The Donor Celebration Open House was created for Dress for Success Donors – corporate, monthly, or one-time – to thank them for their support, and to provide an opportunity for them to see our boutique in person, as some of our online donors have not yet had a chance to tour our newly renovated boutique.

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In the early afternoon, after some ice bag runs with Emily, tidying up of the boutique (luckily I had my runners with me), and prepping of snacks, people started rolling into the boutique.

Emily, Marketing Intern and SFU graduate!

Emily, Marketing Intern and SFU graduate!

I gave people tours of the boutique, and met the TELUS team (from the TELUS Amazing Race event that fundraised for DFS), the women who made the Spark it Forward Race happen, the Sidebuy girls, our “landlords” from the RBC, and many other supporters and donors. It was a joyful afternoon, with light pop tunes playing, the Petit Puf serving cotton candy from mango to chai flavours, water and bubbly, savoury meats, cheese, and crackers, and other sweet treats.

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Me, Christina, and Emily enjoying Petit Puf

Me, Christina, and Emily enjoying Petit Puf

Enjoying Petit Puf!

Enjoying Petit Puf!

DFS Vancouver team and me :) L to R: Christina, Hannah, Lucia, Jen, Jennifer

DFS Vancouver team and me 🙂 L to R: Christina, Hannah, Lucia, Jen, Jennifer

Group photo – seeing this photo, I realize how close knit the team is at DFS Vancouver, and how this small group has spearheaded such huge impact on local women. And also the distinctly different personalities of each staff and how every one balances out each other and makes the team stronger. For example, Lucia has the patience that is perfect for managing PWG and interacting with its members, who look to her almost as a supportive, motherly figure, as Jennifer was talking about today.  In contrast, Jennifer is more “go-go-go” – which allows her to efficiently oversee the organization.

Until tomorrow!

Shirley L

Miss Teen Vancouver 2015

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