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so if you have been following me in any way you may have already picked up on the fact that I’m a bit different than your average girl. For those of you who do not know me very well I consider myself to be awell rounded person, always trying new things and up for a challenge. One of the major factors in my life that makes me stand out from the crowd is the fact that I have just finished the schooling part of my first year of heavy duty mechanics. With that in mind what if I had my own t.v. show…what would it be about? Well let’s take that idea and put it into a bigger picture. Let’s pretend that I am the host of my very own mechanics’ showd where we take old trucks (my favorite) and restore them or even hot rod them! Now some of you may be thinking ok so what’s so great about that. There are many mechanic shows and some of them never make it past their first year because they don’t stand out. Well that’s where mine has a bit of a twist to it. Being one of the only females I know in my chosen trade i have come to realize that if you arn’t around people that accept you and your chosen career path chances are they won’t want to see you succeed and may do anything to prove the trades is not the place for a lady. I have been so fortunate to work with amaxing people who are all so willing to take time out of their busy schedule to help me out and allow me to learn and experience for myself. So with the challenge of beign a female in the trade in the back of my head why don’t I include females on the show. It would be a half hour weekly show of the how to’s in restoring old pick ups with highlights focusing on more general, necessary tips. For each season run we would have one main project truck and bring in people that specialize in custom work which can really explain their perfected techniques. We can travel to different shops and invite guests to come on the show and show off their prize vehicles, also allowing room give pointers of the what and what not to do’s of the business. We can head to high schools and get the kids in shop classes to challenge other schools in friendly mechanical competitions. This would be an awesome way to highlight small towns also, of which I am so proud to live near and be associated with, especially when it comes to the down to Earth people. There are so many good finds one the prairies and anywhere else I suppose. You never know what treassure you may find in the back yard of an old farmer or in the shed that has been tucked away for years. My show called…” ” is a great way to bring attention to the people that work so hard at personal projects and never get the recognition they deserve. In order for this project and show to get under way I need the support from sponsors. Even though I work in the trades I am still a female and love to celebrate that fact. With alot of my attention being focused on the females and helping them maybe surprise some of the male population with the knowledge of mechanics, I know us ladies still love to uphold a certain look and prove that covered in grease or not we can do more than what we are always expected of or thought to be able to do. We are not in the shop all day. We get home have a good scrub down and often want to get out on the town and have some fun. With the help of Jeanne Lottie bags which can be found at http://www.jeannelottie.com
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Hey folks, so most of everyone that checks out my blog and know me, are Canadian and what are us lovable Canadians known for?! Well there’s… Hockey (a given), cold weather (brrrrrr, but nothing out of the ordinary), Tim Horton’s (duh), and yahp you may have guessed it CTV! Ok so I’m guessing that’s not what came to mind right away, but think about it our Canadian television makes up a big part of who we are and how informed we are about the world. Ok and sure some of you don’t have time to watch too much tv. Heck I rarely do these days, but guess what they are a click away online.
Let’s take a quick stroll back in time to 1958 and what’s the talk of the town? Well its a little thing called Canada’s Broadcasting television of course otherwise known as CTV and no longer such a little thing in today’s Canadian society. Our society these days relies on various types of media to keep us informed on what is going on in our busy, always changing world. There are so many things going on. CTV works with so many groups, but in comparision to how many they could work with, those few choosen must mean a great deal. For they are either in partnership or being recognized by one of the world’s greatest leaders in broadcasting.
Started by a once twelve year old Craig Kielburger, back in 1995, the beginning for change and to fight child labour turned into what the world now knows as the organization, “Free the Children“. Not a lot of people expect a child, espically one with what seem like unrealistic dreams and goals to actually come up with such determination and will power to keep going even with all odds stacked against him to get his message out of his classroom and off the ground and also to thrive for so long and turn into such an event with so many big names as support. It proves that extra ordinary people can really do extra ordinary things.What started off as an idea from a school boy is now recognized world wide and the efforts and successes are celebrated each and everyday. Starting in 2007 CTV stepped in and to this day is the Official Broadcast Partner of “Free the Children“‘s signature event, “We Day”. More recently has CTV not only broadcast some highlights from the event, but now broadcasts the entire event both on television and through their website. You can check out “We Day” moments through the months of September, October, and November, at www.ctv.ca or check out loads of information about the history and projects going on at www.freethechildren.com
Change is all around us and nothing stays the same. CTV has been bringing us Canadians stories that truly allow us to get a glimpse of our world and its events for many years. We may not always be able to strike our world as Craig did, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be struck by news and the effects it’s having on our world. Here is a story about two young men who are able to come visit our beautiful country and come together to celebrate “We Day” because they too got involved with “Free the Children” in their community which happens to in Kenya. This is proof of how powerful one message can be in the world. the news of a good cause and people like CTV that are willing to promote it can truly bring people together, no matter their race, beliefs or social standings.
Although I must admit I did not know anything about “Free the Children” before I got onboard with the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant, I am plan to keep supporting the good cause. Through the organization I am able to get involved with a number of events to contribute to the cause. My most recent favorite which I plan to look into once back from nationals is the Brick by Brick project which involves bringing schools and education to communities which otherwards can not afford or support it. But dont get me wrong that’s not the only project they have going for them. Check out more on their website! Here is a picture of my sister and I after I hosted a roast beef supper with all proceeds going to “Free the Children”. We had tons of fun had a nice evening with family and friends. It is awesome that helping others can be fun and fulfulling too.
“We Day”, if not broadcast would not be the success it is today. It brings in large names and by doing so and braodcasting these stars and their messages to the general public opens the public’s eyes and realize just how much of a big deal and good cause it is. People see these big stars and realize it is cool to care and from there more and more people want to get invovled. We are sometimes like a herd of cattle. I know I’m from Saskatchewan and others may not understand this reference but hang in there. Haha we are! As much as we want to stand out and be a leader sometimes seeing one person, like the stars on stage supporting the cause attracts us and make sus want ot follow in their foot prints. Groups hold power. Groups tell society that they mean business and that they are there to stay for a while. CTV allows “We Day” to redeem more public awareness for their cause but also to fall back on the fact that a broadcastign company with a reputation like no other is willing to suppor them and their efforts. Let’s face it the media, whether it be the internet or the television or other sources, is where most of us rely on to get the information we want and often in the end the information we had no knowledge of, yet we learn so more.
If children really are the leaders of our future we have to do our best to prepare them and give them what it takes to get to where they are going, no matter where that path may lead. With a mission like: “Helping children through education” how could us good hearted, down to earth Canadians not want to make sure that happens.
CTV I believe has surpassed all expectations from society as a private broadcaster and it deserves every once of praise from us Canadians for it brings us qualtiy, a great reputation and the compassion and true pride for its country that we expect when being represnted as a whole. As CTV often said in the late eighties…”The Choice of Canadians”.
My mother read me a quote many moons ago and it is one I remember and always will. If I do by chance forget well she refers back to it so often I doubt I will. So many peopl need to hear this because it protains to every situations. For I’ve never read such a quote that makes so much sense. You’ve got to admit we hear alot of things in our life time that we just hear once and nothing sticks. Its, “in one ear and out the other“, as some would put it. Everytime I am faced with a situation that often requires me to make a decision a little voice inside my head kicks in and reminds me of what my mother said to me as a girl…”its not what happens to you, its how you react to it that makes the difference” and boom I realize if I react in a negative way it won’t help any, but if I’m willing to put an effort in, something good will come out. Maybe a life lesson, maybe something as simple as respect from others or the grace enough to face another situation with the same strong will power, but none the less somethign always comes outt of these kinds of situations. We probably all have people in our life or have meet someone that just can’t see the good in anything or respond to a situation in such a negative way that makes everyone around them get annoyed or think differently of the person…I know I sure do. I hope that with that quote which I live by truly shines through and that I never lose repsect from people whether I know them or not based on how I handle a situation.
This pageant, to some may seem to be all giltz and glamour and in fact alot of it is. I am about to spend a week with incredible people with amazing stories and they all got to the same place as me because of their attitude. Our attitude can make or break us. It can open or shut doors. I always think how different a situation could have been if I would have reacted just even slightly different. Anyway the road to natioanls has come with its ups and its downs. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I can not change the way people feel about certain situations or respond to things, but I can control me. And I have to make sure that I’m doing this for me not anyone else. I’ve heard that we cannot properly take care of other unless we take care of our self first. I don’t expect to win for this is an experience and as long as I make the best of it and take it all in I am satisfied. Believe it or not I am a simple girl, one who thinks alot and knows what is important to her. I speak from the heart, but think of the consequences of my words. I have realized lately who is important in my life and what I need to focus on. I am not wonder women, but I think I do a pretty good job as a listener and a person full of questions. It may be hard to believe but I am horrible at speaking. I really don’t get super nervous I just can not spit my words out. I know what I want to say but can not find them when the time comes. This is why this blog is becoming a great part of my life. I missed writing.
To all those who think of me different just because a crown was placed on my head one night I’m sorry you didn’t get to know me before. I hope my thoughts have somewhat opened people’s eyes to see that yes I am competing in a pageant, but that’s not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to who I am. I am so much more, and I will always be so much more. Life can hurt espically when people pre judge. Find a solid place a place or person you can go to and that will remind you why you entered your life the way you have. Live life for you and keeping moving forward. “Run at life“.
The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attiude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, the successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. we can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on that one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… you are in charge of our Attitudes”
-Charles R. Swindoll
Oh my good, things are a bit crazy around here these days, but some of the bigger more nerve racking things are getting checked off. Like… I finally got my nationals dress. Big load off my shoulders that’s for sure. and guess what the sweetest part is I bought it with my daddy. Not alot of girls can say that. My dad is so supportive. In fact from day one he knew about the pageant before anyone else even my mom! and he is the one making me wear my heals so I get used to them and wanting my name to get out there. I couldn’t ask for a better dad. He even took Father’s Day to drive around with me adn take pictures for my blog. The ladies at the dress shop adored him and he really did make the day memorable and less of a stress. Who can say that, not alot of girls can…that their dad is so supportive of their daughter that they would do anything just to see the smile on her fave at the end of the day. My dad is the reason I am a patient person. He taught me this. He taught me to go after my dreams and be respectful. He taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated. For all these life lessons I can not thank him enough. He is one of the big reasons I am here competing and the reason I am who I am. I am respected not only because of who I am as a person but for the simple fact that I am the daughter of a very well respected man. Here he is folks proud as punch on his J.D. my dad…tackling the weeds and gettin ‘er done! 😀
As the pageant gets closer I still find myself sleeping in knowing I have a ton of things left on my to do list. Just the other day after much consideration I decided yeah just a few more winks of shut eye wouldn’t hurt no one, but that’s when something decided it didn’t quite agree with my decision. A BANG! came crashing into my sister’s bedroom window and me going oh a bird doesn’t think much of it and rolls over. But all of a sudden that bird starting screaming. I jumped up and ran out onto the deck in my pj’s (and yes folks when you live in the country, although we arn’t far out we still are considered outside the city, can pull off sleep wear and a pair of rubber boots as appropriate outerwear) to see what all the noise was about. There hovering over a small bird was my sister’s cat Moose and my dad’s dog Boo. The poor bird was dazed but in good physical condition. The last thing that poor fella needed was Moose attempting to take a bit. This is where the belting came into play. Dazed or not the bird still knew somethign wasn’t right. Now Moose isn’t much of a hunter that part is left up to our other cat…Diddles, so its not entirely Moose’s fault that he can’t hunt or tell the difference between what he should try and pick up or not. And then there is Boo. Oh Boo no words can describe Boo unless you meet him. People that haave know this is true. Confused and freaked right out Boo stayed his distance, but needed to know what was going on at all times. Here are the four of use hanging out on the deck until our newest friend got rid of the star that must have been crowding his vision.
Many say, “Home is Where the Heart is”, but for me no matter where I am, at at the end of the day being home is a feeling like no other. Yorkton is my hometown and has been ever since I was born. I love it here and there are many things that make it home for me. Our population sits around the 18,000 mark and is growing rapidly due to the fact that Saskatchewan is booming these days. Although we are one of the larger cities Saskatchewan has to offer, we still have a small town feeling. If one has been here for awhile they start to realize that the people are really the best part of the community. Yorkton and area people are always willing to give a helping hand out to anyone and know how to have a good prairie time.
The song, “My Town”, by Montgomery Gentry” is a good representation of how I feel about where I come from
We certainly are not a small community when compared to other communities in Saskatchewan, but to some places like Ontario, we are. Yorktonites come toegther with the same attitude and support that comes from that of small town residences. Check out all links to great places in Yorkton at www.city.yorkton.sk.ca/
Yorkton has so much to offer and the people really do care about the city. I have so much I would love to tell people about my awesome city, and by no means am able to show all of it, but I’ll give you a taste.
This is our story…
Let’s head down to watch the ponies run! The Conerstone Raceway located on the west side of the city is the place to be on a Friday night. In fact my family used to race our standardbred horse . Yorkton’s track is getting better each and every year and attracts many fans.
Yorkton is full of many historical sites and buildings. Here is a picture of one of the many churches in our city. St. Mary’s is probably the most visited of the churches by tourists, due to its beautiful architecture and traditional ways of delivery its services.
My school days started off at St. Paul’s elementary class. I went through from kindergarden right to Gr. 8. After that I attended Sacred Heart High School and spent my next four years here and graduated.
From High School my family and I decided to enroll me in my first year of the Tri-Trades program (which covers: Heavy Duty Mechanics, Ag Tech program and the Truck and Transport Tech program). Here’s a picture of the Parkland College, and also a picture of myself and some of my fellow classmates working on a semi. A big thank you to Truck Proz, the shop that made room in their busy shop to allow us, the students, to get hands on experience…you guys and gals are awesome! For more classes and information check out wwww.parklandcollege.sk.ca/
So today me and my mom sat down and figured out everything I need to do before my little trip out east. It is kind of a dreary day out, so not alot of tempt to spend too much time outside today. Anyway my flight is booked, we got a call in with a local photographer, I booked a fund raiser supper and much more. I don’t think people realize how much work and time goes into putting these kinds of things today. My to do list only gets longer as each day goes by, but its an experience and it is fun. Besides things with the pageant I have managed to keep myself a very busy girl.
Yesterday my sister and I had a 4-H clinic at our general leader’s house. We both had private lessons with our instructor. My sister and her pony Jerry are doing so great. Jessie loves to ride her now and is definitely getting better and her confidence is up drastically! I got to work on my jumping yesterday and can’t wait for my next lesson. I have had Daico, my four year old arabian gelding, since he was six months old. I got Daico as a Christmas present and let me tell you nothing has so far beat that gift. I think I may have even found a jumper saddle for him and am so excited to try it out. Right now my sister and I are preparing to wrap up another year of light horse 4-H and are training specifically for different classes we are entered in in the saskatchewan youth equestrian tournament this summer. I competed last year and loved it. There’s nothing like spending th ewhole weekend in the barns. From the smell to the passion nothing is more like home to me. Here is a picture of me and my mare at the summer games last year.
Thanks to everyone that is commenting and following me on all my other sources. Also a big shout out to everyone that been supporting me all along this journey
“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care”.
– Pat Parelli
I am so busy planning and preparing for the Toronto pageant, but I still find time to spend with the people I love and do some of my favourite things in the world and be well…me. Here’s today’s adventure!
So today I spent the day at a family friend’s farm. My boyfriend and I went to help sort cattle. We started off our day by helping to “clear” a few gophers out of the pastures then after lunch we headed into the many corrals and moved different groups of cattle into other corrals. We finally got to sorting out the calves or binkas as I was taught from the cows. The little guys are so fun of energy and spunk, I wish they didn’t have to grow up so fast, they are so darn cute, but can be a hand full some times. We stopped for a quick lunch which consisted of good ol A&W and soon got back to work. The corrals are so full of mud and thank goodness for rubber boots cause they sure came into use today! The sun was so nice today and the wind actually stayed away for the most part. One thing is for sure I definitely needed a rinse off afterwards. Can’t wait to go back and play with all the binkas soon.
This whole pageant has made me question what is important in my life and that sometimes as much as we are taught to help others, we must also do what is right for us and let no one get in the way of persuing something that means so much to you. Remember why you set out to do things and never let anyone tell you what to believe in or that your thoughts are not what society would approve of. Be yourself, for that’s what makes our world so interesting and full of great and admiral role models.
Here’s a thought to end off on…and remember to leave me a little piece of your thoughts.
“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can”.
Hello, I’m Jenny from Yorkton! I’m 19 and on top of competing in Miss teen Canada I also just completed my first year of college in the tri trades program (ag tech, truck and trailer tech, and heavy duty mechanic). The look on people’s faces when I tell them what I do is priceless. I love trying new things and encouraging people to run at life and to never say never. One never knows what they can accomplish or how far they can go in life unless they try. Be yourslelf! Along with both of these very different interests, I am also a 4-H Senior Light Horse member and my club’s secretary and love my horses and riding dearly.
My family is the most important thing in my life and they always come first. Along with the humans in my family there are many other family members that walk on all fours. We have 7 horses, 4 dogs, and 2 cats. My favorite place in the world is our acreage because it’s my home and there is no better feeling than coming home at the end of the day when all is said and done!
I am already a role model to many young people, especially young females, but hope to reach out to many more during my time as Miss Teen Yorkton and be the proof that beauty is much more than what is on the outside.
As my mother always reminds me…“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile“