Ever since I was old enough to understand the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I always said I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, as I got older I learned that achieving my dream would be a long, winding road, a road I’m only at the beginning of.

Always keeping in mind that this is where I want to end up, helping beauties just like this one. 

My parents raised me to understand that nothing will ever be given to you; anything and everything that you want you will have to work toward it and that once I realized that, I was already on the road to success. However nobody said paving that road would be an easy feat, there will always be roadblocks, speed bumps and detours but the important thing is to never lose sight of your goals and to not let a bump in the road slow you down.
At the age of eleven I was building scale models of my future veterinary clinic out of cardboard and white glue, this lead me to believe that I was born with an excess of ambition. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a goal in mind and a plan for achieving it.

I always had an immense love for animals, I adored my pets and gave them pretend checkups, as a child, to make sure my furry friends were in tip top shape. I was anxious to help out on local farms and spent an entire summer volunteering at my local animal hospital. Helping out at Southern Animal Hospital was so rewarding and gave me an exciting look into the rest of my life and allowed me to set in stone that this is exactly what I want to be.

“Look, mom, I did it!”

But, no matter how much I loved and cared for animals I knew that wouldn’t be enough to make me Dr. Bailey Tarrant, I needed the grades and I had to work for those grades, work very hard. I spent my high school days hunched over Calculus and Chemistry textbooks, my hands stained with highlighters, I had many sleepless nights but in the end, everything paid off. All the cups of tea, confused faces and tears led me to my high school graduation where I stood as class valedictorian.

A very happy girl at her high school prom!

Graduating high school was only the start of my journey toward my DVM and I soon would be off to complete my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. Before I was off to Nova Scotia I received a very exciting phone call that went a little something like this:

“Hi, I’m calling from Dal’s Scholarship office to offer you the Schulich Leader Scholarship valued at $60,000, congratulations Bailey, you are our Science Leader this year.” 

Shut up! I mean thank you, I mean yes, thank you! *Internally screams*

 

As you can see, I was very excited to rep Dal’s Science Faculty.

 

I couldn’t believe it, I was a Schulich Leader! I am forever grateful for the Schulich Foundation for giving me the gift of education and bringing me one step closer to my dream school, my dream job, my dream life. I now spend my semesters in both Biology labs and milking stalls, still putting every ounce of myself into my studies while learning about some of the world’s most fantastic species. Even though I’m only at the beginning of my road to success there is nothing that can discourage me from arriving at my destination and although my eyes are on the end of the road it’s so important to enjoy the journey that brings you to it.

 

Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017

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Confidence; an essential trait in life for many projects and professions we may face in the future, yet a trait that is often hard to come by. I have noticed that confidence is depleting in youth, especially girls. I have watched young girls enter grade seven with a positive outlook on life and a bright future ahead of them, sadly I saw the same girls leave the seventh grade with a terrible self-image and next to no confidence in themselves. It was from that moment I knew something needed to change.

A beautiful quote from Maya Angelou that I keep in my dorm room as a constant reminder.

I started a group within my school for girl’s grades six to twelve that worked toward empowering women. I wanted to preach things that I thought would help these girls lead a healthier and more successful life, such as public speaking skills, safe dating, learning to love yourself, and most importantly building confidence. I focused on creating a safe environment within the group so that the members would feel comfortable speaking to one another about issues in their lives and to teach them to build each other up instead of tearing one another down.

I decided to name the group “Pretty Powerful” to symbolize that we focus so much of our time on being pretty when we should be working towards becoming pretty powerful!

The topic of self- love hits rather close to home for me, as I was never really comfortable in my own skin, I had high and low points in my life but nothing ever felt right. The was until I decided that if I wanted to feel right as the person I am, I had to accept that person. 

Pageants had a huge part in my journey toward self-acceptance, they allowed me to build the person I am today.

Self- love, and acceptance are not easy and it took a while for me to accept everything I was; the flaws, strong suits, the great traits and the bad ones and I’m still growing. However, once I came to a point where I could look in the mirror and honestly and truly love the person that was staring back at me, I realized that I was invincible.

You heard it here folks, you do not need to be Superman (or woman) to be invincible, all you need to do is understand that you are a beautiful soul, every piece of you. Because once you reach the pinnacle of self-love you can do absolutely anything you dream of, once you start believing in yourself there’s nothing you can’t do.

Because I’m so passionate about this issue it was only fitting that I take it to MTC as my platform, so I can spread the message across my province and my country. I also have a very special announcement coming up soon, as I will be teaming up with a brand that is very close to my heart to help spread their message, for it fits hand in hand with my platform. Stay tuned!

Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤

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Hi, *adjusts crown*, I’m Bailey, your Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 and I’m so excited to embark on this journey with you, as you are my biggest support system. 

I grew up on the rocky shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, a very tiny community nestled on what locals call “the boot” of our province. I adored growing up in such a small town because everyone is so supportive of everything I do. Then I moved 1,426.1 km to Truro, Nova Scotia to start my Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree at Dalhousie Univerisity’s Agricultural Campus.

I’ve always had a passion for animals, ever since I was old enough to understand what the question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” meant. Which is why the DAL AC is the perfect place for me, not only is it giving me the education I need to apply to vet school in three years at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI, but it also allows me to interact with a number of wonderful species.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to grow as a person in my favorite way, through acting with DAL ACTS! I’ve loved every moment on the Dalhousie stage as it gives me a way to leave all the stress of school or the heartache of being away from home behind. For when I’m on stage, all I can focus on is the lights, my lines and my love for the arts!

If I’m not on the stage pretending I’m Rapunzel or in a Chemistry lab doing titrations, I am in the barn!

I’m wearing a full face of makeup in this photo because you can take the girl out of the pageant but you can never take the pageant out of the girl.

Even though I love learning new things (like milking) in the barn, I adore all things glitz and glam; my family says I leave a trail of glitter wherever I go. 

Miss Teenage Canada 2017 will be the fifth pageant I compete in and I am forever grateful for the way pageantry has shaped me. Many years in pageant systems have taught me how to love myself and have opened my eyes to the fact that many people struggle with accepting themselves, especially young women.

I have watched young girls enter grade seven with a positive outlook on life and a bright future ahead of them, sadly I saw the same girls leave the seventh grade with a terrible self-image and next to no confidence in themselves. It was from that moment I knew something needed to change.

I not only found a home in pageants and competing but I also gained a new respect and love for myself.

I started a group within my school for girl’s grades six to twelve that worked toward empowering women. I wanted to preach things that I thought would help these girls lead a healthier and more successful life, such as public speaking skills, safe dating, learning to love yourself, and most importantly building confidence. I focused on creating a safe environment within the group so that the members would feel comfortable speaking to one another about issues in their lives and to teach them to build each other up instead of tearing one another down. This issue has become my platform because as I preach to everyone I meet, once you learn to love yourself for who you are there is nothing on this Earth that you can’t do.

I’m very excited to update you on my platform, my reign and of course my quest for the Miss Teenage Canada crown and I’m so proud to represent Newfoundland and Labrador as I do so. No matter where in the world life takes me I will always consider NL my home, I’ve always worn the province on my sleeve and now I’m honored to wear it on my sash!

Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤

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Hey Everyone,

I am officially in Toronto and currently competing in the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant!

It took a lot of preparation though. The entire two weeks before I was going dress shopping at The Model Shop, hair appointments at The Hair Force, I even got my teeth zoom whitened by Atlantic Dental. And of course I still had my work out and training with Andy and Maggie. We were preparing right up until friday night getting last minute things! But I am here now and I have finally made it 🙂

Everything we have had the opportunity to do has been absolutely amazing! We had an official photo shoot Sunday and we got to wear our nice dresses, and get our hair and make up done. Yesterday we got to go out on the town and do a little sight seeing. We went on the Hippo Bus!( http://www.torontohippotours.com/)It is the coolest thing ever, it`s a bus that takes you around downtown Toronto and then it transforms into a boat and you do a boat tour as well! We also got to go up the CN Tower (http://www.cntower.ca/Intro.html) which is one of the highlights of my trip here and we went bowling at The Ballroom. It`s a cute little place that has a bowling alley a restaurant and it was a lot a fun!(http://www.theballroom.ca/bowling.php) I am proud to say that I officially had Greek food for the first time last night! We had the yummiest supper with chicken and rice and salad it was absolutely delicious!

Today we are off to rehearsals, and Billy Elliot which I have been looking forward to for so long! I will be sure to keep everyone posted on our adventures throughout the week, and I will upload photos as soon as I get home. Unfortunately I forgot my usb cord so they will be added as soon as I return to Newfoundland ! So far the past three days have been amazing, and I have had so many new experiences, I can`t wait to see what other kinds of fun new experiences the rest of this trip and pageant will bring !

A shout out to Shasha Bread Co for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada event and providing us with healthy snacks to consume.

Also, please remember to vote for peoples choice, the winner gets fast tracked into the top 20  🙂

Lots of Love,
Chelsea Butler
Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador 2011

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          So we have all heard and seen of The Hills and The City but now there is a new reality show coming to town: Dance like no one is watching! This amazing reality show will take you through the life of one small town girl from Newfoundland trying to make it big in New York City. Chelsea grew up in a small community called Conception Bay South in Newfoundland, Canada but always dreamed to make it onto Broadway as a famous dancer and now she finally has her chance! She has officially been accepted to the New York School of Performing Arts. What she didn’t know is the competition there was as 12 lucky girls were chose to compete for a spot on Broadway with the show Billy Elliot as one of the main dancers! Throughout this reality show that airs every Tuesday night at 10:00 pm for half an hour you will see how Chelsea moves to New York, adapts with her surroundings and competes for the ultimate goal of becoming a Broadway star. Will she rise to stardom or crash and fall under the pressure? Stay tuned to find out!

Why will you love it!? 
          It isn’t just another one of those fake reality shows; it’s all real people, real emotions and real drama. It’s the inside scoop on what it is like to be a professional dancer as well as what it’s like to get your chance on Broadway. Not everybody can live up to the pressure and some people may not be able to stick it out while others will shine in the spotlight! Who knows? You are going to have to check it out to find out all the juicy gossip and details.
Corporate Sponsors
              A good television series wouldn’t be anything without those who back it up. But Dance like no one is watching requires some very special sponsors. Billy Elliot would be one of them. (http://www.billyelliotintoronto.com)
They would need to provide one space for the girl of their choice out of the 12 to be their new Broadway star! The winner would receive a one year contract with them as well as the star treatment with red carpets, premiere galas and of course shopping sprees. But every dance needs to be looking fabulous at all points in time, they can’t have hair flying all over the place and makeup running down the face therefore we would also have Rimmel London and Goody sponsor the show. Rimmel London would provide makeup and there ever popular red lipstick and smoky eye shadow; the perfect necessity for any showgirl!(http://www.rimmellondon.com)
As well as Goody would sponsor all the elastics, hair buns, and all the necessities to make that perfect ballerina bun.(http://www.goody.com)
 This show would not be possible without any of them!
Why you should get involved?
            Dance like no one is watching is guaranteed to be the hit of summer 2012! And you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity like this. It is great publicity for not only your company but the show as well. It is set for five seasons each based around a different dance audition and watching Chelsea go through the ups and downs of becoming a professional dancer in the big apple! With all the publicity this show is going to have it would make great advertisement for your companies. As Goody and Rimmel London will be shown as Chelsea is preparing for auditions and rehearsals in every episode. As for Billy Elliot it is great publicity for the Broadway play as well as all your major stars will be able to get some on-screen time as well! It’s a win – win situation.

Also check out a sneak peek of our poster!

Stay Tuned for “Dance like no one is Watching” coming summer 2012!

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              Free the Children was created in 1995 by a 12 year old boy name Craig Kielburger. As Craig flipped through the Toronto Star in search for comics one day, he was struck by a story. A raw, but courageous story of a boy his age named Iqbal. Iqbal Masih was born in South Asia and sold into slavery at the age of four. In his short life, he had spent six years chained to a carpet-weaving loom. Iqbal captured the world’s attention by speaking out for children’s rights. Eventually Iqbal’s wide media coverage caught the attention of those who wished to silence him. At 12 Iqbal lost his life defending the rights of children. What Craig learned from Iqbal’s story was that the bravest voice can live in the smallest body. He also knew he had to help.

Craig Kielburger - Founder of Free the Children

          Craig gathered together a small group of his Grade 7 classmates from his Thornhill, Ontario, school and Free the Children was born. Free the children from poverty. Free the children from exploitation. Free the children from the notion that they are powerless to affect change. These were the messages that fuelled Craig’s mission. The idea was a good one. And it caught on. Today, Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, Today there are over 1 million people involved in Free the Children programs across 45 countries. (http://www.freethechildren.com)


        

                 TELUS is a proud partner for Free the Children. In 2007 TELUS jumped on board for the “We give where we live” program. They are committed to making a difference across Canada and focus on the arts and culture, education, and well being of the environment. Which then lead into a “We Day” sponsor providing live streaming of text messages, engaging hundreds of thousands of youth both at the event and online.(http://mythum.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/free-the-children-we-day-%E2%80%93-telus-text-to-screen/) We Day celebrates the power of young people to change the lives of others. This year We Day will be taking place in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Since 2007 We day has been able to change the life of over 47 000 youth.  From this they also created the We Schools in Action Program. It inspires a generation to care about social justice and provides the practical tools needed to turn that inspiration into action. We Schools puts students at the forefront of active global citizenship by educating them on social issues and action planning, developing leadership skills, and engaging them in world-changing action. We Schools commit to taking one local action and one global action, and to sharing their action plans and accomplishments with the community of We Schools. Through their activities, and with the support of Free the Children, students are given the opportunity to participate in student-led campaigns, explore and develop their capacity for leadership, and to engage with the world in new ways. In turn, their efforts provide tangible benefits for local communities and around the world. (http://about.telus.com/community/en/partnerships/we_day/)

    They have been activily working together, planning We Day as well as supporting the cause over social media sites such as facebook and twitter!( http://twitter.com/#!/freethechildren/statuses/3125084508127232)

       Upon entering the Miss Teen Canada-World competition I was very excited to learn that they were a supporter of Free the Children. I first learned about Craig and his efforts to help the youth in today’s society back 6 years ago when I was only a 6th grade student doing an English speech on child poverty. It truly inspired me what a young boy was capable to do when he was my age and the impact he many on thousands of lives. Each girl was given the task to fundraise as much as they possibly could for Free the Children. What could be a more excellent way to raise money than get 70 odd girls each do different things to bring money in for this amazing charity. I didn’t want to do the typical go door to door and ask for donations or hit up companies for donations so I tried to think of a fun way that we can raise money and have a good time. Being crowned Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador is probably the biggest accomplishment of my life, so I figured why not share that with my community! All girls love princess’ and love to dress up, so why not have a princess tea party! So I found a space that was willing to lend their time and we had a princess tea party, with cupcakes and crowns and dresses. And you may be thinking well how can I fundraise for Free the Children if I’m hosting a free event? Well we had a Chinese auction, raffle tickets, and loot bags! Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and not only did we have fun but we were able to help out a great charity in aid of youth.

       Craig Kielburger has shown the entire world that your age does not matter. And just because you are one person does not mean that you do not have good ideas and that they deserve to be heard. Today’s youth is stereotyped in a sense that our voice is not heard and that we are not capable to share our ideas with the world. If someone didn’t take the time to listen to Craig Kielburger imaine the state the world would be in. He has played a huge role in diminishing child poverty. He created a wonderful charity to fight child poverty but as well he created a voice for youth. And he was only young. Us as the youth of the world do not get all the credit that we deserve. We are capable of quite a lot, and sometimes that is not expressed. We are intelligent, we have a lot of ideas as well as a lot to say.

    So I would like to finish off with a quote my high school prinicpal would always say and it kind of stuck with me:

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
Edward Everett Hale

Lots of Love,
Chelsea Butler
Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador 2011

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             Newfoundland and Labrador is hands down one of the MOST beautiful places in the world. We have so much culture so much diversity and most importantly we stay true to our roots. Yes we may talk with an accent, or use slang that may be different but that is what makes us unique. I could not be more proud to come from such a beautiful place, and I do not understand why anyone would ever want to leave it because it is the most amazing, supporting, and caring province. There is a song by The Navigators, which is yes, a Newfie song but it describes our province perfectly:

“I’m a Newfoundlander born and bred and I’ll be one till I die. I’m proud to be an Islander and here’s the reason why. I’m free as the wind and the waves that wash the sand. There’s no place I would rather be than here in Newfoundland.” 

          I have grown up in the community of Conception Bay South my entire life. It is a community just 20 minutes outside the capital, St.John’s. Now you may be asking, what is so special about a small little community?  Well how about the fact that everyone is so kind and generous. You could be walking down the street and pass by a stranger and you’ll here a “hey how’s it goin by;” (yes that is a bit of our Newfie slang coming out) But the fact of the matter is everyone is so kind, and genuinely cares about everyone else. When I won Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, everyone took the time to say congratulations or email me telling me how they seen it on their news and how proud and happy they are for me. Whenever they seen me they made it a point to come talk to me and let everyone know where I am from. They really know how to make you feel good. And maybe that’s why it feels like home to me. It has everything you could ever need. There’s a beautiful view of the ocean right down the coast, marvelous schools and amazing neighbors. I am very proud to say that we won Kraft Hockeyville this year so we could build a brand new stadium. We have a million and one hockey teams and our entire community is HUGE hockey fans. So we really did need it and I am so happy that I was able to share that day with my community. Most importantly though, it shows the support in our community. We rallied together and received over 900 000 votes. WE bet out the other 4 towns easy. And the only reason we did that is because of the support everyone has for one another. But above all else we are there for each other. My community donated money to help me go to Miss Teen Canada World, as did many of the people in my community who came out for fundraisers. They all care and want the best for me and want me to do well.

Grad Day - Visit to the School 🙂

               My favorite thing in Conception Bay South would have to be my High School; Holy Spirit. They have been there for me 200% the entire time ever since I won and even before that. They even framed my cover of “The Newfoundland Herald” and hun git up in the school! They are the reason I am who I am today. The friends I have made at that school are friends that I will share a bond with forever. And the teachers are more than teachers, they are more like friends. Mr. Crocker our school principal has stood behind me in every crazy endeavor I could think of. From holding bake sales, to planning school dances on the last day of school! He has stood by my side and done everything he could for me, and I can not tell him enough how much I appreciate it and how much it means to me. Thank you is not enough to describe how I feel. Conception Bay South is more than just a community; it is more like a family.

            For those of you who plan on travelling to Newfoundland. You definitely need to stop into CBS. It’s small and quiet but not to the point where you are bored to death. There are tons of activities and fun days. Our Kelligrews Soiree is one of my favorites! There are fireworks and carnival games and yummy french fries and cotton candy. And of course there is traditional Newfoundland music. It’s not for everyone, but trust me you will get used to it and eventually love it. Also we have Thomas Amusements which comes to our town 2 or 3 times a year. It is such a good time; there is a Ferris wheel and all these different amusement park rides! Another place you would have to check out is Manuels River, its a nice little river running through the middle of the community, and it is the best place to go swimming, there’s different sections with different depth levels due to erosion because it is all natural. But you could honestly spend the say there just swimming and relaxing in the sun. Of course another place you need to see before you leave is the Stadium. It is our beloved hockey rink. It’s a little small and crammed right now, but not for long! Because we are getting a brand new stadium! As I mentioned earlier hockey is huge in our community. We have an annual tournament every year called the Fred Squires Shield.

Holy Spirit's wonderful boy's hockey team and I

It is between our two high schools, Queen Elizabeth Regional High School and Holy Spirit High School which I am very proud to say we have won for the last 14 Years! The very last place you need to see is Topsail Beach and Topsail bluff. Topsail Beach is the best place for campfires. It is great to roast marshmallows and have a sing along down there. Also Topsail Bluff is a 30 minute hike up a mountain but when you get to the top there is the most magnificent view of all of Conception Bay South. It is the best spot for picnics!

I love my hometown very much. But one other place you HAVE to visit if you come to Newfoundland is Norris Point and Gros Morne National Park.

Gros Morne National Park!

I had the opportunity to travel there this past May, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Everyone in the community is so kind and eager to make you feel as if you are at home. But the best part is the scenery. Gros Morne is known as a huge tourist attraction in Newfoundland and the mountains and ocean is spectacular!

Sea Kayaking in Gros Morne

There are daily hiking and sea kayaking trips that I suggest you check out because it is phenomenal! I am so glad that I had the chance to go to the west coast for hte Trails, Tales and Tunes festival, otherwise I probably never would have gotten the chance to to Gros Morne and be a part of all the amazing things there. It really does bring out Newfoundland culture and any tourist travelling to Newfoundland and Labrador really does need to take a couple days and check it out because you will absolutly love it!

     My community is so supportive. The owner of our local Jungle Jims Des was kind enough to sponsor me and give me a gift cards and also him and his sister Lisa, helped me create a prize basket! Tangiers owner, Renee offered me tanning essentials to prepare for the pageant. As well Wedding Belles sponsored me by donating everything I needed for my Princess Tea Parties. The wilds, Spa at the Monastery, Ocean Quest and VOCM all sponsored me in order to help me get to this point and be able to compete in Miss Teen Canada-World. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all; I could have never done any of this without you!

Lots of Love,
Chelsea Butler

Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador 2011

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Hey Everyone,
            As you all know I planned a Princess Tea Party to raise money for Free The Children. Seeing how well it went I added two more dates and I am happy to say they were a huge success! We had a Birthday Tea Party on May 14th and a Princess and Pirate Party on May 15th. That night we drew for all of our prizes. Sydney won 3 VIP passes to next years pageant! As well best friends Julie and Vanessa won the movie date and lunch date! I also baked a few things such as cupcakes, cookies, brownies and marshmallow suckers and had a bake sale at my school! I am very proud to say that we raiseda lot of money for Free The Children, so thank you very much to everyone who came out and made it the success that it was. I couldn’t have done it without you ! 🙂

              I have to say out of the 18 years that I have been alive this was the best May 24th weekend of my life! Now for those of you who don’t know us Newfoundlanders absolutely love camping and love May 24th long weekend! We even have a little song that goes along with it:

                   “It’s the 24th of May and we likes to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There’s all kinds of places, but the place we likes to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pits.” 
This year instead of going camping, myself and Isabelle, ventured out to Norris Point for the Trails, Tales and Tunes festival! It was so much fun! The drive alone was amazing because we had to drive through Gros Morne National Park. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I fell in love with the scenery and the people. Everyone was so kind and made me feel like I was home.

            This trip was all about facing my fears. We went to the aquarium where I held crabs. I am terrified of having one of their claws clamping onto my little fingers. We also went to the Insectarium in Deer Lake. This was a huge fear that I overcame. I absolutely hate bugs and insects. They terrify me. I will not go anywhere near them. So the fact that we went there and I held a stick bug was a huge accomplishment for me. I even bought a pair of beetle earrings. I also went sea kayaking. I was so scared that a whale was going to knock us down or I was going to get eaten by a shark. I am one of those people who come up with all these crazy ideas of the worst possible scenarios. But I made it out alive and I had so much fun, it was beautiful seeing Newfoundland from that perspective. We even seen a few seals which was amazing.


            This festival was all about hiking through Gros Morne, Storytelling and the History of Norris Point and Songs and Music. Every night there was a concert held at the town hall, with amazing musicians and singers who showcased their talent. The amount of talent that Newfoundland has to offer is incredible. And I got to meet the one and only Paul Soucy, otherwise known as the infamous Snook. He was hilarious and I really enjoyed myself. I got to go up onstage myself! Not for singing though … momma says I sounds like a drowning cat when I try to sing. I went up on stage and introduced myself to everyone and told them a little bit about myself, how I won the pageant and the importance of donating blood and what it meant to me and my family.

            I experienced so many new aspects of Newfoundland that I had never seen before and I am truly grateful for getting the opportunity to do so. It wouldn’t have been possible without Vera and Dave though. They ran the Anchor Down B&B where we stayed. They provided us with a beautiful bedroom a living room equipped with a TV so I wouldn’t have to miss my hockey games and a computer so I could still get my fix of facebook everyday. They even made us the most delicious home cooked breakfasts. They really did make me feel like I was home!

    On my last day I did a radio interview at The Voice of Bonne Bay (VOBB). They also had me do a pointe performance. People from all over their small community came to watch me dance and it meant so much to me and made me feel great!

      It truly was an amazing experience. I seen so many parts of my own province that I normally would have never gotten the opportunity to see. I am so grateful and fortunate to be able to do all of this!

Lots of Love,
Chelsea Butler
Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador 2011

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Hi!

So first off I would like to apologize for not writing anything for a while, It’s been a little crazy but I have lots of great things to tell from it !

        So first of all let’s start with May 1st! This was the morning of my first tea party, which is also my first event that I have planned and organized as Miss Teen. Me and Momma got up early and got ready and set up everything for our lovely fundraiser but before that could take place we went to the Walk for Kids Help Phone. This is a great event that was made to raise money for Kids Help Phone so kids can talk to someone and they have someone to turn to as well it was mental health week so we were able to promote a lot. We did a fantastic warm up, Rebecca and I got very into it, just like we did with paintball as well. Unfortunately I was not allowed in the bouncy castle though. But I had tons of fun anyways. I was honored to be their guest speaker and was able to say a few words about the importance of Kids Help Phone which was great!

           After that I went straight on to my first of many Princess Tea Parties! First off I would like to thank everyone who came out, it really made my day and I had a lot of fun. We made cute tiaras and wands and had yummy snacks like fruits, veggies, juice and tea. We even decorated cupcakes. And of course there were a ton of pictures. After a little while we even found some face paints and I found my artistic side. It was quite lovely if I do say so myself! I started off with simple things like butterflies and puppies and worked my way up to crowns and elephants. I think I could take it up professionally! But anyhow it was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money for Free the Children. Now I know a lot of people are probably wondering how we made money off of a free event. Well we had a Chinese auction which included jewelry and candies. And we had door prizes, which consisted of a wreath and scarf or a princess basket, or 3 VIP tickets to the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant 2012 with backstage passes and hair and makeup! And we have a new addition to the door prize draw; it is a movie date for 2 with yours truly! Someone will win a day at the movies with me and one of their friends to go see the

movie of their choice! I think it sounds like the best prize ever but maybe that’s just me. But I am very excited to announce that we have another tea party coming up, two to be exact. Saturday May 14th from 2-5 we will be having a birthday tea party for me at Sobeys on Ropewalk Lane. There will be all the arts and crafts again along with all the same prizes but how can you have a birthday party without the birthday cake? So of course there is going to be cake there! Seeing how the first tea party went so well and we also had a few requests for more so we even added a third tea party! But we realized that boys can’t really get into the whole princess thing, so we wanted to make one that suited everybody. So we have a Princess and PIRATES party on Sunday May 15th from 2-5 at Dominion on Blackmarsh Road. So the girls will have their tiaras and wands, boys will have swords and eye patches. And we needed a yummy snack to decorate, we already did cupcakes and cake so we decided to go for ice cream sundaes! Again all the proceeds are going towards Free The Children so I would love to see everyone come out and have a fun day with me and support a great charity! 🙂

       As Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador things can get a little crazy sometimes. I mean you aren’t always given a week to prepare for appearances. I found that out first hand Thursday May 5th. I was at Atlantic Dental who was one of the sponsors of the pageant. One of my lovely prizes is I get my teeth whitened by them; which I am really excited for. But I got home and got an email from the lovely miss Isabelle asking if I could make an appearance on the NTV news for the upcoming walk for arthritis that is happening next Sunday May 15th right before my tea party. How could I say no!? It was the NTV news. So I rushed and got ready and rushed out only to find out I was at the wrong place and after a few phone calls had to drive somewhere completely different! I am happy to say I got there on time though. We even had delicious hot chocolate and cookies from coffee matters. They have these great cookies in support of the Walk for Arthritis, and when you buy the cookie the proceeds go to the walk so that’s great! And they taste really good too!

       Saturday night I attended Lilies for Lillie. Lillie was a lovely lady who unfortunately passed away of cancer, and her sons put together this event to raise money towards cancer and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. This was the first event I was able to dress up for since I won my crown. I got really excited. They let me greet everyone who came in and they allowed me to sell tickets. I was probably scaring them away more so than greeting them because Rebecca and I were having a little dance party. But it was great so see so many people come out to this event and have fun and dance, they had wonderful live bands there. At the end of the night they even gave me this gorgeous painting of a lily. It was a beautiful event.

So last but not least I would like to wish a happy mother’s day to all the moms out there!

I am very busy this week and have quite a few events which also mean I will have a few more stories to tell! So I will keep you all posted!

 For a full list of appearances, pageant results and photos you can go to: www.nfpageants.net

Lots of Love,

Chelsea Butler

Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador – World 2011

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