Representing Canada at Miss Royalty International 2019, won 1st Runner-up, Top 10 ages 13+ Role Model, and won Miss International Volunteer 2019! Photos by DazzleShot Images MUHA by Nicole Saavedra and Jelly Sosa Opening number and fashion wear sponsored by L’Amore Bridal & Formals
September 1st- IPE Parade and Fair Nissan Vernon car dealership was nice enough to sponsor a vehicle and driver for me to participate in the IPE (Interior Provincial Exhibition) parade, my FIRST parade as Miss International Volunteer 2019! It was such an honor to have my first parade e a local one! Thank you Taylor for driving me ❤ Then […]
August 4th-L’Amore Bridal and Formals! Visit and thank you for a trip to Sponsor L’Amore Bridal and Formals. Where they helped me get a new dress for next year! And did a fun video for there webpage!! August 6th- BC Day!! Last minute our plans changed, I was invited to BC Day in Penticton where Canadas Priminister would be. […]
What better month to start my new blogging series? Every month from now on I will do a month in review, a recap of my favorite appearances, charity work, achievements, travel, life events and more. July has been a dream come true! This July has been one to remember. I started the month as Miss MRI Canada, and ended it […]
Recently I competed at Miss Royalty International as Miss Canada. At this pageant, I took home 1st Runner-Up overall, Top 5 Role Model (ages 13 up) and won the International title of MISS INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER 2019!! This being the title that meant most to me, was a complete honor to win. This title awarded the night before the main pageant […]
I was born with several severe Speach Impediments, which were discovered soon after my parents adopted me. The Doctors and Speach Therapists told my parents and me that I would NEVER be able to talk. So we, as a family, began to learn American Sign language and I had a picture book created for me. From the start school was […]
Last year, as many as you know, I decided to share my story. I never expected the impact that one post would have on my life, the impact on others as well. Instantly I received hundreds of emails stating how the people writing them had speech impediments or struggles and they felt hopeless until they saw a girl who had hidden her differences […]
Photos credit Kelsey Raber Photography! Thank you ALL for comming to the 1st EVER Live Out Loud Charity Canada fundraiser!
A smile can change a life. When someone is having a bad day if you smile to them it can make there day a little better. It is proven that if YOU smile even when you are upset you feel better, healthier and have more energy. This is why I created the Smile Video, to help those who ma not having some to smile at them, smile. I invite you, if you are having a bad day watch the video below. Filled with so many amazing smiles that come from all backgrounds and walks of life. 🙂
As we all know, when the clock strikes midnight tonight 2016 will be over, and 2017 will begin. While I know of some exciting news about 2017 that I have yet to share, and I am super excited for 2017. It is time to look back on my 2016! So without further a-do… January 2016 January 2016, not […]
Over the past few months I have been making an Inspirational Queens Video, featuring 12 inspirational Pageant Queens and Ambassadors from around the globe. Along with the Video (which is featured below) I have created a Inspirational Queens Calendar, where each queen is featured for a month along side an inspirational quote. I am selling these calendars for $15.99+shipping, if […]
I had been given an amazing opportunity. As all of my followers know I have suffered from speech impediments and intense bullying in my lifetime. And this is why I compete in pageantry, to create awareness for such issues. So I had an amazing opportunity presented to me in September, to be a worldwide title holder with Live Out Loud […]
I have been given the AMAZING honor of being crowned Miss Worldwide Teen Canada- Ambassador for LOLC (live out loud Charity) This year I will continue to travel Canada speaking at schools and events about my story and Anti-bullying. I will also be talking about Suicide prevention with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). I am excited to start this new journey. […]
A huge thank you to Castanet for the beautiful article, I leave for Orlando tomorrow morning. Then let the pageant feed begin!! To read the Castanet article click here.
This year HockeyVille came to the Okanagan, and because Canada is famous for Hockey, Hockeyville is a BIG deal in here. One community across the country is chosen as HockeyVille Canada for the entire year. This year the Village of Lumby (which is just a few minutes from Vernon) was in the top 2. Over the past 10 years HockeVille […]
On March 28th I attended the Okanagan’s famous Loco Landing Easter Egg Hunt. I was honored to be on the special guest list next to the one and only Easter Bunny. I mean who can really say they have had their name next to the Easter Bunny!! This Easter egg hunt is more than just an egg hunt it has everything from crafts to surfing practice to full on relays. One of my highlights from this year’s event would be the egg hunt in the SS Sicamous, which is a vintage boat that once sailed the Okanagan waters; this boat is also rumored to be haunted. Though this boat is no longer on the water it was still very cool to walk around on. I was able to see the sleeping quarters, the mess hall, and even the captain’s wheel. I loved watching the children run from room to room searching for their Easter eggs. The loco landing Easter egg hunt is definitely an Okanagan favorite for sure.
Just before Easter I attended the Kelowna Victory Life Easter Egg Hunt with my good friend Emily, Miss Teenage Kelowna 2015. I am honored to have spent the last event of her reign with her. Throughout the day Emily and I enjoyed pancakes, helium balloons, dancing and more. We even asked to hand balloons out to the children who were at the event. At one point we even got to go up on stage and dance with a group of kids, who loved dancing with a couple of “queens”. The event was a hit as usual. And I had a blast. I am so very thankful that Emily spent the last day of her reign with me. Love you Emily, you will go on to do great things.
After being bullied for most of my life I decided to take a stand against it. I had begun to volunteer in the VSS Resource room and quickly realized that they were constantly being bullied. I began to stand up for the students in that class and while doing so I felt more inclined to stand up for myself as well. In my grade 11 year it was suggested to me that I would make a good candidate for pageantry. While looking into the requirements I was struck by the term “Platform” and what this meant. To me it has meant the ability to have an audience and therefore the potential to change lives. Immediately I knew that my platform would be anti bullying and inclusion for all, and so my pageant journey began. Fortunately I have had a wonderful opportunity for the past two years and have been able to share my story with thousands of people around the world via the internet and also through speaking engagements. It has been an incredible experience to be telling my story and become emotional while speaking and to look up and see that people in the audience have been so moved they are also in tears. I was not prepared for the overwhelming positive response I have gotten from sharing my story. I have had people write to me saying that my struggles have inspired them to go on, and that they now can see an end to their own pain. […]
On March 20th I attended the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, the largest Cowboy festival in Canada, and one of the Largest in North America. A few weeks before the festival I was honored to be put on their website as a special guest “Miss Teen Galaxy Canada”, this was my second year attending the and as always it was great. The […]
Last year at Ronald McDonald House BC I met a wonderful little girl who is so inspirational. Her name? Samantha, my name twin. Samantha was at that time and is still presently fighting cancer. In March Sam was admitted to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice House. On March 13 a a fundraiser dinner was held to raise money for Sam and her family, […]
A special shout out and happy birthday to my wonderful sponsor Kelsey Raber. Kelsey you have followed me from my first regional title to now the largest title I have held. You are and always will always be part of my pageant experience!!!
I was born with a severe speech impediment; no one could understand what I was saying. My parents were told that I may never speak like everyone else, and may never be understood by most people. On my first day of school I was looked at oddly when I struggled to speak and be understood. I had to learn some […]
TeenFest Canada is a one day exhibit festival that gives tweens and teens across Canada the opportunity to connect with other youth, their community and community leaders. My day started with welcoming the teens and the youth into the festival. I even got asked a few times to sign autographs which was really cool. At TeenFest they had filled the […]
On February 27th Lake Country hosted their first ever indoor children’s festival, I was not expecting such a huge turn out and was really surprised at how many people and vendors attended. When I got there I was shocked the parking lots (even the streets) were jam packed and the inside of the building where it was hosted was also jam packed. Amazing turn out! From the second I got in the door little children were all over me some just coming to say hi others just coming to look. Walking around there was many cool exhibits to look at. There was a Lego land, a historical photo booth, clowns, gold panning and so much more. My Mom and I took a walk around the vendors, where venders gave us samples everything from apple juice to essential oils. Happily Holistic an essential oil place gave my mom and I 2 big samples of room spray to relax and be calm. The children’s Mickey Mouse bouncy castle was a riot to watch as it was an obstacle course and some of the kids were just jumping all over the place. There was a place where little kids could try on a turban, and soon every child inside had a turban on. One guy from Hoof Print Barn Yard was carrying around a cute little baby goat which I posed for a picture with and it started bahing, then it snuggled in […]
The Vernon Okanagan Library is infamous for putting on some of the best children events around Vernon. On February 11th I was at the Fancy Nancy Tea Party. The Fancy Nancy tea party was based off of the children book “Fancy Nancy”, it was organized beautifully. The children loved having me there. There was pink lemonade, and lots and lots […]
On February 8th it was family day in BC, also known as NO SCHOOL day. I was running a bit late for the family day event in Polson Park, but we still stopped to get the mail, and what was in the mail?? It as my CROWN!!! So we raced back home to get it unpacked and on my head. […]
Another very unique event, to not only Vernon but to BC and all of Canada is the BC Snow Sculpture competition. These sculptures are not your average snowman, these are full on words, pictures and even music notes carved out of snow. This was my first year going up to Silver Star Mountain to see them, and they were so cool. (no pun intended) The teams can only use hand tools which is even more amazing. The winner of the BC competition, which was I ❤ Posing, gets to go to Quebec and compete for the national prize and represent BC at the nationals. Up at Silver Star Mountain I got to see my new friends again the Silver Star Queens, so it was fun to say hi to them again. The snow sculptures were one of a kind and it must have been a real challenge to finish them in just a few days.
February 16th I was in the Vernon Winter Carnival parade. Before the parade all of the visiting royalty hung out and took endless selfies and just chatted a bit. Then the Carnival Society took a beautiful group picture of all the royalty. Once the parade started I was shocked to see how many people lined the streets of Vernon which […]
The annual Vernon Hot Air Balloon Glow was held on February 5th this is one of my favorite events of the Vernon Winter Carnival, because people from all over the WORLD come to take part in the winter carnival and put their hot air balloons up. This event is also a chance to get up close and personal with real […]
People should not judge other people minimally before they get to know them. How dare someone call another person a name before they know anything about him or her? Maybe that person didn’t acknowledge you because they can’t speak English, or maybe they can’t speak at all, maybe they can’t hear either. I hate it when someone calls a person […]
On February 4th I was visiting royalty at the 56th queen and princess Silver Star coronation. This event was the beginning of a very busy week for me, it was the first event of the Vernon Winter Carnival, which is an annual event in Vernon that attracts people form across Canada to come and enjoy our little town. The queen […]
On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Our flag is now 51 years old. Happy Flag Day Canada!!
The Shriner’s variety show was held on December 4 2015 and I was an honored guest!! All the money raised goes to the Shiners Hospitals for Children. The variety show was truly state of the art. It was amazing. There was a magician, a ventriloquist (who was my personal favorite) and others, including a guy who got his whole body […]
On November 29th/2015 I attended the Vernon light up. This is an annual event that happens every holiday season. I remember going to this event as a young child and loving it. I was at the letters to Santa station. The letter to Santa station is where a child would write a letter to Santa and if you include your address SANTA WRITES BACK!! All of the kids were really excited to do this so it was really fun talking to all of them. I even met my buddy who I peer tutor at school and she hugged me and posed for pics. Lots of community members came by to say hello to me and this was great!!! Then at 6:00 it was time for the infamous lighting of the town tree which was sooo cool. All the way down the streets you could here the countdown. This day was really action packed between this and the Kamloops parade.
Twice in December I volunteered with the local Salvation Army to ring the bell at the mall. This is an activity that I did last year as well and loved it. This year I was able to do it on a sash and people just loved that. This year in Vernon alone there was 5500 hours by 1500 volunteers, which is a lot in a small town. This year the goal was to raise $150000 and I’m happy to say that the goal was surpassed and it was a record breaking year. The money from the Kettle campaign is the main fundraise for the food bank. The Salvation Armys also put on food drives and other events like teddy bear tosses. The Salvation Army is a big part of our community and I am happy to have been a small part of it.
November 28, 2015 was my first parade as Miss Teen Galaxy Canada, it was the Kamloops Santa Claus parade. In this parade I had a gorgeous Corvette sponsored by Smith Chevrolet in Kamloops. I loved the big bow they put on the hood!! When we got down to the marshaling area I was able to catch up with the local […]
Friday, was my last full day at EWC with all my newly made friends. At 9:30 till noonish, we got free time in down town Ottawa, my friends and I went shopping in the mall. Jessica and I got lost at first and it was just her and I to begin with but by the end we had a group […]
The next day was really fun my group went to the National War museum for the whole day, and we were allowed to put on and handle some of the gear the veterans actually used, we even got to try on helmets. I never knew how heavy the helmets were, they weigh a ton. We also got to see in […]
My platform is anti bullying and equality for all. My motto for this platform is “be someone’s hero, not a bystander”. What this means is that you will never stop the bullies but the bystanders can be taught that they don’t have to enable the bully, and that they can stand up for the victim or get help for them. […]
On November 11th , I woke up really early, at about 6:30am to get ready to go to the national Remembrance Day ceremony!! We also were fortunate to listen to Operation Veteran again and this presentation took place in the famous Canadian hotel “Fairmont Château Laurier”, which is where the queen stays when she visits!! Then after the Operation Veteran […]
On my third day at EWC we left the center at 9:05am, to walk downtown Ottawa and take a tour of the war memorials across from the city center. We were able to see all of the famous memorials, even the National War Memorial where we placed our crosses in remembrance of veterans who had lost their lives on the […]
On Monday November 9th I woke up at 7:00am at Encounters with Canada to get ready to tour parliament!! I ate breakfast with my new friends; most of them were from an all French school in London Ontario, so I got to brush up a bit on my French. Je suis vraiment rouillé. After meeting the others in our group […]
On November 7th I boarded a plane to Ottawa, my country’s capital for a week at Terry Fox center, with the student program “Encounters with Canada”. Little did I know that my plane ride there would be so fun, I could write a whole blog about it. From the moment I passed security in Kelowna people starting stopping me and […]
On November 7th I attended the Shoppers Drug Mart “Be a Silver Star” gala, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2015, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease. At this event I was the official […]
On November 3rd, 2015 I attended my first event as Miss Teen Galaxy Canada. I must apologize for my lateness with posting and for being a bit behind. I’m hoping to catch up soon. The first event I attended as Miss Teen Galaxy Canada was the RBC Teen Open house for the new teen room in Lake Country right here […]
In this article Galaxy pageants is number 5!! Meaning it is the ranking highest pageant I could have entered in my age group (Canadian teen)!! Read the article here
The past Galaxy Girls have had an amazing time at the international pageant can’t wait for August 2016!!
Kelsey Raber Photography
The moment I learned I was Miss Teen Galaxy Canada: At that moment I was so happy it was like a dream that wouldn’t end. It is such an honor to be selected to represent the whole Country! My wonderful high school and community has been so supportive on this journey. I live in Vernon British Columbia, which is located in the […]
The New Miss Teen Galaxy Canada is Samantha Sewell of Vernon British Columbia. This website will feature Posts from Samantha!! Samantha is compassionate and truly cares about people. She volunteers many hours with Service Club, Student voice and with her schools class for special kids. She is currently working towards her Duke of Edinburgh award. Sam’s passion is working with kids and […]