June is coming to an end soon and so is the Pride Month! But that does not mean we will not stop being Loud and Proud! I had the opportunity to walk with FIDO at this year’s Pride Parade. It was a great experience embracing the culture of the LGBTQ community.  Happy Pride Month all!

Xoxo Miss Southern Ontario World 2018 Chiara Silo

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I had my last shot on July 21st 2018, to raise funds for the Miss World Canada children’s wish foundation before departing on Sunday July 22nd for the Miss World Canada Competition and I would say that I am happy I knew I had limited time to do all this but I am glad that I could still organize this at the very last minute. Just to prove that no matter the time given, I am always ready for anything that comes my way.

The picture above represents the certain style and colour chosen for the event. Just because it is a charity event, I decided to go for pink and white, the pink to represent the kids. I loved every detail in this picture and it was put together by the one and only Temsdelight and I say thank you.

A couple of friends and family came to show their support and even some people from outside Canada sent me their donations and that really touched my heart. Having someone who isn’t even in Canada, try their best to assist and be a blessing to what you do. It sure does go a long way. Attached below are some pictures with some friends and family.

There was food, drinks and a DJ on stand by, who was keeping the event going. I had the opportunity to also use this medium to talk about Miss World Canada 2018 and what my purpose are. I am happy to have put this together, as giving back or helping the needy, has been one of my major concerns.

The event came to an end at 8pm and everything was a success. I got to hit my goal for the event and everyone was happy. I would like to use this medium once again to thank God most especially for letting this go well and then my family and friends who supported me and had my back all through. I am extremely grateful. I am also so happy because I know this journey would definitely make me learn new things and also meet new people and not just to compete.#missworldcnd #mwc2018 #fundraiser #missworldcanada #charity #event #missworld

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Today 55 delegates and I arrived in Toronto to compete for the title of Miss World Canada. I have been waiting months for this and the excitement is finally here. Our day started off with registration, we received an official Miss World Canada t-shirts and gift bags as well as our contestant numbers. 

The welcome meeting began shortly after registration ended. This meeting gave us a chance to meet the organizers of Miss World Canada, and had the opportunity to mingle with the rest of the delegates and the reining queen, Cynthia Menard

We also got introduced to some amazing sponsors we have this year. There are lots of amazing products, like spray tans, and lashes, to motivational magazines, moisturizer and shoes. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors that treat us so wonderful during this special time. Here are some photos from the sponsor event. Below is Christina from FemEvolve health magazine and Nina Spade a jewelry designer who is very talented and who was very generous that night.


Standard Telecom Nortel network service company brought a Rhinocharge eight port USB charging station that was very popular as all the delegates needed to recharge their phones. You can see the unit all alone on the table – that was beofre the other delegates found it and used it – in the picture below.

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Pageant week is finally here! Day 1 began with a quick and easy registration. Soon after we had the honor of meeting some of our sponsors at the Sponsor Party, which included lanlay oils, ninaspade, ggoddesses, femevolve and vagelo shoes (who provided us with our pageant shoes for the week)! What a great start to the week; let’s see what else the #roadtomissworld has ready for us!

– xoxo Miss Southern Ontario World 2018 Chiara Silo

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The first day of Miss World Canada 2018 is now complete! Miss Ottawa World 2018, Erin, loved reconnecting with her pageant sisters and meeting new familiar faces.

After registration the national delegates had a meeting and met some of their pageant sponsors for the week. The evening concluded with a delicious dinner and some welcome cake! Tomorrow is another busy day for the delegates with a photo and video shoot and the interview with the judges. Take a look as some pictures from the sponsor meet and greet.

 

 

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Hey everyone!

As Miss York Region World 2018 and the Ambassador of Mental Health for the Youth & Parents Association of Markham (YPAM), I have made it my mission to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention awareness in memory of my cousin Brendan. <3

On Saturday July  14th I hosted a fundraiser BBQ for the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention (CASP) in order to celebrate my cousin Brendan’s, birthday which would have been on June 11th. Brendan would have been 15 years old this year. I wanted to do something to remember him, but also something positive and constructive for this cause. Hosting a fundraiser BBQ for CASP, for his birthday, was one of my favourite ways to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

Each guest donated $10 for a ticket, where food and drinks were provided. 100% of the proceeds went to CASP. Many people donated more than the required ticket price and we ended up raising more than $500 for the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention! The BBQ was also an all white event to represent hope and resilience. I would like to say thank you to all the guests for supporting me to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention awareness! Also a very special thanks to my friend, Savio Joseph who is an Illusionist and Hypnotist, for performing at the event to entertain all the guests. Please check him out he is a very talented performer. 🙂

I am honored to be Miss York Region World 2018 because it has enabled me to make connections with non-profit organizations like the Youth & Parents Association of Markham (YPAM), where I am now the Ambassador of Mental Health. The title of Miss York Region World 2018 and Ambassador of Mental Health for YPAM has enabled me to have a platform to speak about issues that are important to me. Pageants to me are about using your title for something bigger than yourself. They are a great way for young women to have a voice to speak about important issues and network with others who have similar goals. The benefit of having a title is you are able to gains people’s attention, so it is up to us title holders to do something positive with the attention we receive and use it to promote things that we would like to improve in our community, country and world. This BBQ was a fun way to get everyone together, celebrate my cousin’s birthday and raise money for a great cause! <3

  

Love,

 

Jessica Cianchino

 

 

Miss York Region World 2018

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Good afternoon everyone!

I grew up and live in Markham, Ontario, and I am currently Miss York Region World 2018. Markham and Unionville are wards in York Region. I live at the edge of Markham and just down the street from Unionville.  I played for the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club (UMSC). Growing up I wasn’t involved in pageants as my parents enrolled me in sports like soccer and karate, which taught me important life lessons such as team work, dedication, discipline, work ethic and confidence. Soccer was a big part of my life as a child growing up in Markham and it continues to be today. Most of my family loves soccer. It was always something that my parents and I enjoyed together as an essential part in my life.

The UMSC is located near my elementary school, high school and other facilities I used growing up.  I am so grateful that I was fortunate enough to have a soccer club so close for my family and I to be part of, and to have had the opportunity to play for their club growing up. At UMSC I played soccer all year round. Indoor within a dome for winter and then outdoor soccer and camps during the summer. Being a part of the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club in Markham as a child has benefited me in so many ways.  Many of the friends that I made during my time playing soccer for UMSC are still friends today. Some of the relationships you build growing up can be very important as you grow older.  I was always proud to put on my uniform and play my best for my team and myself. The coaches and staff instilled in me important lessons and habits that I could not only apply to soccer, but I applied them in my life. Markham is known for having a very diverse group of people that welcome everyone, so being a part of this soccer club I felt this to be true. The Unionville Milliken Soccer Club provides everyone in Markham a great opportunity to play soccer, to build relationships with others in their community, promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps members learn important lessons that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

In high school, I was able to receive all of my required community hours volunteering at the soccer club, coaching children. Now that I attend the University of Western Ontario and I am competing for Miss World Canada 2018 this summer, I was not able to play soccer for UMSC this year, however I coach and ref for this soccer club as one of my jobs. Now that I am older, this club has provided me with the opportunity to work for them; a place where I can work with the youth, and still be around somewhere where I grew up and love. Being a coach for the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club is my favorite job because I am able to teach children the things that I learned growing up playing soccer, and I can give back to my community. I am honoured to work for UMSC.  It is a place where I have many fond memories of childhood both on and off the field. The Unionville Milliken Soccer Club is an important part of my city and I support this club with all my heart. 

Love,

Jessica Cianchino

Miss York Region World 2018

 

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I am so grateful to have been featured on the Street Chic Blog in order to display my fashion style and represent my city. In the Greater Toronto Area, downtown Markham is the newest downtown. This is my city!  Markham has many diverse cultures, many thriving and expanding businesses, and a wide range of entertainment for people of all ages and ethnicities.  And this small town turned big city, like myself, is just beginning.

My style is influenced by Hip Hop music and urban culture.  The way I style myself mimics what I’ve seen in downtown Toronto, but I put my own twist on it. I usually dress in athletic wear, influenced by the sports I play, infused with styles from big city streets. People my age dress similar to those from the big city, however being from Markham makes my style unique to me.

I remember growing up here before there was a downtown. Its so amazing to be able to watch my city flourish and expand into a successful place that welcomes all kinds of people, just as it has for myself and my family. I look forward to seeing the ongoing progress in the coming years. This new urban center, no matter how much it changes, will continue to be the heart of our community, and I am so proud to be a part of representing this growing metropolis to the rest of the world.

Please see the link below to check out the blog and thanks again to Street Chic for giving me this opportunity to represent myself, as well as my city!

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Jessica’s Fashion from the Streets of Markham

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Where to begin! Hello there! I’m Hanna, one of the Miss World Canada contestants from Ontario! I suppose if you are taking a look at this post, it’s because you are interested in getting to know me a little better.

Let’s start from the beginning, I am a 19 year old student entering her third year of university working towards my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I am a dance major and an art student through and through, and I could not imagine myself studying anything else.

My love for dance started at a very young age, and what started as a hobby soon snowballed into my greatest passion and a part of me that I could not live without. When I am not studying or at the ballet barre, you can catch me teaching my baby ballerina’s and working with kids of all ages, teaching them the fundamental steps that for some of them, may turn into a lifelong love for the art just like their teacher.

Aside from dance, I live a life that is probably similar to most 19 year olds, I go to school I work hard, and I dream of what my future holds because it seems so close yet so far away. One of those dreams is someday being able to travel the world and immerse myself in various cultures and locations that are filled with history.

I have been lucky enough to get many experiences to travel and explore little pieces of the globe. My parents are both Bosnian, and growing up, they always made it a point to create a strong connection to my roots, and give me a sense of pride for where we come from.

A cringeworthy young Hanna, in Dubrovnik, Croatia

My most recent big adventure was the one I took to Poland. Why Poland you may ask? It was not for the amazing sights or lovely people, but it was in fact for a pageant! Last summer I competed for the title of Miss Supranational Canada, and by some miracle, won the title! Now I am not a pageant buff, and definitely was not as trained and knowledgable within the world of pageants as some of the amazing women I have competed with, but that trip was by far the most monumental trip in my lifetime so far.

I am hoping that everything I learned during those three weeks in Poland will help guide me through Miss World Canada, and I can not wait to see what my next adventure will be.

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Could you imagine living life as a cancer patient? We constantly hear about cancer stories in the news, movies and from people around us but could you actually imagine it affecting you or your loved one?

Shortly after receiving my official sash, I visited my former High School to present about the ways that students and teachers can support the Canadian Cancer Society. I spoke about the current volunteer opportunities and the benefits that it would bring to both volunteers and the organization. For my presentation I researched current volunteer openings close to my school to make it as convenient and easy for students and teachers to sign up. Further, I outlined the reasons why it would be beneficial to get involved, highlighting my personal experiences with the organization.

Breast cancer runs in my family and I have been involved with this cause for several years prior to my participation in Miss World Canada. In 2016 I was appointed as the Information Team Leader to train and supervise a team of volunteers for the largest event in Canada in support of the breast cancer cause, Run for the Cure. In 2017 I volunteered as Logistics Team Leader in the downtown location that attracted thousands of participants on the event day. In the same year, the event attracted over 85,000 participants from all across Canada and raised $17 million

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