Hello, Bonjour! My name is Chloe and I am 17 years old. I live in Azilda, Ontario and I proudly represent the Sudbury District.

Sudbury District is a bilingual city and home to a large Franco Ontarian population. Many of our coolest attractions include the Planetarium at Science North. Inside the planetarium are different space themed shows that are played daily for your enjoyment.  You can go on a spaceship journey or learn all about the solar system all in one day. Fun Fact about Sudbury District, we are the home to the Sudbury Superstack. Known as the tallest chimney in the northern hemisphere. Our superstack is the second tallest building in Canada following the CN Tower in Toronto.

I live in a busy household, full of love and laughter. I am huge animal lover with a soft heart. I am always around my two dogs Chinook and Cosmo, Charlie my Gecko and even Bob my Goldfish. I also love being competitive especially with my dad or my brother, whether it’s watching the Toronto Maple Leaf’s (my favorite team), Survivor or even Vegas Cakes.

Finishing at the end of this week, I will be a grade 12 high school student.  I am currently taking welding and woodworks and LOVE IT! I’m also a very compassionate and devoted to supporting others within my community.

Now for the fun stuff. I want to bring you into my little world for a moment.

I decided to follow into my mother’s footsteps and decided to join Miss North Ontario Regional Pageant in 2018 as my very own first pageant.

Being able to have this honor to represent the same geographic area as my mother did in 1994 was something so special to me!

Nonetheless, I must say as a hockey player myself learning to walk in heels was quite the challenge for me! Determined to get this right, I proceeded to tape the floor with my very own stage. Thank the lord my parents love me and let me practice every day right up to pageant weekend.

I was in shock and placed as a top 10 finalist in 2018. I returned the Miss North Ontario 2019 and again placed top 10. These pageants have helped me immensely with my self-esteem and confidence. After my very first pageant is the moment when I fell in love with the whole experience, the memories and so many important life skills. The new friendships that I have made along the way could not compare to anything. I now realize that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

I am so proud to say I currently have 415 volunteer hours. Volunteering and my community work have made a huge impact and changed my life.  Because of my many hours of volunteering, in 2018 I was nominated for Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers in recognition for the many hours that I have completed. This medal is designated for young volunteers and is one of the highest honors a young person can achieve for their voluntarism contributions for the province of Ontario.

As part of my volunteer hours, Camp Wassakwa had played a big part of those hours. This camp was my second home for about 6 years. When I first started attending the summer camp, never in a million years would I have thought that I’d make lasting friendships, like the ones I have made within my Wassakwa family. I have 10 amazing friends that I keep touch with all year long. Some of my friends actually are from all over the place even out of Canada. As we plan each year, we decide on which week we all will attempt to attend. I am thankful for these lasting memories with these great people.

Fast forward to now, we have moved from the age of a camper to a C.I.T’s (counsellors in traning) with many duties. This means we need to help out around camp. (example: clean the cabins, pick up trash, canoe with the kids and even help out with the games). This is a part of summer that I always look forward to each year!

Fort two consecutive years, I have had the opportunity to take part of homeless for night. In this event we must build our own shelter by only using a cardboard box, duct tape with a tarp. Once completed, our shelter becomes our home for the night. The main purpose of this event is to collect funds for our local food bank. These funds are given back into our locally community. Of course, the experience of homeless for a night is no where near to actuality living on the streets. Nonetheless, the purpose is to step outside of my comfort zone and envisage a life with far less luxury. This is an eye opener and is really a life changing experience.

As a young person, I would visit my grandparents that are living in a Long-Term care home. With this in mind, I decided to go and spend some time and purchased some gardening supplies to donate to my local residence of St Gabriel villa LTC. The supplies that I bought for them were seeds, soil, planting cups, planting tools and bird feeders. Their smiles and joy that I received from everyone were so heartwarming! All these items helped them host a gardening night. We made sure that everyone that could attend be part of this event would have their very own plants to grow.

Last Christmas, I had the opportunity to play a secret Santa. I save all year and brought 5 bags full of Christmas gifts to numerous charities that are involved in helping our children. (NOE kid, Children’s Treatment Center, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, Children’s Aid and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre) Just the thought of knowing that some little child will receive a gift from myself brings so much joy to my heart.

This year for Valentine’s day I decided to play cupid and made 150 homemade valentine’s cards for my amazing residents at St Gabriel Villa LTC. I wanted to make sure that everyone would receive their very own love card and make them all feel special. I even had the opportunity personally play cupid by delivering my homemade valentine’s card to the residences and staff members.

During Valentine’s day, I joined the local soup Kitchen. (Blue Door Soup Kitchen). I participated as their Chef for the day and got to make them yummy pizza’s. As well as, handing out blankets to all the women to keep warm.

As I close up my first blog, I am so excited to represent the Sudbury District, my hometown and share my personal values. But most importantly, my platform that I keep so close to my heart is encouraging and supporting the women in the trades. Whether it’s a crown or a hard hat we can do this!

À la prochaine fois, Until next time, much love from Chloe your Miss Teenage Sudbury District.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hello, my name is Emma and I am honoured to be Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2019. 

I hail from the small town of Beachburg, Ontario; located an hour west of the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa Ontario.  Beachburg is situated along the shores of the Ottawa River.

The Ottawa River in my backyard!

The population of my lovely small town is just over 400 residents. Life in our small town consisting mainly of farmers and world-class kayakers – a strange combination, I know, however it is our claim to fame!  Excellent agricultural land host large family farming operations and the fast rapids of the Ottawa River provides the perfect training grounds for our many world-class kayakers.  Yes, I did say world-class! in fact, our town hosted the 2015 World Freestyle Kayak Championships were more than twenty countries and one hundred athletes merged into our local area to compete on our World Class Rapids.  The video below is just a short clip so you can witness the opening ceremonies with your own eyes! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=sq9O50rcGzg .

I am so proud of my home town and the hospitality we showed the world. 

I am very family oriented and very close to my family.  To start off my amazing family, I would like to start with my younger brother, Ryan.  Ryan loves any sport, especially hockey and kayaking, yet is constantly challenging himself to try something new and at only 15 years old he is wise beyond his years. Having a younger brother has taught me to be patient, stand up for him when he needs my help, and most importantly how to have fun on any given day.

My brother Ryan and I

Next, I would like to talk about my dad, Chris. My dad has been in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years now, He has travelled the world from Canada to Kosovo to Bosnia to Afghanistan and all kinds of places in between doing what he loves and making a difference.  All I have known my whole life is how much this man as given to his country, those he works for, those he volunteers for, and most importantly his family.  My dad has taught me to have courage and be brave when facing any challenge in my life.

I am so proud of my Dad!

Finally, my mom JoAnne.  My mom works for an outpatient addiction program at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital, in Renfrew Ontario. She is truly my best friend. My mom has always told me to stand up for myself and the people I love and to be kind to everyone I meet because you never know what battles they are facing.

My best friend, My MOM!

Finishing off the introduction to my family would not be complete without mention our four-legged family members, our dog Sadie and our two cats Hazel and Titan. So that introduces you to my town and my family, and now to give you a little more about me!

In 2018, I graduated with honours from Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke Ontario.  This past year, I returned to Bishop to take extra courses in preparation for my university studies.  This new chapter of my life will start in September when I will be starting my post-secondary school education at Carleton University, in Ottawa Ontario, where I will be doing my Bachelors of Arts with a double major in French and in English.  Being fluently bilingual, I believe that this is the career path I was meant to take!

The story of me would not be complete without addressing my passion for cattle.  An odd hobby for pageant girl but never the less, it is my favourite summer pastime.  4H has the directive of “learn to Do by Doing”. I have been an avid 4H member since moving to Beachburg in 2015.  This has allowed me to show dairy cattle and participate in local and regional fairs as a 4H member.

Not your typical pageant story going from rubber boots to a pair of high heels! My other hobbies include playing hockey, being a competitive runner and swimmer.

I love my life, my town, my family and all of the opportunities I’ve had thus far! I’m very excited to be representing the Miss Teen Ontario East Pageant, my region of Eastern Ontario and my platform of Childhood Cancer Awareness at the 2019 Miss Teenage Canada pageant.   

     

Be brave, be strong,

Emma            

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Miss Falconbridge 2019

Hello! My name is Grace and I am 17 years old. I am from Sudbury, Ontario and I am proudly representing the District of Nickel Centre- where I live!

The city of Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario. Its history is rooted in mining, as Sudbury has the largest integrated mining complex in the world. In fact, my city has 5000 km of mining tunnels under its surface. Sudbury is famously known worldwide for its “Big Nickel”. The Big Nickel is a landmark, which is quite literally a huge coin standing approximately 30 feet high! This landmark is located at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury. These fun facts about my city are just a few of the reasons why I am proud to call Nickel Centre my home.

I am currently a grade 12 student. I am a hardworking, motivated, and dedicated student. My education is very important to me and I have always strived to be a scholarly student. I am the event coordinator on my school’s student council and have organized a variety of events in my school community including fundraisers and socials.

A graduation photo of my best friend and I

I have received early acceptance based on academic excellence to my first choice University. My classes start in the fall of September 2019 and I will be working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I aspire to become a nurse practitioner or family physician. I am excited to continue my education and begin a new journey!

I am currently completing my Cooperative Education Placement at Finlandia Village in Sudbury. Finlandia Village is a unique home that features a continuum of care and quality of living in a secure environment for senior residents in Sudbury. At the Village, I shadow and work alongside the Nursing staff and the Life Enrichment Team. I spend time with residents and engage them in a variety of activities such as listening to music, playing board games, and doing crafts.

Wearing a stethoscope in my graduation photo

It was at Finlandia Village, where I discovered my passion for closing the gap between the youth and elderly of my community. I have since developed a reading program that engages both seniors at the Village and students from my community. The program is called “Reading with Grace” and the idea is for students to read with or read to residents who live at the Village. The simplicity of reading a story allows for youth and elderly to connect and spend quality time with together. The benefits of intergenerational relationships are truly endless!

Radio Host G-Rant asks the Top 15 Question at the Final Crowning of Miss North Ontario

I have recently discovered the world of pageants and I am so grateful for the opportunities this new world has granted me.

My pageant journey began when I participated in the 2019 Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant. I would describe MNO as a self-development and empowerment program. It truly was an amazing opportunity and a life-changing experience! I was honoured and proud to be a Top 10 Finalist and be selected to attend the 2019 Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. My journey has taught me the importance of empowering other girls and standing together united in a sisterhood of growth, achievement, and self-love.

Miss North Ontario 2019
Top 10 Finalists

I have always been active in my community, volunteering at local events and playing on city sports teams. I believe that the encouragement I received from my family at a young age to become involved in my community and sports has sculpted me into the well-rounded person I am today. I learned how to skate on an outdoor rink in my neighbourhood. I began playing ringette at four years old. I fell in love with the smell of fresh ice and early morning practices. A couple of years later, I began playing on an all-girls hockey team.

I learned the importance of loyalty, perseverance, and teamwork. I made lifelong friends that shared the same common passions and goals. It taught me the importance of being both mentally and physically strong. Year after year I played with the same group of girls, we grew together and motivated each other to be better than we were the season before. I eventually moved on to play for my high school’s Varsity Hockey Team.

My friend and I with a 1st place tournament trophy

Hockey will always have a special place in my heart. Living in Northern Ontario, I find myself on outdoor rinks in the winter time and attending my younger brother’s games.

I am most thankful for my family and friends. Through every challenge and journey they are right by my side. They inspire me to follow my dreams and always be myself. They give me the gift of love and support and for that I am forever grateful.

My Leadership Class raised over $3,000 for
Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer

I have always found happiness in helping others. I learned early in life that kindness and compassion were important qualities to share with others. I began volunteering in my community in elementary school. I later became involved in school councils and clubs that planned and hosted fundraisers and raised awareness for issues in my community. This year, I took a Leadership Studies class. It involved hands-on learning and we spent time volunteering at local nursing homes and in our school’s Life Skills Class. We planned a Ball Hockey Buy-Out Day fundraiser for Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC). The day consisted of students from Sudbury’s OHL Hockey Team- The Sudbury Wolves and students from my school’s varsity hockey team facing off to raise money for a regional charity. The outcome was incredible! We had inspired a community of people and raised over $3,000 in a single day for NOFCC.

My Bowling Night for NOFCC

Participating in the 2019 Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant allowed me to host my own fundraiser for NOFCC. I planned and hosted a Bowling Night at my local bowling alley, as well as a bottle drive in my neighbourhood. The Bowling Night and bottle drive were a huge hit! With the support of my friends, family, and community I raised approximately $2,600 for NOFCC.

Participating at the National High School Model United Nations Conference
held in New York City, NY

I had the opportunity to travel to New York City in March 2019. I was selected to be a part of an elite Model United Nations team to represent my school at the largest Model United Nations Conference in the world. I was given the honour of representing the country of Australia on the United Nations Human Rights Council. As a delegate, I participated in a four day conference, discussing and debating human rights issues with students from all over the world. The purpose was to have students brainstorm solutions for real-life world issues. The end result of the conference was incredible! I had gained a better understanding of pressing world issues, an appreciation for various cultures, and most importantly a blossoming passion for advocating for human rights.

United Nations Headquarters in New York City

My trip to New York opened my eyes to the diverse world around me. It sparked a passion for travel. In the short time I spent in the City, I had the chance to do so many things. I had the opportunity to watch a Broadway show, visit the One World Observatory, and marvel at Times Square. I look forward to travelling the world in the future!

New York City Skyline featuring the One World Observatory
A photo of me and the Statue of Liberty
A photo of Lady Liberty

Here I am beginning my journey to the 2019 Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. I will forever be grateful for my pageant experience and for everyone who has believed in me. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to represent my city on a national stage.

Officially signing off on my first blog post as Miss Nickel Centre…

Love yours truly,

Grace


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou
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