Hey guys, this is just going to be a quick post as promised about the Real Foods. Real Farms. Real Experiences. Dinner that I went to, put on by the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture. This was put on just outside of Kincardine in a field! I have never been to anything like this but I can honestly say, it was gorgeous. The food was delicious, home grown, and very healthy! I got to meet several politicians, some very respected people in the agriculture business, and many more people from the Bruce County area. I got a chance to go up on stage and talk about some of the things I have been doing with my title, my story with Miss Teenage Canada, and the fundraising efforts that I have done for Free the Children, Sick Kids, and Wes for Youth. The most important thing, I got a chance to thank the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture for their very generous donation of $200 for me to buy hamburger for my very successful spaghetti dinner. I want to especially thank Heather Frook, the Vice President of Bruce County Federation of Agriculture, she was the one to invite me to their meeting to meet the rest of the Federation and invited me to the dinner this past weekend. Real FFE

More to come in the next few days, as we received our first blog assignment yesterday! It will most likely be tomorrow, but no guarantees!

Lots of Love, XOXO

Sarah

 

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Hey everybody…

Hope all has been well with everyone, I have had a super, crazy, busy three weeks!! Last time I posted, I was getting ready for my spaghetti dinner that I was organizing to raise money for Free the Children/ Sick Kids/ Wes for Youth Online. We started the day by rushing around at home trying to get everything prepared to head out. By the time we got to the community center, it was 9am. I had the men running up and down the stairs and the elevator with all of the prizes, equipment, and the food. While the ladies and the other volunteers started getting the hall set up and to start organizing the kitchen. Our first bump in the road to success was when we were getting the desserts out to thaw. There were two boxes of English Bay pre-baked cookies. When we opened the first box, all was good! We had 77 cooked chocolate cookies, the next box, was oatmeal raison cookie dough!! Luckily by the time that we got the big oven figured out, we got all the cookies cooked. They were much better this way. They were so fresh and so good! The second hiccup came across when we went to test the coffee maker. We blew a breaker, we didn’t have any hydro at all, down to the lights in the kitchen. The employee of the hall was so helpful in this whole situation, I swear, he fixed that breaker at least 6 times. We just kept blowing it! By the time we got things set up and somewhat prepared, it was about 2:30. We headed home to do a quick wardrobe change and hair do and were back on the road for 3:30. By the time 5pm came around, things were starting to get crazy! Dinner

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Sorry it’s sideways!

After what felt like 20 minutes, it was time for me to make my speech! It had been almost 3 hours and I had to announce my thank yous. This event was a HUGE success. A big thanks to everyone who came out to support me, and an even bigger thanks goes out to all the volunteers that helped out that night and in preparation. When all was said and done I raised an amazing $4631.80 and another $2030 from personal donations to split between the three charities, Free the Children, Wes for Youth Online, and Sick Kids Hospital. This gave me a total of $6 661.80!

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to got to the Wes office and deliver the check to Yolanda, Jenn, and Bre. I am so glad that I have gotten the chance to work with them over the past few months and I’m even happier that I got to know the wonderful people behind the operation.

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I will post again tomorrow about the Real Foods. Real Farm. Real Experiences. Dinner that I went to on Friday night!

Sorry about the sideways pictures tonight, I could not seem to figure out how to flip them back!

 

Until t0morrow,

XOXO,

Sarah

 

 

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As I mentioned last night, I took part in the Explore the Bruce Adventure yesterday. This is a great program that the County of Bruce has been running for 11 years now, it encourages kids to get up and get outside. It has 12 stops at the most beautiful and historic landmarks all around the county, spanning from Mildmay all the way up to Tobermory. Starting this year, they chose one location and had many different stops within that town. Yesterday was such a gorgeous day out so we decided to go for a drive to start some of these locations.

We started the day in Ripley at the Botanical Food Garden where we took a walk through the gardens and down the Apple Rail Trail. We then went just up the road to the Pine River Cheese house.

  

Next, we ventured into Kincardine, where there was a stop at the Queen’s Lookout but also there were 4 additional stamps to be found around the town. We started at the Queen’s Lookout. It was such a nice view over the water at all the boats and the pier. We walked down town to the Hudson Street Mural, Mcpherson Park, the Rock Garden, Rotary Park, and Geddes Park. Completing all the stops along the Kincardine March. Sadly, the pictures that go along with these stops are too large to go into this post but I will post them on my Facebook page.

We travelled over to Port Elgin next, and visited Gobbles Grove Beach. This small sand beach just off the main of Port Elgin was our last stop for the day. Again these pictures will be on Facebook.

Hope everyone has a great Holiday Monday tomorrow. Stay tuned for part two of my Explore the Bruce Adventure coming in a few weeks!! Thanks for all the continual support.

XOXO

Sarah

 

 

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Tonight’s post won’t be long as it is May 24 weekend, just wanted to tell everyone to have a safe enjoyable long weekend. It’s crazy how fast this year is going! I can’t believe it is already halfway through May, school will be out soon and not too long after that I will be heading to Toronto for a week I will never forget. I went on an Explore the Bruce Adventure today but getting home now it is rather late and I don’t want to hold anyone up from festivities. I will have the full story with lots of pictures tomorrow.
Have a great night,
XOXO
Sarah

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Hey guys, just gonna do a quick post tonight as it is the Friday of the long weekend. Thought I would do a quick post on my platform and why I chose this to stand up for. 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. This 20% needs to know that there is someone to talk to about what is going on in their lives.

When these people get to the point that they cannot deal with things by themselves I want them to know that there are people out there that they can talk to. Only 1 in 6 youth suffering from mental illnesses feel safe enough to get the help they need and out of that percentage, only 1 in 5 can get the help they need.

I feel strongly about this as I have in my past been in this position of feeling alone. It is such an awful feeling of isolation. After my experiences with this, I never wanted anyone to have to live through the same things that I did.

Wes for Youth is such an amazing organization that does exactly this for so many of Grey-Bruce’s youth.

As I said, just a short post!! Have a fun, safe Victoria Day Weekend.

XOXO,

Sarah

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As I continue to talk to the 85 girls that will be taking the same journey as me this year, I continue to remember what an amazing time the provincial pageant with all my girls was. Most of what made this experience so amazing was the relationships that I made while I was there. There was the girls, for sure there was the girls. The so many girls that were there, and the few girls that I got to know so well. We were best friends, no we were sisters that weekend.

          

There was also the relationships with my parents. Their support for me and our shared happiness when I was announced to be heading to nationals. They even had a pizza waiting when I got back up to my hotel room. If that’s not support, I don’t know what is.

However, one of the most important relationships I strengthened that weekend, was my relationship with myself. I learned who I am truly capable of being and who I am when I am comfortable in my own shoes. I vowed the night that the crown was placed on my head that I was going to wear that crown with honor and respect.

I learned so much about myself, my family, and I met some of my now closest friends. That weekend was a blessing and I cannot wait to make new relationships in August. These girls seem amazing and its going to be such a honor to meet them all and spend the week with them

XOXO,

Sarah

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Tonight’s blog is going to be a little different in the sense that I have done an interview with someone that I find very inspiring and very heroic. Yolanda Cameron is the cofounder of Wes for Youth Online and I decided to ask her a few questions to get to know her a little bit better. To start off the interview I asked her to tell me about herself generally.  “My name is Yolanda Cameron. My husband Jamie and I have owned the Cameron Funeral Home in Walkerton for just over 20 years. I am a licenced funeral director for 25 years. I have three sons: Jay, who lives in KW with his girlfriend Danielle and works in Guelph and will soon have his funeral director’s licence. My middle son Wendel, just finished his second year at Western studying Kinesiology and is working at the funeral home for the summer. My youngest son is Wes, who died by suicide at age 16 in September 2011.”

While talking to Yolanda, I asked her some personal questions about how her life changed after Wes died, I asked her some questions about her work with Wes for Youth Online, and some quirky questions about her.

1. Who/ what inspires you to do the amazing things that you continue to do for Wes for Youth?

It’s my youngest son Wes, who inspired us to create WFYO as a means of helping other young people. It was by reading his FB and iPhone that we realized a lot of young people will say things on line that they wouldn’t say in person. Because social media is a youth’s first choice of communication, we wanted to use it in a positive manner for them to realize they are not alone and it’s okay to ask for help.

2. What is the first thing you would do if you became famous?

I’m not sure I want to be famous! If it means having WFYO accessible to any youth in Ontario or Canada and it’s making a difference in their lives and mental health and saves young lives, then I would do whatever I need to do to make that happen.

3. Can you describe a typical day at the Wes office?

My dog Lacey and I usually arrive around 8:30 a.m. and we get settled in and check emails, FB and Twitter if possible. My co-worker Jenn usually brings coffee at 9 a.m. and then we sit in her office and look at the calendar for the day, the week, the month. There is usually an event we have planned that needs activities looked after, or we’ve  been invited to participate, asked to put up a display or speak to a class. I also look after the ‘business’ of running WFYO, looking for grant money, fill out lots of paper work, answer phone calls etc. Our resource centre is also become more used by other community groups, so we need to make sure it’s ready for whoever is using it.

4. What was your biggest mistake in life and how have you over come it?

Not fully appreciating my family and taking them for granted. You always think you have tomorrow, and then one day, you don’t and you can never change what’s happened in the past. Each day is a gift and we should learn to share it and use it wisely. Be kind always.

5. What is something that you are very proud of?

I’m proud of my family. I’m proud of WFYO and what we have accomplished. I wish it didn’t need to be here, but hopefully it will help other young people and their families not to have to live the way our family does without Wes being here.

6.  As a child, what was your dream job?

I’m not sure. I like doing lots of different things. I did want to be a hairdresser at one point, but my father thought I was too smart for that.

7. What was your most memorable family vacation you took?

We have always cottaged up north with the boys and one year we took the ChiChiMaun across and drove around and stopped in Sudbury and then on to our cottage. The boys still talk about it.

8. What is your most cherished family tradition?

Christmas was our most cherished tradition with the boys, but it’s not the same without Wes and we’ve had to change it considerably. It now includes a visit to the cemetery.  I’ve bought an ornament every year for the boys. I still do and I keep Wes’.

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you Sarah, for helping us promote WFYO.

 

A huge thank you to Yolanda for answering these personal questions and sharing them with me and all you guys! Yolanda and Jenn will be at the Spaghetti Dinner on June 13th and the Wes office has tickets for sale as well! Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Sarah

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Hey everyone, just as a quick post I will be writing tonight a few misconceptions of what I am doing with the pageant. The truth of the matter is, it is not a beauty contest. It is so much more than that. The judging is based on behaviour, representation, what we believe in, and yes physical fitness is also a small portion of that. The girls in this competition are the smartest, most internally beautiful, strong willed, and nicest girls I have ever met. Another thing that people think when I say that I am doing a pageant is that I go to the gym everyday and I only eat salads. I currently do not have a gym membership, nor have I ever. Yes, I try to avoid really bad things in my diet but my favourite food is Sour Skittles. My life is no different now that I have a crown and a title than before I had these things. It is really unfair for people to judge based on what they think something is before they know what it is about.

The stigma that goes with the words “beauty queen” makes me ashamed to say what I enjoy doing and what I should be more than proud about. This is about giving hope to anyone that thinks that they are just one person. Those were my thoughts last year, “I’m only one person, what can I do to make a difference?”  but now I have gone amazing places by simply putting myself in that position. I can honestly say, I am much more of an outgoing person now, I don’t have as much anxiety when talking in front of large groups, and it has opened me up to so many new experiences and people that I never would have been exposed to otherwise.

I hope I didn’t offend anyone, but I really thought that it needed to be clarified that I what I am doing is NOT just walking around stage in a bikini. I really hope this helps people to understand. I’m slightly nervous to post this so please let me know what you guys think.

XOXO,

Sarah

 

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Hey guys! Couldn’t think of anything major that happened today to blog about so I am going to talk a little more about some of the things that I love and in this blog, some of the places I want to go before I die.

10. Bondi Beach, Australia

This  beach, on the coast of Australia is the most visited beach in the world. It has a beautiful scenery. Just off the coast there are sharks, the great barrier reef, and all the underwater beauty you can imagine! With the warm weather and the bright blue water, it would definitely be one of my top 10 destination points.

9.Vimy Ridge, France

As a Canadian I think that every other Canadian should witness this sight once in their life. It is such an important part of Canadian history and the way we live as citizens. I would love to spend a day in this part of France furthering my knowledge about my history.

8. Cario, Egypt

This is another history related destination. I have always held an interest in ancient Egyptian history and would find it so interesting to tour the streets of Cario. The history seems unlimited, with the pyramids, the tombs, and the stories. The architecture is old and amazing. The sights of this African city would be ones to remember for a lifetime.

7. Paris, France

Ah, the city of love. Paris is just plain gorgeous! Not to mention all the wonderful attractions to see! I would love to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, and the canals.

6. Rome, Italy

The canals of Italy with the gondolas would be beautiful in the spring time with the tree blossoms and flowers. It would be so cool to be able to go see the Roman Coliseum and taste the fresh taste of real Italian pasta or pizza.

5. Sierra Leone, Africa

Even though this is not the most beautiful county in the world, it is filled with history and it would be a lot like a mission trip. I would go to see the parts of the country that have been effected by the blood diamond rush, I would also like to see how the people of Sierra Leone live in compared to my own life. It would give me so much perspective and appreciation for my county.

4. Aruba

This is the first real tropical place that I want to travel to. As I said last night, the beach is one of my favourite places to be, and if I can be on a beach in January its even better! Plus I love palm trees!! And plus, who doesn’t want to see pink flamingos?

3. Rio De Janeiro

Getting down to the top three places on my list, Rio de Janeiro definitely is there! Between the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and the Carnival festival in Rio, I would be crazy to miss it! Even just witnessing the different animals and birds and plants than what I am used to in Canada would be such an amazing experience.

2. Athens, Greece

Aside from the amazing Greek history that I really enjoy learning about, the crazy beautiful scenery of this city and the whole country. I find the hill side houses so interesting and how they live within the small surface area that Greece takes up. Between this and Hawaii I can’t quite decide which I would rather go see.

1. Hawaii

Like I said this is my number one destination choice. I have always been in love with the idea of Hawaii and its beauty. I would give anything to go to here and experience the difference of culture, the hula dancers, the extravagant flowers, the beaches, the palm trees, and the waterfalls.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed learning a little more about myself. I’ll be back tomorrow!!

XOXO,

Sarah

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As promised, I have returned to do a post tonight. It will only be a quick post as it has been a very long weekend. I was in the pool or in the classroom for 25 hours this weekend. So I will be blogging tonight seven things that people might not know about me. Seven is my lucky number 🙂
1. My middle name is Reay. I was named after my grandmother, as this was her maiden name. Both me and my sister were named this way, my sister after my mom’s mom and me after my dad’s mom. (Speaking of this, Happy Mother’s Day!)
2. I am a NLS certified instructor guard. For the many of you that don’t know what any of that means.. I have all of my swimming requirements and can be a lifeguard anywhere in Canada and most of the world. It also means that I am qualified to teach swimming lessons right from parent and tot, to all the preschool levels, then all the way up to Swim Kids 10. This also includes adult and teen lessons. This is one of my greatest accomplishments, it has taken me almost 2 years of specialized courses after a lifetime of Swim Kids to reach where I am today. And when I say today, I mean today. I finished my last course this afternoon and I couldn’t be happier.
3. My mom is my hero and my biggest supporter. She has always been there for me, to support me, to hold me up, to keep me going when I don’t think I can go any further. She is always putting everyone before herself and is always around to protect the people that are closest to her. I only hope that when I get older I can be as good of a mother for my kids as she is for me.
4. I LOVE children and babies. I work with children all year round, and full time in the summer. I hold a position at the local day camp where I can lead games, activities, sing songs, make crafts, and go on field trips with my groups. By the end of the week, the kids in your group start to become “your” kids and you start bragging about them to other leaders. The camp is such an amazing environment to be around and I can’t get enough of it. Someday, I want to be working with this age group in some sort of setting, most likely a medical field.

5. My  absolute favorite show is Pretty Little Liars. Enough said. I am a typical teenage girl. But I have pretty much been addicted to every other show on Netflix, Gossip Girl, Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Secret Life of the American Teenager, One Tree Hill, and the list goes on.

6. I am very proud of where I come from. I am from a rural, mud loving, snowmobiling family. I grew up on toys that were motorized, I was taught how to drive on a four-wheeler at our private 40 acre family land when I was so little that I barely remember. I absolutely love where I come from and the people I grew up around.

7. My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the beach. Luckily, in Bruce County there are many beaches around, Kincardine, Southampton, and the famous, Sauble Beach. The best days are when it is so windy and the waves are huge. Some of my best summer memories happened in these places. So you know where to find me on my few days off of this very busy summer!

Thanks for reading tonight everybody, it means so much for all of your continual support.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another blog posting.

XOXO,

Sarah <3

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