Hello everyone its time for an update again!!! Aren’t you lucky. Alright so in the past couple image3 (1)of weeks I have gone to a couple events that have created memories that i will never forget. On April 14th 2016 i attended an event in Calgary Alberta with my good friend Jade Zuffa. This event was called The Empty Bowl Benefit at the Calgary food bank. Our tasks at the benefit were to paint bowls of our own design and later they would be auctioned off and all proceeds go straight back to the Food Bank. She invited me to this event to experience what other people go through everyday. I felt so blessed and happy i could help out with such an amazing experience!

The next event i attended would be MOMMYLICIOUS. This event was wonderful for everyone out there. I was in charge of giving out their Swag bags which was only available to the first 50 people in the door, and trust me when i say it was hard having a rush and turning down people who were just seconds late. I later moved on to the Bouncy House and that was so much fun! I loved seeing these kids run and be filled with excitement every time they came down the slide, it was so amazing see these kids have fun for literally HOURS on end, and it was amazing seeing how well behaved the children were and it made just so proud to be able to run that station. This event was a perfect chance to catch up on some pregnancy tips for a soon to be mother or even just to get some organic baby food. This organization only comes to Red Deeimage4 (1) - Editedr twice a year and it was such an honor to be able to help out with the amazing event!

The last thing i want to talk about in this Update is the fundraising i will be doing in the near future. Of course i will be holding bottle drives and Hot dog sales but i just want to focus on the really important ones that mean so much to me! My high School is holding a whole week in promoting a fundamental school and the inequalities they face everyday. The school is called Parkland Schools and they have the most amazing students and staff but no one evens knows that they were located in Red Deer. My school devoted a whole week fundraising for this wonderful school and included fun activities for us to do, such as Disability day. On this day every grad service team/team member had to have a disability for the entire day and if they failed they would have to donate money and start over. I was chosen to be in a wheel chair all day, and let me tell you that was not easy. You would think the cafeteria would be easy to move around in… NO! they had tables everywhere and only one entry point. The elevator was small and hot and not at all “happy” looking, and i was only in it for a day i can not even imagine what those kids have to go through everyday of their lives. Another upcoming fundraiser coming up is the Fort Mac BBQ and Smash a car! All the proceeds from this BBQ are going straight to the Red Cross foundation in the support of helping the ones in need, and i am happy to announce my school is donating it all to me as part of my fundraising efforts towards Miss Teenage Canada. One last Fundraiser i have planned is a Zumba class! I have always wanted to do a Zumba class and now i have the chance and it goes towards the Fort Mac fires and a charity called Free The Children ( the national fundraiser for MTC ). i am very excited that my old dance teacher was so kind and generous as to Sponsor the whole Class,Teacher,and Location.

Thank you everyone who took the time to read my blog Update and please if you want to help but you don’t know how i do have a GOFUNDME account that you can donate to!

https://www.gofundme.com/qdr77gqw

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image4 (1) Friday the 8th I was honored to attend the closing ceremony at the Red Deer Arena. It was full of people saying goodbye and cherishing the place where many of them grew up. For some this is where people had their First ever hockey game, first dates, kissed the ones they loved, and of course first ever frozen tush!  My job was to manage the photo booth with this lovely lady i met, and while i was at my station so many old couples came up to me and sharedimage1 (1) their stories that they met in this very arena. That they remember  being so nervous to take out the prettiest girl to the town hang out place.I personally did not have much time to make memories but i can say that it was the coolest place in town. It is always sad to see building the we used to love get torn down, but i am very cheerful to hear that the new arena will be absolutely amazing.
There was this little girl there on the night of the demolition and i am so honored to say that i have met her.  She came up to me and said ” Are you a real princess?”, at first i was shocked for someone to ask me such a question because why would i consider my self a princess? When i replied  “No” to the little girl she looked so saimage2 (1)d and disappointed, she just starred at me until i thought of an idea that would maybe make her happy again. I got down on my knees so i could look her in the eye and asked ” would you like to try on my tiara?” her face made my whole day, she could not believe that she got to wear such a pretty crown. After she ran off to play more games with friends i got thinking to myself ” i know i am not a real princess but i sure am close”. I think the term princess isnt just for a pretty girl in a poofy dress and a crown but also a role model that little kids could look up to! Thank you Little girl for letting me share my experience with you and making you so happy
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Hello everyone, I just want to start off with thanking everyone who has been a part of my journey so far and who supported me 100% to Officially become Miss Teenage Red Deer County!  With everything going on I like to think back to the pageant days where I met so many unique, amazing, smart talented girls who I am glad to call my friends.We had such a fun time together getting to know each other and practice our walks and pretending not to be nervous in front of each other when we had to go up in front of everyone while they watched. I wish every single one of the girls who I competed with in this past February could move on to nationals, and it was such a pleasure to meet all the judges.

Nimageow, Let me introduce myself. My name is Kendyl,I am 17 years old and I was born in red deer Alberta. I’ve moved to a small town outside of red deer. I’ve lived here for 14 years. Growing up my life revolved around going to school, helping out with my chores around the house and annoying my two older siblings Sheridan and Connor. I loved to sing and dance as a kid but not professionally. I had a real passion for music, when I was in middle school I auditioned on a teen show called ” The Next Star”. I went with my mom early that morning. I was so nervous I could barley breathe. In the end I didn’t make it through, but for me to think back in this and remember that I pushed my self out of my comfort zone and tried something so spectacular it made me want to keep having that feeling of excitement! So I went on and did my schools talent show! When I got to high school I auditioned for the schools Musical that year and the next and the next. It’s been a wild ride and I loved every second of it! Being crowned at regional’s made me the happiest person alive! When Michelle W told me that I am Miss Teenage Red Deer County 2016 and that I represent all the surrounding areas from Bowden to Penhold to sylvan to Delbern to Innisfail.

My Platform for nationals is ” changing stereotypical views on pageants and on the girls who participate in them”. This platform is so important not just to me but to our society. In today’s society so many girls are shamed for what there hair loo12516225_857016394406876_1395430035_nks like, what they believe in, what there body looks like. Knowing me or even looking at a picture of me you know that I am not the “most prettiest girl”, I’m not skinny and I’m “to tall too wear heels”. So I’m not the “pageant type”. I’m here to show our younger generation that you don’t have to live up to the medias expectations, you can be your own kind of beautiful! If your short own it! If your tall ( like me 😉 ) then you rock those heels and become even taller,
( maybe even look down at all the haters). I want to show people that no matter what you look like you can compete in pageants.Pageants are not all like what you see on TV. They show you how to answer question for interviews, they teach how to own the stage or take command of a room.  This regional pageant showed me that it’s an educational, leadership becoming, role model making experience and I want to share this experience with everyone. So instead of being scared for wanting to be in a pageant and being judged by your peers, remember that you are always going to be beautiful in your own way so why not have fun with it!!

If any of you have any questions about anything please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you
Missreddeer16@gmail.com

Sincerely yours: Kendyl Miss Teenage Red Deer County 2016

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Picture this, an at risk youth frequently in trouble mentoring a younger student also deemed at risk. What do you assume the outcome would be? In this particular case they built a friendship and were inspired to follow a healthier path. At the end of the year the older youth thanks the Constable for the opportunity to mentor and says he would do it all again.

Now I don’t tell the story as well as the Constable does but it was this particular story that inspired me to not only become a peer mentor but also to promote peer mentorship programs as my platform.

Peer mentorship programs allow  the opportunity for youth to help other youth. It can prove beneficial because no one understands the problems youth face more than another person in the same age range. With the rise of technology youth today face many different problems then generations before, making it sometimes more difficult for an adult to relate to the problems of a modern teen. Peer mentor programs not only allow teens to receive guidance but also to gain a friend willing to help them through anything.

In my senior year of high school I joined the RCMP peer mentoring programing. This program was lead by the school liaison officer and involved high school seniors mentoring middle school students who were deemed to be at risk. I was paired with a girl in one of our feeder middle schools. I spent one hour every Tuesday morning with her and as I got to know her I couldn’t figure out why she had been picked out as at risk. She reminded me so much of myself when I was in middle school. She was very shy and quite, but very smart. She loved art and phys-ed and hated math. Not only did I help her to build confidence and come out of her shell a little bit but she helped me grow. She reminded me of where I started, and that I shouldn’t ever judge people because sometimes people just need a friend to help them blossom.

Peer mentor programs, to me are a great way to gain personal growth. Not only are you teaching and guiding someone else but you learn new things from them. I also believe that with every friendship we make, we gain something new in our lives. Peer mentorship programs are a great basis for creating new friendship that have life lasting effects on who we are as people.

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Through out my reign I have been working with the school liaison officer on expanding and growing the program. We have been planning and getting things in order to get the program started in the first month of school. We are also opening it up to grade 11 students this year so that the students from the middle schools moving into high school the following year will have a senior buddy to help them with the transition. I am so excited to be working with the Constable on expanding the program that had such a large impact on my senior year but I also want to see more peer mentor programs put into schools.

If I was crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2015 I would want to promote different kinds of peer mentor programs across the country. Programs that help with the transition into a new school, at risk youth, building confidence, and everything in between. I would want to work with the Best Buddies program and the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program. I’d like to encourage schools across the country to adopt different forms of mentoring programs to help their students grow with one another.

Thank you everyone and have a wonderful day!

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I’ve been so blessed to have been given so many opportunities to travel around the world and experience a variety of cultures, however at the end of the day there is no place I would rather be than Canada. Canada is an amazingly unique country, we are filled with such diversity and acceptance. From the east coast to the west coast you can experience such a wide range of beautiful landscapes, friendly people and unique cultures.

When I picture Canada I picture a vast land of natural beauty. Growing up in Alberta, so close to the Rocky Mountains I took their beauty for granted. Now as I get older I am so proud to live near such a natural beauty and consider it my favourite travel destination. Canada is filled with beauty from the Rockies on the west coast, to the never ending prairies in the heart of the country, to sparkly blue waters of the east coast. Canada is home to Niagara Falls, the Northern lights, and the Glacier ice fields. Each province and territory has its own distinct landscape and personality.

Canada’s landscape is almost like a metaphor for Canadians. Traveling across the country you can experience so many different cultures, from the laid back lifestyle on the west to the farm and ranch living in the prairies,  and the metropolitan and fishing culture on the east. And even though each province has its own unique personality, Canadians from one side to the other are all friendly, accepting, and caring. As silly as it sounds Canadians really do play into their stereotype of the “nice people”. Its beautiful to see a country full of people that are so respectful, understanding and accepting of all cultures.

I am so proud of the country I live in, and so proud to be Canadian. I love being a positive ambassador for this beautiful country every time I travel. Everything I am told about Canada from people I meet on my journeys is always positive, Canada is a well respected and loved country and its all thanks to the wonderfully amazing people who all call themselves Canadians and are proud of it.

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And since my task was to tell the world why Canada is GREAT I feel I should add 7 fun facts about Canada.

1. While the majority of Canadians consider Hockey to be Canada’s national sport because, well hockey is the best, Lacrosse is actually recognized as the national sport. Its origins come from North American First Nation tribes and was modified by European immigrants in what is now Canada.

2. Everyone has heard of the Lockness Monster in Scotland but Canada has its own mysterious water creature. In the Okanogan lake in British Colombia there is a myth about a monster called the Ogopogo who appears much like the Lockeness Monster.

3. The province of Alberta, my wonderful home, is rat free. There is not a single known rat in the whole province.

4. Canada has one large Hi-Way stretching shore to shore, covering all 10 provinces. That is 5 different time zones! The Hi-Way is called the Trans-Canada and it even has ferries that run to connect the mainland to the islands.

5. Maple Syrup is a Canadian essential. 80% of the worlds Maple syrup is made in Canada and of that 8o%, 91% of it comes the Quebec.

6. Canadians consume more mac and cheese than any other country on earth.

7. The worlds first UFO landing pad was built in St. Paul, Alberta in 1967.

Thank you everyone, and a big thank you to every Canadian out there who makes this country a perfect place to be! Have a wonderful day!

 

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Hello everyone. I am so excited to be carrying on the legacy of Miss Teenage Red Deer. I am a second generation Red Deerian attending Red Deer College for my Bachelor of Education Degree. I have a large passion for learning and knowledge and I enjoying getting the chance to share my knowledge and passion. Community service is also a large part of my life. I spend most of my spare time volunteering and helping around my community. Faith is a huge part of my life as well and I have the best opportunity this year and caring into next year interning at local church helping run their kids game night. It has combined all aspects of life that I value so high, allowing me to teach and share my faith to children in a fun manner that speaks to them. Between school, work, interning, and volunteering I live a very busy life but I always find time to layback and relax. In my down time I enjoy  yoga, hiking, and like most, Netflix. I also have a hidden artsy side, I enjoy painting, drawing, and knitting. During the fall and winter I work with my Mother and Grandmother sewing mittens and knitting scarves that we then sell at local craft fairs. It has been a great family boding experience that we all look forward to each year. I am blessed to be part of a very loving, supporting, close family. My family encourages me everyday to be the best person I can be and has shown me how to love, care, and inspire everyone I meet. My Dad and Grandparents are respected local business owners and my mother runs a non-profit organization she helped found 3 years ago. My parents have shown my that hard work and determination lead to great success.

I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to represent Red Deer this year at the Miss Teenage Canada national pageant and plan to make my hometown very proud. I would like to thank my sponsors thus far: Fas Gas Plus, Victoria Station Dental, Parterre Property, Mr. Suds, Tasty Bakery, Bridal Couture Dezigns, and Painted Light Photography. The support I have received has been so heart warming. Thank you and I look forward to keeping you all updated on this amazing journey.

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Day five was all about the rehearsals, we learnt the rest of our dance plus our bikini dance. It is going to be a blast, I am so excited for Saturday. This week went by so fast, I am extremely blessed to have this opportunity. All the delegates are so amazing, they are gorgeous, and are generally nice people. I definitively have made some friendships that will last a life time. When I am older and have received a degree, I tend on moving to Toronto, it is amazing, the weather is so humid and warm.

Tonight we attended Medieval Times! SUCH A BLAST! Our team was routing for the red night and our opponent was the green knight, and guess what. Red knight won! He also threw me a rose :’) ahh soo amazing. We had to eat half of a small chicken by ourselves, plus ribs, soup, bread, and then a dessert. I apologize as I have no idea what the dessert was called. In all it was a great experience.

 

have an amazing sleep everyone <3

Megan King

Miss Teenage Red Deer 2014

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Today we were on both Local and National Global News, http://globalnews.ca/video/1466228/miss-teenage-canada. Early morning for some, however my room mate and I slept in and woke up at the time we were supposed to be ready. We still looked good though. After the broadcast we went to the CN Tower, had a blast there, faced my fear of heights by walking on the glass floor, did it for you dad!

After the CN Tower, we went back to the hotel for some down time. Then we were off to the Eaton Centre to shop! I bought many things from forever 21, even though we have a few stores in Alberta. Loved the Eaton Centre, it is so huge. I took a picture with the employees at Marc Jacobs and they gave me free perfume!

Had an amazing day today!

 

Goodnight everyone!

Megan King

-Miss Teenage Red Deer AB

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