To All The Athletes:

I grew up spending my days on the ice in a cold arena, but loving every minute of it. Since the age of five I haven’t spent more than two weeks off the ice in fifteen years. When the pandemic broke out many of us athletes were not able to do the sports we love. As things return back to normal, we are all able to get back to doing what we love! I recently got back on the ice for the first time in six months. I had to remind myself that;

It’s going to be a challenging journey to get back to where I once was.

It’s going to be hard mentally and physically.

Your mind is going to worry and try to think about a million things at once.

Your body is going to be sore for weeks to come. 

You may want to give up.

You’ll say;

“I’ll never be as good as I once was.”

“It’s too hard.”

“I’m too weak.”

“It’s been too long.”

But, don’t give up.

Don’t give up for the little girl who loves this sport more than anything.

Don’t give up because this sport taught you better. 

This sport taught you determination, motivation and perseverance.

This sport taught you to fall and get back up. 

To fall a thousand times and get back up.

You’re going to fail, a lot.

But, hard work is built in your DNA.

You will get back to where you once were.

Believing is the first step.

It will take time, but we are in this together. 

Your coaches, teammates, family and friends are there to support you.

 

And remember;

 

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.

It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. 

 

On my Instagram many shared their struggles with getting back into their sport…

We are all in this together! We can push forward and achieve our goals.

     

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Hey my loves! I am back and ready for my next post!!! I honestly have lost track of how many I made so far, oh gosh.

Well today I am going to show you how life back to school is going for the younger generation. Can you believe that we are already back to school? It was just yesterday that we went into lock down! And  now we are currently in stage 3 and trying to adjust to the “new normal.” Growing up and attending was very different compared to this years generation of kids attending school. Whether if its completing you last year of middle school or high school or college/university or if you are just starting JK/daycare. We all have to adjust going back to school and realizing that this will be the new normal for a litle while.

I know my workplace and I are still adjusting to every thing that we are doing. We were taught to educate our kids at work to share, to play and socialize with other kids. Now we are teaching our kids the OPPOSITE of what we taught them. We have to strip them away from what they had learned from there parents and educators. It feels like we are teaching the kids the wrong way to grow up, because from from what the parents and there educators taught them, its not allow anymore when going to school. I feel like it also hard on the kids as well because with or without there mask, they cannot interact with other kids. They still have to social distance.

If you can;t get an idea of what the “New Normal” is, here are some pictures that I took from my workplace and tried my best to make everything COVID-friendly!

As you can see in the pictures, We have to now separate the kids from sitting next to each other. I had personally assigned names on the tables to make sure that the kids are not sitting in someone else’s spot as well as making sure they are sitting 6 feet apart. Also we can only have 6 kids per table when sitting and of course they will have there names person section of the table.

We also have a cleaning log where we make sure what we are cleaning, we are writing it down (time, initials). For example; if a child used a pair of scissors, they have to put it in a grey bin where one of the co workers would wash them with soap and water and THEN bleach and water to sterilize it. I would say there are extra precautions that we are all taking to make sure that we do not spread the virus, whether we have it or not. We have to get into the routine of making sure we CLEAN everything that we touch and cleaning the tables/benches constantly.

Another way we can keeping the kids from not sharing anything is that we have gotten containers for the kids to have there markers, crayons, pencil crayons and etc. We did this so that the kids DO NOT share there supplies while coloring/drawing. The good thing about this is that we can stock up on there containers if they want more drawing utensils. Also, we do not have to clean eat crayons and etc, we only have to clean the container itself since they also touch them.

I know most kids love to read when they have nothing to do. So, my workplace came up with the idea of using a certain amount of books for the kids to read for the week and every Friday, the ECE’s would put the used books in a container sealed so that they books can “Quarantine” for the week. So every week the kids will have new books to read during the week.

Since my room is in the gym, we do not have hooks or a place to put there bags and jackets. SO my work place came up with with a way where they would all have there own box to put there bags and jackets in.

Well, this is the new normal for now and honestly it is overwhelming to deal with because our or my goal is not get the kids infected by this dangerous virus. Numbers have been going up since he start of school and it will be going up unless we all take proper precautions everyday. We are working with children and we understand that children need that space to be free after a long stressful day at school and then coming to an after school can be tiring at times. Some, we make sure that they get there full energy out in the open while planing outside in there designated area. But we are all in this together and I know that we will get through this

Thank you for reading!!! See you soon my loves <3

Simone M.

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For the past two years my Beauty With A Purpose has been all about getting girls involved in sport. Being physically active can bring you so much in life like a healthier body and mental health, a sense of belonging, teamwork, dedication, and so much more!

I never thought that I was athletic growing up because I did not excel in gym class yet I was dancing competitively 25-30 hours a week.

I started the You Go Girl project as a free monthly workshop in my community where girls could come out and try a new sport each month that might not be offered in their gym class curriculum to show them all the amazing sports that are out there! In Canada if a girl has not participated in sport by the age of 10 then there is only a 10% chance that she will be physically active later in life- I am trying to change that.

Since COVID-19 temporarily put a pause on in person workshops I have started a podcast where each week I interview a successful Canadian women about her sport to show that representation matters. I also have a third secret project that I am working on, but more about that later.

I have always loved dance since I first started when I was one and a half years old. These past few years I have been teaching tap, jazz, and ballet at a local dance studio and I was quite nervous going back to teach my first classes this week since the studio re-opened.

The second I started teaching all those nerves disappeared! Of course we have strong COVID measures in place so we all felt safe in our environment but I forgot a few things about teaching dance. The first, is that it reminds me how much I love the sport of dance: moving, creating, listening to music, and interacting with others are just some of the reasons  that I am absolutely in love with the sport. The second is that there is no greater feeling than empowering the next generation of athletes, giving them tips and tricks to improve their skills and cheering them on every single step of the way. I absolutely love teaching dance so I can share my skills and see young women grow not only in their dance abilities but also as people. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

And as an added bonus for my own physical fitness, after I am done teaching there is still half an hour left of the adult aerials class. For those who don’t know aerials are an artistic acrobatic form done in the air on difference apparatuses (think like Cirque du Soleil). I used to compete across North America in aerial competitions before a shoulder injury forced me to stop for two years. It was great to get back on the aerial hoop and see what I can still do- but there is still so much to learn.

Erin in an aerial hoop doing a split

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This past weekend I got the opportunity to volunteer at the RVNG Couture, virtual New York Fashion Week for the designer Jordan Stewart 2021 Spring Collection.

Designer: Jordan Stewart

It was honestly a dream come true to be apart of an event as amazing as this one, that will make its mark in history. As a volunteer, I worked side by side with the incredible stylist Cynthia Florek. Myself along with many other talented volunteers were able to assist by taping shoes from L’intervalle,

dressing the models,

organizing the accessories from Rebekah Price

and Jaycow Millinery,

steaming garments and overall ensuring the show ran smoothly.

Being surrounded by so many talented woman was so inspiring. Jordan’s designs were truly breathtaking from the colour schemes to fabrics. Jordan’s collection was so dreamy and truly unforgettable. Each garment complimented the next and it made for an outstanding runway show.

The stylist Cynthia has an eye like no other. She demonstrates the ambition, strength and confidence that I will always look up to. She is a woman of many talents and creates an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to share ideas and become friends.

I am so grateful to have received this opportunity, I left this weekend feeling so empower and inspired. It is so important to cherish moments like this and take them in for everything they have to offer. I learned so much and accomplished so many new things. I made new friends and new role models.

Fashion brings people together.

It takes teamwork to put together a show.

It takes hard work to ensure the best.

It takes passion to inspire others.

Created by Me!

My photograph featured on the Harper’s Bazaar Greece Official Instagram Page!

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Hey all my lovey’s, I am back with another update about how I am raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation!

As you know I have been coming up with creative ways to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation! Due to COVID-19 it has been hard to find “COVID” friendly ways to raise money. I came up with a charity photo-shoot since I know a lot of people do love to just dress up and take photos of themselves. So, what a great way to just have PROFESSIONAL photos taken just for fun and you money will be going somewhere where it won’t go to waste!!

My first taught of this idea was;

“Who would partner with me on this AMAZING cause?”

“Will people response to our event?”

“Will this succeed in the end?”

I had a lot of questions going through my mind but at the end of the day, it didn’t hurt to just try and reach out to potential photographers willing to help out such a great cause. Thankfully, I got positive response from one of my photographers, ROHAN, was very excited to partner with me on this amazing journey of mind. He was very organized and was had sooo many ideas to bring to the table. I was very thankful to have him help me for this good cause.

Here is a poser that he had made for our event! I was so amazed from all the FEEDBACK that we had gotten!! We had majority of out time session all booked up! Within 3 days we were FULLY booked BUT we had a plan. We decided to DOUBLE book! Since we did have another photographer in our hands, MALA, we might as well use her talent ability to help out! We decided that each session for a photo-shoot would be $50.00/30 minutes. Which is a very good deal if you think about it!

Soon we decided to add a makeup artist since we did had a lot of request from our clients. Thankfully our makeup artist came to us, DEMI! She is very sweet and has such an amazing personally. Demi is also very talented as well! Since we are still in a pandemic we decided to keep our makeup COVID friendly. Clients are allow to bring there own foundation and makeup brushes to the session for a cost of $25.00 including there mask when coming to the session. $30.00 for those who do not bring there brushes-foundation.

Well here you have it! Meet our team for this years charity photo shoot! Each individual has such an amazing personality and I have very thankfully for them to join me on this journey to Miss World Canada!

Thank you everyone who has been keeping up with me and my journey to MISS WORLD CANADA 2020!!

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Last night I had the pleasure of meeting one of my new pageants sisters for the first time. Julie is Miss World Gatineau 2020 and nationals this November will be her first ever pageant! It was so great to meet her and share all about my knowledge of pageants so she had as much information going into pageant week as possible, but even better, it was incredible to hear about all the amazing things that Julie has accomplished.

Julie has a winning mindset and makes actions toward all the goals she wishes to accomplish. That is what I love most about pageants, you surround yourself with likeminded women who are making a positive impact on their communities. I cannot wait to see Julie again at nationals if not before then.

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Hello, everyone! I hope you guys are all safe and well. I know that this year has been one of the toughest times we’ve ever gone through.. We have lost and suffered so much as a community. I don’t know about you, but I definitely lost hope and purpose countless of times this year. 2020 was definitely the most challenging year of my life. There were many unexpected things that happened which hindered my health and growth. BUT, I can say that I am a completely different person because of these tough times. I truly believe that tough times make you stronger. With that being said, I just wanted to share my personal story in hopes to encourage and motivate you during the most difficult times of your life.

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I remember competing at provincials back in February, when my name was called as one of the finalist I was so honoured and happy. 🙌

Being part of such an incredible pageant means everything to me. Once the director told us that the finalists were entitled to receive titles according to their city, I got extremely excited.

Ottawa is a beautiful city, full of so much history and amazing people. Representing the nation’s capital is an honour, and I know that I am going to do everything I can to make the people in Ottawa proud and happy to have me as their representative.

Right after the provincials I was so excited to do my official Miss Ottawa shoot since I love to model and do shoots. However, with the pandemic taking over doing photoshoots was risky and I did not want to put my family, nor myself in danger of getting infected. We had to postpone the photoshoot and wait until it was safe.

Of course, months went by and we were still unable to do a photoshoot.

Until yesterday… when my sister who is a photographer told me that we would do a safe official shoot for Miss Ottawa, obeying all the safety rules and laws implemented by the government.

I could not believe it and was so happy to finally take pictures with my sash and crown. She made one of my wishes come true, and I feel extremely lucky to have her as a sister. Not to mention how talented she also is. 🤩

Below is one of the shots from the photoshoot:

Sometimes something as simple as taking some pictures can really make someone’s day. It’s the little things in life that count towards something so much bigger. Thank you Oriana for taking the pictures, I could not be happier! 🥰

Have a good day everyone!

Aiona Santana

Miss Ottawa World 2020

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Hey everyone! I am back after a couple of days! I just started work again after being off or 6 month! If you haven’t already know I am an ECE (Early Childhood Educator). Since school doesn’t officially start back until September 15 of next week, our program is open for day care full time to allow children to get in the routine of our “new normal” due to the COVID-19. We are practicing  to keep there mask on when indoors but will be off when we go outside to play, as well as practicing socially distancing but still playing with there peers at a distance. This will be another topic that will be talked about on my next blog.

Soooo, as you all know, all the delegates are creating different ways to raise money for the Children Wish Foundation during a PANDEMIC. Well, I have been creative myself. I decided to think of ways where the community can participate while socially distancing. One of my ways is holding a clothing drive from Plato’s Closet. if you had read my previous blog, I spoke about how I will be receiving money from the clothes that I’m collecting.

Another way I am fundraising is organizing a bake sale from a local bakery owed by my cousin. She makes home made donuts as well as many other sweets such as chocolate Oeros and cookie brownies. We will be providing 3 options to chose from for our customers.  All he options are the same price ($25.00 per box) All proceeds will be going to the Children’s Wish Foundation.  Here are some pictures below to allow you to have a better look at this AMAZING talent of baking. If you think this look good, just wait until you try them!! For more updates on ordering these delicious treats  follow the IF account of @shaynas_savorysweets and myself; Simone_oxox

 

And lastly I am partnering with a local photography who is very popular in my community and an excellent photographer. He will be helping me with a Charity Photo shoot where locals from the communities will be scheduling there 30 min time slot on October 3, 2020. The way how this photo shoot will work is that locals will be contacting me or my photographer for a photo shoot where it will be $20 per person for 30 mins long! That’s FREE photos you will be getting just by donating to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Here are some examples of this AMAZING photographer of mine. To me personally he is one of the BEST photographer out there. Not just photography but also in videography as well!!  I have worked with him multiple times such as a Halloween photo shoot where myself and other girls were skulls as well as a music video which HE filmed all on his own. He is a very talented person and anyone will be lucky to work/hire him. TRUST ME!! Here are some of his many talented work! Contact this OUTSTANDING photographer, IG; @rrayzuh

If you would like to participate in ANY of this fundraisers, Please contact me through Facebook or Instagram,

I will be blogging again soon!!

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Hi beautiful people,

In this post, I will be writing about NEET and how immigrants can benefit from Employment services for my Beauty with a Purpose Project.

NEET is an abbreviation for Not in Employment, Education or Training.

Here are some important statistics about NEET;

In 2019, the reports showed that the number of youth in NEET made up 11.1% of the entire participants. The rates were higher for immigrants when compared to Canadian born participants (Davidson & Arim, 2019).

Immigrants in NEET were represented by 14.8%. The percentage of youth who needed support to get jobs was stated as 38%, while 34.5% represented the “Others” (Davidson & Arim, 2019). 

Immigrants between the ages of 15 and 24, who just came into Canada, made up a large percentage of the participants in the NEET category (International Migration Outlook, 2016).

Unemployment higher in youth (Statistics Canada, 2015).

Statistics Canada identified homemaking as the reason for 27.5% of the immigrants under  NEET in Canada (Davidson & Arim, 2019). The participants categorized as the “Others,” which makes up 34.5%, represented a small number of people who could not access the offered support services due to lack of transportation.

Some of the challenges that have hindered accessibility to the services include inconvenient operating schedules, language barriers, and awareness. 

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Migrants who settled in urban areas find it easier to be integrated into the Canadian labor market. Many of the agencies are in the downtown areas, and it is difficult for recent migrants in rural areas, who do not have cars, to reach these agencies. Furthermore, the language barrier is an issue because English is not their first language.

Regarding the schedule, settlement organizations open from 9 am to 4 pm, which makes it difficult for many women to access the services due to homemaking.

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Special support services should also be rendered to immigrants who have had traumatic experiences in their home country. Addressing the mental health and welfare needs of immigrants can lower NEET numbers. Programs that will help include one-on-one counseling sessions, creating forums to share experiences, and supporting the immigrants to access good jobs, education, or training.

Understanding the impact of NEET and challenges encountered by the participants reveals information that can be leveraged to implement more successful programs.

I felt the need to write about NEET because it is an issue that I would like to raise awareness through my Beauty with a Purpose. I have been planning an accessible program through YAY (Youth Assisting Youth) for migrants to join!

Till next time!

Love,

Melody

Reference:

Davidson, J., & Arim, R. (2019). Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series: A Profile of Youth Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) in Canada, 2015 to 2017. ( No. 11F0019M — No. 432). Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada. Retrieved from https:// www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2019020-eng.pdf

International Migration Outlook. (2016). “Labour market outcomes of migrants and integration policies in OECD countries”. International Migration Outlook , 59–103. https://doi.org/10.1787/ migr_outlook-2016-5-en

Statistics Canada. (2015). What has changed for young people in Canada?  Retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11847-eng.htm

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