On Saturday, July 13 all the Saskatchewan delegates and I hopped on a plane bright and early to Toronto for a journey that would forever change our lives.

Day 1

Once we arrived in Toronto we were greeted by two of our chaperones, Mark and Hazel. They named themselves Snooki and JWow. We all piled onto the shuttle and were taken to our hotel where we met the director of the pageant, Michelle and Christi. We were then taken to our hotel rooms where we met our roommates. My roommate was named Selena Wand and she’s from Ontario. They did an amazing job of choosing our roommates because Selena and I became fast friends. Later that evening we went to our welcome night where we met all the other lovely delegates and some of our sponsors. It was a great night mingling with 65 beautiful girls from across Canada.

Day 2

We woke up bright and early for a breakfast buffet in the hotel. Then we all got our hair and makeup done for our interview and photo-shoot. I was most nervous about the interview, but the judges were really friendly and eased my nerves. There was a lot of waiting around but it gave us the chance to get to know the girls better. It was a long day and we didn’t get back to our hotel room until midnight.

Day 3

The next day we were up 4am for our first media appearance. We were going to appear on Breakfast Television! The host asked a few of the girls to share an interesting fact about themselves or their hometown. One girl could speak 7 languages and another only had 34 people living in her town. It was a cool experience. After breakfast we were off to the CN tower. It was tons of fun and we were sure to take lots of pictures. After that we had a scavenger hunt in the Distillery District. It’s a cute area full of little shops and art exhibits. We were very lucky to have Costa Blanca sponsor us with $50 gift cards! So after our scavenger hunt we went to Costa Blanca to do some shopping! After that we then went to our second media appearance on MUCH MUSIC LIVE! It was so much fun. We met Lauren Toyota and seen behind the scenes at Much Music! It was an amazing but tiring day!

Day 4

Once again we woke up bright and early to have breakfast at Grenadier Café. After that we headed down to Union Fitness for a yoga class! It was a great way to start the day. We then went back to the hotel for rehearsals with the talented Shawn Cuffie where he started to teach us our swimwear number! We were very lucky to have Garage sponsor us with $50 gift cards so it was back to the mall for some shopping. We then went to the food court for supper. Then it was back on the bus to the hotel. Our bus drivers name was Harv. We had a ton of fun singing and dancing on the bus. We ended naming the bus “ClubHarv” because we always had so much fun on his bus!

Day 5

The next day we headed to the Toronto Zoo to see the pandas! They were so cute! After the zoo we headed back to the hotel for more rehearsals and a presentation from S-Trip! We even received an S-Trip swag bag! Later we went to Medieval Times which is the coolest restaurant where you watch knights compete in a tournament of jousting and other events. You ate with your hands! It was truly a medieval experience!

Day 6

Today we got to sleep in! Then we had breakfast for a day of rehearsals and practicing for the preliminary competition that would be held later that evening. We also met Luke Bilyk from Degrassi! He was really nice and we all got pictures with him. But it was funny because weren’t wearing any makeup and most of us looked like we just got out of bed! But it’s ok because we still met him and had a fun time.  At preliminaries you walk the runway in your swimsuit and evening gown. This decides the top 20.  I was excited to wear my evening gown for the first time. Preliminaries went well. I had lots of fun and everyone look beautiful in their evening gowns!

Day 7

Today was another day of sleeping in. It was a relaxed day full of rehearsals. That evening was the talent gala where I would perform my talent routine. All the girls got dressed up and went down to the gala where we had dinner and watched the talents perform. I did a baton routine that I made myself. It went amazing and I was very happy with my performance. I even got chosen in the top 3 talents and I would perform again at the pageant! I was so excited and proud as there were tons of girls with amazing talents. After the talent portion of the gala we got to visit with our families. It was a wonderful night.

Day 8

This was the last day of our journey. We went to the Queen Elizabeth Theater to rehearse the entire pageant. We then got our hair and makeup done and got ready for the show. Before you knew it, it was show time! I was excited and nervous at the same time. I didn’t make top 20 but I did my best and all the girls that made it deserved it. My talent went perfectly and I was very proud to have performed with the top 3 in talent. It was an amazing night and I’m so happy to say that Jill Martin from Saskatchewan won the title of Miss Teen Canada-World 2013! I’m so proud of her! After the show we headed back to the hotel for our final night with all the girls. I’ve had such an amazing time. It was a life changing experience and I’ve made so many new friends. I’ll never forget this experience and I’m so happy that I entered this pageant. I still have my title as Miss Teen Southern Saskatchewan so I will continue to make appearances at local events!

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S-Trip is sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada- World “social media queen” award! For over 35 years S-Trip! has been a leader in student travel providing life-changing trips to over 40,000 students annually in over 40 destinations around the world. S-Trip! Travelers are encouraged to become global citizens; opening their eyes to new cultures, languages, and experiences. Recently named Profit Magazine’s 25th fastest growing company in Canada, and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte and CIBC, S-Trip! is a leader in student travel in North America.

If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Germany. When my grandpa was 17 he moved from Germany to Canada, so I still have lots of family in Germany. Two years ago three of my cousins came to Canada to visit. I had the pleasure of meeting them for the first time. I miss them very much and it would be amazing to travel to Germany to be reunited with them and also meet all my other family members that live there. Germany is a beautiful country. There is so much to see and do.  From seeing the Berlin Wall to visiting the ultimate fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, this castle was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castles Disneyland. There’s so many new foods to try and a new language to learn. It would be an amazing trip.

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

xoxo Tara

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If I were to create a commercial for “Signature Towels” it would look something like this.

The commercial would be set on a warm spring day. The sky is clear and the sun is warm. Birds are chirping and there is a light breeze. We are at a lush green soccer field with freshly painted lines. The bleachers have just been set up and the nets are strung. Soccer season is starting and a new coach of a little league soccer team is teaching his team how to run with the soccer ball. The kids on the team are 10 years old. They are running up and down the field, occasionally kicking the ball out of the field. They are practicing for an hour before they decide to get a drink and cool off. The kids get hot sweaty from all the running, so the coach gives them each an identical towel to bring to each game. By the next practice the kids have all brought back their towels, but they have thrown them all over the bench. By break time no one knows whose towel belongs to whom. One soccer player decides to pick up a random towel; some of the other kids do the same. The kids start to fight, they start yelling “that’s my towel”. They try ripping the towels from each other’s hands. Its chaos. They fight until the coach eventually takes all the towels away. The coach is unsatisfied with the towel situation so he goes to from Signature Towels.com and orders the team a set of personalized towels. It’s the night of their first soccer game, the bleachers are full of spectators and the sun is hot. The coach brings them a surprise. He gives each child his own towel with their name on it. The kids are all ecstatic about their customised towels and now they won’t get there towels mixed up.

Thank you to Signature Towels.com for sponsoring this year’s Miss Teen Canada-World pageant! If you are looking for personalized towels sets check out Signature Towels.com!

 

xoxo Tara

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The largest capital building in Canada is located in little old Regina, Saskatchewan! The Saskatchewan Legislative building is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Regina and is a symbol of democracy and provincial pride. It is also a national historical site! Less than a year after Saskatchewan became a province, planning of the Legislative building began, followed by a competition for who would design the building. Construction of this amazing landmark began in 1908 and was completed in 1912. The original plans specified that red brick would be used for the exterior, but the Premier at the time, Walter Scott; decided that Lime stone should be used instead. The cream colored stone is one of the Legislatives building’s most distinguishable features. The legislative building was designed in a beaux-arts style, which was a popular architectural design of that era. The floor plan is shaped like a Latin cross with an amazing dome in the intersection of the cross. The area around the building has been developed into a beautiful park that attracts hundreds of tourists each year. The park consists of a spectacular flower garden, tennis courts, fountains and it overlooks Wascana Lake. Many local events are held at the Legislative grounds, such as the Canada Day festivities, charity events, and even weddings! The Legislative grounds are one of the most urban parks in North America.

I’d also like to thank my new sponsors Unique Day Spa, L’Oreal Canada, Maybelline Canada, and Shoppers Drug Mart. I really appreciate everything they are doing for me!

xoxo Tara

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It’s been a while since my last blog, I’m sorry! The last month of school has been busy, but now that finals are over I’ll have much more time to blog! So I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to lately!

Seniors night

This month I volunteered at my school’s annual event called seniors night. Seniors night is a night full of dancing, music, performances, and of course..food!  I volunteered as a server and so I served the meals and danced with the seniors. Some of the seniors were even asking when next year’s was going to be! It was a great night and I’m looking forward to next year!

Beach Blast

This past weekend was the Regina Humane Society’s first annual Beach Blast! Beach Blast is a special adoption event where the featured animals only have a $50 adoption fee. There are also tons of games, face painting, and bouncy houses for the kids! I ran the Treat Toss game. The kids would get four dog bones and they would have to try to throw the bone into the dog bowl that had healthy food for a dog to eat, then they would get a prize. It was a successful day and all of the animals got adopted!

Dog Jog

The day after the Beach Blast the Humane Society had the 22nd annual Dog Jog. At the Dog Jog hundreds of people and their dogs gather and go for a walk around Wascana Lake! After they’ve gone around the lake there is a BBQ, prizes, and contests. I handed out free bandanas to all the puppies. The dogs that were rescued from the shelter got a special bandanna to tie around their neck. I’ve never seen so many dogs in one place! It was a really fun day and the Humane Society raised a lot of money to support the animals at the shelter.

There’s only 16 more days until Toronto! I can’t believe it’s almost here already! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to meet all the girls!

Xoxo Tara

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What is a green building?  A green building is a building that’s construction and operation assure the healthiest possible environment while using land, water, energy and resources in the most efficient way possible.

Tiocoat flat roof solutions is a great energy efficient product to help make green buildings. The Toronto based company makes a high-strength elastomeric coating that provides 89% reflectivity of solar radiation, which will significantly reduce the buildings energy needs. Not only does it cut the energy cost, it protects the roof for longer roof life cycles.

Regina’s hospitals are going green!

white roof in Regina, green roof solutionThe Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has introduced energy efficient technologies in the Regina General Hospital and the Pasqua Hospital. This has led to an 11% energy reduction. To achieve these savings they got assistance from the Energy Innovators Initiative (EII) who encourages businesses to cut costs and become more energy efficient. A number of changes were made to make the hospitals’ boilers more energy efficient. One of the original high-pressure steam boilers at Regina General Hospital was replaced, and high-efficiency burners and multi-element controls were installed. These upgrades are reducing energy costs by about $41,382 per year. The Health Region has also installed a cogeneration pilot project to produce electricity from natural gas while capturing the exhaust heat and redirecting it for hot water use at the Regina General Hospital. Also by improving lighting, fans and building control systems to more energy efficient products they have cut their energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by another 20%. These are just a few ways Regina’s hospitals have started to go green.

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