Day 1 of Miss Teenage Canada was a success! My roommate and I are starting to get close already. The girls I have met and talked to are all so phenomenal in so many ways. Not only are these women beautiful, but they have amazing bubbly personalities that make it so easy to approach anybody. The staff crew is very helpful with instructions and answer any questions that we have. I would love to give a shout out to Michelle, Christi, and Sami who graciously direct and assist each delegate to the best of their abilities. Today, August 8th, is my birthday and I wouldn’t want to be spending it with anybody else!

Now for the sponsors:

The first sponsor that I would like to mention is Nine West Shoes. They have to give 59 delegates with different size feet, the same pair of shoes. This means that there are shoes shipping in from all over. It is so amazing that the company decided to help out such an amazing cause. Because of them, all delegates get a comfy pair of heels to rock on stage in their bikini and opening number. Thank you Nine West!

The next sponsor is Up To The Time jewelry. They have an amazing range of earrings, necklaces, and watches. Each delegate got their own necklace and we got the opportunity to win one of the watches. How it works is you take a picture with the watch you want, and should you win the title of Miss Teenage Canada, you win the watch of your choice! Thank you Up To The Time for your generosity!

Another sponsor that visited was the head dentist from Archer Dental. He gave each delegate a loot bag filled with dental supplies such as toothpaste and a toothbrush. The dentist also socialized with all of us and he was very nice! His aura was very positive and his enthusiasm encouraged me to compete in the music challenge. Thank you Archer Dental!

Speaking of the music challenge, I’d like to give a shout out to Wandering Minstrel Music School for hosting the MTC music challenge that I competed in. I did not compete to win the prize of a cordless microphone, but to break the ice between me and the other delegates. This was my moment to show everybody my personality, so me, another Ontario, and Alberta sang ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ by Hannah Montana. We aren’t very good singers but we can dance and know how to get a crowd going! Thank you to WMMS!

Another sponsor was a local shop in Toronto called Super Adorbs that donated many goodies such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories. I got a cute furball that I attached to my purse so I can carry around some MTC with me everywhere I go. Thank  you to this small business for supporting us!

The final sponsor is Golden Glamour Goddesses which is a beauty studio that does spray tans, eyelash extensions, and other services as well. Each delegate recieved a bar of soap and their body butter. They also have a competition where you take a picture with a product and you can win an entire set of their products! Thank you to Golden Glamour Goddesses for giving us such amazing products!

This concludes the blog of our first MTC experience, the sponsorship party! I can’t wait for what’s in store the rest of the week.

Posing with the Nine West sponsor shoes

Beautiful Uptothetime watch!

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Everyday I am blessed to wake up in such a beautiful country- Canada. Canada is beautiful in so many ways. The diverse range of nature we have is so breathtaking that no other country can compare to it. The range includes snow capped mountains in British Columbia to beautiful yellow spring flower fields in Alberta. I am fortunate enough to live in the amazing province of Ontario. Although I love this province as I have lived here for most of my life, I was actually born in Edmonton Alberta and resided there until I was 3 years old.

I currently live in Sudbury, which is the hotspot of Northern Ontario. The population of Sudbury was approximately 164 689 in 2016 and it continues to grow rapidly as we have a lot of construction taking place to expand our city. In this blog post I will be focusing on the beautiful scenery of my entire province, Ontario. I have traveled Ontario far-and-wide and I am excited to share my experiences in each of these places.

The first location that I want to elaborate on is my hometown, Sudbury. Although Sudbury often leaves me extremely bored because of the lack of activities, I’ve still learned to love this city. Our boarders expand to 3 228 km² and we have over 230 lakes, meanwhile Toronto (not the GTA) is only 630 km² and only has Lake Ontario (aside from rivers and creeks). The outskirts of Sudbury are great for urban lovers because you can have acres of land to yourself. The only downside of having such a large city is that we have little amount of people within the 3 228 km² meaning that it is common for us to drive 45 minutes to see our friends. With all the lakes we have, Sudbury has many beautiful hangout spots to swim and go fishing. One of my favourite is the Laurentian Conservation Area because they work so hard to keep their environment clean, so I feel safe when I am there.

Another place in Ontario that is worthwhile to share is Ottawa. This year, I was given the amazing opportunity to go to their Canada 150 celebration and it was really an eye opener on how I view this country. Canada is not only beautiful because of its amazing scenery- Canada is beautiful because of the people within. Canadians are whole-hearted people who don’t judge on race, orientation, religion, etc. In today’s society, it becomes harder to find the ‘perfect person’ but Canadians are already one step ahead.

In Ottawa I visited many historical sites that helped shape Canada to how it is now. I had the pleasure to stand on Parliament Hill while wearing my crown and sash and I felt honoured to have such an amazing opportunity of representing Ontario (and even better, Canada). I also got a chance to shake Justin Trudeau’s hand! My family and I later took a cruise on the canal where I got to see Ottawa as a whole and where I saw the Trudeau house. One of my many observations over the weekend was that Ottawa is very diverse in culture. In my hometown, it is diverse but the majority of people are Caucasian. It was very nice to see that a lot of the people were immigrants from other countries and got to experience being in the best country in the world.

Like most people, I would rather be living in California right now. Sadly that idea is very out of reach. Instead, I’ve taught myself how to make the best of living in Sudbury by realizing that I am so fortunate to live in an amazing country. Sudbury may not have the tallest buildings or the best stores, but in my heart, Sudbury is home- and home is the place where you’re safest and happiest. In the future I will experience many different walks of life and I’m satisfied with where I have grown up- I would not have done it any other way.

Many people were here (Laurentian Conservation) on this beautiful day to try canoeing and paddle boating.

This was taken in a trail by my house where I always bring my dogs. This creek is known as junction creek and I have been in it before to help clean out the waste.

Took this photo my first day in Ottawa. I look forward to seeing the sign like this in Toronto.

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For the past 4 years, I’ve gotten the opportunity to spend the day fishing with some Police Officers from Greater Sudbury. The event is held at Whitewater Lake in Azilda where the Police bring all their boats and fishing equipment that they generously donate to all the children.

The children who attend this event are all in low-income families. This year, there were many kids who moved here from Syria and Africa and were fishing for the first time. It is so wonderful that the Police put on this event each year because it allows for the youth to experience and learn wildnerness skills, as well they give the kids a large tote with items such as tackle, bait, water bottle, stickers, and a brand new fishing rod. The Greater Sudbury Police officers show real consideration and respect for these youth who come from lower-income families and I definitely believe that it will have a huge  impact on how these kids view Police Officers.

The biggest fish caught was a 24-inch pike by one of the girls who had never fished before. I loved watching her experience something for the first time (such as her first boat ride) because her face lit up the entire sky.

I love helping out the kids in my community as I strive to be a good role model for them and enjoy sharing these experiences right along with them.

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A huge part of the pageant industry involves how each delegate plans to make the world a  better place. This is called our platform, on which we educate ourselves relentlessly so that we can spread the empowerment nation-wide. I would like to raise awareness for hearing loss because I suffer from it myself and it has put up many barriers in my life that I would like to educate people about. My goal is for people to understand that hearing loss can be very stressful and we deserve the same recognition as any other disorder.

The story of how I got hearing loss begins in July of 2016. My friends and I drove 40 minutes to a bridge where there was a lake and a rope swing that went from the top of a cliff to the lake. When I tried the rope swing, I let go too late and I lost control- next thing I knew I was underwater and tirelessly kicking to get back up for air. The experience was all fun and games- until the next week came by.

I woke up one morning with extreme ear pain and blood from my ear, so I went to get it checked. The doctor said I had ruptured my ear drum and there was a raging infection. At first I was confused why this would have happened. Then, I remembered that the pressure underwater changes drastically as you go deeper and that going too deep can cause a ruptured ear drum! After 3 weeks of antibiotics, the infection only got worse. In fact, it spread to my face leaving the left side paralyzed and unable to move. The infection had also spread to my mastoid air cells (responsible for hearing) which made it hard for me to hear. For the first couple days that I was admitted into the hospital, my ear was so infected and bloody that the doctors couldn’t see my eardrum when using their otoscope (instrument for viewing ears).

One day, a doctor had the solution to put a tube in the hole in my eardrum to allow the fluid from the inner ear to drain out. I was put under anaesthesia for this operation because the ear drum is very sensitive. A few days passed in the hospital and I was still having bad pains, so the doctor checked my ear to see what was wrong. He saw that the tube was out of place so he decided to fix the positioning of the tube. He got the tube out and put another tube in- this means that he was doing a procedure on me that I should be under anaethesia for. A couple minutes later he told us that the tube fell through the hole in my eardrum and into my inner ear. Having the tube in my ear posed more problems because foreign objects are prone to gaining bad bacteria. I was sent home and I later became a patient at SickKids where I got another surgery to remove the tube.

That is my story on how I got hearing loss. I spent a total of 5 days in the hospital in Sudbury and took 4 visits to SickKids Hospital. The purpose of telling my story is so everybody understands how passionate I am about advocating on hearing loss. I also have exciting plans coming up as I partner with the Canadian Hearing Society! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I promise to never make this long of a post again! 😉

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Sorry about the bad quality and the aggressiveness of the video but this had to be said.SIGN THE PETITION:https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/fix-the-dress-code-2k17.html

Posted by Faith Victoria on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Everyday, girls are sexualized and objectified for wearing clothing that allows them to be comfortable in hot weather. Whether this be shorts or a tank top, no girl should have to be pulled out of class to change their clothing. Classrooms don’t have air conditioning in the hot seasons, yet girls are expected to wear full length pants and shirts. “Short must be mid-thigh”- but absolutely no stores sell those kinds of shorts, fashionable or not. Girls deserve as many rights as boys do when it comes to dressing for the weather. Shoulders and thighs should not be considered too sexual for school and we hope this changes.

To fix this issue I made a petition of which I will discuss with the school board or any authority that can help us fix this issue.

” The purpose of this petition is to allow girls to feel comfortable in their own skin. Girls are inevitably forced to wear warm clothing in summer because they are afraid of getting dress coded/embarrassed for wearing what keeps them comfortable. Girls understand the importance of modesty and professionalism- changing the dress code does not mean allowing clothing of any type. Changing the dress code allows for girls to not feel objectified for showing their skin and allows them to dress according to the weather. Our goal is to change the view of the School Board and hope they consider being more lenient when it comes to dress codes.”

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Hey everyone! I’m Faith and I am this years’ Miss Teenage Sudbury District 2017! My 2 biggest passions in life are learning and modelling. I love to learn about science- chemistry and biology are my favourite subject. I love them so much that although I am in grade 10, I am taking the grade 11 courses! In university I am interested in taking either forensics or psychiatry. Like I said before, I have an interest in modelling. I take modelling classes every Monday where I am educated more on how to pursue my interest as a model. This is the place where all of my pageant knowledge and confidence originated- before it all I could barely walk in heels! I have an amazing group of modelling friends and my coach is one of the reasons I am still pursuing my interest in pageants.

Some of my other hobbies include sports and music. The sports I play are: flag football, gymnastics, volleyball, cross country running, track and field, and soccer. The one I have been dedicated to the longest is gymnastics, but I recently stopped club gymnastics and continued high school gymnastics because as I get older my work load grows. My favourite kind of music is indie pop- artists such as Lana Del Rey, Halsey, and The Neighbourhood. This type of music has meaningful lyrics whereas a lot of music these days just degrades women and uses a lot of profanity. When I was about 7, I taught myself how to play piano just by listening by ear. Ever since, I have been a self-taught pianist, which is kind of ironic because I have had hearing loss for almost a year now.

My goal in this pageant is to just try my hardest and to come home as a better woman than I started off as. This goal is really achievable and I absolutely cannot wait to meet everybody in August! I will be spending my sweet 16 with all the beautiful ladies so I hope this birthday is one to remember 🙂

 Love, Miss Teenage Sudbury District 2017

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