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Today was day 3 in Toronto and it proved to be a busy one! We went on the Hippo Tour which was like something out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: we rode in a bus that upon command turned into a boat! Being in a bus on Lake Superior was not an experience that I get regularly (as a matter of fact this was my first and probably only time) and I thought it could not be surpassed in the remainder of the day’s activities.

I was wrong!

We visited the CN tower after the Hippo Tour which was amazing! We felt like such celebrities; random people were taking pictures of us and asking to take pictures with us in them! We walked on the glass floor and rode the elevatotor right to the top to take some pictures.

After, we spent the afternoon at The Ballroom bowling before heading out to dinner at a fabulous Greek restaurant, with the reigning Miss Teen World. An all around great day and start to the week!

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“Low self esteem is a problem many girls face in their growing up years, and a lack of self worth can lead to poor choices and regret. Through my experience in pageants, I have learned about who I am and who I want to be; I have learned to love myself for who I am and to accept my flaws. Join me Friday nights at 6 as I take ten girls on a journey to gain confidence, appreciate who they are, and discover their inner beauty.”

Highly Esteemed is a new reality show hosted by Samantha Fraughton that focusses on helping girls gain confidence in themselves through self-expression and development, as well as gaining valuable social skills and an education about the media. Participants will go shopping, take part in photoshoots, learn about personailty types, interview skills, and the deception of advertising.

Goody and Rimmel can help Highly Esteemed participants to look and feel their best while on the show, and offer weekly workshops on hair and makeup. Participants will be outfitted with an array of Goody products for hairstyling as well as awarded a Goody gift basket at the end of the show. Rimmel makeup will also be provided to participants throughout the show, and an online photo contest will be run to promote community leadership and involvement and Rimmel, with the prize being a Rimmel gift basket. In addition to the marketing that Highly Esteemed will provide, sponsors will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they have truly changed the lives of ten young ladies.

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Me and Lindsay after one of her shows opening flowers. Although she’s not in costume the red hair remains!

Anne of Green Gables. Most of us know the story of the redheaded orphan from Prince Edward Island with big dreams, the drive to succeed, a strong will, and a personality to match. In the fall of 2007, my younger sister Lindsay came home from school with the biggest announcement of the year: she had been cast as Anne in the school play Anne of Green Gables!

Seeing my built-in-best-friend, my sister, become Anne Shirley was as natural as seeing a caterpillar become a butterfly: it was meant to happen.

This series was a gift to my sister after her production of Anne

The distributors behind the Anne of Green Gables TV series and movies is Sullivan Entertainment, a Canadian corporation whose first big break was the Anne miniseries in 1985. Since then, they have produced many Anne series and movies, as well as a library of other films and TV shows.

Free the Children is a non-profit organization that has been “children helping children through education” since 1995. Their goal? To free children from the cycle of poverty in developing nations, and free youth in developed countries from the idea that they are powerless to enact that change.

Creating the world of Anne of Green Gables has been what Sullivan Entertainment is best known for, and Anne’s values of optimism, education, and determination are right in step with those of Free the Children. What better way to exemplify them than through the world’s first Anne of Green Gables school in Kenya?

A 5 star performance, just like my sister in her school showing of Anne.

Inspired by the work of Free the Children, Sullivan Entertainment launched, in May 2009, an online fundraiser so that fans could contribute to the building of the Anne of Green Gables school and water filtration system in Maasai Mara, Kenya. Sullivan matched every donated dollar, and donated an extra $5 for every merchandise order placed during May 2009.

Hannah Endicott- Douglas, a Free the Children ambassador and Sullivan actress

Since the school was to be named in Anne Shirley’s honour, Hannah Endicott- Douglas, who plays Anne in the most recent Sullivan Anne series, travelled to Kenya for the opening of the school last summer, along with Sullivan president Trudy Grant. Hannah was also named a Free the Children elementary school ambassador.

Sullivan Entertainment and Free the Children both recognize that although fictitious, Anne Shirley is a girl we can all learn a lot from. The world’s first Anne of Green Gables school is not only a step forward together for Free the Children and Sullivan Entertainment, but will also spread Anne’s infectious optimism, inspiration, and steadfast belief in education throughout the world.

As I heard my sister say many times as Anne,”Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things

Hannah Endicott- Douglas and Trudy Grant at the new Anne of Green Gables school in Kenya!

there are to find out about?”

 

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The city Fort Saskatchewan: I call it my hometown

I’ve lived here since I was young, and I proudly wear my crown.

 

It’s a city that I love, and that’s become a part of me;

A city with a long, long list of things to do and see!

 

And although it was a rainy day, my tiara, sash, and I

Took some pictures of things to see if ever you’re passing by!

 

One thing about the Fort that’s been a hit for twenty years

Is the flock of sheep that mow our grass – each summer they appear.

 

Me visiting a black sheep!

And in all of North America, our city stands apart

For having ‘shepherd’ on the payroll, a job that’s quite an art!

 

I’ve been coming to see our lawn-mowing sheep since I’ve been very small,

And I couldn’t imagine a summer that wasn’t sheep-filled at all.

 

Another part of town that’s really something neat

Is our pedestrian overpass, a delight to those on feet.

 

I’ve walked it since I can remember, and somehow even still

The height and cars rushing below manage to give me a thrill.

 

It runs across the highway, and has a lovely view

Of the city in every direction, including beneath your shoes!

 

Something you’d see from that high up is the tallest thing around:

The joyfully painted water tower, 46 meters up from the ground.

 

Since 1996 its painted people have held hands,

But for 55 years the tower itself has stood to mark the land.

 

Seen from outside the city, it’s always meant home to me

When driving into the Fort, the tower’s the first thing that I see.

 

Catching a ride on the caboose outside the train station!

The story of Fort Saskatchewan is told through historic sights,

Like our former railway station, with one train car and lights.

 

From 1905 till the 80’s, trains ran where cars now drive,

And today the station’s open for tours and rentals, 9 to 5.

Me in the Dr. Henry house at the museum!

The haunted museum grounds are, like the station, quite the sight,

Where history comes alive, and staff sometimes get a fright!

 

The Dr. Henry mansion abounds with treasures and antiques,

From dolls to desks to sewing machines, the museum is unique.

 

a carriage with a doll in it from 1900

Aside from holding history, the museum also brings

Back everyone’s grade 3 memories of historic field trips in the spring.

 

Straight across the road one can catch an outdoor show,

With acoustics akin to a theatre’s, the band shell’s the place to go.

Me taking the stage at the band shell!

The annual summer movie is held on the band shell’s stage,

And I dreamt of once performing there, when I was a younger age

 

One of the greatest stores in town is Twice but Nice without a doubt,

Our charity second hand store we couldn’t do without!

Me with the sign in the Twice but Nice window that is always needing to be updated!

Giving back to the community is the aim of the Twice but Nice game,

With ongoing support and assistance, it has earned its local fame.

 

One more place in Fort Saskatchewan that means a lot to me

Is the Dow Centennial Centre – our multi use facility.

The awesome giant chess set at the DCC!

I workout in the gym and perform on the stage and play with the giant chess,

I meet my friends and fundraise too; the DCC is, in short, the best!

 

I now conclude my ode to the Fort, leaving you with this:

If you’re travelling through northern Alberta, Fort Saskatchewan you don’t want to miss!!

Some friends I made on a recent trip to the DCC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.fortsask.ca

Also, thank you to my sponsor, Brian Curry of Brian Curry Photography for taking pictures of my fundraising activities and for donating the photo package!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Curry-Photography/210314968988139

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