The day we have all been anxiously awaiting has arrived! Tonight is the finals and the crowning of Miss Teenage Canada 2014! Everyone is super excited. I am humbled by the influx of messages of encouragement and support from Saskatchewan and across Canada that I am receiving every day. Your faith in me gives me strength and inspiration to continue to strive to be the best I can, not only in this competition, but in all things near and far, and in believing that all things are possible and dreams really can come true. This week has been unbelievable and I could not have come this far without the support of each and every one of you. Thank you to my corporate sponsors, without whom it would have been very difficult to finance this incredible journey – Allstar Tech (www.allstartech.com), Culligan Stewart Water (www.culliganregina.com), Dr. Ziglo (www.reginaorthodonticgroup.com), Ramada Plaza Regina (www.ramadaregina.com), RMD Security Systems (www.rmdsecurity.net), Smitty’s Regina Northgate (www.smittys.ca), and my exceptional fashion sponsor Flirt Formal Fashions (www.flirtformalfashions.ca). Thank you to my beautiful queens for your motivation and advice – Camille Munro (Miss Canada World 2013), Annora Bourgeault (Miss World Canada 2014), Abbey Taylor-Weber (Miss Earth Saskatchewan 2014), and Kaya Palmer (Miss Washington County 2009). Lastly, thank you to the best family and friends a girl could ask for; an exceptional foundation of love and guidance. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life, and now am fortunate to have met the most amazing 55 teenage girls in Canada and worked with the tremendously talented Michelle Weswaldi (Executive Director), Shawn Cuffie (choreographer), Christi Woolard, and the rest of the outstanding Miss Teenage Canada sponsors and crew.
Day 6: Our day started off with a special treat – pancake breakfast in bed – compliments of McDonald’s (www.mcdonalds.ca), followed by a plethora of rehearsals in preparation for the evening’s preliminary show, where we were each judged in the categories of swimsuit and evening gown. Our hair and makeup was done by Motives (www.motivescosmetics.com), and each delegate was presented with a two-piece swimsuit design, unique to each province, and rosette heels. The Saskatchewan girls wore a black and white, triangle bikini by BCBGeneration.
Everyone was excited to finally reveal their hand-picked evening gown designs. I wore a dark pink and black sparkly floor length gown; an original trumpet design with an open back and ruffled slit train, with a rhinestone necklace and earrings, and black satin Fioni Night embellished masquerade sandals with a 4 ½” caged heel. Looking around the room at all the stunning girls in their evening gowns, I felt so proud to be representing Saskatchewan and honored to be in such a high caliber pageant. The show was a big success, and I was so happy to be back on stage where I most love to be.
Pageanting, like life, is not always perfect. Sometimes there are bumps and curves in the road, so it is important to face each day with confidence, meet challenges with optimism and conviction, live each day to its fullest, and cherish in each memory made.
It has been an incredible week in Toronto, and I made some wonderful friends and lifetime memories. Thank you MTCW!
Don’t forget to tune in tonight to the live streaming of the final show www.livestream.com/missteenage or http://genesismultimedia.tv/mtcwebcast2014/mtcw2014webcast.html - it is sure to be another night to remember!