Sam painting my arms :)On May 30th I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. At the RMH I and some of my fellow pageant sisters had an amazing time playing crafts with kids and family members with those who suffer from cancer.  We played outside to soak up some vitamin D, painted, played lego and took many silly pictures! The house holds 73 families and it’s truly incredible the hard work and effort that was made to make the house really feel like a home for those who are suffering whether it be a sick child or their family. The kids were so excited to meet us all and they called us princesses! One of my favourite parts was when I got to put my sash and crown and make the girls feel like they were princesses just like us!  This experience was an unforgettable one and we all had such a good time!

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Thank you so much to Leah Baynes-Bettger from Royal LePage Real Estates and Lanaya Flavelle Photography for being my first sponsors ! Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Had an amazing photo shoot on May 3rd! Thank you soo much to Lanaya Flavelle for her amazing work! She has been on my modelling journey from day 1 and has taught me so much as a model! Thank you for all your hard work..  I can always count on you. :)  You can see all the photos on my facebook page…. www.facebook.com/missteenagecoquitlam2015

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On May 2nd I attend the Daffodil Ball held by the Canadian Cancer Society. At this event I helped lead people to their spots and show them around. This event was held in Vancouver and it was a silent auction and dinner gala. I had an amazing time volunteering and I hope to attend next year! 

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Hello everyone! I’m incredibly sorry I haven’t been posting much but I’ve come down with a terrible cold. I’m a day late but I just wanted to  say Happy Mental Health week! Mental Health is my platform and from going through my own mental health issues; I know what it is like to be at your lowest point in life. My mental health almost cost me my life but you don’t have to loose yours. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Hopefully stigma will end around mental health and we become more aware and not hide this illness anymore.

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March 16th was my first appearance as Miss Teenage Coquitlam! I recently became a volunteer for SHARE Society which revolves around mental health. As a victim of mental health; I know what it is like to be at your lowest point in life. By volunteering for SHARE, I hope to be the change in mental health and to end the stigma that comes with it. I was super excited when I got the email that I would be helping out with the Kids Bubble Party! We spent the afternoon at Rocky Point Park. I was very happy with the turn out of kids who came! We enjoyed the clown, pizza, juice boxes and bubble. Can’t wait to volunteer at their next event! :) 

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On March 16th I helped out at SHARE’s kids bubble party! SHARE is an organization that helps raise awareness for mental health. At this event we had pizza, enjoyed the company of the clown, blew bubbles and listened to some cool tunes. I was extremely pleased with the turn out and everyone had a blast! I’m excited to be an offical SHARE volunteer and cannot wait for my next event with them. :) 

 

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Melissa is a grade 11 student  in Coquitlam, British Columbia where she was born and raised.  She has been dancing since she was five. Melissa is passionate about dancing. She’s competed in ballet, jazz and acrobats in groups, duos and solos. She enjoys volunteering at Church and Community events to help others. Melissa’s platform is to raise awareness for mental health. Her goal is to convince the government to supply more psychiatric beds in the Fraser Health Region and to re-open River View hospital.

In 2014, she volunteered at I STAND for Youth Mental Health sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association. In this event, youth learn to cope with their own struggles, how to help friends and family who might be struggling and listen to presentations from young people who share their stories.

She is currently fundraising to raise money for Share Family and Community Services where she intends to volunteer to further the cause for mental health awareness. Since 2008, Melissa volunteered at community dinners for less fortunate members of her community through her Church. She has participated in the Relay for Life to fundraise for Cancer research. This year, Melissa plans to continue fundraising with her team of 12 friends and family at the Coquitlam Relay for Life. Her team is sponsoring Leigh, a breast cancer survivor.

Melissa chose to sponsor Leigh because she inspires her to move forward and to know that no matter how bad life gets “you can choose how you want to be treated and how you will treat yourself. Sometimes we need a wake-up call to take better care of ourselves through diet, exercise, stress management and a better attitude and effort towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Since 2013, Melissa has been active in her school community as a peer tutor for the Special Education Department. She supports students with learning difficulties, helping them learn skills to become more independent and integrated both in school and in their community. When asked about Melissa, the students she helps out say Melissa is “super cool” and they enjoy having her around.

When asked who inspires you, Melissa smiles when she talks about Audrey Hepburn. On the wall in her room, she has several quotes. She wanted to share one of her favorites;

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”

After high school, Melissa would like to become a registered nurse because she loves helping people and she’s always wanted to work in the medical field. Melissa sees herself working in an Emergency Department. Her ability to remain calm and rational in stressful situations will be an asset to any hospital team.

As a Title Holder, she envisions herself being exposed to public speaking appearances; something she says will be stressful. This will help her prepare for her job as a Nurse by teaching her coping skills she will need when under pressure.

 

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Well everyone, I finally made it to Toronto!! The first few days here has been fun and exhausting, to say the least. We’ve already had a photo-shoot, video shoot and our preliminary judging interview that is worth 20% of our score. We also went toExtreme Fitness Gym in Downtown Toronto where we were filmed by CityTV while doing one of Stefanie Joanne’s #F31WORKOUT.

On July 15th we had the honour of listening to 4 motivational speakers for our Mentor Night. Below I will share a bit about them and what I’ve learned from their speeches.

Dr. Natalie Archer

Dr. Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001. Dr. Archer continuously emphasized the importance of advance planning. Although she emphasized this, she also explain that you must always expect to make unexpected changes in your plan, but what is most important is that you always have a plan. Her key points on life and success are as follows:

1. Society needs female figures to be in power. It is essential that women control their own destiny and become leaders.

2. About 38% of women are main breadwinners in their household, but what is even more important is the relationships that woman maintains within her lifetime.

3. The importance of women having children as soon as she is ready and able. Dr. Archer states that having children should a priority before it becomes too late.

4. Question things that don’t seem right.

As a  successful person herself, Dr.Archer has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist, and her shared advice will be cherished.

Melani Chong

Melani is a Canadian Ford Model, a chemist, a successful buisness owner and
mom of two children. She developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that she says were inspired by her desire to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in popoular consumed skin care products.

The words that stuck with me the most that Melani said were “don’t forget the number of opportunities out there and all the conversations still waiting to be made.” She related her experience with modeling and how she grew a love for skin care and makeup, with the fact that there is always room to grow and change your mind on what you want to do with your life. Melani went on to share with us, her favourite quote by Socrates:

“Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.”

She further explained that there is always room for growth and learning, even for those who are labeled as the smartest. She concluded with a realistic warning that you will always stumble upon rejection and failure throughout life but the important part is to be persistent and never let people discourage you.

Katrina Hadden

Katrina is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

From the very moment Katrina walked into the room in her stunning floor-length green dress, I could sense her confidence. When she started to speak, all the delegates, myself included, were taken aback by how kind she was. Her life story about her struggles with bullying at a young age and modeling with a full figure, was a true inspiration. Her criteria to be a role model were:

1. Take care of your body and health.

2. Find a hobby or personal way to relax and be in solitude.

3. “Carry an attitude of gratitude.”

4. Forgive others.

5. Most importantl, never ever quit.

Katrina Hadden has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Her advice on the power of perserverance showed that anything is possible if you are willing to grow from rejection by never giving up on what is important to you.

Alexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando was only a high-school when she knew what she wanted to do in life- rhythmic gymnastics. Her life experiences are shared in the pages of her award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory. She has also recently published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.

Throughout her presentation, Alexandra shared with us her many life experiences and her struggles in the face of failure. Similarily to Dr. Archer, she highlighted not only the importance of goal setting but also thanking those around you. . She pointed out that when it came to life, we should focus on winning, but rather the journey that gets us to where we want to be.

All four speakers were a pleasure to meet and I thank them all for their time in comming to see and speak to us delegates.

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