A few weeks back I hosted a movie marathon with the Ottawa Family Cinema in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
The Ottawa Family Cinema is a group of volunteers that every Friday night and Saturday afternoon turn a local high school in to a movie theatre with the proceeds from the show going back in to the community. I have been going to this cinema since I was a child and have many fond memories going to see movies with my friends and family. I truly believe that movies bring us together; they ignite imagination and fun, just like when a child is being granted a wish.
The cinema had a showing of Shazam on Friday night and Disney’s Dumbo on Saturday afternoon. The event was a huge success and, as a community, we raised a sizeable donation for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Photo 1: On stage getting the opportunity to talk about the Children’s Wish Foundation
Photo 2: Outside the cinema
Photo 3: There was a costume parade for kids to dress as their favourite movie character. I am on stage with the cinema owner Jim and his daughter Jen
Good morning everyone! I thought I would do a post about my first two weeks as Miss Dufferin County, and company president.. What a whirlwind! This really tests my time management skills LOL
As I said prior, this is my first pageant experience, and the reason why I love Miss World so much is because of the platform behind it with community involvement, volunteer work etc. Which is something I already do, even prior to winning the pageant 2 weeks ago.. now I just get to do it wearing a sparkly crown & a sash! XD
I’ve come to terms with living “President Diva half of the day, and Miss Dufferin County the other half”. Which I’m absolutely in love with, despite the craziness. Even though I did lots of mentorship and community involvement before, now I want to do even more so I am reaching out, and being approached for helping out at community events, festivals, workshops etc which is such an empowering feeling, something that I LOVE!
Every single day I don’t go a minute without thinking of business, as well as ways to leverage my crown to benefit Dufferin County. I have been on the radio for my goals & plans with my title, done more social media promotion than ever before, and when I thought my schedule couldn’t get any more busy, I’m using any extra hour to volunteer, raise money, or promote an event that I am passionate about.
I am looking forward to all the events I am attending, helping out at, like the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, the International Down Syndrome Community fundraiser, the Swing for Change Golf Tournament for the Family Transition Place, as well as other events in the community. I am also almost finished planning our big fundraiser in July for the Children’s Wish Foundation… Stay tuned for info about that! IT will be AMAZING! YOU WILL WANT TO ATTEND!
I could go on forever about my plans & dreams with my title as Miss Dufferin County 2019 & then Miss World Canada in July, but I need to save some exciting things for my next blog post..
Just remember, there is no limit, no barrier, or nothing holding you back from your dreams or what you want in this life.. even if it isn’t in your “plan” for you, and an opportunity makes an appearance, accept it, do it, rock it, and win it! Even if you don’t, nothing is ever a failure or a mistake, its simply a lesson learned & an experience you can say you went after.
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My name is Samyea Alam, I am 21 years old and from Kitchener, Ontario. I am a
Miss World Canada delegate and hold the title as Miss Waterloo Region.
I have been asked by many people why I have decided to compete in this competition. For me to answer this I have to start my story in high school.
the age of 16 I was clinically diagnosed with Lupus, a long term autoimmune
disease in which your body attacks its own healthy tissue. This disease cause
inflammation on my face causing a scaring on my upper left side of my face. I
constantly felt a burning sensation on my face and it left me with a large scar
across my face. Half of the hair on my eyebrow had fallen out and the scar
continued to spread. Without the use of makeup to hide the scar I felt ugly and
had a hard time looking at my own reflection. I had several people ask why I
had to draw on my eyebrows in high school. I remember building up the courage
to step outside without makeup only for a cashier during checkout to concerningly
say, “Oh my god, what happened to your face?” To this day I still think about
what she says and I can feel the pain at the bottom of my heart.
one knew I was fighting a disease. Not only did my confidence diminish but due
to having Lupus I developed a sensitivity to sunlight. My rash on my face would
burn if sunlight touched it. I had to stop playing football, a sport I loved. I
couldn’t continue another season on my school football team. I had to stop
spending time going on hikes and outdoor trips. I became a hermit.
During this period in my life I focused my time on an art that I loved ever since I was little; drawing, painting and sculpting. The days my Lupus forced me to stay indoors I found piece in expressing my feelings through acrylic work and poured my heart out into my paintings. I adored the human body and its features. The details that made everyone unique, including myself. I did however started to gain weight and had fallen into a deep depression.
year after I was diagnosed with Lupus, I tried to take my own life only to have
broken my collar bone and spent a week in the hospital. During that period of
time I had accepted I needed serious help. I visited specialists to help me
live with my Lupus, along with my depression. Through many treatments the scar
faded, the side affects of lupus were under control and I began to live again.
I was able to feel confident in my own skin.
After that period in my life I started to teach art to small children. I wanted to help others find happiness through different art forms just like I did. My mother told me about the Miss World Canada pageant and how great it would be for my confidence. But what really made me enter was realizing how the Miss World Canada pageant would give me a bigger platform to raise awareness for children with depression and the benefits of creative expression. Art helped me battle my depression and became my relief. I want to show that love to other children on a bigger scale.
I truly believe my ongoing battle
with Lupus has shaped me into a more confidant Samyea. If I had not been given
a second chance I wouldn’t be here trying to be an example to other woman on
how to overcome obstacles to success. I am excited to be participating in Miss
World Canada this summer and look forward to hearing the other contestants’
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
I am a strong believer in taking chances, working towards goals, and never giving up. Throughout my life, I have had goals I’ve dreamed of achieving to only have them result in what some would consider “failure”. At first, when I was younger, I took these instances to heart. I would come out of a dance competition, pageant, public speaking competition, wondering why I wasn’t good enough. I would always come back to the next contest or competition hoping for the top spot, and again, not succeed. I would react with disappointment, but despite this, I got up and tried again. As I grew and matured, I had a realization. I could come back to these competitions as many times as I’d like, but the outcome wouldn’t change unless I did. I realized that I needed to not only work for these goals, but I needed to work hard. So, I did just that, and I am thankful that I was able to see this early on. It has been my dream since I was 13 to represent Canada on an international stage, and what was once a dream for me, is now a goal. When I was 15, I competed nationally for the first time at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. After not making the top 20, I worked hard for the next two years and competed again, winning the title of Miss Teenage Ontario, and later placing 2nd Runner Up at Miss Teenage Canada 2018. And now, as you likely know by now, I am so excited to say that I am a contestant in the Miss World Canada 2019 competition!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Aleria McKay, I’m 19 years old, and I am a proud Onondaga and Anishinaabe woman from Six Nations of the Grand River and Temagami First Nation. Although I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, I was raised on the Six Nations reserve here in Ontario. My culture and heritage is something I am extremely proud of, and I will take any chance I can to identify myself as a proud Indigenous woman. Growing up, I never had the chance to see people like me in the media, which is a large reason I am so vocal about my culture and background. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at York University, majoring in theatre. I just finished my first year, and I am excited to see what I learn in the coming years. Performing has always been a passion of mine, as a dancer from ages 3-15, and as an actor when I entered high school. My love of the stage also led to my love for pageants when I was around 6, although it took another 5 years for me to convince my mom to let me participate in one. My last year of high school I had the opportunity to write and direct a play for the NTS Drama Festival, which I am honoured to say won awards for numerous aspects including writing, directing, lighting, design, and music. When applying for university, I knew that I couldn’t imagine myself in anything that wasn’t theatre, so I decided to follow my passion and continue my learning and growth in the realm of theatre. I’ve been lucky enough to experience first hand the power of the arts, and one day I hope to share this with the coming generations as a drama teacher. I also hope to have the chance to write a little more, and maybe one day have a play professionally produced!
Other than theatre, I have many other hobbies and interests. During the summers, I serve as a leader at Oneida Baptist Camp. I love kids, and being a part of the memories and experiences they will have for the rest of their lives is something I am incredibly thankful for. In my free time, I love to write, something I have been interested in for the past few years. Other than my play, I have written various poems and spoken words, having performed at various coffee houses, talent shows, and other events. I have a YouTube channel where I have videos of performances of a few poems I’ve done over the years, as well as a few short videos I made that I think are funny. I am also currently in the process of self-publishing my first poetry book and I’m so excited to see my words in print for the first time! Besides this, I always try and keep involved in my community, by either volunteering or supporting local businesses, events, or fundraisers in any way I can. Coming up, I’ll be volunteering at Run For Women, a run in support of women’s mental health, something very close to my heart.
The main reason I love participating in pageants is that it gives me the opportunity to be an advocate and a voice for the things I am passionate about. If you know me personally, you know I have a strong voice and I am not afraid to use it. Because of pageants, I have had the chance to promote my cause of suicide prevention among Indigenous youth, and awareness of the issue of Indigenous youth suicide in our country. When I was younger, I was drawn to pageants because of the crowns, sashes, and pretty dresses. As I got older, I realized that the women I was onstage were not only poised, beautiful, and elegant, but intelligent, passionate, and driven. I found that this was a way I could combine my love of the stage and my desire to change the world. Mental health and suicide awareness is something that I am not only passionate about, but something that has impacted me for a very long time. Growing up, I attended funerals for teens and children in my community, and because I didn’t know otherwise, I believed this to be a normal thing. As I got older and reached high school, I became aware of the issues native people face and the inequalities experienced by Indigenous people in Canada. Alongside this, I had my own mental illness that I struggled with, dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This all came to a head when I attempted suicide at age 17. Although this was only two short years ago, the person I was then and the person I am now are almost worlds apart. I still struggle with mental illness, but I am working towards recovery and I have transformed my way of thinking, focusing on how I can use my experiences to make the world a little better for the youth not only on my reserve, but for native kids across Canada. My Beauty With a Purpose project also revolves around my work in suicide prevention and awareness for native youth, and I will be revealing details about the project very soon!
In terms of Miss World Canada, I cannot wait to meet the other contestants from across Canada and to see what the pageant week has to offer! As for now, I am continuing with my work on my Beauty With a Purpose project as well as other things to prepare for nationals, and in the next couple months I will hopefully update the blog a few more times before I leave for Toronto!
Hello! My name is Danielle from Dufferin County in Ontario! I am currently Miss Dufferin County 2019 and I am a Miss World Canada 2019 Delegate competing in July to become the next Miss World Canada!
A little bit about me… I am 23 years old, and I graduated from Centre Dufferin District High School in Shelburne with multiple honours, and high academic achievement awards. I spent my high school career focusing on my goal to become a lawyer. Little did I know, this would change very quick and this is where I get my life moral & values from of not letting my circumstances stop me. Towards the end of high school, I got into a relationship with someone. Long story short, with the circumstances thrown at me, I didn’t go to law school, and I put my plans on hold for my guy. After a little, I realized I had to take care of us financially so I became a Mary Kay Independent Consultant. I quickly became one of the youngest sales directors in Canada and learned lots of valuable skills in business. Moving forward, the relationship went south, and I was left in a very poor situation & a lot of debt. I quickly went into survival mode & started cleaning residential houses to pay off my debt. Within a few short months, I had paid off all my debt, and my little cleaning service turned into a raging business. I got passionate about it, and loved waking up everyday to run my business. I became the founder & president of Domestic Divas Cleaning Co. & we became licensed in residential, commercial, and new development cleaning.
Fast track to our fourth year of business in 2019. We have grown immensely and quickly, and we also have an amazing tribe of “Divas” among us. I love working with the women I do, and working with all of our clients every day. My journey of this has proven to me that I can overcome anything & become anything I want to be, while not letting my circumstances hold me back. I am a very busy business woman and entrepreneur.
In the midst of all of this I also learned my passion for community involvement & mentorship. I am looked up by my community for being a mentor to the next generation of young leaders by providing workshops and sessions about overcoming circumstances and becoming who you want to be. I do a lot of charity work in my community & use my company to do even more. I also enjoy playing tennis, and doing yoga & pilates.
When the opportunity for Miss World Canada came to me (I always say yes to new opportunities), I didn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare but I thought I would have fun with it & see where it goes. I was interested because of the pageants morals & initiatives which reflected well with my own for my community. I ended up being crowned Miss Dufferin County & now a delegate for Miss World Canada. I am so excited for the next couple of months before Nationals, potentially becoming Miss World Canada, and seeing what else I can do for my community with my title as Miss Dufferin County & Miss World Canada!
Now that you know a little about me, stay tuned for more posts during the next few months on my way to Nationals! XO
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Hello! My name is Erin Chapman and I am a delegate competing for the title of Miss World Canada 2019.
In 2017 I graduated as the Valedictorian from the University of Ottawa in communications and I now work for the Canadian Paralympic Committee. As the senior coordinator of digital media content I run all social platforms, our website, and cover live para sport events whether it be a World Cup, Championship, Parapan Am Games, or Paralympic Games. Last year I had the honour to attend the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and this year I will be heading to Lima, Peru with my team to provide Canadians with coverage of the Parapan American Games.
When I am not at work I am teaching dance, training in aerials, taking Krav Maga classes, or being a dancer on the cheerleading team for the Ottawa REDBLACKS. The REDBLACKS are a professional football team in the Canadian football league. Our cheer team performs at every home game, we go to the Grey Cup every season, and our team completes over 700 hours of community service per season.
I first discovered my love of pageantry in 2017 when I competed in my first pageant. Last year I was fortunate to make the top 20 of Miss World Canada 2018 with the title of Miss Ottawa World 2018, and this year I plan to go even further! I returned from India one week ago where I was representing Canada at the Miss Glam World pageant. I placed 4th runner up and won three sub-titles: Miss Congeniality, Miss Beautiful Skin, and Miss Gourmet Queen. The international experience taught me new skills about pageantry that I can apply to Miss World Canada this summer and I am so excited to be competing again and have a chance to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.