It is now my duty to tell all you lovely people of the place I would go on my dream vacation, but first I think I’ll tell you a bit about my previous travelling experiences.

I love travelling, and I have since I was a little kid. It is not so much seeing new places, but rather covering one-self in another’s culture, is what intrigues me most. I have been to many places in my life time, all the Caribbean Islands, practically all of Europe save for Spain, across Canada, and since my parents invested in an RV, across the United States. I’m sure I’m leaving many countries and probably   continents out, but I can never remember all the places I’ve been, only my Mom does.

However, if I were to go to one place, I would go to Holland. I’ve been there before, and its not very sunny (which if you were to see my tan, you’d understand I love the sun), but of all the places in the world I have been Holland feels most like home to me.

My Grandmother lived in Holland growing up, before moving to Canada, but when moving she left a lot of family behind, which is just another reason for me to wish to go there. My family is an old name, and you can track it back generations, however every single trail will start you off from one point, and that point is Holland.

Rotterdam, to be exact now. My Grandmother’s Mom’s Sister, Tante Gertruda (Hair-tue-dah, except you make a guttural sound on hair) is the only living relative that is not married into the family left, and she is currently in her early 90’s. It’s hard to imagine that she is, because when you talk to her she truly is so full of life, but I would like to see her another time.

Here is an older photo of me and my Tante Gerr (Hair with the guttural sound, its shorter and everyone calls her that.) My hair is long here, so just ignore that part, but she herself hasn’t aged a day.

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Self esteem is something that every person battles at one point. I personally have had very hard times in my life due to self esteem and bullying, so I thought  I would use my title for good and hold a Self Esteem Workshop at my primary school.

I worked with students in grades 7-8, and first talked to them about the truth of peer pressure. Because peer pressure is not what I expected going into high school, it is not a group of people sitting around telling you you should try something. That is easy to turn down, and that is not what it is. Peer pressure comes from your friends, and it is not your friends saying, `you have to do it`, its your friends saying ,`its okay if you don`t, see you later.`Your friends leave you behind to go do whatever it is they are doing, and no one wants to be left alone. But you have to believe in yourself enough to know that you don`t have to do whatever it is they want you to do. Its okay if you do not. Its better if you do not.

And then I started with our sort-of-game. I gave everyone in the room a brightly coloured piece of paper, and explained what they were to do. They were to write on the sheet something that they really liked about the person to the right of them. It could be something they always wanted, or something that the person is good at. Just something nice to remember.

The point of this was to slightly derail the media`s work on the kids. The media tells us all the time we are not allowed to be proud of ourselves. It tells us that if we say we like how we look we`re full of ourselves, is tells us if we are proud of what we`ve accomplished we are putting other people down. This way, each person in the room had a paper written about them, saying what they should be proud of. something that lots of people wished they had.

I then took those sheets of paper and read them aloud to the class. There was laughter, smiles, and a lot of talking, and I am proud to say that every person in that classroom left knowing something good about themselves.

You can find more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/missteenmarkham2012

 

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Mary Kay has a rule; faith first, family second, work third. And from the speeches I heard at their get together, and the way the crowd responded, every worker is thankful for the ability to be given that chance.

Mary Kay lets you be your own boss. It lets you go up in the business when you feel you are ready, or stay where you are if that`s what you want. It rewards you for a job well done and helps you do better for those you do not do well. And what is more, Mary Kay is for women.

Mary Kay helps women stand on their own two feet and have their own income. It lets mothers work from home so that their children are never far away, and socialites spend their days talking with ladies and making them feel beautiful.

I got to meet many people while I was there, two of which are the President of Mary Kay Canada, and the President of Mary Kay Asian Pacific. Here is a picture of the three of us, and if you would like to see more photos from the even you can find them at my facebook page www.facebook.com/missteenmarkham2012

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The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is my platform. When choosing my platform, I had absolutely no problem, because I have always raised money for the SPCA. This last winter, I raised two hundred dollars on one weekend by carolling out on Main Street Unionville.

I love animals. I can not walk by a dog with ought stopping to say hello to him or her, and if you ever go to a mall with me and I convince you to go into a pet store you know you will be there until you drag me out. I just have a big heart, and I can not stand to see the poor dears in their tiny cages.

I suppose a rather good example of my love for animals could be just this weekend. I went up to my Uncles Cottage with my family and my best friend, and while we were tanning on the dock we saw a snapping turtle. It was trying to catch a fish, but because the turtle was so big the fish all went into hiding. I am sure the turtle would have been fine, but I took pity on the thing, (we named him/her Herbert) and so I spent a solid half an hour feeding it strawberries and cherries.

Anyways, the SPCA saves animals from abusive homes, puppy mills, or the street, makes them healthy, and then finds them what they call their `forever home`. The people who with to take on the animals from the SPCA go through background checks so that they know they are giving the animals to homes that will take care of whatever their special needs may be. The SPCA takes in any type of household or barnyard animal.

Last week I dropped in my donation for the SPCA and they decided to take a couple pictures with me and some of the animals, so that I could go into their Magazine. My Mom took some as well, and here is one she took. The others my Mom took can be found on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/missteenmarkham2012

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I have done a lot of fundraising in the last six weeks for Free the Children, as I am sure most of the other girls have done as well, however fundraising is no new feet to me, and I found it a lot of fun.

My fundraising started a long time ago, back when I got my first allowance. My parents gave me two jars, and I have to put a bit of money in each jar every week, so that I learnt early on that other people need money too. Even when I was little, my money went towards the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) because I have always had an enormous `soft spot` for our four legged friends.

Every year since then I have learnt more and more about the practice of fundraising, the art of people pleasing, and learning when you need to step down. I have had many teachers in my life for fundraising, people like my parents, my grade school teachers, Girl Guide leaders, and of course, the people on the street I have met and talked to over the years.

I have gone carolling, been a leader and part of a flash mob, sold cookies, and held lemonade stands. I have had garage sales for non-profit, and mother daughter tea`s. I have stood on corners down town for hours with a sign and a bucket, singing my heart out, because fundraising is one thing that I do often, well, and I can be proud of.

For the Charity Free the Children, I did a lot of work. I stood outside the LCBO and Sheridan Nurseries two times each, asking customers for donations. I also became a part of the Markham Music Festival, singing on the street and asking for donations from passers by. I decided then to focus on asking businesses for donations, because I am a friendly person and most business owners remember me from previous visits.

I had fun, raising money for free the children, and I am extremely happy to say this will not be the last time you see me on a corner.

Many more photos from my fundraising are available at my facebook page,
www.facebook.com/missteenmarkham2012

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Earlier in the year, I participated in an event called Purple Day. The festivities included a photo op for the new poster, a runway, and music to dance to. Everyone had a great time raising awareness for epilepsy, which is a chronic condition of the brain that can cause seizures.

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My youngest dog, Hayley

 

 

 

 

My largest dog, and MY baby, Montana

 

 

 

 

My extremely timid dog, Scout. She’s a rescue dog, and she’s very old.

 

 

 

 

And of course, my silly guinea pig, Wallace.

 

 

 

I love animals, which is why my platform is the SPCA, a foundation dedicated to the rescue of animals in abusive homes or environments. That’s where I got Scout from, and the place I volunteer at the most.

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Hello, my name is Jordy, and I live in Markham, Ontario. I love anything that lets me be creative, because that is my best ability, my imagination. I like to write, sing, act, paint, and sculpt. I’ve recently picked up stone carving, its really messy and gross when you start, but it’s really fun. I love kids too, so I do a lot of things in my community with children. I am a Girl Guide leader (I’ve been in Girl Guides for 12 years), for girls aged nine to twelve. I also work at a place called Colour Me Mine, which is a ceramic painting studio, where I work with anyone of any age, sometimes even week old babies for hand prints. I like working with the younger children, because I get to be one of the people in their lives that tells them they can paint however they want to, they don’t have to colour in the lines if they don’t want to.

I love fashion, too. I model for small jewellery stores, art classes, and for a few small dress shops in my area, but that’s more for fun, really. I have a great love for tea too, and coffee. To be honest, I probably drink far too much caffeine, but I love it so much.

With girl guides, I get to see every inch of my community, from teaching them bike safety on the roads, selling cookies, town wide scavenger hunts and everything in-between. I get to go camping, too, which is fun for me because I get to share my love for the outdoors with the kids. It also lets me just have silly fun, singing camp songs around fires and letting them do my hair. They look up to me, because I’m closer in age to them than the adult leaders, and they’ll be my age soon.

In my neighbourhood  there is a cliff at the end of the road. My friends and I go there in the summer, because you can have camp fires, or swim in the river. Every year salmon migrate from lake Ontario to there, which means there are a couple hundred of them in the shallows. The place is one of those areas that is just.. beautiful.

Thanks for reading, my first post is sponsored by directbuy Ontario as well as Toronto roof repair system.

There’s lots of other things to do in Markham. We have lot’s of restaurants, movie theatres, and shops. We have a mall, and more coffee shops then you can count. We’re right outside of Toronto, but I am not much of a city person. Cities aren’t home to me. The open sky is.

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