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Hello everyone, I’m Madison from Hope, BC, your Miss Teenage Fraser Valley for 2015! (I smile crazily every time I say or even think of this)

Hope BC

the whole town fits in one photo... it's seriously that small.

This whole experience is so exciting and I can proudly say that I’ve never been apart of something this amazing, so here’s to an outstanding year ahead! I can’t wait to share it all with you. ūüôā

I’ve always been a small town girl with big-time dreams and I’m so happy to say that travelling to Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada will enable me to reach so many of my long time goals.

Ever since I was young, I’ve dreamed of becoming a medical professional of some sort (a Pediatric Oncologist to be exact) and always made sure my grades in school & work ethic reflected these dreams. I’ve received honour roll achievements every single term since 5th grade, which was the first year someone is eligible to win the award, and never cease to push myself even further each day. I think this quality is extremely important in today’s world considering how independent the human race is becoming.

Aside from academic achievements, I’ve been involved in community & school leadership. In 9th grade I joined my school’s Leadership class and enjoyed every minute of it. We planned community and school events, while volunteering and making friends & amazing memories. I’ve always been so thankful for the impact that this class made on myself and others. I was taught so many things about myself and the world through this class & I feel as if I’m a better person because of it.

I’ve always been involved with athletics – starting with soccer at a young age, then moving more into gymnastics & cheerleading. I’ve travelled extensively with my All-Star cheerleading team, hitting up competitions in Hawaii, California & Texas. This was and still is my passion for so many reasons. I love setting goals for myself and obtaining new skills while making friends. Cheerleading enabled me to do all of this. The moment I walked in on my first day of practice back in 6th grade I knew this would be the love of my life.

Fusion Athletics Pl4tinum at NCA Nationals in Dallas 2014

my team, Fusion Athletics Pl4tinum at NCA Nationals in Dallas

After many years of intense training and multiple injuries, I had to give up this passion that I involved myself in. It was devastating to me. Multiple doctors had told me numerous times that I needed to quit, and I just kept on fighting it. I couldn’t find the strength to leave the one thing I truly felt passionate about. After 4 broken fingers, and dislocated thumb, 5 broken noses and 6 concussions I finally listened to the doctors & most importantly myself. I had to quit competitive cheerleading. It sucks, and sometimes I still feel overwhelmingly upset about it but I just think that if I wouldn’t have quit when I did, there’s a possibility that I wouldn’t be writing this post as Miss Teenage Fraser Valley right now.

Boating Accident Concussion

just one of the many documented concussions..

 

And as for now, I’m alive, I’m happy, and I’m Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2015. I’ve always been a strong believer in things happening for a reason. I know that whatever happens in life, the strong people will find their way and help guide others to do so also.

I’m so incredibly thankful to be where I am now, and honestly couldn’t have done any of it without my amazing friends & family. All of you are what motivate me to keep doing better every day.

I hope this post gave a little bit of insight on who I am and what I’m about. There’ll be many more blog posts to come, so stick around for a while! I promise not to disappoint.

Lots of love,

Madison

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Yesterday was the end of day 1. My flight out to Toronto was fun. I was on the same plane as Ariel, so I wasn’t alone. ¬†I was nervous to fly out to Toronto because it was my first time flying by myself, but it was nice to have Ariel there with me.¬†When I landed in Toronto I met Vanessa, Aashritha and Brooklyn.¬†It’s also my first time in Toronto, but everything is so similar to Vancouver! It feels like I haven’t left home. It was interesting walking out of the airport while wearing our crowns. Lots of people stopped and stared at us. After our bus ride to the hotel, we got checked in at the hotel and went to our rooms.

I was really nervous about meeting my roommate. It was the one thing that was on my mind for the past few months. I was hoping she would be nice. I would like to introduce you to my roommate Tasha! She is very nice and she likes to sing and act! We have a lot in common. I am so happy she is my roommate!

In the evening we had our meet and great. We were able to meet the other girls! The first thing I thought when I entered the room with the girls was, “there are a lot of crowns in here.” There are about 65 girls, but they are all so nice and really easy to get along with. Next we met our amazing sponsors, Golden Glamour Goddesses, Hi-Tec, Motives and Wright Spa Mobile Services. After taking some pictures of our sponsors and their products we got to eat dinner. We ended the night by cutting the welcome to miss teenage canada cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far I’m having a blast! I am looking forward to this week! Stay tuned for more updates about what I’m doing this week!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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Exciting news everyone! MTC-W Inc. is launching a new competition called Top Model Search Canada! This competition is the Miss Teenage Canada’s sister competition. ¬†This competition gives girls that are ages 17-26 and are 5’7″ and over the chance to live their dream as a model. This competition offers lots of experience and training for anybody interested in being a model. It’s a great way to get your career as a model started!

One thing that sets the Top Model Search Canada competition apart form other model competitions, is that it possesses some pageant qualities as well. Top Model Search Canada is looking for women who are intelligent, able to perform on stage, have a great personality, have the drive to succeed and have inner and outer beauty.

 

Suzette Hernandez, Miss Canada Supernational 2013

Top Model Search Canada is looking for someone who will represent Canada in competitions across the world. That’s right! You can get the chance to travel internationally! These international competitions include Miss Supernatural, Top Model of the World and Miss Supermodel!

Top Model Search Canada gives all contenders valuable experience and training by professionals. Contenders will learn runway skills, camera movement, make up application, hair styling, first impressions, wardrobe coordination, public speaking, proper etiquette and how to book a job. Contenders will gain confidence, poise and a better understanding of the modeling industry. There will be professional models, agents, photographers, wardrobe stylists and hair and makeup stylists that will train the contenders.

Savannagn Walker, Miss Globe 2013

In addition to all of the training and experience, there are $15,000 in cash and prizes for the winner! Top Model Search Canada will assist the winner with building a portfolio and finding an agent. She will also be featured in magazines, on TV and as a guest to red carpet events!

If you are 17-26 years old, and are 5’7″or over, you can have the chance to be the winner of Top Model Search Canada! If you are interested you can apply online today right here! You don’t need any previous experience or professional photos. Although, your photos must be appropriate for the competition. If you have the drive and passion I urge you to apply. Also, be yourself! You can never be 100% confident in yourself if you’re not you!

Good luck to all of you that apply! Get your heels ready and keep your head up high, you’re in for a once in a life time opportunity!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

 

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CIS stands for Canadian Information Services. The Canadian Cancer Society is a nonprofit organization that has so many wonderful resources available to cancer patients and families.

I have had a history of cancer in my family, and I never knew about the services and support available to cancer patients and their families. When I started volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society Chilliwack-Unit, I learned about all of the support and services that are available to the community. I also learned that a lot of people don’t know about these services. I want people to know about all of the support available to them. Here are a list of some of the services available.

They have Cancer Information Services available to cancer patients, caregivers or the general public. Here you are able to ask any questions that you have and you will receive and answer from a qualified representative. You can ask questions like cancer treatments and side effects, how to prevent cancer and how to cope with cancer. Any questions you have will be answered.

There is a program called Cancer Connections that is available to patients or caregivers. This is a free, confidential service where a cancer patient or caregiver is able to talk with another person who has had a similar cancer experience. These people are matched not only by diagnosis, but by lifestyle and similarities as well. This is a great service for people who need emotional support and so they don’t feel alone. There is also an online Cancer Connection service available 24 hours a day.

 

The Canadian Cancer Society has affordable transportation and accommodation available to cancer patients. Volunteer drivers are able to drive cancer patients to surgeries or appointments. The lodges are located across the province and have 24 hour support and care from volunteers and staff.

Finally there is a Camp Goodtimes available to teenagers and kids. This allows kids to have fun and get together with other kids going through the same experience. Kids and their families are able to have a recreational experience with 24 hour medical supervision.

There is also financial support, Wig Lending Program and breast prostheses available to cancer patients. The financial support gives limited, short-term assistance for cancer related expenses. The Wig lending and breast prostheses are available to cancer patients at no cost.

If you know of anybody going through an experience involving cancer, let them know of these services. I want cancer patients and families to know that they are not alone and that there are a lot of people supporting them.

The phone number for CIS is 1-888-939-3333 and the website is www.cancer.ca.

Together we can make a difference and help others!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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I would like to thank my sponsors for supporting my on my journey to Toronto for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. This would not have been possible without them! I would like to take the time to thank you individually.

I would like to thank Dr. Roger Clawson from Clawson Orthodontics for sponsoring me. Thank you for your donation and for buying the chocolates I sold for Free the Children! I would also like to thank you for giving me this beautiful smile!

Next, I would like to thank Bella Clothing Boutique for the dresses. Thank you for taking your time fitting me in all of those dresses. Your support and friendly service is greatly appreciated! They have a wide variety of clothes for teenage and adult women! Here is their Facebook page for more information.

 

 

My next sponsor I would like to thank is Champagne and Lace for my gowns. The staff was friendly and I had so much fun trying on dresses for the pageant. They have helped me select gowns for other occasions, like my prom, in the past. Great service and beautiful gowns. Here is their Facebook page for more information.

 

 

 

Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to Christine from One Stop Dry Cleaners for doing the alterations on my gowns. She is very friendly and values her costumers. It’s hard to find a seamstress who is so nice and has so much experience. I put a lot of trust into the people who alter my gowns, and she is one of those people.

Thanks again for everything my sponsors have done for me! I would also like to thank my family and friends for their support! I am excited to be representing the Fraser Valley at nationals, and I feel confident thanks to all of you!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

 

 

 

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Most people associate pageants with beautiful girls and flashy gowns, but there is more to pageants than that. Pageants are a great way for individuals to express their personality, creativity, passion and intelligence. These individuals are also recognized for their achievements. The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant does an amazing job looking for ambitious teenage girls that have these qualities.

Michelle Weswaldi

Most people remember the original Miss Teenage Canada Pageant from 1969-1971. It was later renamed Miss Teen Canada from 1972 until it discontinued in 1990. This pageant, along with many other pageants in Canada, are owned by different companies. The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, formerly called Miss Teen Canada-World, is owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi.

The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant’s mission is to give all teenage girls in Canada an opportunity to show their inner beauty, active role in their community, promote their platform and become role models for other girls. Their motto is “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” In addition, they are the largest Canadian Teen Pageant, close to Miss Teen USA. The Miss Teenage Canada pageant also has the most media exposure, delegates and celebrity judges¬†and hosts. This ¬†includes celebrity judge, singer, songwriter, actress and model, Sarah Fisher and celebrity host and actor, Luke Bilyk.

Sarah Fisher

Luke Bilyk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contenders at the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant not only compete in the pageant but receive training, workshops and seminars with experts such as Shawn Cuffie. Contenders also receive valuable skills such as responsibility, public speaking, community outreach and image development.

Shawn Cuffie

Some of the previous winners were Katie Starke in 2008, Siera Bearchell in 2009, Channing Killi Smendziuk in 2010, Lauren Howe in 2011 and Megha Sandu in 2012. The reigning Miss Teenage Canada is Jillian Martin for 2013. All of these girls are ambitious, talented, intelligent and driven individuals. They volunteer in their community and are great role models for all girls in Canada.

Megha Sandu speaking at We Day.

These winners made appearances at Royal Winter Fair, Etalk, Breakfast Television and spoke in front of thousands of people at We Day and sporting events. They also received a 3 week Me to We trip to countries like Kenya and Ecuador. They assisted building schools, water ways, met new people and learned about new cultures. In addition to all of these amazing appearances, Miss Teenage Canada receives over $25,000 in cash and prizes!

The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant has charitable alliances with various charities across Canada. Their main focus is Free the Children. Free the Children is an international charity that creates educational opportunities for children and empower communities to break the cycle of poverty. They also empower youth to be global agents of change. The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant has raised over $190, 000.00 to various charities.

Siera Bearchell having fun in Kenya.

These are some of the things that make the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant stand out. I chose the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant because it has a good reputation. It is well known in Canada and it also supports many charities in Canada and abroad. I learned about the pageant through my friend who had competed in 2012. I did more research and found their Facebook page and website. Finally I filled out an application online. I believe that is one of the best decisions I have made! I chose to enter the pageant to gain experience, confidence and meet new people. I was also curious about pageants, and I thought the best way to learn about them would to be in one. I have gained confidence and find public speaking a lot easier since the pageant.

Me volunteering for the Run for Mom 2014.

I have volunteered for the Run for Mom, Relay for Life and MS Walk. I was in the Canada Day Parade in Downtown Vancouver. I am an official office volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Chilliwack Unit. I am also an ambassador for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Tanning is Out Campaign. If I received the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2014 I would be able to promote my platform on a larger scale. My platform is to raise awareness about the resources, support and services available to cancer patients and their families through the Canadian Cancer Society. My family has had a history of cancer. We did not know about all of the services the Canadian Cancer Society had to offer. I want other cancer patients and families to know that there is support out there for them. I hope I can make a difference in peoples’ lives.

I would be honoured to be Miss Teenage Canada 2014 and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help others.

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a better understanding of pageants!

Shovanna, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

 

 

 

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Last Saturday I volunteered for the Relay for Life event at Sardis Secondary. The relay for life is a 12 hour run. There are several teams that run continuously for 12 hours! Theses teams always make sure that there is at least one person from their team on the track at all times.

Opening Speech

The survivors doing the first lap

The fist people to walk the track are the survivors. These are people who have beaten cancer. Every year they get the honour of walking the first lap.

All teams starting the relay

All of the teams join the survivors on the second lap. They do this for 12 hours!

Tug-of-War with the teams

My spaghetti and marshmallow bridge

However, everyone needs a break from walking. So, there are games that the teams can participate in  every hour! These include learning card games, ballon art, mini games, minute to win it games, a scavenger hunt, etc. At the half way point they had a tug-of-war contest between all of the teams. They also had a contest to see who could built the strongest,  most creative and tallest structure using spaghetti and marshmallows. I was able to build the strongest structure! These games were a great way to keep the participants (especially the kids) entertained throughout the relay.

Me standing in front of the lights of hope

At 9pm they had a luminary ceremony. A luminary is a candle in a white bag dedicated to someone that is fighting cancer or has passed away because of cancer. You are able to decorate the white bag with crayons and stickers. This makes each one unique and personal. At 9pm the luminaries are lined around the track and lit. This ceremony honours the many people that have and are fighting cancer. I got the honour of lighting the “hope” with some other volunteer!

All the proceeds from the event go to the Canadian Cancer Society.

I had lots of fun volunteering with at the relay for life event. I met a lot of people and got the chance to talk to some survivors. I spent 8 hours volunteering at the event! But, those were 8 hours well spent. I would love to volunteer next year. I might even start a team!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for a post about the Mothers Day Celebration I will be Volunteering on May 11th!

Have a great Day!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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Last Friday I went to Cultus Lake in Chilliwack!

I’m happy that the weather was sunny. I find visiting Cultus Lake a lot more enjoyable in the sun. I went on a walk with my friend around the lake. We had lots of fun in the sun!

A map of Cultus Lake

Standing in front of the lake

It’s a very popular location during the summer. There are various activities that are available. You can swim, canoe, kayak, boat, hike, walk, bike, camp, ride horses, etc. I like to come here when its hot during the afternoon or evening. I usually go with my friends or family. There are picnic tables by the shore so you can eat when you get hungry for swimming.

View of the lake from the shore

View of the lake from the dock

 

A stunning view of the lake

Posing on the dock

Cultus Lake was fun to explore. I wish I brought my swimsuit!

Thanks for reading! Stay tune for more Fraser Valley action!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

 

 

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