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As the Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016 pageant closely approaches, another lucky girl is slowly waiting for the most nerve wrecking night of her life, the preliminary competition. February 28th, 2015 was the day I had been waiting for months to come. As I walked into a room full of amazing and beautiful women, I had never imagined what was coming. The day was full packed with meeting women throughout British Columbia who had the same amount of nerves and excitement as I did. On March 1st, 2015 I was crowned your Miss Teenage Coquitlam.
After this year, my life will never be the same. I have experienced so many unforgettable times and made the most of amazing friends.
Since I have been crowned, I knew the day of crowning the next lucky girl would come, and I have finally prepared myself for this.
I’ve repetitively expressed my sincere gratitude but haven’t exactly touched on what I’ve taken away from this entire experience.
I learnt so much about myself through this pageant and it made me a better person. I have made so many changes throughout my community and changes with my platform about Mental Health Awareness. Out of this, I have become a better, well-rounded person and have given myself so much for confidence and self-motivation to complete and achieve amazing things throughout the next years.
To the next girl: You are now a title holder, you have responsibilities and shoes to fill which may or may not be an easy task for you, and it was not an easy one for me. ALWAYS remember to take deep breathes through the hard times and make sure to take your time, the year flies by and before you know it, the reign will be over. EMBRACE this experience as it is a one in a life time chance. BELIEVE in yourself, I had my moments of doubt and sometimes I felt like I was never beautiful enough or would compare myself to the other girls, which brings me to my next key, LOVE YOURSELF! You were picked for a reason, and now you need to show the world how much of a change you can make. Although the reign will come to an end, you will forever be the title holder, and never forget that. Have fun and enjoy your experience, fully embrace it and go get’em tiger.
Although my reign is over, my title as Miss Teenage Coquitlam of 2015 will still forever remain. I will continue to make changes with this title within my community surrounding mental health.
Forever & Always, Melissa Delmonico, Miss Teenage Coquitlam 2015
My trip to nationals was the experience of a life time. Although it was super tiring I have some amazing events to share with you day by day through this blog post.
Day 1: I had no idea what to expect! I was so built up with butterflies and after all the travelling I was ready for a long nap. As I walked into the hotel I was surrounded by 81 amazing and beautiful girls. After we landed off the plane we all met in the conference room, where we would be spending the next 9 days together. Let me tell you, I have never in my life met so many nice, strong and intelligent ladies. Not only are we all beautiful but we got the brains and each and every single one of us had a story to tell. After we all settled into our hotel rooms and met our roomies, we got dolled up and attended the welcoming party. We got Miss Teenage Canada hats, earrings and a necklace sponsored by Bells and Bows, shoes and Me to We bracelets! I had an amazing time meeting with all the girls!
Day 2: Early morning wakeup call and off to hair and makeup. Day two was full of hair spray scents and makeup everywhere. 1st Stop: Official Miss Teenage Canada Photo Shoot! The photographer was one of the bests I have worked with and he took some amazing shots.. stay tuned on my social media pages for the pictures! 2nd Stop: Judging Interview, the interview went super well and I had an amazing conversation with all three judges! 3rd Stop: Video Shoot! The video shoot was so much fun and was fast and quick!
Day 4: Day four was a whole outing day and must I say the most tiring day of all! 9am wakeup call and off to a little walk in the park we go! Keep in mind we did do a little rehearsal in the park! After that we loaded up the buses and headed to a surprise destination which was Dragon Boating! After being out on the water working my arms to the max it was nice to get ready on the bus and get ready to go to Niagra! Once we arrived we had no idea where the bus had stopped until Christi announced we were at Niagra! Our first stop there was to see a Magic Show! Of course I had to buy a stuffed animal tiger that looked just like the one in the show but my mind was blown after seeing all that magic for an hour. Our last trip for that night was to see beautiful Niagra Falls and it was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
Day 5: Day five was jam packed! We started the morning off with going to the Zoo! We got a private “cuddle” time with a baby lion and baby tiger. We got to cuddle and run around with them for an hour! This was the most amazing experience of all. After spending two hours at the zoo we travelled over to Eaton Centre Shopping Mall to visit one of our sponsors Taco and Burrito for a yummy snack! Next stop we visited Yorkdale Shopping Centre, another sponsor and had a quick shopping trip! To end off a super busy day we attended Medieval Times! We had chicken legs and cheered on the Red Team!
Day 7: Day seven was a repeat of day six aha! Day seven night though was talent night and I got to perform my acro and lyrical dance number. I have been doing acrobats since the age of five and I felt so honoured to be the in the top three talent performers.
Day 8: FINALS DAY! Long long day of yet again REHEARSALS!! The show started at 8pm Toronto time and it was a blast! Although I didn’t make it into the top 20, this experience is what mattered most to me. I also got to perform my talent night on stage for finals! I will never forget the Miss Teenage Canada experience as it has helped me grow and learn to a wonderful human being. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait for what is going to come for the rest of my reign as Miss Teenage Coquitlam.
Today we went to Eaton Centre shopping mall to visit one of our sponsors Taco and Burrito. The service was amazing, all the workers made us feel comfortable and we’re super good at their job. I ordered the Beef Taco and although it was spicy, I very much enjoyed.
Every bite was savoured and the fresh beef and veggies topped off the service and taste buds. There is an amazing variety to choose from, starting with beef, chicken and or fish; as well as choosing a taco or burrito. It is all would highly recommend this food truck to anyone who visits Eaton Centre!
Hello Everyone! Well it looks like I have landed in Toronto for Nationals! After lots of preparation and packing I’m glad that this day is finally here. Five months ago I was crowned Miss Teenage Coquitlam and I would have never seen myself compete for Miss Teenage Canada with over 75 other amazing girls. I was up at 3:15am to get ready for my flight and now I’m ready for a long nap… just kidding! I’ll be posting daily blogs while I’m away and keep you all posted on what I’m doing and how amazing the experience is! I would like to take the time to thank every single person who has donated, supported me and to those who have been here with me on the experience since I applied for this pageant. I would like to thank my mum, for being by my side 24/7 and helping me through the stresses. I would like to thank my dad, for being my support system and helping make everything for this pageant possible. I would like to thank every single one of my family members for their unconditional love and support and I am so grateful to be blessed with such an amazing family. I would like to thank every single one of my friends for their support, without you guys I wouldn’t be able to get through anything. I would like to thank my best friend Sarah for ALL her support and love and coming out to cheer me on, 14 years of friendship that I have been blessed with. I would like to thank my boyfriend Adam because he encouraged me to join the pageant and helped boost my confidence and thank you for coming out and supporting me and cheering me on. LAST BUT NOT LEAST! I would like to thank every single one of you who has liked me on Facebook, Instagram, any type of social media and those who have donated, attending my fundraising events and to those who are on this journey with me; without any of support I’ve gotten I wouldn’t be this far and I am beyond grateful for the love and support everyone has given me! I hope to not let you all down and stay tuned for post this week while I’m away at nationals!
lots of love, melissa
My platform is to raise awareness for mental health and to help end the stigma revolved around mental health. After going through mental health issues of mine own, this is the main reason as to why I chose this platform. In grade ten I almost lost my life due to my mental health and my mental health story helps me relate to others and to help them find a way to control their mental health. Mental health is an illness and this illness should not be invisible anymore. Statistics show that 20% of Canadians will experience a mental health crisis at some point in their life and that suicide is the most common death for adolescent. Anxiety disorders are found in 5% of household populations. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode. And believe it or not, I am part of all those percentages. Recently I’ve been working on a video about my story and how my mental illness has impacted my life. It will be posted up soon I promise but it takes time to open up. A bit about my story; I have always struggled with mental health, I self-harmed for about three years and I had four suicide attempts over those three years and in grade 10 I was hospitalized for my mental health. As being a survivor I want to help those who have struggled just like me because even though I will always live with mental health problems, it will never define me as a person and you can find a way to cope and find happiness and to find ways to get better. My platform means more than the world to me because I have had hard times and I’ve been in such a low state that the thought of anyone else to feel the way I did makes me sick to my stomach. I want to promote my platform as much as possible. Whether I stay Miss Teenage Coquitlam or if I become Miss Teenage Canada, the way I would promote my platform would to be to convince the government to supply more psychiatric beds in the Fraser Health region. My biggest goal set is to try and re-open RiverView Hospital which was our local mental health hospital but unfortunately closed a couple years ago. I plan to achieve these goals that I have set. Remember that you are never alone and you will beat this.
On July 17th Coquitlam Centre, my local mall here in the city sponsored me $575 towards clothing for nationals. I am extremely blessed that they sponsored me and provided me with funky and trendy outfits for my week at nationals! My mum, my stylist and I spent four hours getting our shop on! I found amazing dresses, rompers and shoes for this week. I would like to give a huge shout out and thank you to Coquitlam Centre for helping my dream come true and for treating me so well and sponsoring me. While I’m away from nationals I will be doing and Instagram Takeover with Coquitlam Centre, give them a follow on Instagram for sneak peak pictures of my trip and join me on my journey towards the Miss Teenage Canada crown; also give me a follow on Instagram for pictures of my trip as well! And last but not least, check out my exclusive interview with Coquitlam Centre! Link is down below
My grandma Delmonico was my best friend and my whole wide world, I have always wanted to be just like her. When I was in grade seven my grandma lost her life to Alzheimer’s. Before heaven took her pain away, she struggled. The hardest part was watching someone who you look up to your whole life slowly stop remembering you. Once my grandma went to heaven, life hit me really hard and I was lost and did not know how to move forward without my best friend in my life.
As I have grown older I started doing more research on Alzheimer’s as I was so young when my grandma got worse and passed away. Last year my Planning class group raised awareness about Alzheimer’s; I have never been able to talk about my grandma passing away without breaking down in tears but today I read in my local paper that in Coquitlam we have a new program at our Dogwood Pavilion that provides programs for those with early stages of dementia. They do both physical and mental fitness. Since 2008 the program has expanded into 27 communities across British Columbia. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, I pray every day that one will come. For my family, we lost a friend, wife, mother, grandmother and best friend. For those whose family member has Alzheimer’s, know that you are not alone and that when their time comes to leave Earth, they will no longer live in pain. Every second is still a struggle without my grandma here but I will see her one day.
As growing up in a family of mainly all men and being surrounded by Canada’s national sport, I had the honour of doing the Face Off at the Coquitlam Adanacs home game on July 11th. Lacrosse has been the number one sport in my family for as long as I can remember.
My father, Randy Delmonico is in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame as part of the team of the 1980 Coquitlam Adanacs, placing in first. My uncles, Tony Delmonico and Nick Delmonico both played lacrosse at a high level as well. My great grandfather, Henry Delmonico was the builder of lacrosse throughout parts of Vancouver and his son, Herb Delmonico was a high level player in lacrosse as well. My cousins, Jordan Delmonico and Daniel Delmonico have played and coached lacrosse at high levels and found passions in it. My cousin Matt Delmonico went to the states for a lacrosse scholarship and has come back to play for the Coquitlam Senior Adanacs and the Vancouver Stealth. My brother, Kevin Delmonico has also played lacrosse as my father coached him.
Lacrosse is not just a sport in the Delmonico family but as you can see, it’s a huge part of our lives. I had an amazing honour of doing the face off. As growing up in a sweaty change room, and growing up with the Adanac family throughout my whole life, this was a blessed moment. Although my cousin, Matt Delmonico was not playing due to just being hired as a Port Coquitlam fire fighter, I had so much fun cheering on the Adanacs as more than half the team met me when I was a freshman in high school due to my father is a former coach and general manager of this team. A huge congrats to the Adanacs on their 15-6 victory and I hope to cheer you on in more games and best of luck with the season. Make Coquitlam proud!
Much love, Miss Teenage Coquitlam xox