Hello World… okay more like Ontario/Canada,

Today was the first day! I arrive at the hotel in Toronto shortly after 11am along with 5 other of the Saskatchewan delegates. (The Sasquaches¬†as they are apparently called). Being form Ottawa, Ontario, I don’t know many pole from Saskatchewan s it was great to hear their stories an experiences (especially about horses… you know who you are #MissTeenageCentralSaskachewan).

My room mate, Aneurin (right) and I (left)

My room mate, Aneurin (right) and I (left)

We mingled for bit getting ot know each other an were then assigned our roommates. I got paired up with the loverly Aneurin from Saskatchewan (Sa

squach!) We helped each other get all pretty and then headed back down to the Ballroom fat around 7pm Opening Ceremonies for 2016 Miss Teenage Canada. The room was just a

frenzy if crowns and beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses. Getting everything into registration was a breeze, especially considering the hours or preparation that wen tinto all of the paperwork.

We were then allowed to enjoy the evening more, and just mix and mingle around. We got our new sashes, which say only our province (No more titles ūüôĀ ). We also got official Miss Teenage Canada shirts and ball caps. (Dad, the hat’s¬†pink so you can’t steal this one (; ).

I couldn't stop eating this chocolate even to take a picture.

I couldn’t stop eating this chocolate even to take a picture.

First of all I had to check out the man with the chocolate. Sam Bhutia from Sweets Canada was there with all sorts of different flavours like Banana Caramel Cinnamon. When I die I want to be buried in this chocolate. It was to die for! We also got a gift basket of gourmet bars and edible flower bars. Yup you read right; edible flower bars. There are flowers infused with the chocolate to amplify the flavour and appearance. Check out their gourmet bars here.

We also got out shoes that we will be dancing in on the final night and boy are they cute!! We’ll get the chance to check out more shoes on Tuesday¬†when we visit the Bata Shoe Museum at around 11:30am. Because what girls week out would be complete without a day filled with shoes. #WhatAGirlWants #WhatAGirlNeeds.

Future beauty queen handing out shay butter, courtesy of Golden Glamour Goddesses.

Future beauty queen handing out shay butter, courtesy of Golden Glamour Goddesses.

Speaking of what girls want, Golden Glamour Goddesses was there too! GGG is beauty salon specializing in spray tans, spray brightening, airbrush makeup, eye lash extensions and hair styling. This little cutie was also handing out little samples of shay butter. What a beauty!

Grabbed my ball just before it went in the hole.... The Golden Power Ranger Strikes again!

Grabbed my ball just before it went in the hole…. The “Golden Power Ranger” strikes again!

I also had a great time with Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy.¬†This was such a fun mini gold course. Check out the video of my hole in one (sort of) here. They teach golf lessons (which I clearly need) across Toronto at 6 locations to people of all ages. Unfortunately for me, there was a little boy, Brixen, with more experience than me and boy was he sneaky too! The “Golden Power Ranger” (Brixen) way out golfed me! Luckily for us we will get the opportunity to be taught again at a large group lesson on Wednesday (Super excited!). We’ll all play a mini tournament after that and the winner will receive two SWING Active Wear golf jackets. My Aunt Cathy used to play golf and loved to watch it too. So here’s hoping I have some of the in me too! ūüėČ (Aunt Cathy I need to learn through osmosis. send me good vibes)

Watch out Miss Teenage Canada ;) (with Miss Teenage South Central Ontario)

Watch out Miss Teenage Canada ūüėČ (with Miss Teenage South Central Ontario)

Good thing we'll have lessons soon!

Good thing we’ll have lessons soon!

I got a chance to “take out the competition” thanks to Archers Arena, an archery that we will be visiting on Thursday. I could sure use a few lessons as I don’t think I know quite what I’m doing yet…. luckily there was a giant marshmallow at the end so my lack of Katness¬†Everdeen wasn’t detrimental to anyone.

Ever loved a painting so much you wished you could take it with you? Well now you can with Nuvango. Nuvango is a Toronto based company that takes artwork, such as paintings and sets them to shirts, active wear and pants. We were lucky enough to each get a free shirt or pant form them!

Here with the shirt I got and the representative from Nuvango

Here with the shirt I got and the representative from Nuvango

Absolutely love these sunglasses! Wearing them with everything. They make such a splashing effect (Get it splash? like pool party... with sunglasses.... oh never mind)

Absolutely love these sunglasses! Wearing them with everything. They make such a splashing effect (Get it splash? like pool party… with sunglasses…. oh never mind)

V.P.I Canada Limited made a special appearance giving out free designer sunglasses. to each delegate. And what a selection! I swear I could have been there¬†for hours just trying on all the different glasses. I finally decided on a beautiful pair of¬†Bolero Brown Textured Clubmaster Sunglasses with Top Bar, regularly $54.99 (plus shipping and handling). V.P.I also sells reading glasses (Dad, I’m talking to you! No more Dollarama glasses please).

Hashtagio¬†was showing collections of past Miss Teenage Canada Contest. it was great to see some of last years photos. A little background on Hashtagio; Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing that was at the show collecting all of our #missteenagecanada2016 and projecting it live to the party. I love companies/people like Hashtagio, because for someone like me who isn’t as well verse in social media, it is a great way to project the advantages of social media. and even better, they make a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto. Basically all of the photos will be directed to the Miss Teenage Canada page so that fans/friends/family/dogs can see everyone’s pictures. Forget a tag? Not a problem with Hastagio.

At the end of the night we got pizza and cake with a ceremonial cake cutting by the previous Miss Teenage Canada, the loverly Sarah Dawn. Check out the video of it here. We also had a “golf off” where all of the girls who got a hole in one competed for the prize! By the end there were two girls left; Kendal and Stacy. They kept tying for the longest time, in fact they ended up having to shoot all the way from the evaluators. Eventually it was Stacy who took home the prize. So a big congratulations to her… Most of us could still use some practise.

More still to come; appearances by Sally Hanson, Archer Dental, and Rimmel London.

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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Hey everyone,

1 day before Nationals is super crazy. Between getting paperwork and late minute blog entries, but I’m super pumped for the experience. For our first blog assignment we were asked to pick something about our city that is unique and makes people¬†want to come. Ottawa has so many amazing things, and most of the time people are inclined to talk about the canal or parliament buildings.

My friends and I (Kendra, myself and Jessica) all skating on the canal.

My friends and I (Kendra, myself and Jessica) all skating on the canal.

Skating on the canal is wonderful and visiting the parliament building is a super unique experience however it’s something that once you have done it once or twice it gets very old. So I decided to choose something that brings people from near and far but also excited the locals year after year: Ottawa Bluesfest.

Bluesfest originally started catering to blues bands (a style very similar to jazz… however not to be confused with the jazz festival). It has since branched out for there, this year bringing in bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers,¬†Alessia Cara, Brad Paisley and so much more. The volunteer positions for Bluesfest are all gone within a few days of posting. Student tickets will be sold out months before the show and there is always a huge line outside of the Bluesfest Office.

There are bands for everyone, as well as 50/50 draws, concession or food and merchandise. This year the merchandise was created by KANIA, an Ottawa based design company that features two main designers; Stacy and Arfie. I had the pleasure of meeting them earlier this week and I was then asked to come out a model and help sell some of their merchandise. Naturally I was thrilled. Take Me To The Place I Love!

And what energy! From the moment you enter Bluesfest, there are a million people all with their own individual stories and through the crowd you’ll find you’ll meet many.

I met one family who has travelled form Sweden to come and see Brad¬†Paisley¬†at Bluffest. Another little girl came to see Alessia Cara (couldn’t have been more than 8 years old). And became fascinated with the way that Arfie was cutting shirts. So we worked together to let her help up create the fridge for one of the shirts. That little girl is going to grow up to be a¬†designer¬†one day!

I got to meet up with one lady who had created a abound with her husband and were driving back home that night to perform the next night. it was great to see local bands wearing local Ottawa made and designed shirts.

Loved meeting this super hip Classic Rock Band!

Loved meeting this super hip Classic Rock Band!

Also just meeting the other volunteers and hearing their story and what brought them o Bluesfest. As a people person, this is why I love bluffest. And seeing the concerts live is just remarkable. Being what seems like face toffee with your favourite artists all in your own home town really makes the experience just so much more enjoyable. And with semi-easy bus service after most concerts it makes getting home simple (most of the time).

Love the volunteers at Bluesfest! Great Stories, Great Company!

Love the volunteers at Bluesfest! Great Stories, Great Company!

All in all Bluesfest is a blast, though it was originally for a very specific group of music, I love how it has branched out and touched so many people in the Ottawa area and beyond.

Stay tuned for more stories like this form Nationals.

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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Hello everyone!

I know it may seem strange posting blog assignment no. 2 before no. 1. No. 1 is coming however it is taking a little more time. I am so excited for you all to check it out!

For Blog Assignment no. 2 we were asked to create a banner for Miss Teenage Canada and here is my final product. Miss Teenage Canada Banner.

This is the final product of my Miss Teenage Canada banner

This is the final product of my Miss Teenage Canada banner

I, of course, wanted to incorporate a crown in the mix, so I added it as a pink transparent background. I found using a colour rather than simply white really made the banner pop and draw attention. I also wanted to add a sash bearing to logo of Miss Teenage Canada, or using my own logo so I aded the black/grey lines, however didn’t fill it in so that you could still see the crown behind. The slogan “Be your own kind of beautiful” fit perfectly right under the crown. There is also extra space at the bottom to add any contact information, should that be required.

I had so much fun creating the design. Here are some of the prototypes I also used as inspiration.

Miss Teenage Canada logo 1

The first photo I created as inspiration for the final design.

One of the prototypes (right) next to the final product (left).

One of the prototypes (right) next to the final product (left).

Stay tuned for blog assignment no. 1. It’s going to be a good one!

 

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa

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Hello everyone,

Hope your week is going swimmingly!!

I am hosting two fundraiser events in the near future for Fort McMurray and those affected by the Alberta Wildfires. I was wondering if you might be able to help me spread the word.

The first event is on July 4th at 8pm at Absolute Comedy. This is an adult comedy show that also serves food and drinks at the venue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. (Food and drinks not included in ticket price)

Poster for Absolute Comedy fundraiser (poster for Fort Pizza to come)

Poster for Absolute Comedy fundraiser (poster for Fort Pizza to come)

The second event, Fort Pizza, is a family and children event held at the Boston Pizza on Hunt club and Merivale. Families may arrive anytime from 5pm-9pm for dinner. There will also be music, karaoke, princesses, magicians and more! Tickets are $20 and each ticket provides a salad and pizza meal. There will also be a silent auction and opportunities to take pictures with many princess characters.

Proceeds from each event will be donated directly to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray. I would very much appreciate any help you would be able to give us to get the word out about our events. The more people we get the more we can help those affected in Alberta.

Cheers,

Samantha

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Welcomes to the retelling of the craziest week of my life!

Although the week begins on Monday by week didn’t start until Tuesday. I took a trip with my wonderful parent to the University of Toronto to see the campus that I’l be attending in the fall. I am hoping to pursue a degree in international studies to prepare for a masters in international law. I hope to one day work for the United Nations and help people around the world.

Anyways, the Toronto Campus is a sight to be seen! It is an absolutely wonderful place. I honestly feel like I’m going to Hogwarts!

Here I am (left) with the three other finalists from Provincials. Funny story, I actually woke up the morning of and realized I had forgotten my costumes back in Ottawa. The costume I am wearing in the photo was something I threw together at a local Walmart.

My parents and I then drove down to Peterborough where on Wednesday I competed in the Ontario Music Festival. This is the provincial finals for the Kiwanis Music Festival. I sang two songs; “Don’t Tell Mama” from Cabaret and “Whispering” from Spring Awakening. I have aways loved singing¬†dark songs; songs that have meaning to them and Whispering was definitely one of those songs. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen/heard of Spring Awakening but it is a very dark show with a very powerful message about what happens when you don’t educate children.

I ended up making it to the semi-finals and winning third place! I was ecstatic! I had been to provincials before but never had I done so well.

I came back on Thursday to a full day of lessons, theory and planning for my event on the following Saturday.

Here I am (middle) on Rogers Daytime with city councillor Rick Chiarelli (left) and Queen Elsa from Princess Dream Parties (right).

Here I am (middle) on Rogers Daytime with city councillor Rick Chiarelli (left) and Queen Elsa from Princess Dream Parties (right).

Friday I attended 3 events; the first event was at 10am. I appeared on Rogers Daytime T.V to help promote Ottawa Welcomes Summer, a charity event I was holding for Fort McMurray and Free the Children.

My next appearance came at 4pm where I travelled to the outskirts of Ottawa; Stitsville. There I got the opportunity to view a new private international school opening called ZIDA Academy. I was interviewed there by a local reporter for the Stitsville local newspaper.

Here I am (left) with Sheng Lan (right) co-owner of the new private international school Zida Academy.

Here I am (left) with Sheng Lan (right) co-owner of the new private international school Zida Academy.

Here with two of the other hosts form Wesfest. Thanks again for having me tag along.

Here with two of the other hosts form Wesfest. Thanks again for having me tag along.

My final appearance took me back out to Westboro (where I was for Rogers Daytime) for Westfest. There I had the opportunity to make a small speech about my title, platform and my event the next day for Fort McMurray/Free the Children. I also got to introduce one of the acts. Funny enough the act I was introducing, magician Ryne Stone, also happened to be making an appearance at my event the next day. I also got to meet up with Rock the Arts puppet show. I had seen their amazing show a few years back when I was at Canterbury High School as one of the founders of Rock The Arts went to Canterbury!

Here I am with on of the members of Rock the arts! Photo bombed by the amazing puppeteer, Sarah Argue.

Here I am with on of the members of Rock the Arts! Photo bombed by the amazing puppeteer, Sarah Argue.

My final event on Friday wasn’t really an appearance as Miss Teenage Ottawa, although I didn’t have a chance to take off the crown or sash so in a way it kind of was. I went to Red Lobster to meet my cousin Peter who was visiting all the way¬†form France! What a treat and he even stayed the next day to help with my event. A big shout out to Peter if you’re reading this for all of your help!

Saturday started, as I expected, very busy. I was getting all of the last minute arrangements for my event Ottawa Welcomes Summer. The event was great! We had a a lot of volunteers, sil

I'm here (middle left) with Wolverine (left), Anna (middle right) and Elsa (right). This is my squad!

I’m here (middle left) with Wolverine (left), Anna (middle right) and Elsa (right) from Princess Dream Parties. This is my squad!

ent auction items, great shows and tons of food for the concession (generously donated by Boston Pizza and Crispy’s Chicken). Another great shout out to city councillor Rick Chiarelli for all of you’re help and support with this amazing event! We had games and princesses from Little Princess Party Fun and Princess Dream Parties. We also managed to get Wolverine, Rogue and Prof X from the Montreal X-Men thanks to a generous donation from a woman named Carmen who I met at RBC. Big shout out to Carmen if you are reading this!

Loved having Prof X at Ottawa Welcomes Summer.

Loved having Prof X at Ottawa Welcomes Summer.

Watch out Wolverine, I'm a speed demon!

Watch out Wolverine, I’m a speed demon!

Next I attended an event for Hippo in the Bathtub. Hippo in the Bathtub is an amazing swimming lessons business that comes to you. they come to your house to teach your kids swimming or even mermaid lessons. How cool! I loved getting to make balloon animals for all of the kids there (and even teaching some of the instructors how to make them). Big shout out to Natalya for all her amazing planning!

Finally on Saturday I got to teach my very last lesson to two of my favourite students, Kaitlyn and Marilyn. Kaitlyn and Marilyn were both singing the next day at their end of the year recital and were super excited but also very nervous.

When Sunday came around I got to first attend and event at the Ottawa Archives Building for Ottawa’s Open Doors event. I sang some songs for the kids and made some more balloon animals (I love doing that for kids!).

Here is one of my students playing the accordion after performing her musical theatre number Popular. Way to go Kaitlyn! What a multitalented girl!

Here is one of my students playing the accordion after performing her musical theatre number Popular. Way to go Kaitlyn! What a multitalented girl!

Next I ran off to my students recital where I got the chance to MC as Miss Teenage Ottawa. I got to watch all o my students perform and boy was I proud of how hard they had all worked.

Finally it was time to head off to my recital. I was singing 3 songs at my recital to help prepare me for my grade 9 RCM Music Examination.

Sunday night I finally got to rest. Can’t wait for next weekend! How was your weekend? Tell me some of your crazy stories.

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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It was such an amazing experience getting the chance to host a dinner theatre for Free the Children at Boston Pizza on Hunt Club and Merivale. We in total had 8 acts that came out to perform and boy were they ever wonderful! I learned a lot about how stressful event planing can be, however also how enjoyable it is. I’ll introduce you all to some of the performers now.

What a greta opening number!

What a great opening number!

First off we started with Kaitlyn singing and accompanying herself to the song Let It Go. Kaitlyn is one of my voice students and she has come along so far in the past little while. She was the perfect opening act.

 

Izzy was so happy to perform, and we were so happy to have her.

Izzy was so happy to perform, and we were so happy to have her.

Next we had Izzy who got to sing The First Time In Forever to stay in the Frozen theme. Followed by Alicia who was able to sing Luke Bryant’s Crash My Party. It was such an amazing thing to see as Alicia sing. I used to dance with Alicia but had never had the chance to see her sing. I was so happy to see her get the chance.

Love this picture of Alicia and I after she performed... I think I'm looking for food here ;)

Love this picture of Alicia and I after she performed… I think I’m looking for food here ;)

We also heard from Alex who sang What a Wonderful World. Alex was also our amazing photographer, which is why there are no pictures of him. Check him out here.

McKenna, who will be representing Ottawa in

Look at her belting out that song! What a voice!

Look at her belting out that song! What a voice!

this years Provincial Kiwanis competition, performed next. She did a beautiful job singing Lamest Place in the World and One Perfect Moment. We also had Discords, a local band perform Charlie Brown to finish off the night. And what a night it was.

 

Look at them rocking it out! Way to go boys!

Look at them rocking it out! Way to go boys!

Near the end of the night a little girl cam up to me asking me for a picture. Her parents mentioned to me that it was her birthday. So right after the Discords performed I brought her up on stage to have everyone sing her Happy Birthday. She was

Singing Happy Birthday to Bailey. She even helped me announce the winner of the 50/50 draw. Way to go Bailey! And Happy Birthday

Singing Happy Birthday to Bailey. She even helped me announce the winner of the 50/50 draw. Way to go Bailey! And Happy Birthday

thrilled! Hope you had a great birthday Bailey!

 

We also had a 50/50 draw. The winner won half of the money plus two tickets to Orpheus’s new show Tommy (generously donate by Orpheus Theatre Company). The winner needed being my father, who decided to decline the win. Sarah was our lucky winner, she actually works for Free the Children. How about that?

In the end, the night was a success as we raised over $300 for Free the Children and everyone had a great time performing and watching our performers. I want to give a shout out to all of the performers, their parents, our wonderful accompanist Steve Boudreau, Boston Pizza and of course all our our audience members. What a night!

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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Hi everyone,

First of all let me apologize for not blogging more often. With university exams everything just got so crazy. Better late than never.

This blog post will be about the amazing time I had at the Walk for Alzheimers. Alzheimers has always been something very close to me heart and it is a disease that we have so little knowledge about. It also has no cure which I find terrifying. However, it was inspiring to everyone rally together in search for a cure at the Walk for Alzheimers on Saturday May 7th.

I woke up at 5:30am to get ready, shower, hair, makeup, outfit, it’s a long process. I left at about 8am and arrived at Tunny’s Pasture at 8:30. I was directed to the children tent where I was to make

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Arriving at the Walk for Alzeimers. Taken by Kevin Daly Photography. Check him out here https://www.instagram.com/kdalyphotos/

balloon animals for all the children who were walking with their parents (and of course some parents too). I can’t even count how many times I said “I can make a dog, cat, giraffe, elephant, bunny, flower or a sword.” I was so inspired to see so many kids walking and raising money for such an amazing cause.

 

Once little girl kept coming back every 5 minutes to show me something. Sometimes it was about her balloon animal I had made her, sometimes it was a hula hoop trick. She was adorable. Maybe in a few years she’ll be writing on this blog too… okay seeing as she was about 2 years old maybe more than a few years.

People also brought their dogs to to walk with them. I got to meet two of the most adorable miniature chihuahuas in the world. They were so cute!

There are two of the most adorable Chihuahuas in the world. I wanted to take them home with me so badly.

There are two of the most adorable Chihuahuas in the world. I wanted to take them home with me so badly.

They also had Magic 100.3 there to play live music. Jeff Hopper, one of the hosts of Magic 100.3, was there to MC the whole event as well. He was super funny and everyone loved him! After the even I got the chance to meet up with him and his team. I even made them some balloon animals to take home with them.

Jeff Hopping with his amazing Magic 100.3 Team and their ballon animals. Jeff has a dog and the two girls beside him have giraffes.

Jeff Hopping with his amazing Magic 100.3 Team and their ballon animals. Jeff has a dog and the two girls beside him have giraffes.

Jeff has been doing this event for many years and he had mentioned how much he loved to watch it grow.

 

It was great getting to meet Jeff hopper form Magic 100.3! He had some excellent tips about how to take a great photo.

It was great getting to meet Jeff hopper form Magic 100.3! He had some excellent tips about how to take a great photo.

There were so many volunteers there; I met some wonderful people, especially those I met at the children’s table. Jamie and her daughter were both volunteers I met there. They had been going to the Alzheimers walk since the beginning. Jamie had mentioned as well about how much it had grown. I owe her a big thank you for teaching me to hula hoop as well.

Me attempting to Hula Hoop for the first time in about 10 years. thanks again to Jamie for the tips!

Me attempting to Hula Hoop for the first time in about 10 years. Thanks again to Jamie for the tips!

 

There were families with young kids, teenagers, friends, sororities, grandkids walking with their great grandparents and more. I was truly as inspiring weekend and I am so glad I got the opportunity to participate and help out.

Until next time, cheers.

Samantha
Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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Wow! Hello everyone,

My name is Samantha and I am the new Miss Teenage Ottawa! I am typing this snowed into my house in Ottawa. What a blizzard! My heart goes out to all of those who got stuck this morning! (I had to help my mom push her car out this morning). Born and raised in Ottawa, I have experienced quite a few of these blizzard days. Snow days as a kid were the best! I would always spend snow days tobogganing down the hill in my front yard with my younger brother. One year my dad and I had to snowshoe out of our street to make a show at the Canadian Tire Centre (back then it was still the Scotiabank place).

Elsa, why must you do this to us in Ottawa? Snowed in!

Elsa, why must you do this to us in Ottawa? Snowed in!

How many of you have pulled doughnuts in parking lots after blizzards like this? It is so easy to slip and slide. My dad would always take my family out and pull doughnuts in the park parking lot near our house. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if that was our plan tonight.

Alright, now enough about the snow and little bit about me. As I mentioned I was born and raised in Ottawa. I am currently studying at Carleton University. I have a passion for languages. Currently I speak fluent English and French, I have a basis in Spanish and American Sign Language and I have German and Italian diction training. In addition, I am an opera singer and musical theatre performer.

YTK STUDIO Shooting Stars Operatic Showcase 2011. Here I am singing 'Tis the Last Rose by Benjamin Britten.

YTK Studio’s Shooting Stars Operatic Showcase 2011. Samantha singing ‘Tis the Last Rose by Benjamin Britten.

I have performed in over 14 opera’s and 8 musicals. I currently work as a princess entertainer at Little Princess Party Fun, in addition to teaching voice, piano and dance at Centrepointe Music Academy and Artistic Preschool and finally¬†working the occasional shift at Roots in Bayshore Shopping Centre.

Some of the princess you can find at Little Princess Party Fun, in addition to Popstar and Star Wars parties!

Some of the princess you can find at Little Princess Party Fun, in addition to Popstar and Star Wars parties!

I like to stay active with my charity work as well. In the past, I have aided with organizations such as the Girl Guides of Canada, the Arthritis Society and CHEO. Currently, I am helping fundraise for Free the Children and Global Brigades. I am planning a medical brigade to Honduras at the end of August with Global Brigades and Carleton University. I will be hosting many fundraisers in the future, including door prizes, give aways and contests so keep your eyes and ears open for those!

For those of you who have been avid supporters¬†of previous Miss Teenage Ottawa’s, I hope that I can make you proud as the new 2016 Miss Teenage Ottawa. I look forward to reading your comments, opinions and idea’s. Like and share my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

 

Cheers and stay warm!

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

 

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The day has come far too quickly. Today is the day the new Miss Teenage Ontario IMG_4992 2delegates will be crowned and I must give up my crown and title as Miss Teenage Ottawa 2015. This year has been everything I could have asked for. I have made so many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime! This happened to be my second time competing in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant and as such, the organization has been close to my heart for almost 5 years now since the first time I competed! The life lessons I’ve learned about being a role model, volunteering, raising money for charity and using my voice to make a difference will be things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It saddens me to think that this part of my life is over, but I am hopeful for what the future has to hold.

IMG_4998To the ladies competing in tonights Miss Teenage Ontario pageant, I wish you all the best of luck. And for the lucky ones that move on to Nationals, the year that lies ahead of you will be one you will never forget. The best advice I can give you is to enjoy every second of your reign and make the most of it. Get involved in as much as you can in your community and plan many appearances and events. This is something very special that not everyone gets to experience in their lives and it flies by way too quickly. Just be yourself and have fun with it and you will go far.

To the Miss Teenage Canada association, I want to thank you for everything you have done. You have truly helped me grow as an individual. To think the first time I competed when I was only 15 and now I am a few months away from being 20 is crazy. The first time around I could hardly speak speak to the judges in the interview room, let alone in front of the crowd. And then this past august, to realize

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how easy it was for me to speak to the judges in the interview and then on stage in front of hundreds of people at Nationals for the final question without fear amazed me. This organization has helped me develop a sense of confidence, public speaking skills and leadership abilities that will positively impact me for the rest of my life. Thank you Michelle and Christi for making everything possible. I know I wouldn’t have had half the incredible experiences I’ve had today without you.

Thank you again for everything! To all those who came out to fundraisers, or who donated money and sponsorships, and everyone who volunteered, I wouldn’t have been able to do all that I have without you! I truly have been blessed by the support I have received with this, and with all of my endeavours. Goodbye and goodluck to the new delegates of 2016!

And so for one last time I’ll say it…

~Live Beautifully,

Kelly O, Miss Teenage Ottawa 2015

 

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