Hello, Everybody!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm weather so far because I know that I have!

I have to say that the past 2 weeks have been very delightful! On June 3rd I got to attend one of our community’s nursing homes up in Stittsville. I got to see some of the residents once again and then I got to enjoy an eventful Bingo game. Ruth was one of the residents I was sitting beside and with whom I got the chance to help mark her numbers. I loved the fact that before the game she was taking her time choosing her 2 bingo cards, I asked her if she enjoyed playing bingo she replied with “It’s better if I win”, as she was lucky enough to be the first bingo winner! I had such a wonderful time at the Nursing home because it made my day, everybody was so kind and thoughtful, and everyone congradulated me on my title and they all wished me luck ūüôā

Stay tuned for more!

xx,

Jesika

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Hey, everyone! So if you live in Ottawa then you probably know that May is always so busy, probably the busiest month out of them all! Since there are so many things going on in May here in Ottawa, today was the day that I got to go and see one of my favorite tourist attractions which is the Tulip Festival.

I remember that as a kid, I would always go and see the colorful tulips. It was definitely one of my favorite things to see! I still go to the Tulip Festival to this day because it’s right by the canal which makes the whole scene even more beautiful!

Canada’s 150th Birthday Tulips

Here are some of the pictures I got to take:
 

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for a new post soon!

xx, Jesika

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Hey, everyone! This post is just an update on what I’ve been up too!

Well for starters, I’ve been very busy with school. I’ve been spending lot’s of time, studying for tests and getting projects done on time. I’ve also been pretty busy with some sports.

Other than that, everything still remains the same. Although, I do have news on what I’ve been up to this past weekend. This weekend was an important weekend for me. Sunday, April 9 was the first day that I’ve been out in public with my sash.

Event:¬†As most of you may or may not know, my platform is for the Ottawa Humane Society. It was fortunate for me because The Ottawa Humane Society was holding an Easter themed event! I got to see some adorable animals that we’re in need of homes. I saw some very fluffy cats, some very cute bunnies, and 6 adorable dogs!

I’m happy to say that some of the animals were adopted!

xo,

Jesika ūüôā

My crown was falling off lol

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Hello, everybody!

I am so proud to say that I am your new Miss Teenage Ottawa 2017!

Imagine this; ¬†just 2 months ago, I was like any other 13-year old girl going to school who had interests in English and Drama. I was just enjoying my days by spending time with my friends and being active with sports. Until one Saturday morning, I walk¬†downstairs, while having my dog, Rocky following me to the kitchen. As I walk into the kitchen, I see two sheets of paper that have the “Miss Teenage Canada” logo on it at the top and both papers require personal information. I had heard about the “Miss Teenage Canada Pageant” the year before but was too young to apply. Anyways, as I have the papers in my hands, I’m slightly shaking and I’m smiling to myself. I call my dad (since both my parents were at work that day) and he already knew what I was calling about, and he said “And do you wanna do it?” as for a second, I go speechless and I am having so many thoughts crossing my mind. Some thoughts I was having were like, “This seems like a great experience” (which I was right about). I also had a thought “Will I fall on the stage when I’m walking in my heels?” as I was thinking that, I laughed a little. It took me 2 days to decide if I should send in my application, even though there wasn’t much to think about because I knew it would be something that I would enjoy doing. ¬†So, we had sent in the papers and I had my interview. After 2 days, I get the e-mail saying “Congratulations”! I screamed when I read that e-mail, my heart was pounding so much in joy and slight shock.

Fast forwarding to the pageant; The pageant took place in Toronto (Jan 21-22). I walk into the hotel on Friday, holding my pup, Rocky in my hands while my parents get the cards to our room. We finally get to the room and unpack, that night I went to bed around 11:30 pm.

Saturday – 10:00 am: Practice Starts

I had to sign in and while I did that, I met Michele Weswaldi who was very nice. Once I finished with signing in, I went and sat down in the room that some girls were already in. I met many girls who were in the pageant competing with me, they were so nice. I met Shawn, who taught us how to properly¬†walk in heels. I had also met Hollywood, who taught us the opening dance. The practice lasted about 8 hours and had 2 hours which included the “Bathing Suit Segment” and my “Interview”.

Sunday – 10:00am

I had a practice that day for about 10 hours with on and off breaks, followed with a 3-hour pageant. My feet started to hurt a little because I wore the heels for 14 hours, even on my breaks.

Pageant Time:

Finally came along the pageant, we had many things to do and there were so many things to remember¬†like how to walk, what was the dance, where I was supposed to go and what things I needed to say. The pageant¬†was great itself, but the crowning moment was the best part! All of the girls (including myself) were standing in rows waiting for the crowning moment of the pageant to start. I was in the second row, on the very end. Before the crowning¬†actually started, there were some things disregarded¬†about when we had our interviews and what we have to do if we did get crowned. Then, there it was, the moment we all were waiting for. They started calling up the numbers (my number was 13), I didn’t expect much but I knew that I worked hard and did my best. To my surprise, they called my number. I looked at the bright lights above me and picked up my dress so it would be a little easier to walk. I started walking toward the middle of the stage with a smile on my face. I was so happy and so overwhelmed with the joy, it was honestly the best thing in my life! I was so proud of myself and what I had accomplished. I did my stand, smiling at the crowd of people that we’re seated, I walked to the right side of the stage to stand with the rest of the girls! It was such a great experience!

The Pageant!

The Pageant!

Now some facts about me:

I was born in a small town in Poland. I was raised in Ottawa since I was 1 and a half years old. I’m an only child, living with my mom, dad and Toy Poodle x Chihuahua x Yorkie dog, Rocky. I love animals very much. I enjoy swimming, playing soccer and basketball. I love helping out as much as I can so I will be doing lots of volunteer work!

I hope you learned a little about me and the wonderful experience I have had and I can’t wait to share with you all about the events I attend! I’ll be reading the comments often so I’m excited to see what your thoughts and opinions are on the things I share with you! If you wish to do so, you can follow me on¬†Facebook,¬†Twitter, and Instagram¬†!

Jesika

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2017

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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