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This year, all of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates are put to the test to practice our graphic designing skills in creating a new rollup banner for Miss Teenage Canada! It is a chance for us delegates to display our artistic side and bring our designs to life.

logo-1950728559A special thank you goes out to Sign Source Solution for generously donating a rollup banner to the Miss Teenage Canada organization. Sign Source Solution is a company specializing in making various types of business signs and event signage including roll up banners. They are located in Toronto, so if you ever need event or business signs, you know exactly where to go!

In designing the banner, I wanted it to be simple but attractive. I wanted the sign to be eye-catching as people walk by, but at the same time, I wanted it to be simple and easy to read. I incorporated the Miss Teenage Canada logo, slogan, and website, and added social media icons that the pageant uses so that it is quick and easy for people to recognize, and they can quickly search up Miss Teenage Canada and follow the pageant’s accounts/pages as they are waiting in the theatre lobby.

And now..for the reveal of my own design for the Miss Teenage Canada rollup banner!

 

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Click the banner if you want a better look at it!

The winning designer will have their design come to life as a rollup banner for the Miss Teenage Canada show on July 24, where she will also be given the chance to pose with someone from Sign Source Solution beside the banner! Exciting!

Thank you Sign Source Solution!

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

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Being a finalist for Miss Teenage Canada 2016, we are encouraged to fundraise for the charity Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire for a total of 7 weeks. I set a goal to reach by the end of my fundraising efforts. As soon as I started my fundraising period, for my first fundraiser I decided to sell raffle tickets that were to be drawn on the day of my second fundraiser, BBQ For A Cause. Of course, I kept the prizes a secret until the time I drew the winners.

13692301_10206104024471140_1935385036_oOn June 26, 2016, I hosted a fundraiser right in my very own backyard for Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire called “BBQ For A Cause.” Tickets were affordable prices: $10 for Adults and $5 for kids and it was an all you can eat event! At the door, I also sold raffle tickets that were to be drawn near the end of the fundraiser.

Boodle fight buffet style

13692178_10154940359405828_1844170003_oSince it is the season of summer, I decided that a BBQ Party would be a great way to fundraise money for these two causes. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the warm weather by attending a BBQ fundraiser with music, raffles, and fun the entire day, and at the same time helping two causes at once? We also included a twist, instead of actually having a boodle fight, meaning all of the food is placed on banana leaves and everyone sits around the table and eats altogether, at the food table we had a boodle fight setting instead where people could just get their food buffet style. We made sure that everyone enjoyed and would go home with a full stomach.

In addition, Baskin Robbins (York Mills, Toronto, ON) sponsored tubs of ice cream for my fundraiser. I sold cups/cones with a choice of a variety of ice cream flavours that brought a smile on the kids’ faces. The teenagers and adults loved it too since everyone is a kid at heart. So, thank you Baskin Robbins for contributing to the success of my fundraiser!

After selling raffle tickets for many weeks, the day of my fundraiser was the day I drew the raffle winners. I made sure that the prizes were items that would be useful and enjoyable. There were 3 winners, with the 1st prize being the best one out of all of them. After drawing the names, the winners were delighted to hear that they won! Quick thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to help Free the Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire, all your help is greatly appreciated!

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With friends at my fundraiser “BBQ For A Cause”

13694329_10154940359425828_703325302_oA great number of people came to “BBQ For A Cause” to support my fundraising efforts. I am very grateful for the support I have received from my community ever since I was crowned back in January. I hope to make everyone proud this next coming week as I leave to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2016! Once again, thank you!

Reminder: Online voting will start this coming Sunday, July 17-24! The delegate with the highest votes will automatically fast track to the Top 20. I will be posting the link to the voting page soon so get ready to share it with all of your friends! Follow my social media pages for more information!

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

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For over 200 years, Scarborough grew from a collection of small rural villages into a great city with a diverse cultural community. Scarborough is a popular area for new immigrants in Canada to reside and is known to be one of the most multicultural regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Scarborough is a district within Toronto, and there are countless tourist destinations in Toronto, but where I am from we have one destination that is well known to be one of Toronto’s most popular natural landmarks, the Scarborough Bluffs

What is the “Scarborough Bluffs” and where is it located?

View of Lake Ontario at the Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs is located along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Scarborough, Ontario. For exact directions, click here.  The eroding white sand cliffs offer breathtaking views of sunrises, sunsets, moon rises, and shooting stars and is awaited by many on warm summer evenings. Originally, the Scarborough Bluffs was owned by the borough of Scarborough, but is now under the City of Toronto. Bluffer’s Park refers to the waterfront park at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs. There are different parts of the Bluffs, which are the marina, the beach area, and the park.

Bluffer’s Park is the ideal place for swimming and relaxation

This destination is open to people of all ages all year round and is great for time with family and friends. The Bluffs features a sandy beach, picnic areas, and trails for walking. The beach is great for swimming, especially on hot summer days. If swimming is not your thing, don’t worry, there are so many more activities that you can do at the Bluffs. The various activities that can be done at Bluffer’s Park are swimming, volleyball, water sports, picnicking, boating, walking on trails, and jogging. All activities onsite are FREE! These activities are usually done in the summer because of the warm weather, but walking and jogging can also be done in the spring and the fall. Due to the accessibility and features of the Bluffs, it is an ideal destination to do all of these various activities that all ages enjoy.

Interesting Facts

View of the Scarborough Bluffs cliffs on a cloudy day

Now, almost all tourist destinations have a few fascinating facts, myths, or legends that make the place a little more..interesting.

  • The Scarborough Bluffs consists of many other parks, such as Rosetta McClain Gardens and Cathedral Bluffs Park. Several parks in one area, isn’t that cool?
  • The erosion of the Scarborough Bluffs created the Toronto Islands, such as Centre Island. In the past, the First Nations used the sandy platform for hunting, fishing, and relaxation. The sandbar only became an island when the connection to the land was cut off in 1854.
  • The Scarborough Bluffs was named after Scarborough, England by the wife of John Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. From there, the area expanded to be an accessible recreational area for local residents and is visited by many tourists annually.
  • The Scarborough Bluffs are 300ft high, which is equivalent to 25 storeys!
  • The Scarborough Bluffs has been eroding at a rapid rate since the 1940’s and has alerted the city to create a multimillion project to prevent further erosion. For now, the cliffs are stable and hopefully in the future, this great landscape can be seen by many more people!

And now..the scary myths..

  • There is a shrine on the road down to the Bluffs and it has been said that the ghost of a little girl comes out of the small wooded area around the shrine when someone stands near it. The ghost does not seem to pay attention to anyone, but is described to be very happy, playing, and laughing.
  • Not only that, a young woman has been seen walking on the road down leading to the Bluffs and appears on the side watching cars drive by. She also has been seen in multiple locations.

Creepy! Do you believe that these myths are true?

My little secrets..

The absolute best times to visit Bluffer’s Park are summer afternoons on weekdays if you’re free, but weekends work too if you don’t mind the large amount of people, and the evenings as well around 8PM to catch the sunset and take pictures of the stunning view. Given that the park is open all year round, it is best to visit in the summer in my opinion. If the beach area is too busy, there is the park area on the other side or you can relax at the marina and grab a snack at the restaurant.

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Taken 2 years ago, a view of Bluffer’s Marina where Bluffer’s restaurant is also located.

If you are going to have a picnic, I suggest arriving early on the day of to get the best picnic spot with picnic tables and a BBQ. If you are not bringing any snacks, there is a restaurant called Bluffer’s Restaurant with a variety of meals that match what you’re craving for. The restaurant offers delicious appetizers, seafood, chicken, steak, and pasta dishes. The choice is up to you! Special events can also be held here since they have a banquet hall for rent.

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Planning to have a picnic instead? Bluffer’s Park is the right place!

If travelling by car, the parking rates vary throughout the day on weekdays and weekends. In the late evenings,the parking is free. Don’t worry because the parking rates aren’t pricey.

Personal Experiences

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The view is also great for taking artsy photos

Growing up in Toronto, I have visited many tourist spots such as the CN Tower, but nothing compares to the view of such a beautiful natural landmark, the Scarborough Bluffs. Since I was a child, I have visited the Bluffs countless times and I still love going there. My favourite things to do there are picnicking, swimming, and playing sports like badminton and volleyball. I love swimming so almost every time I’m there, I go swimming with friends or my cousins. After, in the evening I take a walk through different trails and see the wildlife including birds.

13664277_10206081615550931_2046449888_n (1)My most recent visit was only a couple weeks ago. I wanted to go for a walk in the evening so I went around 8PM just in time to watch the sunset. I felt joy as I embraced the natural beauty of the scene. Not everyone gets to enjoy the view of the natural landmark so I am grateful to be living in an area where it is accessible for me to visit more often.

I enjoy visiting Bluffer’s Park since it offers a wide variety of activities so there is always something to do! It allows visitors to enjoy the outdoors and to embrace nature. Check your calendars now to see when you’re free and plan your visit to the Scarborough Bluffs! If you’re reading this, visit the Scarborough Bluffs..I promise you it is worth your time and you will not regret it!

When you’re in the Toronto area, take a trip to the east end in Scarborough and visit the Scarborough Bluffs!

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Until next time,

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

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Hey there!

Born and raised in Canada, I am proud to be Filipino-Canadian. Canada is known for multiculturalism, great landscapes, and of course, humble people. The Philippines is known for their incomparable hospitality displayed by the people, cuisine, and beaches and climate. Did I mention that the Filipino people are one of the best pageant fans? Their support for pageants are crazy, especially when it comes to Miss Universe. The list can go on and on for what these two countries are known for, but they are definitely great countries filled with many good people.

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Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016 featured in the Balita Newspaper

After winning the title of Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016, I have received great support from the Filipino community in Canada. This accomplishment was published in the newspaper “Balita.” I was very happy to share the news with the community and gain the support of many. I’m sure they will continue to support me throughout my journey towards Miss Teenage Canada 2016. I am definitely grateful for all of the support!

Soon after, I was given the opportunity to meet the Philippine Consul General of Toronto, Rosalita Prospero. I shared the news that I won the title of Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016 after competing in the Miss Teenage Ontario pageant in January, and that I will be competing in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant in July held in Toronto. She was very delighted to hear the good news and wished me luck on my journey towards the crown. I hope to make the Filipino community very proud after the Miss Teenage Canada pageant is over. Ontario for the crown!

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Meeting the Philippine Consul General of Toronto, Canada-Rosalita Prospero

Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

 

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Hi! I have been busy with school but now that summer is here, I can fill everyone in on the events that I have attended as a titleholder!

I had the opportunity to attend a Dinner and Dance fundraiser for Operation Smile. This wonderful fundraising event was organized by Kesiah Papasin, a 211168495_1462402453.8096_funddescription016 delegate for Miss Universe Canada and Miss International Canada 2014.

Operation Smile is an international charity that aids children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or other facial deformities by providing thousands of free surgeries. This charity has been very successful through the help of many volunteers.

Attending the Celebrate with a Smile Fundraiser for Operation Smile

All of the proceeds that were collected in this fundraiser were donated to Operation Smile, to help more children live a happier lifestyle. This event was filled with great entertainment throughout the night. Dance and singing performances and fashion shows made the night lively. I enjoyed watching all of the performances and was glad to be a part of the event by joining the fashion show wearing my crown and sash.

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Fashion Show time!

Joining the Fashion Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

 

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Hi again! Another event calls for another blog!

Recently, I attended the “Evolution of IPEN Homecoming 2016” event held in Scarborough at Rembrandt Banquet Hall. The special guest for the night was Mister International 2015, Pedro Mendes, from Switzerland. This event showcased the evolution of IPEN- 25 years of beauty, glamour, and prestige and I was able to attend and witness this great occasion!

Upon arrival, each beauty and gent was given a chance to take pictures and walk the red carpet. Every guest was also given the opportunity to take a photo with Mister International prior to the start of the event. For the night, I sat at the same table as Mister International along with other fellow beauty queens. We each got to know and speak to Pedro and also share a few laughs throughout the night. There were performances by local artists and I personally enjoyed them all. But of course, an event is definitely not complete without…PHOTOS, especially when the guest is the reigning Mister International!

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Photo with Beauties and Mr. International

Walking as Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016/Finalist for Miss Teenage Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

After winning the title of Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016 and being a finalist for the upcoming Miss Teenage Canada pageant, I have been given many opportunities to promote the pageant and speak about my platform and goals. At this homecoming, I was introduced as a finalist for Miss Teenage Canada. Given the chance to speak, I invited everyone to attend the Miss Teenage Canada finals night to support me and briefly provided an intro to my platform of “social media safety”, as well as mentioning my fundraising efforts for Free The Children and helping the Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire. I am very grateful for each opportunity that I get to promote Miss Teenage Canada and my platform.

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Speaking to the audience about Miss Teenage Canada and my platform and goals as a finalist

As the event came to an end, all the beauties and gents gathered in the lobby and lined up to take photobooth pictures. Luckily, me and my two friends were able to get one with Pedro. Another photograph to keep for memories! Meeting Mister International is an opportunity that not everyone gets to experience, so it was truly amazing to have him as a guest at the event.

So grateful for experiences like these, can’t wait for what is in store for the near future!

Much love,

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

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Hello! I’ve been busy with school, but I am back to blogging since school is over! It is already July which means that Miss Teenage Canada is almost here! Time goes by fast..

Last month, Mister International 2015, Pedro Mendes, from Switzerland arrived in Toronto. I was given the opportunity to meet him for the first time at a Japanese restaurant in Downtown, Toronto that same night along with a couple of my friends. I got the chance to introduce myself as soon as he arrived, and it was very exciting to meet someone who has won a major pageant title! I found out that he speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese and just a little English. The last time I spoke and learned the French language was back in Grade 9 and I only know a little Spanish so it was quite the challenge, but at least I got to use my knowledge in both languages. He understands some English so that was a relief just in case my French and Spanish didn’t go the way I planned. Well, we were all excited to show him around Toronto for the week!

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With Mister International 2015

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…The mandatory selfie?

Centre Island Fun!

The following day, Ipen organized a picnic at Centre Island in Toronto. The weather was beautiful for a picnic! We spent the day relaxing on the beach, biking, and of course taking photos! As a group, we rented bikes for one hour and got to ride them around the island and explore! Me and my friend, Hayley, brought the little kiddos with us on our four-person bike. It was definitely a workout going back and forth on different trails carrying all of our weights in one! When I stepped down to grab a drink, I honestly could not even feel my legs! Although biking was very tiring, it was fun and the kids definitely enjoyed the ride! While waiting for the ferry to leave Centre Island and take us back, we got everyone in line to take a selfie with us! Surprisingly, everyone joined in! What’s a better way to kill time than to take a giant selfie with everyone?

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The giant selfie with everyone in line for the ferry!

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Enjoying the weather while relaxing on the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A picture with Mister International 2015

 

 

 

 

Mister International 2015, Pedro Mendes, stayed in Toronto for one week where he got the chance to tour the city and enjoy the diverse culture! After attending the Evolution of IPEN Homecoming 2016 (blog post about this event here), we had a goodbye dinner the day before his departure for Switzerland.

Goodbye Dinner

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Again, another mandatory selfie

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Bon Voyage Mister International 2015!

The day before Pedro’s trip back to Switzerland, we had a goodbye dinner for our new friend. I gave him a small gift to take back with him to remember his trip to Canada and new friends here from Toronto! He is planned to come back to Toronto this coming August! Exciting news!

Overall, it was a pleasure meeting Mister International 2015!

Until next time,

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

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Hello and Happy Canada Day!

I am so blessed to be living in such a culturally diverse country. Canada is known for multiculturalism, lakes, poutine, and.. apologizing. This list can go on and on, but who wouldn’t love to be living in a country who is known to have such kind and humble people? Canada offers endless opportunities for everyone that has inspired other countries to follow in our footsteps. Recently, Canada has allowed more than 25,000 Syrian refugees to enter the country and start a brand new life. Isn’t that wonderful? This has given them an opportunity to begin fresh and experience a new culture. Having said that, what is your favourite thing about Canada/being Canadian?

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Celebrating Canada Day at the Scarborough Civic Centre with Miss Teenage Toronto East

On that note, on July 1st, Miss Teenage Toronto East and I were welcomed to join the Canada Day Celebration at the Scarborough Civic Centre-Albert Campbell Square. In celebration of Canada’s 149th birthday, the event was filled with entertainment showcasing multicultural music and dances, “Taste of Canada” which is a food fair representing cultures from around the globe, a kids zone, and a parade late afternoon. We were able to take photos with different people at the event, enjoy the delicious food, speak to people about Miss Teenage Canada and also invite people to watch and support us, and as well as watching the live performances. Despite the changing weather throughout the day, or should I say the “all four seasons in one day” weather, the event was a success! It is definitely nice to see that everyone still came out to celebrate Canada Day regardless of what the weather was like. As we walked around to different booths and mingled with people, me and Sakshi, Miss Teenage Toronto East, enjoyed taking pictures with the kids. I find it cute when little kids are so amazed by us wearing crowns and looking up to us as actual princesses. In a couple years from now, they could also be wearing crowns and representing their own cities one day! Seeing the joy on their faces, I hope that, as a titleholder, we have inspired them to go out and follow their dreams, even if it is to become a princess one day.

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Miss Teenage Scarborough and Miss Teenage Toronto East with Scarborough MPP’s and the Mayor of Toronto-John Tory

Later in the afternoon, the Mayor of Toronto-John Tory, Scarborough MPP’s including Brad Duguid and Mitzie Hunter celebrated Canada Day with the community! After each of them spoke on stage, there was a traditional Chinese Dragon dance which they all watched. When they stepped down from the stage, me-Miss Teenage Scarborough and Sakshi-Miss Teenage Toronto East approached Mayor John Tory where he congratulated us on our achievements of earning these titles and moving on to Miss Teenage Canada and we also took pictures with him and the other Scarborough MPP’s. As soon as we turned around to take pictures, many reporters and photographers were already taking pictures! Meeting the MPP’s of our community and the Mayor of Toronto was a great experience and I am glad that I was able to share with them the news of winning the title of Miss Teenage Scarborough as well as being a finalist for the upcoming Miss Teenage Canada pageant in July.

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Miss Teenage Toronto East and I

The celebration of Canada Day in Scarborough was a success! The event displayed multiculturalism, how different cultures can come together as one. I am very happy to have been a part of such a wonderful event where I met many new faces and showed Canadian pride along with the rest of the community. Until next year!

By the way, it’s JULY, which means it is pageant month! Only a little more than two weeks until I get to meet all of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates! Can’t wait! I will keep everyone updated on People’s Choice voting very soon! For now, if you would like to support Free The Children and Victims of the Fort McMurray Fire, head to my facebook page to donate! Thank you in advance!

Much love,

or should I say “Canada eh?”

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

 

 

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Hello again! School has been keeping me very busy, but now that school and exams are over, I am back with another blog post!

On May 21, 2016, I was given the opportunity to be a model at Canadian Asian Fashion Week held in Downtown, Toronto at The Carlu. I also walked the red carpet wearing my sash and crown! It was my first time walking an actual red carpet at an event, so it was memorable since my first red carpet experience was with my sash and crown. Canadian Asian Fashion Week showcased the various types of fashion found in Canada and in Asian countries including India, Japan, Philippines, and more! In between segments, there were singers and dancers who performed traditional dances and sang songs that suited the theme of the night. More importantly, the entire show showcased the diverse cultures in many Asian countries. It was a good night of fashion, food, entertainment, and glamour.

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With several CAFW models

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Canadian Asian Fashion Week!

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Wearing a Terno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Models were called to be at the venue early that morning to fit hair, makeup and a rehearsal in before the red carpet at 3PM. It was a very hectic schedule with fittings in between, but it was all worth it in the end. The excitement started when people were arriving and music was playing near the red carpet. There were many photographers, it felt like we were attending an awards show! With my sash and crown, I walked the red carpet wearing a traditional Filipino costume called a “Terno”.

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Outfit by Atelier Closet

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Modelling a cocktail dress, terno, and traditional Indian outfit

I was a part of 3 different segments, in which I modelled a cocktail dress, a Terno, and I was chosen to walk for the Indian designer “Atelier Closet”. My outfit was a traditional Indian outfit and it was absolutely gorgeous! I did not want to take it off after! I was also told that the runway was 40 ft! Walking the runway was definitely a cool feeling. It felt bittersweet after completing my 3 segments because I wanted to do it all over again, but at the same time, it was a long day so it felt good to finally relax. After, I sat in the audience and cheered on my friends who were also a part of the show. The closing designer was “Dinesh Ramsay,” an international Bollywood designer.

Being able to attend and be a part of such great events like this is definitely incredible. It is an opportunity to meet new people, experience new things, and to improve specifically in modelling. It also gives me an opportunity to mingle with people and talk about Miss Teenage Canada and my platform as well.

Until next time,

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

 

 

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Hi everyone. This blog post will be a little different..

As some of you know, there has been a wildfire in the area of Fort McMurray, Alberta that is still ongoing leaving thousands of people displaced without homes and necessities. It is all over the news and it is hard to miss. The wildfire is much greater than 2,290 square kilometres, and hopefully it will be stopped very soon with the help of other provinces and firefighters.

A giant fireball is seen as a wild fire rips through the forest 16 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta on highway 63 Saturday, May 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A glimpse of the Fort McMurray wildfire |              THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

There are around 700 firefighters, 26 helicopters, and 13 air tanker planes working on the Fort McMurray wildfire. Their job is definitely not easy, but I salute them for their tireless days and nights, and for saving 90% of Fort McMurray.

I have learned to be selfless in dealing with situations, to put yourself in other people’s shoes. The victims/residents of this community have no homes and are just living with relatives or are in evacuation centres. They could only grab what they could, some may have grabbed socks but left photos of memories. I, myself, can not imagine what they are feeling. At this time, my heart is definitely with the victims and hopefully with the help of other provinces as well as Alberta, they can all rise above this obstacle. Our prayers go out to the victims of this wildfire and the firefighters for the strength to stop the fire from spreading.

As a province, there have been many fundraisers that have been taking place. On the news recently, there was a little boy selling lemonade to raise funds to help the wildfire victims. Isn’t that amazing? People are working together to raise money for the people in need. The Canadian Red Cross is open for donations, and have already raised nearly $50 million for the Fort McMurray victims. Also, in my community, my own school is having a raffle ticket fundraiser where all the proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief.

In addition, I have been given an extra week to fundraise for Fort McMurray aside from my fundraising efforts for Free The Children! I will be starting to fundraise by the end of May and will continue until July (7 weeks). I will be splitting the funds so I can help both causes at once! Donate here: GoFundMe

Please continue to support me through this journey!

-Ranielle, Miss Teenage Scarborough 2016

 

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