Kelly Ouderkirk Competing for Miss Teen Canada World
Cornwall, ON - Cornwall's Kelly Ouderkirk is competing with 79 of Canada’s best and brightest teen-aged women for the title of Miss Teen Canada-World 2012.
The contest runs from July 14-21 in Toronto, and Kelly is busy this week engaging in fundraising and leadership challenges. The final competition takes place on Saturday, July 21th at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theater at 8:00pm.
Kelly drove up to Toronto for her whirlwind week with her mother, and is keeping track of her experiences on her competition blog.
"It was everything I expected and more!" said Kelly. "All my worries went away after we arrived and I met all the beautiful young ladies. They are all as unique and full of energy as I was, excited for the week to get started!"
Born and raised in Cornwall, Kelly is in the contest representing Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry.
"It's nice to be representing such an awesome town with such great support!" says Kelly.
The natural born athlete has been involved in many different sports since the age of four, but it is hockey and soccer that she excels in. She has helped her teams win four provincial medals for hockey and one eastern Ontario medal for soccer. Her passion for sports has spilled over into here spare time, much which she devotes to volunteering as a referee.
Academically, Kelly has maintained honour roll status each and every school year and is fluent in French and English. Her teachers often comment on her drive and passion for learning.
Kelly also loves modelling and acting. Kelly is planning a career in acting and has a goal of attending the Toronto Film School when she graduates. She has been involved in local theatre and fashion shows, attended workshops and conventions and has had contracts with Stylus Canada and Mode-Elle.
"I would like to be a positive role model in the community," says Kelly. "Hopefully I can be someone for young kids to look up to and learn from."
People can help Kelly in her dreams by voting for her on the competition website:
Now in its fifth year, this years contest is the biggest yet. The girls face rigorous competition as they step up to the stage in hopes of becoming Canada’s next beauty and goodwill ambassador.
“Our motto is to ‘be your own kind of beautiful’ and that is reflected in every sense of the word,” says Michelle Weswaldi, Director of Miss Teen Canada-World. “It takes a lot more than a pretty smile to win the contest. It takes, brains, confidence and leadership.”
Weswaldi prides the pageant on its resonating core values like charitable involvement, personal growth and leadership, all mixed with a healthy dose of competition. Recognizing the sometimes-warranted negative stigma attached to pageants, Miss Teen Canada-World is committed to setting the highest standards of competition compared to other pageant systems. As a result, Miss Teen Canada-World is Canada’s most recognized competition of its kind.
“These are not your typical beauty queens,” says Weswaldi. Ninety-five per cent of the contestants have never entered a pageant before. Miss Teen Canada-World 2008 winner, Katie Starke, was a hockey-playing tomboy who had never walked in high heels before entering the competition.
With a strong social responsibility component to the contest, each Miss Teen Canada-World contestant is required to fundraise individually for the international children’s charity, Free The Children through local sponsors in their communities. Each winner of Miss Teen Canada-World has the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world to visit the projects they have supported and to see first-hand the impacts of their fundraising with Free The Children. To date, the Miss Teen Canada- World organization has raised over $190,000 for Free The Children.