I am in love with Tofino. Tofino is the Canadian version of Hawaii.
Well, almost. I live in Duncan on Vancouver island, and Tofino is
about a 4 hour drive from here. What’s so great about Tofino you might
ask? Personally, I think it is one of the most beautiful places on the
island that is famous for its beaches, surfing, deserted WWll bomber,
and tacos!
Wait…an abandoned WWll bomber?!? Yes! Back in 1945 a WWll bomber
crashed onto land shortly after takeoff. Ever since, people have been
able to hike to the scene if they were willing to walk 5 km through a
muddy forest. I hiked to the plane with my dad, and got to see the
popular attraction. Although not many people can get to it, unless you
are in good condition to power through a forest.

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I actually got to sit on the top of it! It is pretty neat-o.

After a long, hot, and sweaty hike it is extremely refreshing to grab a taco at Tacofino and head over to Longbeach! This is where most of the surfers go to catch some massive
waves. I have never been further than Vancouver in my life, so going
to Tofino is a real treat because I feel as though I am in Hawaii.

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When you’re livin’ it up in Tofino for a weekend, you can’t go without
saying “surfs up!” Or, “hang loose man”.

This is such a desireable place to be. People from all over the world come to Tofino and absolutely love it. I always end up trying something new everytime I go! As Miss Teen Vancouver Island 2016, I am proud to say that I have the opportunity to represent this island. I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.

Olivia

Miss Teen Vancouver Island

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We are spoiled. A standing home, a pet, a smart phone…

 

On Wednesday June 1st, 15,000 citizens of the Lower Townsite, Anzac, Fort McMurray First Nation and Gregoire Lake Estates area were finally allowed to make their way home. It is expected that approximately 80,000 residents will return to the northern Alberta community by the end of this week.

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They had to leave it all, with next to no knowledge of the crisis. There was a possibility of their home, their prized possessions and heirlooms being torn down by flames. They had to flee from it because the fire was too strong and of course too unpredictable. But as the people return home today, and for the next while, we will be sitting here on our laptops or smart phones protected by the comfort of our standing homes reading this information about the devastation of Fort McMurray.

In May, I hosted a garage sale at my house and all funds are going towards Fort McMurray. A little girl around the age of 4 and her grandmother came to my garage sale. This girl was from Fort McMurray. Her house burnt down. Her grandparents travelled to Fort McMurray to get her and bring her to Duncan, where she is living now. She was one of the cutest, most cheerful and innocent little girls I have ever met.

I want to take this post and say THANK YOU to all of the lovely ladies I am competing with in Nationals who are raising money to help out Fort McMurray!!! And thank you to everybody locally who is doing the same!!! #itdoesntstophere

 

-Liv

 

 

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Well, I am Olivia! Friends and family call me Liv. I think I am one of the many Olivia’s in this pageant, it feels as though there are about 100 other Olivia’s, which is pretty funny! First of all, this is an experience of a lifetime. It’s unbelievable. Representing an Island, a region, my home town… it will be a huge responsibility, and I have never done anything like this ever before. To be completely honest with you, I am scared out of my mind! The biggest feeling that is taking over though, is the rush of excitement.

I graduated in the summer of 2015, and I could have hid 5 human beings under my gown, I barely fit in the car..! I am looking forward to moving on from the life of school, to getting married and sarting a family.

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I work at Thrifty Foods, and at a hair salon as a hairdresser! I love to perform in front of an audience. Ever since I was little, I performed on stage, in my living room, anywhere. You would find me dancing, singing or tumbling. I am not a very shy girl. I love to make new friends. I don’t take people for granted, because you never know who they can become to you. I love God, and thank Him for where He has put me in my life. A few of my other favourite things are sleeping, eating, and being in the sun! Now, apparently a new passion of mine is pageants!

I grew up on a farm with my sister, in a tiny home, in the midst of a forest, with no neighbours. As you might have guessed already (or maybe not because this is a very rare case) I was homeschooled my whole life. I often get “wow, do you have any friends?” or “who taught you everything? Your cat?”. Yes, I do have friends. No, my cats IQ isn’t as high as mine. When you are homeschooled, it’s usually online. Teachers grade you through the online courses, and us high school homeschoolers would all get together and do classes together or go on fieldtrips. I made lifelong friends, and met my future husband through homeschooling! SO honestly, it’s not that bad. 😉

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This is the reason I am most thrilled to be in this pageant..

As Miss Teenage Vancouver Island 2016, my goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of the year to send somebody from Vancouver Island to San Diego with cancer to be treated at the Gerson Clinic, and their companion since somebody has to go with them.

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I feel so deeply for people with cancer. But it can be treated, and be healed completely! Throughout my one year reign as Miss Teenage Vancouver Island 2016, I am going to raise awareness towards a cancer treatment called the Gerson Therapy. An institute in San Diego, called the Gerson Clinic is a clinic where they treat many types of cancer patients by juicing certified organic fruits and vegetables, and perform detoxifying procedures.
I know that cancer is one of the hardest things to go through, for the person, and for the family. This is why I am doing this.

I am not a professional blogger at all… I can never seem to think of things to write. But I can’t wait to share my next (hopefully exciting) post with you guys!!!

You can call me Liv 🙂

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The choice is yours with how you spend it.

The past year has been a whirlwind ride, I often say. Photo-shoots to charity tea parties to studying to parades to volunteering to the rugby pitch… The list is endless and is still growing. As Miss Teenage Vancouver Island, doors opened that I never imagined. My title created opportunities that I will cherish and connections for a lifetime. I had no idea the power within a crown and sash. It seems silly.

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I often get asked why I chose to take part in Miss Teenage Canada? 

If you know me well, you would know I’m not the stereotypical pageant girl. Firstly, I don’t dance…I frolic and try to look graceful. Secondly, I struggle to do my own hair and makeup. After watching “How to braid your own hair?” on YouTube, I’m still at the part of “grabbing 3 strands” and then I get lost. That perfect wing of eyeliner is inexistent I might get it after an hour of restructuring with a Q-tip. Thirdly, I’m a messy eater and I eat a lot, and I mean a lot. If I say I’m full…I’m probably lying. Lastly, walking around in a bikini with bruises from my last rugby game isn’t exactly how one would envision a pageant girl.

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So why Mckenna? Why would you do such a thing?

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It’s not for attention and it’s not for shock factor. To be honest I love trying new things. I crave new adventures. Some people call me CRAZY. However, with this platform I learned so much that you couldn’t learn in a classroom or on a field. I did it for me. I’m confident in my own skin. And really why wouldn’t I?

My Fundraisers:

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Cardiac Kids Fundraiser

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What’s next on my list?

Graduation! Weooo!! University for a commerce degree or a gap year/starting a business. I haven’t decided yet. Either way I’ll be playing rugby and searching for my next adventure.

I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.

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Advice for future titleholders:

1) People will judge you; it’s how you deal with those people that will help you grow.

2) Get out into your community as much as you can. The AMAZING people you will meet will be a major support system for you and your title.

3) People will say no, it’s about not giving up until you get to yes.

4) Never second-guess yourself.

5) As stereotypical as it sounds, have fun! It’s SO important. Really really important

Lastly, thank-you to all the individuals and organizations that have continuously supported me throughout my endeavours.

Much Love

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