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It’s Time to Make a Difference Again!

One of the Miss Teen Canada-World delegates, Vanessa Peynenburg, has decided to take her experience with the pageant and make it a global campaign with the primary message being “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”.

I myself have never followed the crowd, and have always been my own person. This is why I am highly recommending everyone to be involved in this!

Whose on Board?

 Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan, Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of All Time Low, Eric Solomon, Rob Dyer of Skate4Cancer, and Ulf of Ace of Base have all decided to be a part of this campaign and it is time to add your name to the list! Below are the instructions on how you to can become involved!

Make a Video/Take a Picture with this Message!

“Hi, I’m _________, and I challenge you to be your own kind of beautiful.” Once there are enough submissions, Vanessa will create one video montage with all of your messages. If you have a message that you would like to record on top of that, whether it is about eating disorders, self image, the media, or anything relevant, you are free to do that as well. All submissions, whether they are text, pictures, or videos are to be sent to missteenstalbert@hotmail.com

Updates to follow! Check out Vanessa’s blog to learn more in the meantime!

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Miss Teen Canada-World Delegates Visit Free The Children!

On Thursday, August 18 some of the Miss Teen Canada-World delegates had the opportunity to visit the offices of Free the Children in Toronto, Ontario to learn more about the charity and the work that goes on behind the scenes!

What We Learned

A lot of work goes into to everything that the charity does. There are various offices that deal with specific things such as corporate fundraising, funraising through schools, to even events such as “We Day” taking place this September. I took notice when they mentioned that one of their goals is to empower youth and those who want to make a difference in their communities and around the world.

The Me to We Store

One of the places we got to visit was the Free the Children “Me to We” stores. The charity has put together a clothing line to raise money and awareness about what they do. The Miss Teen Canada-World delegates each received a Me to We style shirt at the 2011 national pageant, and those who visited the store were also given another. Thank you very much for doing that!

About the Charity!

To learn more about the charity and its role in the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant click here or visit http://www.freethechildren.com/!

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This summer, its time to try something new!

Why keep enjoying the same blan treats this summer, when you can mix it up with these amazing popsicle molds and recipes?! Popsicles are the best way to treat yourself without doubt, and Onyx Containers have made creating these delicacies that much easier. They are made out of 18/8 stainless steel so that this fast freeze mold is easy to use, easy to clean, and will last you a life time!

Recipe of Choice: Whacky Wildberry!

When it comes to fruit, berries are my favourite! They are an excellent source of vitamin C and have a lower calorie count. The recipe that I have chosen to share with you, is what I like to call “Whacky Wildberry” – simply because it drives your tastebuds crazy! 🙂

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup of Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Blackberries
  • 1/2 cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of Raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • Milk (if necessary)


Its not that difficult at all! Basically you put it all in a blender, blend it, and pour the mixture into your popsicle molds. Add milk if you find it is not smooth enough. Usually they take about a day to freeze, but it is well worth the wait. I encourage you all to try this, its something new!

Other Recipes:

Read more about what the other Miss Teen Canada-World delegates recommend on their blogs here:


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My Experience Backstage!

Top 20 on Stage at MTC-W!

This whole experience was amazing, and I am so fortunate to have been given this opportunity!

On July 16, 2011 I competed against 74 delegates from accross Canada in hopes of becoming Miss Teen Canada-World!

My heart was racing while I stood on stage when the top 20 were being announced. It had been my goal to make it at least that far in the competition. Every time a girl’s name was called my stomach turned, so when they announced “number 49 – Kelsey Johnson” I was SO relieved, needless to say – proud! My name was announced 18th, so you could imagine how I felt standing in anticipation!

After the top 20 were announced, we had to run back stage and change into our swimsuits – fast! There were tears from some of the other girls who did not make it further, but the support the delegates were giving each other was incredible!

Backstage - After the Show!

So on stage we went! Our scores were whiped clean and from the top 20, 10 of us were moving on and 10 of us were being cut! I had a feeling that I wasn’t going any further, but that did not stop me from putting my best foot forward! A side from exiting at the wrong part of the stage, I still thought I did okay and was beyond happy for the girls that moved on!

While waiting for the results, the top 20 were dancing back stage while Danny Fernandes preformed on stage. I really wish we would have had the opportunity to actually watch him!

When it was time for the top 10 to be announced, my heart began to race again. Although I was slightly saddened to not be moving on – I was so excited for the girls that did!

After the top 10 were announced we had to run back and change into our evening gowns! We only had only 4 minutes to do so, and I ended up going on with out my earrings 🙁 Despite it all, I still had a blast when we hit the stage again and the top 5 were announced!

Congratulations to the top 5! :

Danielle Furneaux, Alexandra Hanasz, Lauren Howe, Sophie Church & Caroline Holley!

&& A special congratulations to the new Miss Teen Canada-World and friend LAUREN HOWE!

Miss Teen Canada-World 2011 - Lauren Howe from Ontario!

Best of luck in the international competition happening August 1 -5th! I know you will do an amazing job representing Canada! <3

** Pictures from the pageant will be posted on my facebook page in 2 weeks when they become available! 🙂

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Day 6: Talent Night!

Today, several girls competed at the Talent Night Gala in hopes of winning a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to preform at the Miss Teen Canada-World show! There were a lot of great acts, and it you could tell the judges were having a hard time deciding who they should pick! In the end, Tiffarah Gosmen took the prize and got to sing at the show! Alexandre Hanasz also got to preform her dance.

Although I did not enter the talent compeition, I enjoyed watching all of the girls and speaking with those at my table! 🙂

Talent Night!


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The Journey Continues!

Day 3: Rehearse Rehearse Rehearse – Party!

Sneak Peek From the High Fashion Shoot!

Tuesday, we learned the choreography for the pageant and preliminary show from Sean Cuffie! Although it was a lot of work, we got to see Billy Elliot the Musical that evening and even got to meet some of its cast members! The show was amazing and it was really cool to have the opportunity to chat with the actors about their experiences! Afterwards we had the chance to sing kareoke and dance the night away at Toronto’s “the Time Zone”!

Day 4: Shop Till’ Ya Drop!

Shooting at Stylexchange!

Wednesday we had the opportunity to shop at Stylexchange in downtown Toronto! The store was full of great brands and crazy colours, and we had the pleasure of having ET Canada accompany us. Myself and Lauren also had a photo shoot at the store, where we had our make up done by the lovely ladies from Rimmel London!

Thank you to Rimmel London for the amazing job you did and all the make up you gave us! Special thanks to Stylexchange for the discount and shirts!

When we arrived back at the hotel, the top 6 photogenic delegates were given a photo shoot! We had our hair and make up done by Fiorio while the other girls were meeting with the host of the pageant, Luke Bilyk from Degrassi: the Next Generation! He was going through a list of all the delegates names to be sure he did not pronounce any wrong the night of the show. He took the time to shake everyones hand and even ran across the room to give the girls in hair and make up hugs! He was such an awesome guy! 🙂

The photo shoot went really well and it was awesome to have been able to shoot at the Fairmont: Royal York Hotel! Unfortunately, we missed learning some of the choregraphy for the opening number of the show, but Omar White was kind enough to teach us separately. Thanks man!

Day 5:  Preliminary Show!

Preliminary Competition

The moment everyone was waiting for, was basically today! The top 20 was going to be preselected for the show — tonight! I was so nervous, but instead of freaking out, I tried to focus that energy on my walk and what else needed to be done while on stage!

It was hectic in hair and make up behind the scences and some of the girls (like me) just finished in time! Despite the tight timeline, everyone was able to get ready before the show and it turned out to be successful! I felt that I had done my best, and I couldn`t  have been more satisfied!

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Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant Experience!

So far, the week has gone by smoothly! Even with the lack of sleep, all the delegates seem to be having a wonderful time!

Day 1: Getting right down to business!

We did our official Miss Teen Canada-World photo and video shoot as well as our interview on Sunday! The day went by quickly, and everyone was thrilled to be getting dressed up with their hair and make up done!

Day 2: Touring the Town

After an early morning breakfast (and I mean early!) our first stop was on the Hippo Bus Tour! We hopped in two buses with eTALK  and drove around the city AND lake ontario! Yes, the bus turned into a BOAT!

We stopped for lunch at the Ballroom by MuchMusic and enjoyed some delicious grilled cheese and popcorn while bowling!

When we returned to the hotel, the girls practised  walking for the pageant and had the chance to mingle with one another before we headed to dinner with Miss Teen-World at a greek restaurant; Arkadia House! AMAZING FOOD!


Voting has had some glitches, but has been fixed! Click here for the facebook event or see instructions below:


1. go to http://www.missteencanadaw​orld.com/mtcw-finals/final​ists

2. Go Up top and click Become a VIP, and fill out the info.
— Memeberships are FREE & you DO NOT get spam or more emails etc.


4.Go back to http://www.missteencanadaw​orld.com/mtcw-finals/final​ists and search for my name in my province of ONTARIO

5. Click on details undrt my name, and then when its on my page look on the right side. Enter your email address in the box that you had used for the VIP and click vote!

6. CONFIRM EMAIL PLEASE or it wont go through!!

Thank you very much for the support! <3

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I Need Your Help!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog these past few months!  I appreciate all of the support that I have been receiving. In just a few days, I will be heading to Toronto to compete with 74 girls from across Canada, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I need your vote to help get me “fast-tracked” into the top 20!

Voting information is slowly being let out. It takes place July 9 until July 16, but only 1 vote is allowed per email address! Here is the facebook event page for those who would like a reminder!

** There have been some issues with the system, but everything should be wor

How it Works

1. Log onto http://www.missteencanadaworld.com/mtcw-finals/finalists

2. Go Up top and click Become a VIP, and fill out the info.
— Memeberships are FREE & you DO NOT get spam or more emails etc.


4.Go back to http://www.missteencanadaw​orld.com/mtcw-finals/final​ists and search for my name in my province of ONTARIO

5. Click on details near my name, and then when its on my page go to vote and put ur email address in that u used for the VIP

6. CONFIRM EMAIL PLEASE or it wont go through!!

Thank you very much for the support I have been receiving! 🙂

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“Pageant Winner Strives to Become Own Person”

Wednesday, July 6 I met with Mashoka Maimona of the London Free Press in Victoria Park to discuss the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant! Both the video, and the full article can be found online here!

More pictures from my experience as Miss Teen London-World can be found on my facebook page. Voting for the pageant will begin July 9 and will continue until July 16. More information regarding this will be posted as it becomes available! So please, stay tuned! 🙂

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