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

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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

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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

Taken by Kevin Daly Photography. Check him out here https://www.instagram.com/kdalyphotos/

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
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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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