Respected Canadian hospital dentist Dr. Natalie Archer made an opportunity to share her knowledge and life experiences with impressionable teen girls, age 14-18 on Sunday July 15th, during the 2012 Search for Miss Teen Canada –World. It was a hot Sunday evening and the hotel air conditioning was working overtime keeping everyone cool in the Sutton Suite conference room of the Westin Bristol. This is an international airport hotel and Dr. Archer made the trip out there through flooding waters that day to lend her charisma as Moderator in a unique first annual Miss Teen Canada - World Mentor Night event.
As moderator, Dr. Archer introduced three other speakers before taking her turn at the podium. She introduced Melani Chong, Katrina Hadden, and Alexandra Orlando in that order. The event lasted two hours with questions and photo mingling afterwards.
Mentors are important. In our increasingly advanced technological society, our education system struggles to keep up. Our youth can get easily confused. Most teens can get really anxious and slightly overwhelmed by all that’s expected of them in the race to succeed. Mentors are there to point a clear way forward.
A hospital dentist and surgeon, Dr. Natalie Archer D.D.S. used Mentor Night bring the sciences into a more fashionable light for sixty- four Miss Teen Canada delegates and their peers watching at home.
Dr. Archer talked about the true value of getting a university education as something the 'nobody can ever take away from you'. She made it clear that life is a long journey and to turn any negatives into positives. At one point she described her son and his fascination with spiders. Her son has learned a great deal about spiders and has taught Natalie a few things about these eight legged creatures and her own life. She communicated an interesting analogy to teens - she said they should be building their web out in all directions because they don't know where they will catch their fly. And the girls took notes; this little nugget appears in so many of their blogs. You can read the top twenty four Miss teen Canada World Mentor blogs in this Squidoo lens (coming soon).
Pens and paper notebooks were encouraged - no laptop computers were allowed. Many of the delegates snapped pictures of the mentors and these two images included here are courtesy of Danica Cox and Sarah Nieberle, Miss Teen Okanagan BC.
Sarah also took some terrific shots of Melani Chong, a model and mother of two boys, the owner of a popular skin care company called Soya Boutique.
Plenty of girls took pictures of the Katrina Hadden, a gifted speaker; a contributor to the best selling self-help book “Making it in High Heels” and life coach Katrina Hadden has had quite a life already, and she passed along memories as notes to young people to internalize and carry forth as their own wisdom. She talked about body image and how to measure success. Third in the line-up, Alexandra Orlando described her challenges as an Olympic Athlete and included some powerful poetry.
Dr. Archer spoke about balancing career and family. Here she is describing how she was over thirty years old when she had her first child. At that time she was a few years out of school, recently married and starting a business - her own dental practice. You would think this would be a terrible time to have children, and yet she tells the girls if they want children, they must plan early and strategize both their personal goals and professional goals for ultimate happiness and success.
Its a very short clip but it shows the Miss Teens learning from these speakers - Mentor Night was a very positive experience for everyone involved.
Here's even more of Dr Archer's wisdom - Family Life Critical Mass