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Growing up, I was always in awe at the beautiful woman in the grand pageants that were broadcast on my television. Today there are numerous teen pageants out there, but the largest teen competition within Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi. I have dreamed of becoming Miss Teen Canada, and in less than two weeks I am excited to be competing in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. As I prepare to head to Toronto, I have received many questions about the original Miss Teen Canada Pageant that my parents and grandparents remember, in this blog, I hope to answer some of those common questions!
The original Miss Teen Canada Pageant, remembered by many was televised on CTV, and was a personality and beauty competition in Canada for women aged 14 to 17. It was called Miss Teenage Canada for the first three years (1969 to 1971) before being renamed Miss Teen Canada in 1972. It was held in Toronto, Ontario, but unfortunately came to an end after financial concerns in 1990. I recently saw a picture of the first Miss Teenage Canadatitleholder from 1969, in my local A&W (this is because A&W Drive-Ins originally sponsored the event)!
Nowadays, the pageant that many of my family members recall no longer exists but fortunately there is still an opportunity to be crowned Miss Teenage Canada. Miss Teenage Canada, formerly Miss Teen Canada-World began in 2008, owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi is now the largest teen competition in Canada, the first winner was Katie Starke. As the only pageant to hold provincial pageants, with the most delegates competing, my experience in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant is sure to be memorable! We will be judged by an excellent panel including Gail McInnes, Matthew Collins, Sarah Fisher, and Windsor’s own Chelsae Durocher, as well as being hosted by Luke Bilyk! There is sure to be plenty of media exposure while I spend my week in Toronto, as well as continuing to support Free the Children, the affiliated charity of MTC-W Inc.
Throughout this experience, I have already seen drastic change within myself. I applied for Miss Teenage Canada because I saw the Facebook page and thought it would be an opportunity to grow and make new friends. The weekend I spent at my provincial pageant taught me so much, I have begun to build my confidence, especially as I continue to present myself in public at events, fundraisers, and parades. One event I am particularly proud of was when I spoke at a Town of Lakeshore Council meeting! Some other events I have participated with include; the MURF Centre Fundraiser, Canada Day Parade, Paws for a Cause Fundraiser, Make A Wish Dinner, etc. I hope as I come closer to leaving for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant to continue raising funds for Free the Children and other local charities!
With only 18 days until the crown is awarded, I think about what I were to do with the title if it were awarded to me. I dream of being Miss Teenage Canada and feel that with the title I would strive to share a message of being confident in your own skin to the youth not only in my area but across the country, this is why MTC-W’s motto hits home for me, “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” Secondly, my platform would hopefully allow me to be present at animal adoptions and to spread a message to animal lovers looking for pets in order to “adopt not shop.” As a whole, I hope to continue to support charity, help others, be accepting, and strive for my goals!
I hope this blog has allowed some more insight towards the past and present of the Miss Teen Canada title, as well as some more information about my journey! Make sure to follow me as I continue to prepare for Miss Teenage Canada! And always reach for your goals too!
What would it be like to be a model? To walk the runway and pose for photos?
Don’t loose hope! Even YOU can become a model. There is now a sister competition to Miss Teenage Canada, which searches for young women to compete and become top supermodels in Canada. It is called Top Model Search Canada! Over 40 finalists from all over Canada will compete for a modeling contract during the summer in Toronto with the title of: Miss Supranational Canada!
Even the runners up will receive the titles of Miss Top Model of the World Canada, and Miss Supermodel Canada International! And there will be plenty of chances to meet agents in hopes of making their big break in the business.
As a young woman participating in pageants, I understand the benefits a competition such as this may provide. There is not only tremendous pride as you represent not only yourself but your region or country, but it also builds confidence, muscle (those heels will build your calves up!), and expands your horizons! Plus, you can make many friends along the way!
The pageant will take place August 12th-17th, and will take place annually during the summer! So what do you have to lose?! Take a look at the website: Topmodelsearchcanada.com or to read more about MTC-W Inc. visit here!
I hope to see you on the runways this summer, and possibly representing Canada at International Model Searches! Be yourself, you can reach your goals.
I thought I’d take the opportunity today to talk about a movie that was filmed right here in Windsor and Essex County, and what it was like to take-part in the experience. “The Birder” is a revenge comedy that discusses birding in Pelee Regional Park and the troubles that arise when Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh) loses his job to the ‘new guy’ Floyd Hawkins (Jamie Spilchuk). The movie was directed by Theodore Bezaire, written by Theodore Bezaire & Mike Stasko and produced by Gerry Lattmann, Jeff Nadalin, Roy Collavino, it was my pleasure to work with some of these great men, on set in 2012.
After auditions were held in the hot summer of 2012 the cast was chosen. I was cast as Alexis, and had a speaking role, but would be able to be an extra within the movie along with many of my friends and family members. My experience on set was great, even though it was a hot summer day with no air conditioning the crew was happy and excited to be working. The extras were all excited as well, getting to see real movie cameras and be behind all the action. It was a chance to see how much work really goes into a movie. And after only 18 days of filming the wait was on, the movie would be in production for two years!
Finally, the red carpet premier was happening, and it was going to be a fun, press filmed event with the first screening of the movie! My parents and I dressed up and went to the event. There were cameras, real birds, and lots of people! We were invited to walk along the red carpet, take pictures, be interviewed by CBC and CTV, before going into the theatre to watch the movie!
To watch my interview, head here, my interview happens at 1:20.30 of the CBC live coverage.
After the red carpet premiere, The Birder released that they would be performing several showings at two local theaters. It was going to be the community’s opportunity to see the movie on the big screen. I was able to attend one of the first showings at Lakeshore Cinemas. Next the movie is off to premiere in LA at the ‘LA Comedy Fest.’
Overall, I am so proud of the work done on a movie that was eight years in production. The final product was incredible and beyond anything I could have imagined for our area. I owe many thanks to Ted, Gerry and the rest of the cast and crew. My time working on ‘The Birder’ has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget, and look forward to talking about for years to come.