Little Black Dress Gala Spring 2017

When I looked into the audience, the room was buzzing with laughter, excitement and joy! To see over 1000 people ready to help their community was truly powerful for me. The Little Black Dress Gala is a charity fashion show which is put together to showcase local designers while fundraising for Help Change My City. The evening celebrates Vancouver’s multiculturalism, performing arts, fashion and the positive change happening in the lives of our youth! Help Change My City works directly with those in need. They help troubled and unprivileged youth in Vancouver find employment and provide education bursaries to those looking to get a higher education. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to model at this event.

Designer: Julie Blaney , Photographer: Jason W Media

 

The Walk To Fight Arthritis

The Walk To Fight Arthritis is held all over Canada by the Arthritis Society. The Walk is a fundraising event that happens in communities around the country to fund a cure and improve the lives of those fighting with arthritis. I was so empowered by the amazing turnout and all the effort put in by the volunteers, sponsors and the organizers! Over 8000 people came together in 41 communities all across Canada and ended up raising $1.25 million to support the Arthritis Society!  I’m proud that I could help with such an amazing cause!

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Jennifer Chen from the British Columbia Chiropractic Association and I were very excited to have booths next to each other!

 

Exciting News!

http://www.safeteen.ca/

As a self-love and empowerment advocator, I have been looking for different ways to provide teens with the resources and help they might need to feel secure. I want teens to have a safe space where they can talk about their issues and where I can help them in a one-on-one conversation. I’m highly proud to say that Safeteen and I are partnering together to create a healthy and productive environment for Vancouver teens. We plan on leading workshops and discussions together to teach teens about self confidence and empowerment. Since there are a lot of things that need to be worked out to be able to plan efficiently, our workshops/programs will be effective in September 2017.

 

What’s Next?

Amazing hair and make-up by CRAFT Academy Salon!

I’ve got a lot of cool events planned, so please stay tuned for pictures and details! As per media coverage I was featured in the North Delta Reporter-(http://www.northdeltareporter.com/e-editions/?iid=i20170511021115403) . And I have a few more exciting interviews coming up so keep following me on social media to hear about those. I am also happy to announce that I have my first sponsor! CRAFT Academy Salon is my official hair and make-up sponsor for all my Vancouver events! http://www.craftacademysalon.com/ .

For sponsorship enquiries please email me at: missteenagelowermainland2017@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageLowerMainland2017/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missteenagelowermainland2017/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeenLowerMain17

So that’s it for now folks, stay tuned to follow my journey and keep loving!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland.

 

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Hi everyone! I’m Samriddhi, your new Miss Teenage Lower Mainland. I couldn’t be any more thrilled to be able to say that! Miss Teenage British Columbia gave me more than just a crown, sash, and title; it gave me amazing new friends. When I applied for this pageant, I had no clue what to expect. This was my first ever pageant and I didn’t expect to have created so many friendships, but I did. I will always cherish the experience of this pageant and I hope to create many more special bonds during the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. Thank you to everyone for their continuous support! Before I continue talking about my background, I would like to talk about my platform first, as it is something that I deeply believe in and it is this belief that has brought me to where I stand today.

My main focus with the pageant is to spread self-love. Self love is all about teaching young girls to love themselves regardless of race, religion or culture. When you’re filled with love, you’re ready to spread love. The process starts with loving your own self first. It’s about respecting your body, and knowing that you can make a huge difference, if you just believe in yourself. Looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you’re beautiful, strong, compassionate and you hold the power to do anything you wish, is an incredible way to love yourself. It’s so important to believe that you have the power to feel beautiful and I would love it if I could make young girls feel that love and respect for themselves. So, here’s to knowing more about me!

I was born in British Columbia, but at the age of 3, I moved to New Delhi, India. I lived in India for about 4 years and even did a few years of schooling there. When I was 6 years old, I enrolled in the National School of Drama. During that time, I played my first ever role as a grandmother.  It was hard to portray but that made me love the complexity of acting. Soon after, we moved back to B.C. and I became aware of a local theatre company. My elder sister and I joined and continued to polish our acting skills. A lot of my acting skills and techniques have developed from watching my sister. During my time at the theatre company, I played various roles such as a puppeteer, pirate, and also a school principal.

I was very active in my elementary school and I was involved in basically everything. My time was spent helping at the breakfast club, library, assemblies and doing the morning announcements. I also created and ran the Young Writer’s Club in grade 5. In grade 6 I took a part in my school’s musical called “Spring Games” and had a big solo song and dance. Being a hyper child and not being able to sit still for too long, I decided to join dance classes. Kathak is a traditional classical dance form of the Indian culture. I have been learning Kathak for 3 years and my trio attained the first place prize at the Surrey Festival of Dance, last year.

At the start of high school, I decided to take a part in the Delta Film Academy. I learned from industry professionals and continued my education on the film industry. I played the lead role in a short film, during my time at the academy. The film was created by Kama Sood and titled “The Test”. Soon after, during the summer of 2016, I signed on with an acting agency. Besides acting, I enjoy poetry writing thoroughly. My interests also include drawing/painting and cooking/baking.

I strongly believe that everything that I have achieved in my life is through the belief of self love. It’s all about your own thought process and believing in yourself. I’m very grateful for everyone’s love and support. Be sure to continue following me throughout my reign to learn more about my insights and to follow all of my social media accounts to be a part of my journey, as a Miss Teenage Canada delegate!

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Until next time,

Love, Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2017.

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Travelling all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia, I arrived in Toronto at 6:30 pm on July 16th.  (After a delayed flight!)  I got to the hotel by 7:00, and unpacked my super heavy suitcase.  The first person I met was Brittney, my awesome roommate!

At 6:30 pm on the 17th, all of the finalists filed into the ballroom on the twelfth floor of the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport.  The room was buzzing with excitement!

Welcome Party Sponsors

BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY

Bradlee Ryall Golf AcademyFirst, when I finished handing in all my registration documents, I headed over to Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy‘s exhibit to play some mini-golf!  I’ve never golfed before, but I’ve always wanted to try it, so mini-golf was a fun introduction.
On June 20th, all of the finalists visited Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy, for some golf lessons, a one-hole game, and some delicious lunch.

When we arrived, my group went to learn chirping. Following, we tried driving, and lastly putting. Then, we played a one-hole game, which was won by Miss Teenage Brandon, Jordyn. (Congratulations!) She received a HUGE bouquet of flowers, and a chic golf jacket from SWING active wear.

Last but not least, we had lunch at Iggy’s Restaurant on the golf course. The food was so tasty, and I especially loved the sweet chilli tempura prawns.

Bradlee Ryall and the team were so kind, and made great teachers, providing each and every one of the finalists with one-on-one tips. I would definitely recommend Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy to anyone looking for high-quality golf lessons, and if I’m ever back in Toronto, I’ll without a doubt book some more lessons with them!

V.P.I. CANADA

VPI Canada logoNext, I made sure to head over to V.P.I. Canada, and of course, I was drawn in by all of the trendy sunglasses.  After taking a look at all of the sunnies, I was faced with a difficult task: to narrow my “favourites” pile down to only one pair for me to take home!  When I finally decided on a style, I took an abundance of selfies, as seen below.  (What else does one do when receiving a new pair of adorable sunglasses?)

Me (on the left) in style 2517, and Anne (on the right) in style 3904.

I found my pair of sunglasses for sale online for only $28.00  plus shipping and handling. Thanks VPI Canada for my awesome new shades!  I’ve been wearing them everyday, and they’ve come in really handy, especially under the hot Toronto sun!

 

 

NUVANGO

Nuvango logo

After, I headed over to Nuvango; a trendy and high-quality clothing line and gallery, brought in a bunch of their clothes to try on, and a huge full-length mirror.  All of their clothing is super stylish and comfortable, but I especially love the “City Never Sleeps Crop Leggings“.  What I love about this brand is that their items are made locally in Toronto, and designed by artists from around the world!

On Tuesday, all of the Miss Teenage Canada finalists visited Nuvango’s Toronto headquarters, which was so cool.  Their building is located in Toronto’s hip Junction neighbourhood, and is decorated so beautifully that I could stay there forever! (No but seriously Nuvango, I need some of your artwork for my bedroom!)

As soon as we stepped inside, we heard speeches from the incredible Dawn Laing, and other inspiring female Nuvango employees. They talked about ambition, perseverance, and also a bit about the fashion industry, which was interesting for me to hear about, as I am really into fashion. (One of the girls had even met Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine!) Talk about a fangirl moment!

Printing a skirt pattern for Mindy Kaling's best friend at Nuvango! I found this so neat, because "The Mindy Project" is one of my favourite TV shows!

Printing a skirt pattern for Mindy Kaling’s best friend at Nuvango! I found this so neat, because “The Mindy Project” is one of my favourite TV shows!

Following the speeches, all of the finalists were split into groups to tour the production and design areas, and pose for a mini-photoshoot. My group was off to the photoshoot first, where I was able to select a few of my favourite Nuvago designs to wear. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos below:

GOLDEN GLAMOUR GODDESS

Following Nuvago, I checked out the Golden Glamour Goddess table, where I received a whipped body butter, perfect for after a tan or before you go on stage!  I used it for my photo and video shoots, and I really noticed a difference!  Golden Glamour Goddess is the spray tan and eyelash extension sponsor for the pageant, and offered finalists discounted rates for the pageant.

HASHTAGIO

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Next up, I visited Hashtagio’s social media wall.  Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that will be collecting all of the tweets, likes, and Instagram posts tagged with #MissTeenageCanada2016 and projecting it live at the party.  What’s so neat about Hashtagio is that they make a live single feed URL that anyone can subscribe to and follow along with in real time as we experience all of the different activities here in Toronto.

Hey look! It's me! Thanks to Hashtagio for the feature.

Hey look! It’s me! Thanks to Hashtagio for the feature.

SWEETS CANADA

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Thanks to Q'licious Canada for the treats!

Thanks to Q’licious Canada for the treats!

Later on, I headed over to Sweets Canada‘s table to pick out test out some chocolate.  Sam Dhutia, a representative from Sweets Canada was at the party with innovative and delicious chocolates!  He generously gave out samples, until each finalist discovered which chocolate she liked.  He then gave out delicious gourmet chocolate bars, and edible flower chocolate bars, depending on each delegate’s individual preferences, as discovered during the tastings.  I chose the White Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, Caramel & Sea Salt of course, because I love white chocolate, and anything with caramel!

ARCHER’S ARENA

Archers Arena logo Last but not least, I headed over to Archer’s Arena’s station, where I got to try my hand at archery.  I’ve wanted to try it since I watched “The Hunger Games”, and I really liked it!  And don’t worry, nobody got hurt, the arrow had a giant marshmallow on the end.  I can’t wait to participate in it again at Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday, July 21st!

Pageant Sponsors

RIMMEL LONDON

RIMMEL LondonI love trying new makeup, so seeing that Rimmel London was a sponsor for Miss Teenage Canada was so exciting! I’m so excited to find out what’s in their gift bags.

 

SALLY HANSENSally Hansen

I’m always wearing Sally Hansen nail polish on my nails.  Their products are will be providing products for gift bags.

 

ARCHER DENTAL

archer dental logo Archer Dental is a dental clinic located in Toronto, helping us prepare our pearly whites for the competition.

BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Bata Shoe MuseumVisiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday was so interesting!  My group visited an exhibit which housed shoes from the Egyptians, all the way to the 2000’s.  I even got to hold Shaq’s size 22.5 Timberland boot!

Shaq's shoe!

Shaq’s shoe!

 

Fishd By EDO

Fish’d by EDO is a sushi burrito pop-up located in Toronto.

 

YOGEN FRUZ

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I love frozen yogurt, so I’m very excited to see what  yoga früz has in store for us!

 

Storia PR Inc.

Storia PRDaphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto. will be providing all finalists with advice on how to make the most of public and social media.

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Hey Everyone!

Sign Source Solution; a company which specializes in printing and event signage, has generously donated a banner to the Miss Teenage Canada organization.  As a result of this, all of the Miss Teenage Canada national delegates have been challenged to put their creativity to the test, and create an original design for the banner!  The winning design is to be displayed in Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the finals for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, on July 24th.

First, I decided I wanted to create my own Miss Teenage Canada logo.  I knew that I wanted to incorporate a crown, and a maple leaf, so I began sketching some designs on paper.

After finally finding a program that allowed me to make the logo I had drawn out, I came up with the following.

Following much consideration, I decided to change the design of the crown to something more simple to match the flow of the font for “Miss” and “Canada”, and change the font of “Teenage” to something thinner, to match the thickness of the lines used in the rest of the logo.

Next, it was time to create the actual banner.  I wanted to feature Miss Teenage Canada’s slogan, “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”, and make the banner eye-catching and visually appealing to teenage girls.  I included some a few benefits about the pageant to provide additional information to girls that may not be familiar with Miss Teenage Canada, while maintaining the fresh and simplistic feel.  Finally, when I was satisfied with my design, I clicked save and…

I’m really proud of the banner design I made, because I believe that it encompasses what Miss Teenage Canada can offer young girls.  I also believe that it will capture the attention and interest of girls ages 13-18, and encourage them to further pursue the pageant!  So without further ado, I present to you…

My completed design!

The winner will be announced at Miss Teenage Canada on July 24th, be sure to watch the livestream of the pageant to find out whose banner is the winner!  I’ll post the livestream link on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when it becomes available, so make sure you’re following those to keep up-to-date.

Until Next Time,

Gabriella

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016

 

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Even though BC’s Lower Mainland is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire world, Stanley Park’s unparalleled beauty makes it stand out as one of the most naturally scenic parks.  The park covers over 400 hectares of Vancouver’s downtown core, (larger than New York City’s Central Park) and attracts over 8 million visitors each year.  It constantly receives high acclaim for its plethora of activities available to participate in year-round, and was even named “Top Park in the World” by Trip Advisor in 2014.

 

Where is it?

 

Stanley Park is located at the northern tip of downtown Vancouver.  Its close proximity to downtown makes it easily accessible by car, bike, bus, skytrain, or even foot!  To see directions on how to get to the park from YVR, (Vancouver International Airport) click here.

History

Stanley Park is named after Frederick Stanley, who was the Canadian Governor General at the time of its opening.

Originally, Stanley Park was home to Burrard, Musqueam, and Squamish First Nations people, and was opened to the public on September 27, 1888.  Spanish and British explorers were the first Europeans to discover the park in 1792.  The park is named after Frederick Stanley, who was the Canadian Governor General at the time.

Enjoying the scenery at Stanley Park.

Summer Activities

My personal favourite time to visit Stanley Park is during the summer months.  Apart from all the fun activities one can participate in, the sunny weather transforms it into a lush, downtown oasis, and it is pleasant just to sit and relax.  Below are some of my favourite things to do in the summer at Stanley Park:

have a picnic on the grass in the centre of the park

-go swimming at the pool at First Beach

-have brunch at the Teahouse

Showcasing Vancouver’s beautiful skyline, from the seawall!

-go for a jog, bike ride, or stroll around the seawall (insider tip: for the best views of downtown Vancouver, head to the area by the Totem Poles)

-visit the Vancouver Aquarium’s outdoor exhibitions and shows

-go for a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park

-relax on First, Second, or Third Beach

-watch the Celebration of Lights fireworks competition at English Bay, featuring entries from all over the world (insider tip: the beach can get particularly crowded on these nights, try to grab dinner at one of the restaurants on the beach for the best view!  I recommend the Cactus Club at English Bay, as their menu has something for everyone!  Although, I may be partial to their Butternut Squash Ravioli with Prawns.)

-book tickets to watch one of Theatre Under the Stars’ fabulous broadway-style musical productions (outdoors!)

Winter Activities

-Because of Vancouver’s mild winter climate, many of the summer’s outdoor activities are still available during the winter!  In addition, many other opportunities to enjoy the park open up, particularly during the Halloween and Christmas seasons.

The Vancouver Aquarium is consistently ranked among the world’s top aquariums.

-visit the Vancouver Aquarium’s indoor exhibits

-visit Bright Lights at Stanley Park (for a stunning Christmas light display)

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

-book tickets for the Stanley Park Miniature Railway’s Halloween and Christmas Train (insider tip: plan to book these around a week in advance, as they do tend to sell out)

 

 

 

 

On your next visit to Vancouver, I hope you have the opportunity to visit Stanley Park and check out some of the activities I recommended!  And hey, maybe I’ll see you there.

Until Next Time,

Gabriella

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016

 

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Hi everyone!

Instead of just doing a blog post about the events I attended this weekend, I thought it would be more interesting to “take you with me” for the duration of it.  So, to take a glimpse into an average weekend for Miss Teenage Lower Mainland, please keep reading!  Fun fact: I actually ended up re-writing this three times, as my laptop died twice before I could save it… third time’s a charm?

June 25

8:30 am

At 8:30, my alarm goes off, and I get out of bed.  (After pressing snooze a few times!)  I go downstairs, make a green smoothie, (I’ve been loving spinach, mango, and pineapple topped with chia seeds for protein lately) and then head back up to my bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth.  I then get dressed, and put on my crown and sash.  (My favourite part!)

10:00 am

A kind girl I had the honour of face painting on.

A kind girl I had the honour of face painting on.

About half an hour later, I arrive at Central Park for Variety’s Picnic in the Park.  (No, not the Central Park in New York, we have our own in Burnaby!)  This annual event benefits Variety, with special needs children as the focus.  I volunteered to help out, and was assigned to face painting.  I had an amazing time talking to and getting to know all of the children, and finding out what made each of them special!

 

 

2:30 pm

As soon as I get home, I open up my laptop and work on some blog posts.  After I finish one, I decide to go upstairs and clean my room.  (Really not my favourite thing to do, but it has to be done.)  Luckily, not too soon later my

Mmmm... delicious!

Mmmm… delicious!

dogs begin barking, signalling for me to take them for a walk!  (Saved by the barks??)  So, I temporarily escape cleaning my room while I take them for a walk.  When I get back home from our walk, I’m really hot, so I decide to make frozen banana popsicles.  These are one of my favourite treats to make during the hot summer months, as they are super easy to make, delicious, and relatively healthy!  All I do is cut a banana in half, stick a popsicle in each half, put on the toppings of my choice, and freeze the bananas!  This time, I made some with dark chocolate and peanut butter, and some with dark chocolate and coconut flakes.

6:30 pm

When my family gets home, they look exhausted, so I decide to make them dinner.  I make brown rice, sautéed kale, butternut squash, and grilled peaches.  Despite my younger siblings being picky eaters, they finish their portions, which to me is a good indication that it tasted good!  After dinner I practise piano, until my sister interrupts me and begs me to watch an episode of The Mindy Project with her.  (I couldn’t turn this down.)  Then, since I can hardly contain my excitement for Miss Teenage Canada, (it’s just over 2 weeks away) I go up to my room and start putting together outfits to wear during the week in Toronto.

12:00 am

After I re-create the semi-cleaned mess in my room, I get ready for bed, and go to sleep.

June 27

7:00 am

At 7:00 I get out of bed, and change into leggings and a sports bra.  As I hurriedly run out the door, I grab a Whole Foods “Eye Opener” juice- one of my favourites, made up of orange, apple, and carrot cold-pressed juices.  I love it because it always gives me an extra boost of energy!

8:00 am

Just before 8:00, my mom and I arrive at Yyoga’s Northshore Elements studio, ready to tackle today’s class: pilates.  Lately, I’ve been loving yoga to supplement cardio workouts like jogging and spin class.  I loved today’s pilates class because it focused on core strength and toning!  (Important when you’ll be wearing a swimsuit on stage soon!)

9:15 am

As soon as I get home, I take a shower.  (An essential for me after any workout.)  Then, I select a gown to wear for the event I am attending today, and get in the car, ready for the long drive to Abbotsford for the Sparkle Project gala.

1:00 pm

At around 1:00, I arrive in Abbotsford for the first-ever Sparkle Project gala.  The Sparkle Project is an organization which promotes self-confidence and empowerment for girls and women.  The gala had a conference-like setting, with several speakers and fun activities!  The speakers were all so inspirational, and one thought that really resonated with me was that as women, we are still too focused on our outer beauty, as opposed to our capability to make a difference in the world.  The Sparkle Project is very important to me as it’s core values are very similar to my platform, which is to motivate and empower young women to achieve greatness.

With Miss Teenage Southwestern British Columbia, Miss Teenage Surrey, and Miss Teenage Maple Ridge at the Sparkle Project gala!

With Miss Teenage Southwestern British Columbia, Miss Teenage Surrey, and Miss Teenage Maple Ridge at the Sparkle Project gala!

6:00 pm

When I get home, I once again get working on some blog posts.  On most Sunday evenings during the summer, my family has friends over for dinner.  Tonight, I am helping my mom make salmon burgers on the barbecue.  After everyone finishes eating, I ask our guests if I can play them a song on the piano, and they cheerfully give their approval.  I’m always excited to have the opportunity to practise performing my piece for the Miss Teenage Canada talent competition!

12:00 am

Finally, at midnight, it’s time for me to go to bed.

I hope everyone enjoyed “following me along” for the weekend!

Until next time,

Gabriella

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016

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Hey everyone!

With Miss Teenage Canada quickly approaching, (less than 1 month away!) I thought it was time to tell you all a little more about myself.  So without further ado, here are twelve things that make me unique!

  1. I can list every Canadian Prime Minister in chronological order dating back to confederation.  (These are the things I do when I’m bored.)
  2. I am obsessed with breakfast!  (But really I’m not picky, I love trying different foods!)  Some of my breakfast favourites include acai and pitaya bowls, avocado toast, and eggs benedict.  (YUM!)

    A delicious acai bowl, made by me!

    A delicious acai bowl made by me!

  3. I am a huge nerd, and I love science!  I maintain a Principal’s List average, and I won second place in my school’s super-competitive Balsa Bridge Building Contest this year, on my first attempt.  I built a bridge which weighed less than 100 grams and supported 154.15 kilograms.  I also proudly received two physics scholarships.  You bet I’m going for first next year!

    With my awards for my bridge.

    With my awards for my bridge.

  4. I would really, really love to travel to Kenya!  It may seem like an unlikely place for a teen to want to visit, but I’d love to have the opportunity to go on a volunteer trip with Me to We, or go on a real safari.
  5. I love to cook and experiment with different recipes.  My latest favourite creation would have to be my grilled fish tacos with mango salsa!
  6. Although I don’t get to watch TV often, my favourite shows are Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Mindy Project.
  7. I have scoliosis, a disease which causes the spine to curve.  My degree of curvature is currently 67 degrees, (surgery is recommended at 50 degrees for some perspective) but dance has helped me to balance my strength and avoid surgery.
  8. All of the dogs my family has owned have been named after Star Wars characters.  We used to have a King Charles Cavalier named Obi, and we currently have a pair of Japanese Chin siblings named Luke (Skywalker) and Princess Leia.  If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am a proud Star Wars fan.

    Luke and Leia!

  9. love the ocean.  I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home right on the beach, and I used to be a competitive sailor!

    Competing in the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Annual Regatta.

    Competing in the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta.

  10. I am going into grade 12 next year, and I’ll be taking Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Christian Education, First Year University English, First Year University Psychology, Physics, and Writing.  My favourite subjects are Chemistry and Physics, as they mix my favourite things: Math and Science!
  11. I love to keep busy.  In addition to academics, I’ll also be dancing in a competitive group at company level for 15 hours per week and continuing piano lessons in the coming year.  I believe that being well-rounded and being able to juggle several tasks are some of the best qualities a person can have.
  12. My biggest motivator is my mom.  While I always give my all and try my best in everything I do, she is always there to give me that extra little “push” and provide me with support no matter what.

Until next time,

Gabriella

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016

 

 

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Hey Everyone!

One of the best parts about winning a Miss Teenage Canada regional title is the opportunities that are opened up to you.  Over the past two months, I have participated in several events in my area with my title that range from attending black-tie galas to face painting for children.  My favourite part of being active in my community is meeting new people, and talking to them about my title, and myself!  If you are interested in finding out where my crown has taken me, be sure to continue reading!

Miss Teenage BC and I waving at the cameras!

Miss Teenage BC and I waving at the cameras!

 

Little Black Dress Charity Gala – May 13th

The Little Black Dress Gala is put on each year by Help Change My City, a non-profit organization which brings awareness to and helps homeless and at-risk youth.  The main part of this event was a fashion show, and I was asked to model at this event, which was very exciting!  (But also somewhat nerve-wracking, as I had no previous runway experience.)  First, I attended castings, where the designers chose their models, and then on the big day I suited up in two stunning looks from two amazing local designers.

#Donuts4FortMac – May 14th

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BC girls raising money for Fort McMurray!

The following day was all about giving back.  After hearing about the tragic fire that tore through Fort McMurray, I along with five other BC titleholders decided to raise money for the tens of thousands of Canadians affected by it.  We chose to fundraise by selling Krispy Kreme donuts.  We easily surpassed our goal, thanks to all of the generous donations we received.  Later, I attended a play put on by my church, and was able to raise additional money to send to Fort McMurray.  As of now, citizens of Fort McMurray are slowly returning to the city, however; the need for donations is still just as strong, as most of the city needs to be rebuilt.

Sole Awesome 5km Fun Run – May 29th

At 5:00am, the alarm on my phone went off, signalling me to wake up.

Even when I'm not wearing my Miss Teenage Lower Mainland crown, I've still got a crown!

Even when I’m not wearing my Miss Teenage Lower Mainland crown, I’ve still got a crown!

An hour and a half later, I found myself at Burnaby’s stunning Deer Lake Park, surrounded by several excited individuals.  The event; put on by Sole Girls, began with a 5km run and had fun stations at the end of each kilometre.  I was stationed at the second stop, where we had all the young girls write down something that made them “Sole Awesome” and put it on a banner.  I loved helping them find something that made them unique!  After the run, there was a festival-like set-up with tons of fun activities such as yoga, tie-dying shirts, and taking photos in the photo booth!  I especially enjoyed this event because it was focused on self-confidence, living a healthy life, leadership, and empowerment for young girls, which are all things I am promoting with my platform!

Tri-Cities Polish Festival – May 29th

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Loved talking to this sweet girl.

Immediately after I finished at Sole Awesome, I headed over to Port Coquitlam to volunteer and do a meet-and-greet at the Tri-Cities Polish Festival.

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With Mayor Richard Stewart and MLA Mike Farnworth.

I’m half Polish, so I’ve attended this festival with my family for years, and I was so excited when I was asked to come with my title! At the festival, I helped out with face painting.  While it was my first time doing it, I have to say I became pretty good at it by the end.  (And I may have just found a new hobby!)  It was so fun to not only talk to everyone about my title and about going to Miss Teenage Canada in July, but to do it in Polish!  I also had the pleasure of seeing His Worship Richard Stewart; Mayor of Coquitlam, and Mike Farnworth; MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

Burnaby’s Hats Off Day Parade & Festival – June 4th

Waving at the crowds with Miss Teenage Langley Township!

Waving at the crowds with Miss Teenage Langley Township!

The following weekend, I and a few BC titleholders participated in the Hats Off Day Parade.  This is another event I have been attending for a while with my friends and family, so it was really fun to return with my crown!  The parade is really close to my home, so it meant a lot to me to be a part of the parade, as my community is a very important part of who I am.  Although the sun was blazing, we didn’t let it stop us from waving at the smiling crowds on the sidewalk, and dancing to the music from the marching band!

RBC’s Run for the Kids – June 5th

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Handing out medals.

While the weather was HOT, the turnout to this event was amazing, (well over 6,000 participants) and it’s something I’m so happy to have been a part of.  Altogether, we raised over $1 million for paediatric oncology and mental health at BC Children’s Hospital.  I was part of the cheer squad, and my job was to cheer on the runners as they ran by my station! After around a thousand people came by, it was my turn to run; crown on head and everything, to the finish line to start handing out medals.  There, I met and spoke to an endless amount of little kids, and an adorable little girl who asked to take a picture with me.  (She thought I was a princess!  Too cute!!)  Following the race, there was a fun festival where I helped out as well.  All in all, the day was super fun, and I’m so proud of everyone involved for giving up their Sunday mornings to help out the cause.

I am so grateful for this title, and the number of opportunities it has opened up for me.  Being an active part of your community is so rewarding, and it is a great way to meet new people who are passionate about the same things as you are!  I’d like to challenge everyone reading this to sign up to volunteer for an event in the upcoming months!

Until next time,

Gabriella

Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016

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While it’s been a little while since the British Columbia regionals for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, I can remember the day as if it were yesterday.  Picture this: Sunday night, standing on stage with all the girls I had gotten to know so well over the weekend, my friends and family watching from the audience, my face beginning to feel hot from the beaming stage lights… (or nerves)  Finalists were being called one by one, and the applause for each one was equal; an attestation to how close we had become over the past two days.  My name was called as a finalist, and my excitement skyrocketed!  I made my way to the front “x” as best as I could.  But really, who could blame me for being a bit shaky??  I had just found out I was going to compete in MISS TEENAGE CANADA in Toronto!

But who am I, exactly?  I’m 16-years-old, and I currently live in Burnaby, British Columbia.  I grew up in a small town on the water called Belcarra, but relocated for school.

At this year's recital

At this year’s recital

I am the eldest of three children, and I have a younger brother and sister, as well as an adorable puppy.  (A brand new addition to my family!)  When I’m not hitting the books to maintain my Principal’s List Honours average, I can be found dancing, (in the studio or in my living room) learning to play a new song on the piano, writing posts for my fashion blog, or baking up a storm in the kitchen. (I may not be the best, but it is the thought that counts, right?)  I also enjoy travelling and exploring new cultures, spending quality time with my family, and like most girls my age, I love to hang out with my friends, and watch Netflix.  (Although my friends always tease my for not being able to get through shows very quickly.)  As you may be able to tell, I love to keep busy!

During my reign as Miss Teenage Lower Mainland, I hope to promote my platform, which is to motivate and inspire young women to achieve greatness.  I believe that every girl is special in her own way, and that everyone has the potential to do something amazing.  I’m excited to tell you more about my platform in an upcoming post, so be sure to stay tuned…

Miss Teenage Lower MainlandUntil next time,

Gabriella

 

 

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