The original Miss Teen Canada that our parents have heard of in the past does not exist any longer. It was a  national tradition in Canada from its inception in 1969 until financial concerns caused the pageant to be shut down in  1990. It was first televised on CTV in 1969 . The pageant was called Miss Teenage Canada for its first three years. It was originally sponsored by A&W Drive-Ins. Cleo Productions, who owned the event for most of its years.

There are other competitions using the name of Miss Teen Canada but it is not the same company producing it. Miss Teenage Canada (  is the largest Canadian Teenage pageant competition and is closest to Miss Teen USA.  Miss Teenage Canada( is owned by MTC-W Inc.  and produced by Michelle Weswaldi.

Michelle Weswaldi notable title wins include: ‘Miss World Canada 1996′, ‘Miss Intercontinental Canada 2000′, ‘Miss Earth Canada 2001′., Michelle Weswaldi envisioned a National Teen Competition that would surpass all existing Canadian pageants had to offer, she wanted to showcase the MTC-W Miss Teenage Canada (  as an  uplifting message of acceptance and tolerance all the while instilling confidence in contestants, and educating them about their body image and improving their self-esteem. In addition to being glamorous, it would give teenagers the opportunity to voice their opinion on social issues, and act on their convictions going into the community and assisting worthy causes and charitable organizations. Miss Weswaldi felt that teens should be encouraged to explore the world and all its offerings, all the while remembering to keep a balance in life. Whether it is a passion for singing, dancing, music, arts, sports/athletics, science, computers, animals, or the environment; having hobbies and being enthusiastic about what they enjoy is fundamental in the development of a well rounded young woman. In addition, the pageant would focus on etiquette and instilling femininity, grace and charm to these young women in much the same way as finest finishing schools of a bygone era. The goal was to provide a teaching environment that helps to develop communication skills, provide image consulting, and become a platform to achieve dreams. The end result would be having delegates that are able to address an audience in a confident and graceful manner and produce a spectacular show for all of Canada to enjoy.

In 2008 MTC-W INC. was launched. MTC-W INC. and it promotes the ideal, “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” The lessons and information presented during the training workshops will guide The first winner was crowned in 2008  and she was Katie Starke. Each Miss Teenage Canada contestant is required to fundraise individually for the international charity, Free The Children ( through sponsors in their communities. Each winner  has the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world to visit the projects they have supported.

There have been many well known celebrities as judges and hosts here are just a few examples; Canadian Singers Divine Brown and Gary, Canadian Multi-Platinum Artist, Karl Wolf; and Degrassi’s Luke Bilyk.

I applied at  and never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be here, because I am only 5’3″ tall, has given me confidence and  is making me more aware of my  personal and career goals.

I am so grateful to have been crowned as Miss Teenage Central Manitoba 2014, I am a strong believer in helping others, I believe that life is better lived when shared.  My platform is Seniors in Need, through my volunteering I have met many seniors who are not able to afford the necessity of life even life saving medicine.  Seniors in Needs connects seniors with people in their own community who are willing and eager to give a helping hand.

The past few years I have attended the Free the Children We Day in Winnipeg, as well they also came to our school and I spent a wonderful time chatting with  Cassy Lynne Freethechildren who is now in Ecuador.

Free The Children’s mission is to create a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.  Free the Children was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he was only 12, he gathered 11 school friends to begin fighting child labour. Free the children from poverty. Free the children from exploitation. Free the children from the notion that they are powerless to effect change. Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner.  Free The Children has worked in more than 45 countries and in eight developing countries with its Adopt A Village program.

Written by: Micaella

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