Mentor Night In Toronto July 15th 2012


After rehearsals and video shoot / stills

It rained buckets outside and quenched the heat just in time for the mentor night!Dr Archer

Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001

She has managed to balance a career and a family while building her career as a hospital dentist. Natalie is passionate about giving back and delivering excellent service to all patients. Natalie spoke about how young individuals may have trouble finding a career path and that it is OK to not have everything figured out right away. Her advice is to keep your options open and be honest with yourself while making important decisions. Natalie believes you have to work for your education and that if you work for it, you deserve it. Following her impressive career so far, Natalie encourages women to take business risks and opportunities.

Melani ChongMelani Chong in fashion and beauty for over 15 years, Canadian Ford Model and mom of two children, Melani Chong developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that is useful for the whole family!

Starting out her life with a goal of  becoming an athlete, Melani soon found the world of modeling after an unfortunate injury that ended her athlete career hopes. Melani modelled for the Ford Modeling Agency but soon felt she was not on the right track. “I always knew there was something more for me”, says Chong. This is when Melani changed careers to a stylist and soon after developed her skin care line. Melani shares a piece of advice, be open and don’t forget we don’t know everything.

katrina haddenKatrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

Known for her positive energy and contagious smile, she helps her clients get better focused to achieve their goals and dreams . Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Katrina shares her many struggles such as facing anorexia and bullying issues because of her size but then realized later that she was always beautiful in her own way. After she had overcome her eating disorder and put herself back together she decided she wanted to help others with their health. A special moment in Katrina’s speech was when she spoke about walking in Toronto Fashion Week. A designer had made a dress for her size and asked Katrina to walk in the show. Katrina was thrilled and when she stepped out on the runway something magical happened. Every single person in the audience applauded her! They continued clapping and cheering until Katrina had stepped off the stage. This part of her speech gave me goosebumps! Katrina is a very positive person and great to talk to. “You do have a place in this world”, says Katrina, truly letting her experiences show.

Alexandra Orlanmdo, Olympic athleteAlexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory.

Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.

Alexandra has overcome many struggles as her career and dreams took off. She had first tried out for the Olympic team for the 2003 Olympics but did not join the team. After being devastated by the news, Alexandra took time off gymnastics because she was completely frustrated and angry she did not make the team. After a few months she went back to the gym and decided to train for the 2008 Olympics, where she took home her medals! Alexandra stresses to others the importance of the journey to a goal and to take risks with your life!

These four ladies were amazing and so inspirational! It was a pleasure having them speak!

All for now,


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Hey everyone, Today was a very exciting day! I left my house at 11:00 pm and my mom and little sister drove with me through the night to theRegina airport. We arrived at the airport at around 4:30 am to board my first plane EVER!!! Being as this was my first flight and I had to fly alone was a little scary but some other girls fromSaskatchewanwere there to help me out as well. The flight was really good actually and we landed inToronto at about 11:15am(Toronto time). I met up with some more Saskatchewan girls and we took a shuttle bus to the Westin Hotel. Once we arrived in our rooms we were aloud to unpack and meet our room mates. My room mate is Chloe Fulton from Alberta!

My room mate, Chloe Fulton and I at registration!

After we unpacked we had registration with all the 66 BEAUTIFUL girls! We were then aloud to rest before a party with our sponsors where we received some amazing gifts!! I’ll post a blog about them later! Hehe. So I’m off the bed, goodnight everyone!


Voting has started for the People’s Choice Award fast track (automatic placing in the top 20). I’ll leave some steps, it will only take a few minutes to vote and it will help me so much! Thanks everyone!

Step 1: Go to this link:

Step 2: scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says vote and enter in your email address and click the “vote” button

Step 3: A box will then pop up to tell you that you must be a VIP Member. It will either give you the chance to be a VIP Member there or find a box on the webpage that says “Become A VIP Member”

Step 4: Fill out the information required to become a VIP Member and a verification email will be sent to you

Step 5: Go to your email and click on the verification link.

Step 6: The link will bring you back to the website and all you have to do now is go back to this page: and type in your email address and click the vote button!

Step 7: SUCCESS! NOTE!!!!!! You can only enter your email ONCE and fake emails are not counted!!

Thanks so much everyone!!


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Hello again everybody,

As bloggers we were also asked to shoot a skyline video showing off the beautiful places we call home! I wanted to share my skyline video with you all so here it is!

Skyline Video

I really can’t thank you all enough! You have made this experience unforgettable already!

Much love, Dakota

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Hi everyone,

As part of our blogging assignments we are required to do a “Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good” video which is sponsored by Aveda Institute. This video is where each delegate was required to do a short video showing outrageous acts of kindness while looking fabulous and feeling great! This is my video. If you could all go to this site and “heart” the video (click on the little pink heart in the top left hand corner) it will help me win a gift certificate but more importantly $500 towards the official charity “Free The Children”! P.s. only click the heart once! If you click it more than once I will lose votes!!

Thank you so much everyone for supporting me so far!!

A picture while filming my LGDGFG video!


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Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams…

In Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams… the breathtaking and heart pounding reality T.V. show takes viewers into the world of gymnastics as Dakota Cooke takes you on thrilling trips to all corners of the world to meet and work with past Olympic medalist gymnasts! Dakota will visit the champions’ gyms to tour and spend one week training with each champion on a specific skill or element.

Nastia Liukin!

Not only will Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams… focus on the hard working, coordinated and incredibly strong gymnasts, it will also show the heart, determination, strive and love for the sport that each gymnast has to obtain to succeed! The hour long show will run once weekly and outline the week spent in each destination with each special guest! And the best part yet… Dakota’s co-host is none other than the 2008 All Around Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin!!! Nastia will be joining the team and traveling around the world as well.

The Meaning Behind “Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams…”

The meaning behind our title “Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams…” is that reaching perfection in gymnastics is only worthwhile if you are following your dreams. Gymnastics is judged based on perfection of a skill. If you don’t point your toe: deduction. If your leg is slightly bent: deduction. So this is what explains the “Chasing Perfection” portion. And the second portion is just chasing your dreams and never giving up on them!


The goal of Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams… is to show the real world of gymnastics. When some people see gymnastics, they think it’s only a bunch of little girls dancing around in little pink leotards. But when in reality, gymnasts spend hours in the gym each week and even each day. They endure pains from ripped calluses to broken bones. They require so much focus to direst every movement and always make sure your toes are pointed! So with this show we would like to show how a gymnast’s life is, the good and the bad.


The show will reach all generations and all types of people as the show plays worldwide every week. The amazing skills and the stubborn determination of the incredible gymnasts will attract all eyes to the screen!


The sponsors for Chasing Perfection, Chasing Dreams… are Goody and Richard Sibbald Photography!


We are so happy to have Goody as one of our sponsors! Goody was chosen as a sponsor because their hair products are used throughout our journey. Gymnasts must have hair pulled back and with Goody hair supplies, of course!

Richard Sibbald Photography

We are equally as glad for having Richard Sibbald as our photographer for the show. Richard will be capturing the magical moments of action during the trip and his shots will be played during the credits at the end of each episode!

I hope you enjoy my show!

That is the summary of my dream T.V. show! I hope you all would enjoy and tune in to it! Thank you for all your support so far! Less than a week left 🙂

xoxo Dakota

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Hey there everyone,
I just wanted to make a post about the lovely animals at my ranch and how growing up in the country has been so incredible for me!

The little sweetheart, Montana!

At our home we have quite a few animals! 10 horses, about 25 cows/calves and 4 bulls, 5 dogs, 14 cats (with some new kittens!), a pony and our fish! It’s actually kind of hard listing out all those; I didn’t realize we had so many!

Our very energetic girl, Mina!

I love spending time outside with all of our animals, playing with them and training them. Owning animals has really taught me responsibility and commitment.

My red angus cow Mandy!

Because when caring for animals you can’t decide not to go out and feed them or not clean their pens. You have to be willing and passionate about what you are doing and truly love the animals you are working with!

Oliver is one of our many cats!

So I live on a ranch, half an hour from towns with 100 people in them, hours from cities, with no satellite and slow internet.

Aria is the newest addition to our family!

And most people would think of that as a bad thing (I know sometimes I sure did!) but living out in the middle of nowhere has really been the best thing I could wish for!

Buddy (left), Rosabelle (center) and Beauty (right)!

Sure I don’t live close to towns, but I have a close-knit family of neighbors I’ve known since I was born!

Our hansome boy, Zoro!

Sure I don’t have the best T.V. or internet connections, but why would I need to watch T.V. or stare at a computer screen with the amazing adventures I could have in the wilderness beyond my door! So sure I might not be a city babe, but I sure am proud to be COUNTRY!
I love all my animals out here on the ranch! And I love being a country girl!

Our old dog T!

Xoxo Dakota

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I’d like to take this time to thank my sponsors that have been here along the way!


I’d like to thank Photoworks located in Swift Current for their generous sponsorship! It has helped a ton during my preparations for the national pageant! Thanks Laura, you’re the best!

You can check out Photoworks’ website for more informaion on their photo and scrapbooking  materials and services!-

Trends Hair and Nail Salon!

My nails done by Trends Hair and Nail Salon!

I’d also like to thank Trends Hair and Nail Salon also located in Swift Current, for doing my hair and nails for the pageant! Yesterday I had my nails done and am heading back in next week for hair! Thanks Trends, I don’t know what I’d do without you!



I would also like to thank some family and friends for their generous donations! The Jans family and the Evans family for their donations as well as my Grandma Barb! And of course my parents who have helped me through everything to get me where I am today. From holding my hand when I was a little girl to sending me off for a week in the big city! I love all of you!

Thank you so much! It has definitely been the experience of a lifetime so far!

xoxo Dakota

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Hey everyone! As a part of blogging I have been asked to do a blog post about my dream vacation for one of Miss Teen Canada-World’s official sponsors, the travel company S-Trip! They will be awarding the lucky girl who wins the Social Media Queen award a trip! So here is mine!

A Kangaroo Leap Into The Outback!

Who would like to see a kangaroo?!


My dream vacation would be a long distance horseback ride across the breathtaking Australian Outback!

Inspiring this trip is the amazing Joe Guy (horse trainer, actor, author, motivational speaker, singer and songwriter). I met Joe last year at a local fair where he was demonstrating his colt breaking skills and technique. After his clinic I had an opportunity to chat with Joe and also purchased his book and DVD as well as a very useful bridle he designed himself.

Joe working his magic!

After reading Joe’s book and watching his DVD in a matter of days, I had found that Joe had ridden thousands of kilometers over the Outback of Australia (where he is originally from)! Learning many useful facts and lifelong lessons during the journey, Joe inspired me to take on the challenge of an incredible trip like this, one day!

I would take my sister, Madison and my best friend Mattea on this trip with me. With us all being “horse people” I figured this would be a great ride to take as we have spent many hours riding together before. And we could end our trip by spending some time at the beach in Sydney of course!

Mattea (left) and Madison (right)!

Having Joe Guy as our tour guide would be even more exciting!!! Or even if we saw him during our trip, haha!

I think Mattea and Madison would most enjoy the riding during the trip and the change of scenery. It would be quite a transition from south west Saskatchewan’s native prairie grasslands and rolling hills to the dry deserts and towering sand dunes of Australia’s Outback. I hope they would enjoy the simplicity of it all with just enough

Madison and I out for a ride!

supplies to survive, slowly making our way across the land. I wish they would forget their worries and live in the moment to fully embrace the trip and all it has to offer.

It would be great to travel with all my friends, of course! Although for this trip I may have to alter it a bit, seeing as some of my friends couldn’t stay on a horse if their life depended on it! But the different culture and landscape would definitely be enjoyed by all!

This would be my dream vacation sponsored by the outstanding travel company, S-Trip!

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit


Check out S-Trip’s official website to find out more about the company!-

Also check out the man behind the inspiration!-

Thanks for reading my blog post and stay tuned! Toronto is coming up fast!! Only 8 days! See you soon,

xoxo Dakota

A life spent defying the odds, achieving goals and fulfilling dreams.-Joe Guy


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Hello everyone, I would like to share with everyone some pictures a few friends and I took as part of raising awareness for my platform of building self esteem in youth. These pictures are based on an anti-bullying campaign which is closely related to self esteem issues among young people. So here are the photos, I hope you enjoy them and they change your look on bullying!


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On May 25th, 2012 I had my first fundraiser for Free The Children! I held a bottle drive in Hazlet and had some friends help me pick up bottles around town. We started after school and went until about 7:00. It was a quite successful bottle drive for being in such a small community but small communities take great pride in helping out their youth! I’d like to thank my friends that helped me out, my parents for helping and all who donated their bottles, cans, etc. It was a great experience! Here are some pictures from the night!
Xoxo Dakota

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