Year in Review

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…

 

 

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January 2016

January 2016, not much happened but I
announced my offical sponsors for Internationals!! L’Amore Bridals and Formals my Gown and fashion wear sponsor!

And Kelsey Raber Photography, my offical photograph for the year. Top of 2016 Pictures (galaxy sponsor)In January I also got the opportunity to model in Vernon bridal show, I modeled for my sponsor L’Amore Bridal and Formals. Link to picture here!!

Side not look at that old logo for Kelsey Raber Photography

 

February 2016

Top of 2016 PicturesFebruary started with the Kiki fundraiser for local performer Kiki the eco elf! Then came the Vernon Winter Carnival, which is the main reason why February is one of my Busier months for events!! I was visiting royalty at the Queen Silver Star crowning, with other royalty from around BC! I took pictures for Canada’s National Flag day, which said photo soon became the most view pictures on this website. Top of 2016 Pictures I got to ride in Hot Air balloons (even if they were 5 feet off the ground still really fun), I visited the “princess Tea Part” at the Local Library, once again with the Queen and Princess Silver Star! There was the Vernon Winter carnival Parade where I got to Top of 2016 Picturesenjoy some time before the parade with the other royalty. And even so for some reason I was edited out of the TV version of the parade it was still a
blast!! Silver Star Mountain had it’s annual (will be back during the 2017 one) BC Snow Sculpture Competition!! And my favorite event of the month (and one of my favorite pictures of all time) was family Day in Polson Park, and I got to speak at my first event, yes it was not on stage but I still had a pretty decent audience listening in the tent!

 

March

Top of 2016 PicturesNot just my 18th birthday but an eye opening month as well! The beginning of March I had my first offical in crown photo shoot with Kelsey Raber Photography, the pictures she took here would soon appear across the globe in various magazines and web articles. Kelsey managed to somehow capture my bubbly personalty in just a few pictures. My favorite though (as you know if you have one of my cards) is the one where I blow a kiss! March was also the month where I raised money for my pal Samantha from RMHBC and I attend her AMAZING super hero lunch, with a Canadian Pacific Railway rep. This month was the time where I became an advocate for spread the word to end the word, and for the first time EVER I shared my story, Top of 2016 Picturesnot knowing where it would get me. Teen Fest Canada, soon invited me to speak at the event (2 hours away) and I accepted, I spoke in front of my first major audience! Where people came up to me after and told me how much of an Inspirational I am. this is the first time I noticed that I, I could make a difference in peoples lives. March ended with my final event with my sister queen, Miss Teenage Kelowna 2015,  we made it very sentimental by going to the same event we went to a year ago, and at that point it was our first event together. (it will be weird to be back in 2017 alone) March was the month where I begin to find my self!!

 

April

Top of 2016 PicturesIn the pageant appearance seasons April is one of the busyness, and filled wit first times!! HockeyVille Canada, a large national event came to my small area!! I was on national television (in the most Canadian way, hockey night in Canada). More Easter events, which are NEVER in short
supply in the Okanagan. I was invited to be the “princess” at the Vernon Autism Walk, And Lazy One Canada donated Top of 2016 Picturessome PJ’s for the Team Canada group at Internationals!! I walked in the Canadian Cancer Society Daffidol Dash, being the 8th one to finish! And I danced at the Earth day celebration in Vernon town square park!!

 

May

Top of 2016 PicturesThe peak in pageant appearance season!! May started with be formally invited to the walk so kids can talk, I got to talk some of the councilors and speak to the manager of the service about how I am a past user of Kids help Phone. I am also now in the Walk so Kids Can Talk commercial to view that click here! It was an honor to speak to these people who are one of the only reasons Top of 2016 Pictureswhy I finished High School! I attend the MChappy Day in Kelowna, where I sold bags and balloons for charity.  I was in the Rutland May Day parade, where some people knew who I was?!
Which at the time was a first for me. I finished this month by visiting the May Day Queens coronation day, where I saw the 2015 girls,who I know so well hand their titles over.

 

June

Top of 2016 PicturesMiracle weekendJune started with the worlds rainiest parade. I am not kidding my sash had to be rung out and my hair was drenched. Then I traveled to Vancouver to attend several events!! First event being Barnaby Hights Street Party. Top of 2016 PicturesThen was
was of my favorites,  The RBC run for kids (last year it was called Child Run) Where I was on TV again and handed out awards to all the participants who ran! And my favorite event of the Vancouver Weekend was miracle weekend, where I meet several fighters and inspirational other volunteer’s!  even got to face-paint beautiful crowns on some little girls.

 

July

Top of 2016 PicturesJuly, where do I start. I graduated fro Highschool, and two weeks later from College. I rode in a Canada Day Parade with my Pageant friend Miss Canada Globe forth Princess! i attend the Canada Day Celebration in Polson park, I even got to meet up with a EWC friend who moved to my town, HOW COOL IS THAT?! I rode in the Lumby Days parade, and ate at the dignitary’s lunch in (Then got food poisoning for a week :P) My Dad and I walked the Do it for Dad fathers day Top of 2016 Pictureswalk, and attended the Fathers Day Car show, which has become a tradition every year I have held a title.  And the finally of HockeyVille Canada event happened….and Top of 2016 Pictures…..Lumby……WON!! I got to be on national TV when they announced the Winning town, which was ours!! in July I also got to speak at my old entry school about my story, and I meet several young children who have speach impediments. As busy July was for me at events it was non stop at night practicing for Internationals in August.

 

 

August

Top of 2016 PicturesAugust we got our passports and hopped on a plane to ORLANDO!!! It is strange some of my best Orlando memories are at Disney World not the pageant LOL!! Mom and I got park hopper tickets, and we visited EVERY park and rode (almost) every ride. It was a blast and I cannot wait to go back to DW, also I cried during the Fireworks, that is HOW good they are!! Galaxy Internationals were also in Orlando, I had a blast. Top of 2016 PicturesI represented Canada to my very best and won the International Peoples choice award!! Not to mention the friend I made from around the world!

 

 

September

September was slow, but NOT uneventful!! I was featured on castanet, about winning peoples choice, and I rode on the very TOP of a fire truck in the Salmon Arm parade. But the thing that took the cake in September was me finding Live Out Loud Charity. I decided I would try for the Miss Worldwide Pageant, as I loved what LOLC stood for. So after some work, and essay, interview and form. I got the email “Congratulations you have been selected as Miss Worldwide Teen Canada”.  This words brought tears to my eyes and I instantly started my Inspirational Queens Video!!

 

October

Barly anything happened in October, I was working hard on an inspirational Queens Video and got the idea to do a calendar as well. October was my down month.

 

November

Photo credit Kelsey Raber Photoraphy

 

This month began is when things began to get busy again. I revived my new crown and sash, and did my first offical photo-shoot, with my sponsor Kelsey Raber Photography!  I started sells on my Calendar, rode in the Kamloops Santa Parade. I started to feel at home with my LOLC family. I became certified in Suicide prevention and started my Core-Character training. Not to mention working for THE PAGEANT PLANET!!

 

December

Top of 2016 PicturesI was driven in my family quad, which my dad decorated in the Armstrong Light-up parade. I attended the Victory Life Christmas Ladies gala, presented a check on the CPR Holiday Train!! And began to get booked in 2017 events. I have been told by people around my community that  am an inspiration, something I would never have dreamed of at the begin this year. I rung the Bell for the Salvation army, put Top of 2016 Pictureson a successful toy and food drive raising 200 pounds of food and more than 50 toy items!I volunteered at the Vernon BC Light-up! And now I am now working on a “smile” video to inspire youth to reach there dreams with a smile on their faces. (still looking for submissions of videos email me for details).

2016 was one heck of a year, here’s to all the 2016 memories and to even better 2017 ones <3. Thank you to all of you for making my 2016 so special <3.

-Samantha Sewell

 

 

 

 

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Inspirational Queens!!

previewOver 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 you would like to order one please leave your email in the comments below or email sewellspeaker@gmail.com, to place your order.  All funds made will go to Live Out Loud Charity.

Thank You LOLC Family

Miss Worldwide Teen Canada
Photo credit, Kelsey Raber Photography

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 Charity (LOLC), or at least to apply to be one. So I did, I wrote an essay about my struggles and my dream of living in a world where no matter what struggles you may face, everyone is an equal. And soon after my phone interview with LOLC founder Sherrie, I received a congratulatory email stating that I have been awarded the national title of Miss Worldwide Teen Canada. One of the reasons I was interested in going to LOLC was because they focus on spreading awareness to Anti-bullying though community participation and fashion.  Holding this title gives me the opportunity to continue spreading awareness and hope to all those, who like me, have been told they can’t do something.  With LOLC I can share my story with an international crowd. And that international crowd is already making itself known, I will be (on November 18th) be appearing on International Talk radio with YouEffect talking about my story, I will also be in the upcoming YouEffect publication with other “inspirational” youth’s stories. If you follow me on Facebook, and I encourage you too, you will know that I am already working on my first LOLC awareness event/fundraiser. I have made a video (that will be released on November 13th), this video shows 12 girls and ladies, including myself, sharing their story’s with bullying, I am very excited for you ALL to see it.

 

Though I have only been with LOLC for little over a month, I always feel welcomed and at home. The other LOLC title holders welcomed me with open arms and took the time (on Snapchat and Facebook chat) to understand my speech, which I continue to struggle with. speech-impediment-1One Worldwide titleholder made my day by saying “you have a speech impediment,
I never would have guessed”. For one of the first times in my life during an interview the director, Sherrie, said nothing about my speech (which means more than you may think). I did not have to explain that I did not have an accent, it’s a speech impediment, nor did I have to argue that I WAS born in Canada, and I do not have a foreign accent. My new LOLC family has already changed my life. For me taking the time to understand me means the world, I only shared my story publicly a year ago, and now so much is happening because of it. Thank you to everyone, to my new LOLC family, to my community, and to my actual family, I look forward to this years as Miss Worldwide Teen Canada!

Samantha Sewell

Miss Worldwide Teen

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. Than you to everyone who has helped me along the way, and has helped me get to this point. Live Out Loud Charity
I am so thrilled to be your Miss Worldwide Teen Canada with LOLC this year and excited to see what this year will hold!!!

 

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Galaxy Internationals (pictures)

Samantha Sewell

On castanet.net

A huge thank you to Castanet for the beautiful article, I leave for Orlando tomorrow morning. Then let the pageant feed begin!!

Castanet.net

 

To read the Castanet article click here.

Samantha Sewell

Personal Reflection

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. This in return gives me the desire to continue spreading the message that everyone needs to be someone’s hero and not a bystander. If you see someone being bullied and are afraid to do something then get someone who will. If you see someone that’s different then you say hello. Everyone needs the same thing and that’s to be included and to have a friend. Don’t be nasty to people that may be weaker just because you can, what that says about you is way worse then what you may think it says about the weaker person. It takes way more courage and strength to lift someone up then it does to push someone down.

I will always continue to tell my story in the hope of helping anyone who is being bullied and excluded, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that pageantry has given me to do this. I have become more confident in myself and no longer let others define who I am. I have met other like minded people that have causes and platforms that they work at  by telling  their stories and trying to make changes in their communities and in the world. These are the people I choose to have in my life, not bullies.
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My Story: Not just a Pageant Queen

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 Sign Language and carry a large picture book around with me so when someone spoke to me I could open my book and point at the picture that was the answer to a question. For those answers I couldn’t just point at the picture for, I would say the answer while signing and hope that somehow they would understand me. I’m sure you can imagine I was teased and called names because of this. People thought that just because I could not talk normally that I could not HEAR or UNDERSTAND them, but they were wrong and still to this day the words they would call me haunt me. Because of my speech I had to learn the alphabet by sight not sound I had to learn how words were spelled because I could not sound them out. I had to work twice as hard in school, so therefore I was always behind. As my speech improved I thought the bullying would stop but was I ever wrong I would go to school and there would be notes written on the bathroom stall about me. There would be whole games about not playing with me. I spent almost every recess and lunch sitting alone praying for the bell to ring. Then in high school it got even worse. I would go to school and someone would have broken my lock on my locker, and there would be obscene words written on my locker. I would walk down the halls and hear whispers say “that’s that retarded girl who can’t talk”. This is part of the reason I am so involved it the “spread the Word to end the word” campaign, because I know what it feel like to have the “R” word used to describe you. The sad thing is that eventually I started to believe them and think I was a worthless loser who would never do anything with my life. In grade 9 it reached the worst level of bullying and I would phone home begging to go home and beg my mom to let me skip school. Fortunately thanks to one French Teacher and a group of grade 11 girls I was able to move my locker so I was right beside the older girls who befriended me and between my mom talking to the principle and the French teacher the bullying eased off . This teacher is one of the only reasons I stayed in school. Now I still to this day have a speech impediment and I always will, but I now accept it as a part of me. It has gotten much, much better and people often think I sound like I am from New York. Due to all of the bullying I endured and because I’ve  had to fight all my life I started working with my platform of Anti-Bullying and Inclusion for all.

The inclusion portion of my platform started to form at the start of grade 10. I was in a class with my school’s Resource Room (class for Students with various special needs) I witnessed one girl being bullied and I knew I had to do something, because I knew how awful it was to be bullied for being different. So I went up and started walking with the girl who was being bullied. Soon after that she invited me to come eat in the Resource room. I have to admit my first reaction was stereotypical and I was scared and was going to say no, but I knew what it was like to have no one to eat with you so I went. That day changed my life. I walked into the Resource Room and all the kids looked at me and they looked scared. They didn’t know what I was going to do or say, and they were afraid of me. The moment I sat down the talking started and I noticed they were no different then everyone else. I began going into the resource room almost daily and I still do, now I am even starting my education to work with different people with special needs. I know all to well the frustration and the anger they and everyone who has ever been bullied faces. To this day I continue to be bullied and insulted but I now tell myself that it is not me who has the issue, its the bully. I want to put the end on this note, one out of three children will be bullied. For every person who reads this who either has or plans on having three children one of them will/are getting bullied, if you have two children chances are one of them is getting bullied. But the good news is WE can change it, you may not be able to change the Bully, there will always be bullies but we have the power to stand up for those who are being bullied, “Be Someone’s Hero Not A Bystander”. I also want to help educate people to use “person first” Language, which is saying the person before the special needs for example “a Person with Special needs” not “A Special needs person”. We shouldn’t be defined by our faults but rather by our attempts to reach our full potential!

Happy National Flag Day Canada!

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!!