This time tomorrow I will be navigating my way through Toronto with some of the most beautiful women in Canada and I can hardly wait! Before I head off on this wonderful adventure I wanted to reflect back the last 3 months and all that this title has allowed me to do!

MAY:

I made my first appearance at the Saskatchewan Marathon where I had the opportunity to hand out awards to the runners. This experience was amazing! It was great to see so many people getting active and involved! It was a true inspiration to get my butt into gear and start prepping for nationals!

 

JUNE:

I went and spoke to my first group of students about my platform! I was honoured to go back to the high school I graduated from and share my story. I felt whole knowing I was finally able to help young people with the same things I struggled with. There were several students and teachers who approached me in awe and thanked me for speaking to them. I can’t wait to continue to speak to more people in the community.

I made my second appearance at the Nutrien Kids Festival where I was an emcee on their mane stage for 3 days. There was so many amazing acts I got to introduce and see. It was a great opportunity for me to push forward my ideals of being proud enough in yourself to try anything you set your mind to (much like those performers had).

JULY:

I spent the majority of July finding sponsors and raising money for myself and Children’s wish! I was able to gain a total of 17 sponsors! I truly couldn’t have done it without them! One of my main sponsors was motion fitness. Thanks to them I was able to lose 12 lbs in July!

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In July I also had the opportunity to have some amazing pictures done!

Nationals is less than 24hrs away and I couldn’t be more excited! This isn’t the end but only the beginning! Wish me luck!

Until next time;

LAUGH,

LOVE,

SMILE!

Calyssa 🙂

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“The soil is ours to make or mar and we should aim to leave it. When the time comes for us to pass it on…, in as good or better condition than when it first came under our hand.” -Seager Wheeler.

Our beautiful province of Saskatchewan is home to many pioneers that have helped shape the history of agriculture and influence the agriculture practices used today. I am privileged to be able to represent the small town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan that was once a home to one of those pioneers, Seager Wheeler.

Seager Wheeler was born in England in 1868 and decided to leave school after the age of 11. In 1885 after being denied a position in the navy, he migrated to the Canadian prairies. After working a couple of years in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, he moved to the district of Rosthern, Saskatchewan where there was better land selection and easy access to railway transportation. Seager was very intelligent and self-educated. Once he moved to the district of Rosthern, he exhibited his produce in local fairs and later on began to grow and breed his own plants. After winning first prize for his hard spring wheat while attending competitions in New York, Denver, Texas, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, he was named “Canada’s Wheat King” due to his great contributions in the breeding and development of new strains in wheat.

Seager is primarily known for his development of three new strains of wheat: Marquis 10B, RedBob, and Kitchener. His greatest contribution was the breeding of the race Marquis 10B wheat, which represented most of the wheat grown on the Canadian prairies at that time and would later become the foundation stock of the Canadian Seed Growers Associations today. Seager continued to breed and further improve other crops up until the year of 1925, where after he focused on horticulture and the development of fruit trees. Many of the horticulture species he developed are common today including: Siberian Silver Leaf Willow, Ruby Cherry Plums, and Saskatchewan Crab apples.

Not only was Seager Wheeler well known for his intelligence in plant breeding, but he also contributed to the improvement and inventions of farm equipment, and was a well trusted writer in the area for his progressive farming techniques.

Threshing machine located at the Seager Wheeler farm.

Seven kilometers east of Rosthern off of highway 312 is where Seager Wheeler’s homestead is located. Today this land is preserved as a Canadian National Historic Site and people travel from all over Saskatchewan to see where Seager began his work as a plant breeder, horticulturalist, and an inventor. Below are photos of his homestead and barn that have been greatly preserved over the years!

Seager Wheeler’s contributions to plant breeding and the improvement of farming equipment and techniques greatly influenced the agriculture industry, and we still carry on and progress those contributions today. I am truly proud to represent such an amazing town with such great history that helped aid in the making of the agriculture industry! 🙂

-Miss Central Saskatchewan, Taylor Markwart.

 

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A few weeks back I posted this on Facebook wondering if I could give a brand new grad dress to a new graduate in my community for $20.00

as I know how stressful life, can be let alone perhaps not having all the support you may need in something so exciting as graduation. A girl I went to high school with messaged me that her best friend is going through a more difficult time at the moment and she thinks her friend would love the dress. Her best friend happened to be a girl I knew of, whom I went to elementary school with, (small world). A.J. The girl that bought the dress for her best friend, E.H. couldn’t thank me enough and it made me so happy I thought of this idea. The original dress I was going to give them didn’t fit, and I had a different one she could have. I would like to share this action of kindness to show people in my community small actions may have HUGE impacts in other peoples lives. My point is a dress that was sitting in my closet made someone smile brightly on an important day of their life. Lets do good for one another!

<3 Thank you A.J & E.H.!

E.H (left) A.J (right)

The $20.00 A.J. gave me will be included in my donation to Children’s Wish Foundation. Thank you!
Lisa Van Dyck, Miss Saskatchewan 2018
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I had a great day volunteering for Pets in the Park! I love helping out in any way to make a change towards my cause, and it is truly amazing to see everyone in this community working together to fundraise and support the animals in need.

Pets in the Park is a very popular event hosted every summer in Saskatoon. It was exciting to see the different breeds of animals that passed by while I was volunteering! The main goal of Pets in the Park is to raise funds for the medical needs of homeless, sick, and injured animals under the care of New Hope Dog Rescue, Saskatoon SPCA, and Street Cat Rescue.

While I was volunteering, I also made a new friend!

This is Dusty who is up for adoption through Street Cat Rescue! He is a little sweetheart with a great personality!

If you haven’t had a chance to attend this amazing event I would definitely recommend checking it out! It’s a great way to spend your afternoon downtown, and your pets will love it! Every donation, big or small, will make a positive impact on animals in need, and thats what truly matters!

-Miss Central Saskatchewan 2018, Taylor Markwart

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I have been requested to come share some words of wisdom at Valley View School in Beauval, Saskatchewan a community about 300 kilometres North of Prince Albert. The school is committing a whole day teaching the children tips on self care and to supply the youth with healthy scoping skills. I am going to a children’s wilderness camp called St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp while this event is going on and am unable to attend. I have taken the time to write a letter, and it will be read to the students in Beauval, between ages 11-17.
I would like to share this letter;
Thank You! :

Letter for Valley View Students
Hello everyone,
My name is Lisa and I am sorry I could not make it here today to meet you all. Since today is so important I still wanted to take the time today to share a message with everyone here.
Today’s topic and main focus is on ‘Peers helping Peers” and how young people can learn new skills that can help them in a difficult time. I have a few different ideas that I would like to share regarding how these feelings come into place, and how you can prevent them, or handle them if they do come.
� Starting with creating a safe environment. If you are not in a safe and 100% comfortable environment, over a long period of time, your thoughts may begin to spiral into sadness, because of the lack of support and you will begin to lose yourself. What does safe mean? Safe to me means there are no limits of what you can say or feel. Everyone should have the right to be 100% themselves.
Its okay to ask questions.
Its okay to be wrong.
Its okay to be right and proud.
To prevent thoughts of negativity we need to help our peers to feel safe, and they will do the same in return. You come to school almost every single day. I truly hope every single classroom is filled with this safe comforting feeling of no judgement and only acceptance. This is how you will begin to help your peers before they even realize they need it! Take action before your friends become depressed or stressed.
� Now sometimes people are really good at hiding their feelings, (which should not be if their environment is safe) but sometimes people think its better to handle their thoughts on their own. Which is fine, but you need to handle it properly. Identify the different stages of your thoughts and when they are healthy and when they are not.
Stage One: Envision yourself sitting in the grass outside, and it is beautiful day. You can see a storm in the distance and you can vaguely hear thunder in the distance but it is in no harms way.
Stage Two: The storm is very close now, but you can still enjoy the sunshine.
Stage Three- The storm is here and its raining and pouring on you.
Stage Four- the storm is so out of control it has turned into a spiralling tornado of destruction.
Think of your sad thoughts as this storm. Its okay to have sad thoughts because it is important that you are not numb and can feel feelings you were meant to feel. But why sit under the rain when there is shelter available to protect you and help you out of harms way from the potential destructive tornado. It is your job to take yourself away from the storm once you see it coming closer. Rather then soaking up these negative distorted thoughts, you are able to go to shelter and identify when you need help or maybe a break from the chaos that is around you.
How to stop the storm:
There are many things that have been passed on to you guys today to stop this storm. But I hope you can prevent this storm from coming at all. By accepting everyone and ensuring that the environment you are creating for others is only made with love and good intentions.
� Life as a teenager can be difficult but also the most fun years of your life! Make the most out of every moment. Be aware of your thoughts. Notice the second a negative thought has popped in to your brain and immediately replace it with the opposite positive.
( example : I am scared my ill uncle will pass away, replace the thought with, “I only wish healing and health for my uncle” )
When you begin to only think in positive form, your life changes into one big positive. That is the way you begin to truly love the soul within your body and make the most of the life you were given.
Lastly I would like to share a few words of affirmations that I say to myself daily. I did not believe these things 1 year ago. If you talked to me years ago I would not believe the amazing happy person I have turned into today. But let me tell you, today I am so powerful and filled with hope brighter then the sun and I hope you guys take every bit of my sunshine with you. If you have dreams and wants you are blessed. To have dreams and wants in life is a luxury. And identify your goals and ambitions. No one says your goals have to be huge, they can be “I’m going to tell my loved ones I “love you” more. ”I’m going to to better in school,” whatever your dreams and wants are, just know it is beautiful you even have these wants, because many people are stuck in a rut and have the idea that they are not in control and can not go anywhere.
AFIRMATIONS
Now repeat after me, “ I will not judge anyone today” ( if everyone didn’t repeat, remind everyone that this is a safe environment and they can speak with courage and pride. “I will not judge anyone today, “ I will be aware of my thoughts” I will attach all thoughts with positive energy” “I will look at things from a new perspective when I am sad” I am blessed because I got to sleep in a bed last night”
Things do not change over night. I still see these storms sometimes in the distance, but I make a conscience thought as to how I react to them. Usually when I am sad I will let myself feel the way I am feeling, but I do not let it go longer then needed. After I have had my time to be a bit emotional I take a step back and look at the situation and try to figure out what the bigger lesson is. Every single hardship you will experience, you should take a lesson from. Consistency is key, do not give up after 5 days of change. Consistency is what makes you succeed.
Thank you everyone for listening, please let me know how you guys enjoyed my words!
Lisa Van Dyck, Miss Saskatchewan World 2018

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Summer feels like it has really started for me;

A very strong belief of mine is to always appreciate nature and its simplistic beauty. Begining around the age 9 I attended St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp. I gave a bit of a description about Bosco in my introduction blog and what this place means to me. Fortunately I got time off my jobs to take a week and be a camp leader again.

Before the end of the school year elementary schools choose Bosco to be their year-end activity for the classroom. That is what I will be doing for the next week, I am leaving tonight . I will be teaching children the beauty of nature and other outdoor skills with-in Saskatchewan’s eye catching wilderness. There is no internet connection or cell phone coverage so I am just keeping you readers up to date with what I am doing and why I won’t be posting up until next weekend! 
I will post photos of some of my adventures when I am back!

Thanks, Lisa Van Dyck, Miss Saskatchewan World 2018,

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Summer feels like it has really started for me;

A very strong belief of mine is to always appreciate nature and its simplistic beauty. Begining around the age 9 I attended St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp. I gave a bit of a description about Bosco in my introduction blog and what this place means to me. Fortunately I got time off my jobs to take a week and be a camp leader again.

Before the end of the school year elementary schools choose Bosco to be their year-end activity for the classroom. That is what I will be doing for the next week, I am leaving tonight . I will be teaching children the beauty of nature and other outdoor skills with-in Saskatchewan’s eye catching wilderness. There is no internet connection or cell phone coverage so I am just keeping you readers up to date with what I am doing and why I won’t be posting up until next weekend! 
I will post photos of some of my adventures when I am back!

Thanks, Lisa Van Dyck, Miss Saskatchewan World 2018,

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   I am so happy to have a blog as I often think of ideas daily that I wish to share with people like me! My name is Lisa Van Dyck and I am 2018’s Miss Saskatchewan World. 

My life is filled with so many diverse experiences I don’t know where to start. I guess I will start with I was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I grew up watching a driven, entrepreneurial, single mother take poverty and turn it into success. I am an only child with my extended family overseas in Holland. Growing up I learned the value of a good work ethic watching my mother work full time and renovating the homes we lived in. I moved 13 times so my mom could work her way up in the housing market. 

Every single summer, starting at age 9, I attended St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp. This environment is like no other. St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp is an invitation to people to live, learn and share with each other in the natural environment that Mother Earth has provided us with and to develop a greater awareness and responsibility towards it. Through this medium, campers are encouraged to grow physically, mentally and spiritually, realizing the importance of nature in all aspects of life. This place is a place of freedom and no worries, it is a second home to me. At this camp, when I was 16 I attended a 21 day group hike, (7 days hiking, 7 days canoeing, 7 days hiking), which included a 24 hour “solo” on an island by yourself. The amount of life skills I’ve earned there to take and use in different life situations is uncountable and I am forever grateful for my limits being pushed.

 

Aside to the nature that Saskatchewan has to give me, I have travelled around the world and have taken even more life lessons and learned new perspectives from these diverse travels. Each country I have travelled to has shown me a new way of life I couldn’t have understood before seeing it with my own eyes. Here’s a list of where I have been, ; Holland, Germany, France, Iceland, USA (New York, Florida and California), El Salvadore, China, Hong Kong and as well as the beautiful Canadian cities Toronto and Vancouver.

Now let me tell you, aside visiting family in Holland, all trips I myself paid for by attaining a job while still being in High school. I have always been taught by my mother, “if I want something work hard and go get it”, and thats what I did.

I graduated high school in Prince Albert in 2016.  Since graduation I moved to Saskatoon and have been supporting myself by working two jobs. My full time job is working at a daycare, with 10-12 kids daily and I love my job with a passion. My second job is nannying for a young girl named Ellie.  My plan for the next 10 years is to develop quality childcare centres all over Saskatchewan in communities that need it most. 

I am beyond excited to have Miss Canada as a stage to show what I believe in and helping others while doing so. My platform is to help young people who struggle with depression. I have had a few news articles written about my platform and since then many people have contacted me, in regards for help. I met with a mother and daughter. The daughter is a young girl who finds herself depressed. I met with her to help her learn a new skill set in what to do when these feelings and thoughts surface. I have soooooo many things planned and I am eager to share it here in my blog!

Thanks for reading, will be posting more very soon! <3

Lisa Van Dyck, Miss Saskatchewan World 2018

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Hello everyone,

My name is Taylor Markwart and I will be representing Miss Central Saskatchewan! I am honoured to be one of the representatives for our beautiful province we call Saskatchewan! I have always dreamed of being a part of Miss World Canada and having the opportunity to make a difference in society in regards to animal cruelty. Now that my dream has come true, I am very excited for what the future will bring! Since many of you may not know me, I will start off by telling you about myself!

I am 18 years old and I grew up on a farm Southwest of Rosthern, SK. I am currently living in Saskatoon, SK where I am pursuing an Agronomy degree at the University of Saskatchewan. After I finish my degree, I plan to live on an acreage and be a part of a business where I can field scout for farmers and hopefully have some crops of my own!

When I am not working, I am back on the farm helping out with the crops and cattle, spending time with family and my animals, or volunteering at the Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(SPCA). I love to communicate with others and help out as much as needed, so I always have a busy schedule to keep me on my toes!

Here are some pictures of my fur babies!

 

I believe the most important thing in life is spending time with family. Without their love and support, I would not be where I am today. My biggest inspirations in my life are my mom and my grandma. They are the most wisest, kind-hearted women I know and I will forever strive to be as amazing as they are.

Having the Central Saskatchewan title has been great! Much of my time consists of communicating with the public including businesses and sponsors for support and raising  awareness towards my cause. One of my favourite things about having a title and raising awareness is the new people you meet, and the memories you make!

Thank you for this amazing opportunity and your ongoing support! ♥

Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

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Hey there!

I’m Calyssa, your Miss South-Central Saskatchewan 2018! I am beyond excited to be one of the representatives for Saskatchewan at the Miss World Canada pageant in July! As this is my first blog post of the year, let me share some info and pictures of myself so you can get to know me a little better! 🙂

I am 19 years old, originally born in Calgary AB but currently living in Whitecap SK. I just recently completed my second year of kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. After I finish my kin degree I hope to go into physiotherapy to become a sports therapist. I like to stay busy and live very day to the fullest, so I am always running around with something to do. Most times it’s to be a student trainer for the Huskie basketball/football team, or the S.W.A.T. lacrosse teams. Sometimes it’s volunteering for various organizations around the city, other times it’s going to one of my 3 jobs.

When I am able to find time in my busy schedule for a break I love to travel back home to Calgary so I can visit my siblings. I have 2 sisters (1 older and 1 younger) and a little baby brother. They all mean the absolute most to me and I don’t know where I would be without them!

Aren’t they just the sweetest! <3

Family is my number one priority in life and I truly value each and every one of my family members. I am so thankful for all of their support with everything I do, especially this new adventure into pageants! The key to all success is a strong foundation to grow from!

Here is just a small portion of my support system! <3

My biggest supporter in the world is definitely my Mom! She never fails to light the fire within me any time it starts to dim. She has never missed a show, competition or event, she can always be found in the crowd smiling back at me! Sooooo thankful!

Thank you mom, for all that you do!

My favourite way to stay in shape is being a cheerleader! I have been a cheerleader since graduating high school and I am looking forward to my 3rd season this year! I love how demanding it is on muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Check out the PJFL schedule and come down to SMF field to catch a game sometime, Go Hilltops!

Recently my days have consisted of making plans and contacts to build a strong foundation for my upcoming year in reign. I have been having a great time contacting companies for sponsorship and looking at all the events coming up in Saskatoon that I can attend! Who knew holding a title would be so fun! The closer we get to nationals the more excited I get!

That’s all for now folks! Thanks for your continuous support!

Until next time;

LAUGH,

LOVE,

SMILE!

Calyssa 🙂

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