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

Written by: Chloe