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With the Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016 regional pageant approaching in a few days,IMG_3105 a delegate will be crowned the new Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia 2016. Though my reign will be moving on, my memories and experiences I have had as your Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia 2015 will forever stay.

2015 was a very full year  filled with new journeys and adventures! After the regional crowning, I was motivated and eager to begin this new chapter in my life. My main goal was to promote awareness about the importance of having a strong sense of self-esteem and self confidence in oneself and work with girls around the province to help do so. I wanted to use my title to solely create more opportunities in which I could help people. Though I am extremely happy with the amounts of volunteer work I was IMG_2211able to do, in and outside of my community, my main achievement was the creation of my self-esteem workshops: ” Confidence in ME.”

Over the past year I have been working with girls ages 8-19 around the province providing workshops that have the tools and techniques  that one needs to help build up their self-esteem. My workshops focus on a wide range of topics from: Body image, social anxiety, mental illness, sexuality, motivation, Academic performance, Relationships, etc. It is very important to me that I focus my attention on issues girls of all ages are facing on a daily basis. We live in such an individualistic society, that we generally tend to feel we are alone in our struggles, when in fact if we open up and acknowledge what we’re going through; we soon realize that many others feel the same way too. After my first couple of workshops, I received such positive feedback that my high school asked me to come on a monthly basis to do them. Though these workshops blossomed out of my title, I will be continuing to run/offer them for the years to come as I am going into the career field of working with and counselling people.

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Besides from my workshop, I would like to reflect on some of the amazing charity events, and fundraisers I held & attended in 2015:

  • Workshop with psychologist Angela Slade and her ‘Esteemed CHICS’ camp
  •  Segment with Shaw TV Nanaimo on Self Esteem & Miss Teenage Canada
  • Volunteering at the BC Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald house
  • Volunteering as a spirit leader at the BC Children’s Hospital Child Run
  • ‘CUTS FOR KIDS’  Free The Children Fundraiser with Shear Performance Barbershop
  • Volunteering with Abbotsford Community’s ‘Star Fish Pack Program’ to make lunches for less advantaged families
  • VIP Host at the 2015 Honda Celebration of Lights
  • Volunteering at BC McHappy Day with the Mayor of Abbotsford
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Being your Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia has been such a fabulous journey. I am so proud of my achievements, such as placing 1st Runner Up for Miss Teenage Canada, and the substantial impact I was able to make in my community in just one short year. IMG_5590Being given the opportunity to be a role model for young girls all across the country is what holding this title truly meant for me. Though this chapter has come to an end, I am excited to see what the future holds for not only me, but the flourishing of my workshops.

I would once again like to say a final thank-you to ALL of those who showed their love and support throughout this ENTIRE experience. I would never have been able to come as far as I did without the help of each and every one of you. I encourage you all to follow your dreams and never hold back. You are capable  of achieving ANYTHING you want; it all starts with being confident and believing in yourself! Happy girls shine brighter<3

Love Always,

Alexis G.
Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia 2015

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I had the pleasure of visiting  Eaton Centre’s, Richtree Markets new Taco Bus!! This cute, funky hot spot, was the centre of attention of the mall. The taco bus includes a wide variety of options such as: fish tacos, chicken IMG_5559tacos, burritos with choices of beef or chicken. Everything is hand made, healthy, and extremely fresh.  Richtree Natural Markets Inc. operates four market-style, open kitchen restaurants across Ontario – the Toronto Eaton Centre, College Park, Bayview/York Mills Centre and Square One Mississauga. Richtree offers casual dining and takeout services. The inspired menu items use all-natural, fresh, local and in-season ingredients, including antibiotic and hormone-free meats. My experience was extremely pleasant. I was warmly greeted by the employee, who tended to  my specific needs. My food was hot, fresh, and ready in a reasonable amount of time! I went with the beef burrito, which was an excellent choice. It was a good proportion for the price you pay, loaded with flavour! My Experience at Eaton Centre’s Taco Bus was definitely a positive one, and I would recommended everyone to go try it out! 🙂 

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My platform is on the importance of self-esteem and self confidence in oneself. I want to raise awareness about the importance of having a strong sense of self worth and IMG_3389individualism, and the impacts it can make within ones life. I believe with the way our society is today, with the on going pressures from media expectations, building and obtaining a strong sense of self confidence is difficult within girls. I believe it is important to love yourself from the inside; out. Having a strong sense of self worth and confidence is the building block to success. Regardless of your goals in life, you are guaranteed to have a better outcome if you go in strong, confident, and prepared in any situation. With a lack of confidence comes doubt and insecurity which will prevent you from shining as bright. This topic is very important to me because I know from personal experience how hard it can be to love yourself. I struggled for several years not realizing my full potential, which resulted in me missing out on some amazing opportunities. I want to prevent girls from feeling what I went through, and I feel by providing the right classes and support, we can help Girls prevent depression and insecurity within girls. Knowing your self worth can be extremely difficult. Not only do you have to learn to accept and love yourself for the way you look, but you have to understand who you are as a person, what you stand for, your morals & values. These things take time to explore and understand, but a good first step is to acknowledge when you are being critical of yourself, or comparing your characteristics to someone else. Throughout these past five months I have been running self-esteem workshops talking with girls about these topics. We cover things such as perceptions, stigma, self worth, an confidence. We would talk about the pressures they would feel in the school environment, and also outside within their community. Once acknowledging these pressures you can diagnose how to act upon them and not allow them to control your life. Over the past five months I have received large amounts of positive feedback from my workshops, regarding attitude changes within girls. 

As Miss Teenage Canada I would be a role model for girls all over the country to show what having confidence and knowing your self worth can allow you to achieve, I would continue to run my self-esteem workshops and spread awareness about the importance of self esteem within ones self. I would provide and open door policy for any girl that needed someone to talk to or get advice from. Mainly I would want to spread the message that they are not alone and that know matter who you are or where you come from, we all IMG_4195experience the same feelings and emotions that come along with believing in yourself and knowing your worth. The first step to success is knowing you are capable of achieving whatever you set your mind to. Lets help ensure that no girl has to feel like she isn’t good enough, and that she is perfect just the way she is! 

Love,

 Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia 2015 xx

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11781725_479317295578595_1597386874681005016_nI had the pleasure of being The Keg steakhouse’s VIP host for their outside VIP lounge at the Honda Celebration of lights! I greeted the guests giving them wrist bands and drink tickets and answered any questions they may of had regarding the event! The Keg staff was extremely welcoming and I sincerely enjoyed my time volunteering. 11013525_479317252245266_2280362463779874841_n
This is the largest event in British Columbia with over 1 million people attending. The Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. This competition is cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world.

The competitors are judged by a panel comprised of industry experts, sponsor representatives and celebrities, using the following criteria:

  • Sizing of the Show: 10 Points
  • Overall Design and Artistry: 30 Points
  • Synchronization:  20 Points
  • Originality of Effects: 15 Points
  • Quality of Soundtrack: 15 Points
  • Quality of Fireworks: 10 Points

This year China, Brazil, and Canada competing! China absolutely blew me away with their performance and I cannot wait to see what the other countries have in store 🙂

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When you are born in Canada, it is not only an honour, but a privilege. This beautiful country has so much to offer in terms of freedom, progress, and opportunity. I personally always try to count my blessings that I was born in a country that allows me to reach my full potential and follow my dreams in both the areas of education and careers. Canada is the second largest country in the world with one of the highest number of immigrants. This offers an extremely diverse culture, making us unique from other countries. I love the diversity in Canada because you are constantly learning about different religions, lifestyles, and languages which helps you grow as a person and gain different perspectives of the world.

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Wether it be skiing in the rocky mountains, or swimming in the great lakes, Canada offers an endless list of outdoor activities. We have the most lakes than any other country in the world. Our beautiful mountains allow us to do activities such as hiking and biking, caving, and even rock climbing. Our beautiful outdoors is also accompanied by a wide variety of animals ranging from cougars, bears, salmon, mountain lions, deer, moose, polar bears and of coarse beavers. Our passions lie in Hockey and maple syrup.IMG_3801 However, apart from the amazing outdoors, Canada is also great for it’s world renowned reputation. Surveys show Canadians are the most liked ‘tourists’ in any other parts of the world. We a known for our kindness, appreciation, openness, understanding, and manners, whoops I’m Sorry! This alone makes me so proud to be Canadian because I could not imagine representing a country the supports war, violence, crime, and unjust laws. We are the creators of Peace Keeping (Lester Pearson) which has helped saved the lives of millions of refugees and helped end wars. We are also members of the United Nations without any hesitation to join. Canada is by far one of the most amazing countries when it comes to the protection of it’s people, and looking out for the citizens best interests.

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On that note, Canada does not discriminate towards others. On July 20, 2005 Canada became the fourth Country in the world and FIRST outside of Europe to legalize same sex marriage nation wide. We also have one of the easiest immigration laws to help allow immigrants to come and start a better life without the fear of being rejected. Though I am not an immigrant myself, it is extremely important to me that I live in a country that wants to help better peoples lives and give them opportunity. Because I am blessed with being given the opportunity to attend post-secondary education regardless of my sex, family history, or race. Canada is the worlds most educated country, over half of Canadians have college degrees. This makes me extremely proud to say I’m from Canada, and makes me feel honoured to know I am working towards a degree which I am extremely passionate about, that women from 70-80 years ago fought so hard for girls like me to be able to achieve.

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These are just some of the reasons why to me Canada is the best place on earth. We are not only a land of promise, but a land of action. We fight for what we believe is right, and do not allow other countries to pressure us into foreign affairs we do not feel comfortable participating in. We are blessed to live in a democracy, which we have the right to vote and have a say regardless of our gender. Living in this amazing country has taught me to be so grateful for the little things that so many are not fortunate to have. We are blessed with falling asleep at night not having to worry about war activities going on outside our house, we have roofs over our heads, electricity, clean drinking water, ect. Canada to me is and always will be a place I am proud to call home.

I think thats pretty great, Eh?

Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia xx

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After many weeks of planning and preparation, the day that it all came together had finally arrived! On June 20 I held a fundraiser for the Free The Children charity called ‘Cuts for Kids’. I teamed up with Shear Performance Barbershop and together we put on a fundraiser with hair cuts by donation, face painting, a lovely outdoor BBQ + Ice cream, an amazing silent auction, music, and a photo booth!!!

IMG_3928We had 5 stylists donate their time to do the haircuts, along with 5 volunteers who helped run all the other stations. I was extremely happy with the turn out to my event, and the amazing amount of support that I received!

Our silent auction was a MAJOR SUCCESS thanks to all of our amazing sponsors and their donations!!! (Spruce Collective, Clayburn Dental, Perfect Tan, Elements Spa, Save-on-Foods, Town Hall, Tracy Cakes Bakery, and Dairy queen) IMG_4055

All the children that came to the fundraiser received goodie bags from Clayburn Dental, got their face painted, and had a photo taken with me in our photo frame showing off their awesome new hair cut!!

Overall the day was a major success and we managed to raise $915.00 🙂 !!!!! I am so grateful for all the amazing people involved in my life that were willing to help make this day possible.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped support an amazing cause!!! <3

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Miss Teenage Southern British
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IMG_3917I had a great time volunteering to help pack meals for less advantaged kids within my community.  The starfish pack program helps feed over 250 kids in Abbotsford!! The Abbotsford food bank created this program in response to teachers hearing the cry of their students.  Teachers were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting that they had not eaten over the weekend. This wonderful program provides kids with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and snacks to ensure kids aren’t going hungry over the weekend and are at their full potential when attending school on Monday. Teachers have reported improvements in children’s reading skills, math skills, ability to focus and to do partner work. 

We often get sucked into our daily routines of waking up in the morning and coming downstairs to a table full of breakfast food, not realzing that many children do not have such a luxery. Being able to donate my time towards an amazing cause like this was so moving, and uplifting to know I was helping take part in providing a child with meals for the weekend.

The Parable of the Starfish

On the morning after a violent storm, the residents of a seaside village awoke to find their beach covered with hundreds of dying starfish which had washed ashore.

As the community gathered at the end of the beach, they spoke in hushed tones about the great sadness of the disaster. Suddenly, a young girl ran towards the beach and began to pick the starfish one at a time, then throwing them back into the water.

A village elder walked towards the young girl and kindly said, “Child, there are hundreds of starfish on this beach and this must be happening on other beaches up and down the coast. You must understand that you alone can’t possibly make a difference.”

The little girl looked up at the old man, smiled and bent down to pick another starfish. As she threw it back into the sea, she replied, “I made a huge difference to that one!” –  Author Unknown

The cost of sending a back pack home over the weekend for a whole year is only $525. To find out more information about the starfish pack program visit: http://www.abbotsfordfoodbank.com/programs/backpack_program/

Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia xx

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On June 10 I was fortunate enough to put on a self-esteem & self confidence workshop at Abbotsford Senior High School.

I worked with the junior grade 9 & 10 girls of the Integrated Studies Program (ISP) at Abby. This program is unique from just the regular method of teaching, because it involves the kids to be in only one classroom, with the same classmates, with one main teacher for the duration of the year.

The girls I worked with said they succeed in this work environment because they are able to give their undivided attention to their work without having the distractions of a ‘regular’ class system.

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I was inspired to do a workshop with these girls because I personally know the struggles and challenges a young teen girl is faced with when entering high school. We played some ice breaker games to ensure that our space was safe and private. We then started off the workshop with talking about perception, how we label others without getting to genuinely know them first. I showed this by volunteering myself by allowing the girls to say what they thought when they looked at me. They were asked questions such as: ‘ Raise your hand if you think Alexis was popular in school’ , ‘Raise your hand if you think Alexis has never been bullied’, ect. Then after words I told the girls true details about my life and the challenges and hardships I have gone through. This made them realize how wrong you can be about a person by assuming their life simply by their looks.

We covered all sorts of topics such as self worth, confidence, societal challenges, bullying, stigmas, and friends. I helped the girls understand if they surround themselves with positive people, and obtain a positive mind state, personal success will come to them.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the girls, and have been asked to return in the fall to do another workshop!

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Keeping positive,

Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia x

 

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