Today there are numerous teen Pageants out there. The largest Teen Competition (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/company-profile) in Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and Produced by Michelle Weswaldi (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/meet-the-team). This is the pageant I will be taking part in. There are many competitions using the name Miss Teen Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) but they are not produced by the same company. MTC-W is the largest Canadian teen competition closest to Miss Teen USA. The original Miss Teen Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) pageant ran from 1969 to 1990 when it was shut down due to financial concerns. It was much similar to the pageant I will be attending. Its primary focus was personality and involvement in community service. The event was a national tradition, televised on CTV and it has always been held in Toronto, Ontario. It was owned by Cleo Productions for majority of the years it ran and one of the major sponsors was A&W Drive-Ins.
From a very young age I would watch the Miss Teen USA pageant and always thought how awesome it would be to compete in something like that. Then I found the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com)! This pageant began in 2008 and the first winner was Katie Starke. In a few short weeks I will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com). I think this is the best pageant for me because it encourages involvement in community and around the world. Through being in philanthropy I know a bit about volunteering and this pageant will help me to grow and expand my knowledge of volunteering on a local and even global level. I applied for Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/become-mtcw/apply-now) because I saw the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageCanada) and thought it would be a great opportunity for me!
The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com) is the only pageant to hold provincial pageants. There is a few girls that are selected from the provincial pageant to move forward to Nationals. The winner of Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) is awarded a bigger crown, a trip with Me to We, a cash prize, an opportunity to compete in Miss Teen Universe and many other awesome experiences. Delegates in the Miss Teenage Canada competition(www.missteenagecanada.com) are given many opportunities such as interviews with Breakfast Television and Much Music, media exposure, public speaking workshops, and a chance to meet new people and make new friends! Something that I am really looking forward to is the celebrity judging panel, this year we will have Luke Bylik, Sarah Fisher, Belinda Kiriakou, Christina Cravero and many other talented and inspiring people judging us. My goal is to be the first crowned Miss Teenage Canada from my province, Manitoba!
Each delegate is responsible for raising adequate funds for an organization called Free The Children. Free The Children is an international charity that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential. They work domestically through an event hosted across Canada and USA called We Day. I have personally attended We Day and it has definitely opened my eyes and informed me of what children are put through in third-world countries. Free The Children informs, educates, engages and empowers youth to become active local and global citizens. Through their program “Adopt a Village” they work to remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.
Being involved in the provincial pageant has given me confidence, self-esteem, and a stronger sense of how to present myself to the public, whether it is speaking in front of crowds or just helping at a local charity event. I have always been actively involved in my own community but after I received my title I have been given opportunities to branch out and help other communities in need. One of my main focuses in preparation for Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) has been to raise money for Free The Children. This foundation has done many amazing things and has inspired me to become a an activist on a more global level.
I am so excited to take part in the Miss Teenage Canada competition (www.missteenagecanada.com) and would be honoured to carry that title. Through this experience I hope not only to become Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com), but more importantly to enhance and refine personal attributes such as self-esteem, public speaking abilities and confidence which will be of assistance in many aspects of my life. Through this process I hope that I will develop a better understanding of who I am and how I can personally make a difference in my community and around the world.
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