I can’t believe in a few short weeks I will be competing in Miss Teenage Canada formerly Miss Teen Canada – World. I applied for Miss Teenage Canada because I saw the Facebook page and I thought it would be a great new experience. Since I love modelling and being onstage, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn many new skills. I think that I would make a great Miss Teenage Canada because I have drive. I know who I am, where I want to be, and I stay focused on my goals. Despite being an introverted person, I see this pageant as an opportunity to show the world who I am. I want to show young girls that you don’t have to be the “perfect” person that society tells you to be in order to accomplish your goals. Today, there are numerous teen Pageants operating, but the largest Teen Competition (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/company-profile) in Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and is produced by Michelle Weswaldi (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/meet-the-team). Miss Teenage Canada was the only pageant that I wanted to compete in. Miss Teenage Canada, in my opinion, is the top teen pageant, because it: teaches great leadership skills; gives me knowledge about the entertainment industry; helps me build my confidence, gives me opportunities to further develop my people skills; and offers me the unique experience to travel to Toronto and learn more about our country.
The title of Miss Teen Canada is something that my mother remembers very well. Historically, Miss Teen Canada was all about young girls coming together to watch another girl reach her dream of winning the title of Miss Teen Canada. My mom even had the Miss Teen Canada barbie doll. It was one of the most anticipated night’s of the year. Unfortunately, the pageant was discontinued due to financial concerns after the 1990 pageant. After 18 years of absence, Miss Teenage Canada was resurrected and has regained its reputation as the largest teen competition in Canada. Miss Teenage Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and is produced by Michelle Weswaldi. The first girl ever crowned as Miss Teenage Canada was Katie Starke from Uxbridge, Ontario.
Katie Starke, First ever Miss Teenage Canada
Miss Teenage Canada is the largest teen pageant in Canada because it is the only one of its kind to hold provincial pageants. Miss Teenage Canada offers: over $25,000 in cash and prizes; the winner moves on to compete for the title of Miss Teen Universe; hosts the most provincial delegates; and provides the most media exposure by enlisting celebrity hosts and judges. The reigning Miss Teenage Canada 2013, Jillian Martin, is from Saskatchewan just like me. I hope to continue to make my province proud as I compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada in a few weeks.
Jillian Martin, Miss Teenage Canada 2013
Miss Teenage Canada has partnered with the charity Free The Children. Free the Children strives to remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty through children helping children through education. An important part of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant is bringing awareness of the work Free the Children does both nationally and internationally. Trips will be awarded to throughout this competition through Me To We to visit a Free the Children project to help shape a community. Free The Children works with over one million youth and they have developed similar programs in 45 countries. I think what sets this pageant apart from other teen pageants is how it benefits so many other in need, not just those competing for the title.
Competing in Miss Teenage Canada has definitely given me more confidence and the realization of who I truly am. I used to think I was too shy or too quiet to be able to achieve anything meaningful, but this pageant has shown me that I can do whatever I set my mind to! I have participated in many great opportunities while preparing for this pageant like: getting to be in parades; being interviewed on a stage; and even having people wanting to take pictures with me! I have also enjoyed educating people about Free The Children and the charity Cardiac Kids and receiving many donations. If I win the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2014, I would use it to bring awareness to my platform, “the importance of building one’s self-worth.” I want to help youth realize the insecurities we share as human beings and to make the choice to discover our own self value. Tragically, within my community, two young girls committed suicide this past year. I want to help make a difference in the lives of people who don’t feel valued and to help them to realize that we all deserve to feel valued. We are in this world for a purpose. Happiness is a choice and the first step to truly being happy is to love yourself.
Miss Teenage Regina 2014