Dr ArcherMentor Night in Toronto July 15th 2012.

After rehearsals and video shoot / stills

Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001

She has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist. Natalie was our last speaker for the night and gave us a lot to take in. She taught us the importance of confidence and how “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”. She told us that we should have dreams and goals, however, those dreams and goals should be calculated and educated. You cannot want something that is hard and then not be willing to work hard to obtain it. They say everything is possible if you believe, but you also have to educate yourself on how to get there, if there is where you want to be. Natalie was a great speaker and inspired me a lot. She made me realize that I cannot rely on natural talent to have an easy life. If I want something bad enough, I’m going to have to work very hard to get there and educate myself so I have the right credentials to properly get there. She said “the one thing nobody can ever take from you is your education”. I think that quote made a lot of girls think because anyone can take your style, people can take away your right and they can take away your freedom, but nobody can take away your education. If you keep learning and keep pushing yourself, you can accomplish great things and help out so many different people. All in all, Natalie was a excellent speaker and I would very much enjoy to speak with her again, possibly in further details!

Melani ChongMelani Chong has been involved in fashion and beauty for over 15 years, is a Canadian Ford Model and a mother of two children. While balancing her day to day life she has also developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that are useful for the whole family and healthy to use. While listening to her speak, it was clear to see that she has gotten where she is today by being a strong and independent woman, through dedication and perseverance. She is mature and wise enough to know that, even though she has accomplished many great things, she is still learning. She says that “the wisest is he who knows what he does not know”. Melanie’s journey was a tough one, but “it’s not hard if you know it’s what you really want”. She taught us that we will have many accomplishments throughout our life, such as attending the 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Pageant, but “this isn’t it, it’s only a stepping stone”. I very much enjoyed listening to Melanie Chong speak because of her strong message; “be persistent with what you want, the more you learn about rejection, the stronger a person you will be, and to maintain integrity towards your dream. Passion leads to drive, and drive leads to core actions!” Thank you for the amazing presentation Melanie, it was very inspirational and I hope to talk again soon.

katrina haddenKatrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

Known for her positive energy and contagious smile, she helps her clients get better focused to achieve their goals and dreams . Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Katrina’s story was very inspirational. She had many things she had to overcome, such as being called names and being left out in elementary school, so to deal, she forgot about the world by playing basketball. She was an excellent player and said, when shooting, she would envision the shot going in the net before the ball left her hands. That’s what she taught us to do that with our lives; envision success before you begin, and work hard to achieve it. When Katrina’s basketball dream got flushed down the toilet after a bad injury, she had to discover a new passion. A new light at the end of her tunnel. So, because she is very tall, her friends suggested modeling, but being a size 12, there was no fit for her; not small enough for high fashion, not big enough for plus size. This really stumped her, and she decided she would take it upon herself to change that. She moved to the big city, Toronto, and went head under in modeling. Her radiant energy was what landed her most of her gigs, and then finally, her big break came. A designer off Project Runway asked her to wear his creation at Toronto Fashion Week, to make a statement. Her jitters and nerves were all she could think about back stage, but after being pushed out onto the runway, came something she never would have guessed. As soon as she was in view, the whole audience began to applaud. She realized that she wasn’t the only one rooting for change. What I learned from Katrina was that she went through bullying, self-esteem issues, and shyness, but still came out looking  incredible. She taught me that a little confidence can go a long way. It allows you to be independent and strong. Finally, she told us her 5 tips to be a good role model:

  • take care of your body and health
  • find an interest or hobby
  • carry an attitude of gratitude
  • forgiveness! let go, be the bigger person.
  • Don’t quit!

A Poem Katrinas mom used to read to her!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor’s cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.– Author unknown

Alexandra Orlanmdo, Olympic athleteAlexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory.

Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. She was very interesting to listen to. Not just because she is only a few years older than some of us, but because of the way she talked to us and related to us. She knows what its like for us because it wasn’t that long ago for her. Everyone says these are the years we will figure everything out, but that’s a lie. Alex says and everyone knows, these are the years we try things, dumb things, fun things, different things, crazy things, but a lot of firsts. It’s not when we figure out who we are, it’s when we realize who we want to be. A time when we will discover how strong we really are. Alex trained non stop her whole life, missed the Olympics by one tenth of a point, got very angry with everybody and life in general, took time off, gained a bit of weight, then realized she wasn’t going to give up on something she loved doing. She got back in the race, trained hard, made the Olympics and won a gold medal. That to me is dedication and perseverance worth applauding. It’s not always easy to go back to something you’ve left, but if it’s something you really want, there is nothing stopping you. All you need is a little extra effort and confidence in your abilities, and if your realistic, you can always achieve it.

Thank you for reading, and thank you to all the wonderful mentors. I surely learned a lot and had a great night!

Lots of love,
Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012

Written by: Kelly Ouderkirk
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One Response to Mentor Night!

  1. Rob Campbell says:

    Good post but its uncategorized? Why? its hould be categorized as Mentors, and maybe also ,ake a category called, Toronto

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