It’s been over a week since I last posted, so I thought I’d do a summary of some of the events I’ve been attending/planning this past week, and what I’ve been doing to get ready for the big week in Toronto.
I’ll start off with last Wednesday, when I did a presentation at one of the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre’s “Girl Power” camps, for young ladies ages 8-11. It was great that they had camps for girls in rural areas, such as the one I presented at in Maitland! I spent 45 minutes talking about myself, my platform of youth empowerment, and leading a group activity, which involved examining shells from the beach and discovering how even though they are special in their own ways!
Later that evening, I did a very similar presentation, but to an entirely different age group. This time, I presented to teens at the Truro Public Library at their weekly “BLAST” program. I really enjoyed meeting the teens and discussing my plans for my newly founded youth empowerment group, Maritime Futuremakers.
A couple days later, on Saturday, I went down to the Truro Farmer’s Market to promote my Free the Children concert, which is happening tonight!! There will be singers, dancers, and pianists, all performing in support of Free the Children. My town is known for its music and arts culture, so why not have even more opportunities to showcase musical talent while fundraising for a good cause? This is a concert by youth, in support of youth! I honestly never thought I would have been able to plan an entire concert by myself, but one of my personal goals during my reign was to do things I haven’t done before, so I can get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always loved making music, and I can’t wait to see all the talented youth perform tonight!
After the Farmer’s Market, I helped out at Downtown Truro Partnership’s Kids Fun Day, where there was an art class, face painting, pony rides, a cheer leading demonstration, and a dance class. I got to hand out free Clay Café coupons, coloring books, and fidget spinners (the kids went crazy over those haha!), and I also got to stunt with the cheerleaders! I had such a fantastic time!
On Sunday, I volunteered at the Wayward Cats yard sale in front of the veterinary clinic. Wayward Cats Society is a non-profit dedicated to trapping, spaying and returning feral cats in the area, to improve the lives of stray cats and help them find good homes. They raised over $800 that went towards trapping equipment, food for the cats, and other expenses. It was great to meet the Wayward Cats team!
The next day, I had my first photoshoot as Miss Teenage Nova Scotia! Kala Woods did an excellent job with the makeup, and Jody O’Brien took some photos I just can’t get enough of! Not all of them are ready yet, but here are just a couple shots we took. I absolutely love them! Thank you Jody and Kala!
As for Tuesday, I pretty much shopped the whole day! My family and I went down to the city to pick up some heels, outfits for during the week in Toronto, and a ton of makeup! Hopefully I have everything I’ll need, but of course, I can always go shopping again!! My gown shoes I’ve ordered will be coming next Monday at the latest, and I can’t wait to show you guys them!
I’d also like to mention my newest sponsor! This is Peter Thompson from Landmark Dental Care, and I can’t thank him enough for his generous donation. I have gone to Landmark Dental for check-ups my whole life, and these are some nice and supportive staff who truly care about your teeth!
On Wednesday, I led a workshop for Maritime Futuremakers at the Truro Public Library, and this time it was for children ages 9-13. We talked a lot about volunteerism, what it means to be leader, and the notion of “working together to create something better”. We even enjoyed free chocolate, and worked on an activity which focuses on what we love about our community and what we would like to improve about it. We finished off with a craft where we put together the pieces of a giant puzzle, to represent of our visions of our town and how we can unite together to make them become an everyday reality.
Maritime Futuremakers has been something I’ve wanted to do for months, and my experiences in Montreal and Ottawa with Canada 150&Me have really broadened my perspectives on what we can truly do when we use our full potential. I knew it was up to me to take that vision out of my head and make it a reality for youth across the maritimes, so that is exactly what I did!
My fundraising concert for Free the Children is 7:00 pm tonight, and no matter how much money we make or how many people come, I know it will be success to me no matter what. The process is what really counts, and I am so proud of my fellow performers for supporting this cause and making an impact with the beauty of music.
-Zoe, Miss Teenage Nova Scotia 2017