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I am so excited to talk about the the ALS walk finally! A few weeks ago there was a huge fundraiser in Assiniboine Park. The walk brings people together to raising money for a common cause, a cure for ALS and to support Canadians living with ALS. This is my second year being involved in the event. The last one I walked with my family and family friends. This year I was so honoured to be a volunteer guest.

I got to cheer on people as they started and finished the walk! I also met and talked to a lot of people! 40% of the money raised goes to research, and 60% of the money raised goes to client services!

The walk signifies what the disease is. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, that robs you of your ability to walk. Eventually it leads to the inability to talk, swallow, and breathe.

The event was able to raise more money than the last walk! This is amazing as it will make a difference in peoples live’s. This will hopefully help find a cure in the future! There are walks happening all across Canada, so if you want to participate or donate check out walkforals.ca !!! 

 

 

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A few days ago I got to travel up north to Gillam, and Thompson Manitoba. My day started by waking up early to catch my flight (and of course some Tim Horton’s was involved.) The flight was long, but we finally arrived in Gillam, Manitoba. Gillam is located in the Northern region of Manitoba along the Nelson river, it is very close to Churchill, which I have also visited.

I love visiting up North and the Arctic regions. Seeing the polar bears, and the different scenery is so cool. Who knew one province could vary so much in scenery. Everywhere in Manitoba is so different, and its so cool to visit and learn about the places.

Anyways, after our short but sweet stop in Gillam we arrive in Thompson. You are probably wondering why I am travelling up north. Well you see, Calm Air was hosting a community day in Thompson. I was so lucky to be able to volunteer.

We had a bbq, bouncy castles, face painting, and of course a snow cone machine. I was playing with the kids, and watching over the bouncy castles. I made so many little friends it was so much fun. The event went by way to fast!

When everybody left we cleaned everything up and went out for supper with the other volunteers. We went to this really popular burger and hotdog place in Thompson called Popeye’s. If you ever find yourself up north in Thompson I strongly recommend you try it!

It was an amazing day of celebrating the community and I am so thankful for this opportunity (even if the airplane ride consisted of very bad turbulence.) I love travelling around Manitoba, because there is defiantly more to see than just Winnipeg.

Lots of love

-Kate xoxo

 

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Hello, Kate here! My first blog post is dedicated to my amazing sponsors at Hair 2 Dye 4 on Corydon! Thank you so much for doing my hair and getting me all ready for Toronto! These ladies are some of the most amazing, nice and talented people I have ever met! I can’t wait to meet with them again soon!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing me with this service, shoutout to Brittany for giving my hair the ultimate makeover. I love love love the hair products they use, they are all natural!!!

So grateful for this sponsership! Check them out for your next hair needs!!

With love, Kate

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Hello!

Kate here!

A few weeks ago at the beginning of June I got to participate in the Winnipeg Pride Parade. It was so much fun to be on a float, and show support for the pride community. It was such a fun day and I met some pretty amazing people.

The day started with prep for the parade, and getting on the floats. People began lining up to watch. The parade’s destination brought us to The Forks which is the heart of Winnipeg! There was lots of music and bright colours everywhere, with a huge turn out.

I read a quote on VSCO that read “the world has bigger problems than boys that kiss boys and girls that kiss girls.” I think that is so true. There is lack of education in some places, lack of water in others, poverty, global warming, and lack resources just to list a few.

Mental heath has had a big impact among the Pride community from factors such as bullying. People can be bullied for who they identify as, or who they love. What we need to do is raise awareness and make help more accessible. I will go more in depth about my platform of mental health awareness in another blog post as well as give reference to some helplines!

No one should be ashamed of who they love.  This day was so empowering and I am so glad I could participate and show support in honour of some of my friends and people close to me!

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Last night I did my final walk and my farewell speech as Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017. It was bitter sweet, but I am truly impressed and so proud of all the girls who competed last night. Courtney, Miss Manitoba World 2017 and I got the privilege of spending the weekend with the girls and preparing them for the pageant. Congratulations ladies, you all looked fabulous and did amazing!
As for me, I want to say a final thank you to everyone who made this year so great for me. I will continue to participate in events and hold my title close to my heart. Congratulations to Katelynne Lawrence, who is the next Miss Teenage Manitoba 2018. She will be taking over this blog. I will also post my farewell speech below.
I want to give a shout out to The Magic Room downtown for always doing my nails so beautifully for all of my events! Thank you so much.
Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and following me on my journey through this past year. I am so grateful and will treasure this amazing experience in my heart forever.

My Farewell Speech
Wow. I can’t believe I’m up here giving this speech already. It seems like just yesterday I received my title and my crown. I didn’t quite realize in that moment the amazing year I was about to embark upon. A year full of new friends, new experiences and sometimes, VERY sore feet! I would need hours, possibly days, to be able to tell you about all the amazing things that I have experienced throughout the course of this year, so I’m going to tell you a few things that really made me realize why I am so happy that I got to be Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017.
There are so many people and animals that are less fortunate then we are, and volunteering even a few hours of your time may not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference. I got to see the smile on children’s faces when I would volunteer at different events across Manitoba. They would say “Mommy, daddy, look! She’s a real princess!” I was so overwhelmed with joy seeing them smile. Smiling can seem like a small act, but it can make a huge difference in someone’s day. It made me realize why I wanted to do this pageant. I wanted to make a difference, even a small difference.
Throughout the year, I got to attend events like Paws in Motion in support of the Winnipeg Humane Society, The Walk to Fight Arthritis, Pawshpalooza in support of Darcys Animal Rescue Center and the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Princess Ball. I also got to attend fairs across Manitoba in little towns like the Miami fair and the Minnedosa fair and rodeo. It was hilarious when I gave out the awards for the rodeo and I showed up in a cocktail dress and pumps. I was standing in barns for most of the day around cows and horses and many other farm animals. The people at the rodeo asked me to get up on one of the tallest horses for pictures and I had to have 3 people holding my dress underneath me while I got up on the horse, and 2 people trying to figure out how to fit my shoes into the stirrups! That was an interesting day…
There are some people who I want to thank for everything they have done and all the effort they put in to making this pageant the best it can be. Thank you to Michelle Weswaldi for guiding me through this year and for making this pageant possible. You’re amazing.
Thank you to Christi Woolard for guiding me through my time in Toronto at Miss Teenage Canada. I got to make so many new friends and go so many new places. It was the experience of a lifetime and I will treasure it in my heart forever, so thank you for being there for all the girls and for me.
Thank you to my mom and dad for supporting me throughout this past year. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for loving me and thank you for encouraging me to reach for the stars.
To the next Miss Teenage Manitoba, hold your crown and your title close to your heart. You are about to have a year full of once in a lifetime experiences that you will take with you forever.

Thank you all,

Genavieve Greene
Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017

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My last event before the Miss Teenage Canada pageant was the Minnedosa, Manitoba Agricultural Fair. It was a big horse show! I’ve never been to a horse show before, so this was very exciting. They had the largest horses I have ever seen!

I got to hand out awards all day to the horse show winners. I even got to take a ride on one of the large horse carts! I was pretty nervous, but once I finally got up there it was so much fun!

Thank you to everyone in Minnedosa for having me and for making this event possible. I can’t wait to come back!

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I had a blast at the Lac Du Bonnet Canada Day Celebrations! Lac Du Bonnet always has so much going on in their little town, and their fireworks are one of the best in the country, so I was so excited to have a weekend full of amazing events to participate in!

My activities in Lac Du Bonnet started with the kids activity zone, where I found my hidden “talent”, face painting! They just threw me right into it as soon as I go there. I was really nervous at first, but when I saw the kids liked what I was doing, I had a great time!

My day continued with collecting donations for next years Canada Day fireworks. I was really happy to be able to meet a lot of new people and get more involved with the community. The people in Lac Du Bonnet are so friendly!

I got interviewed before the fireworks. They asked me about pageants and the national pageant I will be attending. I also talked about how I do strongly encourage girls to do pageants, because like I have said before, it’s not about how you look, it’s about what’s on the inside that really counts.

The fireworks were amazing! I have never seen so many people gather to see 20 minutes of fireworks in my whole life. It was beautiful and more then I could have ever wished for.

The second day I got to participate in the parade. A very generous man from the Lion’s Club (they make all the Lac Du Bonnet events possible) let me ride in his car. I got a banner custom made that said “Miss Teenage Manitoba.” I loved throwing candy to all the people around me and seeing the big smiles on their faces.

The last event I got to participate in was the talent show. Now I usually perform in talent shows, but in this case I actually got to judge it. It was very interesting being on the other side of the table and I loved it!

Thank you to everyone who made the Lac Du Bonnet Canada Day Celebrations and activities possible. It was such a great experience and I hope to be back next year!

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What is a platform?

“A pageant platform is a cause that a contestant chooses to volunteer her time to either bring awareness to, raise money, or implement a program she has created that will help address a problem.” -winningthroughpageantry.com

It actually took me quite a while to come up with my platform. The first one I chose was congenital heart disease in animals and humans, because I personally felt like the topic wasn’t talked about enough and most people don’t know that animals can have congenital heart disease too. However, I had a very hard time finding any charities that supported this cause, and over time I realized that my true passion was in a different topic. I knew I wanted my platform to involve animals, because that topic is very close to my heart. After a few months of going back and forth from topic to topic in my head, I finally decided to make a decision. So I did some research and brainstormed some ideas with friends and family, and I finally came to a solid decision of what I wanted my platform to be. I am so happy about my decision and can’t wait to finally announce it.

Save a Life-Opt to Adopt your Pet from a Local Animal Shelter

My platform encourages people to adopt their pets from animal shelters for a number of important reasons that I believe society should be more conscious and aware of.
Puppy mills are businesses who breed and “raise” animals in terrible conditions. They leave them alone for days at a time in small cages along with hundreds of other animals. These animals have no human companionship and after their fertility wanes, the breeding animals are killed, abandoned or sold to another mill. This is why inbred animals that you can buy at your local pet store often have behavioral and physical problems.

Don’t be fooled by pet stores. Make sure that before you buy your animals that the pet store is not supporting the puppy mill industry. As soon as you buy your animal from a pet store, they are replaced by another animal just like the last one, which makes the puppy mill breed more animals and supports that awful business. This needs to stop, and I don’t think many people know where their beloved pets are really coming from. Some pet stores get their animals from shelters, and it will usually specify on a label or identification tag if they are from a rescue. If you are not sure, then go directly to a shelter to buy your pet. There are millions of animals, many of which have spent their entire life in a cage at these shelters waiting to be adopted and they are usually not inbred, so will have better health in the long run.

Unless you personally visit the place where your animal was born and where their parents live, the animal is likely from a puppy mill unless their identification tag says otherwise.

Save a Life: Opt to Adopt your Pet from a Local Animal Shelter.

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I wanted to take an opportunity to thank everyone who has read my blog so far. I have really enjoyed being able to write about all of my experiences and journeys this year and will continue to keep you all updated on what I’m doing in Toronto in the next week!

For my second blog assignment, I got to send an article to Streetchic magazine in Toronto to show off our fashion sense here in Manitoba. So I searched the streets of Winnipeg looking for the perfect place to ask people about their outfits. I chose Bannatyne street in the Exchange District in Winnipeg. Of course I went on a Friday evening when things in the area were hopping.

I picked four lovely ladies who I thought were not only wearing gorgeous and stylish clothes, but who also demonstrated confidence and had a big smile on their face. I could tell that they felt beautiful in their own skin, which is so important. I didn’t hesitate to go up to them and ask a few questions about their style.

Meet Erika
The first beautiful lady I got to meet was Erika. Erika is a thriving and passionate business owner who owns the original Magic Room in downtown Winnipeg. The Magic Room is a nail salon, a spa and a cosmetic store all in one building. Erika got her Masters of Business Administration in fashion in Paris. Erika was wearing a beautiful white sheer bodysuit underneath a pleated front zip grey skirt with faux snake skin black block heel boots and black ankle socks. She bought all of her clothes about a year ago. Erika describes her style as classic and trendy.

 

Meet Gorete:
Gorete is a counselor. She loves to stand out and look unique. Her style is very colourful and she likes to mix and match different outfits, shoes and jewelry. Gorete was wearing a stunning white lacy dress, pink shoes with a rainbow heel and a matching pink handbag. She also wore a very nice stone necklace and earrings.

 

 

 

Meet Ira:
I was so amazed when I saw Ira at how she made a pair of old ripped jeans look so classy! Ira is a technical designer. She describes her style as “boho meets off duty rockstar.” She also loves to stand out. Ira wore a loose and very light weight orange and white shirt that tied up at the front. She paired it with black ripped jeans and faux alligator skin and leather black shoes with bright orange socks. She also held a faux alligator skin purse. She bought all of her clothes in Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Kelly:

Although Kelly’s outfit looks very classy and expensive, she actually created most of her outfit from hand-me-downs. Kelly wore a beautiful sheer white dress that buttoned up and tied up at the front. She got this as a hand me down from her step mother. She is also wearing black sandals and carrying a black leather handbag. Kelly describes her style as preppy but feminine. Kelly’s look is perfect for any setting and any occasion.

 

 

And lastly, Genavieve (me)!

I am 17 years old and from Winnipeg. I hope to go into forensic psychology and one day become an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer. I want to make a difference in the world in everything I do, so I thought that this would be the best career for me. I am currently working at a spa in Winnipeg as a skin health sales associate and have also worked in different clothing stores because it is very important for me to ensure that people always feel their best and I want to empower people to feel confident in themselves and to embrace their individual unique qualities. I would describe my style as sporty and preppy, but I always like to keep it classy.

I’m not going to lie, the dress I’m wearing in this picture is only $10. I want to make sure that people know that you absolutely don’t need to spend a fortune to look beautiful. As long as you feel confident and feel good in your own skin, that’s really all that matters. Love yourself for who you are and don’t let anyone tell you that you need to change the way you look or dress. Everyone is unique and beautiful just the way God made them.

“The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else which makes you unique” -Walt Disney

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