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Today on our 5th day here in Toronto for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant all of the girls got up early, packed our breakfast and headed out to the Bowmanville Zoo. There we got to interact with an adorable baby lion and tiger for about an hour. After everyone got their chance to see and take pictures with the animals we started off on our next leg of our journey which was to visit the Eaton Centre. At the Eaton Centre we got to go to the Rich Tree Market Taco Truck for lunch. I think the set up for the truck is very cool,cute and a great idea! The food was absolutely delicious! I ordered a veggie burrito and it was very well made with fresh ingredients. It tasted amazing!! It was full of interesting flavours with just a bit of spice just how I like it! The workers were fast, efficient and friendly. I am so glad we had the opportunity to come down to the Eaton Centre to enjoy the atmosphere and eat at the Rich Tree Market Taco Truck. It was an amazing, tasty experience and I can’t wait to go back! Thank you Rich Tree Taco Truck for an amazing lunch!
The Platform I chose was Kindness. It seems like such a simple thing, so easy to do, yet most forget to practice it on a daily basis. We get busy with school, work and activities and we forget to be kind. Being kind daily takes effort and something that needs to be practiced. We need to use kind words and kind actions daily. We need to stop ourselves and think “Is what I am saying kind?” “Is what I am doing kind?”.
Being a kind person will go a long way in solving social issues. If we all practiced kindness there would be no bullying, no exclusion, or taunts and harassment. Energies would be spent focusing on doing helpful positive things rather than bringing others down.
I think starting with younger children would help too. If young children were taught about kindness and shown how to be kind, at home, at school and in the community and they were challenged to practice kindness daily our world would certainly change. But it’s just not for the children it’s for everyone.
We need to remember to be kind to ourselves. To be positive about who we are, what we look like and the kind of person we are. We need to accept the things we cannot change about ourselves and work to show case the strengths we do have.
We need to remember to be kind to animals, to protect them and care for them and share our earth respectfully with them.
We need to remember to be kind to our world, to look after it, preserve it, and make sure it is able to sustain us and continue to grow.
We need to remember to be kind to all people, no matter who they are or where they are from.
Practicing kindness takes effort but it is catching. It is easily spread form person to person. It just begins with you.
I have been spreading this platform at my different events. I spoke about it at my Talent Night as well as I visited two elementary schools and read Kindness stories to the students and discussed ways they could be kind. If I was Miss Teenage Canada I would continue to visit Elementary schools and promote Kindness. I would continue to read stories to them and use a Power Point to talk about different issues and how we could resolved them using Kindness. I would challenge the students to have a Kindness bulletin board and see how many kind things they could do in a month. I think designing cute Be Kind T-shirts would be great for the younger children to wear once they finished their challenge. For older students I would promote the Think Before You Speak motto: T-is it Truthful H-is it Helpful I-is it Inspiring N-is it Necessary K-is it Kind. Some teachers already have these posters in their classrooms. I would provide these posters for all classrooms and go in and talk to the students about Kindness. Again we would brainstorm ways to be kind, at home, at school and in our community. For the adults I would offer a Facebook Challenge to do Random Acts of Kindness and Pay It Forward. I would promote daily challenges and see how many people completed their tasks of Kindness and share what sort of things they did to inspire others. Kindness is catching, we just have to start somewhere!
Canada is an awesome country to live in, to visit and to explore. It is worth your time to see and experience as much of it as possible. Canada is so vast and so different no matter where you go you’ll have an experience to remember.
Starting in BC you’ll enjoy all the pacific coast has to offer, from small quaint fishing villages to the bright city lights of Vancouver. Over the Rocky Mountains and you’ll be into Alberta with mountain views, glacial lakes, rolling hills and cattle ranches. Moving into Saskatchewan you will be amazed at the never ending horizon across this flat prairie landscape. Manitoba offers the same prairie grassland with beautiful large clear lakes and has a few rolling hills as you head into the Canadian Shield areas of Ontario. Passing by more crystal clear lakes and rock formations in Ontario and of course the two major city centers of Toronto and our nation’s capital Ottawa. Into Quebec and you will go back in time as you view the historical regions and architecture of this province. Once in the Maritime provinces you’ll be amazed at the views from the eastern shore, entertained by the local Celtic musicians and enjoy the best sea food our country has to offer. Heading up north to Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon you will see wild life like never before. You will take in mountains, lakes, ocean views along with a variety of vegetation and different landscapes. Many feel this northern part of Canada has the most beautiful and untouched areas of Canada.
So whether you are interested in Canada’s larger cities and the culture and nightlife they have to offer, or you’d prefer to travel off to more rural and quiet parts of Canada exploring the different culture and traditions in those areas, there is no better country to visit than Canada! A few hours drive in any direction will give you a change of scenery and something new and different to do and see. Visitors from other countries will have to come back again and again just to experience it all. For us living here we need to make the effort to take the time to travel in and around Canada and be proud to see all we can see and share it with others! We are so lucky we live in such a beautiful country with so many different regions to explore! Canada is GREAT!
On Saturday, July 11th I set up a table to sell Rafiki Friendship Chains at the Minnedosa Fun Fest Street Market. I was there with 20 other sellers who brought in different homemade items or home business items to sell. I talked to people about the Free The Children Foundation and the work they do in the communities they are helping. I had a great day meeting people and selling my Rafiki chains. Thank you Minnedosa Fun Fest committee for giving me a table and allowing me to spend the day in your market!
On Monday, June 22nd I had the opportunity to drive to Minnedosa, MB to meet and read to students in a grade 3-4 class. I told them all about Miss Teenage Canada and showed them my crown and sash. They asked me lots of questions about the pageant and were very interested in learning about what I was participating in. I brought two books to read to them about Kindness. They enjoyed the books and we discussed different ways to be kind, at home, at school and in our communities. The students even brought in a little collection of money for me because they knew I was raising money for Free The Children. How nice!! Thank you for having me into your classroom Mrs. Noonan-Robinson! I will be back in the fall to tell the children about my adventures in Toronto!
On June 21st I had the opportunity to volunteer to work in the Canteen for the second annual “It Takes Guts” Charity Barrel race in Neepawa, MB. This event was hosted by a local family to raise awareness and funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Over 100 female barrel races attended the event. Congratulations to Erin Cathcart and the Cathcart Family for all your hard work in making this a successful event!
On Sunday, June 14 I hosted a Youth Talent Night Fundraiser. I invited local singers, pianists and dancers to perform and help me raise money for my journey to Miss Teenage Canada in Toronto. I also sold Rafiki Friendship Chains to help raise money and bring awareness for Free the Children. Selling the Rafiki’s supports the Mama’s in Africa with their Alternative Income venture allowing them to send their children to school, get access to basic health care, bring clean water and sanitation to their communities, and find a sustainable source of healthy food. The Rafiki sales went very well! Thank you! The talent night was also enjoyed by all! We had about 60 guests in the audience and they were thoroughly entertained by all the local talent! Thank you to all my special performers, I really appreciated you sharing your time and talent with all of us! It certainly was an incredible evening!
On Friday, June 4th I had the opportunity to go to Brookdale School and share a few stories with the children about Kindness. We talked about the different ways to be kind. I shared with them that we need to be kind to ourselves, kind to others, kind to animals, and kind to our earth. We discussed different ideas of ways we can show kindness in our school, at home and in our community. The students were very good listeners and came up with lots of good ways to show kindness. Their teacher challenged them to write down all the ways they showed kindness over the weekend and they were going to discuss it on Monday. Thank you to Brookdale School for having me in to read and share ideas with you about Kindness. I enjoyed our time together very much!
The weekend of May 29-31 Neepawa hosted their annual Fair. I had the opportunity to volunteer to work in the Canteen on Saturday and help with all the food preparations. It was fun to meet and talk to people at the window and get them their items. Thank you to the Neepawa Fair committee for giving me this opportunity. Also on this Fair weekend I set up a table near the Canteen to promote Free the Children and sell Rafiki Friendship Chains in support of their Alternative Income Pillar. It was a good weekend to get out and talk with people in the community.