Hi everyone…. Its Nicole here again! A few months have passed since I’ve last posted on my blog, and I have to say that I missed you all <3 These last few weeks, so many dreams had come true for me and I got to experience moments that I have dreamed of my entire life. Being able to share all of this with you and give you the chance to live through it on the blog is truly special. Hope you enjoy!

February

On February 18th I had the opportunity in making my first appearance as Miss Teenage South Central Ontario! (Still so crazy to me that I can call myself that, haven’t gotten used to it yet.) I was invited to participate in a Tennis Exhibition among four other professional tennis players. The special guests invited were all ranked inside of either the WTA or ATP top 100, they have won thousands of matches between them, and one had two Grand Slam Doubles Titles under her belt!  We were showcasing for children of all ages as well as adults, the importance of physical activity, and also showing them how fun it is! We talked with the people, took pictures, as well as entertain a bit, by playing some tennis for them. This was one example of a dream come true for me. I had always watched Professional tennis players as a little girl in front of my TV and dreamed to practice with them, and eventually compete against them one day, and on February 18th 2017 that’s exactly what I did! Given my platform of inspiring women through physical activity and tennis background this was the perfect event for me; I had so much fun, and felt so good to empower all those people….. I can’t wait to attend more events like this in the future!

Tennis Event with the Professionals and some kids

Me and the WTA and ATP professional tennis players at the exhibition charity event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

As promised in the past. I am going to bring you all along on the other side of my life, the side where I live out of a suitcase to become a tennis player. Towards the end of March I got to travel all the way to………. Get ready for this……… Egypt Sharm El Sheik!!!!!!!!!! I was lucky enough to go and compete in three $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit events. It was so crazy and different across the other side of the world! I got to experience a new language,

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and even learn a few words, one of them being “habibi” a word used for close friends. The weather there was exceptional, and I was so pleased to find out that the sea was like a five minute walk from the resort and tennis courts. One of the really cool parts of travelling to new tournaments is all the new friends I got to make, on the court they are your

Me in Sharm El Sheik, Soho Square

opponents and we are all there to win, but at night we all eat dinner together, then we play cards and laugh with each other for hours. Being able to visit Egypt was a dream of mine, and by working hard every day to be able to compete at that professional level I was able to fulfill that dream.

 

 

 

Europe time!

Next up on my calendar was two weeks in Portugal!!!! The trip didn’t start off too great unfortunately, because I arrived

Brigadeiro yummmm!!

at the airport to soon find out they had lost my bag, and  would wait a few days for it. This wasn’t the first time this has happened to me so “travel tip of the day: always take two emergency outfits with you in a carry-on!” The tournament had taken place in an area called Obidos, about one hour from Lisbon. The first seven days was pretty rough because it rained for 7 days non-stop! (No I’m not kidding…)  So during that time me and my friends decided to explore, we got to see the Obidos castle, where the 2017 Chocolate Festival was, every athlete’s dream place! That’s where I discovered my new favorite dessert called Brigadeiro. We also drove to Lisbon, and got to ride around, in their famous street trams; stopping in the center we visited the Praca Do Comercio. After taking in the beautiful sites and capturing hundreds of photos we decided it was time to go eat. We visited, the world famous Time Out Market, which is a place with all different chefs and different cuisines.

Praca Do Comercio in Lisbon

Chocolate Festival In Obidos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a tennis player, you usually don’t have much time to see places, so in a way I was lucky it rained, but at the end of the day I was there for one reason and that was my tennis! This week was truly the biggest dream come true for me…. I would say it was the greatest moment in my entire tennis career so far. I had partnered up with a former top 200 WTA player and played doubles with her. The tournament was played on a carpet surface and it was really fast and weird to play the matches on. We ended up winning our match, and that was now one of three matches that I won main draw meaning, I have officially got my professional tennis ranking! Something I have dreamed my whole life of happening. Now I don’t have to say I am transitioning to becoming a professional tennis player, I can now say that I am one! It’s currently at 1284 but I am going to keep working hard and slowly build it to become higher!

Me Competing in a Professional Tennis Tournament

The last stop for me was Rome, Italy! Ever since I was little this was my dream destination, I always dreamed to speak Italian, which I am currently studying, and I was always in love with everything Italian….i trained there for two weeks and also visited a few places. I got to see the Fontana Di Trevi, and I will say it is number one for the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life, it was surreal. I also visited Piazza Di Spagna, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Monumento A Vittorio Emanuele, The  Arch of Constantine and the Coliseum. Everything was so breathtaking, and full of history. One of my favorite things in Rome was the food, all the gelato, pizza, and different kinds of pasta, was beyond incredible, I never ate so much food in my life!

Gelato

Italian Pizza

Arch of Constantine

The beautiful Coliseum

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There aren’t enough words to describe the adventures I’ve experienced these past two months, I am so thankful for it all. I really feel that I grew as a person and learned so much from travelling all alone, I realized that if you keep working hard in life dreams do come true, because in these last weeks I’ve had so many of mine come true! I am so happy to share these moments that are so special to me with you guys, and I thank you for following my journey!

I can write to you guys all day long, but it’s now time to say Ciao!!!! If you guys ever have any questions let me know and comment down below!

Remember to stay fabulous <3

Xoxoxo,

Nicole…. Miss Teenage South Central Ontario

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The beginning to a new chapter in my life….

Pageant sisters

Pageant sisters

Nicole here, guess who just received their blogging page! I am your new Miss Teenage South Central Ontario for 2017 🙂 I’m super excited to share my journey up to the Miss teenage Canada competition, be sure to bookmark my page and follow me along the way!

About me

I am from the beautiful Toronto Ontario, and have lived their my whole life. Being a city girl I love Toronto, and all the hustle and bustle that comes along with it. I’ve just recently turned 18 years young, and I am currently in 12th grade. My biggest passion in life is tennis. I have been playing since the age of five, and I intend to play for the rest of my life. I am currently transitioning from a junior, into a professional tennis player. I love traveling, seeing all the beautiful countries in the world, experiencing different cultures, hearing new languages and my favourite eating soooo much food! When I entered this pageant, and was told to pick a platform, I instantly knew I wanted it to be around sports, “empowering women through physical activity.” Being active is something I do on a daily basis, and the benefits I’ve gained from it are really amazing. On my page, I will post so many different things. Mainly being the adventures in my reign, all the appearances, how I intend to inspire and help others, and you will also have a closer look on a big part of my life, the journey in my tennis career!

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The fun packed weekend began at sign in. At first walking in I was nervous, not knowing what to expect, but I guess that was pretty normal considering it was my first pageant ever. Those nerves went away quickly when I saw how friendly all the girls were, as well as all the other kind people who helped make the event possible. In those first moments I met my first pageant
“sister,” the one who was going on to win Miss teenage Halton! She was one of the younger competitors, but you couldn’t even tell with how mature and confident she was right from the start. We stuck by each other’s side from the beginning till the end learning everything, from walking, talking, posing, and dancing. Together we were encouraging each other, as well as freaking out together!

Soon enough it was time for the big show, everyone back stage had their minds filled with so many different emotions. Mine really kicked in when it was time for the opening number. I remember it was my turn to walk out on stage, I saw all those people that came for the show, which then caused a hugeeeee rush of adrenaline. To top it all I saw my friends and family sitting right in front of the area where I was on stage! I had to walk off after my first part and I remember laughing and saying to Miss Teenage Canada 2016: “wow I feel sick in my stomach.” From that moment, when I went back on stage, all those nerves went away. I realized we were all so beautiful that night, we were lucky to be there, so I said to myself: “I should be excited and confident to show off what I’ve worked on.”

Backstage was a mix of two things: absolute madness with girls rushing to make it for their next number, and a party atmosphere; every time we finished an event we would go behind the stage and take as many pictures with each other as we could, to be able to remember those moments. We would dance and sing along to the music being played on the stage. You could really tell that every single girl was so happy and proud of themselves; getting up on that stage doing what we did, took a lot of courage. So, we felt empowered…. At least, I did.

Group selfie with everyone backstage!

The night eventually was coming to an end, and it was time for crowning. I was with the future Miss teenage Halton, and future Miss teenage Waterloo. We were saying to one another how badly we all wanted each other to get a title, so we can be together at Nationals, and if we hear each other’s names we will freak out! When we went back on stage, contestant’s numbers were being called and previous winners were coming to award them with a crown and a bouquet of flowers. Miss teenage Waterloo was called, then I heard Miss teenage Halton called, and I got so excited. As they kept calling names there were only two spots left and I wasn’t called yet; (yes at this moment I was freaking out), then all of a sudden I heard my name, I had all these emotions running through me, and I was so proud and happy. When I looked over to my parents, both of them were with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on their faces, which made me feel even more special inside. The moment all the finalists were announced I tried to look for my closest pageant sisters and we gave each other the biggest hug, we went through the whole process together and to able to celebrate with them, was unreal.

My crowning moment

My crowning moment

Of course many responsibilities come along with this title…. Starting with, promoting our platforms; mine is: inspiring women through physical activity. We also will be raising for the pageants charity of choice. I was honoured to be chosen as a finalist and I can’t wait to represent my community, and help everyone around me! The one thing my parents have taught me and I’ve valued my whole life is to always be kind no matter what, to be able to do good deeds every day of my life and I really hope to achieve even more of that in 2017. I’m new at doing these blogs, but hey…, it’s all about trying new things!

Make sure to follow along with me and the journeys I will encounter through this reign, as well as all the other Miss Teenage Canada contestants!

I’ll speak to you all soon. Remember to Be Fabulous!
Xoxoxo,
Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 🙂

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First selfie with my room mate, Ariel!

On Sunday, July 17th, I began my week of competing for the Miss Teenage Canada title. After a morning of preparations and commuting, and then arriving to the hotel for 4pm, I eagerly travelled to the 12th floor to meet the 53 other delegates from across Canada. After a brief welcome party, our rooms and roommates were assigned. I’m so happy to be sharing a room with the beautiful Miss Teenage British Columbia: Ariel! But the meeting fun didn’t end there. At 7:30pm, we all left our rooms for the opening night party!

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Welcome Sponsor Party

 

That evening on the 12th floor of the Holiday Inn International Airport, you could find elegantly dressed delegates and chaperones, the gorgeous 2015 Miss Teenage Canada – Sarah Wojcik, and the generous sponsors of Miss Teenage Canada. After a few hugs and pictures, I began my tour around the sponsor tables.

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS

Golden Glamour Goddess
Being a full time training dancer, I spend my mornings to evenings inside of a studio sheltered by the sunlight. So how does that make my skin look? Well, if you look up the movie Twilight, you can compare me to the lead actress, Bella. I’m not the only girl who has ever entered a pageant with this, or a similar, situation, though thanks to Golden Glamour Goddess, no one would be able to even guess we are sun-deprived. Golden Glamour Goddess is sponsoring spray tans – a tan brings out definition, which sculpts a body’s physique. Thank you Golden Glamour Goddess for looking out for us!

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Golden Glamour Goddess were gifting two products to choose from: a body butter and a self tanner

Additionally, they are sponsoring eyelash extensions, and I personally was spoiled with a welcome gift – a body butter that smells absolutely delicious. Eyelash extensions are super convenient to have when considering the time saved from having to fix up eyelashes for early morning outings. (Yay for more sleep). Safe to say, although maybe also cheesy, Golden Glamour Goddess doesn’t fail to make us delegated feel like golden, glamorous goddesses!

V.P.I. Canada
Next stop was V.P.I Canada. Know when you’re VPI Canada logooutside, and you get inspired to take a photo? And then you feel so great while having your photo taken, but seeing the result doesn’t add up? Why? Because you were squinting!

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Loving my purple/turtoise Boléro Round Frame Polarized Sunglasses (613) glasses! Good news: they’re only $54.99, excluding shipping and handing, online! It’s time you too have stylish yet still very protective glasse

Well, this has been the story of my life because I have never been able to find a pair of sunglasses that suit my face. But that journey ends now – thanks to V.P.I Canada! I absolutely love my new Boléro Round Frame Polarized Sunglasses! Thank you #VPICanadaLTD for sponsoring us all designer sunglasses. I’m so excited to wear my #sunnies outside when we go touring throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

Nuvango

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Did someone say clothes? Clothes are one of a girls best friends – and Nuvango sure upped my friends list! Thank you #Nuvango for sponsoring the Miss Teenage Canada delegates with these unique pieces of clothing.

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Do you recognize these paintings?

Fun fact: Did you know that Nuvango’s clothes are inspired by artists from all over? Now THAT’s unique, and definitely a great way to stand out in the fashion industry.

I’m so excited to experience the #nuvangostyle first hand as we will be visiting their headquarters closer to noon today!

Sweets Canada

Sweets Canada logo - new 2016I go through so many phases, many involving food! Once, I was obsessed with white chocolate. Over indulging in that lead me to liking milk chocolate. More overindulging sparked happy taste buds for dark chocolate. But now what? Do the chocolate limits cap at those three kinds mixed with some wafers and peanut butter? Not in Sweets Canada’s eyes. Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party constantly re-sparking my love for chocolate. With very unique flavours – like dark chocolate lavender, and banana caramel cinnamon bars, my tastebuds were never tired of sampling. The happiness didn’t stop there – on my way to another booth, I opened the gift bag from Sweets Canada and saw gourmet chocolate bars and Q’Bites! Thank you Sam for being so generous – chocolate is surely going to help sweeten me up for the week ahead!

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So honoured to have gotten to know Sam and the delicious chocolates he sells. Be sure to check out the banana caramel cinnamon bar – absolutely delicious!

The edible flower bar I received in my welcome bag was flavoured “Dark Chocolate Matcha Green with Jasmine Petals”. As tempting as it is to eat it all at once, I’m planning on continuing to savour it little by little throughout the week in order for this great taste to last for as long as possible. I also received a package of white chocolate cashews. I absolutely love cashews, so am saving this treat for celebrating after nationals. (Again, the temptation may be too strong to wait much longer).

BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY

Bradlee Ryall Golf AcademyFORE!

Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy helped to make Monday’s Sponsor Party extra exciting, giving each delegate the opportunity to play some mini golf throughout the evening. To make things the most exciting, they were holding a contest: whoever could get a hole-in-one in every round wins a Nuvango shirt.

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I was just shy of a whole in one, cutting off my chances of winning another amazing Nuvango shirt! All the more reason to go back tomorrow in order to keep practicing

Although indoor mini-putt cannot get too dangerous, there were definitely a few strong swings swung throughout the game (try saying that 10 times fast). In the end, Shawna W was the lucky hitter, swinging her way to a hole-in-one victory and a designer shirt.

But the contests don’t end there. Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy is giving the delegates a few group lessons on two different courses tomorrow. Afterward, the two highest scorers after playing a one-hole golf game will win golf jackets from SWING active wear!

I’m so excited to go putting again tomorrow!

Archer’s Arena
First we ducked from flying golf balls, and
then we ran from arrows. Okay, us delegates weren’t that uncoordinated, Archers Arena logo  however we are all excited to further our practice in archery. #ArchersArena brought a big bow and arrow (with a giant marshmallow on the sharp end) that I realized I was eventually holding wrong! I’m glad to be visiting the Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday July 21st to better practice my skills. Who knows, maybe we’ll play #combatarchery, #archerytag, or #gameoffoam?

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“I think I’m holding this wrong?” “Well, that’s why we’ll be teaching you the proper way on Thursday!” Thanks Archer’s Arena!

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Saying hello to Rob – our social media judge!

social media ggregator hashtagioWho loves hashtags? We love hashtags! In this generation, we live, love, and hashtag 24-7. Hashtagio is helping us delegates stay up to date with this generation’s trends by publishing our social media tweets, likes and instagrams tagged with #MissTeenageCanada2016, and even sharing it on the big screen during our live events. Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform. Not only will we be able to see our phone-sized photo blown up before our eyes, but so will our parents and other followers! By clicking this single feed URL, any followers can join the Miss Teenage Canada journey. Fortunately, these memories will stay with us forever, with a mass of our posts being archived on all things Miss Teenage Canada related.

Storia PR. Inc
It is amazing to be living the experience of a 2016 Storia PRMiss Teenage Canada delegate. From the friendships, to the training, to the events, to the generous gifts – I can’t express my gratitude for all of the support and love we are receiving. But don’t just leave it up to us delegates to enjoy this experience. A more current way to be apart of our daily adventures is to follow StoriaPR!

MORE SPONSORS

Archer Dental
Each delegate will be supplied with their archer dental logo very own high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrush specially monogrammed from Archer Dental!

Rimmel London
A girl can never have too much makeup, and hearing that RIMMEL LondonRimmel London will be providing all of us delegates some products for our welcome bags just exploded glitter in my stomach. On top of that, Rimmel London is further spoiling us delegates by setting up a make-up station at the welcome party.

Sally Hansen
Sponsoring gifts for our welcome bags, Sally Hansen Sally Hansenknows just how important it is to always look100% when going for a pageant title!

Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe MuseumIt was on May 6th, 21 years ago, 3217 Bloor St West, Toronto became the home of the Bata Shoe Museum (BSM). Housing thousands of shoes and related artifacts, the #batashoemuseum is the perfect place to learn and appreciate the history of shoes.

Especially as pageant contestants, who spend their days walking in high fashion shoes, it is important to know the history of what adds those extra inches to our height. This is why I am so excited to be visiting the BSM today! Search my title on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and click “follow/like” in order to share the exciting with me!

Fishd By EDO
Did you know that Fishd by EDO brought the first sushi burrito to Canada through making them at other restaurants? Sushi and burritos are two of my favourite foods, so how amazing does a sushi filled burrito sound!? TOO AMAZING! Thank you FishD by EDO for bringing this to Canada, and for sponsoring us delegates as we compete for the crown. So privileged to be sponsored by such a unique company.

Yogen Früz
The perfect place to satisfy that “I want something Yogen Fruz logounhealthy but still want to eat healthy”? craving.

TODAY’S PLANS

I also want to thank Miss Teenage Canada for the Ontario sash, and MTC t-shirt and hat. I’m really looking forward to wearing them all!

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I left the party with so many goodies! Thank you Miss Teenage Canada and sponsors for spoiling us on the first day. I’m looking forward to the remainder of the week!

Well, as mentioned, today we will be visiting Nuvango and BSM. However, much more activities are planned in the schedule that will kept as surprises for us. Stay tuned, and follow me on social media, to hear all about the great events and surprises!

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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The Miss Teenage Canada pageant gives multiple opportunities to its contestants. For one, it is the only pageant that sets up blogs for the purpose of allowing the contestants to write posts about themselves and their reign. With every privilege comes extra responsibility, and in this case, this means blog assignments. However, these assignments still give multiple opportunities! For instance, this particular assignment is a contest: each delegate designs a Miss Teenage Canada roll-up banner, and the winner gets theirs printed by Sign Source Solution.

Sign Source Solution
sign-sourceSign Source Solution is sponsoring this 33″ by 80″ roll-up banner. Owned by Avi Barak, this printing company is located in Toronto. Sign Source Solution is extremely versatile in their many products of custom signage printing. They provide design, sign consultation, installation and maintenance service. To learn more about Sign Source Solution (which I highly recommend that you do), click here!

My Banner Design
It will be at the July 24th’s final pageant that a member of the company will be bringing to life the winning design of the new Miss Teenage Canada banner! So, without further a due, here is my submission for this new Miss Teenage Canada roll-up banner, and a little bit about why I chose the designs that I did.

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Miss Teenage Canada has two very significant key points: the logo, and ~ considering it is a pageant, a crown. This is why these two components of my banner design are the largest.

Directly following the Miss Teenage Canada logo is their motto: be your own kind of beautiful. This is a very important aspect to have on a banner, as it shows what the business’s mission is and what it stands for.

One popular aspect of pageantry is the evening gown segment, reasoning for why there are silhouettes of contestants walking in their evening gowns. The silhouettes are in the background of the banner as they are not the focal point, but rather an additional feature.

Another famous aspect of pageantry is the swimsuit competition, however considering that a silhouette of a contestant wearing a swimsuit in unrecognizable, this component was left out of the banner design.

As a customer looking at a banner of a business, it is important to know the main information.

Who: Canadian Females Aged 13-19

What: Miss Teenage Canada, become Canada’s Ambassador

Where: Canada

Why: Discover true potential, scholarships, coaching, seminars, charity and community involvement, become Canada’s ambassador

How: No experience necessary, coaching

And most important..

How to followup: Visit www.missteenagecanada.com!

Having a passion for art and technology, this assignment was an extremely fun one to tackle! Thank you Sign Source Solution for sponsoring a roll-up banner, which supports the endeavours of Miss Teenage Canada delegates, as well as gives the 2016 delegates this amazing opportunity!

What is your opinion on my design?

Talk soon,

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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13589137_848990451869329_1996979153_oA toddlers memory isn’t sharp, which means if something is remembered from those years, then that something must have been extremely impacting. What’s your toddler memory? Mine was Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival.

What Makes This Festival So Great?
Put on by The Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce, Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival takes place annually, with July 7th-10th 2016 being its 32nd year running. Home to West Zwick’s Park in Belleville, Ontario, it is currently ranked in the top 10 4-day festivals for Eastern Ontario, and has received the Festivals & Events Ontario Award as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. Having roughly 35,000 people attend this year’s festival, which includes 3000 tourists, I am proud to say that I am not the only one who believes Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival is the Quinte Region’s most compelling tourist attraction.

Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival has something for everyone to enjoy. For those wanting to taste foods from all over the world, travel no further than Bay Bridge Road. Every year, there is an ethnic food village, with this passed year having 12 different ethnic food tents! I have an Italian background, so getting to try other culture’s foods is a personal treat. My recommendation is that you attend next years festival and head right to the Portuguese tent to order their chicken. They have this special way of making their chicken that makes it taste scrumptiously unique from all other recipes. And by special, I mean extra special, because this recipe is top secret! Through a few sources, I heard that the seasoning and exact recipe for this chicken is only known by the person who puts it all together. It’s THAT good!

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The ethnic celebrations don’t just stop at the food village. Every year, there are ethnic performances put on. For instance, my Nina, being apart of the Italian Club, organized an Italian folkloric dance show for entertainment. My dad danced in it, my older cousins, and eventually I did too! Beginning at one year old, my Nina dressed me up in her handmade folkloric dress and had me jumping around on stage. 12 years later was the last performing year of this group, where I was honoured to be titled Miss Italia and speak on behalf of the club. Other entertainment includes the annual flashmob Quinte Ballet School of Canada puts on, which I had the privilege of being apart of the past two years (hint: watch video below), the folkloric dancing that the Greek put on, and live music acts. Fresh fact: Did you know that one of this year’s acts, the Fiddleheads, gave me a shoutout during their set! It felt pretty cool to be given a shoutout by a famous band.

The fun doesn’t cut short at the food or entertainment though. Love watching dog shows? Head up to the hill adjacent to the pavilion. How about getting henna tattoos, getting face paint done, shopping, or entering contests? Head over to the main pathway of vendors guiding you through the park. Ever wanted to fly in a helicopter, parasail, or dragon boat race? Head over to the water’s end. Have children? Bring them to the Children’s Village where they can go swimming, rock climbing, enjoy pony rides, and more. Speaking of rides, Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival also features Midway. With plenty of fair rides and games variety, everyone and anyone has something to enjoy!

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Take city transit! Thanks to the City of Belleville, a shuttle bus runs to and from the Belleville bus terminal, conveniently located downtown, and West Zwick’s Island Park. Plus, it’s completely free! This way, not only are you saving money on a parking fee, but
also are helping with global warming by carpooling.

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Beginning at noon, head over to the Ethnic Food Village to soak up some culture – eat good food, watch some dancing, and listen to some live music. I suggest you also squeeze some time to see what some four legged friends are up to at the dog show. Go for dinner around 5pm, explore the vendors, and then hit up the fair until it closes at 11pm. With such a vibrant surrounding, you can’t help but have a good time throughout the day! It’s always the best to be on the farris wheel at night: getting to the top of the loop and looking down on the entire park, you get to see the live concerts happening closer to the water, as well as the bright light show below you.

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Participation Since One
As introduced, I’ve been apart of this festival every year, whether it be dancing in it, helping serve food at the Italian tent, or being apart of the opening ceremonies. The opening ceremonies just got added to my list this past weekend, where I got to speak about my journey to Miss Teenage Canada. Being apart of the opening ceremonies was another moment I’ll never forget – not only has it helped to shape my wonderful reign as Miss Teenage South Central Ontario, but on a personal note, I got to speak alongside the role models that I look up to from the community – MP for Bay of Quinte, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, Councillor of Belleville ….etc.

I wonder how I’ll be involved in the festival next year? Or better question, I wonder how long until next summer’s festival?! It’s just so fun, I can hardly wait for it to come. And I can hardly wait to enjoy it with you as well! See you there.

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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Have you heard of the game ‘where’s Waldo?”. Well let’s play something similar and call it “where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario on July 7th?”

Question 1
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 9am?
A) Belleville
B) Quinte West
C) Toronto

Answer: B!

My day started off with meeting up with Councillor Duncan Armstrong, as he was joining me on my busy day. 

Question 2
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 9:30am?
A) Brighton
B) Belleville
C) Picton

Answer: A!

MyFM Oldies 100.9 Radio invited me for an interview about the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. Many questions were asked, with some being ‘how many other contestants will there be?’, and ‘how can we support you?’ Jodie and MJ were so supportive, even offering to share the interview with other MyFM Radio stations!

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Thank you MyFM for supporting my endeavours!

Before leaving, Duncan invited me to be the voice for the Hugh O’Neil Friendship Garden’s radio commercial! After a bit of practice, I was taught how to find my radio voice and let it roll from there. Recording this radio commercial was a super special experience!

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Question 3
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 10:30am?
A) Stirling
B) Quinte West
C) Belleville

Answer: B!

13613328_10157078446145510_3462668013091043501_oBack to Quinte West I went to make a couple visits. First stop was a visit to the house of Donna O’Neil, whose husband, the late Hugh O’Neil, had served as the MPP for the Riding of Quinte for over 20 years. Such an amazing and supportive family. Want to hear a ‘small world’ experience? They were very involved with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, the dance school I graduated from! 

Next, I stopped by to visit some of the firefighters of Quinte West! Before I left, Quinte West Fire Chief John Whelan came to me with this cap as a gift. I’m so excited to wear it everywhere – I haven’t owned a cap in so long!

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Question 4
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 11:30am?
A) Tweed
B) Belleville
C) Quinte West

Answer: C!

That’s right, I stayed in the same city for more than an hour! At this time, I met up with Ernst and Erin, news reporters, at The Riverbrake Cafe. I can officially say that I have been interviewed three ways now: in a recording studio, at Starbucks, and while at lunch! Well, I had a fantastic time. The interviews will be published in 4 papers throughout the near future, with one already have been published! Read The Intelligencer’s article here.

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Thank you Ernst and Erin for interviewing me!

Question 5
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 3:00pm?
A) Belleville
B) Stirling
C) Tweed

Answer: A!

With a long pageant week ahead comes a lot of outfits to prepare! And who other to get them altered by to fit me just right than Yvonne from Set The Scene. It was the most exciting getting my evening gown fitted – it’s one of those dresses you can’t help but feel elegant in, and to have it fitted to my exact size made the whole moment extremely special. I’m so excited to see the end result!

Question 6
Where was Miss Teenage South Central Ontario at 6:00pm?
A) Quinte West
B) Stirling
C) Belleville’

Answer: C!

During the evening, I attended the Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival where I was privileged to be apart of the list of dignitaries who spoke at the opening ceremonies. Afterward, I met hundreds of the event goers, as well as enjoyed many of the festivities that were put on, which included trying some of the tasteful ethnic foods!

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Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival was always a favourite of mine, having many great memories from it! Can you find me in the picture below? I am very proud of my Italian heritage, as is my Nina (grandmother) who ran an Italian folkloric dance club. We would perform every year at this festival for many years. My last year performing was extra memorable, being honoured to have been chosen to be the clubs representative as Miss Italia!

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All said and done, yesterday was an amazing experience being given the opportunity to do some of the many things I love: travelling, public speaking, socializing, and dressing up! Speaking of dressing up…9 MORE SLEEPS UNTIL MISS TEENAGE CANADA PAGEANT WEEK BEGINS! On that note, time to go pack!

Enjoy the warm weather!

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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Canada Day 2016 was like no other. I had the privilege and pleasure of spending it with both Quinte West and Belleville! From 10am until shortly after 10pm, I was travelling from city to city, enjoying the festivities and meeting many of the other Canadians celebrating there that day.

Morning

My morning started off with Quinte West Canada Day‘s Canada Day Eh Parade. Quinte West made my ‘first time in a parade’ experience undeniably unforgettable!

First, I have a secret passion for vintage cars. They are so interesting to look at, being
so unique to the modern day vehicle. I may or may not have squealed with excitement a little when I saw this Plymouth Roadrunner being driven to me. Ou, I wonder who get’s to ride in that car? Wouldn’t they be lucky. It gets closer… I really hope I’m the one who get’s to ride in that! It’s so nice! It parks right in front of me. The car gods were listening to my prayers! 13603395_1092242940859059_8186148213474503423_o

From the sweet ride, to meeting so many people, to the fact that I was in a parade for my first time, the entire parade was an
amazing experience! 

But the ‘meeting people’ part didn’t stop there! After the parade, I handed out Canada Day flags to the ceremony’s attendees, which gave me the opportunity to speak to quite a few people. Afterward, I formally spoke about my platform, Free The Children, and the Miss Teenage Canada pageant at Quinte West’s Canada Day Opening Ceremonies. I was honoured to have been speaking alongside the honourary members of Quinte West. Right after the ceremonies, I had to head back on the road because…

Afternoon

Belleville’s Canada D’Eh was about to 13528449_1092242664192420_4365326797276362097_obegin! There too, I had the honour of speaking alongside the honourary members of the city. Here, I spoke about my title and the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. I shared with the audience what the exciting week leading to the pageant may be like, as well as the opportunity for them to vote me as their Miss Teenage Canada People’s Choice! I was so humbled to have so many people come up to me after the ceremonies asking for further information on how to vote!

13438884_1092240674192619_3694909812745080132_nStaying for a few hours, I met even more people and took part in many of the day’s festivities! Here, I am with Belleville’s iconic Canada Day cupcake flag before it was devoured. I also caught up with Mix 97 and 95.5 radio station, check out the bouncy castles, and watch some cheerleading!

Evening

Back to the City Of Quinte West I went! My evening started off with pitching practice with some of the players from QWABA! Safe to say, I need a few practices before I pitch for a live game! Maybe work on my leg kick a little bit more?

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The night ended with a memorable moment shared on stage with the Wrought Iron Roots. I was invited to sing on stage with them to their song ‘Wagon Wheel’. I had a fantastic time! 13603421_1091967747553245_2901847304932462464_o

This has defnitely been the most memorable Canada Day I have ever had! Thank you again Quinte West and City of Belleville | Municipal Government for having made my journey to Miss Teenage Canada so special!

There were tons more photos taken throughout the day! Click here to check them all out!

Hope you had a Happy Canada Day!

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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Hi all! First of all, congratulations to all students who just began their summer vacations. You worked really hard all year for this holiday – cherish every moment!With Canada Day just a sleep away, I wanted to share how I will be spending it!

What’s to come

001The day for me starts off in Quinte West for their Canada Day Eh parade. I’m very excited for this – not only will I be in this sweet ride, but this will also be my first time ever participating in a parade! I’ve had many friends be in Christmas and other festival parades, but I’ve always been on the sidewalks wishing I too could be apart of the fun. Thank you Quinte West for making this wish become a reality!

After the parade, I will be joining Quinte West for their opening ceremonies. I will be briefly speaking about my title, my platform, and how to vote for me as People’s Choice Miss Teenage Canada in just a few weeks.

After this opening ceremony, I will be heading over to Belleville’s Zwick’s Park for their Canada Day opening ceremonies! Councillor Thompson will be introducing me, where I will then also share with all of Belleville the opportunity to vote for me as People’s Choice Miss Teenage Canada. Following the opening ceremonies is a ton of festivities that I am eager to try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me even attempt some Flyboarding!

I travel back to Quinte West in the evening to throw the opening pitch for a baseball game. and sing on stage with Wrought Iron Roots!

With every glimpse into the future, comes a glimpse from the past

It’s so surreal to think about the many opportunities journeying to Miss Teenage Canada has brought me. Leading up to the Miss Teenage Ontario pageant, I organized my first flashmob performance. Now, leading up to Miss Teenage Canada, I’ve organized a concert that headlined a JUNO nominated singer/song-writer, will be throwing the opening pitch of a baseball game, and will be singing in front of the public for the first time in 15 years! Back when I was 4, singing was what I enjoyed most. I competed in Candian Model and Talent Convention, singing my favourite song at the time: Lucky by Britney Spears. Although I stopped performing after that, I kept up with my vocal training. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to be singing on a stage again, however am glad this will be happening in a group setting, as I don’t think I’m quite ready to go solo again. 😉

Speaking about singing…have you heard that the lyrics to our national anthem, O Canada, has been edited to be more gender neutral? This change makes me happy to be Canadian – we as a country are taking the steps to equalizing gender significance! And what makes me even prouder is that we are raising the importance of the female gender without degrading the male gender. I believe this is super important, as no gender should compensate the other. What are your thoughts?

Well…I cannot even express how excited I am for tomorrow. I just picked out my red and white outfit, rehearsed my speeches, throw, and song, and now am about to paint my nails the proud colours of the Canadian flag.  I really hope to see you there! Click the below picture to enlarge the entire schedule of Canada Day in Quinte West, and click here for Belleville’s schedule!

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See you tomorrow!!

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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The past month has been full of interviews! From radio, to news sites, I am honoured to have shared my story with so many media platforms and have it reach such a huge population.

Belleville Magazine
A few months ago, Marilyn from Belleville magazine emailed me for an interview. I am excited to announce that I am featured on page 8 of their summer edition. The article talks about how pageantry has benefitted me, my role as Miss Teenage South Central Ontario, and how to support me for Miss Teenage Canada!

Mix 97
Mix 97 has been interviewing me for 10441282_903815879653821_8014220886275069354_nmonths! Our most recent live interview can be found here. Over a few minutes, we talk about Tyler Shaw Live In Concert and then my job as a dance teacher!

And top of interviewing me, Orlena Cain, one of the hosts of Mix 97, got to interview Tyler Shaw himself!! Click here to listen to the awesome interview.

IMG_8972Tim Durkin, who works for Mix 97, Cool 100, and CJBQ, interviewed me separately about all things pageant related! It was my first time being interviewed for a recording versus live. Information from the interview was then release on Quinte News, and can also be heard on each of the above radio stations!

InQuinte
Most recently, I was interviewed by Makala from InQuinte. Again, we talked about all things pageant related. This interview was a new experience: it was my first time choosing the interview location. Usually, I would visit an office or recording studio, however this time, I was interviewed at Starbucks! Wearing a sash in Starbucks definitely sparked some curious customers, but I must admit, I would be curious too if I were in a Starbucks enjoying my Strawberry Banana smoothie in my yoga wear and saw a teenager across from me wearing a dress, heels, and sash.

Our interview finished with a fun little shoot out in the lawn of Starbucks! This was another first: usually I send in photos for the articles published about me as a titleholder. This little shoot in a busy public area made me feel like a celebrity! To check out this article, click here!

A few more days until Tyler Shaw Live In Concert. It’s going to be a wicked event, be sure to get your tickets!

Stay golden,

xo

Isabella

Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2016

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