Don’t want to join a pageant but have been thinking about modeling or how you could get noticed? Top Model Search Canada is a good option for you.  Top Model Canada is not a pageant experience, but as the director, Michelle Weswaldi states “it teaches you how to break into the world of high fashion modeling. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, grow and challenge yourself”.

Top Model Search Canada

I remember a few years ago, Facebook blew up with webpages about modeling contracts and opportunities.  All you had to do was post your photo to the page and hope someone would see the potential you possessed and offer you a contract. However, the likelihood of that becoming a reality is very improbable.  Miss Teenage Canada – World (MTC-W) has created a sister completion known as Top Model Search Canada. The winner of this competition receives over $15,000 in prizes, cash and scholarships.  However, every contestant walks away with training and workshops which include posing for the camera, runway skills, what to expect on a ‘go see’ or audition, how to apply make-up, what to wear and how to style you hair.  There is further instruction on guidelines on the film and entertainment industry as part of the extensive training as is an in depth conversations about the modeling and fashion world.

To make it even better there are not one, but three Top Models Canada.  The top three have the opportunity to go to Miss Supranational, Top Model Of The World, and Miss Intercontinental.  You will be photographed, receive a full modeling portfolio and travel across Canada.  The top models are also provided with a competition and appearance wardrobe, hair services and much more – all expenses paid.  The experience and prizes don’t end there, awards are given to the women and girls who are the best fit in the following categories
Swimwear and Fitness: Best swimsuit presentation and swimsuit body.
Best Posing for Camera
Best Cover Model
Best Smile
Best Hair
Best Commercial Model
Best Editorial model
Best Spokesmodel
Photogenic Appeal
Congeniality Award: Based on delegate votes for each other in the areas of the best overall representation of pageantry and camaraderie
Runway: Best overall runway and stage presence throughout the competition
People’s Choice Award: Given to the delegate with the most votes online before the competition

Katie Starke Miss Supernational Canada 2012

 

Suzette Hernandez Miss Supernational Canada 2013

In a competition where 40 of the top and best girls from Canada are chosen, it would appear the stakes and chances are high!

This is a once in a lifetime chance to travel the world and learn from Canada’s Top Model runway stars.  Suzette Hernandez represented Canada at the 2013 Miss Supranational in Belarus.  She placed in the Top 20 against 89 other countries. Suzette is a successful model and actress and now a National Canadian Title holder.  Miss Katie Starke represented Canada at the 2012 Miss Supranational pageant in Poland.  She placed in the top 20 and won the Top Model Award.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime to meet international agents and talent scouts from Milan, Paris and Asia and to launch your modeling career.  This year the top three will represent Canada at the following events:
Miss Supernational  November 16th- Dec 5th in Poland
Miss Intercontinental October 6th- October 27 2014 in Tala Bay (Aqaba), Jordan
Top Model of the World – location and date TBA  r.- Michelle W
With less than two weeks left to apply (until July 20th) and the event taking place August 12-17 in Toronto, there are some things to consider and requirements upon entry:
Are you willing to travel
Do you enjoy being the center of attention and want to be in the public eye
Do you love glamour, fashion and glitz
Do you love to travel and experiencing new cultures
Are you at home on stage and love to perform
Do you want to have an exciting new experience and make new friends from all over Canada
Are you 5’7 or taller ( we will accept 5’6 if you are exceptional)
You must be no younger than 17 and no older than 27
You must reside in Canada
You have to know and feel you have what it takes to be a model

Good luck to all the talented, outspoken ladies who are competing. This truly is a unique opportunity to grow and learn, win or not. My advice is to keep calm and stay collected but enjoy it. Ask a ton of questions, be in the moment and allow yourself to be you.  As Channing Smendziuk (former Miss Teen Canada 2010) recently told me. ” If you don’t lose sight of your true beauty you will be successful”.

Channing Smendziuk (former Miss Teen Canada 2010)

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Since entering the Miss Teenage Canada pageant  I have been asked many questions and been given some strong opinions by others guised as questions.  “What is a Miss Teen Canada Pageant?  Why would anybody in this day and age want to compete in an archaic depiction of how a woman should look and act? Do you have to get in a bikini? Do you have to wear those super high heels? Do you put Vaseline on your teeth to keep smiling that long? Why do pageants place so much emphasis on physical appearance and not as much on personality and intellect?  Do you all want world peace?”  How do you answer these questions without actually participating in a pageant yourself?  I don’t think I could have provided an honest portrayal of what a pageant can do for a community or a young woman until now.

Jillian Martin - Miss Teenage Canada 2013

Jillian Martin - Miss Teenage Canada 2013

I had never dreamed of being Miss Teenage Canada .  In fact, it wasn’t even on my radar.  I’m more of a mud and muck kind of girl than lipstick and platform shoes, however this experience has helped me embrace another side of myself.  After two years of working four part-time jobs and attending college, I was burning out and started to look at scholarship and educational funding opportunities.  I applied for Miss Teenage Canada because I saw it as an opportunity to step out of my gumboot comfort zone and do something that could help to promote a cause close to my heart, the inclusion of people with physical and mental disabilities. Shortly after filling out the application I visited their Facebook page.  The Facebook page showed pictures of girls from previous pageants and what they had done with their titles and time as a Miss Teenage Canada.  I saw that the pageant could really be a growing opportunity. I took the leap and went through the interview process with the pageant director and producer, Michelle Weswaldi (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/meet-the-team). After talking to Michelle, I was excited and felt like the pageant experience would be an adventure of a lifetime.

Miss Teenage Canada 2013 - Jillian Martin

Miss Teenage Canada 2013 - Jillian Martin at the Childrens Hospital Foundation

 

The title of Miss Teenage Canada (formerly Miss Teen Canada World) is something that our parents may remember (I know my mom did) on TV produced by CTV  that was the original along with Miss Canada but today pageants in Canada have changed and there are many, not just one “Teen Canada Pageant.”  The largest Teen Competition in Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and produced by Michelle Weswaldi.  Its first appearance was in 2008 with Katie Starke crowned as the winner of the title Miss Teen Canada World. This is the pageant that came up in my scholarship search. I further discovered that MTC-W Inc. is the only pageant to hold provincial searches before going national, ensuring girls receive the training they need to compete on a national and international level. The winner of the Miss Teenage Canada pageant goes to Miss Teen Universe (the equivalent to The Miss Universe pageant, only for teens). The organizers work above and beyond to ensure the delegates receive training and undergo a memorable experience. As stated by this Miss Teenage Canada’s webpage (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/mission) the organizers of this pageant “want to ensure that every girl entering the contest has the opportunity to learn, grow, challenge themselves, and engage with a higher purpose.” The pageant wants girls to express “individuality, transform and realize their true potential while representing our country and taking an active role in the community.”

Miss Teenage Canada Speaking Out at We Day

Miss Teenage Canada Speaking Out At We Day

Each year the Miss Teenage Canada pageant supports a different charity provincial wide, this year the charity was Cardiac Kids (http://www.cardiackids.ca/). Cardiac Kids raises funds for children who have congenital heart disease. At the national competition the charity is Free The Children. The Miss Teenage Canada pageant (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/charitable-alliances) has raised over $190,000.00 for Free The Children and I am happy to say that number is continually raising and I have contributed to it. Free The Children has over one million youth involved and believe in firsthand experience, because of this they reward “Me to We trips” to individuals in the pageant.

Lauren Howe Miss Teenage Canada 2011

Lauren Howe Miss Teenage Canada 2011

Be The Change

Be The Change Promotion

Me to We Trip

Me to We Trip from Free The Children.

So to answer some of the questions posed to me, and I’m sure my pageant sisters, I say, take a look at the data.  The Miss Teenage Canada pageant bases the decision of the title on criteria that does include evening gown and a fitness component, however 55% of this pageant’s overall mark is focused on blogging, social media, behaviour, interview and fundraising.  As a Commerce Major, in my third year at UNBC, how is this any different than some of the courses I take?  In fact, this opportunity has led to increasing my business network, my ability to connect with potential employers as well as boosting my confidence in areas such as promotion, technology and public speaking.  Do pageants harm my self-esteem…I don’t think so.  Before entering the pageant I was a confident young woman, however, the confidence I have gained from the pageant is from putting myself in an awkward situation and surviving, by being in the public eye and speaking about my past experiences and introducing myself to people and potential sponsors.  I can imagine now what most of you are thinking, how does a competition where being on stage in a bikini and high heels (because those two fit together oh so well, right?) improve your confidence? My reply to that is it doesn’t initially, but it is where you grow.  It can make you feel insecure and it will make you feel out of place. However, you learn not to compare yourself to others. You learn to stand tall in your skin and be proud of your physique.  You learn to present yourself in a way that allows people to see beyond your skin and see your personality.

Miss Teenage Canada 2009: Siera Bearchell

Miss Teenage Canada 2009: Siera Bearchell - Not all heels and dresses

The Miss Teenage Canada pageant has provided me an opportunity to be heard, to present my ideas and promote my platform.  It has allowed me to engage with business people and organizations that I would not have before, it has broadened my professional network and it has allowed me to connect more deeply with my community through fundraising events.  I serve as a role model to others, with or without my crown and heels.  Do we all want world peace? You bet we do!

Miss Teenage Northern BC 2014 and Her Helper For The Free The Children Bake Sale.

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Thank you to everyone who showed up at the Autism Support Group and a big thank you to Corey Walker for holding the meeting. Karli Ralston ~ Miss Teen Prince George 2013 also attended to help reduce the stigma! Thank you Karli!
Corey is an inspiration, not only does he have Aspergers and has personally been affected by the stigma, he facilitates this support group in the hopes of helping others affected and family members gain insight and increase awareness. The group shares helpful ideas in managing associated symptoms and tips for daily support.

Kyla Arnett, Miss Teenage Northern BC 2014, Corey Walker, Karli Ralston Miss Teen Prince George 2013

Kyla Arnett, Miss Teenage Northern BC 2014, Corey Walker, Karli Ralston Miss Teen Prince George 2013

Those who have been diagnosed with Autism at a younger age and are given the proper intervention have a greater chance to learn communication that otherwise seems simple in everyday life to others. School aged children and their parents benefit from behavioral and skills support services (such as the Autism Support Group), with this help an increasing number of adults with Autism may be able to live independently.

Reduce The Stigma

Reduce The Stigma

For more information you can visit the Autism Society’s website here www.autismbc.ca or contact Corey Walker at cwalker@autismbc.ca for more information about the support groups in the Prince George area.

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Ride Don’t Hide is a community event focusing on women’s mental health, put on by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).  CMHA operates with the purpose of bringing a community together and supporting and speaking out against mental health and mental illness. Like the CMHA, I believe the way to reduce the stigma around mental and physical disabilities is through shared experiences and education.

Ride Don't Hide

Ride Don't Hide.

As the CMHA puts it “a stigma is a prejudice or a discrimination”. Prejudice meaning you hold a negative belief or attitude toward people viewed as different. Discrimination is acting on this belief.

Prince George CMHA is celebrating its 50 years of operation

Prince George CMHA is celebrating its 50 years of operation

Myles Mattila & Miss Teen Northern BC 2014

Myles Mattila & Miss Teen Northern BC 2014

Prince George RCMP Mascot

Prince George RCMP Mascot

My cousin Kirsti and many other children I’ve worked with and met who have a physical disability, have been affected by a prejudice or discrimination.  When I was battling my depression I held a stigma against my own illness. I didn’t want to be seen as different or weak. So instead I isolated myself. I avoided social events, took extremely long naps instead of engaging with friends. It got to the point where my friends stopped calling and I was alright with that. I believed I was the only one experiencing this ambiguousness, when in fact 70% of mental illness arises before the age of 18 (CMHA) and I was only 15. This in turn only made my battle twice as difficult. The age I was is the age you’re supposed to make memories with your friends, in my small town those friends are who you graduate with. Coming out of my depression was really difficult as I had missed out on those opportunities and missed out on a lot of memories. It took two years for me to get back on my feet and with the help of my family I started to reach out and I found the help and support I needed through my volunteer work with the Candy Stripers.

And our traffic controllers!

And our traffic controllers!

People of all ages came out to support!

People of all ages came out to support!

The Ride Don’t Hide event is significant in joining together memories of the community in an environment where it is safe and OK to speak out, as I did that day, and share your experiences. All while exercising in a 5-22 km bike ride.

$427,625 raised in BC alone to support women and their families mental health!

$427,625 raised in BC alone to support women and their families mental health!

"In addition to the enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity, riders help break the stigma associated with mental illness by joining the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide community."

"In addition to the enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity, riders help break the stigma associated with mental illness by joining the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide community." (ridedonthide.com/bc/about-the-ride)

Two Rivers Catering, was also present and is a phenomenal business idea.  80-90% of individuals living with a serious or persistent mental illness live without employment (CMHA), the Two Rivers Catering organization is dedicated to sustain mental health and individual independence by reducing the percentage of individuals living without employment. They offer jobs, assistance and training to these individuals.

Two Rivers Catering

Two Rivers Catering. http://www.princegeorge.cmha.bc.ca/about-us/social-enterprise/two-rivers-catering

 

I would like to give a big thank you to the CMHA for having me and allowing me to speak at the event as well as for your support and sponsorship.

Speaking Out Against Mental Illness

 

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Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the CHAAPS (Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society) organization, volunteers and riders. For those who do not know, CHAAPS is a non-profit organization located in Quesnel B.C. They help a variety of people through animal assisted therapy. Therapeutic Riding is one of their programs and because of this, I was honored to have the opportunity to attend one of their charity events and participate as a judge. You’ve all heard it before, what keeps me calm and relaxed and what is known as my happy place is my farm where my horses are.

CHAAPS

CHAAPS

I’ve seen with my cousin Kirsti, who has a developmental disability and with children in a similar position as her, the positive effects a program like CHAAPS can have on an individual and how it can lift their spirits. Animal assisted therapy programs improve self esteem, develop confidence, social skills and goal setting. It allows them to work comfortably in a team environment, while getting physical energy that is often difficult to do with a physical disability.

Kirsti competing in the HART Dog Show!

Kirsti competing in the HART Dog Show!

Kirsti & Chips at Therpeutic Riding.

Kirsti & Chips at Therpeutic Riding.

CHAAPS offers therapeutic therapy through dogs and horses. Located on Pen-Y-Bryn farm with sheep, turkeys and dogs. They believe strongly in the connection you have with an animal and the benefits to learning and growing beside an animal.

 

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Pen-Y-Bryn farm.

Horse Challenge

Horse Challenge

We had an excellent turn out at the Horse Obstacle Challenge! The challenge was composed of ten obstacles, porqui, lunging, walking your horse in and out of a trailer and the one I was judging, having your horse kick a ball from one end of the arena to the other are only a few of the events. All of these challenges showed the trust between rider and horse. All together 24 riders and teams participated and helped raise funds for the organization while having a blast. As a group effort the event raised $831.10 a big thanks goes out to Terry and Paul Nichols for hosting the event.

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Porqui!

Team Work

Team Work

Check out their website for more information and to see the many ways animal assisted therapy can help. http://www.chaaps.ca/

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Mental Health Awareness in Quesnel had a great turn out. Reducing the stigma that surrounds those with mental illness is only possible through shared experiences and education. The awareness week was the perfect time to help get the message out. Draws, free fruit, cookies and stacks of information made their way out to the public.

Reducing the stigma that surrounds those with mental illness is only possible through shared experiences and education

Reducing the stigma that surrounds those with mental illness is only possible through shared experiences and education.

Thank you Quesnel!

Thank you Quesnel!

The volunteers and I helped educate and hand out pamphlets about the myths of mental illness. How do you help someone with a mental illness? What kind of support is needed from the community to help those with a mental illness feel comfortable speaking out and seeking help? These were some of the questions that, with the help of Charmaine, who shared her own story of her battle with mental illness, were answered. This event was made possible and wildly successful by the Quesnel Mental Health Advisory Committee (also known as the Wellness Way).

Charmaine & Miss Teenage Northern BC

Charmaine & Miss Teenage Northern BC 2014.

Great turn out!

Great turn out!

 

Through our efforts we were able to reach hundreds of people and had a town celebrity attend the event. A phenomenal physician, with over 50 years of practice received an achievement award for his service and good deeds. Congratulations Dr. Havens the best to you in your future endeavors and a huge thank you for your dedication to the community of Quesnel. Small steps to a big change.

Congratulations Dr. Havens 50 years!

Congratulations Dr. Havens 50 years!

Congratulations Dr. Havens

Congratulations Dr. Havens - Dessert Time!

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 Upon entering the pageant I was asked what was unique about my family. My family has always been very important to me, they are my support network and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. I thought, what was unique? I have generations of war veterans, my great-great grandfather Finnie was in WWI and lived to be 100. That was unique. We have a family full of loggers, tug boat operators, engineers and fisherman, this has been part of my family history, but was it unique? What I settled on however, was something that is unique. Something I am proud of. I am a product of the Vanstone-Vosper-Arnett-Sawan family. You read that right, I have three dads. I have a biological father, an adoptive father and my new stepfather. Some people may find this confusing, but I view it as a gift. I am blessed to know each of these men and to have the benefit of being embraced and loved by all of their families.
Last summer I finally met my biological father, my half sister and my paternal grandparents. This is the Vosper side of me. They are generous, goofy, love the sea and are very accepting. My father, Danny is the funniest man I’ve met and will often call me at 6 a.m. when his tug boat is docked and sing a message on my voice mail. My half sister, Leanna, was the first of the Vosper family to reach out to me. She’s quirky, beautiful, has a kind heart, and is really a spectacular big sister. In the short time I’ve known her she’s supported me, been involved with my mother’s side of my family and has connected me with my half brother Nicholas (who I am still getting to know). I am still getting used to having siblings (I have a younger step-sister Brooke) and sometimes my “only child status” shows through.

Leanna, Danny and I

Sister Leanna, Biological father Danny and I at the BC Miss Teenage Canada Pageant.

For years everyone wondered where I got my love for farms and the outdoors, well apparently it was inherited through my Vosper lineage. When I met my grandparents, Pat and Fred, they were the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Pat sat me down at the kitchen table and we looked at family photo albums for hours. She showed me all of the family history and pictures of everyone (much to my surprise I have six blonde uncles). It was comforting to see pictures of people who looked like me and was relaxing and I felt at home. One of the best moments with my grandmother came when we were washing dishes. She reached for my hand and said “you and I have the same wonky pinky fingers”. It was true. I have always had these bent and wonky pinkies and my Grandma Pat has the same ones. I feel that I have come full circle and now have a better understanding of where I come from and where I belong.

Grandma Pat and I on Corets Island

Grandma Pat and I on Corets Island

The man I call ‘dad’ (Corey) has been there for me since I was a toddler and has seen my growth and development. He’s continuously helped me work through the skills I lack, like math, and has taught me I can’t be good at everything and that’s o.k. I remember dancing with him in the hallway at night, standing on his toes as he taught me to two-step. He encourages me to be who I am and accepts my quirks and uniqueness.

Christmas Time. My favorite photo

Christmas Time. My favorite photo

The video below is our current project, teaching me to play guitar. See, my dad is a musician at heart. Music has always been his release and his comfort. For Christmas he bought me guitar and for his birthday last year I sung him a birthday tune and attempted to play the guitar. I was heading off to Alaska for the summer and would not be home to wish him happy birthday, so I recorded this. I should warn you to turn your volume down if you’re going to watch the video – I am in no way ready to compete on the next “Canadian Idol”.

Me Singing & Playing Guitar

The man who is my step-father has taught me about his aboriginal culture and shares his knowledge with me. He encourages me to do things that are outside of my comfort zone and to live my life my way. He shows me daily by example. His famous words are ‘risk-reward’. Is the risk worth the reward? He is the one who helped me make the decision to enter the pageant. I had the choice of moving out on my own or taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity, the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. We all know what I decided. Marc is an adventure seeker and supports me testing my adventurous side, something I used to be afraid to do. In the past few years that I’ve known him, he’s encouraged me to attempt boogey boarding, graduate a year early, use a power saw, participate in the Sandspit Loggers Sports Day, complete my level III First Aid, travel to Alaska for work, aid in the birth of a foal, participate in a pageant and now work in the steam plant of a pulp mill. Every day he is showing me how to explore my adventurous side, all the while reminding me how to be safe while doing so.

Marc and I in snowy Northern BC.

Marc and I in snowy Northern BC.

My step sister Brooke and I.

My step sister Brooke and I at Marc and my Mothers wedding.

One of the hardest things to write about is my mother. Not because there is nothing to write or because there’s nothing nice to say, but because there is so much to say and too many good things and memories to talk about in just one paragraph. I would be a completely different person if I had a different mom. I would not be the kind hearted compassionate person I’ve been told I am without her guidance. It is nurture, we learn through doing and seeing. Through her I have developed my love for shoes, my need to sing in the car, and a quest for independence. She has always been there for me, through my stupid decisions and my smart ones. In school when I was battling depression and having a difficult time making friends, she was a constant and I don’t think I would have gotten through it without her. She has helped encourage my strengths and help shape me into the person I am, but she is the person I aspire to most emulate. She is my rock on a beach full of sand, my drop of rain in a desert and my sunrise in the dark. What I’m trying to say is she’s one in a million, my light when I’m lost and I am so lucky to call her my mom.

“Nobody will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all I am the only one who knows what your heart sounds like from the inside”. ~Author Unknown

“Nobody will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all I am the only one who knows what your heart sounds like from the inside”. ~Author Unknown

I am the product of four wonderful parents and a bevy of grandparents, aunts and uncles, half-siblings and step siblings. It is something I have now learned to embrace. I always have someone to talk to, someone to take advice from and a lot of support behind me. Mary, Corey, Marc and Danny, you have all had an impact on the person I am becoming. I hope by reading this post children and young adults going through a parental separation can realize that a divorce is nothing to be embarrassed about. Sometimes there is the opportunity for somebody new to enter your life and have a positive impact that you did not expect.

True, North, Strong.

Kyla Arnett

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Recently I started a job at the Mackenzie Pulp and Paper Mill (go me eh?), hard physical labour, but at least I have an excuse not to go to the gym. I work seven days, 12 hours a day and then have seven off. This week was my training. I can now say I am certified to drive fork lift, fill a propane tank and test areas for gas contamination. I quite enjoy the people I work with, they tease me, but they make me laugh and the week goes by quickly. Just in case they’re reading I should mention, I haven’t forgotten to bake you guys cookies for our next tour.

Work Uniform

Work Uniform & Certificates

Aside from work, I have been busy planning my fundraising for Free the Children. A big thank you to the College of New Caledonia and Annette Stevens for releasing my press release. Since then, I have done radio talk shows, news paper interviews and have been getting a lot of feedback and support. I have been contacted by many agencies wanting to know more and asking for support and my participation in their events, makes for a very busy summer, but one I am thankful to participate in. Thank you guys for being behind me on my journey!

The Citizen, Free Press and Mackenzie Times

The Citizen, Free Press and Mackenzie Times

I have also been busy selecting courses and registering for my third year. I have been accepted into the Commerce Business Program at UNBC for my third and fourth year. It is nice to know I will be able to stay in my home community to finish my education.

Some of the most Northern activities include 4x4ing, quading, camping and fishing. Northern people are not the type to sit around and watch television on a sunny day! So this is me, introducing the North to the rest of Canada.

In my spare time, I have been engaging in some traditional Northern activities. I had the opportunity to tag along with some families and experience BIG puddles (think small lake) and work our way up the top of Morfee Mountain in Mackenzie. The most exciting and perhaps nerve wrecking for the owner of the jeep was when he let me drive. If you’ve seen my driving skills, you would know I am not the most proficient driver.

4x4

4x4 The jeep way!

So after all of this adventure I finally have seven days off and decided to go back to Prince George and end the week with a visit to my favorite place, you guessed it, the barn.

Miss Meggie-May and I

Miss Meggie-May and I

If I haven’t said so already this quarter/thoroughbred I have been involved with since she was in her mommy’s tummy! She turns a bad day into a good one and I have been in love ever since I laid eyes on her.

On another note, we are expecting another foal in September (coincidentally on my birthday). So we’ve been keeping an eye and preparing for another little one!

Feeling the tummy move!

Feeling the foal move!

In closing, it has been an eventful week I look forward to further posts about my activities, stay in touch.

 

-Kyla Arnett Miss Teen Northern BC 2014

 

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Busy as a bee! This week I have traveled to Quesnel, Mackenzie and back to Prince George, it has been very eventful and quiet the road trip.

My first event happened here in Prince George, BC and was a FUNraiser “Girlfriends Who Care” for the local Hospice House. Organizations got together and threw a fantastic event to raise money. Photo booths, massages, eyebrow threading (ouch!) and products were all up for grabs.

Girlfriends Who Care

Girlfriends Who Care

Photo booth with the Big Picture

Photo booth with the Big Picture

The nights big event was the fashion show, thrown by Butterfly Threads and Shhhh (the Unique Boutique).  What I love about Butterfly Threads and Shhhh is they fit all sizes and shapes and have a wide variety to choose from, because of this, the fashion show displayed women of all ages, shapes and sizes.  I had the opportunity to try something I had never done before and model the clothing in the fashion show.

Shhhh

Shhhh

Butterfly Threads - I loved these pants!

Butterfly Threads - I loved these pants!

Beauty comes in all age groups!!!

Beauty knows no age

Butterfly Threads..Dress it up, dress it down, perfect for every occasion.

Butterfly Threads..Dress it up, dress it down, perfect for every occasion.

I had a incredible time modelling for Butterfly Threads and Shhhh in the Girlfriends Who Care FUNraiser fashion show. Thank you for having me. You can visit the Hospice House website here Hospice House Prince George.

A few days later I was off to Mackenzie to help the Northern Health Sparkle Squad clean up the town for Mothers Day. I think we had 15 bags of litter by the end of it. Business, organizations and individuals all played a role in keeping Mackenzie a beautiful place to live. A big thanks to everyone who came out and helped clean up the town for Mothers Day!

A little windy.

A little windy.

I received a text message while in Mackenzie from Kink Hair Shop, telling me that J Beverly Hills, the product I use in my hair had seen the pictures I took with Kink Hair Shop and had put them on their websites and Facebook page! Check out their website here, J Beverly Hills and their facebook here, J Beverly Hills facebook.

Love the product! The repair masque is my favorite! It all smells amazing.

Love the product! The repair masque is my favorite! It all smells amazing.

Kink Hair Shop! Thank You!

Kink Hair Shop! Thank You!

After all this travel to and from, I was eager to get started again with a Mothers Day tea and the Relay for Life in Prince George. I believe strongly in giving back to your community, that’s what I’m doing with this pageant. I appreciate all of the support my community and my surrounding communities have given me and I’m not going to sit on it and do nothing. So for Mothers Day I thought I’d help out with the Salvation Army tea. For a change, I waited on the mothers and daughters and served them tea, soup and pie. Thank you everyone for your patience and kind words.

Mothers Day Tea

Mothers Day Tea

Of course, this event wouldn’t have happened without all of the amazing volunteers. Thank you for giving me tips and tricks and allowing me to participate.

Salvation Army Crew!

Salvation Army Crew!

Shortly after this event, I attended the Relay for Life Walk for a Cure. I volunteered in the Children’s Event Tent and walked around the track with some beautiful little girls (pictures to come).

147 teams makes for a great turn out!

147 teams makes for a great turn out!

During the event, I ran into a group called the “Darnitt Arnett’s” for those who don’t know, Arnett is my last name. Throughout many of my events I’ve had people ask me if I’m related to so and so, my reply was always “I don’t know.” I’m happy to say I ran into some possible long lost (and now found) relatives.

Darnitt Arnett's

Darnitt Arnett's

While walking around the track, waving and smiling, I passed the Canfor tent, where everyone was dancing. It seemed like fun so I jumped in and started dancing with them. After they had taught me some of their fancy dance moves we took a picture by the Canfor flag.

Keeping a smile on peoples faces!

Keeping a smile on peoples faces!

As a finally to this event, my sponsor Northland Dodge, is giving away a vehicle! For every team who raised a certain amount they got their name entered into the draw. Here I am showing the lucky winner of the 2014 Cherokee what their prize is going to be. I am very happy to say that my city of Prince George is full of lovely, supportive people and organizations all wanting to do good. It is always an honor to go out and represent the North! Good luck teams and rock on Prince George!

Northland Dodge #1 Dealer in Canada

Northland Dodge #1 Dealer in Canada

Another event I participated in this week is close to my heart and is a part of my platform, this event took place in Quesnel and was titled Mental Health Awareness Week. You’re going to have to wait for my next blog to hear more!

 

Stay Tuned, True, North, Strong.

 

 

Kyla Arnett ~ Miss Teen Northern BC 2014.

 

 

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Tanya Peterson deserves a huge applause for her patience, keen eye and artistic talent. Her photos are phenomenal and she makes me feel like my best, beautiful self. I am not a model and prior to this pageant I had never been on stage or in the public eye. Tanya is from Mackenzie, B.C and has thousands admiring her work in the North, around Northern B.C, and now Mexico.

I first met Tanya in 2010 when she did a blended family photo shoot with my mother and I and my step father and step sister. After my high school graduation I decided I wanted to do something edgy and different for a graduation photo shoot. I asked Tanya if she would shoot me on my farm with my horses and in some of my favorite locations in my gown. What came of this was a Rock the Frock extravaganza. Starting at six in the morning as the sun was coming up, Tanya took photos of me throughout the morning. Five hours later what she captured were some of the most spectacular images I’ve seen. I couldn’t believe it was me in some of the photos. Tanya has a gift for capturing light and a moment in time.

My mother (Mary Sawan), step father (Marc Sawan), step sister (Brooke Sawan) and I

My mother (Mary Sawan), step father (Marc Sawan), step sister (Brooke Sawan) and I

Barn moments

Tanya catching early morning light in the barn (click to see a bigger image).

By the creek

By the creek

 

Tanya's quick to capture the perfect moment

Tanya's quick to capture the perfect moment

The horses wouldn't stop moving! Tanya was awesome!

The horses wouldn't stop moving! Tanya was awesome at catching the horse kisses.

For my official pageant photo shoot it was obvious I would be asking Tanya, what I wasn’t expecting was for Park Avenue Apparel to provide me with a wardrobe for the day. One of my sponsors, Park Avenue Apparel has been more than generous with their time and expertise. They go above and beyond in helping me look my best for my appearances. This relationship was written in the stars, as their store slogan “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” is the same as the pageant slogan. Park Avenue Apparel carries sizes from 0-3X and are committed to helping women feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. They are an awesome family business and I am proud to have them as my sponsor.

Tanya helped me with this pose. She actually showed me what to do and where to put my hands, fantastic pose!

Tanya helped me with this pose. She actually showed me what to do and where to put my hands, all about looking natural.

 

On the morning of the shoot we packed up our car with the generous wardrobe from Park Avenue Apparel and headed to Mackenzie, B.C. Mackenzie has played a vital part in who I am. Growing up in a small town affords freedoms and develops independence not always available in an urban setting. For this reason, I wanted to go back with my sash and crown in tow, and show the rest of Canada all Mackenzie has to offer (picture of worlds largest tree crusher below).

Mackenzie, home of the Worlds Largest Tree Crusher.

Mackenzie, home of the Worlds Largest Tree Crusher.

Again playing with light

Again playing with light

Tanya's keen eye for juxtaposition.

Tanya's keen eye for juxtaposition.

 Mackenzie Secondary School holds mixed memories for me. I wasn’t a popular teen but I spent most of my time at school. There was one person I was excited to see, school counselor Ms. Hunt. Ms. Hunt helped me graduate a year early when I was told by everyone else it wasn’t possible. She was one of the most supportive adults and a source of information and guidance during a difficult time. One of my favorite teachers was also at the school, Mrs. Webster. Both women were more than thrilled to have me use Mackenzie Secondary School as a location for my official photo shoot. My photo shoot took place during class hours and we had to shoot between bells and class room shuffling. I don’t want to be a tattler, but I think my cheering squad should have been in class (see below). These fellows watched part of my shoot and were cheering me on as Tanya and I worked the scene.

Tanya never misses an opportunity and look, no one is blinking!

Tanya never misses an opportunity, and look, no one is blinking!

Brilliant capture

Brilliant capture

After we had exhausted the locations at Mackenzie Secondary School we moved on to the Recreation Center. Mackenzie is fortunate to have a Recreation Center that houses the public library, the ice arena, the curling rink, a gym, a snack bar and the swimming pool. In the winter months having all of these places together is extremely convenient (it was also convenient for the photo shoot). For the shoot we used the Mackenzie Public Library and the swimming pool.

The last and final location was the spectacular scenery at Morfee Lake…this plan wasn’t fully thought through. Although, Morfee Lake is an outstanding place to take pictures, we didn’t take into consideration that it was the beginning of April in Northern B.C. The lake had begun to melt but was still frozen. Tanya and I discussed it and decided to brave the snow. We hiked through the snow bank (me in my bikini and flip flops, again we hadn’t fully thought this through) down to the frozen lake. Despite being numb from my crown to my toes I smiled and got into the moment, it was quite the experience. The overall appearance is stunning and overwhelmingly gorgeous. In some spots the ice was melting, in others it was solid ice and in areas you could see the lake. Tanya directed me on where to stand. I was preparing to break through the ice and have the coldest bath of my life. Thankfully the ice held. The experience was remarkable and a day to remember.

That's not Mexican sand, that's Mackenzie ice!

That's not Mexican sand, that's Mackenzie ice!

Burrrr

Burr

Tanya Peterson Photography

Park Avenue Apparel

 

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