Every time with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, I would always learn a lot of things.

Volunteering for Canada's Federal Election

Volunteering for Canada’s Federal Election

Last summer, I was volunteering for the liberal party of Canada and the federal election. All along the process and by Mr. Trudeau’s side, I see how hard working this leader truly is. I truly felt inspired.

Volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada along mr. Trudeau's side

Volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada along mr. Trudeau’s side

Later, I feel so happy to have his support for my newly founded anti-bullying association in BC, called “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA).” Mr. Trudeau was so encouraging about what I am doing that he decided to be the “HONORARY PRESIDENT” of the association to empower and inspire more youth! He is truly a great role model for teens to look up to.

"Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)" is an anti-bullying association founded by Evangeline Lou

“Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)” is an anti-bullying association founded by Evangeline Lou

Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for "Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)"

Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)”

This year I feel so lucky to be invited to his Trudeau’s Elite house dinner with my new “Miss Teenage Vancouver” title that I haven’t told him about😄(Haha, I wanted it to be a surprise). Anyways, His “so good to see you again” and his big warm hug was still that familiar and kind.

Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau Elite Home Dinner

Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau Elite Home Dinner

Not only with Mr. Trudeau, I also had a great conversation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum. Mr. McCallum was also very encouraging towards what I am doing. I feel so honoured to meet so many great leaders through this event. Thanks to this home dinner, my first time experience in Toronto was just simply valuable and amazing!

 

had a great conversation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum

had a great conversation with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum

Can’t wait to see you again, Toronto. =)

Live honestly, freely, and passionately!

Lots of Love,

Evangeline

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Hello lovelies,

my name is Evangeline, and I feel so honoured and blessed to be able to represent my lovely hometown as the new Miss Teenage Vancouver!IMG_1497-20509_28

 

Today, I will be sharing with you about who I am=).

My life have always been very vacillating. From primary school, I have been studying alone in different cities. Just my high school career, I have studied in three different countries and five different cities. The diverse experience trained me with an ability to adapt to new experience rapidly and rendered me with an unique and dimensional viewpoint. Studying alone in different cities taught me how to be independent. However, the experience also made me a susceptible bullied target as a new student during the time. Despite feeling devastated at first, I was able to make the negative experience into a positive stepping stone. Anti-bullying have always been one of my biggest beliefs and my main platform. I have just founded my own anti-bullying society in BC called “Help Stop Bullying International Association”  (Justin Trudeau as the society’s Honorary President).

Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for "Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)"

Evangeline Certifying Mr. Trudeau as the Honorary President for “Help Stop Bullying International Association (HSBIA)”

Circling back to my beloved Country Canada and my beautiful hometown Vancouver, I have been engaging myself passionately in school and in the community.

In school, I am a straight A student with an average of 93%-97% and a 5 or 4 score on 6 APs in total. Despite the overloaded courses, I was able to balance my passion with my academics. Outside of academics, I am also the Student Council Secretary and President for multiple clubs. Outside of school, I also passionately engage in volunteering with organizations, winning music competitions, performing for different events, etc.

Evangeline and The Prime Minister while she was volunteering for Federal Election

Evangeline volunteering for the Federal Election

I am very passionate. I believe a person without passion is basically dead inside. I have a lot of passions, and my biggest passion is music. I started playing the piano at the age of 4, learned ballet and Chinese traditional dance at the age of 6, and also taught myself how to play guitar and ukulele later on. However, when I first wrote my original song, my whole world changed. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to write your own melodies to convey emotions that cannot be express through words. I started to fall in love with song-writing. Constantly writing songs was the water to my soul. The feeling of creating a melody of your own was ineffable! Being strongly influenced by music at a young age, I realize that music became a inseparable part of me. Gradually, it became a habit, a hobby, a company, and then to a belief. If I did not sing or  write any songs for one day, I will feel empty inside. Music really shaped the person I am today. I cannot imagine who I will be like without music.

Evangeline as the Winner for Vancouver Youth Talent Showdown

Evangeline as the Winner for Vancouver Youth Talent Showdown

At first, music have always been something personal to me. I never really shared my music with others. However, after a few years, I start to realize that passion without a positive purpose is useless. I begin to make my passion an “external” thing instead of an “internal” one. Not only did I started to enter singing and songwriting competitions (such as The Voice of China, Vancouver Youth Talent Showdown, Solid Gold Singing Competition etc.), but I also started to write/record/perform numerous original songs for societal issues (such as environmental problems, bullying issues, gender equality etc). I was invited to  write/record an original campaign song for a MP candidate while volunteering for Canada’s Federal Election. I also wrote,recorded, and produced an original song for the community’s “Earth Day.” In addition, I often volunteer to perform for many charity and fundraising events.

(Below is a song I wrote, produced, and recorded for “Earth Day” called “To Mother Earth.” I hope you will like it =) )

Contributing my talents to the community made me feel satisfied, content, and truly happy. I felt this strong feeling again when I started to compete in Miss Teenage Canada. It is such a great competition for young talented and kind-hearted youth to gather together and spread their love on this stage. I hope to express my passions, what I believe as the true definition of beauty, and my anti-bullying beliefs on this platform!

Evangeline Singing as the Guest performer for famous Chinese Singer, Johnny Jiang)

Evangeline Singing as the Guest performer for famous Chinese Singer, Johnny Jiang)

Evangeline Singing for RESPON Charity night (fundraising event for Canadian Red Cross)

Evangeline Singing for RESPON Charity night (fundraising event for Canadian Red Cross)

Now, I am so excited to take a step further on to my next journey with MTC.  I hope to challenge myself by being the next MTC to continue to “be inspired” by others and also “to inspire” others!

Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau Elite Home Dinner

Evangeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Trudeau Elite Home Dinner

At Trudeau's Elite Home Dinner

At Trudeau’s Elite Home Dinner

Thank you to all the ones who supported me and thank you to Miss Teenage Canada and the people there. I have no doubt that this will be a valuable journey that I will remember for the rest of my life!

Evangeline competing in The Voice of China

Evangeline competing in The Voice of China

Thanks again and stay tuned for more blogs and updates=)

Live honestly, freely, and passionately!

Lots of love,

Evangeline

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You know what sounds really awesome after an exciting but long day at the zoo?

Burritos and Tacos!

Very friendly service!

Very friendly service!

We gathered our crowns and sashes with ecstatic enthusiasm in our tour bus to get ready for this delicious meal. We felt like an attraction as the 80-90 of us filed into the mall – people looked and pointed, smiled and clapped, and urged us to do the “pageant wave”. Cameras flashed as we get to the Richtree Taco Bus in Eaton Centre Mall, making our grand entrance.

The first thing we noticed was the amazingly decorated bus, and the cheerful manager. He welcomed us to pick anything off the menu, plus a drink – which was so nice of him!

Before the food is even made, it was obvious that the service was five-star quality. There were cooks, who take the order and make the tacos/burritos, and a manager person who monitored the outflow of burritos and kept the making on track. As they were making food for so many girls, the wait for mine was a bit longer, but I didn’t mind it at all.

A photo with the cute Bus!

A photo with the cute Bus!

The selection of food was not huge, but I love that. I like it when restaurants/buses know what they are best at making, and just specialize in those. It also makes choosing a lot easier!

I am pedestrian, and so there was the fish taco or the Heart of Palm veggie burrito to choose from. Curious, I picked the Heart of Palm – and it was amazing!! The ingredients are listed on the menu board, which was very helpful. I cannot remember exactly what they were, but the taste was a mix of sour and hints of spice – I have never had anything like it before. Made with authentic, local, and in-season ingredients, I felt good about the food going down to my stomach too.

Group table shot - sorry it's blurry; selfies are hard!

Group table shot – sorry it’s blurry; selfies are hard!

Thank you again to Richtree Market Taco Bus – we had a wonderful time eating and enjoying ourselves there!

Check out Richtree! Website: http://richtreenaturalmarket.com

Facebook: /RichtreeMarket

Twitter: @RichtreeMarket

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P.S. Preliminary competition is coming up in several hours – crazy! My parents are in the hotel already, which is awesome. Waiting for hair and makeup time now. This will be my final blog post before we go off – I am so excited!!

Looking forward to the fun night, and hoping that everyone back home is having a FANTASTIC day!

Shirley L

Miss Teenage Vancouver

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About My Platform and What I Did:

My platform is the empowerment of women. To learn about the issue of the role of women and gender equity and as a part of my platform, I chose to intern at the non-profit organization, Dress for Success Vancouver.

Dress for Success Vancouver is one of many Dress for Success affiliates all around the globe. Dress for Success Worldwide is based in New York. Since its founding in 1997, Dress for Success has “expanded to more than 140 cities in 19 countries” and has supported more than 850,000 women into the workforce.

Dress for Success Vancouver has three programs to provide women with economic independence. First, a suiting service where volunteer consultants dress our clients for job interviews and employment. Second, career services, such as meetings with a woman from the corporate world about resume tips, or for mock job interviews. Third, a Professional Women’s Group – an 18-month program – that allows our clients to network and attend workshops as a group.

I got involved with Dress for Success Vancouver after I read about their mission. They emphasized that the dressing services are not a hand out of clothes, but rather a hand up – towards employment and a new, positive direction in life, which really gave a meaning to my interest in fashion. Supporting women and fashion combined truly did turn out to be an amazing way to spend the summer – as well, I met so many women, learned from the staff about social media management, team management, and other things beyond the scope of what I had imagined, and spent time with dedicated volunteers.

Why Did I Choose This Platform?

Here’s a little story. I was just another young air cadet. My squadron, 111 Pegasus, has been my home for 4 years. In the beginning of my cadet career, I was the only girl from my school, despite its proximity to the squadron, and was 1 of the 7 girls in my Level.. Among 50 boys, we stuck together. I always thought about this disparity in number: is it due to girls’ lack of interest in aviation, survival, leadership, and citizenship development, or is it due to the old societal view that this sort of “cadets” thing was not “for girls”?

Our generation is a generation of change. Sure, we teenagers probably spend more time on social media than we should – but teenagers and social media are both notorious for being “teenagers” and “social media” due to the way they are often portrayed. Though it can never replace CNN, social media is a dominant source of worldly information for teenagers. And right now, much of the information and news trends out there on social media contain messages of advancement, from allowing people to love each other despite their genders, to raising awareness and volunteerism for poverty-stricken places in the world, and to opening the conversation about gender equity.

I started to explore the gender equity issue in my own community and city. It is vastly different from the issue present in developing countries, such as Ghana and the Philippines – we are far, far more privileged. However, that does not mean that the problem here isn’t sever, or any less critical to be taken action against.

As I started to learn more, I realized that most aspects of the local gender inequity issue centre around employment opportunities and salary disparity. I wanted to understand the role of women, their struggles in these areas, and the best support options we can implement. As a titleholder, I wanted to use my platform as an opportunity to learn, and hopefully make an impact.

Thus, I chose my platform: “Empowering Women”.

What Does My Platform Mean to Me?

I hope to give back to all the women who inspire me in my personal life, and all the women who make history, make literature, and make a difference.

It also holds tremendous meaning for the fact that the work I did affected my local community, so I was able to see the clients it impacted, and see the difference it made. Even just being at Dress for Success Vancouver for a month, I have witnessed so many rewarding moments, when the women thank us, when they tell us how their confidence increased after their appointment, and especially when you just see the “ready to take on the world” smile on their faces when they look at themselves in those new outfits.

What Would I Do for my Platform as Miss Teenage Canada?

Um…this one’s easy. Everything.

To hold the title of Miss Teenage Canada means that I can make an impact through my platform nationally, and internationally as well. I will get to know the issue more first, by talking to and learning from women who need the support, and figuring out how to most effectively and efficiently make a difference for me, for one year. I will then try to promote my cause as much as possible by getting in touch and joining forces with organizations and people who are already doing amazing work, and with my experience from Dress for Success Vancouver, expand my involvement.

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Had a blast helping out at the sale last week, running speedy shopping trips during lunch breaks with Emily, and everything in between. It’s been something I’ve been anticipating since the beginning of this month, with every promotional tweet scheduled, with every sale-worthy clothing item stuffed into bankers boxes, and with every bumpy trip over to the Harbour Centre with the racks.

The Shop for A Cause sale is open to the pubic for one day: July 25th. Designer, vintage, new, and gently-used clothing are sold starting from $5. All proceeds go back into our programs. ’Cause DFS Vancouver is awesome, and it needs funding to run career services programs, etc.

If you missed it, don’t worry – the Sales are seasonal, and Fall is coming right around the corner. Or better yet, here is my recap of the whole fundraiser event through photos.

On the first day, I stayed here helping out the whole day. From ten until ten, our clients lined up outside the space: many return season after season, and all are excited and patiently waiting to discover the goodies we have this time.

Our early bird clients excited to go into the sale :)

Our early bird clients excited to go into the sale :)

Many volunteers supported the sale for it to run smoothly. Rebelle, and many volunteers who are usually at the boutique had a couple of shifts, and the girls who have basically been running the sale for a few seasons, were there for whole days. From bringing the clothes over from the boutique, (which starts in the beginning of the month!) to sorting them, to putting them out onto the floor, the sale would not be possible without them.

Three of the ladies who organize the clothing sale :)

The merchandise there was amazing. Every piece has gone through two rounds of selection: once in the boutique’s sorting room, and another time when items arrive at the sale space stock room and are sorted again before being put out. Some items are brand new – donated by a clothing store, but are unfit to be worn to an interview or employment. For example, there was a collection of new LOFT corduroy pants, and baskets of mint-condition 100% silk shirts and skirts. Clothing that would normally be $100 and up are sold at the affordable price of $5, and our clients get first picks.

Some blazers and suits at the sale

Some blazers and suits at the sale

People came in waves: the floor was quite packed in the morning, and when things slowed down a bit in the afternoon, Gabrielle and I went to the stock room to sort through more clothing and restock.

Stock room!

Stock room!

Lastly, Nicolle, an author at VancityBuzz, came over to check out the sale. Here is a BTS of some Instagraming/Twittering.

Christina, DFS Vancouver Sponsorship and Marketing Manager, helps Nicolle of Vancity Buzz snap a shot sporting Shop-for-a-Cause pieces from head to toe!

And that wraps up the recap. My apologies for the quick, run-down-of-the-day blog post today though – my mind is entirely on the Miss Teen Canada competition that is coming up in 4 days and a few things I need to finish up before I leave – such as my drivers test!

Hope everyone is enjoying the absolutely gorgeous sunshine we are getting (the ocean was an especially tropical deep blue yesterday!). Enjoy this photo from Monday (aka my lock screen background):

Yes, this saturation was adjusted - but only to bring out the beautiful, clear blue that was the ocean!

Yes, this saturation was adjusted – but only to bring out the beautiful, clear blue that was the ocean!

Shirley L

Miss Teen Vancouver

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