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Here are the videos that took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. Although I didn’t win the competition, I gained a significant amount of confidence and an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever.

A huge thank-you to my sponsors Peter Schlotthauber Excavation, Raymond Mallette, my dentist and orthodontist Dr. Laurent Oiknine at Centre Dentaire Place des Promenades and most of all my family!

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My experience at Richtree was very good. It is located at the Eaton shopping mall in Toronto. The service was quick and efficient when I arrived at the truck. It is really a cool looking truck because not only is it in a mall but its vintage like something that came out of a California movie. I ordered three fish tacos with a glass bottle of coke. Yes, a glass bottle of coke! Just like the olden days. The fish was really good but what they put on it was a little spicy for me but that’s fine. Even the outfits the employees were wearing are cool and vintage. They were able to serve all 82 girls without a problem which was amazing because everybody got what they wanted. If you like Mexican food this is the place to go. They offer veggie, steak and/or chicken tacos. At the truck, you can see your food being made. You can see how hygienic the workers are and the food. You won’t have to worry about how clean their kitchen is. You can enjoy by just looking how your food is being prepared. It kills time as well if you are bored then you will have something to look at!

– Melynda xoo

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About My Platform and What I Did:

I would like to promote good morals to young individuals and for them to enjoy their dreams and empower others to live theirs. I want to create a new generation of young girls and be a leader.

I was volunteering at various events throughout the summer from being an ambassador to a route marshal. I also have three younger sisters which were able to help to me and look up to me for what all the good things I have done.

On my way to the airport there was a little girl that thought I was a princess and I put my crown on her. Her mother took a picture of her and I. It was such an amazing experience to make a little girl’s day.

Why Did I Choose This Platform?

I chose this platform because being the oldest of 3 sisters I want to be the greatest role model I can be. If I made mistakes they can learn from it and I can be more stronger person as well.

I want young girls to be free of alcohol and drugs because you will become more successful in life and be more advanced without all that junk in your face. By doing extra activities such as fundraisers and charities it will reduce of using.

I want all you of you to have fun but to be safe. To know all about the dangers things can lead to.

What Does My Platform Mean to Me?

It means a whole lot that I can be a model to young girls. I can become a leader to youth and they can not make the same mistakes many do. This will prevent youth violence in the community.

What would I do with my platform as Miss Teenage Canada?

I would love to travel the world promoting my platform as being a good role model to youth. Develop fun and original ways for youth to become very interested in camp to have activities that will enjoy. In the end, I want everyone to know to focus on yourself and to what makes you feel good.

– Melynda xo

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  Canada is such a wonderful place it is where my mother’s ancestors lived their whole life. Being part Mohawk and living on native territory, on property that belonged to my great, great, grandparents gives me great pride. Having close family living all in a short distance is very comforting. I am honored to have went to an aboriginal school where I had learnt and practiced Mohawk traditions and some Kanien’keha language. I am half German which gives a mix into my household where I  learn about different cultures. Being proud of my German roots also, learning of their hardships during the wars and some family moving to Canada for a better life helps to understand about immigration and helping others. 

  Canada is very unique considering we have so many different people from all around the world where we just don’t have just one nationality. We are lucky enough to have modern technology where we can access things very easily without sometimes leaving the house. Canada is one of the countries with the most fresh water which is something we strive to live for. It has beauty, many mountains, lakes, wildlife, great country life and great city life, beautiful architecture old and new! We offer free health care to all Canadians which is unique because most countries do not have that privilege. Canada is a safe country to live in. Canadians like to live peacefully.

  Canada is an amazing place with lots of opportunity that will lead us into great things in the future. We have a striving education that is available to everyone. Its where I was born and where I’ve been spending my life with my family. Canada is known as a great country. 

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June 27 – July 12

At Rotiwennakehte School – 407 St. Michel, Kanesatake, Quebec J0N 1E0

Open daily from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

I will be at the 100 years of loss exhibition about Residential Schools for two weeks.

About Residential Schools:

For over a century, beginning in the mid1800s and continuing into the late 1990s, Aboriginal children in Canada were taken from their homes and communities, and were placed in institutions called residential schools. These schools were run by religious orders in collaboration with the federal government and were attended by children as young as four years of age. Separated from their families and prohibited from speaking their native languages and practicing their culture the vast majority of the 150,000 children who attended these schools experienced neglect and suffering.

The impacts of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, shame, and deprivation endured at Indian Residential Schools continue to affect generations of Survivors, their families, and communities today. It is estimated that 80,000 Survivors of the residential schools are alive today. Remarkably, in the face of this tremendous adversity, many Survivors and their descendants have retained their language and their culture and continue to work toward healing and reconciliation.

Reference and for more information about this topic: www.legacyofhope.ca

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I will admit I can get carried away on social media very easily. The tips below I found would be very helpful for myself. I want to share it with you all if you have problems like myself being on the phone to much. I will challenge myself for the next week or so and see how it goes.

TIPS FOR NOT BEING A SLAVE TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Now that I’m back on social media, I still sometimes find myself checking my feeds like a crack addict. Here are some systems I use to not get dominated by my phone:

1. The Moment app has helped me not get out of control with my phone use. It monitors how much you use your phone each day and sends reminders when you go over your limits (limits that you set for yourself).

2. The Momentum add-on to Google Chrome reminds you what your main goal of the day is every time you open a tab on the internet so you don’t lose yourself in a rabbit hole of cat youtube videos when you’re supposed to be writing an important song or email or memo… Also has amazing photography.

3. Establish a morning routine where you don’t check your phone first thing. I’m hesitant to sound preachy here’s my routine:
•NIGHT BEFORE: Set my alarm for the morning and put phone on airplane mode the night before. Yes, your alarms will definitely still work while being on airplane mode.
•Wake Up.
•Drink a glass of water
•Urinate/Defecate
•Brush my teeth
•Do Pushups
•Meditate
•Listen to the 100 Syllable Mantra (this chills me out)
•Go for a 5-10 minute walk outside WITHOUT my phone or music. Nothing in my pockets but keys.
•Make/eat breakfast. Right now I’m on the Slow Carb Diet. So usually a can of organic lentils, organic spinach, and maybe a hand full of almonds.
•Start they day. Then I check my texts. I don’t know if it’s placebo but the days that I stick to my routine tend to be much happier and the days where I start with texting/emailing/tweeting tend to feel much more scrambled.

4. Turn notifications off. This is important. This means that you will only see who has tweeted, messaged, or liked you when YOU decide you want to know…not when THEY decide they want you to know. This way, no one can hi-jack your attention or mood. This is surprisingly empowering. I realize some people have jobs where they need to be on call for their boss. In this case, turn notifications off of social media apps and leave them on your text apps. But for lucky me who has no boss (cuz of you guys :), my phone basically never makes noise or flashes, aside from alarms I set.

5. Strategically forget your phone. Often if I’m going into a dinner with friends I’ll leave the phone in the car on purpose. I work hard so when I’m with my buddies I want to actually be there enjoying our time, not frustrated because I read some email saying they don’t have the right kind of keyboard for the show in San Francisco or whatever.

Love yawl 😉

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On May 30th I volunteered for Canadian’s Woman Foundation’s Move for Hope. It took place at the Montreal Forum. I was the Move for Hope Ambassador: Directing participants to all areas of event, answering questions from public & participants, and assisting in other areas of event!

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About the foundation: The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls. We empower women and girls to move themselves out of poverty, out of violence and into confidence. The Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual Campaign to End Violence raises funds to support 451 shelters for abused women and their children in Canada and violence prevention programs that break the cycle of violence.

Reference: canadianwomen.org

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One of my places I love to go is the Westmount Greenhouse. It is within walking distance from my apartment. It is a great place to take pictures not only of the plants but of yourself. There is full of exotic flowers and plants that’s inside the building. It is free admission.

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Photography is one of my hobbies and it was a great way to take pictures there. Westmount is a wonderful place to look around. There is always interesting cars to look at and the buildings are just amazing. It’s a mix between suburban and city life.

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I lived in the country my whole life and just these past years I’ve been living in the city. The one thing I dislike most is the cold weather in the winter. It is so easy to get around by foot you don’t even need a car and so many events to go to. I won’t be staying here much longer I belong in the south.

I was walking on Maisonneuve street with my sister Monica on our back home. I noticed someone walked pass by us that looked like Karl Wolf. I looked back and I noticed he stopped and looked at us. I walk over to him and ask if he was Karl Wolf? He replied with a yes. I asked for a picture and went into a little conversation. You never know who you might meet just walking on the street.

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He is a very guy didn’t rush us or anything like that. I went to his concert last year at the corona theatre in Montreal he is a great performer and maybe one day I would meet him and I did. I looked on the Miss Teenage Canada website and i realized he performed for the girls a few years back. It would be awesome if he did again. I knew Karl Wolf’s family lived in Montreal so I kind have had this feeling I could have bumped into him.

He performs at We Day that raises money for Free The Children. This fundraiser I will have to raise at least 400$ but whichever girl raises the most gets automatically into the top 20. My goal is to raise at least 1000$ to get a decent score for my Miss Teenage Canada pageant score.

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Yesterday I volunteered at Stroll for Liver

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I had to arrive at the event at 8:30 in the morning to prepare for the walk. I was a route marshal as well helping in the kids zone. It was a 5 km walk in downtown Montreal and it started to rain at first but later on it became very sunny and hot. The event was until 3:00 pm and after the walk which took a little over an hour there was a light lunch and activities. It was a very fun and successful event.

About SFL: Stroll is a family friendly, community-based outdoor walk/run event in which individual or team participation is encouraged. This national event takes place at many sites across the country and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about liver disease, raise much needed funds to continue essential liver research, and is a great way for organizations, friends and families to get out for a day of fun and fitness.

Reference: Information about Stroll for Liver

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