There has been so much preparation for the Miss Teen Canada World pageant, I can’t believe I leave in 4 days!  There have been appearances, fundraising activities, a lot of planning, and numerous blog posts. All bringing us closer to the pageant. I have learned so much and have really enjoyed representing my Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World 2013 title. It has been an honor sharing about MTCW, the wonderful charity Free the Children, and promoting my platform “Children in Care”. Raising awareness in my community of the impact youth can have as global citizens and youth role models. It has been important for me to be able to show that as youth we can and have awareness on critical issues and contribute and give voice from a youth perspective.

I wanted to share with you an amazing organization that has been helped me develop my voice. I was first introduced to Toastmasters as a candidate for the Miss Osoyoos Pageant. I was very shy at fifteen and public speaking made me very nervous. Once a week for over four months I attended toastmasters. Each week we were given the opportunity to learn communication skills and leadership projects designed to help us learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking. Each week we were given a “Table Topic” which is similar to a impromptu question, we were given 30 seconds to give an answer. We also held a speech contest at every meeting. We learned how to filter words like um, and, awe, which often are distracting to the audience.  They also gave feedback on our speeches.

Two awards I recently won at Toastmasters

Today I am still a member of toastmasters and have polished up on some of the learning. I was given an opportunity to practice public speaking again in preparation for some of my upcoming presentations. Toastmaster has really helped me become more confident with public speaking. I give multiple hour long presentations at work and speak in front of hundreds of people each year. I can’t believe I was once so shy, toastmasters has really helped me push through the fears of speaking publicly.

I would recommend Toastmasters to everyone, not only those who are shy. I have learned life long skills through toastmasters that I will take with me into my all aspects of my life.

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Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Wikipedia

 

Hope to see you in Toronto!

Shelby Lepage xoxo

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Just a little over a week until I leave for Toronto! I have been so busy. I am back at work at the Nk’mip Cultural Center  full time, 10 hour days. This summer is hot in Osoyoos and the tourist are really enjoying the Okanogan weather. Thought I would catch everyone up on what I have been up to.

My older sister Shanowa graduated from Okanagan College with her Associates Arts Degree, I am so proud of her. One of my foster sisters also graduated from high school and joins the ranks of adulthood. My other foster sister following in my footsteps just received the title Osoyoos Princess, I have been so busy preparing for her pageant. It was the 65th anniversary of the Osoyoos Royalty program. All of us former Royalty were invited back to participate in the pageant. So on pageant night I represented both my former title as Osoyoos Princess 2010 and also as Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World 2013. It was such an honor being on stage with over thirty past Osoyoos Royalty alumia, our oldest from 1955. I also was able to introduce myself and my title in addition to thanking Osoyoos Royalty program.

The following day was Canada Day and the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta. This is one of the busiest holidays in Osoyoos. Our small town grows from about 5000 to over 10,000 people annually attending the festival and fireworks. Osoyoos has the second largest display of fireworks second to Ottawa. The town of Osoyoos raises approximately 60,000 dollars by donation each year for a spectacular show. I was invited to participate in the parade, it was so much fun, however extremely hot, 42 degrees! I would like to thank Lucy Diaz for driving me in the parade in her beautiful mini cooper.

After the parade I had set up a tent at the Cherry Fiesta to help raise money for the pageant. I did face painting for the kids as well as sold balloons, tattoos, glow in the dark bracelets, Canadian Lei’s and ice cold water. I am so grateful to Your Dollar Store for their donations, Westminster Rentals for the Helium Tank for the Balloons and Oliver Rentals for donating the Tent. I would like to thank the Town of Osoyoos and the Cherry Fiesta Society for sponsoring my booth as well as Eisenhut Insurance for covering my insurance costs. It was so hot that day but I had a lot of fun.

In addition to all my busy activities, I have been preparing for the pageant. I live in a pretty small town so I have had to make a few shopping trips to Washington and Kelowna. I am getting so excited about leaving for Toronto. I am really looking forward to meeting all the other beautiful ladies.

Shelby LePage xoxo

 

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Have you ever dreamed of far away places? Wishing you could go on an adventure of a lifetime? S-Trip an official sponsor for the Miss Teen Canada World pageant is going to send  the winner of the Social Media Queen award on a Grad Trip!

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My dream vacation would be to go to France! I would have to take along my best travel partner and fellow adventure seeker, my sister Shanowa. We have had great adventures together since we were little, even though some were through our vivid imaginations as we were exploring new places we visited on family vacations. Not to mention she has a knack for learning new languages, as Canadian French is different from Persian dialect spoken in France.  I have never mastered rolling my R’s as easily as she has, the words seem to roll of her tongue with ease, as I tend to get tongue tied. Shanowa has a way of making everything a little more fun and exciting. Visiting France together would be a magical time, and would create lifelong memories together. My sister and I would love to explore the beautiful country of France together. As the capital city of France, Paris has endured as an important city for more than 2,000 years. Often called by nicknames like the “city of love” and “city of lights,” Paris is today one of the world’s leading centers for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture. Just the mere mention of Paris conjures up images of the city’s world famous landmarks, museums and cathedrals. My dream vacation would include some of the top tourist attractions in Paris:

Disneyland Park, originally Euro Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, opened on 12 April 1992. Wikipedia

The best part of going with Shanowa is that because we have different interests, we could see the many different attractions that we both like. The first place that we would definitely agree on visiting would be Disney Paris. A place where we could re-live our childhood memories and visit sleeping beauty’s castle. We have watched every Disney movie ever released, some of my favorite memories with my sister. Actually we still love watching the classics and the new Disney creations. Now that Shanowa lives on her own we still have sleepovers and movie nights together. I could just imagine the both of us going on all the rides and excitingly visiting all the magical attractions that a Paris Disney themed park would have to offer.

Moulin Rouge number one show in Paris

Another place we would love to go to when in France would be the famous Moulin Rouge theater. According to Wikipedia, Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.

Musée d’Orsay

Located in a former railway station, this grand museum showcases thousands of art works and objects that cover a period between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s.

I know one of my sisters must see France attractions would be the famous Louvre in Paris is one of the world’s largest and most visited art museums in the world. The other art museum located in Paris, the Musee d’Orsay is known for housing the world’s premier collection of impressionist paintings. My sister loves art, especially old art. I would find it interesting seeing some of the worlds most oldest and famous artwork from artists such as   Monet, Van Gogh.

Louvre Museum

“Topping the list of the world’s most visited museums, the Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre Palace with its signature glass pyramid marking its entrance. Housing a collection of more than 1 million objects, the Louvre boasts some of the world’s most famous art works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” and the Greek statue, “Venus of Milo.” Other popular exhibits include the extravagant apartments of Napoleon III, the ancient Code of Hammurabi, Egyptian antiquities and paintings by masters like Rembrandt and Rubens. Touropia”

The most beautiful places Shanowa and I would love to see while in France would be the beautiful castles. France is also famous for their beautiful castles and palaces. I hear some of them are haunted! It would be amazing to step back in time and see some of these most opulent residences that were once home to Marie Antoinette, Kings and Royal families even Napoleon Bonaparte once called one of these home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we would have to see the most recognizable landmarks when in Paris! My sister and I would have to get lots of pictures for all our family of these popular sites.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50 by 45 meters) wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war.

Visiting the iconic symbol of Paris usually ranks as the number one thing to do for most
tourists. Towering more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) high in the Champ de Mars park, this iron structure was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition. One of the world’s most photographed tourist attractions.

No trip to Paris could be complete without a visit to the world famous Notre Dame cathedral. Standing more than 400 feet (120 meters) high with two lofty towers and a spire, this marvelous church is considered a supreme example of French Gothic architecture. A tour of this 13th century masterpiece allows visitors to admire the awe-inspiring rose windows, Gothic carvings, beautiful sculptures and a collection of relics.

I think one of the most interesting and probably most fascinating places we would like to visit would be the Catacombs of Paris. One of the most eye-popping sights of Paris, the Catacombs represent a network of labyrinthine tunnels, first excavated in the Roman period, that now house the remains of over 6 million burials. This would probably beat any scarey movie that Shanowa and I have ever watched. I know this is my dream vacation, hope I don’t get nightmares.

So probably not my sisters favorite thing to do, but because she loves me so much. I would love to go shopping or at least visit some of the most famous fashion designers in the world.  This would be mine and my sisters greatest differences, I know all the famous designers and she has probably read all the famous authors! It would be great if we were in Paris during Paris fashion week, so we could take in one of the runway fashion shows. Pierre Cardin , Christian Dior , Louis Vuitton , Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy to name a few. I love everything fashion and would love to tour all the exquisite shops and design houses.

After impressing my sister with latest couture of Paris, I could make it up to her by treating her to a delectable array of famous chocolatiers, french pastries, cheeses and my favorite french food, crepes. My sister and I would love to sample the famous french cuisine.

Finally after our busy schedule sightseeing, my sister and I can kick off our shoes from our tired feet and take in some water sports. Our best times together have always including fun in the water! France’s French riviera would be beautiful beach to relax on or the emerald green waters of the Gorge du Verdon also would be fun to visit. My dream vacation would not only be a dream because France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, my vacation would be a dream because I would be going with my beautiful sister Shanowa. Ever since we were young we dreamed of the far away places we would visit together.  Winning a grad trip from S Trip would be a dream come true!

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Shelby Lepage xoxo

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 Welcome Back! I am really looking forward to sharing with you the past six weeks of charity fundraising for Free The Children, the official charity of the Miss Teen Canada World pageant. There was a lot of planning and organizing for these events. I want to thank my family for all the support.

Hot Dog Sale

The first charity fundraiser I held for Free The Children, was sponsored by Buy Low Foods in Osoyoos. I held a hotdog sale in front of the store scheduled from 10 am until 3 pm. My Uncle and my good friends helped out during this special event. I had so much fun meeting all the local people and introducing myself and my title as Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World. Osoyoos Signs had gracely donated a banner for the Free The Children fundraising with my official title also. It was a pretty successful day even though the sale only went until 2:oo pm as the weather had changed and it started to rain. I sold about 86 hotdogs and drinks for charity! I couldn’t have done it without my Uncle’s and friends support!

BC Lone Wolves Poker Run

The second event organized for Free The Children was a Motorcycle Poker Run sponsored by the BC Lone Wolves. The original date for the poker run was set for May 18, 2013. Usually sunny Osoyoos decided to get a rainstorm that day. We had riders that had came down from Vancouver for the event. We rescheduled for June 8th which turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.  All the riders met in Westbank about 140 kms from Osoyoos and made stops in Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and finished in Osoyoos. Wished I could’ve gone on the ride with my Dad! I was waiting in Osoyoos for their arrival with my new found barbecue skills. I want to thank the Osoyoos Baptist Church for the use of their parking lot, where we held the barbecue sponsored by Family Foods in Osoyoos and raffles after the ride. The best poker hand won a 100 piece wrench set courtesy of LORDCO. The lowest hand won a pair a pair of PEAKS riding sunglasses courtesy of HarleyWood. I would also like to thank Thunder Alley in Vernon, Penticton Honda and Home Hardware Building Center for the other items donated for the raffles! A special thanks to BC LONE WOLVES and Al (Midnight Wolf) for wanting to make this an annual poker run for Free The Children! Maybe next time I can go on the ride. I want to thank the 18 bikes that came out to support Free the Children! Also to my friends that kept me company and helped out at the barbeque.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gala & Dinner

My third fundraiser was a Mini We Day sponsored by the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Center. I am so honored that this beautiful center was donated to host this very special night.This event took the whole six weeks of planning.  It was a lot of hard work! They say it “takes a community to raise a child” I say it “takes a community to host a fundraiser”! I did two newspaper interviews with the Okanagan Sun and the Oliver Chronicle about my journey being Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World 2013, my platform and my charity fundraisers. I also did a radio interview with Brock Jackson from 102.9 Easy Rock. I spoke at a spring dinner at the Okanee Friendship Center about the importance of my platform and about Free The Children and my upcoming Dinner and Gala.  I gave all my sponsors complimentary tickets to the event.With my family, friends and community sponsors, this event was a magical night I will always remember. I will share with you some of the night’s highlights and special performances. I would like to thank Staples in Penticton for the donating the printing of these beautiful posters and the tickets.

Poster for Free The Children Fundraiser

Welcoming Ceremony

The MC for the night was my uncle Russell Podgurny, an world champion pow wow singer, dancer and also a cultural interpreter and performer for the center. The night began in the theater with an opening prayer by Elder Herman Edward. Arlin Baptiste a representative from the Osoyoos Indian Band welcomed the guests to the Okanagan territory. Town Councilor, Michael Ryan  welcomed everyone to the town of Osoyoos. He also acknowledged the progress I had made from being the Osoyoos Princess to representing Southern British Columbia in the Miss Teen Canada pageant! He also shared about the importance that youth are making in the World. The Osoyoos Royalty candidates  also shared about why they joined the Osoyoos Royalty Program and what it means to them. My foster sister Carmen, who is one of the candidates for Miss Osoyoos also shared about how I inspired her to join and being a role model for Osoyoos youth!

Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World Presentation

I gave 20 minute powerpoint presentation on Free The Children and the We Stand Together Campaign. I also shared about my platform  and how this tied to my 11th daily fact I did during the two week We Stand Together Campaign. I showed the Free The Children Video that gave background information about the charity.We Stand Together was one of the campaigns I did for the Miss Teen Canada Worlds blog. Let me share a little bit about this amazing partnership  between Free The Children and  the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.

Why take a stand?

      In partnership with Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Free The Children stands together with Aboriginal youth and communities to look at the challenges faced by Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
      At the same time, we celebrate success; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadians have a rich history, with a culture and tradition that has helped form the unique diversity of our nation.

By participating in the We Stand Together campaign, your friends, families, and students will take part in developing an understanding for these issues, and raising awareness for these successes.

Snakes Alive

Next Tara and I did a Snakes Alive Show. Yes this is where we showcase live snakes. This night Tara did the presentation while I handled the snakes. The first time I ever did a show in a dress and big rubber boots. We shortened the presentation to 1/2 the time of a regular show, as we had lots of performances left. This show is a favorite with audiences! Goliath is our Rattle Snake we always handle him with a snake hook. Our garter snakes and rubber boas can be handle by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we were done with the presentations in the theater all the guests were invited into the gallery for Dinner. I want to thank my family, Safeway and Save On Foods  for donating and preparing the food. I also want to thank my amazing friends for serving and busing tables. We prepared the most delicious Indian Taco’s that everyone raved about as most guests had never had one! We also served triple chocolate brownies and carrot cake garnished with fresh local strawberries.

Guests dined in the Cultural Centers amazing  scenic outside theater. While the guests were dining Elder Herman Edward serenaded them with beautiful Aboriginal Flute Music. It was an amazing performance and created a beautiful ambiance.

After Dinner everyone was invited back inside the theater where my Uncle Russell did an amazing pow wow performance, drumming and a mens traditional dance. He really gave a great performance and the guests  all raved of how entertaining his performance was. He always engages the audience by inviting them to learn about the Pow wow drum by coming up on stage to participate. His performance is informative, humorous and and exciting to watch.

We finished the evening back outside with a round dance, which is a friendship dance where everyone participates by joining hands and dancing in the circle. This a historical way Aboriginals used to gather and celebrate special occasions. We finished up with the raffles. I would like to thank Spirit Ridge for donating a free night stay for two in their five star resort, including a free pedicure from the spa and four free wine tasting and tours from the award winning winery, Nk’Mip Cellars and the Cultural Center for donating four free family admissions. I would also like to thank Russell and my grandma for donating a painted Cree Hand Drum and Drum Bag.

Special thanks to all businesses/sponsors that donated to the Miss Teen Southern BC World raffle and Free the Children Gala & Dinner charity fundraiser. This was a very special night for me. I was so honored to share with everyone my incredible journey with the Miss Teen Canada pageant also by bringing the community together, increasing awareness, and raising funds for Free The Children.

I wish to thank the following:

Buy Low Foods Family Foods Staples
Osoyoos Signs Home Hardware building Center Town of Osoyoos
Osoyoos Indian Band Spirit Ridge Resort Spirit Ridge Spa
Nk’Mip Cellars Wander Café Lotus Restaurant
Dolci Café Presario Wedding and Event planning HarleyWood
BC Lone Wolves Quizno Subs Smitty’s
Penticton Honda Thunder Alley Lordco
Safeway Save on Foods Nk’mip Cultural Center
Flowers on Main Sonya Fashions family & friends

 

 

In spirit Shelby LePage xoxo

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Osoyoos known for Canada’s only desert and home of some the the most endangered habitats and species of animals. Osoyoos is British Columbia’s hotspot, with the warmest lake in Canada, beautiful sandy beaches, camping, award winning wineries and resorts. And a regular snowbird destination. Rattlesnake canyon is  where  families go to place for fun and amusement.

Rattle Snake Canyon, in the town of Osoyoos is one idea for fun things to do on summer vacations. There are few Okanagan Valley amusement park centers that have this variety of activities.Rattlesnake Canyon is a western mining town themed amusement park. Located at 5502 Main Street, a block away from Osoyoos Lake and many campsites and hotels, Rattlesnake Canyon has been entertaining thousands of locals and tourists since it opened in 1998. If you’re looking excitement Rattlesnake Canyon is filled with lots of entertaining attractions for the whole family.

You might want to start off taking a climb on the climbing wall. There are 5 different rock wall faces that climbers can try out. It’s a 35 foot rock climbing wall, and once they get to the top, they ring the bell. Can be a challenge, but lots of fun.

Also a favorite for kids is the Bungee Tree.Kids can challenge their acrobatics skills. Kid’s are strapped in well, and bounce on the bungee tree with a trampoline beneath them. There is a 36″ minimum height restriction on the bungee tree.

If your getting hot and are looking to cool down. You might want to take a ride on the bumper boats. Be prepared you gonna get wet! Kids must be a certain height for some of the rides. 40″ minimum height for the bumper boats.

To help you dry off, you can take a twill on the Tumble Whirl.This ride will sure to make you smile – and maybe a bit dizzy.The tumble whirl ride has a 46″ minimum height restriction. They have a little trick with one of the 7 cars spin so you can feel the g forces take you away.

One of my all time favorite rides when I was little, is the swing. Not like your average swing at the park. This one flies high over top with amazing views. The Tornado feels awesome on a hot summer day feeling the warm breeze on your skin.

You have probably worked up an appetite from having so much fun. If you’re getting hungry you can stop by the concession and treat yourself to Mini Donuts, Hot Dogs, Fries, Chicken Strips, Zucchini Sticks, Pizza, Hot Pretzels, Chips, Cotton Candy, Kettle Corn, Chips, or a cool drink.

If you’re looking for something the whole family can do. Try a round of mini golf. Enjoy the challenging 18 hole mini golf course. Its like taking an adventure through a mountain with a cascading waterfall that runs into a river that you have to walk over bridges to get to the other side. A vulture circles one of the mountain peaks, keeping an eye on things below.

The arcade is another way to cool down from the hot desert sun as it is located inside the bottom of the mountain. This is a 1500 sq. ft arcade with over 30 games to play and hours of fun.

 

Where all of my family and friends like to spend time is at the Go Karts. Rattle Snake Canyon offers this challenging layout, overpass, spectacular backdrop and high performance cars, is probably the most unique go kart track in all of British Columbia and has been immensely popular with visitors of all ages. Whether you want to ride in one of the powerful single carts or a double cart, you will love it.

Take a virtual tour of the Go Karts at Rattle Snake Canyon!

Probably the most famous and busiest attractions at Rattle Snake Canyon is the the ice cream parlor located in a replica of an old dutch windmill. This Osoyoos landmark since 1974, was originally  a 36 seat teahouse, with a gift shop and stone grinding flour mill. Today it is the best Ice Cream in Osoyoos! With 48 Flavors of ice cream and sherbets there is sure to be a favorite for everyone. Mine is Rasberry Sherbert!

Thanks Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2nd blog challenge’

 

Shelby LePage xoxo

 

 

 

 

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The Miss Teen Canada Blog Assignment #3

Create a TV Commercial Treatment for Personalized Towels Sponsor

This is how I visualize my commercial treatment. My theme is creating memories with personalized towels!Every commercial tells a story of some kind. They want to capture their audiences attention and make their product desirable enough to purchase. There are probably many ways to draw people to your product. Maybe it is something they really need or would make their life easier in completing a task. From my experience buying things involves emotions. The feeling you get from purchasing that perfect pageant dress, shoes or my favorite jewelry. Drawing on one’s emotions is probably the first way to grab someones attention. Make them feel good! With a theme of creating memories I will create a story of using one of the most emotionally  filled days. The story will show how personalized towels can help create lasting memories.

Personalized Towels

I am going to tell a story, not just any story, a love story. A story of preparing for a special day. A wedding day and how personalized towels can help create memories!

Setting the Mood: With Beyonce singing Etta James “At Last”. Setting the tone for a beautiful story of love at last. This is an all time favorite love song! Sang by Beyonce at the Presidential Inaugural Ball for President Obama and First Lady Michelle. Actually once sang from the president himself during a Television interview. This song creates the ambiance of creating lasting memories!

Every Commercial needs to convey a message : Opening credits introducing “Creating Memories with Personalized Towels.

 

Opening Scene: Picture a couple in Love. Finding your one true love. Making the promise of a lifetime. Every little girls dreams of meeting that special person.

Your One True Love

There is a lot of planning in a wedding and one of the most important are the wedding rings, the rings symbolizes the couples love and commitment.

“A circle unending, complete and unbroken,
Exchanged in the moment love’s promise is spoken.”

 A visual of a beautiful wedding dress. Buying that special dress, that makes every girl feel like she is living a fairytale. A grown that will let her shine, all well making her day more memorable! Reminding future viewers of the emotions involved in preparing for the big day, helps build anticipation.

 

 

Picture: Two people preparing to become one. Preparing to making memories for years to come!

 

The invitations are ready to share with family and friends. Creating more beautiful memories for the people they love.

 

The perfect place has been chosen to share their memorable day with family and loved ones.

 

Flash to the company Logo advertising. 

Make their day more memorable with  personalized towels.

Here is where I would showcase all the personalized towels and ways these personalized towels can create memories for their special day. Some of the examples would be to make a beautiful wedding cakes out of towels. These cakes can be displayed during the reception adding beauty to the dinner event. Another way to create memories is through giving your guests personalized towels made into decorative keepsakes for memories for the wedding guests. Who wouldn’t want to have something practical and beautiful as a way to capture this special day! Brides could request personalized towels as a part of their wedding registry. Weathered monogrammed with their initials, just married or commemorating their wedding date, personalized towels help in creating lasting memories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I would showcase the bride with the special ladies in her life. What better way to show the bridesmaids and maid of honor how important they are to the bride by personalizing  towels for each of them.

 

Here I would show all the of the joy experienced in sharing this day with life long friends. All showcasing personalized towels.

 

Create lasting memories by showing fancy towel origami with personalized towels. A special way of creating those memories.

I would prepare for ending the commercial by showing a beautiful sunset. A image of endless possibility.


I would show these two images of the empty chairs and the pair of sandy feet, symbolizing that this could be someone elses story.

 

Creating Memories with your personalized towels!

This is how I visual this coming together. Hope you enjoy!

I had so much fun creating a TV commercial treatment for personalized towels sponsor!!!

Shelby LePage xoxo

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“We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. Giannini

The Fashion Industry/Pageants are usually not  considered in our society as an advocates for women or of seeing women in a favorable light. However as a candidate of Miss Teen Canada World 2013, I want to say that we are definitely  intelligent, socially conscious and have the ability to empower other Girls and Women!!! Through championing many of the issues and topics that affect us as women. One fashion leader Gucci has launched a new global campaign to support girls’ and womens’ empowerment, led by Salma Hayek Pinault, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Frida Giannini.

Chime For Change aims to collect, unite, and strengthen voices speaking out for women and girls all around the globe and focuses on three key aspects: Justice, Health, Education. The stories range from Malala Yousafzai’s personal fight for education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world, from India to Ireland, South Africa, and Canada/ United States.

The primary aim is to encourage people throughout the world to support girls’ and womens’ projects in a personalized, individual way.

“CHIME FOR CHANGE, FOUNDED BY GUCCI, IS A NEW GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT.

CHIME FOR CHANGE serves to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. We focus on three key areas: Education, Health and Justice.

CHIME FOR CHANGE is powered by Catapult, the first crowd-funding site where people can make real change happen for girls and women. Through Catapult, nonprofit organizations post their projects and people can find and fund the issues that speak to them the most.”

MANIFESTO 

Throughout history, women have done things differently.
When we need to get something done, we do it together.
With each new generation our story has spread wider.
The voices telling it braver, more powerful.

But the story is far from over. These are extraordinary times.
Thanks to technology, women across the world have the ability to connect in ways unimaginable to those who went before us. We believe that connection empowers us.

We are proud to be joining a growing movement of many.
The young and the old, women and men, from all cultures and all walks of life who want to see change. Not one, but billions of voices calling for the empowerment of girls and women. Empowerment through education, through health, through justice.

This is about hearing a call – to join us wherever you are.
About raising an alarm – drawing attention where there is work to be done.
Our issues are the world’s issues.

This is the sound of connection.
This is the sound of progress.
This is the sound of change.

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FRIDA GIANNINI
CREATIVE DIRECTOR GUCCI, MOTHER, DAUGHTER

60% OF THE CHILDREN NOT IN SCHOOL ARE GIRLS, BUT
STUDIES SHOW THAT INVESTING IN GIRLS’ EDUCATION
RAISES GDP AND EMPLOYMENT.

PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY FOR GIRLS IMPROVES OUTCOMES NOT JUST FOR THEM, BUT ALSO THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND COUNTRIES.

BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER
ARTIST, PRODUCER, ENTREPRENEUR, WIFE, MOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER

 800 WOMEN DIE EVERY DAY DURING PREGNANCY
AND CHILDBIRTH BUT 80% OF THOSE DEATHS COULD
BE PREVENTED WITH PROVEN SOLUTIONS AND
ACCESS TO CARE.

GIVING LIFE SHOULDN’T MEAN HAVING TO RISK YOURS.

SALMA HAYEK PINAULT
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, MOTHER, DAUGHTER

AROUND THE WORLD, GIRLS AND WOMEN LACK THE PROTECTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY THEY DESERVE. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT WOMEN.

AND IN SPITE OF GAINS, WOMEN HOLD JUST 21% OF SEATS IN NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS GLOBALLY. BUT GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, WOMEN EMPOWER THEMSELVES AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND COUNTRIES.

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THE SUPREME PRICE:CHIME FOR CHANGE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

The short film tells the story of Nigerian democracy activist Hafsat Abiola and is part of a series of ten short films about inspiring girls and women.

 

Shelby LePage xoxo

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Aboriginal people have long been stewards of their lands and resources. The people and the land are interconnected through a relationship based upon respect and caring for the earth and all its life forms. Land stewardship means taking responsibility for the well-being of the environment and protecting or restoring the land, water, air and all living things, including the people.

I have wanted to share with everyone the spectacular  Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center, where I have worked for the past four years. Both as a student biologist and cultural interpreter, where I am certified as a venomous snake handler! So when our first 2013 Miss Teen Canada – World Blog Network Assignment Number One, is to profile one environmentally green building in your region of Canada. The Osoyoos Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center is a premier example.

BUILDING KNOWLEDGE

Being Green has gained world attention over the years and is one of the most rapidly growing areas in building and architecture. With many terms like environmentally friendly, sustainability, energy efficient, eco-friendly and the word “green” used to describe  a vast number of products and materials. Understanding what makes a building “green” can be a little confusing. The growing interest in green building concepts and practices has encouraged a number of organizations to develop green building standards, codes and rating systems.

“Built Green” and ” LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) are two such rating systems. Green building rating systems provide consumers, building professionals and government regulators with a means to evaluate the environmental impact of a particular structure. The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.Green rating systems award points for optional building features that support green design, in categories such as location and maintenance of building site, conservation of water and energy, choice of building materials such as a white roof , and occupant comfort and health. The more points, the greener the building!

STANDARD CATEGORIES 

 ‘Sustainable Site’, minimize stormwater runoff, encourage carpooling and bicycling, increase urban density and green space

 ‘Water Efficiency’, pertains to reducing water consumption by providing guidelines for improved landscaping use, collection of rain water, reusing grey water, waste water treatment and efficient fixtures.

‘Energy & Atmosphere’, reduce building energy consumption, use renewable energy, eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals, commission building systems.

 ‘Material and Resources’, minimize construction waste, re-use existing building façade, use locally recycled and salvaged materials such as rubber roof compounds, use renewable construction materials

 ‘Indoor Environmental Quality’, incorporate daylighting, use low off-emitting materials, provide operable windows and occupant control of work space, improve delivery of ventilation air

‘Innovation in Design’ incorporate innovative environmental features not covered in other areas, develop a green education plan

‘Regional Priority’ target issues of environmental importance based on geographical locations as well as designing and constructing more durable buildings

The award winning NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre: Celebrate the Legends, the Land and the People. The Centre celebrates thousands of years of a precious Okanagan First Nations culture and habitation on desert lands.

 “Sustainability may be defined as meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”

Nk'mip Desert Cultural Center designed as a natural extension of the Landscape.

  • Architect: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects + Urbanist

The NK’MIP desert lands are one of Canada’s three most endangered ecosystems and home to many endangered plant and animal species. The Centre provides on-site cultural tours, programs, self-guided nature trails, interpretive sites, visitor programs, rappelling in the desert, a gift shop, cultural events and an exciting film called “Coyote Spirit” along with other multimedia productions. It is also home to rattlesnake research and tagging programs, native sculptures and interactive displays reflecting the unique and contemporary experience of a desert centre based on the rich heritage of the Okanagan people. The Centre’s mission is to promote respect and understanding of the living culture of the Okanagan People and conserve and interpret Canada’s only desert.”

Largest Rammed Earth Wall in North America

The building is partially buried on the eastern side as it nestles into the highlands. Partially submerging the building reduces extremes in temperatures from one season to the other and from day to night in the summer months. The orientation of the western, rammed earth wall is an integral part of the entrance to the Cultural Center as it insulates the Center from the summer sun and as it retains heat during the cool nights and cold winters. Minimal windows on the south and west sides of the wall, reduces heat loss and gain while framing specific views to Lake Osoyoos A curve in the rammed earth wall provides protective shading for a courtyard on the south side. Office and service areas open onto the courtyard for daylighting, natural ventilation and views.

Beautiful coloration of Rammed Earth Wall

Rammed earth is an ancient building technique updated for modern construction. Each layer made of concrete mixed with local soil and mineral pigment, is poured and tamped down separately. The thick walls have a layer of added insulation and steel reinforcement, greatly increasing energy efficiency and earthquake resistance An R-value of R33. The wall retains warmth in the winter and insulates the building against the summer heat. The soil used is local. Rammed earth is an intelligent choice to conserve wood in a climate where wood is scarce.The earth and concrete mix was laid down in reusable forms and tamped with a pneumatic tamper to approximately 50% of its original height. There is no off-gassing from the wall. The wall did not require additional interior or exterior finish to complete it. The horizontal pattern of the formwork and the layers of the soil express the geological sedimentation of the desert land

Inside Entrance and Coyote Gift Shop

The wood used as a decorative accent in the building is local blue-stained pine that has been discoloured by microscopic fungi, giving it a unique blue tint. The centre was one of the first to promote the use of blue-stained wood from beetle damaged trees.  The selective use of ‘blue stain’ pine for exterior cladding and soffits, as well as for interior millwork and other finishes. The material is milled from trees that have died prematurely as a result of mountain pine beetle infestation, itself a by-product of global warming that has had a devastating effect on the forests in the interior of BC, including those in the area around Osoyoos.

Rooftop view of Osoyoos

Twenty cm (8 in.) of soil lies atop the concrete roof and has been planted with desert vegetation, creating a “green roof”. The overall aesthetic of the building is intended to be a seamless extension of the desert environment.The green roof, covering the entire building, provides efficient insulation, reduces the heat island effect, reduces stormwater runoff, retains water in the desert, restores desert habitat by permitting the replanting of native species displaced during construction, and renders the building practically invisible in the landscape

Hot water radiant piping located within the floor is an energy efficient means of heating the building during the winter, while cold water radiant ceiling pipes cool the building in summer, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Unlike conventional HVAC forced air systems, radiant systems use a water-based approach. Tempered water runs through a series of pipes embedded in the ceiling to gently heat or cool the facility using low-intensity radiation. As a thermal conductor, water is 3,000 times more efficient than air – resulting in substantial energy savings, while creating a higher quality indoor environment.

An outdoor air displacement ventilation system was also installed to complement the radiant heating and cooling system. The underfloor air distribution system supplies 100% fresh outdoor air at the occupant level through floor grilles. The supply air can be introduced at a temperature that is closer to the desired room temperature for substantial energy savings.The return air located at ceiling level takes advantage of the natural stack effect occurring from hot air buoyancy. The system needs no mechanical fan power and also works to remove indoor pollutants and odours from the space without re-circulating the stale air supply.

Recirculating Water Channel

Water is scarce in this region, and supply for the building comes from an on-site well. Demand is reduced by about 40% by incorporating low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, and dual flush toilets to minimize water waste, a conservational feature vital in the desert. The outdoor landscape is wild native or dryland plants that do not require irrigation.  Stormwater runoff from the roof and site is collected in a retaining pond on the site and in an underground cistern.The retaining pond is used to support native plant and animal species for education. Water from the cistern is piped to a water channel which runs along the rammed earth wall in the entry sequence to highlight the importance of water in the desert.

Green Building Awards in Canada 2013

SAB Awards 2008 winner: Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Video:

rubber roof on a desert culture center for hot rain

ME!!!!

I have really enjoyed sharing with you this beautiful building that I have had the pleasure of working at for the past four years. I love coming to work here and being apart of this incredible place. Although I knew the basics of the unique building and design, I have also learned so much!

Shelby LePage xoxo

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Hi everyone! It is so good to be back. I have been so busy and getting excited about all the fundraising and appearances that are coming up. I will be sharing all the news in upcoming posts. I have already participated in different events and would like to share with you the fabulous experience I had.

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As Miss Teen Southern British Columbia – World I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Gathering our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference! This is the fourth annual conference  that is sponsored by the  BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers-Ooknakane Friendship Center, Bcaafc. They have been held all over BC, where 1500 youth attend annually they offer an exciting array of motivational speakers, performers, workshop facilitators who shared their experiences, their knowledge and their talents! Gathering Our Voices  provided a forum to recognize Aboriginal Youth for their strengths and contributions to society. The GOV was an opportunity for Aboriginal Youth in BC to share a collective experience of self discovery. Youth were exposed to information, skills, and role models that assisted in preparing them as future leaders and left them feeling inspired and affirmed in their identity.

Master of Ceremonies:

Linsay Willier: Originally from Sucker Creek First Nation, Linsay grew up immersed in her Aboriginal Culture. This Traditional upbringing is where she learned the importance of respect and honour.

She also maintained a well-balanced life through athletics.  Linsay was captain of her high school hockey team and is a traditional Fancy Dancer.

Linsay completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care at Grant MacEwan University.  During her fourth year of school she was chosen as a finalist for the show “Canada’s Next Top Model”.

Not wanting to drop out of school, Linsay completed her final semester in two weeks. Linsay won the coveted first runner up prize on Canada’s Next Top Model and made it home in time to attend her graduation.

Upon completion of University she started her own business Dreams In Motion Inc., a full service youth empowerment company designed to provide them with the tools needed to achieve their dreams. Linsay believes that we are all role models and therefore it is our duty to be the best that we can be.

James Jones: Originally from Tall Cree First Nation, James is a hip hop/cultural dancer who has taught,performed and travelled all across North America, Europe, and Australia. James has been blessed to dance for such artists as Genuine, In Essence, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Snoop Dogg. James was also featured on this Season’s number 1 hit show in Canada “So You Think You Can Dance.” James made history as the first Aboriginal street dancer to go straight through to the finals.

After appearing on “Canada’s Next Top Model” & “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, Linsay and James have teamed up to launch their own company “Dreams In Motion”. Their focus is to empower youth across the country with interactive workshops and a high energy performances. Linsay and James share their life stories and speak about what it takes to accomplish your goals and dreams, while living a healthy lifestyle

The conference offered some amazing and wonderful workshops! Here are some of the ones I found very inspirational!

Bullying Prevention: Beyond the Hurt

Facilitator: Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents

Description:

The goal of this workshop is to identify what bullying is, its different types, and how we prevent it in our communities. Through discussion and activity we will promote wellness, healthy relations, and create awareness about the devastating effects bullying has on our communities.

I?sc’xwaxws (The Teachings From Within)

Facilitator: South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program

Description:

This workshop combines the use of Indigenous Story and the Okanagan Cultural process called enowkinwixw to help participants gain an understanding of Community Justice and restitution (amends making), and also to gain an understanding of their unique roles of youth in creating a more just and healthy family, community, and society.

Don’t Be A Stereotype!

Facilitator: First Nations Education Steering Committee

Description:

It is an unfortunate reality that Aboriginal people are still restricted by the stereotypes that too many non-Aboriginal people have of Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples. But where does the solution lie in changing how Aboriginal people are viewed by others? There is a collective challenge for the individual, the community, institutions, and the media in creating a more varied, deeper, and extensive understanding of who Aboriginal people are. This workshop will focus on the unique role of youth in taking leadership in how they want the world to see them. What power and control you have is there for the taking if you desire!

A Tribe Called Interns

Facilitator: Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

Description:

Our workshop will explore what it means to be an Aboriginal intern within the government and how the skills we learn will benefit our communities. We will discuss what we have learned both professionally and culturally, how this internship has led us to gain more First Nations connections and encouraged us to connect with our culture.

Youth Engagement: Get Your Voice Heard

Facilitator: National Association of Friendship Centres and Aboriginal Youth Council

Description:

The National Aboriginal Youth Council for the National Association of Friendship Centres will be providing youth with an interactive workshop with information on the history of Canada’s Friendship Centres, the beginning of the youth movement, and the progression that’s been occurring over the years. You will learn the importance of getting youth involved. How they can get involved on the national level will be a priority as well.

Healing Through Drumming

Facilitator: Daryll Laboucan

Description:

Participants will be introduced to the healing elements and traditional uses of hand drumming and singing. Traditionally, Aboriginal people used the drum for many different purposes. Some of which include: spiritual ceremonies, to heal the sick and grieving, to celebrate a birth, hunting, and to mark the end of one season and beginning of the next. The goal of this workshop is to share the traditional teachings about the drum and how our songs can bring us strength and contribute to well-being.

As a part of the conference they showcased various Aboriginal youth talent at the talent show! At the end of the conference they held a Much Music Video Dance.

I met amazing new friends that I could never forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most beautiful parts of the conference was a Honoring Dinner for children in care. The ceremony was held in a grand ballroom and an exquisite buffet dinner was served. Over 200 children in care attended the conference, a special blanket honoring ceremony was held. It was an emotional night as the SAMCRO drum group sang an honor song as each youth was blanketed (wrapped in a blanket) by Elders. The blankets were beautiful Coast Salish designs. The blankets are to signify that these children were not forgotten  that they were loved and a valuable part of our community.  Each of my Foster Sisters were given a blanket and I and my family were so proud to be a witness for this momentous ceremony. There are not many opportunities for children in care to be recognized and honored in this meaningful way. I am always reminded of how extraordinary it is to share my life and family with these children.

 Shelby LePage xoxo

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Here is my very own Daily Fact from the We Stand Together campaign. I hope everyone enjoyed increasing awareness of Aboriginal people. I am very honoured to have shared my thoughts with you all!! Please take the time to read the additional links and information and please watch the video I have included. Please click on the colored underlined links for further explanations. I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts and experiences and receiving your feedback!!!

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DAILY FACT #11 from We Stand Together:

Here is my #11 daily fact.

On February 27, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations [AFN], a political organization representing all First Nations in Canada, and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society), a national non-profit organization providing services to First Nations child welfare organizations, took the historic step of holding Canada accountable before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for its current treatment of First Nations children. The complaint alleges that the Government of Canada had a longstanding pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than is provided to non-Aboriginal children.
The inequalities in First Nations child welfare funding are longstanding and well documented (Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples [RCAP], 1996; McDonald & Ladd, 2000; Loxley et. al., 2005; Amnesty International, 2006; Assembly of First Nations, 2007; Auditor General of Canada, 2008; Standing Committee on Public Accounts, 2009) as are the tragic consequences of First Nations children going into child welfare care due, in part, to the unavailability of equitable family support services (McDonald & Ladd, 2000; Blackstock and Trocme, 2005; Amnesty International, 2006; Clarke, 2007; Auditor General of Canada, 2008; National Council on Welfare, 2008). This inequity is further amplified for First Nations children by shortfalls in education funding, housing and publically funded voluntary sector supports (Blackstock, 2008).
In October of 2008, the Canadian Human Rights Commission ordered a tribunal to determine whether or not discrimination had occurred pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The tribunal is similar to a court process with all evidence taken under oath. The AFN and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society will present the case supporting our allegation that the Canadian Government is discriminating against First Nations children and then the federal government will respond. The Tribunal will then decide if discrimination happened or not. If it did happen, then the Tribunal can order a remedy to the discrimination. The tribunal is open to the public.Taken from: The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada/I am a witness Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

 

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

First Nations child & Family caring Society of Canada/7 Free ways to make a difference

FSIN Fact Sheet

Assembly of First Nations

 

 

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has supported me in the We Stand Together campaign. I was so excited to find that Free the Children in partnership with Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative have come together to bring awareness and bring dialogue regarding Aboriginal, history, culture and traditions! With apathy towards Aboriginal issues at an astonishing level in Canada, starting these conversations is one of the most effective first steps to change! This Daily Fact is one of the reasons why my platform is so important to me. I am so honoured to have shared with everyone things that have meaning to me and bring awareness, while sharing who I am as a candidate for the Miss Teen Canada –World pageant 2013.

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