Without you this wouldn’t be possible! All the girls and myself, are having the times of our lives already and it’s only been the first day. Your sponsorship and donations and support are what makes this amazing life experience possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it is greatly appreciated!

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Character Sketch:

Kelly Ouderkirk- 16 years old, grade 11, blonde hair, brown eyes, determined, struggling to fit in, hard-worker, talented hockey player, model, and designs fashion

Jacob Peca- 17 years old, grade 12, brown hair, brown eyes, talented hockey player, genuine, friendly, down to earth.

Coach Berry- 70 year old man, fat, bald, traditional views on hockey, sexist, competitive, determined to win, undefeated in 5 years

Dylan Perry- 16 years old, grade 11, on the boys’ hockey team, dislikes Kelly, thinks she’s a princess and isn’t tough enough to play hockey

Ally Poirier- Kelly’s roommate, friendly, believes in Kelly’s hockey dream, ex-boyfriend is Jacob Peca

The Big Leagues

Kelly Ouderkirk, a 16 year old model and hockey legend in her hometown of Cornwall, Ontario, is forced to move to Toronto with her family, when her dad is offered a teaching position at Emily R. Jenkins Preparatory School. Part of the teaching deal is that Kelly will be able to attend the school for free, however, when she finds out the school does not support girls hockey, she is determined to make the boys team. Despite several complaints, a sexist coach and harassment from some of the boys about her being a princess and not being tough enough to play, one person stands by her. Jacob Peca, the teams’ leading scorer, is the only person who believes in Kelly. He supports her, befriends her, and teaches her some of his moves. Pretty soon she’s on the team, but the coach only gives her minimum ice time. Jacob helps her prove herself, make new friends and impress the coach. This is a story of fitting in, capturing your goals, and standing up for what you believe in. Kelly started off fourth liner, and by the end of the year was second top scorer, next to Jacob. She surprised the coach, earned the respect of all the boys, and captured some interest from a few scouts. Cornwall knows Kelly Ouderkirk, and now, so does Toronto. This year was full of challenges that Kelly had to overcome, what will she achieve next year?

Sponsorship: I believe The Toronto Academy of Acting and Me to We Style should sponsor ‘The Big Leagues’ because of several reasons. ‘The Big Leagues’ will be a Canadian series filmed in Toronto, and therefore, will promote The Toronto Academy of Acting by hiring some of their students and graduates and showing off their capabilities from which they received from attending The Toronto Academy of Acting. Me to We Style will also benefit from this amazing opportunity by show-casing their incredible lines of both men and women clothing. Due to the fact that this is a series about hockey, their comfy hoodies and tees will be a perfect match for the athletic atmosphere. I believe this is a great opportunity for both potential sponsors, as it show-cases their businesses and promotes a healthy active living.

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For my Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good video, I chose to do a video about anti-bullying. I chose this because, as it is also my platform, I believe that everyone deserves to have a fair shot at life without being put down. No matter how you dress, what you look like, who you’re friends with, shouldn’t affect whether you will be teased or not. I think that life is hard enough without constant ridicule. Bullying is a huge problem in our society, and people need to become more aware of it, so we can stop it faster! Some facts about bullying from stopabully.ca

  • One in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying
  • 25% of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied
  • Adults who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression in adulthood.
  • 25% of girls and 17% of boys have witnessed online harassment

There is so much going on right infront of our eyes that we are blind to see. Bullying takes places in every city, in every school, and in our daily lives. We need to put a stop to it, and make everyone feel important! I believe that being different is what makes life so great, there’s no one like you, and that should be celebrated, not put down. Stand up to bullying! You are the change you want to see!

p.s. Please vote for my video for the LGDGFG Aveda Video Challenge!

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

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If I could go anywhere in the world I would travel to Italy because of the rich culture, amazing food and incredible sights. Being such an old country, it is full of antique wonders. I would take my four bestfriends Jessica Lefebvre, Summer Graveley, Elenore Breslow and Micaela Wylie-Arbic with me, because together we are unstopable. We all love adventure and exploring new places and trying new things. Some might say we’re a bit crazy! But “the purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiance,”(Elenore Roosevelt).

Some of the things I would want to do in Italy would be walking on the old stone in the Roman Colosseum, visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and making a wish in the Trevi Fountain to name a few. I would also love to hike up one of their old volcanos such as Etna, or Vesuvius, that have been there for thousands of years, and explore the deep, dark caves hidden within their walls. The possiblitities of different adventues we would have in Italy together are endless. The Vatican would be one of my main attractions. The history and age of all the paintings, sculptures and marble is fascinating and extrodinary. To think that every little detail, in every corner and on every ceiling, was hand-made is mind-blowing. Their are so many different places and buildings and structures to see in Italy I wouldn’t know where to begin my trip.

Italian food is so unique and appealing because of the combinations of flavour and spices. I would love to taste the fresh food that comes from the Tuscan farms, smell the warm bread coming out of the oven at a local bakery, take a sip of their antique wine from a local vineyard and savour a bite of cold gelato. Flavour, freshness, originality and spice is what Italy is known for around the world. The pasta, the breads, and the wine are all things that make Italy such a great destination!

I think that travelling to Italy would be the experiance of a life time, and with my friends by my side, the experiance could only get better! Enjoying the warm sun on our cheeks, feeling the cool wind in our hair while riding a vespa, or meeting a cute Italian boy. I hope that one day I will be able to go to this marvelous land, see these extrordinary landmarks and experience the amazing culture.

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

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

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Life isn’t about FINDING yourself, life is about CREATING yourself!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined

He conquers who endures

We must become the change we want to see

There are so many people in the world who are going to tell you you can’t, what you’ve got to do is turn around and say “watch me”.

Every second is a chance to turn your life around.

When you’re ready, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

YOU are the creator of your own destiny.

Fall SEVEN times, stand up EIGHT!

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.

Rise above the storm, and you will find the sunshine.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, your right.

You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose. I’m sorry to say, but sadly it’s true, that hang-ups and bang-ups will happen to you. And will you succeed? Yes indeed! Yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three quarters percent guarenteed! A person’s a person no matter how small. Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. You are you, now isn’t that pleasant?

Lots of love, keep your head high,
Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012
xoxo

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“Together we can change the world!” That’s the belief of the Free The Children Organization. A world where the smallest people make the biggest difference. It’s the largest network of children helping children! International child rights activist Craig Kielburger started this organization at the amazing age of 12 years old, back in 1995. He encouraged an entire generation to “stand up and make their voices heard”. His powerful messages and incredible speeches have empowered millions of youth to show the world they have a voice and that their voice is important.

Free The Children makes a difference every year by Me To We trips, Adopt a village projects, We Day and plenty more! Me to We trips “transforms people into world changers, one action and experience at a time”. Adopt a village projects “lift communities out of poverty — one school, one medical clinic, one clean water well at a time”. We Day is “the movement of our time – a movement of young people leading local and global change”. With plenty of different speeches, movements, and international projects, Free The Children is a powerful organization in our world. It all started with a thought, which became an idea, which became a small project, which inspired people, and finally became a global phenomenon.

If you would like to become a part of the Free The Children organization, donate or learn more about them, visit www.freethechildren.com

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

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To promote my platform of Anti-Bullying, I created Bucks Against Bullying! Basically, I purchased a few coin boxes with a sign, as shown in the picture, and placed the boxes at local shops throughout my city. After a few months I will be picking up the boxes and donating all the money to the Canadian Red Cross and their anti-bullying campaign. I believe this is a great idea because it not only gives money to those who need it, it also promotes anti-bullying around the communtity and let’s people know that it will not be tolerated. Life is hard enough as is, nobody needs extra stress by people putting them down. Remember, if you see it, you can stop it! Stand up against bullying!

Lots of Love,
Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012
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L-R, MP Guy Lauzon, Myself, MPP Jim MacDonell

This past Canada Day was very important in my hometown of Cornwall, Ontario, not because Canada celebrated it’s 145 birthday, but because Cornwall was celebrating our 50th Canada Day Celebration. A man named Norm Lalonde started the celebrations 50 years ago by raising money himself and organizing a small celebration that included some music and a few firecrackers. It amazes me that even after he past away earlier in the year, we are still able to carry on his traditions.

Some of the creative costumes seen at the park!

I am honoured that I was able to be a part of such an amazing accomplishment for Cornwall. All in all, it was a great day! At the bandshell and park, there were local bands and dancers performing, magic acts, a petting zoo, face paint and blow up rides for everybody to enjoy. As seen in the picture, some people got very dressed up! My favourite part though was at 10 o’clock when they lit off the fireworks! After such an amazing day at the park, all I could think of was how great Canada is. Canada provides a comfortable standard of living, good health care, social security, public education, low crime rates, a stable and growing economy, and a clean environment. But the best part is that Canada represents freedom! I had a wonderful Canada day, and I am a proud Canadian! eh!

Lots of love,
Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012
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This past Saturday, to raise money for Free The Children, I hosted a Princess Tea Party! Every princess paid 10$ at the door, which allowed them to decorate a cupcake, make a tiara, have a cup of iced tea, make a bracelet, colour a princess picture, and get their nails painted! We had the music blasting, and everybody singing along, while enjoying a fun girls day. I believe this was a great success, because on top of raising 200$ for Free The Children, it allowed all the little girls to feel like royalty. I believe it is important, once in a while, no matter what age, to have a day dedicated to you, allowing you to feel important. The tea party not only allowed the girls to spend the day being pampered, it also allowed them to dress up and spend the day with their friends. Even though I was probably 10 years older than all the girls, I had lots of fun painting their nails, and singing along with them! I would definately host another Princess Tea Party, it was worth all the preparation and work. I would also at this time like to thank The Benson Center for allowing me to host the party in one of their halls. Without them, this would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all of my friends and mother, for dressing up and volunteering. It is nice to know I have such great support on my journey to Miss Teen Canada, and all the other one’s I may take.

Love always,
Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012
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One of my main appearances during my reign as Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012 was attending the I Am Woman Conference held at The Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario. This conference was so important because it empowered women in many different aspects. It was a day filled with many speakers, life-coaches, health and fitness instructors and a lot of great shopping! With the help of the different guests throughout the day, the conference taught the women about respecting their bodies and being happy with the life they have been given. It was my privilege to help the different vendors and speakers with their presentations. My sister and I attended the conference together, along with many other mothers, daughters and sisters. The main message the conference portrayed was the strength and power women have, and how important they are in today’s society. I believe this conference was very benificial to the women who attended because I believe a lot of women are insecure with themselves and the conference was a great way to teach natural beauty, confidence and self-respect. I had a great time, and will definately be attending next year and encouraging other women to tag along with me!

Till next time,
Kelly Ouderkirk- Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012
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