I believe that the key to changing the world lies within the youth. My friends Ian, Ryan, Jalen, Kayla and I worked for weeks to make June 11 possible. We travelled Cambridge in search of signatures, donations, and the perfect location which we decided would be Zehrs on Holiday Inn drive. This BBQ was for a foundation very close to our hearts, The Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

The day came and we were all prepared, we had a set goal of $200, and a beautiful display from the WCSWR! The boys cooked hot dogs from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and the girls were in charge of buns, chips, pop, and the money. To say we were successful is an understatement. We raised $535.55! Over double our original goal!

We worked very hard to pull this off, and are so happy to be able to make a difference in our community!

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Woo hoo! On Friday I payed a visit to one of my favourite dress shops in the entire world… La Creme Decor! They graciously sponsored my gown and accessories for Miss Teenage Canada and let me just say… they are absolutely stunning!

I remember first hearing about La Creme 3 (ish) years ago looking for my grade 8 graduation dress, I then bought my gown for the Miss Teenage Ontario competition, and now have mine for Miss Teenage Canada! Seriously, it is near impossible to leave their store empty handed.

If you are in the Waterloo Region area and are still looking for a prom / grad dress or something for a special occasion, seriously they have everything you could imagine. The employees are not only the nicest ladies ever; they will give you the best customer service and I guarantee you will leave feeling confident in that new dress!

THANK YOU so much La Creme and Brittany for organising all of this, I look forward to working with you and the company soon!! I am a very lucky gal 🙂

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BTW- that white dress has pockets! It was a definite favourite of mine, but I ended up going with a different dress. That is a secret until Miss Teenage Canada. 😉

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History class may seem “boring” to some of my peers but I absolutely love it. I love learning about how our world came to be, how our ancestors and even our grandparents used to live. We just started our unit of World War II when my teacher told our class that there was going to be a guest speaker. The class talked amongst ourselves until he said that the speaker was an elderly woman that was a survivor of the Holocaust. The room went silent, all I could think about was the struggles she must have had, and how brave she is to be able to talk to a bunch of high school kids about her past.

Today (May 29) was the day she came in, our class and one other piled into the library and tried to prepare ourselves for what was ahead.  Headie was 15 and living in Romania at the time when she went to an all girls Jewish school. She told us that her only formal education was up until grade 10. She was a sheltered only child, and had no idea that antisemitism and discrimination was even a thing. Before she knew it, her and her friends, family, and relatives were shipped off to the ghetto and before they knew it onto cattle-cars. Headie was shipped off to Auschwitz, the most notorious concentration camp where the most murders happened.  When she first arrived she was separated from her father and mother and forced to get in lines of 5. She didn’t realise then, but it would be the last time she ever saw her parents again. My heart shattered in that moment. I felt like just then I needed to call my parents and remind them how much I love and appreciate them.

When she got to the camp, she was forced into a room, told to strip naked, and had a cold shower with about 15 other women. They weren’t given towels, and it wasn’t just women waiting for them on the other side, it was men too. She said she has never felt more humiliated in her life. The Nazi soldiers shaved their hair and every bodily hair and were given tattered clothes. She was then lead to her “room”, where she shared with several women. No beds, no blankets or pillows, just a dirt, cold floor. Headie said every day there would be role calls where she and the people in her room would have to line up and they would count to make sure nobody escaped or was missing. They weren’t fed for 3 days, and when they finally were she said it looked good from far away but when the first woman in her line took a gulp, she passed it along, and started hysterically crying. Headie was very confused, until she got the bowl. It was muddy water filled with gravel, sand, and small twigs. That is what she ate for 3 months. And if she was lucky, a piece of toast with margarine.

The way people would go to their death or be transferred somewhere was by random selection, and one day Headie’s number was called and she was back on a cattle-car to a different place where she was forced to work 12 hour shifts building ammunition for the army. She told us this place was like luxury compared to the camp she had been in before; it had warm water, bunk beds with a mattress and blanket, and tiled floors. Headie was there for 1 month before it was liberated. She told us to picture winning the lottery, so we all did, and Headie said that herself and the girls were even happier than that.

Headie returned to her hometown after being liberated and was staying with her aunt (her moms youngest sister) who was married to a non-Jewish man so she did not have to go to the camps. They took her in as their own child. A few years later Headie applied for a Canadian visa and was accepted. This is another moment that I can truly say I have never been prouder to be a Canadian. I chose to share her story with you because hopefully I can use my platform to make sure that history never repeats itself. That the world never sees another dark chapter because there is still so much hate and discrimination to people whether that be because of their race, religion, or sexuality. I really hope you read and remember this story so that the next person that says “the Holocaust never happened” can get shut down.

I can never tell you just how much this impacted my life. Headie is one of the bravest people I’ve ever met. I told her this and she held my hand and said “you can be too.” and I think that moment is going to stick with me forever.

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Hey guys! I have received my very first sponsor! I would love to give my thanks to Mike and Anne Eaton of Eaton Realty. Be sure to check out their business if you’re looking to sell your house in the Waterloo Region area. Not only are they incredible business people, they are very kind, and sponsors like them help me so much on my journey to Miss Teenage Canada.  I have been out on the town recently, giving local businesses and big corporations my sponsorship package. I have a very good feeling I will be receiving a few more very shortly! The absolute cutest thing in the entire world happened when I was walking through Queen street; a little girl who was about 3 or 4 years old ran up to me in awe and yelled “princess!” I don’t think I’ve ever seen something cuter. Of course I stopped to talk to her and her mother, it was just a real good time!

In other news, I was a guest of honour at my school’s spring pep assembly! They introduced me in the nicest way possible. They spoke of my past fundraising for Me to We, Cardiac Kids, and my new fundraising for Free The Children. They touched on how I am the teen representative of the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, and made sure everybody could come to me if they needed information on how to leave an abusive relationship. (This was especially important now since the recent murder of a Kitchener woman, was because of a jealous and abusive boyfriend.) After the announcement of my running for Miss Teenage Canada, we had a massive dance party with good music and flashing lights. I feel extremely blessed to know that I have my incredible school to back me up in this pageant. And now everybody knows I’m in it to win it! GO HAWKS!!! 

 

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Photo credits to Maya Sreekumar

 

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I have some crazy good news! Recently I’ve been signed onto an acting agency, McGuin and Associates! And because of this I had the pleasure of working with the very talented mommy to be Jillian Thompson of Instinct Images for some more natural looking head and body shots! This is my dream come true, acting is my passion and is where I want to be in life. It feels as every day I am closer and closer to my destiny.

Some more good news! My school’s rugby season has started up again! Our team came so close to winning it all last year but we sadly came up short 🙁 this year we have an incredible drive for success and hopefully we can pull through! The girls on the team and my favourite coaches are so supportive of me winning Miss Teenage Waterloo Region and have my back for Miss Teenage Canada! I’m so blessed to have the team that I do, we are so close knit and these are the girls I’m going to remember after high school because of how they touched my life.

Now I am a firm believer of pushing myself to my fullest potential, never settling for anything other than my best. And every day I push myself to work a little harder, eat a little healthier, really trying to be the best me that I can be. My mom is my number one fan, she supports and encourages me every day. I can’t thank her enough for everything she does, and so with that I encourage you, to be your own kind of beautiful, and never give up on your dreams. With enough determination and practice, I promise you that you can accomplish anything!

        

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“These women are a lot like dragonflies… they are born into water, have to learn to fly on their own, they are graceful yet fighters, and are as beautiful as ever. This is what I believe all of the women in need of these shelters are.” – Kourtney Beckman (Fund Development Manager at the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.)

Today; Sunday, March 4th 2017 my family and I had the greatest honour of attending the Terrific Tables Wonderful Women event. It was one of the coolest events ever! Upon arriving we had to decorate tables, my family chose a Canadian theme. There were some incredible tables, there was a table dedicated to Princess Leia and everyone was dressed up like her, there was a medieval times table and all I can say is wow there was some serious effort put into each and every table!

The event officially began at 1:30 with the lovely Jennifer Campbell of Country 106.7, 96.7 CHYM FM, and 570 News. She gave a very warm introduction and said some extremely sweet words about myself and Bardish Chagger. Bardish was honestly one of the nicest ladies I’ve ever met, she is a Member of Parliament for Waterloo, and a leader of Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Seriously an impressive woman, I cannot wait to connect with her in the future. Then there was food and stand up comedians, a silent auction, really it was an amazing day all around.

At the end of the night, I got a change to meet Helen Jowett who is the Regional Councillor for the Waterloo Region. And the CEO of the Women’s Crisis Services Mary Zilney. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know it’s going to be incredible.

If you don’t already know, my platform is to end violence against women and working with the Women’s Crisis Services is helping me bring my platform to life. If you want to help be a part of the change or follow any of these amazing women the links are down below!

Kaitlyn (Miss Teenage Waterloo Region)

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Jennifer Campbell

Helen Jowett

Bardish Chagger

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Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Kaitlyn and just recently I have won the title of Miss Teenage Waterloo Region. Just typing those words makes me smile, it’s still a surreal feeling to be the Miss Teen of my region. Anyways, let me tell you more about myself. I am 15 years old (soon to be 16 in June), I have a passion for acting, singing, dancing, and music. Basically anything to do with the arts I am a fan of. After high school I want to go to Ryerson University and get a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and after that or even now hopefully become a successful actress. But for present day I am actively trying to make a difference in my community by getting involved with local events, and the Waterloo region’s women’s crisis services.

My platform for Miss Teenage Canada is to be an advocate for women, and to end sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. I do believe my purpose on Earth is to do something incredible and change the world for the better. But for now I’m just a small town girl who loves people and animals, works her tail off in school and sports, and who comes home to the best family in the world. I cannot wait to share my experiences with you all along the way to Miss Teen Canada, and for the rest of my reign. Hope you stick around with me to see and share these amazing days!

Kaitlyn.

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