Hi everyone, Eva here! I am so excited to be able to say that I am Miss Teenage Newfoundland 2020. This experience has been so much better than I ever could have expected, and it’s only just beginning. Before we get into it, I want to take this time to send a huge thank you to all of you, especially to my family and friends for all the support I have received already; it means the world to me. Now, here’s your introduction to me!
I am 18 years old, was born in Gander, and have lived here my whole life with my mom, dad, and younger sister, Ariel. I love Gander, and Newfoundland, we live in such a special place that I am proud to call home. I absolutely love travelling to new places and building on my list of experiences, and have been blessed with so many of these opportunities already. Salvation Army summer camps, SHAD, Encounters With Canada, and, most recently, boarding school, are some of my most memorable. Yep, you heard that right, boarding school. In grade eleven, I decided to embark on the most exciting journey of my life by attending King’s Edgehill in Nova Scotia. I absolutely adore this school, I get to make friends from all over Canada and the world, and learn so much about different cultures and lifestyles. I am lucky to be able to come home at least once a month, getting a good mix of the thrill of new experiences and the comfort of my home. Being gone has made my love for my home province grow. I am able to notice how special Newfoundland is, and grow to love it even more.
I grew up taking every opportunity I could, and always trying new things. As such, it took a while to really find “my thing” and, even now, my spectrum of interests is quite broad and really hard to label. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though; through my interests I have met people, learned things, and went places I never would have. First off, the arts are a huge part of my life. My main passions being photography/film and music. I have been taking photos since grade 9, but my passion, along with my passion for film, really took off in Grade ten/eleven. At the end of this post I have linked my most recent video. I post most of my pieces on my personal instagram @evaredmond__ and my photos on my photography page @redmondphotography_ feel free to browse through some of my work on there, but here are a couple of my favorites.
Now for music; for as long as I can remember music has been a part of my life. I grew up singing in church, in school choir, and taking private singing lessons. In grade four, I began trumpet lessons with such an incredible teacher, who really had an impact on the person I am today. I now play in jazz, concert, and cadet band at school, the Salvation Army band both at home in Gander and near my school in Nova Scotia, and even began teaching trumpet lessons to a young student at my school. Trumpet has been a huge part of who I am and always will be.
Though the arts are the most active in my life, I also play sports. I have been playing tennis for years, and have really enjoyed it. I was even able to compete in the 2017 NL summer games to represent Central Newfoundland. Most recently, I began playing rugby, which has been a huge part of my life. I am so passionate about rugby and love it with my whole heart.
In My Community
I am a “people person” and because of this, love being active in my community and school! At school I am the “head of residence” which means I get to plan and execute all kinds of dorm activities and campus cup challenges. I also teach photography club, babysit, and tutor younger students in my spare time. In both of my communities, I like to volunteer as often as possible. I have helped out with sports tournaments, community events such as walks and haunted houses, and most recently, volunteered regularly at a local theatre. Through my church, the Salvation Army, I am also able to do things like play in their band at hospitals, senior homes, or community events, as well as help with Sunday school and children’s lessons. One of my most cherished opportunities this year was to help work on my school’s first ever Relay for Life. I am head of marketing, which means I was in charge of getting the word out as well as manning our social media accounts. Although we won’t get to host the physical event we had planned this year, we are still trying to raise money for Cancer research. Check out our instagram @relayforlifekes if you’d like!
So, that’s me in a nutshell! I hope this helped you understand who I am a little more. In the near future I will post blogs about my journey to becoming Miss Teenage NL, my platform, and more in depth about specific areas of my life! I hope you enjoyed reading, and continue to follow along with my journey.