When I moved to Edmonton five years ago from a small town, I expected traffic, getting lost a lot and loud city people. Though, I was pretty excited about living close to West Edmonton mall and expected I’d be shopping every weekend.

In fact, over the span of five years I have learned that the traffic isn’t bad (unless it’s 5pm and rush hour).  Each part of Edmonton is set up like it’s own mini community, which makes getting to know the area very simple. The “loud city people” I’ve met, I now hold life-long friendships with, and I’ve only visited West Edmonton Mall about ten short times in the 5 years of living here. Edmonton has taught me a lot, including that sometimes what we expect and reality are two different things.

Edmonton is split like a storybook by the Saskatchewan River. It leaves a recreational River Valley for Edmontonions to explore, while living the chapters being created in their personal bestseller. North America’s longest corridor of connected urban parkland runs along the city’s river valley, minutes from the long stretch of Whyte Avenue, where many of my treasured moments have taken place.

While walking down Whyte avenue is a mystery because each visit lays a new experience, you can always count on the talented local buskers, friendly community, and wide activity selection to remind you why it’s the best place to spend your Friday evening, Saturday shopping or Sunday brunch.

Whyte Avenue is Edmonton’s hosting area for fun and exciting events such as parades, concerts, local talent and so much more. Edmonton’s annual Art Walk held on the stretch of Whyte Avenue, is a place I like to describe as where memories are made and art comes to life.

Imagine a 4 km walk through the hearts and minds of artists. Cultural explorers and visitors are invited to see art creation in action on the streets of Whyte Avenue, a vibrant art district in the historic centre of Edmonton, Alberta. Over 400 visual artists bring their art supplies and artworks out into the streets. The Whyte Avenue Art Walk reveals Alberta’s hidden talent and provides an opportunity for people to curate their own art collection from many undiscovered masters. Together they create an outdoor studio and gallery spanning several blocks.

 

From food trucks, to live music, to art being created right before your eyes is nothing short of a spectacular learning and growing experience. Being a creative soul myself, I can appreciate the support Edmonton gives to local artists. The opportunities that flourish, the creations built, and the memories from Edmonton’s spectacular Art’s culture is something you cannot find anywhere else. The wide arts district that Edmonton has to offer is what makes for a unique city. You can always trust that the rare minds that call this city home won’t fail to keep it interesting. Edmonton’s Art District has had a large impact on who I am today and I hope to see you at next years annual Art Walk or for an evening of mystery on Whyte Avenue in the city I call home, Edmonton Alberta. 

Yours Truly,

Kalista Gauvreau,

Miss Alberta World 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When sitting down at my computer thinking about my past few years spent in the “oil abundant” city of Calgary, I realize there are so many amazing places that this city has to offer its residence and visitors. There are tons of great restaurants, so many beautiful parks to explore on hot summer days, the beautiful mountains in Banff and the lovely Lake Louise that basically are in our very own backyards.

But, the place I know and love the most in my city would have to be my university, Mount Royal.

 

I guess it is a very good thing that I love my school so much considering I spend 99% of my time there. Whether it be waking up at the crack of dawn for class and quickly stopping by Tim Hortons for an extra-large double-double that will carry me through the day, or making a stop at the gym to relieve some stress, I always find myself gravitating towards spending as much time at MRU as possible. I know a lot of time people can’t wait to finish a long day of school and head home to relax but when a school is filled so many smiling faces and so many convenient facilities for its students to take advantage of I often find it hard to leave. When I decided to move from my forever home of Beautiful British Columbia and explore a new city in Alberta I was slightly unsure of what I was getting myself into. If I hadn’t attended Mount Royal University I would never have met so many amazing people who have grown to be such amazing friends and an awesome support system in my life. I will never forget my first day of school. I had to go to the library to print an assignment out for a professor. First of all, I had no idea where the library was so it took me 30 minutes to walk there when it should have taken 3.  Then, I finally arrived at a computer, pulled up my assignment, and had no idea how to print it out. I sat there puzzled for a solid 5 minutes until a girl sitting across the library came offer and offered me a hand. That was 2 years ago and now I can say I have had a friendship with Michelle ever since. This is just one example of how people are, not only at MRU, but Calgary in general. Just sitting here now at Tim Hortons look at all the happy faces passing by I love how positive of an environment this school has provided their students with. The constant chatter about how hard that final exam was, the 8am line at Tim’s that takes 20 minutes just to get a coffee, the always enthusiastic staff at the gym who make working out so much more enjoyable, all these factors are why I love my school so much and why Mount Royal will always be considered my home away from home.

GO COUGARS!!!

 

 

                                                            

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Hello from Miss Edmonton and Alberta’s Capital City…. EDMONTON!

Over here we are filled with breathtaking views, beautiful weather and great people! Edmonton has many attractions and events to visit and see in the summer time. Also Edmonton’s downtown core is continuously developing and has a lot of action happening to keep the Edmontonians and any visitors enjoying the outdoors and our beautiful city.

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Some different activities and adventurous things that I enjoy in my home city and some that I have recently been a part of are:

1- Taking walks outside and going to the river valley for amazing views.

2- Visiting free outdoor pools such as Fred Broadstock, Queen Elizabeth and Mill Creek to soak up the sun rays and chit chat and hang with my friends!

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3- Go out downtown for delicious food or tasty sweets at Cinnaholic for cinnamon buns or Menchies for Froyo because we have UNREAL options that will satisfy and truly delight everyone!

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4- Attend Edmonton events and attractions- Such as pets in the park at William Hawrelak Park, Canada Day patio celebrations to celebrate our Country, visit the Muttart Conservatory, visit the Art Gallery, visit West Edmonton Mall for shopping, swimming, bowling, mini golf, arcade games, food and more! Visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo to see the  cute and cuddly and the creepy crawly animals!

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5- Play some games with friends! Some different game cafes are- Table Top Cafe, Hexagon Cafe, or Board N Brew Cafe. Or see if you can work together and escape out of different rooms in Edmonton- Escape City, Breakout Edmonton, Exit Edmonton.

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There are many many more awesome things to see and places to visit…. I can truly say that without a doubt, Edmonton is the place to be and always has something new around the corner! Edmonton… I am proud to call you home and I am truy honoured to have achieved my title of Miss Edmonton 2018 and to be able to represent my AMAZING city at the Miss World Canada 2018 competition in two weeks time. Come check us out, stay a while and make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

Thanks for reading.

Until next time…xoxo

-Miss Edmonton 2018

Rebecca Crouse

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This black and white affair consisted of food, fashion, drinks and fun! A rather unique runway experience if you ask me! Not only did Zoolander have spectacular fashion models, but they also allow the animals to strut their stuff down the runway too! (Who knew owls were such naturals?)

Representing Alberta in Prairie Couture style was a spontaneous and exciting experience! An evening of fashion & design, animals, and representing myself as I continue creating new connections and relationships through my reign.

I am proud to have contributed to the city of Edmonton coming together to raise funds for the Edmonton Valley Zoo and to experience what the Edmonton Valley Zoo is all about – education, conservation, and revitalization.

Until next time, Zoolander!

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Yours truly:

Kalista,

Miss Alberta World 2018

xoxo

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As competition day of the preliminary pageant to Miss World Canada arrived I was surprised my nerves were not beaming through the roof considering I’ve had zero pageant experience. Instead, I felt convinced. Convinced that I had found what I desired to pursue in life.

Performing and being on stage was my second nature growing up, weather it be competitive dance, cheerleading or musicals I always had a glowing smile and happy heart. Which is why pageantry feels so natural to me. Having recently graduated from Victoria school of Visual and Performing Arts, and completing my first year of post secondary at College of the Rockies, you can imagine the overanalyzing that comes with thinking about your future.

But this time, there was no overanalyzing and no second thoughts. I was confident that this opportunity was my ladder. My chance to represent Canada and to influence many people about my Beauty with a Purpose; that self-love and a healthy piece of mind is your root to success in all aspects of life. It will be my pleasure to share my unique life force and experiences with you through my reign as Miss Alberta World!

As one door closes, another opens. Taking the opportunities life has gifted you allows you to flourish to your highest potential. Ever since winning the title of Miss Alberta World, I describe everyday as becoming the woman I’ve always dreamed to be. Join me in my journey to Miss World Canada as I will be sharing my most favourable moments making my way to Nationals!

Yours truly,

Kalista,

Miss Alberta World 2018

xoxo

 

 

 

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Good morning, or I guess I should say good afternoon since it is 12:45pm, yet believe it or not I seem to have just woken up. Yesterday I woke up at 4:30am so I guess it’s ok that I slept in this late. Miss World Canada is only 45 days away though and there is still lots for me to do so no more sleeping in after today for this girl!

Yesterday I was extremely privileged to get to attend Farmers Day in Lethbridge at the UFA store. My fellow title holders, Miss Teenage Lethbridge 2018, Miss Teenage Alberta 2017, and of course the wonderful Miss Intercontinental 2017 kept me company during this super fun filled day.

 

After Mattea and I hit the highway and began our two hour trek to Lethbridge, which happened to include a few unplanned for detours (AKA we got lost) we eventually arrived at the UFA store and were greeted by the friendliest staff.

 

We nestled into our booth with the other girls and began greeting customers and interacting with many people. Our day involved talking to people and getting guests to sing up for the awesome draw for some sweet swag provided by UFA. There were toys for the children, some horse feed, and even passes to the Calgary Stampede. We got a ton of people to enter the draws which was super exciting for everyone!

After the event we toured around Lethbridge for a tiny bit and I got to go to Bells and Bows Bridal to pick up my GORGEOUS gown for Miss World Canada. After a long, exciting day, Mattea and I drove back to Calgary and jammed out to some pick-me-up country tunes the whole way so that I didn’t fall asleep behind the wheel. It was a great day in Lethbridge and I love spending such quality time with my pageant sisters.

Until next time!

XO

Megan Smith – Miss South Calgary 2018

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Hello everyone!

Today I will be your eyes and ears at the Edmonton Pride Parade 2018. Reading about it would be awesome… but you know what would be even better? Experiencing it yourself! Click on the link to watch my first video blog, where I will be taking you along with me to Edmonton’s greatest event of the year!

Spoiler alert: the last few seconds of the video make me cry every time I watch it :,)

I hope everyone enjoys this video as much as I do!

And remember, love always wins!

Margo Kruchynina

 

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Rebecca Crouse and I currently hold the sparkly Title of Miss Edmonton World 2018! I am 24 years old and I am super excited to start out my beauty pageant blog journey, with all of my new pageant sisters! The count down until MWC Competition 2018 is on, so get ready to hear about some terrific tid bits from this tiara and see what different events I have had the privilege to be a part of as well as many more to come!

                   

Lets begin with some basic background knowledge….

I was born in Sudbury, Ontario but later moved and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta when I was in grade three! I absoutely love spending time with my family, having fun with my friends and cuddling and walking my 9 year old maltipoo, Molly!

This past month I graduated from Concordia University of Edmonton with a duo degree, my first degree in the Bachelor of Arts and my second degree an After degree in Education. I eagerly await my position as an elementary school teacher filled with exceptional and exciting students!! Children are my absolute passion and it truly highlights my Beauty with a Purpose statement which is, promoting inclusion in education and this is because I love seeing diversity in the classroom and I am excited to enrich and shape the minds and the lives of young and developing students.

I enjoy travelling, going to music festivals, spending time outdoors, staying active through spin, barre and soar classes and I LOVE  Menchie’s…. like seriously… LETS GO FROYO!!!

I cannot wait to meet new people, get involved with different volunteer opportunities within Edmonton and hopefully other parts of Alberta and leave some sparkle with whoever I meet and wherever I go!

Until next time…. xoxo

-Miss Edmonton

 

 

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Only 8 weeks left till we all meet in Toronto! Seems like so much time, yet once I start thinking of everything I have planned, I realize that 8 weeks really is not that long for everything I have planned..:) Let me give you a quick update on my journey as Miss Central Alberta World 2018.

Last week was great – I got to attend Stollery Spotlight and be a part of a truly amazing event. I would like to take a moment and say “thank you” to everyone who so selflessly commits their time to charity and activism. YOU make this world a better place.

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During Stollery Spotlight, I learned about a new mental health facility that will be open in Edmonton within the next 6-7 years.  One of the main aspects that developers take pride in, is that the facility will be family- and youth- oriented. It will have a lot open space and different upbringing activities for everyone who is admitted. It will definitely be a huge step forward for our city. I cannot wait for it to open! What an amazing project.

Another topic that was brought up during the event is that now, youth can get online help, should they have doubts about their mental well-being. All  because of the program Breathe. Breathe was designed to help youth (13 to 19 years old) with anxiety treatment. One of the main aspects of the program is that teens have the power to stay anonymous. Researchers believe that it will help teenagers to be more open and honest about their feelings and thoughts. The program runs 24/7 and kids can get online help anytime they need it. So far it has shown amazing results and over 4,000 kids across Canada have found it helpful. In my opinion, it is an amazing program and I am very thankful to it’s developers. Here is the link to it! https://www.thebreathestudy.com/

We also got to meet a robot! It lives at the U of A hospital. It is programmed to know kids’ names and interact with them. Isn’t it just awesome! Take a look.

 

Last week was week of mental health. Talking and thinking about mental health awareness surely helps and it is definitely step #1. As Gary John Bishop once said: “We are what we do, not what we think”. Thinking about the issue just does not do the trick anymore. We need to start acting, too. Acting through listening, acting through accepting, acting through understanding. Acting through knowing of programs such as Breathe and other ways through which mental health issues may be addressed.

I have a new commitment to myself. DO more. Invest more. Devote more. I can do it.

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Talk to you soon!

 

Margo Kruchynina

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Hi everyone! My name is Margo and I am Miss Central Alberta World 2018. I was born and raised in Ukraine, but now I am thankful to call Canada my home. I am a recent B.Comm graduate and I am extremely proud of this milestone. I speak three languages and English was third language that I learned! As everyone else, I have had a lot of ups and downs in my life, but I am thankful for everything that happened to me, because it shaped me into who I am now. Growing up, I witnessed a lot of domestic violence, but I felt too small and helpless to change anything. Now, I know that this world has no room for domestic abuse and my main focus is to end it. I am very excited to start my partnership with Canadian Women’s Foundation and help women who have gone, or are still going through, domestic abuse.

 

 

In my free time, I like stay active and travel the world! In the picture below, you can see one the best views I have witnessed by far. It is in New Zealand!

 

Talk soon! 🙂

 

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