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Well yesterday was the 1st of July- Canada Day AND the beginning of Miss Teen Canada-World month!!! Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in the Comox Valley Canada Day parade.

 

Getting ready to start the parade! Behind me is the classic car section.

I was fortunate enough to hitch a ride with this beautiful collector’s Ford.

Sitting with Comox Valley Dignitaries.

As we paraded down 5th Street, many of the children called me a Princesses! I took some photos with some of the kids and signed autographs. After the parade, I attended a short reception and was recognized as a dignitary along side our MP, John Duncan, and MLA, Don McRae.

Being recognized as Miss Teen Comox Valley-World 2012

Being in the Canada Day Parade is just one of many fun jos I get to do as a delegate in the MC-W pageant. I’m having a lot of fun getting ready for the upcoming pageant week; the delegates recently received our “what to bring” list 🙂 It’s a detailed list of what sort of clothes we’ll need. In a nutshell, we have to ALWAYS look our very best. To prepare for my week in Toronto, these are the things I’ll will be doing in the next two weeks:

. Manicure and Pedicure

. Cut and Dye Hair

. Cocktail Dress Shopping

. Tanning

. Staying Fit

There’s a lot of preparation that comes with being a delegate, but it’s all really fun. My goal is to look chic and modern, and lots of people think you have to spend a lot of money to do that, but I’m here to tell you it’s not true. I’m going to go through my list again and let you in on a few money saving secrets 😉 …

Light Pink Nail Polish

Manicure and Pedicure: Nail care can get pricy (especially if you’re an 18 year old college student), so I asked a couple of local spas for inkind sponsorship; free manis and pedis for pageant week! Obviously, it’s hard to receive these benefits if you’re not a delegate so for all you other lovely ladies out there, try giving yourself a mani and pedi! For a simple french tip, paint on a light coat of very light pink. Allow this to dry, and then apply a think white line on the tip. I like to add a base coat and an after coat to make the polish last longer. If you’re nails are unsalvageable, you can buy fake nails at any drug store and apply them yourself. Just make sure you purchase a really strong glue so they last longer. You can file them down to the length you want.

Hair Dye

Cut and Dye Hair: This trick won’t work for everybody, so don’t try this if you haven’t had any practice! I’ve cut my own hair for the pageant. I gave myself side bangs and a light trim, so my hair looks much fuller. Instead of going to a salon to dye my hair, I’m going to dye it myself at home with a simple hair dying kit from any drug store. It won’t be as good quality, but it will still look good.

Cocktail Dress Shopping: Don’t be afraid to shop outside designer dresses. You can find some amazing dresses at local boutiques. It doesn’t have to be brand      name to look nice.

Tanning: This one’s a cinch; instead of fake or spray tanning, just do it the old fashion wayand hit up the beach! Soak up some sun, but just make sure you wear sunscreen. I have a tanning oil sunscreen that’s 10 spf, so I will finish with a nice tan, but no burn.

Soak Up Some Sun!!!!

 

Staying Fit: If you feel like you can’t afford your seasonal gym pass this summer, don’t worry! A 1/2 hour jog around your neighborhood a day should do the trick. Throw in 50 situps when you get back and you’re good to go.

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look nice. It’s all about knowing what looks good on you, and workin’it with confidence.

~ Somer

 

 

 

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Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good Video Challenge

Only 24 days left until the national competition in Toronto, and delegate life is picking up pace. As part of the competition, finalists were asked to create a short video called Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good. The criteria? Perform a good deed while dressed in full glam, complete with sash and crown, and make sure you look satisfied with your act of kindness. This mini challenge is meant to promote the amazing things that Miss Teen Canada-World finalist’s do; volunteering, community service, cleaning up the environment, etc. We can make a difference in our society, and look good while doing it.

Goose Spit, Comox Bc

For my video challenge, I asked one of my best friends, Colleen Hartwell, to film it for me. Colleen is studying tobecome a director, so she really knows how to work a camera. We decided we wanted to incorporate the beautiful beach of the Comox Valley, Goose Spit, because the scenery is incredible. We brained stormed lots of ideas, but our top three were:

. Picking up litter along the beach

. Protecting beach wildlife

. hosting a beach day for kids

All of these ideas sounded great, but one stood out in particular for me; protecting beach wildlife. My boyfriend Jonathan has a pet carrier pigeon that he’s taken care for almost 10 years. Its name is Starfire, and it’s very tame. So we “hired” Starfire onto the set as our main “actress” 😉 We filmed her stuck in soda can rings, and I freed

The Pigeon

her. We chose soda can rings because they are actually a very real problem, especially for beach wildlife. It is very easy for animals to get stuck in those plastic rings, including birds, turtles, fish, crabs, and starfish. Even if you think you’re doing the right thing by throwing the plastic rings out in the trash, you’re not; you have to make sure to rip the rings apart so there is no chance that an animal could get stuck. Besides, once you rip it apart, the plastic can be recycled so remember to toss it into the recycling bin instead of the trash.

Plastic Rings

Colleen and I had a lot of fun filming. We got up at 5:30 am to prepare and drive down to Goose Spit. We wanted to have the sunrise in the background while I released Starfire. We were pretty tired, but the sunrise was beautiful. We let Starfire fly around when we got there because she doesn’t get to stretch her wings very often. She loves her cage though so she always flew back. We got some terrific shots of her flying along the water. Here’s our finished masterpiece. Make sure you click the heart next to it, so I can have the opportunity to win some great prizes. The winner can donate $500 to Free the Children, all thanks to Canada’s Best Professional Hair and Beauty School, Aveda Institute Canada.

All in all it was a blast, and I’m so glad we had to do this video challenge. Check out our bloopers video for some more laughs of Starfire and I 🙂 Don’t forget to heart my video! Thnx 🙂

~ Somer

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As a national finalist in the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant, it’s my job to choose a platform to support. Making your title stand for something is what makes your crown really sparkle:

“Social activism has been a very positive trend in pageantry in recent years. Taking a stand serves to identify you with a positive purpose and distinguishes you from the unfortunate public image of titleholders as merely pretty ornaments. The choice of a platform issue should be of personal significant.”- National Finalists Booklet

I chose the Heart and Stroke Foundation as my platform because it is a charity that I hold very close to my heart. Last October, I lost my dad to a stroke. I decided that now was the perfect time to blog about my passion for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for two reasons:

First because June is Heart and Stroke month. There are lots of events going on that you can volunteer at and participate in.

The second reason is because Father’s Day is coming up on June 17th. This will be the first one without my dad. I remember when I found out he had had a stroke. At first I wasn’t very worried because I didn’t think people died from strokes unless they were elderly. My ignorance was bliss only for a short time because dad kept getting worse.

My Daddy

After only two days, he could no longer speak. The doctors said they could save him but half of his brain had already shut down. This meant he would have to live in a facility for the rest of his life. He couldn’t eat, or speak, or walk, or go home ever again. My family decided to let nature take it’s course and not intervene. The doctors told us that he only had a few days left. Dad was in a coma by this point, but a single tear rolled down his cheek when he heard his days were numbered. There is no way to tell whether or not a person in a coma can hear but my family and I never left dad’s side until the very end. The stroke happen on a thursday morning and dad passed away the following wednesday.

It’s hard for me with Father’s Day coming up but I’ve decided not to let this get me down, and to instead turn my grief into inspiration. On June 16th, the Comox Valley is hosting the annul bike ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation:

The Heart and Stroke Big Bike is a FUN and inspiring team building ride on a one-of-a-kind bike built for 30 that raises funds towards life saving research for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The 30 person bike!

If you would like to create or join a team register today and start collecting donations from friends and family.

Even though I’ve been through some hard times, I don’t have any regrets. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” (Friedrich Nietzsche) Experience is what shapes us, and our outlook on life. My experiences have made me a stronger person. Our trials give us the gift of understanding. What makes my crown sparkle is my understanding, and my compassion. My title isn’t about being the prettiest, or the best dressed. That’s not what the Miss Teen Canada-Word Pageant is about. My title, Miss Teen Comox Valley-World 2012, stands for Compassion, Strength, and Understanding. This is what makes my crown sparkle.

~ Somer

 

 

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As you know, I big part of the Miss Teen Canada-World competition is fundraising for a charity called Free the Children. For those of you who don’t know much about them, here’s a bit of info from the website:

The primary goals of the organization are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world. Through domestic empowerment programs and leadership training, Free The Children inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world.

Standing in the foyer of Beriwck Comox Valley in my waitress uniform and my sash and crown.

For my major Free the Children fundraiser, I decided to host an event at work. For the last four years, I’ve been a waitress at Berwick Comox Valley. Berwick is an independant seniors living home, and I work in the diningroom. My boss is very support of me, and was happy to create a fundraiser. It was a lot of work, but worth every minute. We decided to serve a special Italian-themed dinner with wine followed by coffee and tea. The residence bought tickets, and all the proceeds were given to Free the Children. They were also given the option to contribute a further donation by purchasing tickets for a 50/50 draw.

This is me all dolled up and serving dinner.

The evening consisted of a large Italian dinner followd by desert. After the meal, I drew 3 tickets out of a hat, and the three residence who had the matching tickets won door prizes. All in all, it was an amazing evening that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s nice to know that people care. There was a lot of planning and setting up, but a huge success. I recieved excellent reviews from the residence, and had a lot of fun along the way.

The door prize winners all happen to be at the same table- no set up I promise!

After all the prizes were distributed, I made a short speech thanking the sponsors, and kitchen staff who volunteerd to make all the food, the recreation staff for helping set up, and my boss, Britta Newman, who made the entire evening possible.

Making my speech

I also spoke about the pageant and my preparation for the Nationals so far. At the end I gave a breif description about the chairty, Free the Children and why I am passionate about supporting them.

For weeks after this event took place, residence and staff continued donating money towards Free the Children in a collection bin at the front desk. I was also included in the Berwick paper, called, “The Berkley.”

“Somer is working hard to raise funds for ‘Free the Children.’ Help one of our young people to reach her dream.”

~ Somer

 

 

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Hey everyone!

I just realized today that I haven’t talked very much about my platform as Miss Teen Comox Valley-World; The Heart and Stroke foundation. Having this foundation as my platform means volunteering, organizing and/or hostessing fundraising events, participating in local fundraisers, and getting in touch with the foundation to let them know I’m on board.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is  a volunteer-based charity. Its main goals include funding research leading to eliminating heart disease and stroke, and reducing their impact through the promotion of healthy living. A lot of people don’t realize that the number one cause of heart disease and strokes is unhealthy lifestyles. This isn’t true for all cases, but it’s still important to eat right and stay fit.

Being a young person myself, I know it can be difficult to think about the future and the state your health will be in. At 18, I don’t think about having heart disease; it feels like I can eat and do whatever I want and not be effected by it, but the reality is your health will catch up with you. Here are a few facts about how to prevent heart disease:

  • Be smoke-free.
  • Be physically active.
  • Know and control your blood pressure.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is lower in fat, especially saturated and trans fat.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage your diabetes.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s advice.

Our society is facing the problem of obesity, mostly in young people. With all the processed foods, junk food, and fast food, it’s difficult (and sometimes more expensive) to eat a healthy meal. On top of this, the technological advancements our society has seen in the last 10 years encourages young people to sit inside and play video games, watch TV and movies, or surf the Internet. It’s ok to do these things in moderation, but it’s important to make time in your day to exercise and eat right. Take the time to make yourself a healthy meal; your body will thank you 🙂 Develope a work out plan that you can follow everyday that fits your schedule. Balancing work and school and friends can leave little to no time for anything else. Make eating healthy and working out a priority and you wont have to worry about health problems later in life. Consider it delayed gratification. 😉

The other part of the foundation is stroke prevention. Surprisingly few people know exactly what a stroke is so here’s a definition from the website:

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die.

Eating well is a good way to prevent a stroke. Check out the Canada Food Guide for a guideline to eating right. If you’re worried about developing health problems use this chart to find your BMI, and if you need to, take the proper steps to regain your healthy self.

If your BMI is

  • between 18.5 and 24.9, you’re at lowest risk of developing health problems.
  • between 25 and 29.9, you’re considered overweight.
  • 30 or more, you’re considered obese.

I hope this little bit of info helps keep you healthy and happy. If you’d like more information just check out this page for more health tips.

~ Somer

 

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Since I was crowned Miss Teen Comox Valley-World 2012 at the beginning of March, my life has been filled with non stop pageant work! Luckily, it’s all super fun stuff! Right now, I’m visiting lots of local businesses in search of sponsorship. This takes a lot of preparation, but I love dressing up in my crown and sash and showing it off a bit 😉

Now that I`ve had the title, Miss Teen Comox Valley – World 2012, for almost three months now, people in the valley are beginning to recognize me, without my crown and sash! I little girl pointed at me in the grocery store and said, look mom that`s the princess girl! It makes me feel like a popstar or something 🙂

All in all, I`ve been having a lot of fun, and I cannot wait for July 14- Nationals begin!

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In order to obtain the title, Miss Teen Comox Valley – World 2012, I first had to compete against about 40 other beautiful young women from around BC. It was a fun filled two days which consisted of training in etiquette, public speaking, and dancing. In the end, 13 beautiful girls won titles, and are proceeding to the Nationals in Toronto, Ontario this coming July.

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History Fair 2012

Every year when I was in high school, I had to create a project to enter in the History Fair. This year, I had a blast attending the Fair as Miss Teen Comox Valley! Everyone did a super good job on their projects.

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I want to give a big thank you to Rickis Courtenay for the gift card! Rickis is one of my favourite stores, and they were generous enough to provide me with a gift card. During the provincial competition or Miss Teen Canada-World 2012, one of the categories was a personal interview. You were judged based on your communication skills, personality, and interview outfit. I purchased my entire interview outfit from Rickis Courteny. 🙂

Ricki's outfit used in provincial competition

Thanks to them, I’ve come a long way in this competition. Please click here for pics of my interview outfit.

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Hello everyone! I just wanted to give a big thanks to those who participated in this year’s walk for MS in the Comox Valley. We had pretty nice weather (apparently it was a huge storm last year so I guess we got lucky) and a great turnout. Click here to check out some of the photos from the event.

 

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