July 16th 2017, the beautiful city of Toronto welcomed me with bright skies and warm weather.  Today is also the first day I ever set foot in one of the greatest metropolitan city of Canada. It is also the first day of my long week of activities and adventures that will lead to the Miss World Canada pageant night.

After a long exhausting flight, I got into the cab with my new girl friend Maneet, Miss Souther Alberta, and made our way to the hotel. The day was off to a great start as I met many young women who are not just beautiful externally but also have a heart of gold. The Miss World Canada pageant officially started with a Sponsor Party, which is an orientation exercise where delegates from all provinces meet and become friends one week before the Grand Finale.

The event began with some introductory speeches. Michelle Weswaldi, the pageant director, welcomed the delegates and introduced the individuals who have poured their heart & souls to organize the pageant.

Rob Campbell, our first speaker, spoke about the duties of the titleholder and the opportunity the title affords a proficient spokesperson. He also discussed good blog form and how to start and end blog posts, how to use categories and tags, apply ALT text to photos and promote content in social media channels. The information he provided was truly invaluable !

Valerie Stachurski from Charming PR in Toronto concluded the speeches of the night.

After the speeches, the sponsors who have funded the pageant have presented their products & services. Words cannot describe how truly grateful I am to all the companies who have provided financial assistance to the Miss World Canada pageant. I would have not had the opportunity to share the stage with so many outstanding women if it is not for their generosity.

So let me tell you a little bit more about these kind individuals and their companies.

Ladies can you imagine wiping your make up off completely with just a cloth that has no harsh chemicals.  Maxine Warsh, owner of the Maxine Warsh – Facial Rejuvenation and The Wash Cloth, has kindly given all the delegates a warsh cloth that removes makeup completely with a simple swipe. She also  worked hard to educate the delegates on the water in their skin.

 

 

Who doesn’t love a big bag of body and skin care products ! The Babe Box was given to each and every single delegate and was filled with lotions, nail polishes and lipsticks.

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Pina and Lucy from The Kraco set up a lovely display of beauty products and accessories. From lip balms to hand creams, these ladies have the complete collection. My favourite was the maroon coloured lip balm. It has not only made my lips feel nourished, but also gave them a beautiful natural tint.

kraco logo body wash and beauty bar

I was absolutely thrilled when I heard Nine West will provide shoes for each delegate. Everyone who has ever worn foot wear wore by Nine West knows how comfortable and amazing they look and feel. I cannot wait to share the photos of my heels that I will be wearing for the pageant made by Nine West .

Nine West shoes for evening gown

 

Keep calm and play with a beach ball right ? Snappy Towels microfiber beach towels gave away blue and pink beach balls emblazoned with their logo.

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Raven social media photo booth was set up to make memories with the party and the official photo wall in the background. Robin had a very neat camera set up to capture our best and funniest moments at the event.

Raven social media photo booth logo

 

HOOLA  HOOPS ! Just those words take you back in time to our childhood. Isabella Hoops Entertainment sent hula hoop performers to put on a show and give tips to inspire other enthusiasts among the assembly. So I was not the greatest hoola hooper in the room, but I definitely had fun trying it ! It was such a great way to calm my nerves.

Isabella Hoops Entertainment

 

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

Hashtagio social media aggregator

Thank god for Archer Dental for sending ahead dozens of tiny gift bags loaded with dental supplies for the week ahead. There was a lot of last minute packing and I might have forgot my toothbrush ! But no need to worry thanks to Archer Dental.

Archer Dental

 

And every delegate got tank tops from StreetChic.ca and Tastic Marketing. What’s a better way to end your night than getting a free tank top with a cool message? Lily from Street Chic lit the room with her genuine smile and distributed funky tanks to all the delegates.

Tastic Marketing in Mississauga

 

My first day was a blast ! Meeting amazing young women to getting numerous gifts, it truly was fun-filled and exciting as promised. Follow the above companies on their social media to get the best deals & services.

 

ours truly,

Sravya

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Located in downtown Edmonton across the river valley, the symbol of our province, the Alberta Legislature Building truly is breath taking! It was the first place my parents took my sister and I when we moved to Canada 11 years ago. I still remember holding my father’s hand as he took us on a tour and explained to us the significance of the Building.

The Legislature Building, often dubbed as the Ledge, is my favourite place in Alberta! Here are a few reasons why it should be yours.

  1. Beautiful Architecture

Designed in the Beaux- Arts style, the Alberta Legislature Building truly is the most iconic and majestic architecture in downtown Edmonton. The building stands tall with marble columns and a mahogany interior inspired from architectural styles of Greek, Roman and Egyptian designs that symbolize power, permanence and tradition. Visitors to the building are greeted by the seasonal flowers surrounding the fountain which was built to commemorate the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II . The grand staircase beyond the fountain leads to the third floor called the Assembly Chamber. The high domed Chamber is lit with skylight, with walls decorated by paintings that depict our provinces rich history.

  1. Deep dive into history

The building houses 100 of years of history and is a great place for children to learn about Alberta’s values and ideals. Go on a free tour to see various artifacts and relics that connect us to the Alberta’s history. Learn about our historical local leaders such as the Famous Five who played a prominent role in changing the Canadian law to include women in the government.

 

  1. Magic Spot

On the far north side of the fifth floor is the most visited place called the Magic Spot. At this spot, the sound of the water trickling from the fountain below will seem to be falling down from above. It truly is a magical phenomenon. The sound from the water fountain below in the rotunda is reflected from the Grand Staircase and bounced off the domed ceiling, giving the listener the illusion of water trickling from above.

  1. Gardens and reflective pool

The Legislature grounds are a great place to spend the evening with your family. Chasing my little sister around the beautiful grounds of the Ledge was my favourite memory from our trip that day! The grounds are surrounded by healthy trees and colourful flower beds that just make you smile! What’s more colourful is the variety of people you come across on your walk around the building. You are sure to see people from various races and religions, families having picnic, bride and groom sharing their first kiss after their affiliation and many more joyous sights. The building stands as a symbol of our diverse culture and accepting ideals

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The reflective pools at the Ledge are a very popular attraction to children, especially in hot summer days! Grab your bathing suit and splash away in the summer, or bring your skates and glide away on the ice rink surrounded by Christmas lights in the winter.

  1. Seasonal festivities

The Legislature Building hosts various events and activities all year around. This year they partnered with Canadian Heritage and hosted the Canada 150 celebrations. The day was filled with fun and educational activities and performances from various cultures to celebrate our diversity. This summer the Ledge is holding outdoor concerts that will be featuring Albertan musicians every Friday.

  1. Gift Shop

End your day with hand-crafted gifts made by Albertan artists at the Ledge Gift Shop. The Ledge offers a variety of souvenir such as ornaments, paintings, posters and other hand- made items that signify Alberta’s rich culture.

There was a reason why my parents chose this building as our first place to visit in Canada. To them it was more than just a beautiful building with great grounds. To many immigrants  such as my family, the Ledge stands as a symbol of hope. The government that sits in this building and its citizens accept families like mine with open arms and provide various opportunities to start a new and better life each and everyday.

So grab your loved ones and your picnic baskets and bask in the sun and the rich history of our province by spending the day at the Legislature Building. Don’t forget to snap some pictures !

Yours truly,

Sravya

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3000 likes on my official Facebook page, 3300 followers on Instagram and 7.6 K shares of my articles.  All in just one week !!

In my last blog, I shared an article written by The Hindu, an Indian national newspaper, about my journey to Miss World Canada. Since the day the article hit the stands, my phone has not stopped ringing with notifications !! I have recieved over 400 messages from people across India, Canada and USA  that I have never met or known, extending their support on my journey to Miss World Canada.

I lost track of the articles, TV clippings and media posts that have been written about me as Miss Northern Alberta, but more importantly about my fight to empowering young girls through education. Below are links to the national newspapers and websites that have featured articles about me and my platform. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts.

Before I end this post, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all those who have taken their valuable time to LIKE, SHARE and send supporting messages and blessings my way. All the love that I have recieved since the day I started my journey has encouraged and motivated me to work hard and give back to my community. All the valuable feedback I have been receiving has affirmed me that my voice is heard loud and clear across the oceans. It is my life’s mission to ensure each and every young girl can create herself a successful future by providing her access to  education. I will work hard and use my platform as Miss Northern Alberta World or Miss World Canada or simply as Sravya Kalyanapu, to ensure each and every young girl has access to basic education.

 

Yours truly,

Sravya

 

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Even before I started my journey as Miss Northern Alberta World, I have recieved immense support and love from my family, friends and community. All that love and support has quadrupled over the past few months. From my 10 year old niece to the federal politicians , everyone in Canada has taken their time to send their encouragement and blessings towards my journey to Miss World Canada. Since June 30th, I have been receiving support and encouragement across the world !

A journalist from The Hindu, an English- language national newspaper in India, has seen a post of mine from my Facebook page shared by my father.  He was very impressed with all the work I have done in India and Canada promoting education among women. He got in touch with my father immediately and requested to write an article about me in the national newspaper. I was beyond thrilled !! I grew up reading this newspaper and having the opportunity to be featured in it is truly amazing.

The article hit the stands on June 30th. Since that day, I have recieved over 150 messages just in Facebook page alone from people all over India !! I feel so overwhelmed with all the love and support. Words cannot express my feelings, nor my thanks for all the appreciation and encouragement I have been receiving from everyone. All this support is motivating me to work harder and make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

Here is a link to my article on The Hindu National Newspaper. Give it a read and let me know what you think !!

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It is clear from all my blogs that I am a strong advocate for education and using it to help those who are less fortunate. But when I speak about education I am not just talking about memorizing math formulas and applying it on your exams and forgetting about it ! From our parents to our teachers, from our school to our community, education comes in ALL forms.

As my time as Miss Northern Alberta so far, I spoke with youth about the power of education and how they can use it to create a safe and successful future for themselves. But more importantly how they can use it to create a fair and just world. My campaign took an interesting turn when I came across DECSA !

I was invited as a guest speaker at the Ventures Networking Event hosted by Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA). DECSA is a not for profit organization that provides various forms of support for individuals with barriers to employment, education and entrepreneurship. Over 50,000 Albertans have accessed DECSA programs and services !!

My platform is heavily focused on empowering youth through education. I work very hard to shed light on organizations such as DECSA that help youth overcome their barriers to education and guide them in the proper path to success. So this was a fantastic opportunity !!!

On a Thursday afternoon after work, I was off to DECSA Center with my crown and sash. I was greeted at the door by Sheree, the Program Manager and was soon introduced to all the individuals who attended the event. I was absolutely amazed when I heard their stories! The individuals that I met at the event were so resilient to establish their business regardless of their adversaries.

We went around the room introducing themselves and their business. The room was full of aspiring entrepreneurs ! Soon I started my presentation about my business, how it began and its community involvement. I also shared the role my title as Miss Northern Alberta World played in building my business and increasing my community involvement. Moreover, how Seleste goes hand in hand with Miss World Canada initiative Beauty With A Purpose.

Lastly, I explained the value and the social responsibility we have to investing in our community. For example, David owns an accounting firm in Edmonton. I suggested to David that he can offer accounting services to individuals from low income families at a little to no cost. In return for his services, these individuals will extend and promote his business and services in the community and help build good will.

We concluded the evening by going around the table and brain stormed various ways their respective business can be involved in the community. It was an eventful and educative evening !!

I am working towards informing the youth about the services and resources DECSA provides to assist individuals obtain proper education and employment opportunities through my social media. Being crowned as Miss Northern Alberta World has increased my outreach by 2,260 people !! Through my social media and blogs, I hope to bring more individuals to organizations like DECSA where they can have access to proper resources and advisors that can assist them overcome their barriers.

 

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Hello wonderful people,

Last weekend I was contacted by Harmony TV on Asian Television Network requesting an interview with me as Miss Northern Alberta World 2017 ! I obviously was over head over heels excited ! Please watch it and let me know your thoughts 🙂

Yours truly,

Sravya

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I had my FIRST EVER TV interview as Miss Northern Alberta World 2017 with AB India 4U. Thank you Kumar Mehra and team for giving me the opportunity to talk about my platform and journey to Miss World Canada.

Watch my full interview on Asian Television Network and let me know your thoughts !

Sravya, Miss Northern Alberta chit chatting with Kumar Mehra on AB INDIA 4U

Geplaatst door AB INDIA 4U op dinsdag 13 juni 2017

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William James has one said “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” Being valued and recognized for our actions and contributions motivates us to work harder.

Three of the most influential people in Canada have taken their valuable time to express their heart-felt appreciation for my win as Miss Northern Alberta World 2017; and I cannot be more thankful !!

I recieved congratulatory letters from the Mayor Melissa Blake, MLA Brian Jean and the honourable MP Amarjeet Sohi

Sravya Kalyanam – Congratulatory Letter (2) . 

 

 

Here are a few highlights from their letters that really touched my heart :

Your fight to empowering young women especially through your company, Seleste Lipsticks, is a true example of being a strong leader to your peers” – Mayor Melissa Blake 

“Your efforts to broaden that empowerment for women through your social enterprise – Seleste Lipsticks – and the subsequent project in Gopinenipalem, clearly illustrates your commitment to creating better life opportunities for all women, in a manner that disregards borders or social standing.” – MLA Brian Jean 

“You are an inspiration, mentor and role model , easily demonstrating that women can achieve greatness and be their own success stories” – MLA Brian Jean 

When a person takes their time to express their sincere appreciation for a good deed you have done, it truly encourages us to work harder and re-ignites your purpose. Receiving such heart-felt appreciation from inspirational leaders has further motivated me to work hard and contribute more to my community.

So thank you Mayor Melissa Blake, MLA Brian Jean and MP Amarjeet Sohi for recognizing and appreciating my efforts to empower women through education. Words cannot express my feelings, nor a simple thanks for all the support and encouragement I have recieved over the past few months. I will work as hard as I can to ensure each and every child have equal opportunities to a safe and successful future.

Sincerely,

Sravya

 

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This blog is long overdue! I promised to provide more details and pictures about my company’s first ever initiative in India. My sincere apologies for the delay, but I hope you enjoy what I am about to share:


To get you up to speed, I co-founded a company called Seleste Lipsticks. These lipsticks are unlike any other you find in a beauty store! Seleste Lipsticks are handcrafted with natural and organic ingredients designed to make women feel and look beautiful. But I wanted Seleste to be more than just a lipstick company. 

Simply put, I wanted to create Beauty With A Purpose.


I have always been an active advocate for education and the role it can play in empowering young girls. Thus, Seleste Lipsticks was reinvented as a social enterprise – a company focused on using its profits for the betterment of the society. Every year, a portion of Seleste profits will be used to educate and empower women.

Our first ever initiative took place this year on April 16th,  in a small village in India. A small government funded school in the village of Gopineni Palem was in desperate need for help. Many children attending the school were severely weak and suffering from anemia. Anemia is a health condition that is resulted from lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is crucial for your body to function normally as it binds oxygen to the cells in our body. Anemia caused by iron deficiency can cause fatigue, loss of energy, dizziness and headaches. Along with this condition, the children were also malnourished and lacked many essential vitamins. Due to this, many students were missing school and getting behind in classes, especially girls! My grandparents informed me about their situation and requested to see if I can assist the children.

Many students were missing school and getting behind in classes, especially girls!

I was heart-broken when I heard their stories. Most of the students come from low income families who barely have enough income to eat three meals a day. I personally suffered from severe anemia due to iron deficiency during my first year in university. I had no energy to wake up in the morning, pay attention in lectures and study long hours. I went from graduating with 92% average to barely passing many of the engineering courses.

Living in Canada, I was fortunate to have access to free public health care. I was diagnosed immediately and prescribed the appropriate medication to recover my health. But the children in this village are not as fortunate! The nearest hospital is an hour commute. Most of the children cannot even afford the transport to get to the hospital let alone the medical assistance.

So I decided to use some of our profits from our sales to help the children at this school. With the help of my mom, I got in touch with a teacher at the school and informed him about my interest to send assistance to these children. He was absolutely thrilled with the idea!!

        

After endless phone calls and messages, we finally gathered the appropriate medications needed for the children to immediately increase their iron level. We didn’t stop at that! There were a lot of cases were the children and their parents were unaware of their health condition. With the help of the teacher, I got in touch with the local doctors and asked them to give a presentation about the symptoms of anemia and the measures they can take to maintain adequate health.

Ever heard the saying, kindness is contagious? Local grocery stores were so moved by our initiative that they also donated toiletries such as soap, shampoos etc to the children at the school. The children were full of smiles when they received the aid. God bless their hearts for smiling even through the greatest adversaries.


With the support of many volunteers and family, I was able to help 175 children get the medicines and food they needed to recover their health.

Getting access to basic education is a fundamental human right ! No child should ever be denied an opportunity to a better future. Through Seleste Lipsticks,  I hope to create a world where there are no barricades for children to access education and thus a successful future.

A special thank you to the doctors and the teacher for taking their valuable time and helped make this event a huge success.


Yours truly,
Sravya

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Pony Rides, face painting, live music and endless popcorn of course !! Now that to me sounds like the PERFECT way to spend your Sunday afternoon. Thanks to Nicola, event organizer of the Bonnie Fest, I had the opportunity to spend my day at this beautiful community event.

Bonnie Fest is community festival that is organized every year for people to meet and connect with one another. This year Bonnie Fest is extra special as Rutherford School hosted a BBQ fundraiser !! Sadly, there were no veggie burgers 🙁 But, my sister assured me the burgers were delicious as she ate them right in front of me !! 

I not only had the opportunity to make an appearance as Miss Northern Alberta World at the fest, but Nicola was kind enough to help me attain a table at the festival to sell my lipsticks. As you all know from my previous blogs, my business is run with a social conscious. When I informed Nicola about my work with children in India she was more than happy to let me sell Seleste Lipsticks at Bonnie Fest.

My sister and I started to Bonnie Fest with Tim Horton’s breakfast on the way ! We were greeted by Nicola at the entrance and she showed us to our table. We soon set up the table and waited for people to come in and join us.

Within half hour, the place was filled with kids and parents. There was laughter and music everywhere !! I had so many visitors excited to see me, screaming “look, its a princess.” So many children full of curiosity rushed to my table wanting to wear the crown and try Seleste Lipsticks. I absolutely love spending time with children ! They have such genuine hearts full of energy and compassion. I shared my stories with them about how and why I became Miss Northern Alberta World. I explained to them I took on my role to help children like themselves. I also showed them pictures of the kids in India that recieved assistance through Seleste Lipsticks. They were so moved that they convinced their parents to purchase Seleste Lipsticks.  

As the saying goes, all the good things must come to an end ! I had a wonderful time interacting with the kids and parents who attended the Bonnie Fest. This would have not been possible if it was not for Nicola for giving me the opportunity to attend the festival; and also for my lovely sister to help me set up the table and keep me company throughout the day !!

Until my next post, I bid you goodbye.

Yours truly,

Sravya

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