Hey everyone!

I hope that everybody had a fantastic Canada day; I know I did!

dock-picFor the past week I have been in Rondeau Provincial Park staying at a cottage with my family. It is our annual tradition, and I absolutely love it.  This year, we spent our time lounging by the dock overlooking Rondeau bay, biking through the trails, laying on the beach, paddleboarding, and one of my favorite things to do in Rondeau – windsurfing! paddleboarding Overall it was a great week full of relaxation, rejuvenation, and family time.

This year I had the opportunity to celebrate Canada day while in Rondeau. It allowed me to appreciate the beauty that Canada has to offer. After spending the morning having coffee on the dock, I headed to Chatham to celebrate the annual ‘Canada D’Eh’ festival. My friend Melanie Renaud (Canada’s Perfect Supermodel) and I partook in the parade as we rode in a police boat! Then, we spent our afternoon in Tecumseh Park partaking in the Canada day festivities. We were given the honour to take the first cut of a ginormous Canada day themed cake that fed the entire park! 11350884_720399584739110_3889553278854142418_n

I must say, I am so proud to be Canadian! I am blessed to live in this beautiful, wonderous country. Being brought up in Canada has made me the person I am today!

Now that I’m home from Rondeau, I’m off on my next adventure in Toronto! Until next time,

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Hi everyone 🙂

The past few days have felt like some of the busiest days of my life! I spent Thursday and Friday night rehearsing for Supermodels America’s fashion show, which took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Southern Ontario Military Mustle (SOMM) in Essex. The fashion show was themed to match the SOMM, so we wore vintage clothing, and curled our hair 40’s/50’s style. Before the first show on Saturday I took part in the SOMM parade as well!

SOMM Parade in Essex

SOMM Parade in Essex

After the parade was finished, I had my hair done; vintage-style. Then, I headed to Tilbury so I could take place in the Tilbury parade. It was great seeing all of the familiar faces.

Tilbury Parade

Tilbury Parade

Right afterward, I headed back to Essex had an absolute blast at the fashion show! Although things didn’t go as smoothly as planned at the end, I still think everybody did great!

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Saturday)

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Saturday)

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Saturday)

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Saturday)

Then, I went back to Tilbury (a lot of back and forth driving, I know. Mind you, the drive between Essex and Tilbury is 40 minutes) and set up a booth with Melanie (Canada’s Perfect Supermodel and previous titleholder of my title) at the Tilbury fair. At our booth, we painted people’s nails. All of the proceeds went to Free The Children and supporting me at Nationals! Then, I spent the rest of the night at the fair going on rides with my friends!11311759_807076682733887_109118808_n Sunday morning rolled along and it was time to head back to Essex for the second show. It went a lot more smoothly than the first time, and everybody looked and did amazing.

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Sunday)

SOMM SMA Fashion Show (Sunday)

I’ve had a blast working with Supermodels America and their models, and hope to do it again soon! Lastly, I headed back to Tilbury once again to have a shoot with a local photographer at the fair, photos to come soon! Now it’s time for some homework and sleep!

Until next time!

Love,
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COME FIND ME this weekend at the Southern Ontario Military Muster! (https://www.facebook.com/SOMMGB?fref=ts)

The Southern Ontario Military Muster (SOMM) is a not-for-profit charitable organization created to “preserve, honour, perpetuate and educate in memory of those who served”. 3246350_origThis charitable event is unique as it combines military vehicles, re-enactors, vendors and Veterans to create a living history weekend. Come be a part of this experience!

The 2015 Military Muster event to be held at the Essex Arena Grounds on June 13 and 14. This year we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day and will be honouring our surviving World War II Veterans.

– I can be found in the parade at 9:15 am Saturday (starting at
Legion Br. 201 ending up at the arena.)

– I will also be in the Vintage Fashion show at 11:00am Saturday & Sunday, presented by Supermodels America and Maverick Multimedia Inc.

– At some point I will also be on stage doing some public speaking regarding my Miss Teenage Canada platform and Free the Children.

Hope to see you there!

Love,
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Hey everyone!

IMG_0976.JPGI spent my weekend at the 70th Annual Chatham Kinsmen Fair, alongside two of my good friends, Melanie Renaud (Canada’s Perfect Supermodel and previous titleholder of my title) and Brooklyn Roebuck (winner of The Next Star).

IMG_0935.JPGI had an amazing time! The CK Fair is an awesome 3-day event that brings Chatham together with the use of delectables, animals, rides, games, and more!

11421663_803090146465874_110872633_nWe spent our time visiting and petting some of the exotic animals, including lemurs, camels, zebras, goats, and more! Melanie actually ended up getting her sash bit by a camel!

11291889_803090149799207_1110717349_nWe also went on a few rides including the Polar Express and the Zipper. We kept our heels on the whole time – dedication!

10414428_709972745781794_139797455203078601_nAfter greeting and mingling with some of Chatham’s residents, and enjoying some cotton candy, we called it a day.

Can’t wait til next year!

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Hey everyone!

Recently I went on an amazing trip with my school to New York City!

DAY ONE:

The day we departed (May 21st), we boarded our Motor Coach at 5:30am and took off for the big city. We arrived at our hotel, La Quinta Clifton, in New Jersey about 12 long hours later. We had about 20 minutes to unpack and get ready, and then we got back on the bus and headed for Times Square, New York City. All I can say is that it’s absolutely breathtaking. Times Square is filled with bright lights, immense crowds of various kinds of

Times Square with Rylee

Times Square with Rylee

people, different sights, smells, sounds, and more

Times Square with Rylee

Times Square with Rylee

It isn’t hard to have fun in Times Square. We had about 2 hours of free time in Times Square with our friends to have dinner and eat. My friends and I shopped and had McDonalds. Then, around 9:00 our school group headed to the Rockefeller Center. We went up to the 70th floor to the observation deck where we experienced unparalleled views of New York City.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

The view was even more breathtaking than my first steps in Times Square. NYC truly lived up to it’s name of the ‘City of Lights’ and the ‘City that never sleeps’! Afterward we headed back to our hotel.

DAY TWO:

After having breakfast at our hotel,

Rylee and Mackenzie at The Met

Rylee and Mackenzie at The Met

we boarded our bus and headed to Lower Manhattan. Then, we got off the bus and took a subway to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met with Mackenzie, Jillian, and Rylee

The Met with Mackenzie, Jillian, and Rylee

Established in 1870, the Museum’s collection now contains more than two million works of art from ancient through modern times. It is one of the largest and

Art in The Met

Art in The Met

most prestigious art museums in the world and New York’s most visited attraction. Then, we received free time to have lunch. Myself and a few others went to a place I’d never heard of before called the Shake Shack. I had a Shackburger and it was literally the best thing I’ve ever ate. Afterward, we got back on the bus and took a tour of Manhattan from a local New Yorker. This was a unique opportunity to see many homes and buildings made famous by TV, movies and historical events.

Singing YMCA at the baseball game

Singing YMCA at the baseball game

Strawberry Fields with Mackenzie

Strawberry Fields with Mackenzie

This included Central Park, Strawberry Fields, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Empire State Building, Times Square, and more. Afterward, around 7:00 in the evening we went to a New York Yankees Baseball game in the New Yankee Stadium. They played the Texas Rangers, and unfortunately lost.

Yankee's Game with Tori and Rylee

Yankee’s Game with Tori and Rylee

However, it was still a great experience! Then we headed back to our hotel for the night.

DAY THREE:

After breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus at 9:00am and headed to the St. George Terminal, Staten Island. Then, we hopped on a Staten Island ferry and took it to Manhattan. The Staten Island Ferry provides 20 million people a year with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. This free shuttle service offers one of the best views of New York City from the front deck of the ship. This is where I had the opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty! We got off the ferry at the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan.

Dunkin Donuts coffee on Wall Street with Skye

Dunkin Donuts coffee on Wall Street with Skye

Then, we had a Financial District Tour where we got to see Wall Street, Trinity Church, and Federal Hall. Next, we went to the 9/11 Memorial site. The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. At the Memorial, there are two large holes where the two Twin Towers once sat. The holes are lined with waterfalls, and the edge of the holes have walls with the victims names carved. The

Survivor Tree (found in the rubble from 9/11)

Survivor Tree (found in the rubble from 9/11)

reasoning behind the holes is that when creating the memorial, they didn’t want to create something that people could walk over. The holes are a constant reminder of the terrible

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

events that happened on September 11, 2001. After spending an hour here, we went inside to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The exhibition explores the background leading up to the 9/11 attacks and examines their aftermath and continuing implications. Although I was

An artist asked New Yorkers to paint the colour they thought the sky was the morning before the 9/11 attack, and then created a mosaic

An artist asked New Yorkers to paint the colour they thought the sky was the morning before the 9/11 attack, and then created a mosaic

too young to remember September 11th, 2001, the museum made me feel like I was there. I could feel every ounce of pain and remorse from the victims, their families, and anybody else affected by the events that took place then. After we had finished at the museum, we headed to Times Square around 5:00 where we had some free time.

Ava

Ava

Ava

Ava

This is where I took the opportunity to meet a Pen-Pal I’ve kept in touch with for about 5 years now, Ava! Meeting Ava was absolutely surreal and awesome, it was as if I had known her all my life. I am hoping to head back to New York and visit Ava this Summer! After saying goodbye to Ava, it was time to head to The Hard Rock Cafe. I loved it! The music and decor set a wicked atmosphere and the food was great!

Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe with Jillian, Rylee, and Mackenzie

Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe with Jillian, Rylee, and Mackenzie

When we finished dinner, we received more free time in Times Square. My friends and I took this as an opportunity to go shopping! However, once we’d finished shopping and it was time to head to the Broadhurst Theatre to watch the Play “Mama Mia”, my friends Rylee, Mackenzie, Jillian and I got lost. After running around for about 15 minutes trying to find our way, we gave up and asked a random person for directions. Since we were already late, we sprinted; which isn’t easy in Times Square when it’s absolutely packed with people. We eventually made it to the Theatre, watched the play, which I really enjoyed, and then headed back to the hotel.

DAY FOUR:

After having our last breakfast at La Quinta Clifton, we checked out of our hotel at 10:00 and boarded our bus. The last stop on our trip was at Carlos’ Bakery. The official home of the famous Hoboken, NJ bakery run by Buddy Valastro and La Famiglia. After we had finished there, we headed home!

This was the trip of a lifetime. I had a blast exploring New York City, and I’d recommend this trip to anyone up for an adventure. I’m hoping to go back soon!

Love,
Jess ♡
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As of today, I am now officially an organ/tissue donor, which can be used for transplants and research.

There are thousands of people awaiting critical organ transplants across Canada. Unfortunately, many people die waiting. In fact, every 3 days, 1 person in Ontario dies while waiting for an organ transplant because not enough of us are registered donors.

ONE donor can save up to EIGHT lives and enhance as many as 75 more!

Here are a few facts:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to become a donor.
  • The first and foremost duty of health care professionals is to save a life. Only when a life cannot be saved does organ and tissue donation become an option.
  • Everyone has the potential to be an organ and/or tissue donor.
  • Most religions support organ and tissue donation or respect an individual’s choice.
  • Organ and tissue donation should not impact funeral arrangements.
  • Your donation decision is confidential and will only be disclosed at end of life for the purpose of sharing your decision with your family.
  • You can change or withdraw your consent to donate at any time.

So agree to make a difference today and register to become a donor. It’s easy and only takes 2 minutes.

CLICK HERE to register online!

Or

Call: 1-800-263-2833

Or

In person at any ServiceOntario centre

Feel free to encourage your family and friends to become organ donors as well, click here to SPREAD THE WORD.

Thank you so much for your support!
Love,
Jess ♡
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Hi everyone!

Did you know that approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood? Yet only four percent of Canadians donate. My goal is to change that.

I’m excited to say that I am officially a volunteer for the Canadian Blood Services, and I will be attending all upcoming blood drives in my area! In fact, I spent the evening at a blood drive yesterday.

My job as a volunteer is to tend to people after they’ve had their blood taken. I sit them at a table, offer them snacks and drinks, and make sure that they don’t have a reaction to having their blood taken. I am committed to helping save and improve the lives of literally thousands of hospital patients who rely on the Canadian Blood Services each and every day

More about my goal…

My goal is to bring in as many people to blood drives in my community as I can. I want others to realize the importance of donating. When you donate blood, you save lives. It’s that simple. Your donation can treat cancer patients; bring a car accident victim through surgery, even help a transplant patient’s new heart beat for the first time.

This Easter long weekend, there will be 5,760 people who will need blood because time won’t stop for a holiday.

As of right now, and up to Easter Monday on April 6th, we have 16 500 appointments open in South Central Ontario.  I am asking you to please take a moment and share this message with your friends, family, co-workers, classmates and social media contacts.  Please encourage them to go online to www.blood.ca  or the GiveBlood app and book an appointment before Easter Monday.  Alternatively, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment.

Some of our clinics are in special need.  For example we have 650 unfilled appointments at our Bay & Bloor clinic and a further 600 appointments in each of the London and Burlington perm clinics.

These are just some of the spaces we are looking to fill.

Please take a moment to share this message with your friends, family, co-workers, classmates and social media contacts.  Please book an appointment and help make the world of difference to a patient in need.

Thanks so much for your unwavering support!

Love,
Jess ♡
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Hey guys,

For today’s blog post I decided to answer a questionnaire so you can get to know me. I’ll try to do one of these every couple weeks or so.

Love,

Jess ♡

Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent Essex 2015

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Hey! Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent Essex here!

I’ve had such a busy weekend, and now I am recuperating on my couch with some coffee as I write this.

Jensen and I

First, Friday night I went to my school’s Semi Formal dance. I had such an amazing time with all of my friends. It made me realize how lucky I am to have the people in my life that I do.

Karley and I

The theme of our Semi was “Candy Land” so I wore a bright yellow dress! I think my favorite part was eating the candy decorations afterwards. 😉

Then, Saturday morning I attended ‘Once Upon a Snowball’ at the Chatham Armoury. This was an event held by St. Ursula’s Elementary School to fund-raise for natural playground equipment. 

The throne!

Attendees were encouraged to wear royal costumes, and there was tons of activities for children including dancing, nail-painting, crafts, cookie decorating, and lots more! I was lucky to meet Melanie Renaud (Canada’s Perfect Supermodel and previously Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent 2013!), and Brooklyn Roebuck (winner of YTV’s The Next Star season 5).

Melanie, Brooklyn and I

I had a great time seeing all of the little princes and princesses! Then, to finish my weekend, I had a bunch of friends come over to celebrate my 16th birthday.I celebrated a bit early – I actually turn 16 on the 5th! Now I just have to wait til then so I can take my G1 test. 😉

Jensen and I

Thanks for reading, more updates soon!

Love,

Jess ♡

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Hello from Jessica K, Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent Essex 2015!

I am so excited to go to Nationals! This has been such a thrilling experience so far, and I am ecstatic for what the future holds. Allow me to introduce myself… My name is Jessica K, and I am from Tilbury, Ontario! I’m currently 15 years old, but I’ll be turning 16 in less than a month (March 5th to be exact). I am Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent Essex 2015!

My favorite way to express myself is through art; painting, drawing, sketching, anything. I recently finished my 2nd year taking art at my current high school, with my awesome teacher Mr. Ostropolec! I intend on continuing to take art throughout high school, and possibly teach art classes as a co-op credit. After high school, I have plans to attend a University for fine arts, and potentially pursue a career involving art. Below is some of my artwork. Another way I express myself is through figure skating. I am a member at my local Figure Skating Club and I love it. When I go out on the ice I feel like I have no worries, and it really helps clear my mind when I need it. The coaches and skaters in the TFSC are all fantastic people; and I’m so glad to have them in my life!

This whole Miss Teenage Canada pageant thing is actually very out of the ordinary for me. I had never dreamed of being in a pageant, or striving to become Miss Teenage Canada. I actually saw an ad on Facebook about it, clicked into it, read a bit, watched a few videos, submitted an application and didn’t think much of it. Things got exciting when I ended up getting a call back; requesting an interview with Michelle Weswaldi (executive director). I was interviewed in November. Then, December 1st I received an email saying that I was selected as a delegate for Miss Teenage Canada 2015, and that I was to compete in Provincials in January! I was bewildered.

In the time leading up to Provincials, I fund-raised for Cardiac Kids; a charity that raises much-needed funds for children suffering from CHD (Congenital Heart Disease). With the help of my family, friends, and my amazing high school, I managed to raise $650 for Cardiac Kids!

Fundraising for Cardiac Kids with Tori and Rylee

I also had to pick out some attire for provincials. An evening gown, a black cocktail dress, swimwear, and some heels to be exact!

Thank-you to Enchantment Bridal and Formal Gowns for the beautiful gown!

Now that I’ve been crowned Miss Teenage Chatham-Kent Essex 2015, there are a lot of things that I would like to accomplish during my reign. One of the biggest things being volunteer work. I intend on putting myself ‘out there’ in my community as much as possible and making a difference in other’s lives.

So what else is there to know about me? I guess you’ll have to find out in my future blog posts – stay updated!

Love,

Jess ♡

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