About Free The Children

Free The Children was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, an an international child rights activist. The main goal of the organization is to free children from poverty and exploitation. Free The Children also wants to spread the word that young people around the world can make a positive difference. More than one million youth are involved in FTC’s education and development programs throughout 45 different countries. Free The Children has received many awards such as the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah’s Angel Network, as mentioned on the Free The Children website.

Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and school rooms around the world and has reached more than one million young people through outreach in North America.


One of their corporate partners: Air Canada’s Kids Horizons




Air Canada works with hundreds of charities and non-profit organizations. Being partners with Free The Children, Air Canada proudly provides air transportation for ill and less wealthy children’s dreams to come true. Kids’ Horizons’ main goal is to make a difference and to offer various programs for sick Canadian children.

Here are a couple of Kids’ Horizons main initiatives:

Every Bit Counts 

This is a change collection program where change can be collected on board Air Canada flights and in several different airports, but mainly in Maple Leaf Lounges. It is a small and easy way to make a huge difference in children’s lives.

Wings of Courage 

Every month at the SickKids and BC Children’s hospitals, Air Canada pilots read stories to ill children. At the end, honorary pilot certificates and courage medals are given to the children.

There are two more initiatives: One child and Closest to the pin. To read more about them: Visit their website!

I believe Kids’ Horizons is an amazing program and I think (I know!) they make a big difference. The cause of sick children is very important to me, because I lost a cousin of young age to cancer many years ago, and it is still difficult for me to understand that nothing could’ve cured him. Luckily, charities like Kids’ Horizons and Free The Children help many children every year, either by making their dreams come true or by donating money to hospitals.

Soon, I will publish posts about how I raised money for Free The Children and about my participation in the Relay for Life.


Free The Children

Air Canada’s Kids’ Horizons



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Lanaudiere? Now where could that possibly be? Lanaudiere is one of the most beautiful regions in Quebec with its amazing sceneries, luxurious nature and rich culture. The region is full of majestic rivers and waterfalls.

The main city in the north of Lanaudiere is Joliette. It is the home of the most important classical music festival in Canada, the Festival de Lanaudière. Most of the festival’s concerts are held in the Amphithéâtre de Lanaudière. This year, it will be the 34th edition of the festival. Musicians from around the world will come to perform at this renowned festival. On the picture on the above, you can see me in front of the Amphithéâtre.

Downtown Joliette, also known as Place Bourget, is a very active plaza. Locals gather there to eat on the terraces of the many restaurants or shop in the boutiques. During the Holidays, the Marchés de Noël offer a variety of little outdoor shops that sell gingerbread cookies, Christmas decorations and much more. In the summertime, farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables on the plaza and occasionaly, bands play to set a nice vibe.

My favorite restaurant in Downtown Joliette is Le Fil d‘Ariane, shown in the picture at the left. Not only the building itself is beautiful but they serve mouthwatering french dishes and the service is very friendly. My favorite dish is the poutine au foie gras. Simply scrumptious!

I love Joliette very much, because I went to primary school in this city and this is where I made my best friends for life. Tons of memories that I will never forget were made here.

Joliette isn’t my hometown, though. I live in Crabtree, 10 minutes away from Joliette. Crabtree is a town of only 3632 residents. It may be small, but it is a very nice place to live. It is surrounded by country and rivers. My favorite place in Crabtree is the Moulin Fisk, a beautiful historical site along the Ouareau river. It is a beach made of layers of rocks that contain extremely old fossils.

As I already said, Lanaudiere is an amazing region and I would suggest to anyone traveling to Quebec to come and visit this wonderful place. I am very happy to live in such a great environment!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Daphnee Parra-Genest, I’m fourteen years old and I am Miss Teen Lanaudiere-World 2011. I’m am extremely proud that I will represent my province, Quebec, at nationals in July! This is a once in a lifetime adventure that I am about to embark. I can’t wait to see Toronto for the first time, but I also can’t wait to make new friends and to have the time of my life.

The main reason I applied to Miss Teen Canada-World is to become a role model for other Canadian teens, although I also love the glitz and the glamour of the whole thing! My platform is to support cancer research, because it is a cause that is very important to me. An estimated 177,800 new cases of cancer (excluding about 74,100 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 75,000 deaths will occur in Canada in 2011. These statistics are very sad but true. Recently, I participated in the Relay for Life and my team raised nearly 2500$ for the Canadian Cancer Society. I will publish a post about this event soon.

I am basically the type of girl who likes having fun. I love making new friends, hanging out with my ”besties” and spending time with my boyfriend. I don’t know what I would do without them. My family is also very important to me. I get along very well with my parents, and I think that’s pretty cool. My favorite hobbies are reading, writing and watching movies. I think I’ve seen pretty much every horror movie in this world. Well, maybe not ALL of them, but almost! My favorite sports are tennis and volley-ball. I’m not really an athlete, but I’m in my school’s volley-ball team, which sometimes I find hard to believe! Ha! ha! I also have one true passion: playing the piano. I’ve played it since I was seven and I don’t think I will ever stop. When my fingers hit the keys, I am mentally transported to another dimension. Nothing can stop me and I just forget all my problems.


Here are a few facts about me!

  • I am half Mexican and I speak three languages: English, French and Spanish.
  • My favorite subjects in school are English, French and History.
  • I like watching documentaries and reading about World War 2.
  • My favorite cartoon is Spongebob Squarepants and my favorite movies are The Notebook (classic!), The Secret Garden and Life is Beautiful (classic again!).
  • I love traveling and my dream destination would be Greece.
  • I have a five year old brother named Mateo. He is the boy I love the most in this whole, entire world!
  • My father, my stepmom and my brother live in Florida and I love going there to visit them!
  • My favorite place is Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


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A big hug and a kiss for the Shasha Bread Co for their tasty healthy snacks they provided and to the organizers of the Miss Teen Canada event. Also big thanks to the Internet marketing firm PageOne for all the help with my pageant blog.

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