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.   

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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

Madison Kvaltin, xoxo.

 

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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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Well these past 5 days have sure been INCREDIBLE! We have done many fun activities throughout the week like appearing on Breakfast Television, Much Music’s New Music Live, going shopping at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall, going to the Toronto Zoo to see the Giant Panda exhibit, going to Medieval Times for a show and dinner, and of course tons of rehearsals! Miss Teen Canada World has been an amazing opportunity and experience and I am really learning a lot from this once in a lifetime opportunity. I have made 64 beautiful new friends and am making memories I will cherish forever. Tomorrow Thursday July 18th, 2013 is the Preliminary Night. I CAN’T WAIT to get to go on stage! Also please don’t forget to continue to vote for me Hailey Hastie – Miss Teen Sudbury World for the People’s Choice at www.missteencanadaworld.com. One vote per email address!

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If I had the opportunity to pack my bags and go any place in the world with my close group of friends I would choose Gold Coast, Australia! I chose this destination because of the beautiful beaches, vibrant city life, and of course who doesn’t love an Australian accent?

Gold Coast has the best selection of surfing beaches in the world. Learning to surf has always been on my “bucket list” and I would love to be able to learn in this beautiful city. Gold Coast seems like such a laid-back and relaxing destination and I would love the opportunity to go there to relax.  Of course I wouldn’t want to get to experience the magnificent Gold Coast, Australia by myself I would love to bring 3 of my closest friends with me! Gold Coast also has a wide variety of theme parks and shopping malls and I know my friends would really enjoy screaming until their face turns blue, and shopping until their arms fall off!

 

 

 

 

I also think my friends would also be interested in just hanging out and relaxing by the beach for the most part of the trip. I think it would be fun for all of us to go snorkelling, surfing, and swimming together. I believe it would be a great opportunity to share with my friends and I think traveling with them would be a blast!

 

I would like to thank S-Trip for sponsoring this MTC-W blog assignment. If you haven’t heard about S-trip I really recommend checking it out. For over 35 years S-Trip! has been a leader in student travel providing life-changing trips to over 40,000 students annually in over 40 destinations around the world. S-Trip! travellers are encouraged to become global citizens; opening their eyes to new cultures, languages, and experiences. Recently named Profit Magazine’s 25th fastest growing company in Canada, and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte and CIBC, S-Trip! is a leader in student travel in North America. Find out more at www.s-trip.com.

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends onGrad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.
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For the 3rd blog assignment we were asked to pitch an idea demo of what we would to if we had the opportunity to create a 30 second commercial to advertise Signature Towels.

In my commercial I would like to showcase the uniqueness of being able to have a personalized towel! Signature towels allows you to choose from a variety of colours and designs and also allows you to add a personal touch by adding your name or initials on it! This is a PERFECT way to resolve sharing towels at home, or loosing it at a water park making signature towels a PERFECT gift!

My comercial would start off by briefly explaining the product and the pros of owning a Signature Towel. Next, it would move on to showcase an example of how great this product is! I would have a scene showing a large family at a water park and show how easy it is to loose a towel or have someone use yours by accident…then I would move onto showing how signature towels could resolve this problem by adding your name or initials on the front!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next portion of my commercial I would show how great of a gift a signature towel truly is! These towels are the perfect gift for newly weds, baby showers, children birthday parties,  just to name a few! I would show examples of these events and show how happy and excited recipients of these gifts would be to receive such a unique and personal gift!

I would then end my commercial by having an announcer explain how Signature Towels are a great gift to be treasured and used forever. They are great for boys and girls of all ages, and can be personalized for each individual preference!

Order yours today at www.signaturetowels.com!

Thank You Signature Towels for sponsoring the 3rd Miss Teen Canada World blog assignment!

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On June 21st, 2013 I along with my wonderful team mates participated in the Sudbury, Ontario “Relay For Life”, for those of you who have not heard of Relay For life… Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level!

This year the event was held at the track at Laurentian University. We arrived at 7pm, pitched and decorated our tent and got ready for the very moving and inspirational events that would take place over the next 12 hours. During the night live bands preformed, food was sold, games took place in the middle of the track, their were massage, nail decorating booths, and many more exciting activities! It was really incredible to see all the people there walking the track in support of cancer awareness.

Cancer survivors releasing their balloons!

My 2 favourite parts of the event were the survivor lap at the beginning, where all the cancer survivors walked the track together then moved to centre field and all at the same time released their balloons in symbol of letting go of their disease. It was truly something that I will never forget. It was empowering to see the children cancer survivors who were able to stay so strong through a scary battle. It was also incredible to see survivors who had been cancer free for such a long time, I remember seeing one woman who had wrote “60 years Cancer Free!” on her balloon. It was really an emotion, yet powerful moment. My other favourite portion of the night was the Luminaries portion. People were able to buy Luminaries in remembrance of a loved one who had passed away from the disease. My family and I had bought one for my grandmother, great aunt, great grandmother, and for my grandfather who is currently fighting cancer. Everyone had gathered around the Luminaries which were placed all around the track in silence taking the time to pray, and remember our loved ones. These two moments were something I had never experienced before and really moved me.

I have met Kameryn a couple times and she is an incredible and STRONG cancer survivor! She is a HUGE inspiration to me and a wonderful little girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relay For Life is something I think everyone should take part in at least once in their lifetime…we ALL know at least ONE PERSON who has been affected by cancer and we all need to come together and relay together to show our support.

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