I’m finally here! All of my hard work has led me to the journey of a lifetime. It kicked off Thursday night with a Bon Voyage party hosted by my band, close friends and family, as we played, sang and laughed into the night, followed by a day of final preparations – nails, final dress fittings, words of wisdom from my pageant coach and designer, and of course packing. Saturday was an early start – 3:45 am. My posse of body guards and well-wishers ushered me to the airport for my 6:30 flight to Toronto. Thanks to WestJet, my first ever air flight was both exciting and relaxing; breaking through a sea of white to a magical aerial scene. Flying over Toronto was breathtaking. I was fortunate to share this experience with a sister delegate from Saskatchewan – Jolene Creely, Miss Teenage Eastern Saskatchewan 2014. You would have to see it to believe it! It is absolutely beautiful here. Sometimes when I look out the window it feels like I’m in an old- time movie; it so surreal.
Day One: At the Toronto International Airport, Jolene and I were greeted by our chaperone, Courtney, who just so happened to be waiting with another of my sister delegates from Saskatchewan – Jensen White, Miss Teenage West Central Saskatchewan 2014. We all hopped on the hotel shuttle bus and headed for the Holiday Inn, where many of the delegates from all of Canada were awaiting our arrival, and we had an opportunity to get to know each other as we waited for our rooms to be ready. Being one of the first delegates to arrive, I also had the privilege to meet our video and photo shoot photographers. Security is a number one priority - we were escorted, one by one, to our respective rooms, with direct orders to remain no matter what, keys were held by our chaperones, and everyone was closely monitored to ensure each of us were safe and accounted for. I then eagerly awaited the arrival of my new roommate and was elated when Nicole - Miss Teenage Vancouver 2014 walked through the door. The first formal event was a Welcome Party, with pizza and cake, and a chance to meet some of our amazing sponsors who welcomed us with gifts and advice - cosmetics by Motives by Loren Ridinger (www.motivescosmetics.com), stylish and super comfy sandals from Hi-Tec Canada (www.hi-tec.com/ca), massages by Wright Spa Mobile Services (www.wrightspa.com), and spray tans by Golden Glamour Goddesses(www.gggoddesses.com).
Day 2: We were up at dawn to begin Day 2. We were pampered with hair and makeup by the official Miss Teenage Canada sponsor Motives by Loren Ridinger, and then “Lights, Camera, Action!” - a professional photo shoot, video shoot and our official interview portion of the competition with the panel of judges. What an amazing day - like a dream come true – I truly felt like a star! It was a very long day, but the excitement and anticipation of the next adventure kept me bright and inspired. We had pasta salad and sandwiches for lunch and a delicious home-cooked meal in our rooms for supper (chicken – yum!) followed by some relaxation and time to reflect on the events of the day. I couldn’t sleep without peering out my window to take in the awe of the Toronto night sky, and panoramic view of the city lights. Amazing!
Day 3: Another early start- looking our best and with a hearty breakfast we prepared to take on the adventures of Day 3. At 6:20 am we appeared on the live telecast of Breakfast Television and then took in the sights and delights of downtown Toronto. Next stop, Schwarzkopf Professional (www.facebook.com/SchwarzkopfCanada) for tips and tricks on hair styles and products and a fun group braiding project. Then a delicious lunch catered by Panera Bread (www.panerabread.com) followed by a shopping extravaganza at the Yorkdale Mall (www.yorkdale.com). Located in the Greater Toronto Area with over 240 retailers Yorkdale is definitely the place to shop! At the mall, we were treated to an exclusive shopping experience at the ever-popular Bench (www.bench.ca) clothing and lifestyle store, and of course no mall adventure is complete without a trip to the food court, but Dine On 3 is not your average food court, it is stylish eating with skylights, an outdoor patio, fireplaces and signature tableware! Thank you to all of these sponsors for the gift cards and VIP experience. After shopping our hearts out and filling our stomachs we headed back to the hotel for some super fun training. We have already started learning the great technique we will be using onstage. Oh and did I mention we also started our choreography today! It already looks amazing. Just before Michelle sent us off the bed she left us with a little surprise. Today we received our very own Hi-Tec sandals! Thank you so much Hi-Tech! I can’t wait to show the world my new stylin’ sandals.
As the sun sets on the third of three incredible days in Toronto – I can’t wait to see what adventures lie in wait ahead – take my hand and through the wonder of social media we will continue this journey together!