Hello,

We were to ask to write blog about our favourite place inside our region. A local family-run establishment, quaint local tourist attraction, or scenic location. I have decided to write about the Lakeland Grill, located in Bonnyville, AB. 

The Lakeland Grill is a local, family-established steakhouse which opened up in 2011. Since they’re opening, I believe this place has been nothing short of successful. The owners, Nick & Nora, have been in the restaurant business for a long time. While contemplating the idea of the restaurant, they wanted to add something different to the East-Central side of Alberta. They sure did that! They brought a kind, friendly and family vibe to the community. They greet everyone with open arms and never fail to make new friends everyday with their impeccable service! 

  

I spend most of my time at the Lakeland Grill, which some people also treat as a cafe. Every wednesday there are about eight ladies that come in to drink coffee and discuss their lives. They’ve been dubbed ‘The coffee ladies’, and they know all of the gossip there is to know in town!

My favourite part about the Grill is the hospitality you feel as soon as you through the door and the chalkboard they put up at the entrance filled with kind words and motivational quotes. Most of the staff have worked for Nick and Nora since they’ve started, and it shows. The easy going and goofy relationship the entire staff share definitely demonstrates how close they are, and how much they love working for such great people. I also absolutely love the fact that the restaurant gets involved with the community. For example; these past two years, they’ve catered for the Senior Centre on Christmas Eve!

Nick and Nora have been married for 23 years and have three kids (all girls) to call their own. Their oldest is non other than yours truly! I have been lucky enough to call these two amazing people my parents and I’m so grateful to have grown up in the wonderful environment they’ve created with the restaurant. I also appreciate the friendships I’ve made because of the Lakeland Grill.  My parents are not only the restaurant’s owner, but they are friends and family to most of their customers!

Because of my parents hard work and dedication to the Lakeland Grill, I believe that it will always be a place in Bonnyville where the community can enjoy good food with even better company!  

Yours truly,

 

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta

 

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Hello!

At the Sponsor Party, us the delegates encountered representatives of these brands and local attractions.

Maxine Warsh was present , and worked hard to educate the delegates on the water in their skin

Maxine Warsh

Pageant makeup was no match for this amazing product!

There was no need for me to use makeup remover, everything came off including my mascara! Plus, the best part is the cloth is reusable and easy to clean!

Pina and Lucy from The Kraco set up a lovely display of beauty products and accessories

kraco logo body wash and beauty bar

Thank you KRA Shea Butter for the amazing 100% shea butter lip balm (pink grapefruit flavour) and the lip tint!

I’ve already started using the lip balm and can feel a difference!

If it wasn’t their product that has already won me over, it was definitely the chocolate they were offering at their booth!

Be sure to check out their website by clicking the link belolw!
https://thekra.co/

Shoes from Nine West were provided for each delegate

Nine West shoes for evening gown

 

Nine West is absolutely incredible! They are our official shoe sponsor for Miss World Canada, they have provided each delegate with a pair of shoes for opening number and swimwear! I am so excited to wear this shoes on stage and to show them off!

Snappy Towels microfiber beach towels gave away blue and pink beach balls emblazoned with their logo.

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Though I cant swim, snappy towels definitely had one of the coolest promotions: the underwater selfie challenge, from the moment Rob announced the challenge I wish I knew how to swim. However, it was still cool to receive a beach ball and I will definitely be using it over the summer!

Raven social media photo booth was set up to make memories with the party and the official photo wall in the background. Robin was

Raven social media photo booth logo

Robin had lots of ideas – was making memories! This was a wonderful way for us girls to be goofy and fun in front of a camera, it aloud us to be ourselves!

Isabella Hoops Entertainment sent hula hoop performers to put on a show and give tips to inspire other enthusiasts among the assembly..

Isabella Hoops Entertainment

I loved hula hooping the other day at the orientation party. Thank you!

Hashtagio social media aggregator was there , but not really, – every Instagram picture tagged #MissWorldCanada

Hashtagio social media aggregator

Archer Dental sent ahead dozens of tiny gift bags loaded with dental supplies for the week ahead,.

Archer Dental

 

And every delegate got tank tops from StreetChic.ca and Tastic Marketing ran a booth –

Tastic Marketing in Mississauga

 

These tank tops were the cutest! ‘I like it when you smile, I love it when I’m the reason’ was the quote written on the tank top! It was definitely hard to resist a smile after seeing these shirts and the beautiful lady handing them out!

Helene Clarkson offers clothing that is versatile, saves room and hands down gorgeous!

Travel tip: Always pack a pair of fluffy socks or slippers. Sometimes we wear shoes that take too much time to do up or are not comfortable to wear throughout the flight. By having socks or slippers, you’re capable of leaving them on for the flight and you’ll never have to walk bare foot around the plane!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/HeleneClarksonDesign/

Thank you SKECHERS for showing the 2017 delegates your new line! Enjoyed looking at some of the funky shoe styles you guys have to offer!

  

Link: https://www.facebook.com/SKECHERS-139537099427776/

Thank you!

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Hello!

July long weekend was one of my busiest weekends to date. I had two events organized in hopes of raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation and it was a success! I also had the Canada Day festivities, which occurred on Saturday!

 Children’s Wish Foundation –Showcase (Friday)

Friday evening, I had organized a showcase. It included sixteen different performers. Though the crowd was not big, we still managed to have an eventful evening. Laughter and smiles were shared throughout the night. Each performer who walked the stage to either dance or sing brought such warmth to my heart and to the crowd. They each volunteered time out of their busy schedules to help raise donations for this charity.

 

The Children’s Wish Foundation was founded in 1984 and it is an organization that grants wishes to children who are diagnosed with life threatening diseases or illnesses. It is because of the wonderful people in this community that no wish has ever been denied since the making of this charity. By granting a wish to a child, it lifts their spirits and represents light in a time of darkness.

The Children’s Wish Foundation has touched many lives. Even those living in the small town of Bonnyville, AB. For example, The Reid family had been granted a wish in 2011 for their daughter Kennedy. Today, to honour that wish, they host an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Stollery. The reason for this charity event is to keep giving and to keep paying it forward. This year alone, the golf tournament raised $24,000. In the past 7 years, they’ve raised over $130,000 for the Children’s Stollery Hospital.

The evening did not only consist of performers but also a raffle. This raffle was only possible due to the generosity of the Lakeland area. I would like to thank all those who donated:

Bonnyville Home Hardware, Midwest Communications – Carla Batke, Flowers by Joanne, Choquet Insurance Group, Tellier Guardian Pharmacy, Roxanne Neal Cabay, Staples – Cold Lake, Marie-Josee Gagnon, Polished Pumpkins Children’s Clothing Boutique, The Brick Bonnyville, Cold Lake Florist, Buds N Blooms, Herbology Health Food Market, Le Papillon Gift Boutique, JPB Support Services, Lakeland Grill, The Players Lounge, Mr. Mikes Bonnyville, Burger Baron Bonnyville, Jennie’s Diner & Bakery, Lise Medford – Tocara, Jen Bentley and Anna Laplante.

I would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who made this showcase possible:

Roxanne Cabay, Lyne Jodoin, Kat Cabay, Aleesha Cabay, Seana Batke, my sisters Danna and Alene, the lovely ladies from ATB Bank, Margaret Lumley and Mariann Keen, Jen Bentley with Fifth Avenue Jewellery, Steve Medford our sound engineer, Tim Graham the amazing MC, The Reid Family, and a huge thank you to the Lyle Albert Victor Centre for providing me with the venue! Lastly, to my mom, Nora Kamaleddine Thank you for running around all week for me and for the show!!!

Finally, I’d like to thank Jen Bentley who set up a booth providing Fifth Avenue Jewellery. Fifteen percent of the sales she made that evening were donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Jen, I would like to thank you for always going above and beyond. I am blessed to have you as a sponsor and a friend!

Canada Day – Celebrating 150 years (Saturday)

This year, Canada Day will be one that I will never forget. It was such a fun and eventful day. Being born and raised here in Canada is something I will never take for granted, and it is truly a blessing.

My grandparents moved to Canada in 1971 where they gave birth to their three children, one of them being my mom. My dad also moved to Canada in 1996. If you were to ask them about Canada, they would have the same response as I do. Our country is a land of diversity and opportunity. I am Canadian, and I am proud.

Canada has allowed me to explore so many different cultures, religions and traditions all within one place. It has allowed me to reach for the stars and achieve anything I set my mind to. I’ve been given the opportunity to receive an education in both French and English, and the opportunity to practice my native tongue amongst family and friends.

Here is a little summary of how my Canada Day went!

The week before Canada Day, I had started making goodie bags to hand out during the parade. I wanted these bags to represent my beauty with a purpose campaign, which is mental health and eating disorders. Each bag contained a sticker for mental health provided by Thinkwerx Inc., a card reading “Your mental health matters” provided by Shutter-Bee Photography ltd., and who to call or text should you need someone to talk to. There will always be someone there to listen.

It was great to be able to hand them out in both Bonnyville and Cold Lake. I was so proud to be able to walk alongside the TNT Clothing Corp. float during the Cold Lake parade. Also, thank you TNT for the beautiful outfit and letting me apply tattoos on some of the children! I had so much fun with you all!

I was also extremely proud to be in the Town of Bonnyville float and being able to listen to some live music. I was definitely treated like royalty! Thank- you!

The festivities at Little Leap Park would only become more exciting as Shawn Desman took the stage and many other AMAZING artists like Carmen Lucia and Paul Woida Music!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get an opportunity to take a picture with Shawn, however, my dad managed to get one earlier that day!

***A huge thank-you goes to Megan Nerland from The Edge and Mandy Plamondon. Thank you for always helping me reach the best possible look for my events, without you I would constantly look like a hot mess!

Children’s Wish Foundation – Bottle Drive (Sunday)

Sunday rolled around and it was more of a relaxing day compared to the rest of the weekend. A couple of friends and I had planned a bottle drive later that afternoon in hopes of bringing in more donations for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

It was very hot on this particular Sunday, however we still managed to bring in two truckloads worth of bottles! I am grateful for the friends I have supporting my journey and this amazing charity. I have yet to receive a final amount on the bottle drive but I will keep everyone posted through my Facebook page!

 

Well, folks, that sums up my July long weekend. It was exhausting, but I will never forget it. Thank you to everyone who helped me out throughout the weekend!

Kind regards,

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta 2017

 

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Hello,

Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to return to Dr. Brosseau School and this time around, it was to talk about self-love and the way we view our bodies. As I had stated in one of my earlier blog posts, each delegate is to have a beauty with a purpose campaign. I have dedicated mine to mental health, specifically eating disorders.

I wanted the kids to be aware that a mental illness is not one exclusive diagnosis. Mental Health is a large spectrum that can include many different disorders. I also wanted to remind them that it could affect anyone at any time in their lives. Mental illnesses do not target a specific gender, race or age. Speaking out about it can be very scary to most people, which is why it is so important for it to be discussed.

A person’s eating and exercise habits, and body weight and shape becoming an unhealthy or obsessive preoccupation in their life characterizes as an eating disorder. There are four main categories recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The first three are the most well known: Anorexia Nervosa where a person extremely restricts their food intake, Bulimia Nervosa where the person will eat and then regurgitate the food, and Binge-Eating Disorder where a person will eat a very large quantity of food in a short time period. The fourth category is an umbrella for other less common eating disorders (NEDA, 2016).

Young women are most likely to develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and studies show that young men are at an ever-increasing risk as well. Many are pointing the finger at social media as the culprit for this increase in mental illness sufferers. The overexposure to edited photos and videos of beautiful men and women is dangerous for people who find themselves to be imperfect.

During my presentation, I really wanted to make these kids realize the power that their words can have. In my experience, it was the comments that I would receive about my weight that would affect me the most. I was trying to reach an unrealistic goal for the soul purpose of making everyone around me happy. The message I wanted to portray was to be kind and conscientious of your comments.

**Even though I highlighted the connection between eating disorders and the influence words can have, I would also like to stress that it is not the only reason why people develop eating disorders.

My overall goal with these presentations is to bring awareness to eating disorders and to urge sufferers, and those who know of someone suffering to speak out.

Kind regards,

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta

References:

Types and symptoms of eating disorders. (2016). NEDA, Feeding Hope. Retrieved from https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/types-symptoms-eating-disorders

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Hello followers!

It’s been a hectic couple of months for Miss East-Central Alberta! So many exciting things have happened within the last month and I am very excited to share it all with you! Because there is so much that has happened I will be posting the title of the event along with the date, and underneath I will write a little insight on what my role was and the event itself. There will also be a lot of pictures!

Me To We Day (Dr. Bernard Brosseau School) – May 18th, 2017

Dr. Brosseau is a middle school attended by students in grade 5-8. Mrs. Collins had invited me to speak for the Me to We Day they were holding (what an honour)! I had so much fun, it was an opportunity for me to speak about my trip to Nicaragua that I took in 2014 and to reflect on how it impacted my life for the better. It was a chance for me to speak to the children about making a difference; how we do not need to help everybody but by helping somebody, it can change their lives, and our own. The things we learn about others and ourselves while giving is something extraordinary. This is the true message of Me to We.

I also enjoyed the various questions the students had asked me such as: “Is your crown real or fake?” “Why is there a wall between the rich and the poor?” and my favourite question, “Why didn’t the rich just help the poor?” Every question was a pleasure to answer!

Once again, thank you, Dr. Brosseau for this amazing experience!

 

Teddy for a Toonie: Pie in the face auction & BBQ – May 19th 

Teddy for a Toonie is a fundraiser held by the ATB bank.

As stated by ATB, “2017 marks the 18th anniversary of the campaign that supports the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital. ATB and our team members have raised approximately $8.5 million over the years – that’s a lot of teddy bears! This year, the campaign will support Family Centred Care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the purchase of CT Scan Equipment at the Stollery (ATB Financial, 2016).”

This year, I was invited to be one of the people to get pied in the face. For multiple weeks, posters were put all over town for people to bid on their person of choice to pie them on May 19th. THE PIE WENT EVERYWHERE! My biggest mistake was wearing a cute outfit. Had a known my own sister was going to pie me I would’ve worn an old T-shirt! (She took this opportunity as payback for all the times I have borrowed her clothes.)

However, I have no regrets of getting pied because it went to a wonderful cause. The Stollery Children’s Hospital had taken care of my third degree burn when I was younger. The Stollery has affected so many children’s lives and continues to  be a lifesaver for many. This charity event raised a total of $1350. I am a true believer that every single amount counts; it is changing someone’s life somewhere!

Tim Horton’s Camp Day – May 31st, 2017

As stated by Tim Horton’s, “the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation serves youth from low-income families living in Tim Horton’s communities across Canada and the United States. We believe that investing in youth living in priority neighbourhoods is such a valuable way to support our communities (Tim Horton’s, 2016).”

It was such an honour to be a part of such a remarkable day. All the proceeds from coffee purchases on May 31st, 2017 went directly to the charity. It was exciting to see so many different community members join in by serving coffee at the drive thru to help raise money on Camp Day. These members have influenced our community in one way or another and it was wonderful to see them in different positions.

Also, I have a new appreciation for those who work at Tim Horton’s. After working there for only a couple of hours things can get mixed up and a cloud of confusion can arise in a matter of seconds. So thank you to every Tim Horton’s worker out there, your time, patience, and hard work is appreciated! Thank you for having me!

Children’s Wish Foundation Road Clean Up – June 4th, 2017 

Miss World Canada and the Children’s Wish Foundation have teamed up together this year. Each delegate is to raise money for the charity and is scored on her efforts of raising money. At first, road clean up was just an idea and soon enough it was a reality. There was a total of eight members who joined me on our quest to help clean up the Lakeland’s roads. We cleaned a total of 5.6km and raised $392 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

It was a very interesting adventure since the other group saw a momma bear and its cub. You never know what you will face in nature! It was hard for me to round up people for this fundraiser but with a promise of pizza for those who joined, it turned out to be a great group!

Children’s Wish Foundation Garage Sale – June 10th, 2017 

The garage sale was another idea to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation and of course, it rained on June 9th, the original day I had planned for the Garage Sale. However, June 10th it did not rain! Even though it was a little chilly and gloomy we had a great turn out. A lot of the stuff at the garage sale was donated and I am very thankful for those who took the time to drop off their things. There was also lemonade, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies to help attract people over! Lemonade was not so much of a hit due to the weather but the cookies were definitely a success!!

We raised a total of $443, which is amazing for only having an advertisement on Facebook and word of mouth! I am thankful to everyone who helped me set up the garage sale and work it!

Senior’s Fish Fry – June 10th, 2017

The past week was a celebration of our seniors! There were events happening every single day, and at the end of the week, there was an annual fish fry. The fish fry was held at the Senior’s Drop In Centre in Bonnyville, AB. It accommodated 220 people (that’s a lot of fish frying!). There was live music and dancing, and a couple of speeches from our MLA Scott Cyr, and the Mayor of Bonnyville, Gene Sobolewski. I also had the chance to speak. I introduced myself and explained what I had planned for the future weeks and what I had already done as Miss East-Central Alberta.

   

Once again, a huge thank you for the invitation. It was an honour to celebrate the ending of yet another senior’s week, and thank you to all the volunteers who made the Fish Fry possible. The food was amazing as was everything else!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the past events in which I have had the pleasure of participating, and about where I am with my fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation! Be sure to stay tuned, I still has a few more blog posts planned before I leave for Toronto! 

Yours truly, 

 

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta

 

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Good Morning,

I’m going to hit two birds with one stone and talk about the last two events I had the chance of participating in!

NICARAGUA 2017

When I was 16, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. It is one I will never forget. I went to Nicaragua on a mission trip. The love and joy I felt on this trip was like no other. It was one that opened my eyes to many things, like the fact that we take things for granted! The bed I sleep in, the food I eat on a daily basis, the treats, the sports I have the opportunity of participating in… These are all things I took for granted before embarking onto a plane to Nicaragua.

Nicaragua opened my eyes and really made me understand the term “money doesn’t buy happiness.” They had family and friends, and that’s what made them happy. They were such joyful people. From the offerings they made to us with the limited amount of money they had, to the amazing dances they would hold for us, we were really shown how special these people were.  These dances were probably the highlight of my trip because they were so proud of the festivities and dances they were performing for us. It was a bonding moment between every soul in the room. We had stayed in a small town called San Benito and helped with the building of a septic tank. We lived with them for the next five days, and music and dancing was something we both understood. There was no language barrier, we understood each other through our smiles and the rhythm. It was something special.

When I got asked to sing with my friend at the Nicaragua Fundraiser for the group that had recently gone to Nicaragua in April, I was more than pleased to say YES! It was held on May 6th, and the evening went so well. I enjoyed hearing the stories from the recent group. The lads and gals in blue went to a small town near the Honduras border and built over a dozen washrooms for the local village!

The night was filled with laughter, stories, board games, music from local artists and a beautiful silent auction! It was an evening I will cherish for many years to come. I will have more details to share about my trip to Nicaragua after the presentation I am set to lead on May 18th, for the Me to We Day at the local school in Bonnyville, AB.

LOBSTERFEST 2017

Since I’ve been in grade 10, Lobsterfest has always been an event at which I have volunteered. Whether it be a fundraiser for grad, for a trip or, in this year’s case, just volunteering my time for the overall social aspect! Lobsterfest is hosted by the Bonnyville Oilman’s Society. This committee is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers. They have teamed up with the Senior Drop-In Centre here in Bonnyville, which is also a non-profit organization. The Drop-In Centre provided the food, and the event was held at their location.

  

Lobsterfest is always filled with many volunteers and receives many sponsorships. It was an honour to be their hostess as I got to meet many people in the process. The seniors worked very hard and their work was evident at the event. The lobster and the ribs were great!

Another huge shout out goes to my new sponsor TNT Clothing Corp. which sponsored the beautiful dress and shoes pictured. They took the time to find a dress that best fit the occasion and myself. They are a wonderful company and be sure to check them out in Cold Lake, AB.

Until next time,

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta 2017

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Hello,

It’s Sunday afternoon, and I have decided to take a break from my stressful student life to give you all a little insight on my beauty with a purpose. As some of you may know, my cause is to bring awareness to eating disorders and help build body positivity (self-esteem & confidence). This blog post will be one that will rely on a lot of strength as I tell you my past struggle with reaching a perfect body image, and how I plan on making a difference.

 

When I was in the fifth grade, our teacher had to weigh us for a ski trip. I was over 60 pounds; the weight of almost all my other classmates, and that was the beginning of a dark path… I had believed that I was fat for as long as I can remember. My thoughts in grade 5 were mild compared to the way I perceived my body, as I grew older. Already at that age, I wouldn’t wear certain clothes due to the fear of someone noticing my bulging hips or my tummy. Then came middle school…

 

It was an interesting time for me, I had just moved to Beaumont, AB. I was trying to make friends, all the while trying to discover who I was. Even though I was keeping myself busy with the move, those dark thoughts just wouldn’t go away. “You’re too fat. Only eat breakfast, you don’t need to eat today.” It did not help when I received comments such as: “You will only need to lose a couple of pounds and then you will be perfect.”

 

When did we gain the right to define a perfect body?

 

At 15 years old in the tenth grade, my eating disorder began to consume my life. I would eat just to puke. I began to get tired, I couldn’t concentrate on school but I was reaching the weight I hoped to see on the scale. The only thing I would eat in a day were bear paws (getting that iron intake, right?). Then, I finally stopped because I had reached that weight I had hoped to achieve.

 

I was ok for awhile, however, summer of 2015 I started again and this time, it was ten times worse than when I first began to purge. It was the summer before I started college. I lost 15 pounds in a matter of weeks. I went from 115 to 100 pounds. I felt like I looked great, but I felt so weak. The feelings I had are hard to explain. I wanted this; I knew I wanted this because I found comfort in my purging. I would eat whatever I wanted because I knew that later on, it would all be out of my body in a matter of seconds. I limited myself to a couple trips to the bathroom a day to rid myself of anything and everything that would make me gain weight.

 

The following weeks, the comments started up again, only this time, they wouldn’t tell me I needed to lose weight. “You’re so skinny.” Or “You’re too skinny, you look sick.” And my favourite: “You need to stop losing weight, it won’t look good.” The only thing people would notice was my weight. It was a conversation starter. I was struggling; my mental health was not stable. I needed help.

 

I no longer look to purging for comfort; I found comfort in my parents and my friends. They listen to me and helped me when I couldn’t help myself. I wish I had found the strength to ask for help, but I was embarrassed. I also chose this as my beauty with a purpose because I wish someone would’ve come to talk to me about the dangers and about the dark grasp that begins to form around the addiction.

 

Questions that always seem to stray in my mind are: What is the definition of perfect? What is the perfect body shape? I was looking for that answer through my purging, but I have learned there is no definition. We as individuals, as unique individuals make up the true meaning of perfection. We are not defined by what society believes a perfect body type is. This is why there are clothes made for different body sizes. No one is made exactly the same. WE ARE BORN THIS WAY! My goal is to deliver this message and make you truly believe it. Man or woman, you are beautiful. If you need help, do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask. You don’t have to struggle on your own. My work in the next few months will solely be based on bringing awareness to this mental illness, and help build body positivity. There is no definition of beauty, so why do we stress ourselves in attempting to create one?

 

I hope to work with an eating disorder foundations located here in Alberta and gain advice from those who have self-esteem programs put in place. I plan on receiving guidance, but I truly promise to do everything in my power to send out a powerful message.

 

Lastly, I would like to give thanks to a friend. You know who you are. Thank you for not leaving my dorm room because you knew it would result in me purging. Thank you for not believing me when I said I didn’t have a problem. Thank you for checking up on me, always. I can truly say if it weren’t for you who made me realize that what I was doing was a mental illness and not a blissful way to pass time, I do not believe I would’ve been able to break away from it. It had a grasp on me. It controlled me. It owned me.

 

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta 2017

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Welcome!

My name is Riwa, I am 19 years old and I’m from the town of Bonnyville, AB. I have recently competed in the provincial pageant for Miss World Alberta, and I won the title of Miss East-Central Alberta 2017. This title allows me to compete in nationals this summer in Toronto. I’m very excited to be representing Alberta in hopes of being your next Miss World Canada!

I am currently a second-year student at the University of Alberta/Nait (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) working towards a bilingual business diploma that I will receive in April 2017. I will be continuing my education towards a business degree at Nait in hopes of graduating in 2019 with a major focus in the field of Human Resources!

This blog will keep everyone updated on my journey to nationals, and so far it has been nothing but fantastic! Since I have received my crown, so many exciting things have happened. Four days after provincials, I received a call from the Bonnyville Nouvelle and they conducted an interview reflecting on my experience at the pageant and my beauty with a purpose. You can check out the article by using this link: http://www.bonnyvillenouvelle.ca/article/Bringing-the-crowns-to-Bonnyville-20170321

Then, that Saturday, I met up with my new sponsor, Frankie J Photography, who took some head shots of me in my crown. They turned out beautifully! (Her picture has already been featured in an article!). Later on, I had the opportunity to participate at the Cabane à Sucre. Cabane à Sucre celebrates French culture. This event was joined by French folk music, traditional French food, such as crepes (which were delicious) and there were also sleigh rides. My favourite part is the maple taffy. Maple syrup is heated and then poured on snow, and you roll it on a stick. Voilà, you got yourself a maple syrup lollipop! It was a wonderful rendition of the French culture! Volunteering at the Cabane à Sucre always brings a smile to my face. It is always wonderful to see a community getting together to celebrate a culture with good music, good food, and good conversation.

 

   

When Sunday rolled around, it was time for me to return to Edmonton where I am currently going to school. However, the excitement did not stop! Thursday I received a phone call from Todays Best Country 99 – a local radio station in the Lakeland area. They also interviewed me on my journey, my beauty with a purpose and what my future plans were with my cause. You can also check the article out on the link below:

Bonnyville Woman Named Miss East-Central Alberta

On Sunday, I will be talking about my beauty with a purpose. The post will include why I have chosen this cause as my platform, what I plan on doing with my platform and who will be involved. I want to make sure everything is in place before I reveal my projects regarding my beauty with a purpose, but for now I will leave you on a high note. This journey has just begun, and by reading the articles above, you will get a little insight on what my beauty with a purpose is. So be sure to stay tuned!

Riwa, Miss East-Central Alberta 2017

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