of Saskatchewan, an event where people can try samples of infamous foods from various local restaurants; Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, where actors perform 2 Shakespearean plays all summer; and Folkfest, where numerous cultures and religions are represented and allows people to experience the different traditions, performances, and foods these cultures have to offer.
As you can tell, we have so many great things to offer visitors. My personal favourite is Folkfest. It is such a great way to learn about new cultures, not to mention the fact that it is always a blast to go to! There are several different locations throughout the entire city where different cultures are represented, such as Indian, German, Ukrainian, Eastern Asia, and Brazilian. There are buses available that take you between the locations since they are scattered through the city. There are clothes you can buy, as well as food and neat trinkets you won’t find at most stores! It really helps you understand different cultures, and it is always a lot of fun to watch performances of dance and music. It’s never a dull moment at Folkfest; there are always new things to do and learn about! Folkfest makes me so happy, I always look forward to it every year! It’s a great way to celebrate and embrace various cultures that Canadians represent, and I am always so thankful that we have such a diverse community where we can host festivals like Folkfest.
I love Saskatoon, and I am so proud to represent it this year! I’m so glad we are well known for our volunteerism and camaraderie; it allows for amazing festivals and events to be put on each year.
Until next time,
P.S. Some fun tidbits about Saskatoon:
- The Delta Bessborough Hotel is widely known as being haunted, and has been featured in several different books because of it
- We have a drive-thru Perogie Store
- If you’re low on cash, a great way to see some of the festivals is to volunteer
- Midtown Plaza, the largest mall in the city, was once a train station
- Saskatoon was named after berries found growing here, called (surprisingly,) Saskatoon berries. The berries are popular in local dishes
- We are the usual host of Telemiracle, which is a Telethon to raise money for those with health conditions. We are very proud to be the biggest Telethon in the world; we raise more money than any other annual Telethons!
- Rider pride is just as present in Saskatoon as it is in Regina; many fans will drive 2 1/2 hours one way just to see the games!
- We sing “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” louder than anyone else!!
This blog post is very important for me to share with all of you, simply because it needs to be talked about, and it is also very close to my heart.
I will preface the main section of this post by explaining my platform for Miss Teenage Saskatoon and Miss Teenage Canada. I chose to raise awareness for invisible illnesses, both mental and physical. I knew the moment that I was accepted into the pageant that this would be my platform, simply because I have dealt with it personally for years, and I know several others do as well.
Now you may be asking, what are considered invisible illnesses? The answer is simply any form of illness or disability that you cannot see just by sight. There are several types of invisible illnesses, but to keep it short, I will separate these types into simply:
1: Mental and 2: Physical
Most mental illnesses are already invisible, and sometimes people almost expect to not be able to tell if someone is mentally ill. While it may seem like a good thing, since the person with the mental illness will not have to deal with the stigma of looking different from everyone else, it can turn out to be deadly; when a mentally ill person is invisibly ill, no one may think to check up on them and help them turn to professionals that can help them, which could possibly lead to the mentally ill person committing suicide.
Invisible physical illnesses, however, are much more difficult. Most people expect to see someone who has a physical illness and be able to tell right away that they are indeed sick. Media and society has told us that someone is only physically ill if it is glaringly obvious. That couldn’t be more wrong. However, those expectations of what sick people look like are still ingrained, believe it or not, even some doctors believe the stereotypes! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by doctors that I can’t possibly be as sick as I claim I am because I’m able to smile.
People with invisible illnesses (or Spoonies*) are so incredibly strong. We are able to go through extreme amounts of pain and still carry on with our lives! We have wicked high pain tolerances, which confuses doctors quite a bit. If any of us go into the ER, they don’t understand how someone can be in such severe pain and still be able to smile, talk, and walk. The Spoonie pain scale is generally much different than the pain scale healthy people live by.
If it is hard for a doctor to tell if someone is sick, imagine what the people around you are able to see. 9 times out of 10, no one can tell if I am sick, simply because I am used to hiding my pain/sickness. When you have an invisible chronic illness, you learn to adapt to the pain/sickness because you can’t afford to stay in bed for the rest of your life. You learn ways to move around, you learn ways to do your daily activities, you learn how to hide your pain because you can’t go around doubled over all of the time. It’s not easy learning how to hide it, and it is exhausting, but you learn how to adapt since you have no other option. When you are able to tell that someone you know with an invisible physical illness isn’t feeling well, chances are that the pain/sickness is so severe that they are too physically exhausted to keep hiding how they really feel.
*To read more about my personal story of invisible illnesses, see blog post titled “Invisible Illnesses Part 2”. Be sure to check out my blog post “Spoonies – What Are They?” as well!
The weekend of May 28-29th was very busy, but I had a blast and I really want to share it with you!
I went to Lethbridge to find dresses for nationals, and when I got there, Angeline McDonald arranged for me to make an appearance at the first annual Jumpstart Canadian Tire Car Show! I got to make a short speech about myself and the pageant in front of everyone, as well as hand out the prizes personally! (Side note: this was my first public appearance with both my crown and sash!) Everyone there was so friendly, and I really enjoyed walking around and talking to those who attended. There were some absolutely gorgeous cars, motorcycles, and trucks there; it gave me ideas for paint jobs I can do when I get my first car!
I want to share a very special story I got to hear from one of the winners of the car show.
His name was Lawrence, and he had entered with a beautiful purple truck from the early 20th century. He shared with me that he had finished remodeling the truck in memory of his son, who started working on the truck with him years before. His son was diagnosed with cancer when he was six, and given one week to live, but he miraculously lived another 20 years before passing away. This story brought tears to my eyes, and I knew I had to get a photo with him to remember this touching story. I am so happy that he was able to win one of the prizes and dedicate it to his son.
I am so grateful that I got to meet this sweet man and listen to him; I wouldn’t be able to hear stories like his without making appearances and interacting with people!
That was just one of the many amazing moments I had that weekend, and I look forward to many more in the future!
Until next time my lovelies,
Hello everyone! My name is Aneurin (pronounced ah-NYE-rin,) and I am pleased to be your new Miss Teenage Saskatoon! I am so happy to have been awarded this title; I’m proud to be representing such an amazing city! I have lots of exciting events that I am planning for throughout my reign. I love doing public events and interacting with people!
Some fast facts about me:
– I am 18
– I have been an actor for my entire life
– I love to sing, play the drums, and listen to music
– I love to draw and create art
– I love writing poems and short stories
– I have always been fascinated with weather and space, and will be taking courses on both subjects in university
– I am a HUGE Beatlemaniac
– I am a certified nail technician
– my platform is to raise awareness for invisible illnesses, both mental and physical
This year is going to be so much fun, and I am super excited to tell you all about it! I will be updating this blog regularly, so stay tuned!
Until next time my lovelies,