On Friday June 7th I was lucky enough to be a part of Relay for Life in Almonte, Ontario.   I went as a volunteer with my aunt Donna Ward who is also a survivor.  We walked the survivor victory lap together hand in hand because I was her caregiver.  It was really a touching a moment.  I helped out mostly in the “Fight Back Zone”.  In that tent they show people the dangers of cancer and how to try to prevent it and test yourself.  It was really a great night filled with amazing people and some outstanding stories!!   At one point of the night, I was with the mayor of Almonte talking to the survivors.  Around 8pm that night I was invited on the stage to talk about my platform and how it was important for me that everyone was there and supported an amazing cause!  We even had a local singer who is now making it big on the country charts come and sing for us.  Jordan McIntosh did amazing, and just like me and everyone else there he had a story and a reason to be at Relay for Life and support the cause.  All in all it was just an amazing night with tons of positive vibes and lots of cheering and tons of hugs passed along!  This will be one night I will never forget!!

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Roger’s House

On May 31, 2013 I was fortunate enough to spend my PD day at Roger’s House, an 8 bed facility for children with life limiting illnesses.  Lise Beauchemin, the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, was kind enough to give me and my mom a tour of the facility and to meet a few of the children.  The facility is built beautifully and 100% wheelchair accessible.  My favourite room there was the play room.  This is because of all of the windows and bright coloured walls; they give a good and happy vibe.  Also, I love the idea of the memory wall.  It is for the children who have spent time there and have passed away.  The families take a star and write something about their child on it and it goes on the wall.

 

 

 

The Children

The three children I met were Quinlan, Lucy and Christopher.  All kids that stay at Roger’s House can only stay for 42 days each year.  Little Quinlan looked about 2 and couldn’t speak but quite the little flirt!  I peaked around the corner to smile and wave at him.  He seemed to be interested in who I was and my sparkly tiara.  I said hi and smiled and waved some more and he started to wave his arms and kick his feet and had a huge smile.  I think he likes me! LOL  He showed my his “silly face” then we said bye.  Then I met Lucy who is a 10 year old girl.  She acted like a typical 10 year old but she is on oxygen.  We had a great chat.  She asked for an autographed picture for both herself and her younger sister.  Our chat was brief because she was supposed to be resting.   Christopher looked about 7 years old couldn’t speak or move.  When I saw him he was enjoying quiet time and listening to Michael Jackson while sleeping on a massage mat.  The room was dark but had some LED lights and quiet music.  They use this room or both stimulation and relaxation, depending what the child needs.  I wish I had a room like this!

The Staff

The 40 staff and 300 volunteers help keep these kids healthy and happy while visiting Roger’s House.  This house was a dream of Roger Neilson.  Neilson was an NHL hockey player and coach until he was diagnosed with 2 types of cancer.  He wanted to build a home away from home for children who are terminally ill.  The Ottawa Senators are a big part of Roger’s House.  Mike Fisher used to be the chairman until he moved to Nashville.  Now Chris Neil, of the Ottawa Senators, is the chairman.  Roger’s House is located down the road from CHEO but is not associated with them.  They donated the land.  Roger’s House is an amazing place for youth and their families!  I feel so privileged to have had a personal tour and proud that we have a facility like this in our community!  Please check out their link:  http://www.rogershouse.ca/en/

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Mom – to – Mom sale:

On Saturday May 25th I set up a booth at the Mom – to – Mom sale in Carleton Place, Ontario, to raise funds and awareness for Free The Children, the charity chosen by the pageant.  I met some absolutely amazing people, and educated them on the charity!  It’s pretty cool that it was made up by a 12 year old boy from Ontario!.  There was tons of wonderfully fun things to do such as shop for clothing, toys, food, and even a play center for the kids!  Darth Vader and Princess Leih were even there to entertain and take pictures with the kids (and kids at heart)! I really tried my hardest to teach people about Free the Children, and had lots of fun doing it too!  The money raised is just a bonus! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Shoe Shopping:

Today, Sunday May 26th my mom, Godmother, and myself all went out to Ottawa to look for the perfect shoes for my evening gown for Nationals!  We drove all over the city and went to countless shoe stores looking for “the shoes”!  After about the millionth (more like 6th) store we went into, I found them!  I found THE shoes!  It was a really special moment I had with my Godmother because for her wedding her grandmother bought her shoes and she wanted to do something special for me so she bought my shoes for the pageant. She fell in love with them as much as I did!! They are perfect!

So, in conclusion, I have had a fantastic weekend getting ready for the Miss Teen Canada World 2013 pageant and can’t wait to do it all over again next weekend and the next and the next!

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This Sunday May 19th I spent my afternoon in Vanier for a dart tournament in support of the Miss Teen Canada – World charity, Free the Children.  There was a lot of laughs, dart throwing, and socializing.  I threw my first dart today(and impressed myself with my mad skills, lol).  With registration fees, 50/50 draw and raffle ticket sales I surpassed my minimum requirement for money raised for Free the Children! Yay!! Pretty good for my first Free the Children event!  Hopefully many more to come!  A big thank you to Linda and Judy for organizing the event for me, and thank you to Diane for her energy with collecting the donations. But most of all, to the dart players for spending their afternoon with me.  It was great meeting all of you!

 

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62 days.  Sixty two days until I leave Lanark County to go to the big city of Toronto, Ontario to compete for the title of Miss Teen Canada – World 2013!  How exciting!  Everything is so real now!  Got all my fundraising to get me there, bought my dress, and got my train ticket to get to Toronto.  Now all that’s needed is to fund raise for Free The Children.  Free The Children is the Miss Teen Canada – World fundraiser.  There is a minimum amount to fund raise, and the girl that fund raises the most money gets a trip to Kenya to help free the children (From what I understand, lol!).  But each girl only gets six weeks to fund raise!  So I am stating on May 19!  It’s crazy to think that all that is left to do is the Free The Children charity work! I still am so happy and excited to be representing my province, Ontario, in Miss Teen Canada – World 2013.  To help boosts confidence in young women, and to support my platform Breast Cancer Awareness is truly important to me,  but the most important thing is to remember to have fun!  62 more days baby!

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Wow!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a post on here! 🙁  Tons of new stuff has happened recently to me, including a fashion show for Giant Tiger, and a Benefit Dance to get me to Nationals!  The fashion show was quite a riot!  It was so much fun!  I met some crazy fun ladies!  It was an unreal experience!  (See photo to the right).

The Benefit Dance on the other hand felt more like a family reunion!  My family from all around Ontario was there to support me and help me through my journey to become Miss Teen Canada – World 2013.  We all had tons of fun getting down on the dance floor and line dancing together!  All experiences with this journey have been absolutely amazing, and filled with new things every day to learn from.  I’m so excited to have the once of a lifetime opportunity to compete in Miss Teen Canada – World 2013.   (Photo to right of Miss Teen Lanark County – World 2013 at Benefit Dance).

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As you all know, nationals is soon approaching   And as exciting as that is, pageants aren’t all just based on looks.  A good portion of how we are judged are on our platforms.  And my platform is so absolutely important to me!!! My platform is Breast Cancer Awareness.  This cause is so very important to me because, not too long ago, my aunt Donna Ward was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My aunt Donna was a grade 1 teacher and telling her students that she to leave to beat breast cancer was such a hard thing to do being that she loves them all to bits! So on my aunt’s last day at the school, everyone wore pink and threw a little goodbye party, even though there were lots of tears, I know that they will all remember the great memories that she brought to the school.  My aunt is so very close me, and when I heard this news, I was devastated.  After a few painful chemo treatments it was official,  my aunt Donna had beat Breast Cancer’s butt!!! Today, me and aunt together try to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer so no one ever has to go through what she went through, and what our families went through!

My aunt Donna Ward and student saying goodbye on my aunt’s last day.

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A few weeks ago, I found THE dress! So i placed the order and I was told it could take up to twelve weeks!!! That’s June!  I was getting really nervous, but yesterday the dress shop called me…… THE DRESS CAME IN!! I’m just on my way to try it all, with all the alterations and in the right size! I’m so excited!! Miss Teen Canada – World is all starting to feel so real!!

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Hi there! I am 14 years old and is a Grade 9 student at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, Ontario – a small town just west of our Nation’s capital. I am maintaining a B+ average and am a member of the school’s volleyball and soccer teams.

My love for sports extends to downhill skiing which I started at age five, as well as competitive soccer which I began at the age of seven.   

I has always loved little children and takes every opportunity to be involved with them. My high school co-op credit was earned by assisting the junior kindergarten teacher at St. Gregory Catholic School every weekday. I have also made arrangements with Roger’s House in Ottawa to hold a “princess tea party” in May, 2013 for the children who are living at Roger’s House during their chemotherapy treatments or while waiting for an organ transplant. I will have a tiara for each little girl and a crown for each of the little boys.

Music and dance has been a big part of my life. When I was 18 months old I stepdanced at my Poppa Roy’s dance recital. In addition to stepdancing, I enjoy modern dance and jazz. My love of music covers many genres, from country to hip-hop to broadway. I am a member of the Mississippi Mudds theatre group and performed in the play “Annie”.

My  “platform” at the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant on July 20, 2013, will be Breast Cancer Awareness. In February, 2012, my Aunt Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer and today I am happy to report that my Aunt Donna is a “survivor”! I will be taking part in a few of the Relays for Life throughout Lanark County.

I like to describe myself as a “normal teen”, who loves to shop, go camping, constantly texting my friends, and loves to be active all of the time. My parents, Sean and Vanessa, say that I am fun-loving, and have a bubbly personality, loves to talk, and has a heart of gold.

This July will be a huge part of my life! Meeting a bunch of new girls and reuniting with my Ontario girls will be an amazing experience and one that i will never forget!

xoxo

Haven

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