March 16th was my first appearance as Miss Teenage Coquitlam! I recently became a volunteer for SHARE Society which revolves around mental health. As a victim of mental health; I know what it is like to be at your lowest point in life. By volunteering for SHARE, I hope to be the change in mental health and to end the stigma that comes with it. I was super excited when I got the email that I would be helping out with the Kids Bubble Party! We spent the afternoon at Rocky Point Park. I was very happy with the turn out of kids who came! We enjoyed the clown, pizza, juice boxes and bubble. Can’t wait to volunteer at their next event! 🙂 

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Melissa is a grade 11 student  in Coquitlam, British Columbia where she was born and raised.  She has been dancing since she was five. Melissa is passionate about dancing. She’s competed in ballet, jazz and acrobats in groups, duos and solos. She enjoys volunteering at Church and Community events to help others. Melissa’s platform is to raise awareness for mental health. Her goal is to convince the government to supply more psychiatric beds in the Fraser Health Region and to re-open River View hospital.

In 2014, she volunteered at I STAND for Youth Mental Health sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association. In this event, youth learn to cope with their own struggles, how to help friends and family who might be struggling and listen to presentations from young people who share their stories.

She is currently fundraising to raise money for Share Family and Community Services where she intends to volunteer to further the cause for mental health awareness. Since 2008, Melissa volunteered at community dinners for less fortunate members of her community through her Church. She has participated in the Relay for Life to fundraise for Cancer research. This year, Melissa plans to continue fundraising with her team of 12 friends and family at the Coquitlam Relay for Life. Her team is sponsoring Leigh, a breast cancer survivor.

Melissa chose to sponsor Leigh because she inspires her to move forward and to know that no matter how bad life gets “you can choose how you want to be treated and how you will treat yourself. Sometimes we need a wake-up call to take better care of ourselves through diet, exercise, stress management and a better attitude and effort towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Since 2013, Melissa has been active in her school community as a peer tutor for the Special Education Department. She supports students with learning difficulties, helping them learn skills to become more independent and integrated both in school and in their community. When asked about Melissa, the students she helps out say Melissa is “super cool” and they enjoy having her around.

When asked who inspires you, Melissa smiles when she talks about Audrey Hepburn. On the wall in her room, she has several quotes. She wanted to share one of her favorites;

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”

After high school, Melissa would like to become a registered nurse because she loves helping people and she’s always wanted to work in the medical field. Melissa sees herself working in an Emergency Department. Her ability to remain calm and rational in stressful situations will be an asset to any hospital team.

As a Title Holder, she envisions herself being exposed to public speaking appearances; something she says will be stressful. This will help her prepare for her job as a Nurse by teaching her coping skills she will need when under pressure.


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Well everyone, I finally made it to Toronto!! The first few days here has been fun and exhausting, to say the least. We’ve already had a photo-shoot, video shoot and our preliminary judging interview that is worth 20% of our score. We also went toExtreme Fitness Gym in Downtown Toronto where we were filmed by CityTV while doing one of Stefanie Joanne’s #F31WORKOUT.

On July 15th we had the honour of listening to 4 motivational speakers for our Mentor Night. Below I will share a bit about them and what I’ve learned from their speeches.

Dr. Natalie Archer

Dr. Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001. Dr. Archer continuously emphasized the importance of advance planning. Although she emphasized this, she also explain that you must always expect to make unexpected changes in your plan, but what is most important is that you always have a plan. Her key points on life and success are as follows:

1. Society needs female figures to be in power. It is essential that women control their own destiny and become leaders.

2. About 38% of women are main breadwinners in their household, but what is even more important is the relationships that woman maintains within her lifetime.

3. The importance of women having children as soon as she is ready and able. Dr. Archer states that having children should a priority before it becomes too late.

4. Question things that don’t seem right.

As a  successful person herself, Dr.Archer has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist, and her shared advice will be cherished.

Melani Chong

Melani is a Canadian Ford Model, a chemist, a successful buisness owner and
mom of two children. She developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that she says were inspired by her desire to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in popoular consumed skin care products.

The words that stuck with me the most that Melani said were “don’t forget the number of opportunities out there and all the conversations still waiting to be made.” She related her experience with modeling and how she grew a love for skin care and makeup, with the fact that there is always room to grow and change your mind on what you want to do with your life. Melani went on to share with us, her favourite quote by Socrates:

“Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.”

She further explained that there is always room for growth and learning, even for those who are labeled as the smartest. She concluded with a realistic warning that you will always stumble upon rejection and failure throughout life but the important part is to be persistent and never let people discourage you.

Katrina Hadden

Katrina is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

From the very moment Katrina walked into the room in her stunning floor-length green dress, I could sense her confidence. When she started to speak, all the delegates, myself included, were taken aback by how kind she was. Her life story about her struggles with bullying at a young age and modeling with a full figure, was a true inspiration. Her criteria to be a role model were:

1. Take care of your body and health.

2. Find a hobby or personal way to relax and be in solitude.

3. “Carry an attitude of gratitude.”

4. Forgive others.

5. Most importantl, never ever quit.

Katrina Hadden has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Her advice on the power of perserverance showed that anything is possible if you are willing to grow from rejection by never giving up on what is important to you.

Alexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando was only a high-school when she knew what she wanted to do in life- rhythmic gymnastics. Her life experiences are shared in the pages of her award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory. She has also recently published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.

Throughout her presentation, Alexandra shared with us her many life experiences and her struggles in the face of failure. Similarily to Dr. Archer, she highlighted not only the importance of goal setting but also thanking those around you. . She pointed out that when it came to life, we should focus on winning, but rather the journey that gets us to where we want to be.

All four speakers were a pleasure to meet and I thank them all for their time in comming to see and speak to us delegates.

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Another one of the official blog assignments for the pageant is to create a TV show using some of the official Miss Teen Canada-World sponsors. I decided to get culturally creative with my idea so read about it below and comment with some feedback 🙂 xo

“The Exchange Experience”


The idea behind my show is to create a sort of exchange program between young women in North American countries (such as Canada and the U.S.) and women in developing countries (such as Kenya). The two young ladies would swap homes for a week, without meeting each other. Then after the week was over they would meet for the very first time.


The exchange would serve as tool to get young women to experience not only extremely different cultures from their own, but it would also give an opportunity to experience different social classes and possibly break the barriers between them. With women’s rights being a continuous battle in many empovrished countries and the opposing influencial role of women in developed countries, the show would get both young ladies to swap spots and experience what it would be like in one another’s shoes.


The show would give an inside look into both of the young women’s lives and how they adapt to the change of environment. It would be both inspiring and empowering to watch, as the camara would capture the entire experience and share the stories of young women across the globe.


S-Trip! Would provide flights and accomodations for the ladies during their swap. S-Trip! is know for the incredible experiences that accompany their getaways to various different locations around the world, and “amazing experience” is a key definition behind the purpose of the show.

The Free the Children Foundation’s slogan is “children helping children” and this show would be a perfect example of that. The show exposes young women to other young women around the world which creates a culture of appreciation and gratitude.

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This year, MTC-W is offering an Social Media Queen Prize Donated by Student Travel Company, S-Trip! The person with the best blog post about their dream vacation wins the S-trip.


As a brand new high school graduate, I feel like my life has only just begun. With university around the corner and many hopes and abmitions I’m dying to fulfill, there is one place in the world that I’ve always wanted to go. Ever since I saw the below image a few years ago, my dream has been to visit Sierra Leone.

This is what these people call home

The republic of Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. It can eaily be classified as one of the worlds poorest countries as its people suffer not only of hunger and homelessness but they are ruled but an unstable government that exploits its own people. Sierra Leone is now at the heart of a series of conflicts that risk forming an arc of violence from southern Senegalto the Ivory Coast. With over two-thirds of its population having thought been displaced during the ten-year civil war, the people of Sierra Leone have experienced and seen serious and disgusting human rights violations. With child soldiers and severe death rates, the country suffers incredibly.


 Now I know most people would call me crazy, but if I was given the opportunity to go anywhere in the world I would go to one of the poorest places on Earth. Having studied Social Justice, the course really took a toll on my perspective of life. My desire to help those in need is indescribable. It isn’t just the feeling I get while helping others but it’s the way I’m making others feel that makes it all worth it. To me, preserving dignity and respecting every individual human life it what makes us feel emotions worth living for.  Although I volunteer a lot locally, my dream has always been to visit a developing country and experience the culture of true poverty. Being blessed with the priveleged lifestyle we have Canada , I feel like a trip like this is only a small way I can make a big change in someone else’s life. What did I ever do to be born here and not there? What makes them less deserving than me? I can only hope but to one day put a human face to the sufferings of the empoverished in our world.


If I had the priveledge of going on an S-Trip! I would without a doubt bring my three best friends, Rosana Zlomislic, Marina Buljat and Gabriella Santarossa. Not only have they been my friends since we were children, but they are the most amazing friends anyone could ask for. They are supportive of everything I do, they are always there for me to fall back on and I’ll awlays cherish our endless laughter. However,with our busy schedules and the fact that Marina lives a ferry boat ride away, its not often we get to be alltogether. And when I say often, I mean about two or three times a year if we’re lucky (but thank god for skype). An experience like this would be life changing itself, but to have the honour of sharing it with my best friends would be remarkable.

My other half- Rosana

My partner in crime- Gabriella


The one and only- Marina


Thank you S-Trip for your amazing contribution to the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

More about S-Trip!

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip/ Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit

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Hey everyone! One of the main blog assingments of the Miss Teen Canada- World pageant was to make a 10 second video- sponsored by Aveda Institute. The idea of the video was to think of a creative way to show yourself looking good in your crown and sash, doing a good deed, then feeling good about what you’ve done.

For my video, I decided to incorporate children and school. My love for children combined with the imporance of reading and literacy made for an adorable video with an even more important message. I read a book to my little sister and neighbour, who unexpectedly asked to my wear my crown. To make her feel even more speacial than she alreadt is, I was of course honoured to let her.

The top ten videos each get $100 worth of Aveda Gift Cards plus honorable mention. The top ten user-ranked clips advance to the finals competition where a panel of Judges will decide who best represented the Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good motif. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 AVEDA gift card good for free AVEDA products, or a mother & daughter Spa experience, plus a $500 donation to their “free the children” fundraising campaign.

Show your support by clicking on the following link and clicking the little pink heart on the top left corner of the video 🙂



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As part of theMiss Teen Canada- World Pageant, each delegate is required to raise a minimum of $400 for The Free the Children Foundation. Free the Children Foundation is a charity and youth movement founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger. The organization is largely youth-funded, based on the concept of “children helping children.” The Foundation’s main goal is to:

 free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world. Through domestic empowerment programs and leadership training, Free The Children inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world.”

Last week I was given the priveledge of hosting a Bake Sale at Hawthorne Senior Care Community where I have been volunteering weekly for almost a year now. With residents and staff that always have a smile on their face, Hawthorne is a welcoming and loving community.

In preparation for the bake sale, I would like to thank Vicki Robertson, the volunteer co-ordinator at Hawthorne, who helped to organize and advertise the event. Without her help the event couldn’t have happened. Credit must also be given to Karissa Lodewyke, Gabriella Santarossa and my grandma Kate who all helped bake for this event! Finally, I must thank all of those generous donors at Hawthorne who helped contribute to my efforts for this worthy cause.

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to share my experience as Miss Teen Coquitlam within not only an important place in my community but also with place that is so close to my heart.

Bake Sale!



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Coquitlam, B.C. – the place I call home. I have lived here in Coquitlam, in the same house, since the day I was born. My city is fairly new compared to many cities in Canada. The earliest residents of the Coquitlam area were the Coast Salish. Although Simon Fraser passed through the region in 1808, European settlement did not begin until the 1860s. Coquitlam began as a “place-in-between” since the area was opened up with the construction of North Road in the mid-1800s. While the purpose of the road was to provide Royal Engineers in New Westminster access to the year-round port facilities in Port Moody, the effect was to provide access to the vast area between and to the east. The history of the early years is one of settlement and agriculture. The young municipality got its first boost in the dying years of the 19th century when Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills, a $350,000, then state-of-the-art lumber mill on the north bank of the Fraser River. By 1908, a mill town of 20 houses, a store, post office, hospital, office block, barber shop and pool hall had grown around the mill. A year later one of the most significant events in Coquitlam’s history took place. Mill owners, in search of workers, turned their attention to the experienced logging culture of Quebec and in 1909 a contingent of 110 French Canadians arrived, recruited for work at Fraser Mills. With the arrival of a second contingent in June 1910, Maillardville was born. Maillardville, named for Father Maillard, a young Oblate from France, was more than just a French-Canadian enclave in Western Canada. It was a vibrant community, the largest Francophone centre west of Manitoba, and the seed for the future growth of Coquitlam. While the passing of time has diluted the use of the French language in BC, it is still heard on the streets and in the homes on the south slope of Coquitlam. Maillardville’s past is recognized in street names that honour early pioneers and in local redevelopments which reflect its French-Canadian heritage.

Today, Coquitlam is mainly a suburban city, and part of the Tri-Cities which is composed of Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and of course, Coquitlam. According to a Canadian Census, it is the 5th-largest city in British Columbia. Our current mayor  is Richard Stewart. With its beautiful parks such as Rocky Point and expanded malls like Coquitlam Center, Coquitlam is without arguments, a desirable place to live.


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This past sunday I became an official high school graduate! woooo! During my two hour graduation ceremony I received my diploma, honourable mention and a few unexpected scholarships that I’m still incredibly shocked about! Although this diploma is only an unofficial one because technically I still haven’t graduated. No, I’m not failing, but here in B.C. you need to write an English provincial exam, and then my official Dogwood Diploma will be delievered to me in the mail this summer. Now its time to move on to bigger and better things. As much as I’m excited to graduate I know it’s only the beggining for me. Many more years of university are to follow after the summer. But until then I plan on enjoying every moment of this summer whether it be on the beach or spending time with family and friends, or of course, blogging. I’m extremely eager to not have a super tight and structured schedule this summer (like I usually do during the school year).


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