THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY
From the very beginning, Clearwater was created with the intention to give back as much as possible, whenever possible. Our roots are in community, and it is the basis for what we do. We would love for you to join us!
The Living Room Series is inspired by 18th century French salons where a cross-section of society would gather to discuss ideas and share their passion for music and the arts. The Living Room Series originated in Calgary, and launched in Vancouver in 2017. Now, in 2018, we are set for expansion into Asia (Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City).
Through our events, we aim to gather people with different lives, backgrounds and stories to expand everyone's perspective and build a community through music, art and words. As one of the Vancouver chapter leaders, it's been rewarding in so many ways. It's created a safe space for the curious, the individuals that want to dive deeper into topics that don't necessarily come up in daily conversation. It's been an opportunity to create community with those that are searching for more.
YELL is a hands-on, experiential accelerator for high school students interested in gaining knowledge and leadership experience in all areas of business and entrepreneurship. In addition, YELL helps students interact with like-minded individuals across the school system, helps to build a community based framework to enhance collaborative engagement and provides a learning and development structure to foster innovation and advancement for future generations.
I've had the opportunity of being a guest speaker with YELL for a couple of years now. It's a great experience to share my journey into entrepreneurship with the students, Grades 10 - 12. My hope is that they feel inspired and hopeful when I leave, knowing that it may not always be easy but the work will always be rewarding as long as you remain passionate.
A Wish to Wed Society was founded in Vancouver in 2014 as Canada’s first non-profit to grant the union of marriage to those faced with a terminal illness.
We believe people should be able to get married when faced with a terminal illness. We believe in bringing joy and strength to people through a wedding celebration. We believe people are not defined by their illness.
As I added weddings to my service offerings, I wanted to find a way to give back using that specific skillset. Then along came A Wish to Wed. It's a nod to my past work with The Lipstick Project and the Canadian Cancer Society, while celebrating where I am now. There truly could not be a more perfect fit.
The Lipstick Project is an organization that serves men, women, and children who are facing significant health challenges by offering light, love and compassionate care through free, professional spa services.
The Lipstick Project helps to restore dignity to some of our most vulnerable. They believe that sometimes manicures are better than morphine, and that a close shave can be better than a sharp syringe. They believe there is a time in life where the quality of your days is more important than the quantity of your days. The moments I had the privilege of witnessing during my time are some of the most special, and I continue to carry those experiences with me years later.
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
The Canadian Cancer Society is a community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society is where the seed to Clearwater was sown. What started as simple day-of volunteering, turned into Chairing the North Shore event and being a part of a regional advisory team. Volunteering with Relay For Life fostered an appreciation for community, and showed there was a tangible way to give back year over year.