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People get ideas in their head, ideas can become dreams, and dreams can become a reality. It takes a special type of person to make their dreams a reality, someone who has ambition, and a hell of a lot of determination. Some may disagree with peoples dreams, some may even try to tear them away, but really their thoughts don’t matter, it’s your own that matter.

When you’re young, dreams can be big. I remember my first ambition was to be the next Britney Spears. I would sit in my basement, buck toothed and wearing my huge bugs bunny glasses, watching her concerts (when she was still innocent) and mock her every move. My friends and I would make dance routines, making electric guitars out of badminton rackets, and microphones out of pipe cleaners. I should have known then that I wanted to entertain people in some way or form. As you grow up, these dreams get more realistic. I later thought that being something like a midwife or teacher would be something I’d like to do. These jobs interested me because they were safe. I thought with a nice income, a family friendly lifestyle, benefits, and a nice pension plan, I’d be happy. What I strive for most in my life is to make positive influences in other peoples lives, and I have recently realized that I could do this doing things I really am passionate about doing.

The dreams that you have when you are older should be as big and as important to you as the ones you had when you are young. I’m not saying that I still hope to be the next Britney Spears, but what I am saying is that you should follow your heart and do things that you are truly passionate about doing. Why should someone talented, determined, and ambitious be stuck doing something safe, when they could be doing something bigger than themselves.

I may be only eighteen, and I am yet to know what I truly want to do with the rest of my life, but I do know that whatever that is, I will be passionate about and will be happy doing whether I make a small or large amount of money doing it. Life is too short to do things that make you unhappy.

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Anti-bullying rules and regulations have been enforced in schools across the country, but these rules can be broken easily, and acts of bullying can go unnoticed. Recent events, cases of bullycide, and an ongoing struggle with bullying in our schools, and on the internet have led to a drastic move by the provincial government. The McGuinty government is proposing an anti-bullying law that would, if passed, allow Ontario schools to permanently expel students for discriminating and taunting others.

The government is expected to introduce the Accepting Schools Act Wednesday, December 7, which will:

  • introduce tougher consequences for bullying and hate-motivated actions — up to, and including, expulsion
  • Require all school boards to support students who want to lead activities that promote gender equity, anti-racism, understanding and respect for people with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, including groups with the name gay-straight alliance or another name
  • Add a definition of bullying to the Education Act
  • Designate the third week of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to raise awareness about bullying and encourage more people to stand up against bullying
  • Require organizations using school property to follow standards consistent with the provincial code of conduct.

It is inspiring to see the government make a stand against bullying. With thousands of children bullied across the province daily, I hope that this new law can help better their lives!

Let’s take the stand.

Click here to watch McGuinty’s video and to learn more.


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Alright, so the rumour mill has been really pumping lately, and I would really like to clear things up. It seems as though as soon as something good in my life happens, people feel the need to try and tear me down. Well, I have been going through stuff like this for a very long time, and quite frankly it takes a lot to break me. As a girl raised in a small community, people know everything about what happens, who is doing what and so on. But by living in a small community, people also think that they know more about your life then you do. Rumours, it is sad that people feel the need to make them, even sadder that people can grow to believe them. I come from a close family, with strong morals, ideals, and beliefs. I know right from wrong, and I do everything I can to stay in the right, because by doing things that are wrong, illegal, and or disrespectful to myself and others, I wouldn’t be being true to myself. There is so much wrong in the world that people should be focussing on, children starving, and people living on the streets. Imagine if people took their energy to try and help others, rather than try to harm them, how much of a better place the world could be. People should take their negative energy and express it in positive energy to help those in need.

I feel that with all of the things I have accomplished in my life, things I am involved in, and things I  have in plan for the future, I can hopefully make a difference, continue to have accomplishments, and continue to be a positive role model to the community. I am strong, and will only get stronger! If anyone has any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to express them below.

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Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.

She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander—From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting…without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching…without beating your kids.

A few days ago, Barbara spoke in Sault Ste. Marie  and surrounding areas such as Chapleau, had the opportunity to listen in via teleconference. I had read Barbara’s book, The Bullied, the Bully, and the Bystander and loved it, so I was eager to hear what she had to say. For both pageants, bullying was my platform. My interest in bullying began in high school, when my own bullying, and torment slowly began to stop. After researching, and reading Barbara’s book it all made so much sense. Kids aren’t born mean, they’re raised to be mean. Bullying is something that has been going on for so long, and some how we need to try and find an end to it. Do you think 10 years ago people would have used the word “bullycide”, it is a new word in the English dictionary in which states “the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally as a result of bullying”. Just a few weekends ago Jamie Hubley, a 15-​year old teen in Ottawa, succumbed to suicide, after years of bullying, being called a “fag,” and saying life was too hard and he couldn’t wait three more years for it maybe to get better. Hubley left a note stating how hard it was to be the only out gay student in his school, and made references to the TV show “Glee.” Jamie is only one of thousands of cases of bullycide across the globe. We may not be able to stop bullying now, but as the parents of tomorrows generation we can definitely work to raise children who are less likely to become bullies, and more likely to be the ones to take the stand against them!

Barbara Coloroso states that in order to raise a generation that will end bullying, we must first teach them and demonstrate the six critical life messages;

-I believe in you

-I trust you

I know you can handle this

-You are listened to

-You are cared for

-You are very important to me

Children need to be taught their own self worth, they need to be taught to be an individual! Many parents teach their children to be reward dependent, approval dependent. Parents reward their children for doing things so eventually they will not do anything with out being rewarded or getting the approval from their parents. Children raised like this become the bystanders of bullying, always seeking for the approval of the bully. Kids can become targets of bullying for being tall, short, bigger, skinny, anything that makes someone different, can create the bullied child. Bullies are usually people who have been taught at home that hurting others can help you feel better about yourself. The children who have been taught the 6 critical life messages, who have been taught to question, and make their own judgments and decisions, are the children that stand up for the bullied and make a difference.

I am going to take what I know now, and learn as much as I can about bullying in order to utilize it in my own life, with my future children, and future students. I hope that you all take something from this and look into more of Barbara Coloroso’s work, so then we can all begin to learn how to raise the future generation, to be the generation in which bullying become a thing of a past, and not a thing of the present or future!

Take the stand with me!

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Starting a revolutionary toy movement!

Earlier this year, as a delegate of Miss Teen Canada World, I had the opportunity learn about a great new toy company that is taking a different approach to creating the perfect toys! As a Miss Teen Canada World delegate I was required write about a partner of the charity Free the Children, this toy company donates 10 cents from each purchase to this great cause! How perfect that a toy bought for a child on this end of the planet can help a child far away, who by mere stroke of fate is substantially less fortunate. B. Toys is a great company that not only has great heart, but also has great products!

Ayda and Colbie enjoying B.Toys' gifts!

After posting about B. Toys I was contacted by a member of their public relations team, Sarajane, and we began to correspond and bring about ideas on how we can work together. With my mother being the supervisor at the local Best Start Hub, we decided it would be great to bring in some of their toys to share with the kids! The children and staff at the Chapleau Best Start Hub fell in love with the toys instantly and would like to share their extreme thanks to B. Toys!

For those of you who don’t know, B. is a brand-new brand of toys from family-run, Montreal-based manufacturer Battat, Inc., that believes all children of the world deserve a chance at childhood. After decades of making toys, a team of designer-friends at DoodleDo, in partnership with family-run manufacturer Battat, decided it was time for toys that made a difference to the world and the children in it in 2009. With their belief that children are powerful beyond belief they were able to become a corporate partner with Free the Chidlren from the day they founded B. You Toys. Their products are not only unique, but inspirational!

Jordan on the keys!

All of their products are made out of recycled materials, and packaged in reusable bags. They even design their boxes to become pretty trays to hold tiny treasures, make some packages reversible to become giftwrap, and use inks that are soy-based and varnishes that are water-based.

B. Toys started with a collection of their own kids’ quotes and made a pretty little booklet to place in each B.Toys package as a smile for moms and dads. Fortunately, that was only the beginning of the story. With every person who became part of the B. Family, the collection grew.

Their toys hit the shelves and something really magical happened. They started getting quotes from parents who bought and loved our toys. Now they have a website where anyone can share with us and the world the wonderful things their children have said.

You can share your own children’s quotes at http://justb-byou.com/quotes/. Visit their site to get a good laugh and read some of the hilarious quotes. Kids do say the darnest things!

Ava loves B. Toys!

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September 4th is a day that I will always remember, this is the day I moved into my home away from home Stanton University. The journey here was not an easy one, the traffic was heavy, around 5000 students were moving on the same day, my family was sad to be letting me go, and my younger sister Olivia was having a bad day. About 5 minutes away from the residence building, Olivia pukes all over the vehicle, making the expedition that much more exciting, I couldn’t help but laugh.

We finally make it to my residence building, and bring all of my things to my room, in which I share with my friend from Chapleau Michele  :). The move was smooth, but it was definitely stressful, and sad to see my family go.

Frosh week was a lot of fun, I got to meet a lot of new people from my department and enjoy what Ottawa has to offer. The Undergraduate English Students’ Association put on their own Frosh week for the first time.

Sunday- We were able to go to Quebec for Camp Fortune, which is a club in the middle of no where, which I believe is either a summer camp or ski resort as well. It was a lot of un, and of course I got to buy my own booze, Yay Quebec drinking age!

Monday- We woke up to learn all about G- Spots and P-Spots thanks to Venus Envy Sex Shop. Then we enjoyed a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit water balloon style! One of my favourite events of the week was the Gem Session held at Cafe Alt. We got to listen to Robyn Dell’ Unto , Sean Pinchin, and Dave Russel and they were all absolutely amazing!

Tuesday- Shine Day! We dedicated the entire afternoon to raise money for cystic fibrosis! we made bracelets, married people to celebrities, sold avon, and one guy actually waxed his legs to raise money! After the exciting Shine day, we attended Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night which was absolutely hilarious!

Wednesday- There was a pancake breakfast Meet and Greet, as well a Sushi Lunch, and an Evening with the Honest lawyer! A day full of food!

Thursday- We went on a UESA scavenger hunt, in which my team lost, but we got to tour a bit of Ottawa and see what it really has to offer. It is an insanely beautiful city! We also attended a Drag Show which was quite interesting. There were three performers two drag queens, and one, I guess you’d call it, drag king? It was hilarious yet awkward, but I definitely enjoyed myself.

Friday- Was Beach day, the UESA guides and 101ers enjoyed a warm day at the beach, playing frisbee and soaking up the sun! That night was Artium, which was a concert of indie bands. The main attraction was Hot Shot Casino, should definitely check them out!

Saturday- Gee Gee’s united at the football game against Queen’s which we won! The energy was great and everyone was decked out in their Gee Gee gear, lots of school spirit here! After the game, we bussed it over to Fedstock, where we listened to a few bands before the Frosh Crashers, Down With Webster, played. If you aren’t a fan now, check out their upcoming CD and you definitely will be!

Frosh week was fun, but the next week  was kind of an awakening when we came to realize, hey we are here for school! I am loving all of my classes so far, but is only the fourth week in, ask me at midterms and see how I’m doing!

I love my floor, everyone is getting along great, as it seems! When everyone is in the same boat, away from home, and starting something new, it is easy to bond and get to know people very quick.



So in conclusion, Ottawa U is Hot to go H-O-T-T-O-G-O, AWOO Hot to go!


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Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight!

I didn’t even have to wish on a star to get star gazing off of my summer to do list. Over the past few weeks, I have learned to expect the unexpected. There was a point in my life where I did not have much self worth and would look for it in all the wrong places. This summer I found it in the right places. Everything that has happened in my the last year has had a great affect on me. The year started out slow, but from Miss North Ontario on my year has been one to remember. First runner up at Miss North was just the beginning, from their I was voted Valedictorian, and awarded with eighteen awards at graduation, then I was also voted Prom Queen, and then of course competed in the Miss Teen Canada World Pageant.  These events gave me that boost I needed to start finding, and loving myself, allowing others into my life.

Sleeping Under the Stars

Now you can’t just go star gazing with anybody, it has to be a special person. Luckily, I found someone very special to do it with. You know who you are :P. That night was just the beginning of something special.

Starting a Novel

Every writer at some point in their life want to accomplish the inevitable, writing their first novel. To do so, you need inspiration. I found that inspiration in my best friend Patrick. Patrick and I have been friends for the past four years, and I don’t know what I could have done without him. We are anything but serious, and always have a good laugh. I am going to be one of those secretive novelists and not share what my novel is about exactly, but hopefully someday you will all have a chance to read it!

Water Skiing 

Lauren (sister), Me, Miranda (cousin)

For the uncoordinated, like my self, water is only something we can dream of, so I thought. On the waters of Lacloche lake, my cousin Miranda and I, attempted water skiing. One of us succeeded, the other not so much. I’ll let you guess who, but here is a hint, blondes are as uncoordinated as they are street smart.

Resolving an Old Conflict

Like most father-daughter relationships, my relationship with my dad was interesting. He has always been very protective of me, especially when it came to boys. I gave him a hard time this year, which I do apologize for, but I must say in my defence, I am the oldest of three girls, I have to break him in. Now that I am away at school and we are no longer living under the same roof, I can finally say my father and I are on good terms, until the next boy messes with me. (Which won’t happen since my boy is golden!) Love ya Dad!

Fundraise for a Charity

Is anyone tired of me fundraising yet? In the past year I think I have fundraised enough to take the summer off, as much as I love doing it, planning fundraising events can be very tiring. I hope my contributions this past year to; Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, Free the Children, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Canadian Cancer Society, and The Together for Autism Program, has helped those who truly deserve it. I thank all of those who donated and attended my various fundraising events! Next fundraiser, hopefully Variety the Children’s Charity, the official charity of Miss World Canada, in which I hope to attend next summer :)

My summer was a slack one, and I did not finish everything I had on my to do list, but that leaves more things to do next summer :)



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So there is something you should all know about me. When it comes to music I am all over the place, I like anything from the Beatles to Heart, to more modern stuff like Maroon 5, and Adele. Country, rock, pop, oldies, rap, indie, screamo, anything I’ll listen to it. Recently my friend (who is keeping her love for this group a secret) introduced me to Megan and Liz.

Megan and Liz are 18 year old fraternal twin sisters, Megan and Liz Mace, from Edwardsburg, Michigan. They’re both lyric writers and artists, with Megan also being a guitarist. Megan and Liz started out in 2007 on YouTube, recording themselves but nothing but a webcam. There large fan base on YouTube has helped them start their career as actual recording artists. You can find their songs on ITunes, and of course YouTube. Check them out on Formspring, FacebookTwitter, and their store.

Another new artist I am really liking at the moment is Travis Mills, or T. Mills. I don’t know if it is the tattoos and fohawk, but I cannot stop listening to him or watching his videos. Mills began his career writing music in his bedroom, using software such as Pro-Tools, Logic and Reason to create backing tracks for his songs. Mills quickly gained attention self-releasing music online, leadingto a spot on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour performing on the Babycakes stage. After several notable live performances, T. Mills was signed to the Laguna Beach label Uprising Records, who released the Finders Keepers EP on July 14, 2009 and his debut album Ready, Fire, Aim! on September 28, 2010. Preceding the release of the album, the video for the lead single “Stupid Boy” premiered on MySpace on July 13, 2010. T. Mills has a new album called “Leaving Home” which was released on July 22, 2011. Check him out on Facebook and YouTube :)

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