Yanna is a devoted taekwondo athlete, who has won  1st and 4th place in Montreal at Canada Open and 1st and 2nd place in Calgary at Canada National. Thus, she was part of Team Canada for the 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru where she is currently ranked 12th in the world. She is also a Level 1 CSIA ski instructor and an academically driven Honors student, who has received the highest qualifying scores on the SAT for John Hopkins CTY in Canada. Fluent in English and Serbian, she continues to fortify her knowledge in French and Spanish. Though, she ardently believes in gender equality, she has dedicated her platform to all children across Canada and the world.

Yanna Pusica is an exceptional athlete who regularly works with children of all ages, and wishes to combine these two strong passions. By seeing many children of the 21st century suffer so profoundly as a result of various treacheries, through her title she aims to advocate for these children and to incorporate those who are disabled into sports. She believes that children are the future and our only hope for change and peace.

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Hey everyone!

This is Yanna, who will be your new Miss Teenage GTA for 2017. I have just started my blog page and I am so excited to tell you all about my experience at the Miss Teenage Canada competition. As well as, many small memories and people that I have met and who have shaped me into the individual I am today.

If you are reading this and feel like it is you’re a thousand-time reading the same boring blogs about someone’s life, this time it will be different. Instead, I will try to fill it with as many pictures and videos to make it fun and bring it into the 21st century. How does that sound? 😉

To my friends from the competition I can’t wait to see all you guys again in August 🙂 . Maybe to those who are in Toronto or close by, we can plan to participate all together in one large event.

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¡Hola! For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, my title says “The Best Mexican Restaurant.” I took Spanish in Grade 10 and I am continuing with it for the last two years of high school!

Ordering my tacos!

Ordering my tacos!

Today, all of us Miss Teenage Canada delegates ventured out to Richtree Natural Market Restaurant. There, we ate the yummiest tacos and burritos at the brand new “Tacos and Burritos” truck. The truck has a cute set-up. You see all of the condiments made freshly, and you see your taco/burrito being made. Next to the trucks are two barrels filled with ice. These were your coolers to get drinks from. I thought their whole set-up was adorable. It made me thinking of a camping trip set-up. The RV parked, steaming hot tacos and burritos being served, and chilled drinks in barrels of ice. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone. But be warned, it is addicting! The only caution I have is watch out for the heat. These delicious tacos and burritos have a bit of a kick to them. Make sure to let the waiter know how spicy you want it! Since I travel to Eaton Centre quite a bit with my friends as it is a popular destination for us, I will be rushing to the truck again.

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Look at these beauties!

I ordered 3 chicken tacos with a bottle of ginger-ale. Inside the tacos there was cilantro, black beans, chicken, and more. The flavours were so prominent and tasted amazing together. The palette was unique, colourful, and related to their camping feel. I absolutely love this casual Taco truck and will be driving to get some more soon!

 

About Richtree: Richtree Natural Markets Inc. operates four market-style, open kitchen restaurants across Ontario – the Toronto Eaton Centre, College Park, Bayview/York Mills Centre and Square One Mississauga. Richtree offers casual dining and takeout services. The inspired menu items use all-natural, fresh, local and in-season ingredients, including antibiotic and hormone-free meats

Richtree Website: http://richtreenaturalmarket.com

Richtree Facebook: /RichtreeMarket

Richtree Twitter: @RichtreeMarket

Richtree Instagram: RichtreeMarket

‪#‎RichtreeFiesta‬

Starting tomorrow the pageant competitions will commence. It has been a great experience meeting everyone and learning something new. Whether I go home with a new title or not, I will have always won this chance. I chance to do something out of the ordinary.

Love,

-Neha ❤

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Did you know that over 50% of Canadian girls wish they were someone else?

I have chosen Body Image as my platform for the Miss Teenage Canada competition.

Society puts a huge strain on men and women about the perfect, or ideal, body or body image. The dictionary definition of perfect is: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.” But do you know what I think perfect means? “Human” Teenagers these days no longer feel that they have the freedom to explore who they are without being judged. Society and media emphasizes their concept of the perfect body. Ads for everything, from makeup and hair products to clothing and footwear, send messages that people need to look a certain way to be happy. It’s hard not to be influenced by that. I know being satisfied with appearance isn’t always easy. I have experienced feeling awkward when people approached me and asked what I was wearing on my ears. Over the years I have been comfortable with who I am, being hearing impaired has not stopped me from doing what I want to do. I feel that my comfort level with my disability has helped people around me to be comfortable or even inspired by me. It is not easy to get to this level of comfort but it can be achieved with education, communication, and self-appreciation. I want to empower teenagers to feel comfortable in their own skin. That comfort and confidence brings beauty that no one can take away.

My message:  Be your own kind of beautiful  ❤

If I am crowned as Miss Teenage Canada I would do a couple of things to promote my platform:

  • Events: I would do events like hosting youth groups, or conferences to come together and share how we feel. A couple of activities would be sharing what you feel self-conscious about, writing 10 things you love about yourself, etc. I would stress the fact that looking at the negatives is pointless because everyone is unique, and that is what makes you beautiful. “Be your own kind of beautiful.” I would also put health classes with nutritionists to educate teenagers about healthy eating. It is important to feed your body proper nutrients! Another challenge I would give the participants, is to not look in the mirror for one week. This teaches people to stop caring about what they look like. I had this experience in Ecuador where there was no electricity and we were out the whole day working. By the time we go back to our lodge it was too dark to see ourselves. I learnt to stop worrying about my appearance and just went out and had fun!
  • Fund-raise: To raise money I would host gala’s, the Art Face-Off (hosted it this year in my school), etc. I would try to host events where I could get youth’s to showcase their talents. Being confident is also a very crucial tool you need in order to love yourself. You have to put yourself out there and enjoy the moments! 
  • Charity: The charity I would donate the money raised would be BODY Charity. “BODY is a national charitable organisation that actively celebrates individuality and strives to cure those with Body disorders. We believe in ‘Being One Distinguished You’ because we are ALL unique and we are ALL beautiful.” This charity has the same message that I am trying to promote. It is important to love ourselves for our uniqueness and to embrace it. 

Being able to use my crown and title for a good cause would mean the world to me. Body Image issues is something teenagers struggle with due to the pressure of social media. With the popularity of social media increasing everyday, it gets hard not to get caught up in the beauty of photo-shopped images. It is important that we stay true to who we are and shine from within.

 

Love you all,

-Neha ❤

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Today is the day I head off to compete for the Miss Teenage Canada title. It has been an amazing journey leading up to today. With the help of my mom and dad, my sister, and family I am prepared to leave confident. Today I was remembering my late grandma and grandpa. They passed away 3 years ago, but I know they would have been ecstatic that I am competing. I am also super happy that my other grandma was able to come to view the pageant! My godparents, Uncle Mike and Auntie Christine have been supporting me all the way from Manchester, England.  I love my entire family so much as they have continuously supported me throughout this pageant. I would like to especially thank my mom. This would not have been possible without her!

Late grandparents <3

Late grandparents <3

My Godparents!

My Godparents!

My grandma!

My grandma!

 

 

 

 

 

My sponsors:

I want to thank all my amazing sponsors who supported me for this journey of my mine.

Here they are:

Mirella’s Ladies Boutique, Burlington

Mirella Marsilio began her career as a sales representative in retail boutiques. While

Mirella sponsored me with gorgeous gowns for both my provincial and national pageant. She has also been a strong supporter throughout this journey!

Mirella sponsored me with gorgeous gowns for both my provincial and national pageant. She has also been a strong supporter throughout this journey!

completing her 3-year BA in philosophy and psychology at McMaster University, she began her entrepreneurship in a small loft inside a gentleman’s store. Within 9 months she developed a great clientele and expanded to a 1400 square foot store in Hamilton’s Jackson Square. In 1996, she moved into a 2000 square foot home in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Her clientele grew and wanted to see her expand. Mirella began her part time studies in the fashion design program at Mohawk College, while running her shop. Creating her own collection, she decided to incorporate it into her business. In March 2005, Mirella came across a charming storefront in downtown Burlington. With a busy lifestyle running both stores, she became pregnant with twins and had to cut back her time at the shop. After closing the Hamilton location in 2006, she continues to concentrate all her efforts to bring her customers the best of Canadian Designs. She works hard to bring a sense of style and fit to her clients, never compromising her attention to detail.

Find out more on: http://www.mirellas.ca/mlb/home.cfm

 

Fit’s 4 You

Fit's 4 You sponsored me with unique workout clothes! Can't wait to wear them this week!

Fit’s 4 You sponsored me with unique workout clothes! Can’t wait to wear them this week!

 

Founded in January 2012, Fit’s 4 You has been a goal for owner, Lana Fernley, for quite some time. Being a full-time high school phys. ed. teacher and avid athlete, Lana is extremely aware of what attire is required for any activity. Sourcing Brands from Around the World Using her unique fashion sense, Lana discovered different brands from all over the world. Brands that provide comfort, quality, style, and eco-friendly fabrics. Fit’s 4 You provides each individual the opportunity to express their own style while at the gym, park, or anywhere else!

Find out more on: http://fits4you.ca

 

Pretty Thingz

Pretty Thingz sponsored me with fabulous pieces of jewelry. Keep an eye out for my favourite necklace on Breakfast TV ;)

Pretty Thingz sponsored me with fabulous pieces of jewelry. Keep an eye out for my favourite necklace on Breakfast TV 😉

 

Pretty Thingz is a leading boutique in Toronto for fashion jewelry and accessories. Nice thing about this amazing boutique is they have current trends for every one and for every occasion. Whether it be a formal event or a causal affair to extravagant events like weddings.

Find out more on: http://prettythingz.com/

 

 

 

The it Factor Academy

My dance choreographed my It Factor with partner Colin

My dance choreographed my It Factor with partner Colin

 

A fully equipped dance and vocal academy, specializing in all genres of dance from Latin Ballroom, Salsa, Merengue, Afro-Cuban, House & Latin Street Hip Hop. Full vocal training from beginners to advance level specializing also in video, stage and live performance training.

Find out more on:

http://www.theitfactoracademy.com/

 

 

                            Forever Movements photography- Leah Kirin

Beautiful photography by Leah Kirin

Beautiful photography by Leah Kirin

 

Custom boutique photography for the family that wants beautifully Leah’s unique combination of classic artistic technique and technical skills allow her to capture true beauty in her portraits. Her respect and admiration for each individual and family motivate her to create exceptionally designed fine art that will become an heirloom for future generations.

Find out more on:

http://www.forevermoments.ca/

 

Anise’s Apothecary, Burlington.

Anise Apothecary sponsored me with the two cutest t-shirts and a funky pair of shorts. Love this all natural store

Anise Apothecary sponsored me with the two cutest t-shirts and a funky pair of shorts. Love this all natural store

 

This beautiful store carries the best all natural skin care line, visit the store to see the difference nature make.

Find out more on: http://www.aniseapothecary.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Union Hearing Aid Center 

Union Hearing Aid Center has supported me throughout my last 15 years. They also sponsored me with a special alarm clock for me to use at night!

Union Hearing Aid Center has supported me throughout my last 15 years. They also sponsored me with a special alarm clock for me to use at night!

Established in 1922, Union Hearing Aid Center has been providing excellent service to the hearing impaired community for over 90 years. Chris and Nick along with there amazing staff have always been patient, friendly and understanding. Customer service is beyond excellent.

Find out more on: www.uhac.ca

 

 

 

 

LightTouch Day & Med spa

Thank you for sponsoring me!

Thank you for sponsoring me!

Our world-class facilities offer the latest med spa services,with the latest technology and treatments available in Canada. All of our treatments are FDA and CSA approved, and only the most experienced and educated personnel serve your individual skin care needs. We offer a full range of laser treatments for both men and women, including laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing (Pixel) Radio Frequency Body Contouring treatments, Laser Vein treatments, Laser Tattoo removal, Laser Skin tightening, and Botox and Fillers. All treatments are performed by our certified laser technicians, doctors, or nurses.
We have the reputation, experience, and technology to create the red carpet experience that you deserve. Not only will you look your best, you will feel your best.

Find out more on:

http://www.lighttouchlaserclinic.com/

Dagmar Jewelry

Thank you DAGMAR for lending me truly unique pieces of jewelry.

Thank you DAGMAR for lending me truly unique pieces of jewelry.

Dagmar Jewelry is an exclusive collection of semi-precious designer jewelry including custom design and bridal, at affordable prices.

Find out more http://www.dagmarjewellery.com/

 

 

Ovik’s

Thank you Ovik's Salon & Spa for giving me the best haircut I have ever received. Absolutely in love with my new look!

Thank you Ovik’s Salon & Spa for giving me the best haircut I have ever received. Absolutely in love with my new look!

“When we put mud on your face
you’ll look really good

Then we’ll style your hair into something fabulous and
you’ll look really good

And then you’ll be okay with it since you had a relaxing
massage and you’ll look really good”

Find out more on: http://www.oviks.ca/index.html

 

Vasanti Cosmetics

Ooh la la! Loving these beauty products. Thank you Vasanti Cosmetics!

Ooh la la! Loving these beauty products. Thank you Vasanti Cosmetics!

Created by Canadian women and quickly becoming one of the most sought after Canadian-made beauty brands, Vasanti Cosmetics will get you glowing with their collection of active skincare and natural-looking makeup. Staying true to its name, which means “of spring” in Sanskrit, Vasanti develops products to bring life and radiance to your skin through beautiful, unique colour ranges and advanced formulations blended with exotic natural ingredients

Find out more on:

http://vasanticosmetics.com/

Organza Lines

Thanks for lending me the pretty princess dress!

Thanks for lending me the pretty princess dress!

Every woman will make her mark on the world. Whether you are 16 or 60, discovering your own style or enhancing your current style Organza Lines has a staff of trained professionals that will assist you in putting together a wardrobe that is just as unique and beautiful are you are.

Find out more http://organzalines.com/

 

Great Smiles mobile dental hygiene care

Thanks for the beautiful smile!

Thanks for the beautiful smile!

Balbir Sohi Owner and founder of Great Smiles mobile dental hygiene care and her dream smile non profit organization where professional volunteers provide awareness on oral health raise funds and sponsor less fortune kids for further students.

 

 

 

What can I say?! It has been an amazing journey. I met some of the most encouraging people when looking for sponsorship. I also became closer with family and friends as they have supported my 100%. Looking forward to competing in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. Don’t forget to vote for me!

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Love,

-Neha ❤

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During the pageant week, the delegates have a chance to showcase our talents. The talent show is on August 9th! What I am performing is a surprise, but I’ll tell you a little spoiler. It Factor dance academy and I have been working on a ballroom performance. That’s all I am going to say. But, let me tell you a little bit about my dance partner, Colin Petierre

Colin

Colin

Colin Petierre’s birthday is February 20,1999 born in Toronto. He lives in the beautiful city of Mississauga, Ontario. Colin is the oldest of 4 children. He has a brother & 2 sisters that all adore him and family is very important to Colin. Colin’s love for performing was sparked from the tender age of 5yrs old while taking Hip Hop classes at his school. By the age of 7yrs old – Colin started training competitively at his parents dance studio The it Factor Academy in Latin & Ballroom. At 8yrs old he was casted for dancing Hip Hop for the Toronto Raptors on the Jr Dance Pak for 3 yrs! Colin continued on to become the Toronto Raptors Kid reporter getting to interview some of the top Basketball players for Toronto. In 2012, Colin was casted as “Bobby” for the hit kids series Dino Dan Treks Adventures & in 2013 he was casted as “Josh”on Family Channels: The Next Step & Movie American Girl “Isabelle” 2015: He currently plays “Sasha” on the upcoming exciting show Backstage which follows a group of talented students striving to follow there dreams and make it big. Colin also loves to sing and can be heard  as one of the singers for Classified’s #1 hit “Inner Ninja” and also for Rap artist Son Real.  Colin also was casted as one of Avril Lavigne’s dancers for the Much Music Video Awards. Colin is a Competitive Latin & Ballroom dancer & Competitive Hip Hop dancer . He still trains at The it Factor Academy in Mississauga & is currently in the dance program at Cawthra School of the Arts.

Can’t wait to perform in 12 days!

Love,

-Neha  ❤

 

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Setting up the tent!

Setting up the tent!

 

Over the weekend I went camping with my friend and her sister. We drove up to Rattlesnake Point in Milton, ON. The drive was gorgeous and had many steep turns and hills. When we arrived at our campground, Shreya, Neha, and I set up the tent and started to make a fire.

 

Hot dogs 🍞

Hot dogs 🍞

A good 2 hours later the fire was made! Our dinner menu was hot dogs and s’mores. That night we stayed outside for as long as we could until the mosquitoes started to attack us. Then, we went inside our tent, played cards, watched Harry Potter, and slept.

 

 

The next morning, Neha drove us to Fifties Diner in Oakville. We ate a huge breakfast while listening to music from the 50s. What an awesome breakfast!

Diner

Diner

Morning sun

Morning sun

It was my first time camping! I had been in cabins and did field trips with my school, but I never went camping in a tent. It was a great experience to be out in the nature. This trip reminded me of my experience in Ecuador! Staring up at the night sky with no electricity and taking in the beauty of nature. Camping has been  on my bucket list for a while and I can finally check it off! I definitely suggest you to pick a campsite, get a tent, grab some s’mores and go camping!

Love,

-Neha ❤

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Hi everyone! Here is a post on my platform and biography.

My name is Neha B. and I am Miss Teenage GTA(Greater Toronto Area) 2015-2016. Just so everyone can get to know me a little bit better, here is my story! I was born deaf in both of my ears on November 2, 1999 in Oakville Ontario, Canada. My parents had to choose a mode of communication for me.  They chose spoken language instead of sign language.  With the help of my parents, sister and my therapists, I started my journey of learning to listen. Once it was determined that I was a right candidate for spoken language, at age 2, I got a surgery to implant a cochlear implant in my left ear at the Hospital for Sick Kids, in Toronto Ontario.  This was followed by an implant in my right ear at age 10. I was introduced to music and dance at the age of 3 and today I am playing piano at the Grade 8 level. I love Ballroom and Indian classical dance. I am looking forward to taking the lifeguard exam this year. In school, I am a honor roll student and I enjoy learning different languages like French and Spanish. I am enrolled in the accelerated learning program/International Baccalaureate at White Oaks Secondary School, Oakville ON, Canada. My platform for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant is “Body Image”. Society puts a huge strain on men and women about the perfect, or ideal, body or body image. The dictionary definition of perfect is: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.” But do you know what I think perfect means? “Human” Teenagers these days no longer feel that they have the freedom to explore who they are without being judged. Society and media emphasizes their concept of the perfect body. Ads for everything, from makeup and hair products to clothing and footwear, send messages that people need to look a certain way to be happy. It’s hard not to be influenced by that. I know being satisfied with appearance isn’t always easy. I have experienced feeling awkward when people approached me and asked what I was wearing on my ears. Over the years I have been comfortable with who I am, being hearing impaired has not stopped me from doing what I want to do. I feel that my comfort level with my disability has helped people around me to be comfortable or even inspired by me. It is not easy to get to this level of comfort but it can be achieved with education, communication, and self-appreciation. I want to empower teenagers to feel comfortable in their own skin. That comfort and confidence brings beauty that no one can take away.

My message:  Be your own kind of beautiful  ❤

Love

-Neha  ❤

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O Canada!

Most people base Canada off of its stereotypical classifications. When people think of Canada they believe it is simply a mixture of:

Maple syrup. Hockey. Bacon. “Eh”. Polite citizens

But here’s the inside scoop. While we all love those 5 things, there is so much more to Canada. Most countries around the world have a set identity. They’re American, Chinese, or African. However, a citizen of Canada cannot be defined by a single word. Being a Canadian means to be yourself (I know, I know, it sounds cliché). With other countries people tend to blend into society, following the status quo. The greatest beauty of Canada is its diversity. People aren’t ingredients in a melting pot, but rather shine as individuals in our mosaic.

Not only can you be yourself, but also you are accepted no matter who you are. On July 20th, 2005 Bill C-38 was passed. This legally allowed same sex couples the right of marriage. Canada was one of the few countries that passed gay marriage very early on. USA only recently passed gay marriage on June 26, 2015. Finland and Luxembourg passed same sex marriage in 2014. This is almost 10 years after Canada legalized it. Thus proving that Canada accepts people for who they are. Canadians know that love doesn’t depend on age, sex, race, but rather the desire of the heart.

So proud of our beautiful country 🍁

So proud of our beautiful country 🍁

The Underground Railroad is one of Canada’s most historical moments. The freeing of almost 30 000 African slaves led Canada closer to its diversity label. During the 1850s-1860s, Canada was seen as the safe-haven for slaves. Many tried to flee to get the chance of an independent life. This once again proves that Canada will accept you for who you are.

Another benefit of Canada is free health care. Need I say more? Our country’s dedication to keeping our citizen healthy and well is prominently shown in Canada. By allowing free health care, no one is denied their right of wellness. Without free health care I may have not been able to get my cochlear implants. Not having the implants means I wouldn’t be able to hear or speak.

Thank you free health care!

Thank you free health care!

North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada. Yes, that’s right, that is a mailing address. Canada is the home of Santa Claus. *drops the mic and walks away*

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Canada is ranked 24th out of 178 countries for our eco-friendliness. We accept people of all race, sex, age, and orientation. We are the home to polar bears, Santa Claus, bacon, (the best) maple syrup, hockey, and polite people. However, we are much more than that. It’s hard to describe an exquisite country such as Canada. For years people have been trying to find words that perfectly demonstrate the Canadian identity. But the truth is,

Canada’s identity is made up of the people living there.Canada Flag Heart Glossy Button

O Canada!  Wait! I almost forgot the most important thing. Ryan Gosling is from Canada!!

Ok, now I am done.

Love always,

-Neha ❤

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