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Hello everybody !

Tonight, we met four beautiful and inspiring women. I really enjoyed listening to their stories, and will remember this evening for the rest of my life.

Alexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando is the author of In Pursuit of Victory and  Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered, two books in which she talks about her experience overcoming challenges. As an olympian athlete, she had to face brutal disappointment : she missed qualification by only a tenth of a point. But she didn’t give up, and held on tight to her dream. In 2008,  in spite of some of the negative comments, her hard work paid off and she accomplished her dream by becoming an olympian athlete.

Now, she is a motivational speaker and shows us how to never give up, to face our challenges and always try to accomplish our goals.

“We don’t have it all figured out, but you can’t be afraid of failure.”

 

Dr. Natalie Archer

In 2001, Natalie Archer became a dentist in Toronto, at the Rosedale Family Dental Centre. She started a career as well as raise a family, which proves that both can be done successfully. She believes that you are “not fully dressed without a smile”.

This evening, she gave us tips that I am sure will come in handy as I move forward in my life :

 

1.  Make calculated business risks. Think things through but do not be afraid to take risks in business, and take a chance.

2. Set limits, create strong relationships and do not lose yourself. You can work hard to achieve your goals but always maintain who you are, and build strong relationships along the way, which will help you realize your dream. Nobody can do it alone.

3. Don’t wait until it’s too late to have a family. This woman has proved that you can have both a career and a loving family. It’s all about balancing the two.

4. Get involved!

“You must build your own web and be strategic about where you place it.
 Be articulate with all the different angles that it offers.
 Remember, Spider webs are built so strong
. And it is unpredictable when you will catch the fly!”

 

Katrina Hadden

I found all of these women amazing, but the one who really moved me was Katrina. She went through so much personal struggles because she was different from the “average” girl, being taller and bigger,  which led to some bullying.  My sister was once a victim of bullying, so I can relate and understand her pain, having watched my sister go through it. She figured she’d try to use her hight as an asset and became a competitive basketball  player with a dream to play in the WNBA. Unfortunately, more obstacles came along the way while playing a game one night, she suffered a career ending injury.

On the support from her peers, she followed on yet an other dream, modeling. In spite of not fitting in the mold, she kept her competitive nature and worked her way through this industry. It was difficult, due to the fact that she was in between two categories. But thankfully to Ben Barry from The Ben Barry Agency, which is the first modeling agency to accept models from every shapes and sizes, he believed in her and introduced her to many people, which helped her succeed in her modeling career. She was asked by Sunny Phong to walk in a fashion show, which was a thrill for her. As she walked down the runway,  the audience clapped and cheered – everybody loved her curves. What a exhilarating moment !

One of my favorite moments of her speech was when she read us a poem that her mom used to read to her, called ” Don’t Quit”. And my favorite piece of advice from the whole night was,

“Don’t quit, for you’re not a failure

Until you fail to try.”

Katrina also gave us several tips to help us.

1. Take car of your health

2. Find a hobby as a way to forget about the world

3. Carry an attitude of gratitude

4. Be able to forgive

5. Let go of negative energy

Melani Chong

Melani has developed a skin line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection.

What I took from Melani’s speech is that she accomplished many different things in her life. She was in the beauty industry for over 15 years, being a Canadian Ford model, but before the fashion industry she was an athlete. With the encouragement of her father, she was led to other paths than sports, and she signed with the Ford Modeling Company. That led her to have amazing contracts with MAC and Dolce & Gabana, for example. Which is a high accomplishment, but Melani still strived to find her passion. She kept her options open and after trying modeling, being a stylist and a designer, she finally found that skin care was what called to her and went back to school in order to get the education she needed to accomplish her dream.

One of Melani’s most important tips for us girls was to “embrace opportunities that arise from every experience”.

Having listened to Melani, I realize that even if I feel accomplished in what I am doing, I will alway be striving to go further, do better, and not be afraid of challenging myself.

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Hi again everyone
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There is one important thing I’d like to talk about, I’m not sure if everyone has heard of the AMAZING company called S-Trip! If you haven’t I’ll give you a little description.. S-Trip![<click to be directed to S-Trip website] Is a company that has been active since 1976, offering students exciting excursions to many destinations. S-trip provides safety and supervision to all its passengers, unparalleled customer service while providing an innovative and dynamic team environment. This year S-Trip! Is handing out a new award at the Miss Teen Canada World 2012 pageant called “The Social Media Queen” this is awarded to the girl with the BEST S-Trip blog about their DREAM vacation, as well it as a combination of their overall blog.
click here to watch S-Trip Official Grad Trip Trailer !!

“I believe that travel is a way of opening the eyes of young people to a greater perspective and a world beyond their own back yard.” – Alexandre Handa , President of S-Trip!

Sandy Beach of Costa Rica

Tourism and travel are never-ending entities, being composed of everything we know but in a different light. From people to places to wildlife to the very feel of tranquility and deliverance. With that being said, when S-trips asked us to describe our dream vacation; I was dumbfounded to say the least. One vacation to a single destination is a difficult decision to make because travelling the world is my dream, and a thirst I am still trying to quench. I NEED to experience culture and people and amazing stunning wildlife before my chances and lust for adventure diminish with my age. So making my travel decision Costa Rica was not an easy one. But weighing it, I decided Costa Rica encompassed the very meaning of a true dream vacation. Costa Rica has what I want! From the rich local culture to its breathtaking scenery and a family history of trips to this beautiful country, unfortunately none of which I was able to attend.

 

Costa Rican Architecture

The reasons I chose Costa Rica for my travel destination are few but the reasons I hold dear in my heart. The first would be the rich local culture. Costa Rica blends European and native culture and this is all very evident by is architecture and art in the capitals galleries. It also is very rich in art and in music, mostly shaped by the Myan culture of Nicaragua and further influence by the Afro-Caribbean cultures to the east. This is very unique combination of cultures, and this cultural diversity has helped shape the Costa Rican music style into something individual onto itself and much different from the music we are accustomed to listening to in Canada, or even the United States. Costa Rica is known for its laid back and easy going style… but contrary to what you may be thinking they put a great deal of importance on education and most of the country is literate, unlike many Latin American Nations which is why it would be a very enticing place to visit. Also, Costa Rica does not have a military and has not for over 60 years!

Beautiful Costa Rica

This was shocking to me and when I discovered this while deciding where my dream vacation would take place, it was an important decision maker for why this destination would be exciting because there is so many interesting things to learn. The second reason I chose this beautiful country because of its picturesque scenery. Costa Rica is a beautiful paradise composed not only of diverse wildlife but diverse scenery, from breathtaking ocean views to dense rainforest green lush forest beauty.

Zip Line

There are so many exciting and risk-taking activities that are available in Costa Rica. Hike up volcanoes or through the plentiful forests. Observe wildlife and marine life, which often can be seen on guided tours. Snorkeling, zip lining, rappelling and just relaxing on the beach are just a few of many activities that make vacationing to Costa Rica even more alluring. I think my friends and I would all enjoying mixing a little adventure with a little relaxation and a lot of new experiences to make this vacation a dream. It would mean everything to me to be able to bring my friends with me because it would bring together all the things I love: discovering and learning about different people, places and cultures, my two best friends and the beach :)

Costa Rica waters

Travel with friends would be incredible. I don’t know if I could keep up with them! I want to see everything and do everything and indulge myself in what its meant to be a Costa Rican. One friend that would match my thirst for adventure would be my greatest friend Zoe. I wrote about Zoe in an earlier post and if you read it, you know she in an unbelievable person and this does not even supersede her adventurous bone. Zoe was my exchange partner and when I went to France to visit her I embraced the French way and as did she when she came to Peterborough Ontario, Canada. We both loved our time away from home and in a new environment and I know she would make a great travel partner. I would also like to take my boyfriend and best friend Brandon. He is an amazing individual that always supports me in everything and encourages me to try new things so I know our trip would never be boring.  Between Zoe and Brandon I know there is no way I’d be able to stay away from the thrill-seeking activities I’ve always craved to try. Also, both Zoe and Brandon are great company to have so I know the trip would be filled with laughter, fun and I’d bring home unforgettable memories.

Zoe and I

Brandon and I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

I think everyone should think up their dream vacation, not only was it fun to day-dream about all the wonderful things I could try and discover in this beautiful place, I also learned some new facts while doing my research on different places to travel.

 

Thank you for reading my blog (this being a little longer than usual) I really appreciate everyone’s support and I will be posting more soon

-Jessie

**images used from www.visitcostarica.com , www.crtourism.com, www.costaricaviews.com.

 

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Hi everyone :)

As a part of my pageant they asked all us girls to think about if we could star or host our own TV show, what would it be about and why would we choose it. This assignment took me a little while to choose what I wanted to do because I had a lot of ideas floating around in my head but this is what I came up with-

 

Title: CROWED: Behind the Scenes of a Canadian Pageant
½ hour documentary series airing once a week

My TV show would show what pageants really are, because the examples we see on tv do not portray what pageants (especially what miss teen Canada world) are all about. My show would go from province to province showing how the girls prepare for the Miss Teen Canada world pageant. It would highlight their volunteer work, their appearances as well as their fund raising for Free the Children. It would show the stress but also how much fun it is to be involved and how fortunate we are to have these experiences. This show would hold a higher integrity and show viewers how these girls are interested in trying new things, helping and volunteering in their communities and meeting other girls their age who also want to be a good example and good role models.
Each episode would be me traveling across Canada interviewing the girls and going with them around their home town in preparation, the week in Toronto, pageant rehearsals, appearances, preliminary night, just to name some of the things they would film. The season finale would be the national pageant, behind the scenes of the show, crowning, prize winners and everything that goes on that night.
I’m not oblivious as to what makes viewers want to watch a show it is the drama and the suspense so I will not exclude these factors. However, the “drama” in this show would be the everyday drama’s of the pageant including, unfriendly staff at a store, hoping people will come to fundraisers, and other tasteful things that will still add suspense to the show.

This is my advertising poster for my dream TV show

I mainly chose this because although I have not yet been to the national pageant, I will explain using my experiences from the provincials and my experience leading up to the national level. During my two days at the Miss Teen Ontario pageant there wasn’t one time I felt self conscious being around 45 beautiful, smart and talented girls. Everyone was really kind, supportive and helpful to one another. We were constantly told not to compare ourselves to any of the other girls and if we were going to compare ourselves to anyone we should just focus on trying our hardest, taking the tools we were given (taught) and improve from the first time we tried it. MTC-W slogan is be your own kind of beautiful and I’d love to show all of Canada how beneficial this pageant has been to my confidence and how it’s affected the other girls which I’m sure have grown through this whole experience.
Co-stars: the co-stars of the show would be the girls going on to compete for the title of Miss Teen Canada World.

Network: CTV- I chose CTV because it is a Canadian based network, it has a high amount of viewers, as well as all shows CTV airs are very diverse and they are different from one another, it has something for everybody. This would give more opportunity for my show to be seen as well as it shares a network with shows like America’s next top model, e talk, fashion star which I think people would find similar topics discussed in my show.

Sponsors- I think Goody Canada would be a great sponsor to my show because their mission is “to give girls and women tools that make them feel great about who they already are and allow them to confidently express themselves to the outside world in any setting.” (quoted from Goody Canada) I think Goody would be the perfect match because as a company they hold a high standard and a high integrity as I would aim for my show to have. Also, the audience that my show would attract is the target demographic that goody products are sold to.

I think MAC cosmetics would be a great sponsor of my show as well, mainly because my show would demonstrate the fashion and cosmetics aspects of pageants and MAC would appeal to our target audience as well. Mac is another honorable company, they promote themselves by saying “We are committed to working together with our suppliers to source products and services responsibly, with uncompromising ethics and integrity that is guided by our vision—Bringing the Best to Everyone We Touch.” (quoted from the MAC website) They not only want to make amazing products but they want to make sure it is made in a fair way with equality for all their workers starting with their suppliers.

Both these companies have values that are important to me and are values that I would like my dream television show to portray as well.

That is what my DREAM tv show would be if I could “star” in my own show.. would you guys watch it? :)

keep a look out for my next blog, I’ll be posting it shortly

-Jessie :)

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Hello again!

As a part of my pageant all of us girls are given little assignments which will be judge and go toward our final score. One of the assignments was a video challenge sponsored by Aveda Canada’s Best Professional Hair and Beauty School 
This video is titled “Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good” because what’s the point of dressing up and looking good if you’re not going to do good, and the best way to feel good is by doing something good for a friend, a stranger or your environment!

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

For my video, I went to Millennium Park in Peterborough, and gave out flowers to strangers, just a little something to brighten their day. I got this idea from my friend Marissa and my exchange partner Zoe. When I went on my exchange to France (where I met Marissa who was also on an exchange) we had a “Things to do before leaving France” list and one of the things Marissa, Zoe and I did was give out flowers to strangers.

"Just a little something to brighten your day"

I thought I should do this for my video because Random Acts of Kindness are so important. When you do something nice for someone it usually inspires them to do a good deed for someone else, even if they don’t know you’ve inspired them! I gave out flowers to a number of people but the woman in my video was my favourite reaction as she was sitting by herself reading and was very surprised and you could tell by the smile on her face she appreciated it.

not the woman in the video, but another flower receiver

I recommend everyone should try this or something like this because not only did it put a smile on other people’s faces but I enjoyed myself and had a permanent smile after that!

If everyone could please CLICK HERE , watch my 10 second video and then press the little heart <3 on the top of the video, I’d really appreciate it! 

 

Thank you for reading this post, I will be posting more soon !
-Jessie :)

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The count down is on until I leave for Toronto for the Miss Teen Canada World 2012 pageant and I’ve been very busy preparing. I’ve been doing some fund-raising as well as making sure I have everything I need to go. I’m so excited for this experience that it almost doesn’t feel like I’m actually going!!

 

A week or two ago I went into the Re/Max Eastern office in Peterborough and sat in on their weekly meeting, I had the chance to stand up in front of about 65 agents and talk about Free The Children.

 

I explained what Free the Children was, about my pageant, and how each delegate is responsible for making a contribution on behalf of their community. The owners of Re/Max eastern were very kind and generous and made a donation as well as sponsored me to help with my journey to Toronto !

I was so nervous speaking in front of everyone but as soon as I finished my first sentence I felt at ease and the words just began to flow! I’d like to Thank Mr. John Bowes and Mr. John Hope for their generosity and support!

Mr. John Hope (left), Mr. John Bowes (right) and I after the meeting

 Free The Children Car Wash!!

My friends and I washing a truck for the car wash!

On June 17th I had a car wash at Jack McGee‘s a local car dealership in Peterborough. It was a beautiful sunny day and I had some of my family and friends come and help me! It was a lot of fun, and we made a great contribution for free the children.

My best friends Rachel and Santina promoting the wash!

 

My goal was to wash 15 – 20 cars but we ended up having closer to 40!! I was so surprised by the amount of support from my local radio station Kruz fm, Peterborough Examiner news paper and my city’s official twitter page @Ptbo_Canada.

Although it was father’s day my biggest supporter and car wash helper was my dad. He did an amazing job helping me organize and showing us the proper car washing “technique”. It was over all a great success and I was extremely happy at everyone’s efforts. I’d like to aknowledge my friends and thank them again for their upbeat and helpful attitudes toward my car wash.
Thank you; Brandon, Rachel, Kirstie, Jenn, Santina, Sabra, Mike, Joey, Mom and Dad !

The Article from the Peterborough Examiner

 **please click the purple underlined words if you wish to visit websites conneted to each topic

I’d like to thank everyone for reading my blog and I will be posting more soon

-Jessie :)

 

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My mom and I in the car getting ready to drive to Toronto

Recently, my mom (Tammy) and I traveled to Toronto and bought some really cute outfits for my time I will be spending in Toronto for the National Pageant. We went to Bayview Villiage mall and went to my favourite store called “Lemor” (<click there to visit the website) All the times I’ve gone, the same girl Claire has helped me, she is so nice and very helpful (really good at putting outfits together too) we bought a few cute outfits that I couldn’t help but wear before toronto.

 

it seems to me that the best accessories are a sash and crown.. LOL

While we were there we also had an appointment to try on evening gowns for the pageant night! Unfortunetly the store was unable to order the dress I fell in love with for me in time for July. We were really disappointed but then my mom called the store we ordered my first dress from and Brad (being the miracle worker he is) was able to find the dress and ship it directly to my house! I’m still waiting for it’s delivery which should be in the next day or two.

I am very excited for the national pageant and the time I will be spending in Toronto, I know that I will have a lot of fun learning new things and meeting all the other girls!
Thank you for reading my blog and I will be posting more soon!
-Jessie :)

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In April, I returned to my second home Grenoble,France!

Zoe and I in my High School Uniform

At the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa

I first went to Grenoble when I was 16 on a student exchange. My exchange Partner’s name is Zoe and she is one year younger than I am. Zoe came to Canada first, from August- November. We toured around a little bit before school started, visiting Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and she attended my highschool in September.

Zoe's First Canadian Night !! (from left to right) Zoe, my sister Ashley, my mom Tammy, my dad Jamie and I

 

 

Zoe and I on my first trip to france

I went to france the first time from February – May. It was very comforting that I had already spent 3 months with Zoe at my home, and in my country but I was still extremely nervous to go to school and meet everyone, specially since I wasn’t very strong in the French language. Zoe’s family helped me improve my french, learn about french culture and above all else made me have fun and feel comfortable being there !

My trip this time was to visit all the wonderful friends I made, and have a little vacation at the same time. Zoe lives in a little area just outside (about a 15 minute drive) from the City of Grenoble called Bernin. It is quaint and surrounded by mountains. The scenery is beautiful and there are so many places to walk or hike.
Here are some Pictures I’d love to share with everyone from my trip:

Zoe and I out for lunch at a little cafe in Grenoble

 

The Beautiful scenery, while on a hike in Bernin

 

Zoe's Family and I (from left) Sophie (Zoe's mom), Me, Robert (Zoe's dad), Zoe, Laura (Zoe's sister)

 Thank you for reading my blog post, I hope you enjoyed it and I will be posting more soon!
-Jessie

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Hi everyone,
I want to fill you guys in on what I’ve been up to since I was crowned!

In the beginning of February I was lucky enough to have two interviews and both of Peterborough’s local papers: Peterborough This Week and The Peterborough Examiner (<- click there to read the article from The Peterborough Examiner).This was really great because I was able to introduce myself to my community and talk about my journey through the Miss Teen Ontario World pageant!

wearing my pink shirt for Anti Bullying day

February 29th I was interviewed by a local radio station 100.5 Kruz fm to talk about Anti-Bullying day. We discussed the importance of everyone being more tolerant of eachother and how bullying is not always the typical things we think of (Pushing , shoving, name calling, etc.) Bullying can also be excluding people, or just laughing at the jokes people say about others.

Peterborough Speakers Series at Market Hall

March 7th I volunteered at the 2nd anual Peterborough Speaker Series which is where people come and share their stories and life experiences. This year the theme was inspiration and the speakers were nothing less than inpirational and brave to tell their stories. For this event I took tickets, greeted the guests and served dinner to the speakers. It was a lot of fun !

 

waving to the crowd !

 

My dad and I! he's wearing his "Irish for the day sash" to match my sash

 

March 11th I got in touch with my Irish roots and was a part of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Now, with a last name like Potvin it may be hard to believe that I am Irish but I am Irish on my mom’s side and I made my Grandpa O’Hara very proud!

at the Easter Seals BBQ, laughing and having a great time!

March 31st I volunteered at a BBQ to raise money in support of Easter Seals. For anyone who doesn’t know, Easter Seals is a organization that helps children with disabilities. The fundraiser I helped with was specifically to help send kids to summer camps. It was so much fun and everyone was very nice, supportive and happy to donate!

 

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this post! I’ll be posting more soon.
-Jessie

 

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Hi Everyone !
I wanted to start off by telling you all a little about myself! My Name is Jess, I’m 18, have graduated from Holy Cross Secondary School, and I will be attending Trent University in the fall to study french. I love spending time with my friends, family and my 3 puppies. My favourite past time is going to the beach and spending time outdoors (especially in the beautiful spring and summer weather.) I love to drink tea, and my junk food is cinnamon buns!

In the 11th grade I went on an European exchange to France, and I will be returning this April to visit my friends and the family I stayed with (ma famille francaise.) It was in France that I discovered my passion for travel and I hope to explore many more places as soon as I can.

I like trying new things with Miss Teen Canada World being one of them. I do not have a background in dance, acting or modeling but I am learning so many new things in this process. I joined the Miss Teen Ontario World pageant to gain experience, confidence and to meet girls with the same desire to make a difference.

I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blog and I will try to keep posting as much as I can! I look forward to sharing my volunteer experiences, my journey to Miss Teen Canada World pageant and all the steps along the way with you!

My first post comes courtesy of directbuy Ontario and also a reputable Toronto roof repair company.

Thank you :)
-Jess

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