Hey everyone!

So as you probably already know; we are expected to fundraise for Free the Children as a part of being a Miss Teen Canada- World pageant delegate. For those of you who don’t know Free The Children is an absolutely amazing organization that works mostly in third world countries and helps millions of children. Children who are fighting disease, starvation, poverty, war crimes and so much more. Free The Children builds schools, helps educate children, helps build water wells closer to communities to prevent women and children from fetching water to spend more time in school. Free The Children also helps fight illnesses such as Malaria; and makes sure that children go to school with a full stomach, preventing more illnesses.

So yesterday, April 27th, I held a Battle of the Bands to raise money. I have been planning this event since early February, almost immediately after I was crowned in my provincial pageant. The event was a lot to pull off but with my lovely committee; it was a success. I spent many hours advertising, and with the help of Frontier Sign Works who did an AMAZING job on my posters, and my tickets for the event. They actually even helped designed the logo for me which was great help! My main sponsor Essential Coil Well Service was a HUGE part of making this a success. Duane Perkins, was always there to help make this possible. They donated so much and worked so hard on this event, without Duane and Essential, this wouldn’t have been possible. Other members of my committee consisted of the wonderful ladies that work with my mom! Tammy Evans, who planned the event down to a T, Rhonda McGruther who did all my tickets and paper work for my event, and Morgan Thomas who was my band coorindator, she stayed in contact with the bands and helped organize it all.

6 Bands came out to play last night to help me fundraise money, and battle it out for a $1000.00 prize! The bands consisted of Separate Self, Stormrider, Aim For Theo, 30 odd 6 , Kirstyn Johnson, and Faint Awakening.

This is me MCing the event! Was so much fun!

I loved all the bands and they did an amazing job. Our one girl Kirsty Johnson, she stunned the crowd with her amazing voice and her piano talent; she actually has a song on iTunes that is phenomenal! Check it out – its called What’s the Good in Goodbye? . She was amazing, unfortunately she didn’t win because she wasn’t a band, but it is very easy to tell she is going somewhere with her talent! All the bands are for that matter! Anyhow, our winner was …. FAINT AWAKENING. They are actually a local band and they are all brothers and sisters! They were phenomenal and did so well, it was great to hear them finally! What was so generous about this group was that when they won, they donated $200 out of their prize money!!!! I was in absolute shock!! Just couldn’t believe it! It was absolutely amazing!!

My judges worked so hard to pull this off! I could not thank them enough! My judging panel consisted of Mark Zagorsky, Courtney Potts, Brian Stone, and Mike Wenner who all know the music industry all to well!

I would like to thank everyone who came out to support me, all my friends and family who came, everyone who volunteered, my committee for pulling this off but most importantly my mom and my dad. I haven’t mentioned my mom and my dad much in my previous posts but you should all know that they are and always have been my #1 supporters. They go to the moon and back for me and there is not enough words in the world to thank them with. I love them so much and they definitely were the 2 most important people at the event and the 2 most important people that helped make it come true. Thank you mom and dad for everything and more!

Tia Argue from the SPEC Association brought some of her volunteers down to help, their help was so much appreciated! Thanks to Tia and her volunteer teens at SPEC for coming and doing an awesome job!

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Hey everyone! So since you most likely have read my first ‘About Me’ blog, and noticed how I said that when I was in Grade 10 I switched over to Duchess school and left the schools in Brooks. Some of you are probably wondering why- others may know why; but I have decided to tell you why I joined the Miss Teen Canada – World pageant!

When I was younger I was always the shyest kid in my class; all the way from kindergarten until about grade 8! I only had a couple friends going through school and so I didn’t interact with people much, all though I never really got into anyone’s way – I was the kid who was always picked on. I was the kid who was always was teased or pushed around or beaten on. For those of you who don’t know, I am a fairly petite girl and I always have been! People always made remarks that I was too scrawny or wasn’t ever eating enough or at a young age people started to tell me I was anorexic and I was unhealthy. When I was that young, I barely understood the term anorexic and exactly what it meant. What was always funny about that situation, my parents always packed me the biggest lunches out of everyone in my class and I used to eat it all and if I didn’t eat it all, I gave it to the kids who had nothing to eat; even though they picked on me. My parents are always the type to give food to anyone who was hungry, didn’t matter who it was; so it killed me to see them hungry, no matter what they did to me!

Grade 6 was the worst year of my life, I was picked on every single day. I was always left out of the group, NO ONE wanted to be my friend; and if they were my “friend” they were just using me for stuff I had or to go places with me. I never had a true friend, not ever. Many days I “faked” I was sick so I didn’t have to go to school, or I would say I missed the bus, or I would just flat out beg my parents to not make me go to school. I was miserable. I was 11 and I was extremely depressed. I told my parents every day that I wish I could just die and I begged them many times that year to let me die and I even tried killing myself. I was in such a deep hole, I thought that there was absolutely no way I was going to get out, no light at the end of the never ending tunnel.

Finally, I made it out. I completed elementary school and moved on with life. That summer everything seemed to get better for me and I made my way out of that tunnel I thought would never end. It was success, or so I thought. I was such a happy girl, until September came around. School started again. In Grade 7, we went to a brand new school which was mentioned in my ‘About Me’ blog. My elementary combined with the other elementary across town, to make one big grade and one big school. Girls were so much worse than in elementary.  People talked about me all the time, made fun of me, left me out and even hit me. I will never forget the day another girl had hit me and threw me into the brick wall and then into the locker. She called me stupid and tons of names and as that happened I pushed her back to defend myself. When I went the principals’ office, to tell her what was going on, she was very mad I had defended myself and I was almost expelled because I “hit back” when really I had just pushed her off of me. That’s when I finally came to the conclusion that teachers in the school system do not know how to deal with bullying whatsoever.

After that incident life got better for me, I started dancing with a new studio and made new friends out of school. I remember everyday I hated going to school but I couldn’t wait until after school because I knew I had dance class, where I loved to be and where all my dance friends were. I really enjoyed being there because everyone was friends and no one ever got left out. Finally joy in my life. Things got better for me in Grade 9, I had very minimal problems when it came to bullying. I thought my life was turning around for the better and I couldn’t be happier. I guess I spoke to soon, the worse was yet to come.

I started Grade 10 and I was instantly always scared because in Brooks, you had to beware of the Grade 12’s. I remember always being so scared and telling myself that when I was in Grade 12, I would never ever glare or be mean to someone younger than me. Why put them through the misery of being scared and why put them in the misery that I was in? It just didn’t make sense to me. Two girls who were in Grade 12 were my worst nightmare. They pushed me down stairs, they called me names (names which were 10X worse than in previous years), they threatened to beat me up during school hours, even in class I had a different bully that would put me down and make me feel bad when the teacher was giving a lesson. I had to start leaving school 10 minutes early everyday so that I didn’t pay the consequence of staying late and walking across the parking lot to my mom’s car. Once there was a gathering, and they ended up pouring different substances in my face, and it did really damage areas of my right eye, luckily for me I can see perfectly fine still. The bullying never stopped and more people started to join in on making my life terrible. There was chain message started about me and the threat was that I would be someones friend if they didn’t forward it on to 10 people. This message started 10 houses down from me, I found out about it because my moms’ friend from our hometown in Newfoundland had received it. As time went on, more and more people we know ended  up receiving that message. I guess you could say it went viral.

This was the lowest point in my life. I cried for days, I didn’t eat, I didn’t move off of one corner of the couch, I didn’t talk, nothing. Just silent crying. I decided then to go to Duchess school and start fresh, I couldn’t go back to that school and face everyone anyways. Finally everything got better and I made all new friends and I recovered very quickly from what happened, but there was always a scar still there.

My grade 10 year ended very well, and same with grade 11! With the scar I had I realized I hadn’t fully taken control. I had to do something to regain my confidence and show all those bullies that they didn’t win and that I recovered and I could deal with bullying in a positive way. That’s when I decided to apply for the Miss Teen Canada – World pageant. Everything finally has started to change and my life is finally making a turn for the better.

If you are reading this and have been or are being bullied and think it will never end, just have faith. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel and you are not stuck, there is always someone to talk to! If you cannot find anyone to talk to, just click on the Facebook link on the right hand side and message me. I would be more than happy to talk and listen to you, I can easily relate and I give very good advice when it comes to bullying! Everyone needs someone, I can be that someone :).

 

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Hey all!

Welcome to my blog, I am so excited you have decided to visit my page and share this amazing journey with me! I am so excited to be apart of the Miss Teen Canada – World organization this year and so excited to be representing my hometown. So with that being said; let me tell you about myself!

I was born in St. John’s Newfoundland, at the St. Claire’s hospital. My parents then took me home which at the time was Fortune, Newfoundland. Fortune is where my mom grew up and it is technically connected with Grand Bank which is where my dad grew up. I lived in Fortune until I was almost 5 years old! My parents moved up here to Brooks when I was 2 and then started working and built a better life for me to come to here in Alberta.

I started school at Eastbrook Elementary which was right behind our first house. I went to Eastbrook Elementary from kindergarten all the way up until grade 6! I then went to Brooks Junior High School which was from grades 7-9 and then to Brooks Composite High School in Grade 10 where I did one semester and then switched to Duchess School. Duchess is about 15 minutes away from Brooks and just this past January 1st got announced to finally be a town and not a village. It really hasn’t changed much though! Duchess school is really small but it has kids from Pre – Kindergarten all the way up till Grade 12 (which is the grade I’m in now). After school I plan on attending the University of Calgary where I’m supposed to study nursing- I have a feeling that will change into acting because I’ve ALWAYS wanted to act!

I’ve always wanted to be in the movies, on TV or even just be in the spotlight. My parents put me in dance classes where I started taking jazz at 5 years old! I have been dancing competitively for 6 years! I have taught many classes of various ages and choreographed routines in the past. I do all styles of dance. Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern/Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and much more! I even know different forms of Hip Hop such as crump, break dancing, and tutting! I have taken classes in various different styles! I love all styles but I have been doing Jazz the longest but I am the best at Contemporary/Modern. I think it is because I am such a quirky person and they both are very corky and weird styles and it matches my personality well! That’s me on the side! This was the hardest routine I have ever done but it was the funnest by far! The song was called Meeting in the Ladies room and it was our jazz routine in 2010! One of my greatest dance years!

As a kid I was very shy and scared of anyone that wasn’t my family and it was very hard to talk to people and my parents thought I would never even consider a pageant but now it really isn’t a surprise. I feel comfortable talking to anyone and I am extremely outgoing and very easy to approach. I love people and I have a very energetic personality, thats why I dance multiple times a week, volunteer regularly at my local hospital, I’m on the yearbook committee, student council and so much more! I like being involved and getting out there which is why I knew the pageant was right for me! I am so unbelievably honoured to be representing my hometown and surrounding area in the national pageant!     This will be an experience to remember, thats for sure and I hope you’re along for the ride ! One of my duties as a title holder is to regularly blog so I can promise you will be up to date with what I am up to through my blog and through via Facebook and Twitter!

Well I better go; so much to do for my fundraiser next weekend!

Talk to you soon!

Love Kolbi  – Miss Teen Newell County- World 🙂

 

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