On Friday, July 25th, 2014 was Gala Night was an amazing experience as it was the only we night we got to completely enjoy ourselves eating a buffet dinner and watch our pageant sisters perform their talent or present their platform. I chose to present my platform: to raise the awareness of getting and most of all accepting help if suffering from depression and other mental health illnesses. In my previous blog I mentioned that my platform is very meaning full as I am a survivor of depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety.

I am happy to say one of my best friends, Kaylie Stewart, Miss Teenage Southeastern Ontario, is the winner of Miss Teen Talent! You deserve it, babygirl!

With the lovely Kaylie Stewart

On Saturday, July 26th, 2014 was Final Night and this was the night that changed the life of one of the fifty five girls. I want to congratulate Francesca “Cheskie” McFadden as the new Miss Teenage Canada! All the best in your reign representing our nation proudly, hun! Also, I would like to take the time to congratulate my Manitoba home skillet biscuit, Chrystalle Omaga, who is Miss Teenage Manitoba, Miss Teen Supermodel, and the first-runner up in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. You are an incredible young woman who is a role model to us all. I love you so much boo and I hope you can come to Toronto next summer! I know you will be very successful in your life and your modelling career as you will be doing lot of travelling across the nation, the United States and even in South East Asia! Safe travels to Kenya for your Free the Children/birthday trip. Those three weeks will fly by so fast so embrace it!

With Francesca McFadden, Miss Teenage Canada 2014

With my Ontario sisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so happy I had the opportunity to have this one week experience with amazing young women from across Canada. You will all go far in your life and I want each and everyone of you to know that! Even though I did not win the pageant or place in the Top 20, I remind the girls and myself each and everyday that no matter the outcome we are all winners as we are still title holders of our city, region or province. We were chosen by Michelle Weswaldi for a reason and we need to embrace it. We could be living in a third world country with no food, clean drinking water, clothes, health care and shelter or fighting a government who ejects missiles on its people. We are lucky to be alive and most of all Canadian. Be grateful of your life and especially this new chapter in our lives. It is what it is and I am very thankful for all I have accomplished in my last eighteen years and with my title as Miss Teenage Southern Ontario. All the MTC girls and I have still so much to accomplish and to give back to our community. This is only the start! Embrace it! And remember to live in the moment!

My Manitoba best friend and sister, Chrystalle Omaga

With my Oakville babe, Katie Dennis!

Finally, I want to give a shoutout to my best friends during the Miss Teenage Canada pageant week:

Kaylie Stewart, Miss Teenage Southeastern Ontario

Katie Dennis, Miss Teenage Halton Region

Chystalle Omaga, Miss Teen Manitoba

Our little pact - Coon Ja Ha featuring Manitoba and Ontario

Peace Out!

Ronnie

P.S. I want to especially thank my amazing best friend and boyfriend, Chris Corcoran for his support in this new journey. The flowers were also nice touch to the crazy week. Thank you for being awesome possum, dumb butt

With my amazing boyfriend, Chris Corcoran

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Yesterday was preliminaries for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. It was a lot of fun preparing for the big night, but also quite tiresome (especially for our feet). We once again got our makeup and hair done by the official Miss Teenage Canada hair and makeup sponsor. Both the day and night flew by tremendously fast as we were rehearsing our different walks, bathing suit and evening gown, and opening dance for the big show on Saturday, July 26th at 9pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the Exhibition Place.

With some of my close friends, Katie and Kaylie, from Ontario!

Even if do not advance in the national pageant it is okay because I am very grateful to have this once in a lifetime experience to enjoy a week with amazing young ladies from across the nation. I am quite lucky to be a Canadian who has food, water, clothing, housing, great health care and an education compared to so many millions of people around the world who have so very little or nothing. The pageant will be tomorrow and I am so sad that it has come to an end, but also happy that it happened!

 

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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With my best friends taking a moment to relax before rehearsing our dance and walks

Day 5 was one of the most relaxing days so far during pageant week. We went back to Grenadier Cafe in High Park and had eggs, bacon, toast and home fries for breakfast. Then we spent the entire mid day practicing our walks and opening number dance. It was exhausting, however well worth it because we all improved our technique and accuracy. Then we had such an amazing night together as we went to Medieval Times. Medieval Times has always been one of my favourite places in Toronto as it was my childhood. It was so much fun to experience it with people who you really care about and adore. Going to Medieval Times was probably by far my favourite place I went with the pageant delegates so far this week. I can not wait for tomorrow which is preliminaries and only a few steps closer to the big night on Saturday as it is the National Miss Teenage Canada Pageant!

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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Yesterday we were on Global’s the Morning Show for both local and national shows. It was a lot of fun to be outside the Yorkville studio with all the beautiful contestants. After we ventured to the CN Tower and had the opportunity to do a big photo opp with many tourists and got to be on the two main levels high up in the tower. We eventually got some rest back at the hotel and then went back downtown to the Toronto Eaton Centre.

Jill with her princesses. Miss Teenage Canada loves Starbucks

It was kind of strange to be fully decked out in a sash and crown and in addition with 55 other contestants. I used to work in Eaton Centre a year ago and I still shop there quite frequently so it was nice to see the mall in a new perspective. After we came back to hotel and once again worked with Sean learning the dances and practiced our technique with the different types of walks. Yesterday was by far my favourite day of the week so far. I am looking forward to what is to come in the days to come!

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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Yesterday was another fun-filled and packed day as we were running around Toronto once again. We started the day at Citytv Studios and were on Breakfast Television at about 7:30am. Then we made our way to Grenadier Cafe and had scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. After we came back to the hotel and Lisa and Naffele from Schwarzkopf Professional gave hair tutorials on how to make simple buns and braids. Schwarzkopf also gave us two fabulous hair products, salt spray and ‘Dust It Flex’ mattifying powder. They also had us do a hair challenge. Groups were to make cool and intricate buns and braids. Happily, my team was team bun and in addition we won texturizing powder and shine spray. After we to Yorkdale Mall and got Bench Canada gift cards and Yorkdale food court gift cards. It was quite strange to be at Yorkdale as a tourist because I have a part-time job there. It was a great experience to see the mall in that perspective though, but it was quite strange indeed. We went to the food court and I got there scoops of gelato: chocolate hazelnut, cherry with cake pieces mixed in and cranberry pomegranate sorbet. It was so delicious. Then we went make to hotel and worked with Sean, the choreographer, to learn the opening number dance and practiced our walks. It was one long day, but it was well worth it!

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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With the lovely Lin and Aarti from Motives

Today was a day full of being on the go, go, go as me and the other Miss Teenage Canada delegates had our video shoot, official Miss Teenage Canada photo shoot and our interview with some of the judges. All the delegates got their hair and makeup by the official Miss Teenage Canada sponsor, Motives by Loren Ridinger. Thank you Aarti and Lin for getting me ready. You ladies did an amazing job! Following our hair and makeup we went straight in the video shoot, photo shoot and interview. Today was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to what is to come later in the week!

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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I am so grateful to be at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant for the next week! I want to take the time to once again thank my sponsors who have gotten me to this point in my reign as Miss Teenage Southern Ontario. So far, I have had so much fun getting to meet the other girls from Ontario and the other provinces. Everyone is really interesting and it is understandable why these young ladies were chosen to be title holders.

My room mate, Megan

Upon arriving to the hotel, I was greeted by the Miss Teenage Canada camera crew and was led to my hotel room where I met my room mate, Miss Teenage Red Deer 2014, Megan King. It is fascinating that she is also ambidextrous. After me and the other girls settled in we got a chance to meet the official Miss Teenage Canada sponsors: Golden Glamour Goddesses, Wright Spa Mobile Services, Hi-Tec Canada and Motives by Loren Ridinger. It was awesome to spend time with the representatives as they gave us awesome presents such as sandals, nail polish and makeup and hair services for the entire week. I and looking forward for the next few days to come with these lovely young women!

Hi-Tec Canada, Official Sponsors of Miss Teenage Canada

Golden Glamour Goddesses, Official Sponsors of Miss Teenage Canada

Wright Spa Mobile Services, Official Sponsors of Miss Teenage Canada

Keep you all posted!

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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I can’t believe it has already been six months since I have been crowned Miss Teenage Southern Ontario 2014. I have worked so hard preparing and most of all saving money for the national pageant. I want to take the time to thank my sponsors and those who have played a significant role to help me throughout my Miss Teenage Canada journey:

Sterling Optical

Sandy and Gabe French

Judy Tong

Joey Restaurant Group: Joey Don Mills

Nine Two Five

Elmwood Spa

Original Toronto

Ervine Clothing

Kind Exchange

Goa Beauty Hair Salon

Rita Houkayem

Michelle Beilhartz

Chris Corcoran and many other of my amazing and supportive friends and family who I can not all name. I promise I will not let you down as I will do my very best and represent Toronto and Ontario proudly! I am looking forward to the fun-filled week with the other 74 delegates. Below are ten fun facts you may not know about Miss Teenage Southern Ontario 2014 that may catch your attention.

1. I am obsessed with anything related to water. Recently, I was introduced to paddle boarding and now I am obsessed with it!

2. I love sports. Playing, talking or watching sports it does not matter. Hockey and baseball are definitely at the top of the list.  I am a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan. As for hockey, I pay attention to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but unfortunately I am a huge Vancouver Canucks fan….

3. I have had six concussions within two years (not all were caused by sports injuries)

4. My favourite food is steak (cooked medium rare) and anything sweet. Chocolate, sugar, icing. As long as it is sweet, it has my name on it!

5. Green tea and cotton candy frappuccinos are my favourite drinks at Starbucks. Especially with whipped cream and mocha drizzle; you can not forget that! Ask the folks at the Starbucks in the Financial District.

6. I am ambidextrous (hands and feet)

7. My favourite television shows are Game of Thrones (Go Daenerys Targaryen), Suits, Big Brother, Survivour, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint and The Amazing Race (Canada)

8.My favourite getaway in my city is Ward’s Island

9. Since Ronnie is short for ‘Veronica’ when I was a toddler, I used to believe my name was ‘Ica’ because my family would sing my name and emphasize the four syllables. Ronnie just sticks though

10. I was an extra in two episodes of Flashpoint

Hope you enjoyed reading my last blog before the National pageant.

Peace Out!

Ronnie

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Miss Teen Canada – World Incorporation, the producer of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, has recently launched a new competition. It is called Top Model Search Canada and this is a pageant and professional modelling experience in one. This new competition will help you go further with your modelling aspirations. The top three winners of the Top Model Search Canada will have the opportunity to compete in international pageants such as Miss Supranational and Miss Intercontinental. There is a minimum height requirement of 5’7 (with some exceptions of 5’6) and a minimum age of 17 and younger than 27. A full list of details are on the link above.

The national competition is scheduled to take place over five days in Toronto from August 12th to 17th. Being a contestant in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant is an amazing opportunity and since this new competition is similar, I can guarantee that you will have an amazing experience doing something you love or trying something new and becoming successful in this new career!

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Okay, so hold up for a moment. What do YOU really know about pageants? Certainly, before participating in my first one this year I had no idea. I had this notion like so many do that they are these big costume parties in front of an audience with little girls and super skinny tall modelesque women who win sashes and crowns. Little did I know there is a difference from the pageants seen in movies and YouTube and the real ones that take place all over the world. Americans are more heavily involved in the pageant world than their northern neighbour. Pageant families in the United States spend copious amounts of time, money and coaching their daughter(s); more than most families in Canada. However, no matter the pageant it all has the same underlying theme: all girls are beautiful and we need to showcase that we are strong and can achieve anything we set our minds to. They are all for women empowerment.

There are so many misconceptions with the “Miss Teen Canada” pageant, but which one is the real one? At first I thought there was only one Miss Teen Canada, however, I was extremely incorrect. Who knew there would be so many Canadian pageants for teenagers with the name “Miss Teen Canada!” There is no REAL one, but to set the record straight the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant changed its name to Miss Teenage Canada this past year to reduce the confusion between the numerous pageants using the three words “Miss Teen Canada.” Miss Teenage Canada is the largest Canadian teenage pageant and is owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi. Miss Teenage Canada is the closest pageant to Miss Teen USA.

What would make a good Miss Teenage Canada and why do I want to be the title holder of Miss Teenage Canada?

In my opinion, I believe a good Miss Teenage Canada would be a young women who is kind and enjoys giving back to her community and most of all her nation. When saying this, I do not mean doing it for the media and because of the title, but because it is in her nature. A young woman who is easy going and relatable to other teenagers across Canada. Miss Teenage Canada should be an individual who is confidently beautiful even without the fancy clothing and makeup as these are superficial things that enhance an individual versus making them. She needs to reflect Canadians and their loving character as she is a national figure for a year. I do not imagine Miss Teenage Canada to be a celebrity, but rather an inspirational role model for Canada and even the world.

I have dreamed of becoming Miss Teenage Canada since last year as Stop the Stigma,  a Toronto District School Board mental health committee, was cancelled due to the lack of funding. Instead, I made sure I was able to continue to share my life story and motivate others and be that positive role model for so many more Canadians – teens and adults. If my friends and family had to describe me in one word they would easily say ACCEPTING. Growing up with everything I could dream for to having to work three jobs in order to have food in my stomach was life changing. In my last three years, I have overcome so many barriers and at points it seemed like everything was hopeless, however, I knew I could push through. Thankfully, I did and I am living a much happier life! The people I have encountered during the most difficult years in my life that have left only a positive imprint in my life as I strive to succeed and reach my full potential in life. From these difficult times I have been especially mindful not to judge a book by it’s cover. I take the time to meet people and understand where they are coming from even if we do not see eye to eye. I still make the time to volunteer my time at shelters and drop-in centres to helping out at my old daycare and elementary and high school. I will always put others before myself because I believe there needs to be some kind of support system in every person’s life in order to succeed and continue to grow as an individual. I want to continue to strive to make a difference in every life I touch and I would like to opportunity to be the next Miss Teenage Canada.

Peace Out!

Ronnie

 

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