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So far, this experience competing in the Miss Teenage Canada 2015 pageant has been so memorable, I’ve never done anything like this in my life! Something that the girls and i enjoyed a lot was when our chaperons took us to the Toronto Easton Centre mall and we got the chance to eat at the tacos and burritos truck located in the market restaurants. As i am a very picky eater i was very impressed that they were still able to accommodate me in and they were able to make me something that i was able to eat and enjoy at the same time. The service they provided us was quick and easy! You just tell them what you want and they make it right in front of you so that you can see everything that they are putting into your food. the majority of us are very picky eaters and the employees were vary nice and patient with all of the girls that needed accommodations. Thank you so much rich tree for sponsoring Miss Teenage Canada 2015 for our lunch yesterday!
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My platform is to raise awareness for the organization Right to Play. Right to Play is a global organization using the power of play to educate and empower children and youth through playing sports and games. The Right to Play teaches children essential life skills that kelp them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease so they can create better futures and drive lasting social change in their communities and beyond. At the core of every activity is the reflect-connect-apply approach, which encourages children to examine their experiences, relate those experiences to what they already know and apply that learning to their daily lives.

Am estimated 67 million children around the world do not attend school regularly. By making play a part of the school day, they see better attendance, and in some cases, even increased enrolment in schools. Right to Play trains local teachers and community leaders as coaches to deliver play-based educational program before, during and after classes on a weekly basis. With play as an incentive, children are more actively engaged in their lessons, which leads to better learning.

The success of this program is recognized by governments around the world. After 20 years without a plan for early childhood education , Right to Play helped the government of Benin develop a curriculum for its youngest citizens based on the play-based learning model. In Rwanda, their activities are approved for use in primary schools across the country and they have helped develop a national physical education and health curriculum. Today, the play activities also also form the basis of the physical education curriculum delivered in all of Thailand’s Burmes refugee camp schools.

Millions of children world wide are dying from preventable causes. Through regular, health-focused played activities, they can give kids the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to stay healthy.The coaches are trained to create safe, supportive environments where kids can talk openly about the important health topics that affect them like HIV and AID’s, malaria, sexual and reproductive health and hygiene.

I chose Right to Play as my platform because I truly believe that every child should have the same and equal opportunities as every other.

This platform means a lot to me because sports have always been a huge part of my family and I’s life. I believe that the sports i play make me who i am for the better. I have learnt so much through playing sports. I think that every every child around the world should be in a sport.

If i was chosen as Miss Teenage Canada i would promote this platform by becoming an ambassador for Right to Play and i would do events with Right to Play. I would also like to promote Right to Play by going around to schools and talking about how important play is for a kids childhood and share my personal experiences with children all over canada.

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“Give me a good canoe, a pair of Jibway snowshoes, my beaver, my family and ten thousand square miles of wilderness and I am happy.” – Archie Belaney (Grey Owl)

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“In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.” – Bill Clinton

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Canada is one of the most amazing places in the world, there are so many reasons that make this country great but I’m going to talk about the three reasons i think are important. Canada has beautiful landscapes, is one of the most patriotic countries, and is very multicultural. These three things to me, make Canada great!

This amazing country has such an extraordinary landscape. Canada has the most breath taking mountains, so big and rocky. The mountains are great, as many Canadian’s go adventuring, hiking, biking, rock climbing, ski/snowboarding and other winter sports. We have miles of prairie land used for farming. Also, we have huge coniferous and deciduous forests which create fresh air and make for a great place to go camping, hiking or adventuring. Canada has gigantic lakes, the water is so pretty and Canadians love to use them to go fishing, swimming and skating.

Our country is one of the most patriotic countries in the world. We sing our national anthem before every sport or event and we sing it with pride. We like to show we are Canadian when we travel by having a Canadian flag tag on our back packs, as Canadian’s we like to show off our fag as it is such a strong symbol.

Canada is a very multicultural country, we let immigrants into our country no matter what race they are. We encourage immigrants to maintain their culture and bring it into our country for more diversity. Any ethnicity or race are welcome into our country, people from all over the world can come to Canada without being judged by where they are from. Many immigrants come to canada for freedom, safety, and a better life. Canada is one of the top ranked places to live for a better, brighter and greater life.

These three things to me make canada great. I am proud to be a Canadian.

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Samantha, Miss Teenage South Calgary

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Hello everyone, welcome to my blog! I am 18 years old and attending Sait Polytechnic College, from Calgary, Alberta. Im currently striving to get a diploma in EMT. I plan to work as a paramedic when I graduate from Sait Polytechnic. I was the first and youngest of my siblings to go to college with the help of Indian affairs. With hard work and dedication, I will be able to pursue my dream in becoming a paramedic.
 
I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, being outside, organizing the house, taking my dog on walks and of course playing lacrosse. I’v also volunteered for events around Calgary such as: serving food at the homeless shelter, organizing books for kids, halloween event at heritage park, volunteer trainer for the JR.A Raiders men’s lacrosse team, and volunteered doing 50/50 raffle ticket sales. I am a huge country music fan! A fun fact about myself is that i’v competed numerous times at the National Lacrosse Championship, last summer my team won silver for team Alberta. Also i have achieved athlete of the year in school and MVP in lacrosse.
 
    I come from a family that has always encouraged me to never give up on my goals and dreams. They have always supported me in every aspect of my life, from acting in a grade school play, competing in national sports to getting my education and becoming a paramedic. I believe that my family’s consistent love and support has encouraged me to give support and mentor children and young adults.

The person I look up to is my older brother Brett. Brett has always been there for me through all the good and all the bad, he has never left my side. He had helped me pursue my dream of playing the highest level of box lacrosse a female lacrosse player can play, by playing in the field down the street from our house for hours everyday.

I value my family, friendships, and sports. My family has been there for me through thick and thin and if I ever need help with anything I can always go to my family. Friendships are very important to me because I can turn to my friends for almost anything and they always support and encourage me in anything I do. Sports have made me strive to do my best and reach my goals and has also given me confidence, leadership, communication, technical and problem solving skills, along with team work. I feel that team work is very important, as it gives you skills to work as a team as one and to help build individual goals.
 
My platform is to raise awareness for the organization Right to Play. I chose this platform because I believe that every child should have the same and equal opportunities as every other child.

   I believe being successful is to give it your all whether you win or lose. If you have learned something valuable in the experience then you have achieved success.

 
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Love always,

Samantha, Miss Teenage South Calgary.

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If I had $250K to plan and shoot a commercial I first would start my planning with a team of marketers and writers. After consulting others I would develop a script. I would then look to hire actors/actresses to fill the roles required from the script. To cut back costs I would look to my connections through family and friends to fulfill some of these required roles. Although I did not have a group of consultants, my idea is to show the mending power of a towel. Towels are not normally thought of as ‘healing.’ I will set out to show the viewers that not only towels, but personalized towels can be very mending.

Imagine your anniversary is fast approaching. It has been a rough past few months in your relationship, and you are looking to buy your significant other something special. You turn on the television and see an ad for personalized towels. At first you grab the remote to change the channel, but then something catches your eye. The ad mentions the mending power of these personalized towels. You decide to continue watching because you are curious to know just what they mean by that. This is exactly how I want the commercial I’ve created to draw others in. One of the first things you notice in the commercial is the music. In the background of the commercial is the song The Circle Of Life from The Lion King is playing.

The first shot shows a baby just after being born. The towel is wrapped around the infant creating a soothing sensation for the child. The child keeps the towel throughout their adolescence. The next shot shows the same child as a young adult. It shows him with his very personalized towel wrapped around his neck. He has just worked out. The personalized towel has become a part of his everyday life. As the young adult grows, he begins life on his own in a small apartment. His companion is his sole cat; Cuddly. Cuddly is given the towel after a stressful bath. The cat regains his warmth and comfort from the special personalized towel that the man has carried throughout his life. The next scene shows the man purchasing a personalized towel for his wife for their anniversary. The personalized towels are hung side by side in their bathroom. This demonstrates the closeness of their relationship.

Upon seeing this shot in the commercial something resonates in you. You see how excited the woman was to receive a very personalized gift from her husband. You decide to finish watching the commercial.

One of the last shots is of the man’s wife giving birth to a baby boy. The man wraps his young son for the first time and continues the tradition by giving the young child his own personalized towel. The last shot shows the company logo and purchasing information (cost, shipping and handling etc.)

After you watch this ad you decide the perfect gift for your significant other is their own personalized towel. You realize the towel is an item that is very useful and with Signature Towels becomes a very personal gift. You realize the closeness that a personalized towel can bring. The towel you see has mending capabilities, so, you go to the website and buy the personalized towel for your significant other. Voila!

Love Always,

Lexi Brunner

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Howdy Y’all! Welcome to a short and informative blog post about Calgary’s most anticipated event. So saddle up partners and read on, Yahoo!

The main place in my hometown, Calgary Alberta, which brings in tourists is the Calgary Stampede. This 10 day event is an anticipated yearly function which puts Calgary on ‘the map.’ Whenever I have traveled outside of Alberta and I get asked where I am from, I mention Calgary. Those who are not familiar with the city tell me they are definitely familiar with the Calgary Stampede; “the greatest outdoor show on earth.” For those of you who aren’t sure what the Calgary Stampede entails, I will attempt to describe the basis of it here. The Calgary Stampede is so many things. It is pretty much one big jumble of everything and anything you can imagine. There are midway rides, games, shows, and various other forms of entertainment. It is also the host to many competitions within the rodeo and chuck wagon races. People from everywhere and anywhere venture to my great city for this event.

To start off this 10 day escapade is the “sneak-a-peek” day. The sneak-a-peek day is the Thursday before the first day of Stampede really begins. This day is a time for people to get into the grounds at a reduced cost and spend their evening previewing the Stampede that is to come. The gates open at 5 p.m and shut down at midnight. The first official day of Stampede occurs on the Friday and is the yearly parade. The parade always occurs on the Friday as a ‘kickoff to the Stampede.’ Many streets are shut down and people wake up early to reserve their seats. The parade usually consists of a few floats, marching bands, and line-dancers. After this day, the Stampede transforms from the streets to the grounds. For those of you who are not familiar with the location of the Stampede click here. The cost of admission to the Stampede various upon special events for that day (Suncor Energy Family Day and Western Heritage Day) and the age that you are. A detailed list can be found here.

As the Stampede kicks off people venture to experience the entertainment this amazing place has to offer. The various forms of entertainment range from free shows (on Coca Cola stage) to costly concerts (at Nashville North.) The free concerts feature many Canadian artists all across our nation. A few examples of the artists who will venture to the Coca Cola stage this year are, Serena Ryder, Hedley, and Down With Webster. I have been to Hedley, Down With Webster, and Simple Plans concert over these past few years. Despite these amazing bands, what the Stampede is most known for is the rodeo and the evening show (consisting of chuck wagon races and the grandstand show.) I have been to both of these events in the past and despite the hefty price tag ($38-$400) for the rodeo and ($54-$400) for the evening show, I definitely recommend seeing both of these shows at least once. Click here to find tickets.

I have been going to the Stampede ever since I was a young child. The photo to the left is of my brother, my father and I at the Stampede. Below is a photo taken with a few friends three years back. I still try and go every year to the Stampede although many times the days of the Stampede conflict with my work schedule and/or travel plans. This year the Stampede is from July 5- July 14th. As my fellow pageant girls know, we are leaving for Toronto on July 13th, meaning I will miss the last two days of the Stampede.

  Many teenagers go to the Stampede for the rides. Personally I am terrified of most rides, but I will still explain to all of you the ones that are most popular and frightening! First and foremost is the cost. The cost of the rides is a dollar per coupon (each ride requires a different amount of coupons.) The cost for rides adds up very quickly. Since most people spend a lot of their time going on rides, instead, most people buy a ride all day bracelet for $50. This year the Stampede is starting something new. Since wait times for rides can be devastatingly long, the Stampede is now giving an option for a limited amount of guests (first come first serve) to pay an extra $20 and essentially “skip the line” for rides. Now for a brief description of a few rides. The most extreme rides are the slingshot, skyscraper and the new ride coming this year called mach3. Some other common favorites of the Stampede include the Ferris Wheel, a roller coaster called Outlaw, and of course the very scary, very height-defying Skyscraper. The Stampede is also known for its crazy food. This year the list includes items like deep fried butter, deep fried pie, and deep fried pickle beans…pretty much anything deep fried! Shown to the left is the Banada However the Stampede also carries some foods which are not deep fried. These foods include Godzilla Mac and Cheese, Chocolate Bacon Fudge, and Banana Bacon Ear (shown to the left.) Despite all these crazy, wacky foods there are still places to mellow down and relax. A favorite place to do so is by sitting on one of the machines that massage and rub your feet. Personally these machines tickle my feet too much, but many of my friends enjoy these few minutes of (paid) relaxation. In conclusion, the Stampede offers many new and exciting food, midway rides, information, and the Stampede also offers amazing concerts and other entertainment. There is something for everyone at “the greatest outdoor show on earth.” Children have their own midway rides, the Stampede dedicates a day especially just for senior citizens (a discounted rate), and all of you young adults out there have a multitude of possible ways to spend your time. So, if you have some spare change (or a lot of spare change) dig up those cowboy boots and saddle up!

Thank you Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2nd blog challenge.

Love Always,

Lexi Brunner

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The Expansion of Green

Green. What comes to your mind when you see this word? Is it the color of green, or is it what I will be discussing in my blog today? I hope through this post that when you see this word; green, you will think of both the color and environmentally friendly aspect of being ‘green.’ Yet what exactly does it mean to be green? Being green is not just about recycling or reducing your water use (although these are both great things to do), being green means so much more than that. To live a green life requires the commitment of an entire community and nation. Not only should individuals participate in ‘green’ activities, but the government and businesses must also abide by green principles in order to make a significant difference. I came across a relatively new and environmentally friendly building while researching green buildings within Calgary. This building is called The Water Centre.

This facility was built in 2008 and is used as a four-story office building.  The Water Centre is one of the most (if not the most) environmentally friendly buildings within Calgary. It was the first building to obtain a gold LEED rating in Calgary. The building received a total of 50 out of 70 points making this the top scoring place in regards to environmental conscientiousness within Calgary thus far. This LEED rating- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is based upon criteria in which address aspects such as helping building owners develop practical means in implementing green structures. Some of the criteria that is looked at when LEED makes an evaluation are things like low-flow plumbing fixtures, water collection and energy-efficient lighting etc. The Water Centre has achieved these 50 points based upon criteria like those listed above and other aspects I found when I visited the building. While researching this building I found that the Water Centre also has written goals it attempts and has successfully achieved in being green. These are:

  • To incorporate innovative ways to use less energy, minimal water, and recycled materials whenever possible.
  • To generate less waste throughout construction
  • To provide a healthy and dynamic working environment for City employees

The first goal the Water Centre looks to address I will discuss more thoroughly when I talk of retaining water. The second goal was addressed through lessening waste in the construction of the building. To generate less waste the construction of the building used 700,000 kilograms of recycled steel. The third and final goal is one in which I find the most fascinating. The ways in which the Water Centre tries to provide a healthy and dynamic working environment for City employees is immense. The building uses the northern light to maximize natural light and enhance air flow by having operable windows. The extra air flow is beneficial as the workers are less likely to become ill. The Water Centre features 100 percent day lighting, a 59 percent reduction in water use and a 58 percent saving in annual energy consumption.

The way in which the building is curved is done on purpose. The building curves to follow the road way. This reduces the ecological footprint of the building itself. Again the shape of the building shades the building from the sun’s heat. The Water Centre also reduces the amount of waste water by 72 percent. Researching information on the internet was not nearly enough for me so I decided to actually visit the building myself. When I visited the site of the building I immediately saw signs around it. These signs each discussed how the Water Centre attempts to implement green strategies. I will discuss two key features of the Water Centre that helped it attain the first gold LEED rating in Calgary.

Retaining Water

The site has a wetland to manage storm water quantity and quality. The precipitation is collected from the roof and travels along a runnel into the lowland marsh where the water pools. The sediment settles while the native plants planted filter out pollutants from the water. One of the native plants in the marsh is called a Creeping Spike-Rush. Afterwards the water drains into a cistern. The purpose of this is to lessen the amount of water entering the storm drain. Another way the building retains water is through its porous pavement. Although porous pavement is not readily used in Calgary (still in experimental stages) The Water Centre is one of the first facilities to determine the success of porous pavement in a climate like Calgary’s. The porous pavement allows moisture to sink into gravel infiltration which resides beneath the parking lot. This reduces the amount of water for run-off thus again eliminating the quantity of storm water. A smaller but still significant feature of the Water Centre is the waterless and low-flow plumbing fixtures installed. These fixtures reduce the amount of water being used. These are many ways the building retains water and thus limits the amount of energy expenditure.

Subtle Fixes

The second way in which the Water Centre attempts to reduce environmental impact is in ‘subtle ways.’ As soon as I walked into the building I noticed flyers on the table. These flyers contained copious amounts of information on how individuals can reduce their environmental impact too. This bit of information was very useful because not only is the Water Centre leading Calgary by example, but they are also educating others on how to improve their daily lives too. Another interesting detail to note is the location of the Water Centre. It is extremely close to the LRT station. The proximity to the LRT station allows visitors and workers an easier means for getting to this environmentally friendly powerhouse.

The final key aspect at the Water Centre is the roof. It has created a ‘modern version’ of a green roof. This version uses a rubber membrane and covered over the membrane is soil. This roof is distinct from a white roof in that the white roof reflects the sunlight, thus reducing the amount of energy entering the building. This is especially helpful in the summer months. Yet, the green roof has some of its own benefits. A major benefit of this style is the fact that it reduces some storm water run off from the building. This green roof has also helped the Water Centre in attaining the first gold LEED status within Calgary.

Not only are these environmental impacts amazing, but in addition the financial benefits are equally abundant. The reduction in energy consumption saves about an average of $108,000 per year. The Water Centre is said to pay for itself within 15 years. So, not only is being ‘green’ helping health, the Earth and future generations being green also can include making money; and this might be what brings more attention and effort by the community.

Love always,

Lexi Brunner

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Hey guys!

For this blog post, I want to discuss my grandmother and grandfather and all they have done for me. My grandmother (I call her Nonny) took care of my older brother and I until I entered grade school. Her and I have had an amazing bond since I was born. She and I would spend countless hours reading books from the library, and learning mathematics. We also enjoyed playing memory games, doing puzzles, and of course playing Clue! She has been one of the most influential people in my life.  Even now, we are still very close. I visit her and talk to her quite often still. Nonny is the most reliable person I’ve ever met in my life. She visits my hockey games, drives in to see movies with me, and actually spent the weekend with me during the regional pageant! I can always count on her. My grandfather (I call him Pops) is another person in my life I care deeply for. He has taken me in (almost like a daughter) and shared his life experiences with me. He has taught me the value of a dollar, how to garden, and has even showed me how to hold/shoot a gun.

Both of these amazing people and I have been through a crazy experience about a year ago. I will summarize what happened below, but if you would like to see the whole story visit CTV News. On February 15th, 2012 while I was staying at my grandparents’ house, a tire came off a semi-truck and went straight into the hallway wall connected to the kitchen. Luckily, it was about 6am, so no one was in the kitchen at the time. However, this was one of the most frightening experiences of my life, and when I heard what sounded like an explosion, in that moment I thought I would not survive. This tire destroyed part of my grandparents’ house, but in reality, the incident has had so much of a greater impact on my life. I feel so fortunate that no one was injured, and this has helped put my life into perspective. Knowing that if the tire did not change directions before it hit the house, and either injuring/killing my grandparents’ or I has affected the way I live my life. I try to live my life to the fullest every day. It may sound clichéd, but you never know when it will be the last day of your life, no matter what age you are. I feel lucky to have learned this lesson early on in my life, and this incident has truly brought my grandparents and I even closer together. I am thankful to my grandparents’ for teaching me strength, reliability, and honesty. They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I want to say thank you to them, and also say how happy I am that we have been given a second chance for life. I love you Nonny and Pops, and I want to say thank you for being great role models in my life.

Love always,

Lexi Brunner

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