Today is National Happiness Happens Day! What makes you happy?

There are many things that make me happy. I can’t just choose one. My amazing family works hard to keep me happy each and every day and they’ve never failed. I couldn’t be more grateful for everything that they’ve done for me. I’m so blessed to be apart of a huge family, who love me and support me in everything I do. I don’t know what I’d do without you guys.

Believe it or not, going to school makes me happy. Waking up early every day might not be the fun part, nor is getting a lot of homework. In the end, it’s worth it if you push yourself hard enough. Maintaining high honours is a lot of work, but if you study hard you can accomplish your goals. Every year, I push myself to get that honour roll certificate, and when I get that certificate I’m felicitous! I’m so proud of myself and look back at all the work I’ve done to accomplish this. School keeps me going, and I set new goals for myself every time I accomplish one. When I accomplish my goals that’s what makes me happy.

All of my friends make me happy. I get to see most of them at school. My two best friends, Léa and Jasmine have been friends with me for what feels like forever. I’m also lucky to have stayed in contact with my best friend Sabrine since we were 18 months old. After, I moved away we were worried we would lose our amazing bond, but turns out we were wrong. I’m so grateful to have them in my life. They’ve helped me get through a lot and give me advice when I need it. Spending time with them makes me happy because whenever we hang out or talk we are always laughing and having fun! Most importantly, no matter what has happened we have always stayed together through thick and thin. That’s what best friends are for, am I right?

VACATION makes me happy! I love traveling every year with my parents and brothers. Every time we go on vacation we always have fun with each other. We like to go somewhere different every year, but we’ve had the most fun in Punta Cana. We’ve traveled there twice but two different resorts. The water parks are what makes it really fun. Family vacations are very relaxing. When we are all relaxed, we are all happy!

 

 

 

 

Saint Columba House makes me ecstatic. Every time I see them, I always have a smile on my face! The children bring out the kid in me and keep the day going. It’s really fun spending time with all of the amazing staff. They’ve all been super supportive and welcoming. I’m happy that I’ve chosen Saint Columba House for my platform and so thankful for everything they’ve taught me.

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, pageants make me happy. This is my first time competing in a pageant, and I’ve never been happier with the experience. Entering the Miss Teenage Canada pageant has taught me a lot. I can’t wait to learn more during the week I’m in Toronto. Being selected Miss Teenage Island of Montreal has been one of my greatest accomplishments. I was very excited when I heard my number get called up to receive my crown! I knew at that moment it was just the beginning of something great. This pageant has brought so much excitement to my life and I’m grateful for all of my supporters who have been on this incredible journey with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cordially,

Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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Hey everyone! As most of you know I’ve been working with Saint Columba House to help empower their community. Tuesday and Wednesday I offered to volunteer as a counselor at Saint Columba House for the children’s summer camp. As soon as I walked in, everyone was so happy to see me again. I also saw Emilie, who was organizing the groups and checking attendance. The kids get divided into three age groups such as; five to six, seven to eight, and nine to ten. I was so lucky to be with such an amazing group of kids ages from five to six. Their classroom had all kinds of toys, games, books and an art wall…it was so cute! I worked with five other counselors; Mea, Maria, Ryan, Zujanshan, and Kim. They were all very friendly and welcoming. Our day started at 9 am and ended at 3 pm. During the day, everyone is always busy, so the day passes quickly when you’re having fun!

✍The kids love to draw🖌

Day 1: It was my first day and I’ve never been a counselor before, so I didn’t know what to expect. When I got there Emilie, the alternate school teacher gave me my group. That’s when I met Mea, super nice and friendly. She’s so patient and the kids love her. She showed me the classroom, introduced me to the other counselors, and showed me the schedule. The morning was pretty relaxing. All the kids stayed in their pajamas because it was PJ day. The seven to eight group also joined with our group where they watched Big Hero 6. The kids also had the option to draw, if they didn’t want to watch the movie. After the movie, we separated and the kids ate lunch. Then, we got the kids changed into their bathing suits. It’s really hot outdoors, especially for the kids, therefore they go to the pool every day. Once they were changed in their swimsuits, to keep track, all of the kids had to put on Saint Columba House t-shirts. Ryan got the rope to keep the kids all together on the walk to the metro. Everyone got on the metro and they behaved really well! Then we finally arrived at Saint-Henri pool. The children were really excited to get in the pool, but water safety is always important. Kids who needed life jackets had to put on life jackets, and every kid had to put on red bracelets. It was nice to be in the pool again supervising all the kids. I love swimming and lifeguarding, but most importantly helping Saint Columba House with an extra set of eyes to watch the kids! We stayed there for a couple of hours until it was ready to get the kids changed again and ready to go. By then it was already 3 and it was time for parents to come pick up their kids, and say goodbye. The kids were curious to see if I was coming back the next day, and I was so glad to say yes!

Saint Columba House Tees!💚

Big Hero 6📽 + Lunch😋

 

Always together👫

At the Subway🚇

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: I was so excited to wake up and get back to the kids! Our day started right away. We decided to spend the day at the Aquadome in La Salle. While we were waiting for all the kids to arrive, Ryan, Mea, Kim, Zujanshan and I played with the kids in the gym. They love zombie tag! As soon as all the kids arrived, they put on their green tees and we were ready to go. This time we took the city bus. When we arrived, several camps were also at the Aquadome. We helped the kids get undressed and get their swimsuits on. Next, we rinsed off and took showers before entering the pool. The kids burned lots of energy at the pool and swam a lot. Later, we had lunch and went back into the pool for an hour. Then, we got changed to take the city bus again. We got back to Saint Columba House thirty minutes early. In the meantime we let the kids play board games, use the building blocks and draw. Kim also got the kids freezies, which they were happy about. Snack time resulted in sticky fingers and faces…lol! After, it was time to say my last goodbye. I really didn’t want to leave them, nor did they want me to leave. But I’d say saying goodbye is the hardest part of being a counselor.

Selfie time with Violetta🤩💖

Yum Freezies!😏

They are so concentrated😏

🎲Board games with Calvin, Emmanuel, and Violetta🎲

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so much fun volunteering and spending time with the kids. I learned a lot about what it takes to be a C.I.T and the importance of having patience. Saint Columba House makes these children so happy, and they are so lucky to have such amazing people surrounding them. I’m happy to be able to support them and giving them the help they need. I love hanging out with them and seeing them smile. It makes my day. After spending these past two days with them, I’m really looking forward to being a counselor next year. This way I can be with the children every day. It’ll be a good way to start my day and a good way to end. I can’t wait to get back to Saint Columba House after the pageant! Hopefully with a bigger crown and sash!

💕Second Family💕

Cordially,

Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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Hey everyone! As most of you know I recently came back from Boston. During my trip, I visited some of the landmarks of Boston and took the opportunity on taking lots of pictures. With all the amazing photos, I thought why to let them go to waste when you can share your experiences with everyone. I decided to put together a cute little vlog of what I did, and the places I visited during my time in Boston. The link is below👇 Hope all of you enjoy it and see how much fun I had!

https://www.facebook.com/100016969873332/videos/287320868510240/

Cordially,

Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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Hey everyone! I recently just came back from Boston and I had an amazing time site seeing and visiting the landmarks of Boston. I’ve always been in love with traveling and every year my family and I go on family vacations. We try to go somewhere different every year. I’ve been to Hawaii, Florida, Bermuda, Mexico, Gaspésie, Quebec City, Lake George, Punta Cana, e.t.c. I’m so excited to say that next summer we are going to Portugal! I’ve never been to Portugal and it’s always been a dream of mine to visit Portugal and my family’s culture. My family was born in Portugal and they get to go every summer. I’ve always wanted to experience what my family got to experience. I’ve also heard that Portugal is beautiful and has amazing food. I love food and always like trying new things. This vacation will definitely be worth the flight and will certainly be the best!

June 8th, 2018, my mom and I drove to Boston to drop my brother off at camp. I woke up around 9:00 in the morning, we packed up the car and started our six-hour drive. We stopped for breakfast at Tim Hortons and I had a cream-cheese bagel with an iced capp. After an hour, we reached the border. 

The drive was really long, so I occupied myself with my favourite book “Breaking Away” by Patrick O’Sullivan and my favourite tv show series Suits. Reading and watching Netflix is my favourite ways to pass time. I also took the opportunity of taking many photos and videos during the drive. I love anything that has to do with photography, but love sharing my experiences with others.

Once we arrived, we dropped my brother off at camp at Boston University. I got to see Nickerson Field. After, we met with our friend from Connecticut, Melanie Grossbard. She really made the trip fun with her amazing energy and cheerful spirit. We checked into our room at the Hotel Commonwealth. We left our luggage in the room and then left for dinner.

For dinner, I ate at the Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.  I had calamari as an appetizer and grilled cheese. It was really good, but wasn’t full yet! For dessert, I went to the Cask n Flagon. I ordered a hot fudge brownie sundae and no words can describe how good it was. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be that big… nothing compared to the food portions in Montreal. I’m used to a small brownie and a cup of ice cream, but this was massive. I wasn’t even able to eat it all cause I was so full!

June 9th, 2018, I came across some beautiful attractions. In the morning, I went to Starbucks and tried the new mango dragon fruit refresher. It was really sweet and perfect to start another day in Boston. I visited the Boston Red Sox fan store, Fenway Park, Boston Arts University, The England School of Photography and Mike’s Pastry!  My favourite place was Mike’s Pastry. They legit have everything! Cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake, fudge, brownies, cakes, cannolis…you name it’s there. I melted when I first walked into the little shop, it was like heaven! For dinner, my mom and I ate at the Boston House of Pizza and it was really different, yet really good. Boston makes their pizza very crunchy whereas in Montreal ours is very thin and all you can really taste is the gooey cheese. Everyone has their preferences but Montreal pizza hits the spot. For dessert, I had a caramel pecan cheesecake from Mike’s Pastry. I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake, but this cheesecake was the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted! My mom and I also wanted to try some other desserts. I ordered a chocolate covered cannoli and my mom ordered a carrot cupcake. Both were really good, but I like to go light on the sweets which makes the cheesecake my favourite!

I had a fun time visiting Harvard Square. I got to visit Harvard University. Attending Harvard University is one of my biggest goals in life. I always study hard and put all of my school assignments first. I continue to work really hard and move one step at a time with pursuing my dreams of attending Harvard Medical School and becoming a successful doctor! Sadly after visiting Harvard, it was time to leave Boston and head home😔 I had a great time visiting Boston and I’d definitely do it again! The next time I visit Boston I’ll get more of that amazing caramel pecan cheesecake, and take photos…of course!

Cordially,

Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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Hey everyone! As most of you know I’ve been working with Saint Columba House to help empower the community of Pointe Saint Charles. I’ve been having such an amazing time working with the amazing staff. To help with the community, I’ve been collecting children books, perishable food items, and monetary donations. Thanks to the community of Baie-D’Urfé and Beurling Academy High School in LaSalle we’ve already collected around a thousand books. I was so happy to drop the books off to Saint Columba House. They will be making a brand new library and will be adding lots of bookshelves in the fall! I’m delighted and humbled to know that I helped contribute to such a great room.

Mr. and Mrs. Denver from Baie-D’Urfé donated to Saint Columba House. They took interest and even read about Saint Columba House who was very delighted with the generous donation. Also, there was another generous donation from Kathy and Grant Gehlsen Jr.

I strongly believe every child should be able to read. Literature allows you to learn many things like biology, science, math, gospel, life lessons, etc. It also allows for a child to dream and for a tiny moment to embrace something positive. Just one book can make a difference in a child’s life. Reading is an amazing thing and every child should be able to learn how to read and as well have books read to them. Saint Columba House will be expanding their library this year, so the kids in the after-school program will benefit from many books to read. Can’t wait to see how the library turns out and how excited the kids will be!

The hand-in-hand program created an amazing novel ‘Toby to the rescue’. They worked extremely hard on the illustrations and created a captivating novel for children.

I also dropped off the perishable food items! I think it’s extremely important for everyone to be able to have food and be well fed. Many of us are very lucky whereas many aren’t as fortunate. But I’ve been willing to change that by raising perishable food items, children’s books, and monetary donations. Saint Columba House is very happy with the donations they’ve been receiving and that I’ve chosen Saint Columba House as my platform. I feel so accepted by them and happy that they have embraced me into there Columba House family.

June 19th, I dropped fresh croissants to the workers of Saint Columba House. They work very hard at what they do and deserve appreciation.

I spent the morning with Lisa Byer-de Wever at Saint Columba House. She gave me an amazing tour and expressed how important Saint Columba House is to her. Lisa works extremely hard and shows great passion for Saint Columba House. Her three goals are justice, empowerment, and education. With these three goals, everyone can concur with what they are set out to do. I was emotionally moved to hear her speak about Saint Columba House. They are lacking in volunteer help. They need help with painting, gardening, cooking, tutoring, mentoring, etc. They can never have too many volunteers! I met with some more amazing staff like Mat Forget who takes over Bill’s Community Bike Shop. Mat fixes the bikes that are donated to Saint Columba house. A lot of the transportation used is by bicycle. He also teaches a hands-on workshop to teach kids how to change a flat or a brake line, so if anyone has old bikes don’t be shy to contribute them to an amazing cause. He also helps keep the old parts from the bikes out of the garbage. I met with Emilie Jacques who takes care of the children’s day camp and schooling. They have such a great room for the kids. Also, Adams Dion-Bernard who takes care of the Café Pronto program. During the day the community can come in hang out and have a coffee. Only fifty cents and have a great conversation! Last week I met with Patrick de Gruyter who is the project coordinator, Joseph Olasina who is the caretaker, and Alhadji Aché and Julia Yon who take care of the community lunch program, where they make healthy and fresh lunches for everyone. I met with Melissa Chamberlain who takes care of the hand-in-hand program. Melissa works really hard and is so connected with her group. They really embraced me from day one and got to take pictures with all of them. They love their photos taken and I was pleased to pose for the photos. I met with more of the hand-in-hand group and I decided to give the monetary donations to this group. The reason why I chose the hand-in-hand for this donation is that they were the first group that I got to meet with. I got to tell them about the amazing title I have and of course that I’m going to help with empowering their community. Smiles, clapping, and thank you’s lit up the room. That was the first time I ever felt so appreciated with my title and it felt amazing. Seeing their smiles every day warm my heart and even bring me tears. That feeling will make me continue with Saint Columba House even after my title is over. One visit to Saint Columba House and you too will feel the warmth that I felt. Absolutely a great community center! From Bees to Teens as Lisa says!😆

 

 

Saint Columba House welcomes all children of all ages. They treat them like family and you feel right at home. Saint Columba House works very hard to empower their community and make it even better. They work with other schools with after-school programs, bilingual programs, and homework tutoring. Saint Columba House accepts people from all backgrounds and all different languages. They even offer their pamphlets in many different languages such as; English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew, and many more. Many children enter Saint Columba House either anglophone or francophone, but they teach the children both languages. I think that is really amazing. They also have discussions about how to control your emotions, what consent is for one person to another, bullying, body image and health. They believe children should learn these things from a young age to be aware of the changes to their body and being able to express emotions to others. Their goal is to empower children and youth with education, and by providing twenty-six amazing programs for the children, youth, and seniors, this allows for them to learn and be prepared for anything in life.

The children of Saint Columba House enjoy participating in art projects like painting. They were very creative when the community asked: “What does Saint Columba House mean to you?”

Saint Columba House has created their own garden. They plant trees and many fruits and veggies to be able to empower the environment of Saint Columba House. The fresh fruits and veggies are also used in their kitchen. They even have bee hives and make their own honey! They have a coffee house, ‘Café Pronto’ where they allow everyone to talk and sit down for coffee and fresh food. Saint Columba House provides hot meals for two dollars and has a pass of twenty meals for thirty dollars. Many people who aren’t able to provide food for themselves come for a nutritious and filling hot meal. Not only do they come for the meal, they come to communicate with their friends, who they see as their family. Instead of being home alone and having no one to talk to, the community joins together because they love communicating with one another. They feel comfortable enough around each other and treat each other like family. For me, this is really rare, not many people are able to have a place and talk with other people. Many are alone, have no home, no food, and no family. This is really sad, and Saint Columba House gives their community that chance. Everyone is welcome! Even if you are new they treat you as a family, and Saint Columba House is another place that I call home. When I introduced myself and told the community that I wanted to help and empower the community of Saint Columba House they were beyond excited and has welcomed me ever since. As soon as I walked through that door…smiles. Always smiling and greeting to everyone. Saint Columba House isn’t just a place, it’s a home to everyone.

Saint Columba House welcomes you with opening arms!😁

“Seeking justice through empowerment, education, action, and providing a safe space and resources for the community to achieve these goals”

Cordially,
Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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Hello, Bonjour, & Bem Vindo Canada! My name is Morganna, and I’m fifteen years old. I was born in Montreal and live in Baie-D’Urfé. I attend Beaconsfield High School in secondary 3 and maintain high honours. May 24, 2018, I received most outstanding student in French. I have two brothers ages eleven and six, which makes me the oldest. I like being the oldest because my brothers look up to me and I enjoy being a role model for them. I enjoy being the only girl and which makes me the princess in the house. I love spending time with my family and celebrating family events. I have amazing parents who are very supportive and help my brothers and me with anything we need. I dream to be a doctor and love science. I study really hard to be able to accomplish my dreams. I’m also a junior lifeguard, I have my bronze medallion and bronze cross. At sixteen I will work hard to get my nationals. In my free time, I babysit, go swimming, spend time with friends, and help out with my community. I’m half Irish and half Portuguese. I speak English, French and a little bit of Portuguese. My father immigrated from Portugal and I enjoy celebrating family traditions and following the Portuguese culture. I’m very passionate in everything I do and work really hard to succeed.

I’m so honoured to be named Miss Teenage Montreal 2018! May 20th, 2018 I was selected to be one of the regional finalists to represent my city. I received the title of Miss Teenage Island of Montreal which allows me to make a difference in my community and to my platform. I was so ecstatic to receive such an amazing opportunity. Going into this pageant I was really eager and confident. My perseverance, hard work, and confidence have got me where I am today. I’ve never been so proud to hold this title and to represent Montreal. I’m looking forward to making positive changes to my community and most importantly to be the role model I’ve always wanted to be for society.

 

My platform is to empower the community of Pointe St. Charles. I’ll host a “House Party” and raise money, collect non-perishable food items, and children’s books for Saint Columba House. Saint Columba House offers a variety of programs for kids such as; meal take-out, after-school program, community lunch, and hand-in-hand. I understand vividly the difference Saint Columba House makes in its community because my grandfather grew up in Pointe Saint Charles. I’ll continue to help out with this foundation yearly to help build awareness of the excellent programs that Saint Columba House offers. I think it’s important for children to be able to read, have food, and be able to have the things that we are so fortunate to have. Many people aren’t very fortunate and many don’t realize how lucky some of us are. I’m very fortunate to live in such an amazing community like Baie-D’Urfé, and I’m happy to be helping another community with much bigger needs than ours.

So far with my title, I’m proud to say that I have donated four hundred dollars to Saint Columba House. It was such an amazing feeling to give away money for a better cause. Saint Columba House was very happy with the generous donation and I will continue to give my support. I also got to meet with the elderly’s and they were very excited to have me speak with them. I am excited to meet with the children in July and help out with the variety of programs that Saint Columba House offers. I have collected over a thousand books, non-perishable food items and delivered flyers. My community is aware of my platform and will stand behind me to help Saint Columba House.

Cordially,

Your Miss Teenage Island of Montreal, Morganna🇨🇦

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