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Thank you so much for your help and encouragement throughout my journey to the Miss Teen Canada- World Pageant. Voting has begun for the “People’s Choice Award” and was hoping you could help me in getting some votes. Voting is fairly simple. All you have to do is follow this link:http://www.missteencanadaworld.com/mtcw-finals/finalist-details?id=78239
once on this page, continue to scroll down to the bottom of my bio, and you will see a box that you can enter your email address in, to vote. After hitting vote you may be asked to become a VIP member, all you have to do is fill out the information in the boxes, and instructions. Once that is complete, please check your email account to verify your email address (the email might go to your junk mail). Please then click on the link in the email, and then return to the finalist page and reenter your email into the box and hit vote! You are able to vote with as many email accounts that you have, so please use as many as you can, but remember you can only use the email address once. Voting closes Saturday at 12:00 (noon)
Thank you all for your continued support and please send this to as many people as possible.
-Brandi Anderson: Miss Teen Victoria- World 2012
On July 15th myself and the other Miss Teen Canada- World 2012 delegates had the privilege of listening to four amazing women at the Miss Teen Canada- World 2012 Mentor Night. It was a night of laughs, talks about overcoming adversity and challenges, and motivational moments.
Dr. Natalie Archer came to speak to us. She is proud to be a dentist, and building a career as a hospital dentist. Reminding us that, “you are not fully dressed without a smile.” She spoke of keeping lots of opportunities open, explaining how no one can take away your education, which is pretty powerful. Make everything negative into a positive she explains, making excuses creates a negative wheel, expressing how we must embrace new opportunities. Dr. Archer referenced a spider’s web, and how we must build our web, because you never know where we will catch the fly. We must prepare for rough challenges, and always take the time to plan in advance. Also, we must be able to work together, yet create our own destiny, and take calculated business risks. She claimed that 38% of women are the main source of income within their families, and for strong relationships one must: pick a good partner, realize it is going to be work everyday, and must be accepting of your possible new roles within the relationship. Also, she explained how young people can now smell a fake from a mile away, and aren’t afraid to call them out. However she also spoke about how important is to get involved!
We had the privilege of listening to Melani Chong. Melani Chong is an inspiring woman. She was a Canadian Ford model, mother of two children, and after returning to school, developed a personalized skincare line called Soya Boutique. Melani was a dedicated athlete throughout high school, believing you have to give your all and go for your dream. Her father one day asked her if she was interested in modeling because he had heard there was going to be scouts at there mall soon. Not too sure about it and truly dedicated to sports, Melani (17 years old) didn’t think she would go. However, one day her father tricked her into going to the mall the day the agencies were there. Melani went and had her photo taken, and although she did not expect anything to come out of it, two weeks later she received a call from Sutherland Models, explaining that her picture had been chosen as one of the top photos, and before she knew it, she was signed to Ford Models. While still being actively involved in the modeling industry, Melani became a stylist for photo shoots, explaining that you have to “embrace all your opportunities that come from an experience,” and also reminding us that we have “core dreams,” and although someone may say ‘why don’t you try this’ causing you yo stray away from your dream, but always be able to learn from those advantages and disadvantages. Melani had always had a passion for health and beauty, believing “health is the core,” so after returning to school and talking the necessary classes, she began her own skin care line called Soya Boutique. She believes beauty is in simplicity, so she created her skincare line to be all natural, and contain local products. She explained how it is important to never stop developing you skills and talents, and while it is important to have a core message, it is also important to share that message with others. Melani continued to explain how while she was teaching classes in modeling she was constantly learning, expressing the quote “wisest is he who knows what he does not know” by Socrates. She explained how it was important to accept that you are always changing, but it is also important to always maintain your passion. Your passion may grow, but don’t lose your sense of passion, because from passion comes drive, which leads to core actions. She also explained how the big picture is longevity, which is a healthy basis, and maintaining your integrity to your dream. The modeling industry is 80% rejection and 20% acceptance, explained Melani, continuing to explain to be persistent with what you want and to not give up, and to learn about rejection, because it is rejection that makes you push forward, and helps you always develop into something new. Remember: Passion + Drive + Action = Longevity!
We also had the privilege of listening to Katrina Hadden. Katrina is a size 12 model and proud of it! She is also a trainer, and author of the book: Making It In High Heels, while also specializing in: Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Katrina believed it was important for her to relate her speech to some of our stories. She explained how throughout her childhood years she was always ‘the tall one,’ and she was afraid of elementary school because she was bullied. She was called names such as ‘Big Bird’ and ‘Green Giant.’ “Being called names gets to you” expressed Katrina, so she tried to ignore the bullying and focus her attention to sports. She was especially good at basketball, being able to visualize the shot going in before the ball even left her hand, She dreamed of playing in the WNBA, however she damaged her knee, and could no longer continue on to play college basketball. “An injury can leave you without a plan,” she explained so you have to be able to create a new goal, and it is important to have other dreams and interests. Her friends suggested she try modeling. Although she wasn’t sure if she wanted to begin modeling because she had been so dedicated to sports, Katrina went to an agency, and ended up being taken on as a model. After a little while Katrina began to realize she was not fitting into the category of a model or a plus size model, and was even being asked to put on padding to make herself larger for the photos. Due not knowing which “category” she belonged to Katrina developed an eating disorder, but soon over came that personal challenge by surrounding herself with people who liked and were interested in nutrition. Due to surrounding herself with people interested in nutrition, she learned more about nutrition and health, and became a trainer. However she was still interested in modeling, so she took a leap of faith and moved to Toronto, with the goal in mind that she would one day be on billboards, and was not going to let anything stand in her way. Katrina changed agencies to Ben Barry, who embraces diversity. One day she was sent to an audition for a Panasonic commercial, and got the job because she had the confidence and energy that she did not previously have. She has then continued to walk in Toronto Fashion Week, for a Project Runway designer. The first time she stepped on the stage the audience began applauding and cheering, which was a special moment for Katrina, because it showed her that she was not the only one who wanted diversity in the fashion world. She explained how confidence is important and takes time to build, but you have to use what you have, and be unique in your own way, and always remember that you have a place. She reminded us that to be a role model you must: take care of your body and health, find a way to forget about the world through interests, attitude/gratitude- remembering to thank and acknowledge others, and forgiveness- life is too short to hold onto negative energy.
Alexandra Orlando came to speak to us also; she is an Olympic athlete, and motivational speaker. She started by explaining that we all have many first experiences throughout our lives, and stating that you don’t figure out who you are in the next three years, you find out who you want to be and start to understand why, and begin to truly realize how strong you are, and a reminding us we are much stronger than we think we are. She also explained that everyone hits rock bottom at one point or another, and when she hit her rock bottom, after dreaming of being an Olympian and then not qualifying for the Olympic games, she wrote a tell all book even though she is a private person. She went through some of her diaries and took out quotes and song lyrics that helped her through her rough period, and reminding us that it is important that we do not feel alone, and there are many people that may be going through the same things. “People don’t see the behind the scenes, and the struggles” she exclaimed, and expressed how if her stories could help just one person it would be worth it. Alexandra also reminded us of the importance of acknowledging the people that help us, and surround ourselves with positive people. Realizing after that she did not have any other focus- it was only gymnastics, and having not experienced defeat or not getting what she had wanted (qualifying for the Olympic games). Although only missing qualifying by one tenth (.1) of a point, for the first time she was experiencing not getting what she wanted. She began to lose her identity as a gymnast and took some time off. Realizing how unhappy she was friends and family became concerned and asked her ‘what do you truly love about gymnastics?’ Realizing it was not going to the Olympics that made her love gymnastics helped Alexandra ask herself if not making her goal of qualifying take away the past 12 years? She also came to realize that it was not all about winning, and winning can be short lived. Gymnastics was about the journey there and the experiences. After taking the time off, Alexandra decided to return to the gym, however after returning she was told not to continue, she had the wrong body type, and should chose to go try something else. Noticing that someone is always going to tell you that you can’t do something, she said: forget it- this is something I love, and you must put up a fight for something you are interested in. you must own your craft. Alexandra returned to qualify for the 2008 Olympic games, and although being happy, she realized it was not the be all end all it had been before. She had become a well-rounded person and had learned from both winning and failing. “Don’t be afraid of failing or showing vulnerability or weakness. Just Go for it,” she exclaimed. Continuing to explain how you have your entire life to trip and get back up, and getting up is that much sweeter. She has also just recently completed her second motivational book: Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered
All the speakers were truly inspiring and their stories were truly touching and inspirational. I am honored that we had the opportunity to hear their personal stories of both defeat and success.
As a Miss Teen Canada- World 2012 delegate, we were asked to write about our dream vacation with S-Trip. I was so excited about this assignment because I knew exactly where I would go. Hawaii! Last summer I traveled to Hawaii (Oahu) with my family and had the most amazing time. Hawaii is the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure, and has something there for everyone no matter what your age.
I would travel back to the island of Oahu, and stay in Honolulu, on the beaches of Waikiki. Waikiki is the perfect location for tourists because it is central to everything: shops, restaurants, and of course the ocean! Last year when we visited we traveled to the island of Hawaii also known as “The Big Island”, and spent the day there exploring the active volcanoes. This time while there, I would like to fly to the island of Maui, to spend a day there relaxing and exploring that island as well.
While there I would like to revisit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The memorial is amazing. You are so close to history, and it is a truly a beautiful memorial. They have World War Two memorabilia such as weapons of war, pictures, and a museum within the memorial. I would also visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation.Here you are able to see where all the pineapple is grown, all the different ways it is processed, and try to find your way out of their maze. I would also like to attend a traditional Hawaiian Luau, to learn more of the Hawaiian culture and to enjoy a traditional Hawaiian meal, and even try poi again (their traditional sauce made from a root). Also, I would like to do what Hawaii is known best for… surfing! I would like to take another surf lessons in hopes of this time being able to stand up for more than two seconds, then after surfing I would like to try snorkeling to see the beautiful scenes and wildlife not seen from the shore.
I would choose to take my mother and grandmother with me on this trip, because they inspire me everyday, and Hawaii has always held a special place in both their hearts. They used to travel there quite often when my mom was in her teens, and when we travelled there I loved hearing about their memories from Oahu when they used to visit. I will cherish these stories forever, and cannot wait to hear more of them if we were to return, and to make new memories for us all to cherish forever. I would also like to bring my cousin Dominique with me. We were born exactly a week apart from one another, and she is like a sister to me. She is always there when I need her, and I would love to share this trip with her. I believe traveling with my family and my cousin Domi would be amazing. It would be so much fun having the opportunity to travel with them because they are not just my family, they are my friends.
I love to go shopping with my mom and grandma, and in Oahu they have one of the largest outdoor malls in the world: Ala Moana Center. It has four floors of amazing shops, from high-end designer stores, to everyday shops. There is something there for everyone, with any style! Yes, you can get lost in there, so I would recommend getting a map. The mall is so big it took us two days to get through the whole thing! I would love to go back there, because they have shops we don’t have here in Victoria, and it is all outdoors!
Not only does Hawaii have so many amazing things to do, it also has the most amazing beaches. Perfect to spend a day relaxing and to have a dip in the beautiful clear blue water. You can watch the professional surfers and maybe even fall asleep on the beach or next to the hotel pool.
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*All pictures are from my previous trip to Hawaii
The TV show I would like to create would be called “The Difference.”
“The Difference” would be similar to a documentary series. It would follow Canada’s youth who are involved in making a difference, either by fundraising for charities or organizations, or by getting involved in their community by making it a better and more positive place.
I got the idea for this show one day in my leadership class in high school. Someone said, “Look at all of the things we accomplished this year.” I couldn’t believe all of the amazing things the students in my high school had done throughout the school year, and thought that there should be some form of recognition for the amazing things Canada’s youth are doing, and the show “The Difference” would celebrate them.
Each week the show would follow a new citizen throughout their planning process for their event or different fundraising ideas they have, interviewing them about why they chose to fundraise for the given charity and why it means so much to them. Then the show would film the event, and people in attendance, and possibly a representative of the charity, or the community’s representative.
Youth often are given a bad reputation, but we never seem to hear about the positive things youth are doing or the difference they are making, and a lot of the time it is the youth making the biggest difference. I believe these people making a difference should be celebrated. The show would not only follow the youth throughout the planning, and the event, it would interview different people, such as people attending the event, people it is helping, and other people this person has inspired. The show would help support the charity or community the student is helping by donating or helping in some other way.
I would be the host of “The Difference” as Miss Teen Victoria 2012, interviewing, and doing the research necessary for the show. However, when we travel throughout Canada I would like the Miss Teen Canada- World delegate in that area to come and help co-host the show, by helping host interviews and volunteering with the event.
I believe the two Miss Teen Canada- World 2012 sponsors that would be interested in this show would be Free the Children and S-Trip. I believe Free the Children would be interested in this because they are such an amazing charity, and many people are proud to fundraise for them, and some of the Free the Children partners and ambassadors may be interested in getting involved as well. Free the Children is also mainly youth funded, and is based on the concept of “children helping children’ and these children should be celebrated. Secondly, I believe S-Trip would be interested because they offer volunteer trips for students to developing countries, and students who do such amazing things for charity would truly benefit from a volunteer trip that they offer.
Students who do things like this and make a difference often do it without being asked, or expecting praise for what they have done, but these students deserve recognition and “The Difference” would give them that recognition.
Please also check out my poster at the link below:
I was recently selected to be Save-On Foods’ Amazing Kid! Save-On Foods Amazing Kid is a nominated student who is then featured on an episode of the local news, and also receives a $1000 scholarship. One day CTV News came to film me at school, and interview my dance teacher, and vice-principal. They filmed me in my dance class at school, which was really fun, but also very nerve-racking. After coming to my school they came to my house where they then interviewed me about everything that I have been involved in lately, including: skating, volunteering/leadership, and the pageant. Everyone was very nice and supportive.
After completing my interview two weeks later I was invited down to the CTV news studio to receive the award, which is sponsored, and given by Save-On Foods. I am very thankful, and would like to again thank CTV and Save-On Foods for such an amazing award.
Please watch the video at: http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2012/06/save-on-foods-amazing-kids-brandi-anderson/
Talk to you soon!- Brandi Anderson: Miss Teen Victoria- World 2012.
I completed my Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good, video, and I chose to do recycling. I had a lot of fun making the video and felt great knowing that with every can and bottle I was recycling, it was keeping them out of the landfill.
After I finished making the video, I had to figure out how to change the format of it to a Mp4. (I think this was the hardest part!) After I went to two computer stores, I found out I would have to change the compatibility by downloading a program through the Internet. After changing the compatibility I was able to upload the video with the help of my cousin Domi.
Please watch and like my video at: http://www.missteencanadablognetwork.com/video/miss-teen-victoria-look-good-do-good-feel-good-video/
Thank you to Aveda who sponsored these videos!- Aveda Institute Canada, Canada’s Best Professional Hair and Beauty School.
Talk to you soon!- Brandi Anderson: Miss Teen Victoria- World 2012
I have been working hard on my fundraising for Free The Children. I have been collecting recyclable items, and just recently sorted through them all. It was so amazing having all the different people willing to donate their recyclables. I spent all afternoon one Saturday sorting and counting all the items with the help of my family. We had a lot of fun working together, and could not believe the support of our family and friends!
I just also recently completed a psychology project on a leader. I chose to do my project on Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free The Children. It was really interesting learning about him, and how the Free The Children organization came to be. It was also amazing learning about all the different things this organization is doing to help children all over the world. I am so proud to be able to fundraise for such an amazing charity.
I will keep you all updated on more fundraising and fun events!
Talk to you soon! –Brandi Anderson: Miss Teen Victoria- World 2012
I had the most amazing experience last week. I had the opportunity to be in the annual Victoria Day Parade as Miss Teen Victoria-World 2012.
This year was the 114th annual Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, and it was even more celebrated this year because it was 150th anniversary of Victoria. The parade was said to have about 100,000 people to come out and watch the parade first hand, and thousands more in the comfort of their homes, broadcasted on Chek TV. There were many entries in this years parade, including local high school bands, and bands from the United States, floats, local community businesses, cultural organizations, and many more!
I asked the local Colwood Fire Department if I could be in the parade with them this year. They said they would be happy to have me join them, and all I had to do was contact Chek TV to let them know I would be in the parade with them.
On May 21st , I met the Colwood Fire Department downtown at 8:00am to get set up and organized before the parade started at 9:00. When the parade started we followed in the middle of all the other fire trucks. I walked alongside four of the Colwood Fire Department firefighters. I walked the parade (3.5 kilometers) in heels! I surprised everyone when I walked by in my heels and dress, when it had been raining only minutes before. I had people in the audience asking me the whole way how my feet were and giving me words of encouragement. It was so amazing to have people wave and be excited to see me. (I even had people blowing kisses to me ). I was near the beginning of the parade, so when I was finished walking I was able to watch some of it.
When I was walking back to find my family, a little girl wanted so badly to say hello, and her mom was trying to get her to come over. I said hello to her and she was so happy, it was the cutest thing. They were leaving when all of a sudden, they turned around, and the mom said, “She wants a hug”. The little girl came running up and gave me a hug then ran back to her parents. The parents thanked me, and then kept going. This was one of the highlights of my day!
I would like to thank the Colwood Fire Department for allowing me to walk in the parade with them, and all of the other fire departments participating for welcoming me.
Please check out the article written in the Times Colonist about the parade:
Talk to you soon! – Brandi Anderson: Miss Teen Victoria World 2012
This past week at school the grad class of 2012 from Belmont Senior Secondary had the opportunity to plant trees in our community at the Luxton Pond. It was such an amazing experience and we all had so much fun! It was also great that so many of the grad students come out to help, and showed respect and hard work to the community. Each group of students planted about ten small trees around the pond. The community organizers were very surprised at how many students showed up and were hoping to be able to do something like this again in future years. I am so proud of the work our grad class did, and hope we are able to do this again soon.
Talk to you soon! – Brandi