It’s a new day!!! We should be thankful for every opportunity we have because not everyone is as lucky. Put your best foot forward, give your day’s mission your best energy and remember to put God first. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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This blog is to thank all of our sponsors for sponsoring us at the MTC sponsor party!

For the pageant week, all delegates reside in the same hotel. On Monday, Aug 7th we all arrived at the hotel to start off the pageant week. That day I was very busy and had to get many things done before arriving to the hotel. I also found it hard to locate the hotel and ended up wandering around for several minutes.

While many of the delegates had to fly in from the other provinces, I only had to take a bus ride of about an hour with detours. I left home with a suitcase, a bag pack and a travelling bag. I also brought some friends with me to assist in carrying the luggage to the hotel. On my way to the hotel I realized that I forgot my evening wear gown and I would have been late if I had to take the trip back to get it. Also I had to get a few things at the mall so I asked one of my friends to turn back and get it for me which gave me enough time to get to the mall and meet her at the hotel with the dress!

I arrived at the hotel shortly after 6pm and made my way to my hotel room to change for the first event which was the sponsor party. Itstarted off amazing! I got to see all of my pageant sisters once again and we began connecting right away! A few minutes later we were introduced to our wonderful sponsors!

We all received a new sash with our provinceon it which we now wear instead of the previous sashes. The first booth I went to was by Super Adorbs and I got a choker from them. It’sreally cute and I love it because it’s my first ever choker! It wasn’t the first thing I picked up though! At first I picked up pink bows and put then back when I saw the array of chokers.

After that I got a dental kit from Archer Dental and continued to Golden Glamorous Goddesses to learn about the products on display. I choose the pack containing a shea butter combination soap and a body butter. I absolutely love the body body because it especially keeps my face smooth and moisturized!

Next I went to Up to the Time jewelry where we got to take pictures of a watch that we would want. Whoever wins the pageants gets to keep the watch they took a picture with. I got a cute little gift bag from them containing an Up to the Time necklace in the shape of hearts. They’re now my favourites!

I went to the Nine West booth next. I took a few pictures here with the heels we were all sponsored. Unfortunately this was the time my crown decided to fall and break, sending the jewel at the very top, across the floor. I almost panicked but one of the delegates came to my rescue with nail glue! Thanks Adanna!!!

After assembling the crown again, we took pictures by the Miss Teenage Canada banner. Then we ate dinner which was pizza and later cake.

The entire party was a blast and a great way to start off the pageant week. Everyone reconnected and took many pictures together. We laughed and had a great time, especially while listening to each other sing using instruments sponsored by the Wandering Minstrel Music School. Thank you so much for sponsoring us!!!We really appreciate it!!!


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Our Second blog challenge was to observe fashion on a street in our region and submit an article to street chic based on our findings! Link to Street Chic blog will follow shortly!

I choose to do my analysis on Lawrence Avenue East. It was a street I lived on and one which i take regularly for day to day activities and because it’s a popular street, I decided to do my observations there.

I observed a lot of the same things. Most people wear comfort clothes, whether it be religious or non-religious. I was constantly told that everyone has their own unique style and fashion. This revolves around personality and comfort. On a regular basis teens would shop where there are reasonably priced sales from outlets such as Ardene, Stitches, Labels and Bluenotes. They would also shop at stores such as Champs and footlocker and invest in brands such as Adidas, Jordans and Nike.

At Ardene, Stitches, Labels, Bluenotes and other outlets, they would buy clothing items such as crop tops, shorts, ripped jeans and dresses. This is what is mostly worn in the area and is seen from time to time. These kinds of outfits are worn to school, parties and just about anywhere!

The more I scout fashion on the street, I realize that fashion is what you make of it! What I’ve been hearing from people I interview is that fashion is whatever feels comfortable and makes you feel great about yourself! The majority also added that your fashion doesn’t have to be from the most expensive line or what’s “in”, it just has to be something that makes you feel like you’re you! Everyone has their own fashion sense and different opinions about what fashion is and as long as we accept that, we can truly appreciate the beauty of each other’s fashion.

Along the street is a showcase of many different cultures. You can be seeing teens sporting track suits and runners at one point, then walk into adults dressed in cultural outfits! As I observe people on this street, I realize that people tend to wear the same things. Older religious people would be seen in various but similar outfits that may include long dresses and head covering to suit their religious beliefs. Teens of different diversities wear a combination of the same outfits.

Hair also plays a major role in the fashion world based on what I have observed. Teens and adults especially tend to wear the most extravagant hair styles that explore a variety of hair styles and hair colours such as green, red, blue and purple. These different hair colour explorations are more frequent in summer. I was told that this is because it is the only season when you can have your hair out during sunny days and not have to worry about ruining your hair by covering it on a cold, dull day.

According to the individuals who I interviewed on the street, the reoccurring theme is that fashion is about what you’re comfortable wearing and what speaks to your personality as a whole. It’s not about what people think looks good on you but instead it’s about how you feel about what you’re wearing and how that feeling impacts your personality. It’s easiest to be yourself when you feel like yourself, and that’s what makes each person’s fashion unique!

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As part of the pageant assignment we were given the task of completing 3 blog challenges. This first challenge is a travel blog. For this we are to write about our favourite place in our region. First of all, I do not travel a lot within my region and so I have few favorites. The most I do here is home, school, church and the mall. Toronto East is a highly multicultural society that adds to the beauty of the community as we learn to live with and accept the diversity!

There was one place though that I regarded as my second home!

A few years ago I was dealing with a lot of problems and was constantly frustrated. I had recently moved out and had to figure out my life while beginning Grade 12. It was a very traumatic point in my life where I had to make rash decisions to try to add to a great future for myself. I became emancipated from both parents at the age of 17 and took on full responsibilities of surviving on my own.

Even though I knew that I had a lot going for me and that I was blessed I lost focus and decided that my life was what it was and that I was done with it all. That first semester went by quickly and not all of my grades were up to par so I got scared. It was around that time that all the grade 12’s began applying to university or colleges. I applied to a few universities that I really wanted to attend so I had to do my part by getting my grades back to where they should be.

I attended Cedarbrae Colligieate Institute at the time and was a regular at the Toronto Public Library Cedarbrae branch. I love to read and would go there to borrow books to occupy my spare time. I also had a strong interest in their movie department and would borrow tons of movies since I didn’t have internet to use at home.

One day during that first semester, I went to the Teen room of the library and was immediately introduced to the youth hub. I remember being super exited at the fact that we had apple laptops to use and ps4’s as well as a Wii and tablets! I had a favourite laptop with a barcode ending in 048. If I couldn’t get that laptop I usually would not use any other one. The reason I liked it so much was because it had a background image of one of my favourite wrestlers on WWE at the time, John Cena. It was a background that could be used on any of the laptops but 048 was mine! 

There were two ps4’s available to us and I used them for two reasons; to watch horror movies on Netflix or play Just Dance! I played Just Dance there all the time! In fact, when I get to the hub almost everyone knew that I was there to a play Just Dance. I would play it with people or you better believe that I would play it for hours by myself too! Most times I would be at the hub from start to finish. I would go their to complete my assignments then spend all my extra time on 048 or the ps4.


Other than homework help, there were many activities that took place in the hub.

There were days when we did virtual reality or learning how to DJ on an actual set. We did photo editing programs which I remember because I did an edit that put me in a picture next to Taraji P. Henson, which really wasn’t good but I enjoyed doing it.

The youth hub was a great place for me to escape from what was happening around me. I was surrounded by friends in a safe space where I got homework help. I went there almost everyday after school and it helped a lot to be surrounded by all the positive vibes in the environment. I would recommend going to youth hubs even if it’s just to connect with new people, because you never know in what ways it will help you.


Miss Teenage Toronto East



Written by: Aria

Hi again! I’ve been very busy and away from my blog for awhile but I’m back and ready to share with you!

A few days ago I was in the process of moving. The last thing left for me to move was a suitcase with a few things. I took the bus with the last of my belongings and stopped mid-way where I decided to continue my journey by foot. As I walked, I observed my new neighborhood. It had a lot of tall trees on the way that shade the path, making it cool to walk through. The scenery was also a good one, composing of not only the trees but a few parks, and well-decorated gardens.

As I walked the suitcase started hitting bumps on the sidewalk that shook up it’s contents. The rumbling continued and my mind ran on the contents in it. Inside was a few of my proudest achievements. Among them I had two awards and my crown. The first, an Excellence Award, which was awarded to me on May 12th, 2016. The award was for outstanding achievements in The Arts for 2015 to 2016 and called the Black Student Recognition Award of Excellence. I remember being really exited when I was told of my nomination by a high school teacher, who have always followed my performances and showed strong interest in my extra-curricular life. I was even more overwhelmed at the email stating that I was to receive the award.

I technically did not physically receive that award. The day of the award ceremony was the same as my grade 12 prom which I had already paid for. I did not know which to attend and kept weighing importance in my mind. Receiving the award meant a lot but so were the memories I was to have with my friends. Then an idea came to me and I approached my teacher who later made further confirmations. I asked if I could have someone else receive my award and when it came down to it, I decided on my aunt, who was indeed ecstatic to receive it on my behalf. So that night after prom, I came home to my award on a stand, waiting for me.

Another award was one that I underestimated. With the Excellency, Art Award, I figured that I would have gotten it because of how much I accomplished in The Arts during those two years. But this one was unexpected. I was awarded Mentee of the Year for the Imani Academic Mentorship Program held by the University of Toronto Scarborough. I attended that award ceremony which took place on April 7th, 2016. During that ceremony I was also awarded a cash prize to pay for books in my university of choice and another cash prize for having honorary mention for an essay writing competition. I also received a laptop for winning the other writing competition. I did not expect the Mentee of the Year award because among the students I felt that I was least involved. For example, when other students turned up their assignments a week before, I would always give it in on the due date. When I reflected, I realize that even though I may have been the last to get a task done, I always took the extra effort to make the best of any assignment. It made me realize that it does not matter who is first but what takes precedence is the hard work put into something and the determination to see it through and deliver success.

Next there was my crown, from the provincial pageant on January 22nd, 2017. I’m most proud of that because it signifies hard work. When I look at it I’m reminded to never underestimate my talents and abilities. I went into the pageant as an underdog, haven’t done pageants before and with self-motivation, perseverance and family and peer support, left with a title and much more confidence that I began with.

The year of 2015, I have named, my year of accomplishments because of the amount of performances I undertook. To highlight a few, within 2 weeks I performed at Rep Your Region Talent Competition and START Youth Presenting Art Festival, both in Scarborough. I also competed at CNE the exhibition, National Talent Competition and Suite Life Arts for Youths Talent Showcase, where I was involved in several art forms. I also did minor performances such as my high school Multicultural Show, Two Black history Month Talent shows within the same week and a performance at a birthday celebration.

The year of 2016, I decided that that was my year of achievements because I received many awards that year. It was an overwhelming year, there was not a week that I was not exited about an upcoming award or award ceremony.

Being awarded for something that you did not work hard for has no real meaning. Things that come easy to people are often overlooked and unappreciated. But when you put a lot into something, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and a reason to continue living by pursuing greater achievements. My advice would be: Dream big! Envision achieving it! Then go ahead and take what’s rightfully YOURS! Because if you continuing being mediocre and making small minded decisions then you WILL be mediocre and achieve little in life!

I just started living and it gives me great pleasure to move forward in a field where I can help others in the long-term. Also I look forward to inspiring many young minds to do something with their lives. You don’t have to be someone great to make great decisions, you just have to be someone willing to take the step. And in everything, do it for yourself before you start living for others. Because if you cannot find the joy it brings to yourself you won’t be able to find the drive to inspire others.

Follow my IG page and like my FB page @mtte2017. Comment your thoughts on this post and what hard work means to you. I hope that reading this pushes you towards pursuing your success!


Miss Teenage Toronto East 2017

Written by: Aria

Hi everyone,

I am extremely excited to be crowned with the title of Miss Teenage Toronto East 2017, on Sunday, January 22nd 2017.

Pageant Application Process:

I first came across a post for Miss Teenage Canada as a pop up on my Facebook timeline. I saw it and immediately posted it on my Facebook wall with the caption, “let’s see if I can tackle this one”, since I was known to have done many new things. Previous to this, I never knew about the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. I was instantly interested in applying because I loved beauty pageants but never had the opportunity of actually being in one.

Even though I posted it on my Facebook wall, I was somewhat not sure about going through with it. I clicked on the link in the post opening the Miss Teenage Canada website, I went through it and it looked really interesting but yet I was still unsure about doing it. Throughout the day, I kept going back to the post on my wall and viewing the website, then I decided to talk to my Aunt about it. As soon as I showed her the post, she told me to do it. She knew that I liked pageants because of my interest in TV Shows about pageants. She also looked over the website and we both watched a video that was posted from previous years, which made my interest peak even more.

Who knew, but that was the motivation and support I needed to go through with it. I realize that in everything I did, I went for it without hesitation. But this was huge, and it was important to have family supporting me in order to have a good experience, knowing that I wasn’t in this journey alone.

After applying I did an interview and a few days after I got an email saying, “Congratulations”. I had just left my dance class so sitting on the bench outside the room, I was going through my email and saw it. Since I had told some of my friends from dance class about applying, I ran around telling them that I got in. It was an amazing feeling to be apart of the pageant.

The Month of the Pageant (January 2017):

In the weeks leading up to the pageant I was really anxious and calm at the same time. I already had my evening wear dress, heels, swim wear heels and interview wear. I went and bought my cocktail dress and swim wear. I ended up buying two swim wear of the same style, different colours because I could not decide which I wanted. I figured the purple made me look royal and the blue was more on the cute side. I went on my Snapchat and uploaded separate pictures of me wearing both and asked my friends to vote, the end result was the majority choosing the purple. My Aunt, Cousin and I also decided on the purple so I went with it.

My Aunt sourced out a photographer and presented me with the challenge of putting together a proposal for sponsorship. She wanted this experience to be a learning lesson not just on beauty but on business and how they intertwine. She also wanted me to have the experience of owning my own dream. I rose to the challenge and was successful. I had a photo shoot coming up and I was really exited for that. It was my first professional photo shoot and I loved the idea of having my pictures taken professionally. My tablet and phone both were literally filled with thousands of pictures of me, I took selfies all the time. Thinking about it now, I think my love of taking pictures of myself was me finally coming to terms with my beauty. That was something that I struggled with for a long time. Growing up I was constantly told that I was not beautiful so I found it hard to believe when anyone told me that I am.

The photo shoot was a great experience. I was sponsored by Lawrence Kerr Photography and I was delighting to have all the attention and time dedicated to making it an enjoyable evening. My family came to the shoot and supported as usual. With the guidance of Lawrence, my cousins controlled the music and played my favourites, making it easy for me to take in the atmosphere and connect with the camera. It was a blast!

Pageant Weekend:

Choreographer Hollywood

The first day of the pageant weekend was Saturday January 21st. This was the first time I got to meet the pageant director, Michelle Weswaldi, choreographer Hollywood, Pageant coach Shawn and other delegates. It was a full day, the other delegates and I had to learn several routines including the opening dance number as well as our evening and swim wear routines. We also had to learn other things like how to walk in a pageant, how to sit and we also practiced interview questions. Most of us wore our heels during the training and judging segments of that day, which took about 8 hours.

I was slightly overwhelmed that day, and found it hard keeping heels on for very long periods of time. At one point I wanted to back out and go home, I was having thoughts such as, “why did I apply” and “why am I even here”. I had felt really out of place at that moment. I realized that this was because I was not confident in the new things that I was doing. I had to take a moment to remind myself why I was there and that it was something that I wanted.

Other than training, we were judged on swim wear followed by interviews on the Saturday. I had a lot of confidence doing the swim wear routine. This was more relaxed because I had the chance to improvise my swim wear routine. I incorporate what I learned about walking, turns that we worked on that day and just had fun modelling in front of the judges.

Pageant day was on Sunday, January 22nd, and it was a very interesting day indeed. Nothing about that day was stressful for me. It was overall a trilling day and one of the most unique experience that I had. I have been on stage several times before for many different performance, so I was only slightly nervous. The pageant went by quickly and I enjoyed every moment of it.

When it was crowning I got somewhat nervous but I felt confident in my evening and all of the preparations and hard work that led up to this moment so the nerves went away quickly. I did not feel like I did my best but I felt like I did well enough to move on to the next round, where I feel determined to put my all in. I was contestant number 8, when I heard my name and number it was the best feeling ever!  It was (and still is) an amazing accomplishment. At that moment, I felt like I am destined for even greater things.

Background information:

I was born in the Caribbean Island known as St. Vincent and the Grenadines and moved to Canada in the year of 2012, when I was 14 years old. My talent in the areas of dance and writing comes from a natural love since I did not have access to professional clubs, studios or workshops at a young age. Other than those, I am involved in singing, acting, playing tennis, modelling, reading and cheerleading.

I have received many academic awards and from the Arts category for being successful in dance and performing. What I enjoy doing is to be apart of community events where I am able to specifically assist youths and young children. One of my favorite is the leading to read program for children at the Cedarbrae Library. It gives me the opportunity to work one and one with a child to improve his/her reading skills.

I will be posting more about myself in upcoming blogs. I hope that I gave you enough information about the experience I had. Leave comments and i’ll respond to your questions or acknowledge your words of encouragement regularly. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. If you want to, you can like and share my facebook page, and follow me on instagram and twitter.


Miss Teenage Toronto East 2017


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13819399_10205253037684300_1840158127_nFirst of all, let me just start by saying that I have never played golf in my life…unless you count Wii Sports because in that case, I’ve played a ton of times. Today, we visited the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy!

We were greeted by several kind individuals who greeted us, and took us over to take a group picture. After the picture, being given some soft white sleeves to avoid getting tanned, and receiving blue hand bracelets, we separated into groups and started different activities.


Learning to be a “pro” golfer


Golf was so much more fun than I had ever imagined! My perspective on it completely changed, because of how much fun I had. We started with practicing shots, which I was horrible at first. But through persistent tries, I got so much better and was actually able to hit it close to the flags spread out along the field. My strongest point emerged during the Putting part of golf. It was so natural and easy to me, for some reason! I have to give it to the instructors though, they were absolutely wonderful, and such great teachers! 13819746_10205253038764327_928825719_n

Anyways, afterwards, we had a fun little competition to see how great of a golfer each of us were. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that great and couldn’t hit it far enough. However, congrats to Jordan, who hit it so incredibly well; it was amazing!






Not much time later, we went for lunch. The lunch they served was SO delicious. Probably the best lunch we have had all week. Even the way that the food was presented was so beautiful, and classy! Also, after being in the hot sun for so long, the citrus-y drinks they provided were literally perfection. 


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I was way too tired from all the golfing excitement…

Thanks Ryall Golf for such an awesome day, I had so much fun! In fact, I was so tired after our golfing adventure that I even had a little catnap on the bus ride back to the hotel. I’ll probably even come over to golf at your academy, since I live only fifteen minutes away!


MTC golfers unite!



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Bata Shoe Museum  

13819649_10205247366302519_1047665060_n13819316_10205247366222517_2131513901_nThe Bata Shoe Museum was a really interesting place to have visited! First off, we were introduced by a kind, young lady who directed us to a theatre room. After taking a seat, she showed us some really cool shoes, which were far from the modern shoes we wear today. For example, a size 22 shoe that would fit a seven foot human! Can you guess who I mean? Shaquille O’Neal! Apparently, he fits only into size 22 shoes, and therefore has to have all his shoes custom mad13814552_10205247365902509_268838727_ne! 13820561_10205247365502499_1832554277_n13820801_10205247366142515_1313052267_n
Some other interesting shoes were from Japan, made from wood, and weird-looking heels with a heel only on the front edge of the shoe. How difficult it must be to walk! Anyways, the information was really astounding! Soon after, we got to take a look at different types of shoes and items that were made with poison or dangerous items. For instance, at the museum, several narrow shoes were made out of arsenic in the 1800s, which caused people to get poisoned! Weird.

Anyways, thanks Bata Shoe Museum for having the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 delegates, we know that we definitely enjoyed it!

Square One


Square One full of princesses!

Being from Toronto, I have visited Square One so many times, and it’s always so much fun going there because of how big and grand the mall is! Coming back here to a familiar place with a $30 gift card to spend was amazing! It was honestly so much fun running around everywhere looking for things to buy, that by the time we had to go, my feet were literally SWOLLEN to the core! Oh well, like they say, shop till you drop. And I really did drop when I arrived back into the hotel room!
Overall, my Square One experience was my favorite part of the day; the mall is absolutely gorgeous, and has such a large variety of shops!13819424_10205247366782531_1087454470_n13815178_10205247366822532_2033668901_n

HUGE thanks to Square One for the gift card; we absolutely LOVED being there!!




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Nirvana Indian Cuisine

INDIAN CUISINE! This felt like home, because as an Indian, this was my authentic food. I’ve actually also been to this restaurant before with my family on a cultural event. Being able to taste my home food after not having tasted it for a while felt really great. The cuisine had all the right spices, and the servers were all so homely. 13819426_10205247366502524_975980730_n
I got to know one of the servers well quickly, and even communicated with them in my mother tongue, Hindi! It was a really awesome experience for me, as I felt so proud of being at a restaurant of my own culture.

The food was prepared very well, and even had some of my favourite dishes like the Naan, Aloo Tikki, and RAS MALAI (the desert)! The Ras Malai is honestly my ALL TIME favourite desert over anything! Furthermore, with this experience, the staff had momentarily played Indian music as well, all of which I recognized and felt so jumpy to!13728510_10205247365542500_480266914_o

Miss Teenage Canada 2016 – Sarah Wojcik – danced to it, and we got to back her up to some of my favourite Bollywood music. Knowing the words by heart to all the songs being played, I couldn’t help but sing along. Loved the experience!!!13814592_10205247366622527_1089283196_n

THANK YOU Nirvana for sponsoring us, your restaurant has some of the best Indian cuisine!


What a fun, and exhausting day! One activity after the other, I was so tired that I fell asleep as soon as I hit the bed.


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