Why is the Privilege of education so important to me? And what does it have to do with Miss Teenage Canada. Well, education has always been around in my life. I never really understood why I was considered lucky for such a privilege. Its just school? Or so I used to think. This year my school board went on strike and I lost 4/5 weeks of school. After this I was placed back to school and had been crammed with 2 months of knowledge in 3 weeks. Mind boggling isn’t it? Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 9.59.29 AMI was so angered in the beginning but after reading the book The Invention Of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd my point of view changed completely. The book is based off the life of Sarah Grimke one of the worlds first civil and women’s rights activists. She was denied the right to learn about law because she was a female, and at that time in history women weren’t accepted in the work industry. Reading this made me understand that I am truly blessed to be receiving the education I do.

My platform has relation to Miss Teenage Canada in the work of the charity it is partnered with. Miss Teenage Canada raises funds for the charity Free the Children. This charity prides on setting up children for success, may that be through building a well to give adequate water for the body and mind, to building schools for the children. Education is one of the most powerful things you can give to a child in the effort to change the world for the better. This is where my platform plays it’s part. My platform highlights the importance of education, in which many do not recognize. Education is a key part in setting up a child for success and this is how my platform is linked with Miss Teenage Canada and the Charity Free the Children.

As Miss Teenage Canada I would heavily promote the importance of education. I would do this though speaking of such issue but also working closely with Free the Children as they are a charity directly relating to the platform itself. I feel working with this charity would allow me to speak about my experiences with education but also being apart of the change to help bring education to those that are not as fortunate. Education is an absolute privilege that not many understand or take into consideration. After having my education taken away from me, I received the reality shock as to how important it is to value my education. As Miss Teenage Canada I would promote and show others the value of education, because it is an amazing privilege that is under celebrated.

Have a fabulous day, I’m leaving for Miss Teenage Canada today! Wish me luck!

Madison, xox.

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11760173_867067526674913_3848338846392252630_nHey guys! Last Tuesday I had one of my fundraisers for Free The Children. I hosted a Zumba and Henna Artistry fundraiser. It was an unbelievable time! Although mother nature was not on my side at the time, but we continued to henna a storm through the 39 degree heat! Due to the extreme heat my fundraiser had been slightly altered. There was a heat advisory sent out and we decided to change from Zumba to Yoga taught by myself, in best interest for the participants.

IMG_1842The heat didn’t get us down though! I did some of my best Henna yet and it was amazing to see so many people come out and support me with this fundraiser. I loved having the chance to talk about Free The Children to members of my community. I strongly believe in the work that Free the Children does as it goes hand in hand with my platform, being the Privilege of Education. You could see the passion I have for education and helping others as I talked to those who came out.

IMG_1843I wanted to give a huge shout out to all those who helped me with this fundraiser. In specific my good friend Marissa and family friend Monique. You guys made the day a pure joy, and made it extremely successful.

Even with the minor bumps in the road, I was able to adapt and pull off a successful event.

Here are some of the pieces I created!

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Oh Canada, the place of pucks and apologies! Canada isn’t just hockey and our double double Tim Hortons coffee. Canada is such a wondrous place, we offer beautiful sceneries, and nature at hand. We pride on being brave and free. Canada provides many freedoms, freedom of love and expression, the right to education, healthcare and medicine. We the pride of the north have so much to offer that make us a remarkable country. Heres a list of my top ten reasons that make Canada so great!

IMG_83721. Canada invented Hockey. Even though we haven’t claimed the beloved stately cup in a few years, hockey is still our game! dominating in the olympics and various world hockey games, Canada has proved that hockey will forever be our passion. Hockey is a family bonder in most Canadian house holds, can never miss a Hockey Night in Canada with the one and only Don Cherry and his fabulous outfits.

2. Canada is known as a peace making country, constantly helping other countries and creating peace across the world in several ways. as a country we recognize the importance of peace. Canada is constantly working with the United Nations in peacekeeping actions. Our apologetic nature also comes in hand with the act of peace giving.

r-RAINBOW-PRIDE-CLOTHING-large5703. Canada is all about the power of love. Canada has been supporting Gay Rights for a decade now, where as many other countries to this day are still in debates over this topic. We were about the first 5 countries to legalize this right.

4. We don’t have year long winters, we have all 4 seasons too! yes we may be known for our cold winters but our summers tend to be hot and humid like many other places. We have a diverse range of seasons from out cold winters, to rainy and warm springs, to our hot summers, then the vibrant colours of fall, leading back into our glorious winters.

5. We’re welcoming to immigrants and multiculturalism. Every year we allow close to a quarter of a million new landed immigrants. Canada allows dual citizenship, and supports media presented in several different languages. Constantly encouraging minorities to go into the workplace and offering support and help for these new citizens.

6Banff-National-Park-Alberta. Natural beauty, all 9.98 million square kilometres of it is astonishingly beautiful. From the gorgeous falls in Niagara. There are endless amounts of lakes and rivers to provide natural views. Canada even has access to three different oceans and is one of the few places that you can ski and surf in the same day!

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7. City scape beauty, Toronto is listed as one of the top 4 most beautiful cities in the world. From the glowing lights on parliament hill to the glistening reflection in Lake Ontario from the CN town. Canada offers many urbanized forms of beauty displaying the best of both worlds.

8. Canada has one on the top education systems. Students in Canada even ranked higher than American in subjects such as math, science, and english. Education is readily available across the nation. Canadian Universities are world-renowned and are known for cheaper tuition. In The United States the average cost for a year of tuition was $31 312, where as Canadian tuition was averaged at $5959.

9. Canada has more clean water then any other nation! Canada has close to 20% of the worlds fresh water supply, found in lakes, rivers, underground lakes and within the glaciers. In specific my home town of Sudbury has close to 330 fresh water lakes!

10. And to round off my top ten reasons to love Canada, we have amazing music! Artists from Justin Bieber, to Drake, to Shania Twain. Canada is the birth place to several amazing artists.

Canada is a remarkable place! From being able to watch the northern lights from our backyards to the glowing from the city lights at night. Canada offers so much, and is a loving place filled with polite, hockey loving, and courteous people. Canada is the greatest place on earth from coast to coast, theres so much to adventure and discover. The land of the strong and free, thats for sure!

Have a great day!

Madison, xox.

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educationA few weeks ago I got the chance to speak with a young woman who works in education as well as humanitarian work. Both vital components in which relate to my platform of the privilege of education. This woman has been all over the world working from relief work to teaching underprivileged children in the education system. She’s been to places across the ocean in third world countries but she also gave light to the issues also found within developed countries. She did a placement in the states, and in the united states school funding is dependent on test scores. This school that she was teaching within only taught english and math because the funding was inadequate due to minimal test scores. Some of the schools in these struggling areas are accounted for the number of prison cells needed in these states. So in a sense these places are setting up these children to fail. She said she did a test with the kids and more then 90% of a grade 3 class couldn’t even point out USA on a map, let alone their own state in America.

quote__knowledge_is_power_by_rabidbribri-d6f9fvvWhen I was told all this information about our neighbouring country it truly broke my heart. This information made me understand how privileged I am to be in school, I receive all the necessary knowledge to be successful in life. You don’t realize how lucky you are until you’re exposed to what others are going through and aren’t as lucky to receive.

Education is more often then not over looked. I asked a variety of students within my school on their opinion of school and education, and a majority stated things such as, “its dumb” “I don’t need it” or “its pointless.” Many complained about why they should be learning about things like pythagorean theorem in math. But once I explained to them the situations for education in underdeveloped countries they began to see how lucky they kind of are, but many were extremely shocked to the facts of our neighbouring country. After talking to a few fellow classmates about the privilege of education many said that their point of view had changed towards the topic.

education-1At first hand I have been effected by the education system when I was removed from school due to the Strike across ontario school boards. Its sad that it took something like this for me to realize how privileged I am to be receiving education. I hope that when you read this you begin to truly see how lucky you are. As a proud Canadian I am truly blessed for all I have and hope to give back in anyway possible. Education is the mostly powerful weapon we can use to change the world, said Nelson Mandela.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everyone.

Madison, xox.

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11429670_1603516679917157_373952947727665698_nLast night I had the privilege to volunteer at Relay for Life 2015. Honestly it was one of the most inspiring and heart warming events. From the survivors balloon release, to walking in memory of my grandma, to the luminary lighting ceremony. I wont lie my feet are killing me today walking 15+ kilometres in my 5 inch heels, but it was beyond worth it. Last year I lost my best friend to the battle of cancer, and last night I felt her walking right there next to me.

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 12.01.02 PMAt the event I greeted the survivors and helped tie bracelets to record laps and so much more. I even had the chance to talk to a survivor who has been walking for Relay for Life for 25 years. She told me her experience battling cancer and it melted my heart, but the strength and passion she had at 75 year old motivated me in the most memorable way. together we released her balloon of being in remission for 26 years. Meeting this woman gave me hope in society that, it only takes a few people to make a huge impact and change for the better.

IMG_8120After the survivor balloon release, we began the walk. Now let me give future walkers some advice, don’t wear 5 inch heels!! Haha, but the ice bath for my feet after was extremely rewarding I’ll say.

 

Being around such amazing people IMG_8128allowed the time to fly right by! Next thing we knew, we had walked 30 laps around the track in what seemed like minutes! The energetic environment put everyone in such a loving and happy mood. The sweetest moments of the night for me was when I got to explain what I’m doing with Miss Teenage Canada and my journey, to a cancer survivor. She even called me princess which was so sweet!

IMG_8151Once the sunset, the luminary ceremony was beyond beautiful. Lights lit up the field all dedicated to honour, and in memory of those who have dealt with cancer. In all the night was amazing and I truly felt the power of love within my community. Can’t wait to continue to work with such an amazing group of people in the future Relay for Life’s to come.

Have a great day everyone!

Madison, xox.

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11429685_1599112090357616_2335614881720178732_nMy first Henna Event! This weekend I had the privilege to perform my passion at a Cochella themed event. It allowed me to explore different techniques, test my speed and endurance to henna for more then 5 hours straight! The flower crowns and indie music set the mood for the night in the best way!

A lot of guys are timid around the idea of henna. It’s common to think that henna is specifically for women, being that most designs revolve around flowers and girly designs. I’m always looking to advance and widen my abilities and a young boy let me create a cool abstract dragon. Showing that henna is not just for girls! Henna is just a form of temporary tattooing and my artistic abilities allow me to set new boundaries and explore new ideas.

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Overall I had a blast showing my passion in this art to an amazing set of people! Henna as been a form of fundraising for me so that I am able to go to Miss Teenage, and I’m beyond ecstatic to say how amazing it has been going to far. I’m so thankful for all the support everyone has been giving me on this journey and I’m thrilled to have my biggest love involved in it!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Madison Kvaltin, xoxo.

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IMG_7793Mehndi, whats mehndi you may ask? Mehndi or commonly known as Henna is an art form originated in India and used in traditional and cultural practices. Now it is not apart of my culture but being exposed to the beauty behind this art form has captivated me and has now become a huge part of my life. Henna is a temporary tattoo form, with the use of natural herbs in a paste form, once applied to the skin it provides a natural stain and darkening of the skin. The artistic aftermath is not the only beautiful aspect of this art form but yet it is the experience that comes along with it. Many experience a tingling and thrilling sensation from the herbs, the aromas of the paste are sweet to the nose. It’s a miraculous thing.

Mehndi offers both cultuIMG_7499ral and medical benefits. Henna is used in many forms through;art expression; celebration of special events such as, weddings, holidays, birthers;medicinal use; cultural tradition; and temporary tattoo form.

Henna is a stunning form of art. I love getting the opportunity to give others the Mehndi experience. I’m currently even doing a fundraiser of doing henna to generate funds so that I can attend Miss Teenage Canada. I’m beyond thrilled to include a huge passion of mine into this pageant. I want people to have the chance to experience such an amazing thing. Hope everyone has an amazing day!!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

Madison Kvaltin, xoxo.   

Some pieces I’ve done:

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Education? A thing most often taken for granted. Even myself, I didn’t really acknowledge how lucky I am to have education readily available to me, and receive it at no cost until the end of High School. This year I received a reality shock. I currently attend Lockerby Composite, a High School in Sudbury, Ontario. Lockerby Composite is within the Rainbow District School board. Rainbow District alongside other Ontario School Boards have gone on strike to fight for there rights, as they were working for months not on contract and received several cuts to benefits and pay. I’ve been out of school for just under 4 weeks now. The weeks leading up to the release of the news I was terrified. I never really understood how privileged we are to have education, one readily available and two at no cost to the child until post secondary.

Did you know the world needs two million more teachers to provide the needed and most basic education. In some of the poorest countries, upwards of four million new classrooms are needed to supply for those who are not in school.

After I heard news of the strike I immediately feared how it will effect me next year. Next year is the most important year of my high school experience. Grade 12 is the year universities look at you to see if you’re the right fit for their facility. I’m worried that I won’t receive the proper knowledge I need for courses next year and that will effect my marks. If my marks are not of my personal standard I fear that I won’t get excepted into the school of my dreams, being Queen’s University. My professional goal in life is to go to Queen’s for Business then go to law school. After which I will open my own practice alongside my sister. My greatest fear is that this strike will heavily effect me in the long run and effect the road to my ultimate goal in life. Although this is a speed bump in the long journey ahead of me, I will work as hard as I can and will get the knowledge I need to grow as a person and achieve my goals.

Being that I have been personally effected through my education being taken away from me, I feel the need to make this my platform. I want to bring to light how lucky we truly are to receive education. Its often said that we don’t realize what we have until its gone, and this is exactly what happened for me to understand how privileged I am. Education should not be over looked. It is a blessing to receive education and grow our knowledge. We all should be beyond grateful for our education and I want to bring that to light.

I want to leave you with a powerful quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” – Nelson Mandela.

A video by Ontarian Students displaying their concerns with the current strike. Student Concerns on Strike

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Hello, my name is Madison and I am a proud young woman from the glowing city of Sudbury, Ontario. I am currently a student at Lockerby Composite High School within their specialized STEP program. I am a Lockerby Scholar obtaining a 95% average throughout high school.

School is very important to me, as I feel education is a privilege that many over look. With this I always keep my mind open to collecting new knowledge and allow myself to grow as a person. I am very involved with my school as I currently sit on 5 different councils, Student Council, Lockerby’s Athletic Association, Me to We, Anti Bullying, and Positive Climate. I currently stand as an executive on Student council as the Social Convenor. This role is extremely important as I plan all major events and use my organizational properties and creativity to plan the best events!

As my education is extremely important to me, so are my athletics. I have competed on various competitive teams for a variety of sports. I’m open to trying any sports or physical activities. I’m currently playing sports such as flag football, swimming, track, dance, badminton and cross country. I also competed at OFSAA, the highest level of high school competition for swimming and placed within the top 20.

My helpful attitude doesn’t stop in my school, I help my community by participating in various charity events and volunteer groups. I actively volunteer for Out of the Cold, serving meals to the homeless. I’m also is apart of a volunteer group called B3. B3 stands for, Bold, Brave and Beautiful. We help promote healthy relationships and the beauty that is in everyone.

I practice the lifestyle of a yogi connecting mind, body, and soul. I strongly believe in the power of mediation and connecting to the world around me, as it has opened my eyes to see the beauty that life holds. I practice daily, connecting and strengthening the 7 Charkas of a person, which are the basic principles of Yoga. When all charkas are balanced the mind, body and soul is balanced, in the eyes of a yogi. Yoga has taught me how beautiful life is and I want to show that to the world and allow people to see that the world is a truly remarkable place. I am very passionate in the traditional artwork of Mehndi Art, commonly known as Henna. Mehndi is used to create artwork on the skin in a temporary tattoo form.

Before I go I’m going to leave you with a beautiful quote I live by.  I’m constantly asked what I want to do in life. My ultimate goal is to be a lawyer but, we live in a world where nothing is for sure. Knowing this, the quote I live by is, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will succeed.” So in the end, my goal in life is to be happy, as should you!

Madison Kvaltin, xoxo.

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