For one of our Miss Teen Canada – World blog assignments, we had to record a “Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good” video.  For this challenge, we had to dress up and look our best, do something good for somebody, and feel good about it.  I decided to visit a man who lives in the senior’s residence that I regularly volunteer with, a 94 year old war veteran that fought in the Korean war.

During the visit, I sat down to have a nice chat with him and also walked him to lunch.  He was very happy that I came to visit him, and he also really enjoys making lots of jokes.  I thought that a visit to him might be nice to let him know that I care about him, and that what he has done for America (he was in the U. S. Air Force) will not be forgotten.

I chose to do this for my Look Good Do Good Feel Good video because I have chosen my platform to be elder abuse.  This issue has only become very recognized recently, and it is something that truly bothers me.  Our senior citizens have already dedicated their lives to try and make the world a better place for us, and for people to call them names, hit them, and steal their money when they have no means of defence is completely unacceptable.  It would be unacceptable no matter who people were abusing, but the fact that these seniors have done so much for today’s society just makes it that much worse.

I always say this, but if you know any senior (or anyone for that matter) who is being abused, please contact someone and try to stop the abuse.  No one should have to live like that.

-Courtney

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Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Kelligrews Soiree, which is a very historical event.  There was even a song wrote about it by Johnny Burke (1851-1930), which gave it a lot of it’s popularity.  This year, the soiree began on the 4th of July and ran until the 8th.  People from all over Conception Bay South attended the event, as well as people from surrounding communities.

While there, I was very lucky to have met the mayor of CBS, Woodrow French, as well as Steve O’Connell, who plays Sergeant Daniel Hood on Republic of Doyle, a television show based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

At this event, there are many events to attend for both adults and children. There are outdoor concerts of folk music as well as rock music, bobber races where you can win a grand prize of a thousand dollars if your bobber reaches the finish line first, and pancake breakfasts at the local stadium where they serve both plain and chocolate chip pancakes.  It is definitely something you should attend if you ever get the chance, and I would recommend bringing along the whole family!

Another appearance I made with the Kelligrews Soiree was the Historical Walk where I had the opportunity to visit a church built in the 1860’s and learn more about the heritage of the community.  Conception Bay South, where Kelligrews is located, is a beautiful and historical community, and I was, and still am, very proud to have had the opportunity to participate in the Soiree.

-Courtney

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Last weekend I did a walk for the SPCA.  It was a wonderful family event.  They had bouncy castles, face painting, lots of snacks, and lots of pets.  It was great to meet so many people that support this good cause.

I also got to have my picture taken with this lovely Newfoundland Dog.

 

During this past weekend, I also went to some Canada Day Appearances.  I spent the early afternoon in Conception Bay South at their celebrations where they had a band performing as well as some very talented dancers.  They also had many things for kids like bouncy castles, face painting, and it was at the same place as a park.  I had loads of fun playing with the children and climbing the monkey bars with them.  One little girl taught me how to properly turn around on the monkey bars so I could climb back down the other side.

Later that evening, I went to Quidi Vidi Lake for more Canada Day Celebrations.  They had a band playing there as well, and there were a lot of people with blankets on the grass waiting for the fireworks.  It was great seeing so many people out to celebrate our beautiful countries 145th birthday!

-Courtney

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I participated in the Walk For Lupus today.  I had the honour of meeting the president of the Lupus Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, Deane Layman, who was very kind and happy to have me at her event.  I went on the entire walk, then went back to the Reid Centre to draw for prizes.

Here is a photo of me and Mrs Layman.  She is such a sweet lady and did an amazing job organizing the event.

For those of you who don’t know, lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue.  The cause of the disease is currently unknown, but it is believed that it’s genetic.   I was very happy to be able to support this cause and meet people that have been personally affected.

While at the appearance, I was asked to join the motorcycle ride for Lupus in September which I’m really happy to have the opportunity to do.  I’ll get to see all these lovely people again!  If you get the chance, you should certainly volunteer for this cause.  It’s not as well known as other causes, but just as important.

 

Courtney

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Hey there everyone!

Today, I spent five hours at the Newfoundland Kids Expo.  It was really fun.  There were so many things to do there for people of all ages.  I spent most of my time handing out gift bags, gathering water for mascots and volunteers, and doing other small tasks like that, but it was a great event.  I got to explore the entire exposition.   There was a fashion show put off by X-Posure models, bouncy castles, face painting, and even more.  While I was there, I had the honour of meeting Bowser from Super Mario!  He gave me a high five.  One of the children pretended to be Mario and tried to fight him.

There were so many kids there of all ages, from newborns to teenagers.  There was truly something for everyone.  The little girls all wanted to get their picture taken with me, and with Mandi Gale as well, who is the current reigning Miss Newfoundland & Labrador.  I had the opportunity to speak with her about her experience at Miss Universe Canada where she made top 20, and it sounds like she had an absolute blast and wishes it could have lasted much longer.

Tomorrow I will be doing a walk for lupus.  I was asked to do this by my aunt’s friend who has actually been diagnosed with this disease.  I am happy to be able to go out and support such a cause, especially when it’s a bit more personal.

I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes tomorrow!

-Courtney

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Hey everyone!

I haven’t posted in a while now, so I thought I would write a post about something I’ve been pondering for the last little while – how to be successful.  It’s a very simple concept actually.  My stepfather had brought it up while we were having dinner one night during the past week.

He said “I’ve been around for a while, and I’ve watched a lot of people become successful, and I’ve had the opportunity to observe them.  My brother is a very successful doctor, and I’ve met many successful lawyers as well, and what I noticed is that they are all genuinely nice people, and they listen to others.”  So the people that are nice not to get something from others, but are nice simply just to be nice, are successful, as well as the people that actually listen, and not just hear what you are saying.

I would like to add to the wise words of my stepfather.  I believe that your success in life is measured by how happy you are, not how much money you make.  A contestant in Miss Teen Newfoundland & Labrador said that during her top five impromptu question, and she is absolutely correct.  Who cares if you’re a multimillionaire when you just aren’t happy?  We all know that money can’t buy happiness.  So, in order to be successful, you also need to figure out just what it is that makes you happy, something to give you a reason to wake up with a smile on your face.  I know that for me, it’s waking up knowing that I have a family as well as friends that love and support me, and that each new day is a new opportunity to make someone else smile.

For some people, what makes them happy is looking after and playing with small children, for others, it’s learning about anything and everything.  One of the things that truly makes me happy is volunteering with the elderly.  They are just so kind and appreciative that you took the time to visit them and give them something fun to do on a Saturday.  They all have very interesting stories to tell, and I always make sure to take the time to listen to their advice, because most of them have gone through the same things that I’m going through now and more, and I know that they have the answers to many questions because they’ve already have the experience.

I just wanted to share these thoughts with everyone else, and if you’d like to share an opinion on what I believe makes people successful, please feel free to comment!

-Courtney

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Next week, on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, I will be walking the runway in a fashion show for the very first time.  I’m super excited!  The show is called Behind The Seams.  It’s for the textiles graduates from College Of The North Atlantic.  I will be modelling 3 pieces – all dresses.  I’ve modelled for photos before and I know from entering pageants that modelling on a runway will be much different, but it’s still very exciting!

Also, next month I’ve been asked to model in another fashion show – the Ghiaccio Fashion Show.  This will be a charity event featuring the designer Ashley McGrath.  This is all so exciting!  I sound like a broken record saying that over and over again, but the experience will be so fun.  What makes it even better is that one of my very good friends will be modelling in both of these shows with me, also her first fashion shows, which definitely relieves some of the pressure.

Tomorrow is the final fitting for Behind The Seams.  I’ll definitely keep you posted, so keep following!  -Courtney

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Hi there!

As I mentioned in my introductory post, I truly love photography.  I love being able to capture the beauty of a single moment through a lens, and being able to capture the happiness of a family or the calmness of the ocean.  I wanted to share some of my photography on my blog, and if any of you would like to see more, I will link the photos to my photography album on Facebook.

I love to photography everything, still life and real life.  My favourite kind of photography is model photography, simply because it opens so many doors for creativity.  You can make a model look like Cinderella, or the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.  I like having a variety of models, because as cliche as it sounds, everyone is beautiful.  Also, people are different, so you can create a wide variety of images if you have a wide variety of models.

I hope you enjoy my photography!  -Courtney

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Hi everyone!

I made my first appearance today at the forest fair.  This took place at the Jack Byrne Arena in my home town of Torbay.  There were many booths set up about all the different aspects and career opportunities in forestry, and many booths and demonstrations.  These included equipment and animal displays, food and science demonstrations, as well as educational opportunities for adults and children.  I also got to meet some really nice and interesting people.  I spoke to a man that knew all about cloning trees.  He was telling me how genes can be taken from one tree and basically injected into the roots of another to make the tree taller or immune to some tree diseases, which was really amazing.  Another person I was fortunate to meet was a man competing in the Newfoundland Special Olympics this summer, and last but not least was the honourable Jerome Kennedy, the minister of natural resources.  I also had the opportunity to get my photo taken with him, which was really cool.  Attached to the photo is a link to the Newfoundland Forest Fair advertising page.  Check it out!

I also got to see some family there that I haven’t seen in a while because they live across the island and it’s such a long drive.  That was really great.

Tomorrow I’m going to meet with a potential sponsor, and then I’m going to volunteer at a senior’s residence again.  I’ve been volunteering at this same place since 2010, and I love it there.  I’ve made friends with a few of the residents and now I look forward to visiting them on Saturdays.  They’re just so kind and sweet, and they have so many funny stories to tell!  There’s one man there that treats me like I’m his own granddaughter.  I sometimes spend over an hour visiting just him.  He’s really just the sweetest.  The first time I went to this senior’s residence, he was sat in the lobby on the couch.  My mom came in with me because I was applying for a volunteer position, and when the man seen us, he asked us to the dance!  He wanted us to go so he could have a dance with each of us.  Truly adorable.

Can’t wait to see them all again tomorrow!

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I thought this might be interesting for everyone to know.  My grandmother lives in the town of Conception Bay South with her sister, my Dad, my uncle and his wife.  Up until a few months ago, they all lived in a heritage home in the community of Seal Cove, which is part of Conception Bay South in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The house was absolutely beautiful!  According the the Newfoundland Heritage website, the house was built in approximately 1932.  It was a two storey biscuit box style house with linhay and wooden structure.  This house was the Chief Operator’s House which was part of an electrical development project which was undertaken by the United Towns Electric Company in 1923.  It was built for the Chief Operator, a position my grandfather held for 36 years.

Unfortunately, due to the construction of a new highway, the house had to be demolished.  I did manage to take my camera there before it was gone and take some shots of it during the sunset in winter.

I loved visiting this house ever since I was a child.  It’s no longer there, but you can read more about the historical significance of this house on the Newfoundland Heritage Foundation website.  I’ve linked the photo to the website if you want to take a look!   -Courtney

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