Hi everyone –

Thank you so much for your help and encouragement throughout my journey to Miss Teenage Canada National Pageant. Voting has begun for the “People’s Choice Award” and this is where I need your help more than ever!   The delegate with the most votes online before the competition is fast tracked to the top 20!

How to vote for me for Miss Teenage Canada!

  1. Go to www.missteenagecanada.com
  2. Click on the purple box on the right hand side “VIP Club”
  3. Register to become a VIP (insert your name, age, and email)
  4. You will get an email to verify your set-up (check your junk box if you don’t get it)
  5. Return to the finalist page and scroll down to Alicia M under British Columbia and click the details link
  6. On the Right sidebar you will see an option to enter your email address
  7. Enter your email into the box and click 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 August 8th at 12:00 (noon).

Thank you all for your continued support and please send this to as many people as possible.

Thank you!

Love Alicia xo

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20150801_015458 (Large)Tonight I had the honour of being invited as a special guest to participate in the opening ceremonies for the BC Premier Baseball League Provincial Championships!!  The top four teams in the league have a weekend of exciting ball games to play.  The teams include:

  • Victoria Eagles
  • Nanaimo Pirates
  • Okanagan Athletics
  • North Shore Twins

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Victoria is the host city and our very our Eagles ball club qualified for the provincials!  My good friend Brendan Turcotte plays for the Eagles and so it was great to be there to cheer him on as well!!

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I, along with the Acting Mayor of Victoria (Charlayne Thornton-Joe) and Mayor of Saanich (Richard Atwell) were invited to say a few words of congratulations to the teams and wish them well in their tournament.

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Thanks for reading,

Alicia xo

 

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Hi everyone – We have our 2nd Blog Assignment:

Tell us about your platform, why you chose it, what it means to you and what you would do as Miss Teenage Canada to promote that platform.

My platform is to raise awareness for sick and disadvantaged children.  Too many children suffer in this world due to illness or social circumstances.  Too many children live in poverty and don’t have access to proper nutrition which can impact their ability to learn, play, and grow.  Alicia Recital 2

My platform is important to me because I love children and they deserve to be happy and healthy and should enjoy life.  Children are innocent beings and should not suffer hardships and pain in their younger years.11075042_10152754525421752_515992813_n 11121104_10152754525566752_1622686157_nI plan to be a pediatric nurse one day so that I can help make a difference in their lives.  I plan to work with children and their families.  I am a caring person and I would like to help others when they need it the most.  I also value living a healthy, active lifestyle and I feel that I would be a good role model to young children and youth so that they can aspire to lead a healthy life as well.  Living a clean life can prevent many illnesses and can have a positive impact on our longer term health overall.11178422_10152802078946752_442194371_n

Millstream Fun Fair 7I have appreciated fundraising for the Free the Children Charity.  It has been a valuable and rewarding experience to learn and be apart of this organization and the work that they do.  Free the Children founders Mark and Craig, encourage youth to become empowered to take action both locally and globally to influence positive change in the world.  I really like this “call to action” and feel that Miss Teenage Canada encourages us to all do this.Thrifty's foods - fundraising 10320415_1863403240550972_3835619942257467774_nBottle Drive

As part of my platform, in addition to fundraising for Free the Children, I have focused most of my efforts around supporting children’s charities and events such as:

  • Foster Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
  • Times Colonist 10K – Family Fun Run
  • Touch-a-truck pediatric cancer fundraiser event
  • Various Elementary school fun fairs
  • Children’s Summer Camp – dance introduction

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I have also signed on as a volunteer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority and when I get back from Toronto I will be volunteering for various pediatric programs at Victoria General Hospital and Westshore Health Unit.

If crowned Miss Teenage Canada I would be thrilled to use this opportunity to grow awareness around my platform and would like to continue to fund raise for Free the Children and visit one of the sites to contribute my help directly, as well as volunteer at a We Day event.  I would also like to continue to promote and support various local and national charities that support children.  I would be honoured to be a spokesperson for a local children’s charity and help to fund raise within my community as well.

The Miss Teenage Canada pageant is more than a “beauty” contest as many may think.  This is an opportunity for young women to be leaders in their communities and to make a positive difference in this world.  I am so grateful for every opportunity that this journey has given me  – in order to give back to others.  I would encourage everyone to get involved in what matters to them!!

Thanks for reading,

Love Alicia xo

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The last couple of days have been so amazing.  I had the good fortune of being invited to speak about my journey to Miss Teenage Canada on several morning shows at our local radio stations.  20150729_180751 (Large)

First I visited Michael Forbes and Lisa Marshall on the OCEAN 98.5.  This was my very first radio interview!!  They made me feel so relaxed that it did not even feel like an interview and when it was over I was surprised to be done!   They are going to follow my time in Toronto and I plan to give them updates on how it goes!  Listen here to the interview.

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The 2nd interview I did was with their sister station – KISS FM 103.1.  I joined Matt Soper for a live interview!  Normally Matt is accompanied by Vanessa but she was off on vacation.  Matt was so amazing and sweet.  I was really nervous about doing a live show but he made me feel right at home and his energy and enthusiasm got me excited to talk about my journey.  Later driving home I heard Matt giving me some more shout outs on the radio!20150730_174539 (Large)  What an amazing experience.

 

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It just feels so surreal that in a few days I will be heading off to Toronto to live out this dream!  Can’t wait to be there and meet all of the other delegates!!

 

Thanks for Reading,

Love Alicia x0

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20150724_200248 (Medium)I spent a day with a group of great kids at the F.U.N. (Friends Uniting for Nature) Summer Camp.  I was asked to come and spend some time with the kids teaching them some dance moves.  They were such an awesome group – and very quick learners!  We started with introductions and I told them a bit about my dance experience and journey to Miss Teenage Canada.  They all introduced themselves as well.

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After some initial fun and games and floor work, they got down to business and learned a dance in one morning!  Gradually I added in choreography and by lunch time they were grooving to a pretty fast-paced song!

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The kids ranged in ages from 6 – 13 and many of them had never danced before.  It was such a great day and they were so fun and hard working.

 

I loved every minute of it and it really combined my passion for dance with my love of helping kids.  They wished me good luck at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant as I said goodbye and told me to “win it for Victoria”!

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You can check out the complete dance video on my Facebook page!  Happy National Dance Day!!

Thanks for reading,

Alicia xo

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thank_you_stripes_sticker_jewelry_pink_crown-ra06b5322cef641bb995968b6d1d49999_v9wf3_8byvr_324From the moment I was crowned Miss Teenage Victoria I have been blessed with an amazing journey – one filled with lots of love and support from many, many people.  There have been lots of well-wishers cheering me on and genuinely excited for me and wanting me to succeed and do well.  I have also had support from those closest to me by supporting me through sponsorship, donations, and participating in my fundraising efforts.

This blog post is for all of those people who have helped me along this path.  I wish to celebrate all of you and I can’t say thank you enough for your kind support.  You have truly made this amazing experience even better for being apart of it!!

 

Ashley Sophia Photography

  • Ashley did a photo shoot of me with my sash and crown at Royal Roads University and the pictures are amazing!  Ashley you are sooo talented!
  • Visit her on Facebook – Ashley Sophia Photography

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Richelle Buckingham, Faculty and Choreographer, Karen Clark Dance Studio

  • I was so excited to work with Miss Richelle (below – in black top) – she is an amazing choreographer and have always wanted to do a lyrical or contemporary solo with her!  She is helping me to get ready for the talent night gala August 8th
  • KCDS is like my second family – visit them at Karen Clark Dance Studio

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Brad Maclaren, Sotheby’s International Realty

  • Uncle Brad (as I know him 🙂 )  is an award winning Realtor with Sotheby’s International.  He supported me in my first quest to be crowned Miss Teenage Victoria 2015 and is a Silver sponsor for my journey to Miss Teenage Canada!
  • Visit his website – Brad Maclaren

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Tim Curry, Langford Canadian Tire

  • This local business owner is very active in our community and supports many charities and I love that dogs are always welcome in his store.  When in the store you can also have a visit with his dog Soleil.
  • Below is a picture of Mr. Curry and his wife giving a customer donation cheque to the SPCA earlier this year (cred: Goldstream Gazette):

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Gary Brown and Linda Clark, Sutton Group WestCoast Realty

  • Uncle Gary (yes another uncle in real estate!) and his lovely lady Linda Clark (also a realtor) are with Sutton Group WestCoast Realty.  My Uncle Gary started his own successful real estate company years ago.  They are also Silver sponsors for my journey to Miss Teenage Canada!
  • Visit their website – SmartMove Team

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 Gina Savard, Everything Wine, Millstream Village

  • I went to school with Gina’s daughter and she is another member of our community that is always doing something for others!  Thank you for supporting me with a donated gift basket!

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More amazing family – 

  • Uncle Victor and Auntie Tanya
  • Grampa Ed and Granny Judy
  • Grampa Jim and Granny Carolyn
  • Grandma Sandy

Thank you for all of your support in this journey!  I love you all so much!!

I also received a silent donation from a business in my community and for that I am truly grateful and respect their wish to not be publically acknowledged.

My Fundraising Efforts – 

Thank you to everyone who helped or supported me in my fundraising efforts!  I sold chocolate bars, and did a car wash, and a bottle drive.  I could not have done it without the help of my family, friends and neighbours.  Thanks also to my mom’s friends at work for loving chocolate so much!!!

“As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination”.

THANK YOU for being apart of my journey!!

Love Alicia xo

 

 

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This year marks my graduation from High School and it was very bitter-sweet.  The year feels like it went by way too fast but I have so many special memories to take away from it.

It is exciting to begin a new chapter in my life but at the same time it is sad to know that all my friends will be taking different journeys in their lives and this means we won’t be together like we once were.  I have friends who are off to explore the world and others heading away to university in other cities.

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My plans are to start school in the fall working towards my aspirations to become a nurse.  I also start volunteering at the hospital next week and it will be good to help me get familiar with the hospital environment while giving back to my community at the same time.  I am excited to get started!

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On to the next chapter of my life and what could be more exciting that to be starting it by entering into the Miss Teenage Canada National Pageant!!  I can’t wait!!  So excited and nervous all at the same time for what lies ahead.  Three Cheers for the Grads of 2015!

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Thanks for reading,

Alicia xo

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Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to take part in the Pride Week festivities happening in my hometown.  I joined in on the Parade that marshalled floats, cars, and walkers alike down Government Street and ended in a park in James Bay.

20150705_213815.1The Pride parade was amazing!  There were so many onlookers there to cheer us on and it was definitely the most colourful and fun parade I have seen.

 

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Everyone was upbeat and cheering as we danced our way along the route!  I was joined by a group of friends and family, including some of my advanced dance company dancers.  We entertained the crowds along the way!

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20150705_214808.1The Pride parade was important to me because it celebrates people and sends a strong message that LOVE is Healthy and youth that are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgendered should not be discriminated against.

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Thanks for reading,

Alicia xo

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This is my first blog assignment and it’s a good one!  The question was:  Tell the world why Canada is great!  That is an easy question because there are so many things to love about Canada!  To make it a little fun I came up with a top 10 list of why Canada is so great.  I hope you enjoy it!!!

#10 – Canadians are so polite.  We are very well known for apologizing for everything.  This quality makes Canadians come across as genuine and caring (which we are of course)!  They are also very friendly and I have had so many people come up to me and congratulate me on my title as Miss Teenage Victoria.

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#9 – Our great outdoors!  The Canadian landscape is breathtaking and amazing.  From our oceans, to our thousands of lakes, to our mountain peaks.  We have stunning geography!  On the west coast I walk trails and hike all the time – the beauty takes my breath away.  I also love to spend time on the lake every summer with my family and friends boating and doing water activities.

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#8 – Tim Hortons – Who doesn’t love Tim Horton’s.  It is a staple in our household.  My mom only drinks Tim Horton coffee and I love their green tea.  It is also a great place to meet up with friends and socialize – before, during, and after school.

#7 – Hockey – Who doesn’t play or know someone who plays hockey.  Hockey is a family event in our household.  I grew up with a brother and sister who play competitive hockey and we all go to cheer them on.  As a country we also produce the greatest hockey players (e.g. Gretsky/ Crosby) – with more than ½ of the NHL draft coming from Canada each year.

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#6 – Patriotism – Canadians are proud and love to show it on Canada Day and every other day!  The maple leaf is symbolic of our pride and we wear our red and white proudly, especially when we travel!  In my hometown everyone gets into the Canada Day spirit!

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#5 – Seasons – Canada has the most beautiful seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.  Each has its own beauty and We get to benefit from all the seasonal activities that go along with them – such as snow skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking etc.  From the changing leaves in the fall, to the snow falling in the winter, and the beauty of the flowers budding in the spring, and the sun blazing in the summer – we have it all!  This is the same view from my backyard in two of the seasons (can you guess which one’s?):

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#4 – Music – Canada has some of the greatest musicians in the world from iconic diva’s like Celine Dion to pop stars like Nelly Furtado and Drake and many bands such as Hedley.  There is music of every variety for everyone.  Outdoor concerts are the best too – here is 54-40 who recently played near my home:

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#3 – Multiculturalism – Canada is a diverse and inclusive country.  We have so many different cultures and it is great to learn about the people and their heritage and beliefs etc.  We embrace people of all skin colours, religions, and gender preferences.  For example, I love going to Greekfest every year with my family and enjoying their great food and dancing.

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#2 – Health Care – We have one of the best healthcare systems in the world.  My mom is a nurse and I plan to be one as well.  Nobody is turned away because they cannot pay for their treatment or care.

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#1   – Miss Teenage Canada! – Having this opportunity to represent my hometown city and province at the Miss Teenage Canada National Pageant in August is a thrill of a lifetime!   I feel so proud and excited for the opportunity and know I will make some lasting memories and friendships from this experience.

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Yes – Canada is Great!  From the great people, to the beauty of our landscape and nature, to the things we get to enjoy each and everyday… we are so lucky to call Canada our home!

Alicia xo

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On June.20th I put together a Car wash by donation from 11:00 – 3:00pm – in Staples parking lot near Costco! It was a successful day I raised over $200 just by washing some cars with my friends and family! It was a great way to interact with new people around Victoria and explain my title as Miss Teenage Victoria. Overall I had a great time in the sun listening to music with some good frien10320415_1863403240550972_3835619942257467774_nds while washing cars and advertising the car wash! I would really like to do a huge shout out to my biggest helpers and supporters Reg, Joanne, Brett, Cole, Anika, Dylan, Josh and Sherri for your help at the car wash! Couldn’t have done it with out you! xo17706_1863362187221744_3520552233967246571_n1939900_1863403160550980_3042658520365484057_n11059550_1863430790548217_7030515127814242992_n10986911_1863430807214882_3838150823975762882_n

 

 

Thanks for reading<3

Alicia 

xo

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