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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I hope you are all doing well!

I was unable to do my “Fraser Valley Friday” segment yesterday because I was at a photo shoot. So, I am doing it today!

I just finished with my exams so, I decided to share a trail I walk on to relax and calm my mind. This trail is called Bridlewood trail.

     

I love walking on this trail. It’s as if all my troubles disappear!

      

I usually walk on this trail with my friends. This trail reminds me of how beautiful nature can be. I feel blessed to be given a chance to live in this world and experience this beauty. I just wanted to take a chance to share this gift with all of you!

I hope you enjoyed this first Friday (well Saturday). I just want to thank you for taking the time to read my posts and I would love to hear your feedback. Be sure to comment below and I will get back to you! I hope you will tune in next week!

Thanks again!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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Happy Earth Day!

The weather is amazing and the sun just keeps on shining!

This week I have been studying hard for my exams. Today I wanted to take a break  and celebrate Earth Day. So, my family and I decided to plant a tree in our front yard to celebrate Earth Day!

My challenge to you all today is to conserve energy! A simple way to do this is to turn off your lights or unplug your toaster.

I would also like to announce a new segment for my blogs. I’m going to call it “Fraser Valley Fridays.” Since I am representing the Fraser Valley I thought it would be important to get to know my district. So, I am going to dedicate my Fridays to exploring and getting to know my district. Every Friday I am going to blog about the various places I venture to in the Fraser Valley! Be sure to tune in every Friday to see where I will go!

I hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day! Stay green!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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Many people question if Global Warming is really happening.

To answer that, yes, Global Warming is happening right now!

I would like to share some of the interesting facts discovered by the United Nations about Climate Change.

The main cause of Global Warming is a steady increase of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases naturally keep the Earth at a safe 15°C. However, an increase of pollution, specifically from fossil fuels, increases the amount of greenhouse gases. As a result, the overall temperature of Earth increases, therefore causing global warming.

How does this affect us?

It’s scary, but a slight increase in temperature every year can have a huge impact to the environment every year!

An increase in temperature causes ice in the arctic and on glaciers to melt. The melting ice then causes sea-levels to rise. According to the United Nations, “widespread melting of glaciers will create risk of flash floods.”

I had the privilege to visit the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta. The Glacier was huge and absolutely breathtaking. However I learned that the beautiful glacier was slowly receding. According to Parks Canada the, “Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms.” It’s frightening to think that one day that glacier could melt completely.

Animals, like polar bears, are at risk because of the depleting ice in the arctic. We are melting their homes. The National Wildlife Federation states that, “U.S. Geological Survey projects … two thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050.” 

I would hate to see the extinction of there amazing creatures. However, polar bears are only one of the many animals at risk. Global Warming is putting animals and humans at risk.

These are only a few of the many facts that I hope to share with you throughout this year. I will also be blogging about simple ways you can help the environment so stay tuned!

If you haven’t followed me on twitter or Facebook here is your chance.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageFraserValley2014

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teenfraser2014

Thanks for all your support!

Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014

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I am honoured to be crowned Miss teenage Fraser Valley 2014!

First of all, I would like to write a bit about myself so you can get to know me. I’m a first year university student taking the Bachelor of Science program at The University of the Fraser Valley. Some of my interests are dancing, acting and singing. In my spare time I usually draw, read or play video games. My platform is to create environmental awareness about global warming and pollution.

I look forward to an exciting year ahead, and I invite all of you to follow me on my journey!

You can like my Facebook page by clicking here; and you can follow me on twitter by clicking here.

Shovanna

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