Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Our Community: Beautiful Women

Be-YOU-tiful Women

Beauty Night Society believes in the power of changing the lives of women and youth through the building of friendships, self-esteem and a healthy community. Founded by Catherine MacGillivray in 2000, Beauty Night Society visits shelters, health care facilities, transition homes and drop in centres in the Greater Vancouver area to offer makeovers, wellness and life skills development. Beauty Night believes strongly in the recognition and respect of human dignity, regardless of socio-economic status. With these values, Beauty Night has given over 38,000 makeovers since 2000. The services provided by Beauty Night Society, which include haircuts, brow shaping, relaxation massage, Pap awareness clinics, stress management workshops and vision boarding workshop among others,  are made possible through the support of volunteers, and community partners who serve over 250 impoverished women per week. Beauty Night is always looking for weekly volunteers as well as donations and donations of products to help continue their four beauty nights a week.  The Beauty Night Society is a beautiful example of building healthy local communities by inspiring our strong women to look out for themselves and one another as they support the framework of our society today.

Check out their website for more information on their upcoming events:

Strength Around the World

The Shanti Uganda Society seeks to serve the needs of mothers and children in Uganda under the vision that birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS will be empowered and supported to meet their full potential. Natalie Angell-Besseling began Shanti Uganda, a registered Canadian Charity, Ugandan NGO and Private Not-for-Profit Medical Facility, after volunteering as a doula in a local hospital Uganda. Natalie formed a connection with a group of women living with HIV/AIDs in Kasana who came together to generate income through the selling of paper beads for a community birth centre in the Nsaasi Village. The Shanti Uganda Birth Clinic was opened in 2010 and is registered with the Ministry of Health in Uganda. The organization highly values relationship building, holistic approaches, constant growth, unity and sustainability and demonstrates these values in their programs supporting maternal health, teen girls, community sustainability and women’s empowerment. Shanti Uganda sells their jewelry and bags made by the amazing team of women in Uganda, and also offers the option to purchase ”Gifts of Action” which are provided directly to the women in Uganda. There are many others ways to get involved with Shanti Uganda, including Doula training, prenatal yoga teacher training, hosting a Shanti Party, as well as volunteering locally or abroad in Uganda.

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Local, Natural & Women Inspired


Smell This! Aromatherapy is a great company to check out for your last minute Mother’s Day shopping. Located in Richmond, Smell This! is known for their variety of aromatherapy products that are not only sweet-smelling, PETA approved, eco-friendly and made with plant based ingredients, but also for their contributions to a number of organizations. They are a company that gives back to our community through donations to the Beauty Night Society, the Pink Shirt Day campaign, Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Relief Fund, and Movember Prostate Cancer Research. Smell This! offers a product for everyone, whether its perfume, lip balm, cleansers scrubs or insect repellent. Smell This! even offers a variety of products for men, children and pets. This local business is certainly an excellent option to check out for gifts for the loving mothers and women in your life.

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