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My platform is global awareness because I love to travel. Whether it’s by flying in an airplane or driving in a car down the highway, I am always excited for a new adventure. I have hiked the rocky mountains of Banff and Jasper and walked across the dessert sands of Nevada. I have gazed at the Pacific Ocean from California and British Columbia, rode a train to the windy city of Chicago and been engulfed by people on the busy streets of Hollywood. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the homeless on the Hasting’s Street in Vancouver… the new sites, new faces, richness, and poverty. I saw compassion, felt empathy, and watched people simply look the other way. Cultural diversity was everywhere.
I flew across the Atlantic ocean into Europe where I rode a bicycle built for two and enjoyed a leisurely walk through the streets of Madrid. Tourists enjoyed the locals, and locals enjoyed the tourists. I was surrounded by a whole new world with exciting languages, exotic foods, foreign smells, and relaxed lifestyle. A voyage across the Mediterranean Sea into Morocco led me to Africa. I was welcomed by a man who spoke Arab and and wore traditional clothing. I could only see his eyes as he helped me onto a camel for a ride across the dessert. More new faces, beautiful art, small villages, mosques, and palaces… cultural diversity was everywhere!
Many times during our travels I was forced to challenge my own views. I would have to remind myself to keep an open mind and open heart to all that I encountered realizing that i was just one person in a very large world! This October I have been accepted to go on another adventure! I will be heading to Costa Rica to volunteer at an animal sanctuary and working at an elementary school teaching English and Canadian culture. Yet again, I will choose to look past politics, religion, monetary importance, forget about race and nationality, and I will only live in the basic reality that we are all human. I will accept, embrace, and learn from all of our differences. Every day our world becomes more culturally connected and the stronger our awareness is, the stronger our acceptance becomes. We can understand and listen to each other and together, we could easily create a more peaceful and loving world!
If I won the title of Miss Teenage Canada, that is how I would promote my title. I would promote treating everybody with kindness, equality, and always keeping an open mind.
So yeah… WORLD PEACE! 😉 <3
Everyday I am more and more thankful for the beautiful country I am able to call home. Contrary to what most people from other countries believe, Canada is much more than living in igloos and riding polar bears to school. It is more than apologizing too much, maple syrup, and saying ‘eh.’ Canada is great for a number of reasons, here are just a few:
1) FREEDOM & ACCEPTANCE
In Canada everybody is accepted no matter what nationality, race, or even sexuality. We have the largest number of immigrants which adds diversity and uniqueness to our country. Every race lives in Canada and we are all treated equally. I am not an immigrant but this topic is important to me. The stronger our global awareness is the stronger our acceptance becomes. Canada legalized same sex marriage in 2005. It was the 4th country to legalize it while other countries are still debating it! Not only can they get married, but they are also able to adopt! Toronto also holds the biggest Gay Pride festival in June/July. We have not one but two official languages!
2) HEALTH CARE
Canadians pay significantly less for our health care system than other countries. The government pays for most health care and medicine! If you are poor and in need of health care, don’t worry, Canada has your back!
3) BIG AND BEAUTIFUL
Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world and has more beautiful lakes than any other country! Personally British Columbia is my absolute favorite place to be. The clear lakes, mountains, waterfalls that you can drink from, and breathtaking scenery are something to be proud of. Canada has amazing landscape, whether its canola fields that go on for miles or tall mountains that disappear in the clouds. There are also so many wild animals such as beavers, moose, antalope, deer, cougars, bears, polar bears, and even more.
4) TIM HORTON’S
If you are a Tim Horton’s lover and you’ve went on a trip out of Canada, you would have noticed there were no Tim Horton’s to be found. Therefore leaving you to have coffee withdrawals for the rest of the trip until you get back to wonderful Canada!
Canadians are known for being polite, I know this from first hand experience. On one vacation in Disneyland, my family and I were trying to get through the crowds of people that were everywhere and apologizing everytime we would accidentally elbow or run into anybody because isn’t that just the right thing to do? A random lady ended up approaching us afterward and asking if we happened to be Canadian, she said she could tell by our manners and apologetic ways. I, for one, am proud that we come from a country that is known for our manners, politness, and appreciation rather than coming from a country that is all about fighting and war.
6) WE ARE HILARIOUS
The funniest people are from Canada such as my all time favorite Seth Rogan, Jim Carey, Matthew Perry, Jay Barruchel, and tons more.
7) RYAN GOSLING
Yes girls Ryan Gosling is 100% Canadian… enough said!
Canada is a peaceful nation and we are at peace with many countries. We’ve dodged many wars and we have a lot of protection if it were to ever happen. Canadians had a huge role in World Wars I and II and made a significant contribution in the efforts for the freedom of European countries. In the present state of the world, our soliders are proud to be a part of the peace keeping efforts.
9) THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Mother Nature’s most amazing light show that you can see best in Canada. Everybody who lives here has seen these quite frequently and we never get enough of them.
Canada has a very good educational system. No matter how old or young you are, no matter who you are, everybody is able to get a good education. The cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower in Canada than in other countries, so it is more affordable and convienient for people going to college/university.
There you have it. Although we Canadians have to suffer through -50 winters and short summers, we love our country and all that it has to offer. It is beautiful in its diversity of landscape and the people who live here.
Thanks for reading!
I am so thrilled to be writing this as I am the new Miss Teenage North Battleford 2015!
Let’s start with an introduction…
My name is Tori and I am a 17 year old grade 12 student at John Paul II Highschool. I have placed as a finalist to compete in the Miss Teenage Canada National Pageant in Toronto. Throughout the next few months I will be writing and keeping you updated on my fundraising events, volunteer events, and telling you more and more about myself! Coming from a city that nothing big really happens in, it is a dream come true to have come this far already, and I do plan on reaching for the stars and going even further!
I absolutely love to travel and I am always up for a new adventure! I have travelled to Spain, Africa, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, British Columbia, and this October I will be travelling to Costa Rica to volunteer at an animal sanctuary and teach village kids English and my Canadian culture. My family and I share our passion for travelling. We are all learning Spanish together and we actually have discovered we can spend 40 hours in a vehicle together and not totally drive each other crazy. That’s something to be proud of, I would say!
My boyfriend lives on a farm and he has definitely turned this pageant girl into a farm girl! I have fallen in love with everything about it, who knew ‘chores’ could be so fun? I got to bottle feed a calf, (cutest thing ever!) wrestle calves at the brandings, watch a new born calf try to stand, feed cows, and so much more. I am a city girl so it was all very new to me, but I absolutely love it all!
Another thing about myself is I dance to the beat of my own drum, I love to be different. With the title of Miss Teenage North Battleford, I am a positive role model that young girls can look up to and respect, I am working on growing and improving myself, and I want to teach everybody that it is good to be different! Society has many unrealistic expectations, but I think the most beautiful thing you can be is different, and everybody should know that. If you stay true to yourself then you’re already there. Being in a pageant was a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. To have the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do, voice my opinion, and help make a difference in the world is surreal.
I plan on getting a lot more involved with the community, making myself known to everyone, growing, and being the best Miss Teenage North Battleford I can be!
And last but not least I would like to say a big thank you to my gold sponsor FF2 clothing store in the co-op mall for helping me come this far!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, peace!:)
Miss Teenage North Battleford 2015