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,
Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador 2011