June 20, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly take a look at the movers and shakers round Metro Vancouver

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MEANINGFUL WORK: Based in 1992, Mission Doable has been serving to people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside challenged by poverty, homelessness, dependancy and different obstacles get again on their ft.

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Via its employment readiness and social enterprise packages, the non-profit has been serving to folks expertise a way of dignity and function by means of significant work. To offer extra people the chance for purposeful employment, the registered charity just lately held its annual Mission Doable vacation hootenanny.

This 12 months’s gala theme was Outdated Hollywood, and plenty of glammed it up for the red-carpet paparazzi, numerous images and evening of philanthropy.

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Staged on the Fairmont Waterfront Lodge Vancouver, some 350 company got here out to listen to inspiring tales of transformation, bid on distinctive reside and silent public sale gadgets, buy Christmas crackers crammed with prizes and revel in a scrumptious three-course dinner, all whereas celebrating the wonderful achievements of program members, each previous and current.

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Previous to the evening of giving, celebration company raised a glass to Mission Doable’s rising efforts to create jobs that result in lasting change. From MP Upkeep, a panorama and upkeep service, to MP Neighbours, an progressive program for Downtown Eastside residents to be skilled as safety personnel to care for his or her neighbourhood, the agency’s social enterprises pave the best way for extra folks to maneuver into employment.

Event chair Jasmine Allen and Virgin Radio’s Drew Savage fronted the 11th Mission Possible Gala at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver.
Occasion chair Jasmine Allen and Virgin Radio’s Drew Savage fronted the eleventh Mission Doable Gala on the Fairmont Waterfront Lodge in Vancouver. Photograph by Fred Lee

Attendees additionally toasted six people, recipients of the humanitarian company’s Momentum Awards which are given to alumni who’ve demonstrated braveness, willpower and religion in overcoming nice challenges and adversity, rising from life’s challenges with energy and stability. Feted this 12 months had been John Barbour, Thomas Gibbons, Catherine Shimizu, Alexandre Nadon, Lorenzo Watters and Michael Wielgosh.

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Dawn Soya Meals homeowners Peter and Shirley Joe, a longtime champion, benefactor and employer of MP grads, had been recipients of the Influence Enterprise Accomplice of the Yr Award. The awards had been introduced by occasion emcee Drew Savage from Virgin Radio and Mission Doable CEO Matt Smedley.

The six tales of success impressed everybody within the room to provide. From a silent and reside public sale that included a Yukon journey and luxurious Okanagan escape to a spirited paddle elevate, there have been loads of alternatives to help. By night’s finish, organizers had been assured of assembly and or exceeding final 12 months’s $190,000 fundraising customary to help Mission Doable’s ever-expanding employment efforts.

Rev. Lori Ward and CEO Matt Smedley shared the history and work of Mission Possible in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to some 350 guests that attended the firm’s flagship fundraiser.
Rev. Lori Ward and CEO Matt Smedley shared the historical past and work of Mission Doable in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to some 350 company that attended the agency’s flagship fundraiser. Photograph by Fred Lee

“This 12 months we’re celebrating 10 years of social enterprise affect and success in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood,” mentioned Smedley.

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“Because of the rising help and demand of our companies, we’re shifting into a brand new constructing within the spring of 2020, getting ready for the launch of a ladies’s observe in our employment readiness program and making a human sources guidebook for the rising employment companions wanting to rent our graduates.”

Honourees Alexandre Nadon, Catherine Shimizu and Michael Wielgosh were feted for their courage, determination and faith in overcoming great challenges and adversity.
Honourees Alexandre Nadon, Catherine Shimizu and Michael Wielgosh had been feted for his or her braveness, willpower and religion in overcoming nice challenges and adversity. Photograph by Fred Lee
Momentum Award recipients Lorenzo Walters, John Barbour and Thomas Gibbons credit their success to Mission Possible’s ongoing efforts to lift up people in the country’s poorest neighbourhood.
Momentum Award recipients Lorenzo Walters, John Barbour and Thomas Gibbons credit score their success to Mission Doable’s ongoing efforts to carry up folks within the nation’s poorest neighbourhood. Photograph by Fred Lee
Gala-goers Joel Smith, Camilla Tibbs and Darcy Greiner were among patrons supporting Mission Possible’s efforts to transform lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through meaningful work.
Gala-goers Joel Smith, Camilla Tibbs and Darcy Greiner had been amongst patrons supporting Mission Doable’s efforts to remodel lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by means of significant work. Photograph by Fred Lee
Champions of Mission Possible’s MP Maintenance Program is Townhall Brands’ Leeann Froese and Andre von Rosen.
Champions of Mission Doable’s MP Upkeep Program is Townhall Manufacturers’ Leeann Froese and Andre von Rosen. Photograph by Fred Lee

WAMS energy lunch

KICKING MS: Soccer phenom Christine Sinclair was the particular visitor on the annual Girls In opposition to A number of Sclerosis (WAMS) luncheon. The three-time Olympian and Canadian ladies’s nationwide soccer crew captain joined some 350 company for the facility lunch held on the Fairmont Lodge Vancouver.

Created 5 years in the past, the occasion brings collectively a strong community of businesswomen from all sectors to assist construct consciousness and lift vital analysis funds to finish MS.

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Canada reportedly has one of many highest charges of MS on this planet, and ladies get MS thrice extra typically than males.

Dr. Pam Valentine, president and CEO of the MS Society of Canada, recognized soccer phenom and MS champion Christine Sinclair as its 2019 Women Against MS honouree.
Dr. Pam Valentine, president and CEO of the MS Society of Canada, acknowledged soccer phenom and MS champion Christine Sinclair as its 2019 Girls In opposition to MS honouree. Photograph by Fred Lee

It’s a trigger near Sinclair’s coronary heart, as her mom Sandi was identified with MS greater than 30 years in the past. In honour of her mom and the opposite 77,000 Canadians residing with MS, Sinclair has been an outspoken MS champion rallying Canadians to return collectively to assist discover a approach to beat the neurological illness.

“When you find yourself a child, your mother and father are indestructible, and that was what my mother was to me. Indestructible,” mentioned Sinclair. “However as years glided by, I watched MS chip away at elements of her life, and her battle towards the power illness grew to become extra strenuous.”

Seeing what her mother went by means of, Sinclair was impressed to become involved with the MS Society of Canada and associated fundraising efforts. Since launching in Vancouver in 2015, the WAMS luncheon has raised over $500,000 for a brand new era of ground-breaking Canadian researchers working to discover a treatment for a number of sclerosis. Sinclair and others helped add one other $179,000 to its tally following the afternoon of networking, storytelling and fundraising.

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Tania Vrionis, MS Society president, B.C. and Yukon Division, and Cindy Elliott, WAMS cabinet chair, led this year’s Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) Luncheon at the Hotel Vancouver.
Tania Vrionis, MS Society president, B.C. and Yukon Division, and Cindy Elliott, WAMS cupboard chair, led this 12 months’s Girls In opposition to A number of Sclerosis (WAMS) Luncheon on the Lodge Vancouver. Photograph by Fred Lee
Accompanied by Helijet’s Jay Minter, Faimont Hotel staffer Tracey Curtis attended the annual WAMS charity luncheon in support of her good friend and colleague Jodi Francks who, along with some 77,000 Canadians, live with MS.
Accompanied by Helijet’s Jay Minter, Faimont Lodge staffer Tracey Curtis attended the annual WAMS charity luncheon in help of her good buddy and colleague Jodi Francks who, together with some 77,000 Canadians, reside with MS. Photograph by Fred Lee
Guest speaker Zahra Al-Harazi (left) with WAMS luncheon committee member Tracey Freseda. Al-Harazi’s story of resilience and entrepreneurship helped contribute to a $179,000 haul for the MS Society of Canada. Proceeds will support vital MS research.
Visitor speaker Zahra Al-Harazi (left) with WAMS luncheon committee member Tracey Freseda. Al-Harazi’s story of resilience and entrepreneurship helped contribute to a $179,000 haul for the MS Society of Canada. Proceeds will help very important MS analysis. Photograph by Fred Lee

Kettle kickoff

JINGLE BELLS: The Salvation Military’s Christmas Kettle is without doubt one of the metropolis’s most recognizable vacation symbols, and The Hope within the Metropolis Breakfast kicked off the social service company’s annual vacation marketing campaign.

For the 18th consecutive 12 months, the town’s enterprise neighborhood got here collectively within the early hours of the morning to ring within the season, elevate funds and have fun the work of the Salvation Military.

Lt. Colonel Jamie Braund, B.C. Divisional Commander, Canada Broad Publishing CEO Peter Legge and Kingswood Capital Corp. president Joe Segal fronted the Scotiabank-sponsored morning luau.

Salvation Army Lt. Colonel Jamie Braund (left) and Canada Wide Publishing CEO Peter Legge welcomed Dragons’ Den personality, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson to this year’s Hope in the City Vancouver Breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Salvation Military Lt. Colonel Jamie Braund (left) and Canada Broad Publishing CEO Peter Legge welcomed Dragons’ Den character, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson to this 12 months’s Hope within the Metropolis Vancouver Breakfast on the Vancouver Conference Centre. Photograph by Fred Lee

Set towards the backdrop of the town’s conference centre, the occasion featured a hearty breakfast, keynote deal with by Dragons’ Den character and entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson plus an impressed story of triumph and perseverance from Iain and Darcy Anderson, recipients of the Salvation Military’s Hero of Hope Award.

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Whereas scuffling with their very own private demons, the Andersons discovered help and refuge on the Salvation Military. In addition they discovered employment and one another on the agency whereas serving to others. Their story of hope and achievement would compel attendees to open their hearts and their wallets. Earlier than the gathering’s 9 a.m. conclusion, the seasonal soiree was reportedly on observe to lift $400,000.

Web proceeds will help some 50 ministries throughout the province feed, dress and shelter B.C.’s most weak. Final 12 months, an estimated 1.7 million folks had been helped by the Salvation Military, due to the generosity of British Columbians.

Recipients of the Hero of Hope Award, Iain and Darcy Anderson’s story of triumph and perseverance inspired a morning of charitable giving.
Recipients of the Hero of Hope Award, Iain and Darcy Anderson’s story of triumph and perseverance impressed a morning of charitable giving. Photograph by Fred Lee
Daryl Dunn, vice-president commercial banking, and Tamara Van Der Brink, regional vice-president of Scotiabank, sponsored the 18th annual Hope in the City breakfast. The event looked to raise $400,000 to kick start the Salvation Army’s annual holiday campaign.
Daryl Dunn, vice-president business banking, and Tamara Van Der Brink, regional vice-president of Scotiabank, sponsored the 18th annual Hope within the Metropolis breakfast. The occasion seemed to lift $400,000 to kick begin the Salvation Military’s annual vacation marketing campaign. Photograph by Fred Lee

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