Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back. EmpowHER is an organization handled by Michelle Danychuk, which is filled with empowerment, self-confidence and self esteem building for young ladies in the community. It is our first event and planned to do it annually to encourage more girls in showing and helping them to figure out their passion and things that they are capable with.

I was invited to join and be one of the speakers last June 2nd at Biggar Central School 2000. I am honored to tell my story of how I found my passion in pageantry, how I coped up lacking self confidence and to encourage teenage girls to be not afraid of making a change. It is not that easy to speak in front of other girls but I know it’s easy to give an impact to them because when we’re having someone at our age to encourage us, it will be more easier for us to tell something about our experiences because we knew that we are on the same generation where most of us struggles because people judge people all of a sudden.

I’d like to share my speech in this blog to inspire and encourage more girls, not just in our community but in the entire world on building their trust and self confidence.

“To anyone who doesn’t know me, I am Shiela Montes. I was recently crowned as Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2017 and about to continue my journey this coming August at Toronto competing for Miss Teenage Canada title. I’ve been here in Canada for a year. Just like other people, I am also lacked self confidence. Moving here in Canada wasn’t that easy. It challenged my confidence most especially in socializing with new people in a new environment. I grew up in a city where everyone didn’t care about anyone. Then suddenly, we moved in a small town where everyone knows everyone. I’m used of waking up in 26 degrees Celsius at 5 in the morning, then out of the blue moved in in the place which has negative 26 degrees Celsius at 5 in the morning. Adjustments are overwhelming. It takes a lot of effort, positivity and confidence. As a title holder, someone asked me, what does it takes to become a pageant queen. My answer for that is having self confidence, the willingness in your heart to do the things you want to do and never getting afraid of accepting failures. I know everyone of us here always feels afraid and nervous of experiencing things for the first time. I can still remember my first pageant where I almost backed out. I saw my competitors looking so amazing. I felt ashamed of myself and got a very low self-esteem then I prayed so hard at that time, not because I wanted to win. I prayed to God at that time because I wanted Him to postpone that competition or else make the competition ends like nothing happened. My mom told me to at least try and do my best, because maybe it’s my passion or I’m destined to do pageantry. And she was right. On the following years, I was crowned as Campus Queen 2013 and reigned for 3 years, Miss Girl Scout of the Philippines 2014, Binibing Kalikasan or Miss Earth 2015 Division level, Binibing Kalikasan (Miss Earth) 2016 National Level and recently became Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2017. I always have with me what my grandma said, “Be the best version of yourself because you deserve all happiness and blessings in life”. My dad keeps reminding me to keep my feet on the ground and never be boastful of my achievements. For me, it takes courage and determination to find your passion in life. Once you’ve found it, build confidence to develop it more and be optimistic always. To all girls out there, we should always believe in ourselves that we have something to prove. We should always be prepared, true and have the willingness to open doors of opportunities. Be confidently beautiful with a heart as what our former Miss Universe always said and don’t underestimate the power that you have right now because you really don’t know what the future holds for you. Just enjoy your life and don’t give up on your dreams. Who knows, maybe you will be the teenager who’ll make a change that will surely make us all proud.”

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“Good things come to those who bake”

Bake sale is one of the most common fundraising movements of every organization. As people loves to eat tasty, sweet foods, we organized a bake sale fundraising movement last May 23rd, 2017 at Biggar & District Credit Union. We had a time frame of 11 o’clock am to 2 o’clock pm. We also had raffle entries in partnership with Biggar & District Credit Union and Ms. Ann Tobin Weekes, Avon Independent Sales Representative. The lucky thing about my bake sale is that people in Biggar love to buy bake goodies and some of them were blessed enough with their baking skills. Those people donated plenty of bake goods for my event and encourage everyone to go and participate on my bake sale.

People started to come at exactly 11 am. Some of my friends also helped in assisting our dear customers. Aside from the bake sale and raffle entries, we also sell Avon Bug Spray products for only $10.00. People come and some of them return to get more goods for afternoon snacks. Good thing also about our dear customers is that aside from buying lots of bake sales, they also want us to keep their change and wish me luck for my national journey.

This bake sale movement we had proves me that I am surrounded with good and kind people. God is good for making my bake sale fundraising movement very successful. At the end of the day, I always keep reminding myself to always thank the people who helped and congratulate all the raffle draw winners. I am so happy to have this kind of opportunity and looking forward for more adventures in my journey as Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2017.

 

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According to Agatha Christie, a mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Mothers deserve a lot of love and happiness. As a title holder as well as a daughter, my mom for me is the real queen. She deserves all the fancy crowns and well known titles that the earth could offer. A queen is an amazing, loving, strong, happy, selfless and graceful person. Mothers are the reality queens. They are the most valuable person in our lives which has a limitless potential and a priceless value.

 

Last May 8th, we organized a Mother’s Day Special with a theme of Royal Moms. We had their children and husbands’ attention and assigned them with some activities. Children will write a card for their moms and submit it before the program starts. Husbands are assigned to bring/cook food for the occasion. We prepared sashes that says “Mom of the Year” together with crowns and award them individually.

 

During the program, we are very happy that everyone participated on that small get together bonding for Mother’s Day. We started the program with a prayer then had supper for we started a little bit late. After that, we greeted our mommies and announced their names one by one. Each mom will go in front, escorted by their children/husbands. We assigned their kids to put the sashes and crowns to their mommies and have a picture with them. We also had games for kids and moms. The games are “Breakfast in Bed” where there will be 5 kids who’ll contest in feeding their moms and the first mom who’ll finish the food will shout “I am a super mom!” to signifies winning. Next game is “Who is my mom?” where mommies were given some sheet of paper and answer some simple and easy questions about their lives then put it on the board. The first child who will recognize his/her mom through that information given wins. They were given a number for raffles then any representative called will pick a number then a mom who has that number will win either goodies or make ups. The raffle draw repeats five times. We ended the party with a smile on our faces and satisfying success for the event. Before we officially ended up the event, we had some toast/cheers in honor for our beloved and supportive blessed mothers.

Mother’s Day is not only every month of May. It can be celebrated every day as they were called mommies every single day who protect and provide for their children and family. There is no small or big appreciation as long as it’s from our hearts. That day, we are so happy to have that small successful event for our dearest mothers for them to take a break and had fun as royals.

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Fundraising is a big move that needs teamwork. As a title holder, I organized a Bottle Drive Fundraising campaign with a goal of $300 for Miss Teenage Canada’s official charity, Free the Children, to help young people in developing communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Last April 18th, 2017, we collected bottles in our town and accepted donations of recyclable materials with our time frame of 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. On the following day, most of the Filipino youth volunteered to help in segregating those recyclable materials. It was a little bit exhausting, however our team effort was paid off because on the following week, after we drove it to Sarcan, our bottle drive fundraising campaign earned $500, which means our bottle drive campaign was a big success.

I am so thankful to those people who participated and donated their plastic bottles, cans and other recyclable materials. As my first move in promoting good deeds in my community, this bottle drive campaign tells me that I have lots of people willing to support and help me in my journey to Ms. Teenage Canada Competition. I also had a realization of positivity that in everything you do, bring with you your heart, confidence and determination, and your plans will turn out well.

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“And our Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2017 is Shiela”

Those words were music to my ears. It still feels like yesterday. To be honest, I didn’t expect this kind of blessing to come. The experience had been surprising and filled with so much excitement. It was also a bittersweet moment at the end of the show because a 2-day pageant is not enough to be with those girls. We had been so attached to each other that the experience felt less like a competition and more like ‘socializing’ with new friends; sisters. All the girls were very friendly and did not hesitate to approach and meet each other.

The reason why I got here was very epic. My mom’s friend tagged her on Miss Teenage Canada’s post on facebook to let her daughter join. What was really insane, is that I only signed up for “fun” and that the competition will be a week away from when I signed up. Who knows? I got accepted and became one of the finalists.

My first thought entering this pageant/contest -was that it was “nerve-wracking”, which it was. However, it feels more like entering an “all-girls camp” rather than entering a competition. During 1st rehearsals, we saw 2016 Miss Teenage Saskatchewan competitors wearing their crowns and sashes, and felt awed and excited. We talked and they shared their experiences during regionals up to nationals. How fun it was and how big this opportunity for all of us. They also taught us various techniques on how to properly walk, sit, act on interviews and most importantly, how to gain confidence.

On the second day of the pageant, all we did is rehearsals, preparing ourselves for later’s event, etc. As the show neared we all started to feel nervous and wished each other luck. Getting ourselves ready wasn’t as big of a hassle because everyone helped each other and made sure that no girl was left behind.

On our crowning moment, we were all ecstatic when we found out that all of us will head out to nationals. We all felt so excited about this and didn’t mind what titles we’ll have or receive because we all are already winners. They were starting to call out names until there was only two of us left for Miss Teenage Saskatchewan. My feeling at that moment was unexplainable. It was mixed emotions where I really don’t know what specifically to feel. And then they named the 1st runner up, our very own Miss Teenage Northern Saskatchewan 2017, Madison. I was overwhelmed and froze for seconds. We looked at each other and gave each other a quick hug and exchange smiles. And then our respected Michelle Weswaldi named me as the New Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2017.

We really never know what God prepared for us. Who would expect the girl who signed up late and only for fun would become the next Miss Teenage Saskatchewan. We should always believe in ourselves that we have something to prove. We should always be prepared, true and have the willingness to open doors of opportunities. Be confidently beautiful with a heart as what our former Miss Universe always said and don’t underestimate the power that you have right now because you really don’t know what future holds for you. Just enjoy your life and don’t give up on your dreams. Who knows, maybe you will be the next Miss Teenage who’ll represent your province or our country that will surely make us all proud.

First solo picture after the pageant

This picture was taken before the show.

Group picture during the last rehearsal

Crowning moment

The bittersweet moment “gonna miss you all” feeling

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