Arriving at Miss Teenage Canada has felt like a dream come true, I have waited so long and finally getting here was magical. After settling in and getting to know my new roomie (Miss Teenage Northwest Saskatchewan) we headed off to the Sponsor Party!!! This took place in the meeting room at the Edward Village Hotel in North York, near 7:30pm. This date August 7th, 2017 will definitely go down in history.

Making new friends at the sponsor party!

We all sat down and were welcomed by Alice – Miss Toronto World, Rob from Street Chic, and Michelle, our pageant director! After the introductory, we were set off on our own to get our new sashes and check out the sponsor tables!

Trading in my sash.

I love my new Ontario sash. Seeing all of the girls from different provinces with their sashes are amazing as well! There are 59 contestants in total, and my number is 37.

First up on our sponsor table was Nine West! They are graciously providing heels for us to wear during our competition. They were on display, but we are getting them some time this week! Can’t wait to call them my own. 🙂 

Nine West!

All of the sponsors for Miss Teenage Canada are small to medium sized businesses, that truly see the value in supporting pageants. They are truly more than meets the eye.

Next up on the sponsor table we had Rob himself working the Archer Dental table handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste to all of the delegates. All provided by the famous Toronto dentist; Dr. Natalie Archer – Dr. Archer is big on empowering women through sciences which makes her perfect for a sponsor. 

If you read my last blog you would have known that I wrote an article for Street Chic! Street Chic’s own Lilly Lao was there. Lilly and her team published over 30 blogs written by the Miss Teenage Canada delegates. She also provided us with some gorgeous ear rings. Her magazine is definitely one to look out for. If I were to give her one piece of advice regarding her magazine I would say that promoting is the biggest thing you can do! Buy out some ads online or in downtown Toronto and show everyone the true beauty of Street Chic!

HERE is a link to my article.

Dahlia DeSouza from UpToTheTime Watches was also present, at her sponsor table there was gift bags with a piece of jewellery inside! I received a rose gold necklace. I took a photo with the watch I would like to win and am now waiting to see how the rest of the week unfolds!

The watch I love from Uptothetime!

One of my favourite parts of the night was singing karaoke and playing the ukulele at Judy’s sponsor area! Judy is a music teacher at Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga. The delegates were invited to part take in a #MTCSongSelfie challenge where we would record ourselves performing and post it on Instagram. The lucky winner with the most likes gets a free wireless microphone! 

Now, if you’ve noticed me or the other girls using the hashtag #MTC2017 recently, it is to win the social media portion of the pageant. Thanks to apps like Hashtagio , we can track posts. Hashtagio is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom, and we are encouraged to Hashtag MTC2017 on everything! If you wanna see some of the behind-the-scenes action click HERE! 

Last but certainly not least on the sponsor train was Super Adorbs! Unfortunately, I was late to getting to the table and did not receive anything from them but here is what I’ve heard! Each individual accessory will make any outfit POP! Built with feminine style for individual expression. 

It was a fantastic first night filled with cake and pizza and making new friends! I most certainly cannot wait to see what the rest of the week brings me.

All of my goodies!

Yummy!

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I can officially say that I am a published journalist in the Canadian magazine Street Chic! The journey to get here, however was a lot different than I expected it to be. First of all, finding people willing to participate was a challenge. I approached any fashionable person (males and females) and said “Hey! My name is Kaitlyn, Miss Teenage Waterloo Region. Nice to meet you. I am going to be competing for Miss Teenage Canada in a few days, and a part of that is writing a magazine article for Street Chic that is all about local Canadian fashion! Is this something you’d be interested in?” I got more no’s than yes’s, but the ones that said yes were definitely model material.

The Pandora bracelets and rings on Chloe!

Secondly, really getting to know the people photographed. I expected it to be a quick 1, 2 what are you wearing?! But I got to know the in-depth person that each of them are. In fact, Brianna (one of my models) is transferring to my school this year! So I definitely made some new friends. Really sitting down and getting to know a stranger is something we don’t do often enough. They all had unique stories of their lives and I couldn’t imagine myself going up to them in any other circumstance, but now I think I will be a more open person and try to talk to new people wherever I go.

Brianna, one of my models.

Lastly, my eyes were opened about brand name clothing. The moral of the story for my article is don’t go broke trying to impress others. Fashion isn’t about the price of the clothing, it is all about knowing where to look. Names like Winners, Ardenes, and Reitmans were thrown around often. Affordable brands and one hell of an outfit!

Kimberly in her Frank-Lyman beaded white dress.

Please take a read at my full article HERE! 

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One. Week. Today. That’s one week until Miss Teenage Canada! To celebrate my 7 months of Miss Teenage Waterloo Region I had a photo shoot in the beautiful Port Severn, Ontario! (Thank you mom, you’re the best)

Here are a few of my favourite shots:

Also, I have exceeded my goal of raising $400 for Me To We- Free The Children! I am so thankful for everyone who donated, it is so greatly appreciated. It feels amazing to do something that will benefit the lives of children around the world!

I am ready to make the Waterloo Region proud, and can’t wait until 30 years from now when I can tell my future children that I was a national delegate!

Cheers for now!

  • Kaitlyn

 

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The Region of Waterloo is a very special place made up of the tri-cities. Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. There are several little cities piled up in between the three as well.

So what makes it so special?

This is home to over 583,500 people, and around 91,970 of the residence here in the region are college and university students from around the world. So with having so many cultures and students from kindergarten to college / university, there are so many amazing places to visit and spend the day at in our region for all ages!

I asked some of my friends and followers living in the area what their favourite thing to do around town was and here are a few of their responses:

  • “The absolute best thing to do in Hespeler (Cambridge) is go out for ice cream on Queen Street to Indulge and then walk down to the Speed River, watch the falls, and make new friends!” – ME!
  • “Kitchener is a shopping town. Seriously it’s dangerous, I enter Fairview Mall or St. Jacobs farmers market and before I know it I’ve spent my entire pay check!” – Saba
  • “Waterloo is so multi-cultural that you can go into town and find every kind of food, music, dancing, etc, that you love! That is definitely where I could spend an entire day and never get bored.” – Kimberly
  • “Sky-zone in Kitchener, and Core climbing gym in Cambridge are the best to me.” – Cameron
  • “Chicopee Ski Hill in Cambridge! Even in the summer they have zip lining and camps, its amazing.” – Evan

Enjoying an ice cream from Indulge!

St. Jacobs around Halloween!

During the KW Multicultural Festival!

The SkyZone pit!

HPS Chicopee Day!

No matter the weather there is something for you to do and see! I hope one day you all get a chance to spend a day in the best region in the world! And if you have already been, leave a comment and share with me what your favourite thing to do in Waterloo is.

See you soon!

Indulge Ice Cream, Fairview Mall, St. Jacobs Farmers Market, SkyZone Kitchener, Core Climbing Gym, Chicopee Ski Hill.

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Nothing can truly prepare you for the loss of a loved one. No matter how old, no matter how sick they may be, it is going to hurt, a lot.

Two weeks ago, I went to visit my Nanny. At that point she had had cancer for about 3 years. Her entire body was made of cancer. The most amazing thing happened though, she felt absolutely no pain. The cancer was blocking her pain receptors which allowed her to live her life as she normally would. A true miracle from god. But she took a turn for the worst and was admitted to a round-the-clock care facility. She hated being there. We hated seeing her there.

The last time I saw her was a week before she died. She told us all how much she loved us. I took her hand and told her that she was my good luck charm as her 90th birthday would have been August 12th (the night before crowning at Miss Teenage Canada). I know she loved me and my brother so much. She was truly an angel on earth, and now she is the angel on my shoulder.

In England I lit a candle for her in Westminster Abbey, I said my prayers, and I just knew you were smiling down on me from heaven. Rest in peace Nan, I know that this isn’t a goodbye, but a see you later. I am going to do this for you. My 100% all in this competition, and in everything I do in life.

I miss you so much Nan. I know you are dancing in heaven with all of the butterflies and frogs you can imagine. I love you.

“I said a prayer for you today and
know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart
although He spoke no word!
I didn’t ask for wealth of fame
(I knew you wouldn’t mind).
I asked Him to send treasures
of a far more lasting kind!
I asked that He’d be near you
at the start of each new day;
to grant your health and blessings
and friends to share your way!
I asked for happiness for you
in all things great and small.
But it was for His loving care
I prayed for the most of all!”

“Those we love must someday
pass beyond our present sight…
Must leave us and the world
we know without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle
their lovely light will surely shine
to brighten up another place
more perfect… more divine.
And in the realm of Heaven where
they shine so warm and bright.
Our loved ones live forevermore
in God’s eternal light.”

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I am so happy to announce to you that I have received my third sponsor! A massive thank you goes out to Wilk & Wilk Orthodontics in Cambridge. My brothers and I all had our braces from Wilk & Wilk as young ones and now we all have perfect pearly whites. It is so good to have a sponsor with a family connection. Every single employee is always so happy and completely awesome! Not only do they offer braces, they offer invisalign, customised mouth guards, and many more amazing things. Great people and great results.

 

Check them out at their two locations:

Cambridge and Oakville

Want to know more? Click here to visit their main website. 

My fundraising for Free The Children has been going extremely well! I am well on my way to reaching my goal. I want to thank everybody who has contributed so far and I welcome you to donate as well! I still have my GoFundMe page up and running, if you wish to donate even $5 please click HERE! 

P.S Wishing all of my big sisters at Miss World Canada this week the best of luck and the most of fun! Only a matter of days until Miss Teenage Canada as well. 🙂

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Well hello everybody! I have just arrived back home from a 12 day trip overseas to the gorgeous London, England. And I have to tell you, it was completely magical. Everyday we did something new and exciting! We ended up going almost everywhere in the country that a typical tourist would go.

          

When I was 6 months old my grandfather passed away, he was born and raised in England and that was where my granny met him. I never got a chance to really meet and know him but just being in England and seeing everything he would have seen, learning the history of each town and place we went really connected me with the man I wish I could have known.

                      

I recommend you all visit the UK at one point, there are so many things to see and do. And to think that I was entering Abbeys and Cathedrals that are hundreds of years old is mind blowing to me. You don’t see things like that back home because after all, we just turned 150!

            

I will spare you the details but here are a few of the trips highlights:

  • Going to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to see ‘Twelfth Night’
  • Visiting Big Ben, Parliament square, and Westminster Abbey and lighting a candle for my Nanny
  • Boating on the Thames
  • Tower of London
  • Happening to be at Buckingham Palace on the State Visit for the King and Queen of Spain! (Seeing the Royal Family in person)
  • The London Eye
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge / Avebury henge
  • Visiting Bath and seeing the Roman Baths
  • Hampton Court Palace where we watched jousting
  • And visiting Madame Tussaud’s

                                                                                                                    

Well that was my life in pictures, it’s been a really good one. I cannot thank my family enough for bringing me over and truly giving me the trip of a lifetime. xx

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The end of June and early July have been crazy busy for me! It was my 16th birthday, I had dinner at the CN Tower, I got my G1, my little brother graduated grade 8, my school year and exams are over, and I have begun packing for my trip overseas to England! Recently (as told in my last blog post) my friends and I had a charity BBQ for the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, and last week I went to the Haven House shelter and dropped the money we raised off. The shelter had to close down 26 beds due to lack of funds and I feel as if right now is the perfect time to donate if you have anything.

Well now it’s July! Where has the year gone? It feels like just yesterday I was crowned Miss Teenage Waterloo Region, and now there is only a mere 41 days until a lucky girl gets crowned Miss Teenage Canada! I have been practising my walk and poses everyday, working out everyday, practising my song everyday… that is everyday except July 1st! Canada Day, the big Canada 150. My family had a bunch of amazing friends up for the long weekend, we were dancing and singing and swimming in the lake all weekend long. I can honestly say that Canada is the best and most beautiful country in the entire world. When I go to England, I will proudly wear the Canadian flag on my back. In fact if I go anywhere in the world, that is what I do. It is truly impossible to define what it means to be a Canadian, but if I had to pick one word to describe all of us it would be kind. I believe that this year is especially important to run for Miss Teenage Canada because it is the sesquicentennial year since confederation, and one day being able to say to your grandchildren that you were MTC for Canada 150!

Other than this weekends shenanigans I have locked down on my charity work for the Me to We foundation Free The Children! If you would like to help me, help others, click HERE to donate! Any amount helps, there is no such thing as a donation to small.

Well I hope all of you fabulous Canadians had an amazing long weekend full of fun, and if you want to keep up with me you can follow me on instagram, twitter, and facebook.

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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!

Contact the WCSWR here

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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 🙂

Check out La Creme here:

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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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