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Today at 2:00 pm the buses headed down to the Toronto Eaton Centre for lunch. We went to the Richtree Market Restaurant’s taco bus with all of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates and chaperones.
Richtree Natural Markets Inc. operates four market-style, open kitchen restaurants across Ontario. They offers casual dining and takeout services. We had such an amazing time, you would not believe how splendid it was. This food truck is brand new and is located right in the middle of the mall. It’s a retro looking light blue VW van in which your food is ordered and prepared. Above the van is a chalkboard with the simple yet tasteful Mexican menu options. This includes fish, beef, chicken and even vegetarian tacos and burritos. All of the menu items use all-natural, fresh, local and in-season ingredients, including antibiotic and hormone-free meats.
The employees are remarkable. They are fast, friendly and enthusiastic. I tried 3 of the four tacos and undeniably loved the delectable spice and flavor of all of them. The meat was perfectly cooked, the spiciness was just right and the overall experience was astonishingly enjoyable. I can’t say say enough about the delicious flavor; you have to taste it to really experience all this restaurant has to offer. If you ever find yourself in or near the Toronto Eaton Centre be sure to stop in and grab a bite to eat at the Richtree Market Restaurant’s taco truck, and if you’re not close by check out one of their other locations across Ontario – College Park, Bayview/York Mills Centre and Square One Mississauga. For more information head to http://richtreenaturalmarket.com and follow Richtree Natural Markets Inc. on Twitter and Instagram @RichtreeMarket
Quote of the Day: There is no sincerer love than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw
My platform is raising self confidence in youth. This is important to me as many people in today’s society have trouble accepting who they are. It has been reported that 6/10 girls stop doing what they love because they are self-conscious of their looks. Facts like that made me realize that something in our society needs to change. Raised self-confidence not only makes a person look better and feel better, it lowers their chance of feeling as though they need cosmetic surgery, to diet and their chance of depression and other related mental illnesses also decreases significantly.
As Miss Teenage Canada I would promote my platform by encouraging youth everywhere I went to follow their passions. I would make sure that everyone I met felt beautiful and welcomed. Being crowned Miss Teenage Canada would also help to promote this issue and encourage a change from a high profile stance. The title would allow me to continue influencing youth in a positive way, the same as I currently due in Kelowna, but I would be able to cover a much larger area.
I believe that everyone can have a little more self-confidence and self-acceptance. I hope in the time I have been a titleholder I have influenced others to embrace themselves. Everyone deserves to love themselves, inside and out.
Quote of the Day – Be proud of who you are, not ashamed of how others see you.
I love Canada. The reason I love it is that it is one of the most diverse places you will ever visit, and the best part is, all of these diverse people are accepted for who they are. I’ve been to over 15 different countries in my lifetime but I have never been to a place like Canada.
Sure there are stereotypes surrounding Canada, but let me tell you right now my father isn’t a lumberjack. My mother doesn’t make my family pancakes and syrup for breakfast every morning. My brother and I don’t ride sled dogs to school, and we don’t live in an igloo. Canadians don’t live in perpetual winter. We aren’t all fluent in both English and French, though many of us are. Lastly, we don’t all continuously apologize while ice-skating on our way to our moose we planned on riding to the grocery store.
However, we do have a beautiful change in seasons, some places in Canada have 0° Celsius winters and 35° summers. We see rain, hail, sun, and snow sometimes all in the same day. Canada also contains an array of geographical regions including plains, mountains, rolling hills, and even semi-deserts.
Canada also has amazing health care, making keeping up with your regular doctors visits and dentist appointments as affordable as possible.
All of this is amazing and just a few of the reasons I couldn’t imagine myself living anywhere else, but my favorite part of Canada is definitely the acceptance and love that most everyone has. I have traveled to over 15 different countries in my lifetime and none of them have even come close to here. In Canada, it doesn’t matter if you’re African, Caucasian, Sinhalese, Aboriginal, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Malayan, Polynesian or any other race, there is a place for you. In Canada, it doesn’t matter if you like pop, country, punk, rock & roll or classical, there are people with similar taste. It doesn’t matter the type of food you like, the sports you’re into, you’re taste in music or art, religion, pigment, race, height, or weight, in Canada you have a place and many people who will accept you for who you are, inside and out.
If you were ever looking for a reason to love Canada, well now you have more than enough.
Quote of the Day:
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all, together we stand, divided we fall. – Pink Floyd, Hey You
1: Do you have freckles?
Very faint ones across my nose and cheeks, and a distinct few on my legs and arms
2: Do you always smile for pictures?
Not always sometimes me and my friends take pictures some I don’t smile some I do.
3: What is your biggest pet peeve?
4: Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No I lose track whenever I try to.
5: Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Yes! But I am terrible at dancing so I dance to the laughter I hear.
6: Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
7: Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I can’t tell you that.
8: What do you drink with dinner?
9: What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Lion King for sure
10: Can you change the oil on a car?
I don’t even know where you would buy the oil.
11: Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
I can’t drive yet!
12: When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I think my first costume was a unicorn.
13: What is your Chinese zodiac symbol?
14: How many languages can you speak?
English. So 1.
15: Do you sing in the shower?
I have a concert in the shower.
15: Favorite type of fruit pie?
17:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Actress or lawyer (I still don’t understand why I was so interested in being a lawyer, I didn’t even full understand the concept of being a lawyer)
18:Can you curl your tongue?
19:Ever won a spelling bee?
Nope but I tried.
20:What was the last concert you saw?
Hedley’s Wild Life tour, I think?
21:Hot tea or cold tea?
22:Tea or coffee?
23:Can you swim well?
I mean I don’t drown so that’s a plus.
24. What are you listening to right now?
Milky Chance – Sadnecessary but as I typed this it switched to Nirvana – In Bloom
I’ve had a few people message me over Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenKelowna2015) asking where they can meet me and what events I have coming up so I decided to write a post about upcoming events. I will update whenever possible so check back under the category “Upcoming Events” regularly.
22nd – Daffodil Ball Kelowna – Laurel Packinghouse
23rd – March Against Monsanto – Parkinson Rec Centre
31st – EKs Grill Heart and Stroke 5K Marathon – Glenmore
31st – Cops for Kids Car Show – West Kelowna
6th – Race for Kids Marathon – Graham Street, Kelowna
12th – Fat Cat Children’s Festival – Kelowna City Park
13th – Fat Cat Children’s Festival – Kelowna City Park
Easter Festival Kelowna
Live Alive and Free Save a Child in Uganda Gala Charity Event
Connect the Blue Dots
P.A.C.E. Fitness Marathon – Rose Valley Mountain
Kelowna Aboriginal Drumathon
This is going to be a more serious post, but I hope you’ll still read on and think about everything I say deeply.
Today my school had an assembly about a Kelowna man by the name of Constable Neil Bruce, whom our school was named after. Constable Neil Bruce was 26 years old the day he was shot and killed attempting to save a teenager who was being unlawfully held in a cabin by a man in Powers Creek, West Kelowna on April 10th, 1965. Today was the 50th anniversary of his death.
Early in the morning, or late at night depending on what you consider morning, Constable Neil Bruce received a phone call asking him to accompany a fellow member of the RCMP to investigate a complaint of a girl screaming for assistance. Always ready to help, he agreed and was picked up from his home. In a hurry to respond to investigate, he did not stop to pick up his gun and instead armed himself with his fellow Constable’s pistol. Once arriving in Powers Creek, Constable Bruce unarmed himself and approached the cabin in order to show he was not a threat. He made verbal contact with the man in the cabin (Russel Spears) while being covered by his partner who stationed himself in the forest, out of Spears’ sight. Constable Bruce was shot by Spears before he was able to convince him to let the girl go. The bullet punctured his right lung and Spears escaped only to be located many days later near Peachland. The girl was shot in the face and arm, but survived her injuries. Constable Neil Bruce was taken to hospital and treated for 4 days listed under good condition, but things took a tragic twist.Pneumonia set in due to the injury and he died on April 14th, 1965 leaving behind a wife and two kids.
Constable Neil Bruce is remembered to this day. Constable Neil McArthur Bruce, a strong, motivated, and kind man who looked only to save as many people as he could gave his life trying to save another. I write this in honor of his bravery. May we never forget.
Quote of the day: A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~ Christopher Reeve
Today was such an amazing day. I woke up around 7:00 to get ready for an Easter Festival at Parkinson Rec Centre in Kelowna. At around 8:30 I arrived and met up with my friend Samantha, who is Miss Teenage Okanagan 2015 and the one that told me about this event. We were both stationed at the same bouncy house and quickly gained a long line of children excited to meet us and have their turn to jump around. We met so many kind people and tons of adorable children.
After a few hours we went for our lunch break. Not only was everyone at the festival including the volunteers served free pancakes, there was different toppings, drinks, cotton candy and popcorn!
We then walked around for a little while saying high to children and their parents and talked to some very fascinating people. The festival (put on by Victory Life) was overall an amazing experience full of happy children, amazing food, candy, and enthusiastic volunteers. The festival received so many wonderful donations for the food bank and the clothing drive was a huge success.