I definitely enjoyed the 2nd assignment for the blog, which was to design an image to be blown up for a roll-up banner for the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I am a visual person, and I am always concerned with achieving the right aesthetic.
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Sign Source Solutions, a signage company based in Toronto, is generously donating the banner and will be posing with the winning designer. I hope you enjoy my design as much as I do.
I wanted to try a minimalistic, but bold design. I stuck to a simple colour scheme and chose only 2 colours to match and compliment the Miss Teenage Canada logo. “Be your own kind of Beautiful” is a catchy and fitting phrase, so I wanted it to be in the centre. I chose the silhouette of the girl to represent how any one of us could become the next Miss Teenage Canada!
My design. (Click on the picture, to see a larger version!)
3 days before hopping on the plane for Toronto! So exciting!
Saskatchewan is a highly underrated province. It is true that it may not have as much to do here compared to the big cities, but we do take pride in what we do have to offer. Saskatchewan is surrounded by beauty year round; such as when the trees are covered in frost, the leaves are budding, the bright fields, or the warm hues of autumn. If you were to visit Saskatchewan, the first place I would take you is my home.
Amazing Skies in Saskatchewan
Bright canola field close to my house
Sheep in the fall
As you may know, I live on a farm facing the riverfront. I don’t mean to brag, but looking out the kitchen window the view outside is quite impressive. Every single time we have visitors, they ask me, “do you ever get tired of looking at this view?” My answer is yes, I’m used to it, but I’ve always appreciated how lovely it is. Just taking a walk around my hometown and area you will be able to witness various ecosystems in Saskatchewan.
View from the window
My go-to place, would definitely be Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park. It is located further north therefore it’s in a cooler region with coniferous trees and more bodies of water. There are many attractions at the lake such as the beaches, hiking trails, fishing, golf and tennis courts, shopping, and dining. My personal favourite in Waskesiu is Pete’s Terrace restaurant, which is a charming log cabin with an outdoor patio. When my family and I come here we always order the pesto pizza to share, it is absolutely delicious. (It is very hard to stop at one piece). Apparently the beer is also satisfactory, if you are of legal age, of course.
Fun fact: Not all of Saskatchewan is actually flat! We actually do have many rollings hills and valleys. Last summer I visited the Great Sandhills in southwestern Saskatchewan. It is very unique, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
“Dancer” pose on the hill
We are super friendly here, it is common courtesy to wave to each other when passing. There is a good chance that you will see people you know all the time. Hence, Saskatchewan has a strong sense of community, that brings me to the best event in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Folkfest. (To learn more please visit- http://www.saskatoonfolkfest.com/) For over 35 years many countries showcase their culture through their assigned pavilions through performances, food, and traditional items. Some of the pavilions this year include German, Scottish, Caribbean, Ukrainian, Greek, Vietnamese, India, Philippines, etc. This will be my 9th year as a volunteer dancer in the Philippines pavilion. For three days we are on our feet performing in front of a large crowd. I have learned a lot about my own culture, as well as made friends for life, and increase my pride as a Filipino-Canadian citizen.
Here is a compilation I created using dances from over the years!
Mabuhay! (toast to ‘life’) Love,
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This week was all about fundraising for the pageant. On Saturday, my family and I drove to Princess Auto to set up and sell burgers. We sold from 10am-4pm, and had great success. The smell of the hamburgers drew lots of people in. Many people complimented the taste of the burgers, saying they were perfectly juicy. They were barbecued to perfection by my dad, so they were definitely made with love.
My Dad and I eleven years ago
Since it was Father’s Day last Sunday, we celebrated by being together as a family. I have to thank my Dad because he is definitely one of my biggest supporters. He pushes me all the time. There are days when I sometimes feel pressured, but it’s worth it. I know he only does that, because he values hard work and not selling yourself short.
Singing. Thanks to my best friend, who let me borrow her dress.
After school on Tuesday, one of my close friends held a Roast Beef supper for me. The food was excellent. If you’re ever in need of soup, sandwiches, or the best deep fried food out there, look no further than the Maymont Hotel.
On Friday night, I hosted a karaoke dessert night, it was a small event but nevertheless enjoyable. I love singing and karaoke, so I had fun either way. It was so nice to be able to enjoy other people’s talent as well!
Belles of the ball
To end off the week, I traveled to Regina with my coworkers to attend a princess ball. All of the girls are princesses, literally. I play Mulan. If you’ve never attended a princess ball, then you should. It’s a lot of fun; we sing, dance, play games, and take hundreds of photos. I love seeing how happy children’s faces are when they meet us, it is a very rewarding experience.
I can’t believe it’s less than a month left till nationals. Voting for people’s choice will begin soon, and I will let you know how to get involved. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, but mostly excited. Love,
So far June has been a busy month for me. Working on both school and the pageant has been a challenge. However, I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I like to always keep myself busy.
Sneak peek of my dress!
On Wednesday, I was on the search for sponsors. Previously, I had visited Exquisite Fashions & Bridal, and fell in love with a dress. My sister picked out the dress for me as a joke because it wasn’t the usual style I go for. After trying it on, I was instantly attached to it. The colour, the fit, the detail was impeccable. I want to thank the owner for giving me a huge discount, and sponsoring me this dress. Also thank you to the staff of Exquisite for great service. I’ll definitely be coming back in the future.
Shaking hands with Alumni at Awards Night.
Thursday and Friday were nights of celebrating accomplishments. On Thursday, I was invited to the annual Student Hall of Fame, awards night hosted by my school division. I was given an award for Academics, which is a 90%+ average. Graduation night was Friday, and I got to watch many of my close friends receive their diploma. While helping out with the decorations, I realized how little time I had left of High School. Next year I would be up on that stage, while that makes me feel nostalgic it also makes me excited for my future.
Posing with another princess.
The next morning, I made an appearance at A Taste of Culture at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford. I set up a table, with two candy jars, stickers, colouring pages, and a Free the Children donation box. It was so nice to have a real conversation; I’ve always loved being able to genuinely connect with people. Many thanks to all the children who visited me, the woman who bought me a bag, and the generous people who gave me donations. I appreciate it very much.
Representing the Philippines and Rider Nation!
June 12th was Kalayaan/Filipino Independence Day, there was also a street fair for Saskatchewan Roughriders, so I was able to celebrate the pride of two ‘nations’.
This upcoming week will be less busy, but on Saturday, June 18th, I’m preparing for a huge fundraiser barbecue for Fort Mac from 11-4pm. A burger and a drink will be $5 at the Princess Auto in the parking lot. I am hoping for sunny weather. See you there!
This past long weekend I visited my family in Alberta. I was able to cross off a point on my bucket list by trying a Filipino tradition that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. My Tita(s) (aunties) prepared a Boodle Fight, which is food served on top of banana leaves on top of a long table; there are no utensils or plates. It is only hands/kamayan. The ‘fight’ is based off of the Philippine military; it symbolizes hungry men grabbing and eating as much as they can. It is usually served to hungry people, so it is important to eat fast!
My dad was a hilarious MC
On Thursday, May 26th, I hosted a Steak Night at Thomas the Cook in Warman. The meal was absolutely delicious, and it was a great, cozy venue. I’m grateful to my family who also helped me incredible amounts, I could never do an event like this by myself. Many guests came to support, and I am very thankful for that, also. Thank you everyone for all your kind words and encouragement as I prepare for the national pageant.
River Landing, Saskatoon
To end my week, I volunteered at the Capitol One Race for Kids. This event was hosted by the Saskatoon Boys and Girls Club. The race’s catchphrase is, “Grown-ups play. Kids win!” Personally, I think this is a smart way to raise funds for an important cause. By having a friendly competition it will generate a crowd who wants to get involved. I’m glad I was able to witness all the fun experienced at the race.
I will keep you posted on my next event, which is a Barbecue for Fort McMurray relief. Until next post!
Hello! My name is Audrey and I am the reigning Miss Teenage Western Saskatchewan 2016! I am so excited to be a competitor in this year’s national pageant. I was born in Alberta, but I am a Saskatchewan girl at heart. I live on a quiet, beautiful farm with dogs, chickens, and over a hundred sheep.
Some of the Saskatchewan delegates
Miss Teenage Saskatchewan Provincial Pageant was my first pageant experience. Upon arriving I realized that what I read about pageant didn’t compare to the real thing. For example, I didn’t expect to make so many new and supportive friends. I also have to thank our choreographer, Meagan; the previous Saskatchewan titleholders; and Miss Teenage Canada-World 2013, Jill Martin, for the amazing experience and show.
The pageant also reminded of how grateful I am of having supportive family, friends, and community. My mother and sister encouraged from the start of the process, I was hesitant to join but they told me I could do it because they believed in me. Right before the pageant I was so nervous, but my Dad shared some loving advice; he said, “Be yourself, and the judges will love you.”
Cuties in downtown Saskatoon
The MTC pageant has changed me, but not into someone new. I feel like I am becoming the person I am meant to be—I am becoming me. Having a crown and sash is a responsibility, there is a lot planning done in order to attend my appearances and follow through on commitments. It is also a privilege because it has enabled me to involve myself in causes I wouldn’t have been able to do prior to getting my title. Personally, my favourite part of being Miss Teenage Western Saskatchewan is putting smiles on strangers’— especially children’s— faces.
A beautiful family I met at the Ronald McDonald House
My favourite experiences so far have been those with families. On Mother’s Day, I visited the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. I was incredibly touched when I spoke to the families in the house. I also enjoyed listening to the volunteers’ stories about how they became involved. I love being a ‘princess’ to kids. It reminds that I must be the best role model I can be for them.
I look forward to updating you on my
upcoming events. Until next post!
For many years Canada has lead the world with our revolutionary healthcare system, why should we stop now? By vaccinating our children, we can prevent horrible illness, such as polio. I am very passionate about my platform, no child deserves to be sick in the hospital, or worse, die from a preventable illness. I believe that it is so important everyone vaccinate their children. These horrible illnesses and diseases are totally preventable and can be eradicated if we work together and raise awareness about vaccinating. If I was crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I would love to raise awareness and help educate people in any way I possibly could. By not vaccinating, you aren’t just hurting yourself, you’re hurting all the people around you, especially those with compromised immune systems, like infants or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Vaccinating people is a sure way to guarantee that Canada has a healthy and bright future. One of my favourite sources for update news regarding is vaccines is Vaccines411.ca; they provide up to date and interesting information. By working together we can eradicate these diseases forever.
Even though I intend on attending university abroad next year, Canada will always be the best country to me.I have never met any Canadian who did not take pride in our wonderful nation. In fact, Canada was recently named the most “admired” country according to an annual survey ranking the reputations of developed countries across the globe. It is not hard to see why Canada is so admired, our people are regarded as kind, friendly, and polite. Our happy go lucky attitude and easy going nature has made us one of the happiest countries.
Canada is a nation composed of people with diverse and rich cultural backgrounds. We take pride in this, and view ourselves as a cultural mosaic. We don’t think that being different is bad, we embrace our differences. We celebrate our diversity. Canadians are always thinking of new and creative ways to do things, we still follow traditions, but have no problem with trying something new.
Even though our pristine landscape, abundant wildlife, and crazy winters, are what people think make Canada, well Canada, I believe that the people residing in this wonderland I call home are what make it so great. From our Wayne Gretzky’s to our Terry Fox’s to our normal everyday person, we are all proud to live in the worlds greatest country. I am a Canadian and no matter where I go, I will be proud to belong to the world’s greatest country!