London Drugs supports autism fundraising campaign across BC and Alberta

Puzzled Jewelry returns to London Drugs stores across British Columbia and Alberta for the second year in a row. Puzzled Jewelry is a brand with a cause, offering unique and trendy jewelry designs. With a new design every campaign, Puzzled Jewelry creates a unique puzzle piece of jewelry to build awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that impacts typical brain growth. As a spectrum disorder, ASD has a wide variation in how it affects each person. Common characteristics include difficulties with communication and social interactions, repetitive interests and activities, and stereotypic motor behaviours.

Puzzled Jewelry was created by three mothers, Patricia James, Debbie Su and Keri Kennett, who were joined together by an Autism diagnosis affecting each of their little boys. In 2016 their campaign raised over $34,000 through the sale of Puzzled Jewelry necklaces at select London Drugs locations in British Columbia and Alberta. This year, they have created 925 sterling silver puzzle earrings to support their continued fundraising efforts.

At a cost of $20.00 plus tax, partial proceeds from the earrings will go towards the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC). The core purpose of the PAFC is to become a knowledge centre while addressing and providing the support and services required by individuals with ASD and their families. The Centre is the hub for research, and collaboration, providing individuals and their families with resources for their lifespan and is the first of its kind in North America. The Centre of knowledge and innovation will involve the development of physical “hub and spoke/satellite” centres located in communities across the province, in collaboration with local community partners.

Puzzled Jewelry earrings will be available from now until March 31st at most London Drugs British Columbia locations and all stores in Alberta. Show your support in a photo wearing your earrings and share it on social media with #PacificAutism.

Yule Duel: Vancouver’s Largest Outdoor Competition Returns to Gastown

The Yule Duel event is on for one night only – so it’s a can’t-miss event to kick-off the Christmas season in Vancouver. As well, the event is more than just a carolling competition, as it is a way for the participating choirs and the community to give back by fundraising for May’s Place which provides much-needed compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside.


Yule Duel brings together Vancouver’s top choirs and some of the city’s most notable personalities to fundraise for May’s Place which provides much needed, compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. 

When: December 1, from 6-9 PM.

Where: Along Water Street in Vancouver’s vibrant Gastown.

What to expect: Choirs will be performing along Water Street. People can wander the street to enjoy a diverse selection of carolling performances by over 20 of Vancouver’s top choirs, each with a unique style ranging from rock to pop to gospel. There are a number of opportunities for people to make donations to the groups they like best.

Why the “Duel” in Yule Duel? Throughout the evening choirs will sing their hearts out in hopes of performing in a sing-off on the main stage. Everyone is welcome to vote for their favourite choir, by buying a button for $5 and casting a vote. Near 8pm, the panel of celebrity judges will select their favourite choirs from those with the most votes. The top two choirs will then ‘duel’ it out on stage.  

Judges: This year’s judges include: John Fluevog, Fluevog Shoes; Morna Edmondson, Elektra Women’s Choir; Mike Forrester, Coastal Jazz; Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604; and Vision Councilor, Heather Deal.

MC: People will be entertained by hilarious and charming, Fred Lee.

Choirs: Saint James Music Academy Choir, the Lions Gate Chorus, and Vancouver Pops Choir are among the wide range of top level choirs you will see and hear.

“All donations received will be given to May’s Place, which provides compassionate end-of-life care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Michele Sutherland, Manager of Hospice Services at May’s Place. “We’re so grateful for the generous support this event received last year, raising more than $38,000 to support our charity. We can’t wait to see what this year brings!”

Yule Duel is a joint partnership between the Gastown Business Improvement Society and The Bloom Group, the nonprofit operator of May’s Place. Media partners include Global TV, the Georgia Straight, and Miss 604. Local sponsors include Big Little, The Social Agency, Club Card, Richards Buell Sutton, Inform Interiors, and Miss604.com. 

{{Giveaway + Promo Code}} Healthy Family Expo, Saturday March 6th, 2016

Healthy Family Expo 2016 Is Bigger & Better Than Ever!

I’m so excited for the Healthy Family Expo this year!

It will be my first year attending and I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing vendors, as well as the activities and entertainment planned for the kiddos!

Healthy Family Expo

The 3rd annual Healthy Family Expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday March 6th from 10am – 5pm. It’s a fun-filled day for Lower Mainland families with kids aged 0-12 offering small steps & simple solutions to healthy, active, eco-friendly living, including:

  • 100+ Exhibitors, Shopping & Food Sampling
  • Biggest Active Kid Zone in the Lower Mainland, with climbing wall, giant hamster ball track, fire truck bouncer, run bike & sportball areas, animal safari, DANCEPL3Y classes & more!
  • Bobs & LoLo concerts at 11 am and 12:30 pm
  • Jessie Farrell concert at 3 pm presented by Bolthouse Farms
  • $15,000 Grand Prize Showcase, including a 1-year lease on a Toyota Prius c
  • On-site hybrid vehicle test-driving with Toyota Canada
  • Seventh Generation Baby Feeding & Changing Lounge & Active Baby Stroller Parking
  • First 200 attendees receive child day ticket to the Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Advance tickets are entered to win a $200 shopping spree at the Expo!
  • $1 from each ticket sale supports the Canucks Autism Network.

RSVP that you’re GOING in the Expo Facebook Event to win thousands in prizing before the big day! Tickets: $12 in advance (www.healthyfamilyexpo.com/tickets or at Whole Foods Market or London Drugs) $15 cash at the door, kids under 12 are FREE!

Healthy Family Expo

To kick off pre-Expo celebrations, Healthy Family Expo partners have teamed up to give one lucky Lower Mainland winner a healthy family prize package valued at over $1000, including:

Enter through Rafflecopter below! Open to Vancouver Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor residents. Winner will be announced at the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Party on March 3rd , 2016, and must collect prizes at the Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6 th , 2016.

 

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Help raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder! #PacificAutism

Are you familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Awareness

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological condition that can affect the normal function of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems. It impacts normal brain development leaving most individuals with communication problems, difficulty with typical social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour. There is also a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests.

The term “spectrum” refers to a continuum of severity or developmental impairment. Children and adults with ASDs usually have particular characteristics in common, but the conditions cover a wide spectrum, with individual differences in:

Number and particular kinds of symptoms
Severity: mild to severe
Age of onset
Levels of functioning
Challenges with social interactions

According to the latest estimates (March 2014) from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 8-year old children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represents a 30% increase in the prevalence rate previously reported by the CDC.

Individuals on the autism spectrum tend to have varying degrees and combinations of symptoms and therefore treatment must be specific to the individual. It is also important to keep in mind that individuals with autism vary widely in their needs, skills and abilities.

There is no standard “type” or “typical” person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Knowing the early signs that lead to early diagnosis can lead to optimal outcomes.

Autism is treatable.

Puzzled Jewelry

London Drugs, Puzzled Jewelry and the Pacific Autism Family Centre have teamed up to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Between January 8th and February 19th, 2016, a 925 sterling silver puzzle piece necklace will be available to purchase at all BC and Alberta London Drugs locations to support the new Autism Centre of Excellence.

At a cost of $25.00 plus tax, the proceeds of the necklace will go towards the new Autism Centre. Slated to open in the Summer of 2016, the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) core purpose is to become a knowledge centre while addressing the support and services required. The centre will be the hub for research, and collaboration, providing individuals and their families with resources for their lifespan.

Puzzled Jewelry is a brand with a cause, created by Patricia James, Keri Kennett, and Debbie Sui, three mothers joined together by an autism diagnosis that affects each of their little boys. Each year, Puzzled Jewelry will design a unique puzzle piece item to build awareness if Autism. Proceeds will go to PAFC.

Pacific Autism Family Centre

London Drugs

Sometimes the grey clouds just have a way of sneaking in. #TheGoodMotherProject

Post partum depression and anxiety suck!

I know, because I suffered first hand.

Feeling blue

When our daughter was born six years ago, I thought that being a Mom was the best thing ever! A few days in, I was a total mess!

I was uber tired, exhausted, and I felt so overwhelmed.

Hubby did what he could to help, but I was the food source for our little lady and the frequent feedings certainly occupied a lot of our time.

I recall sitting on the couch all day with our new baby in my lap or on my boob, tears flowing freely down my cheeks. I felt alone and at a loss of how I should be spending time with this precious little being. I had no Mom friends to talk to and no family members that could help me. My husband was so worried about my mental health and tried so hard to help me get my head above water. I just could not shake the blues and worries away.

So tired

Finally we went in to the doctor for a chat. She referred me to B.C. Women’s Hospital where I was assessed and it was discovered that I was experiencing post partum anxiety. I then saw a therapist who taught me the tools to handle my anxieties. I had to force myself to do the “Mommy Firsts”. Bum changes, feedings, naps outside of the comfort of our home, were some of the firsts that I struggled with, but once I accomplished these simple tasks, the worries began to ease off.

I had heard of post partum depression, but when I was feeling my worst, I had no idea what to do. I went online to look for support and discovered the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, but was too afraid to contact them. I really wish that I had at the time…it probably would have shortened my suffering and made my life more bearable.

Post partum depression awareness has really come a long way and the support available is fantastic.

The Good Mother Project

The Good Mother Project, founded by Eran Sudds, is a network for mothers to support each other going through similar hardships.

On November 14th, The Good Mother Project will be holding a photo event as a way to raise money for the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.

Mothers and their children are invited to attend and have their photos taken while holding up signs that read “You are amazing” and “You are a good mother” as a way of sending positive and empowering messages to other participants as well as those viewing the images.

The Good Mother Project Photo Event will be held in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie St. from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. To register for your session, please click here. Tickets are $50 per session with FREE makeup touch-ups, coffee and snacks.

The Good Mother Project Photo Event

The Drop Zone Vancouver, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. #EasterSeals

Are you ready to conquer your fear of heights while raising money benefitting the Easter Seals?!

The Drop Zone

Be sure to head downtown this Wednesday to The Drop Zone, and join some fellow Vancouverites as they strap in and rappel down a 20-storey office tower to raise funds towards the Easter Seals.

The Drop Zone

To register, please visit www.thedropzone.ca/vancouver

Cost: $50

Location: 999 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Time: 8am – 5pm

Easter Seals Drop Zone

About Easter Seals:

The Easter Seal buses began in 1947 and were established to transport children with disabilities to school. From there, they were used to transport children to hospitals, schools, treatment centres and community recreational facilities. Now, there is housing and camps available to serve children with disabilities as well as the well-known Timmy’s Christmas Telethon.

With generous donations and fundraising, the Easter Seals have helped many families of children with disabilities and helped give these children, abilities.

Easter Seals British Columbia Lions Society For Children With Disabilities

Unleash your inner warrior and help raise funds for #EasterSealsBC! #Woman2Warrior May 24th, 2015

Ready to lace up your sneakers raise funds for a fantastic charity and have a heck of a good time?!

Woman2Warrior

Woman2Warrior, Vancouver’s only women’s charity obstacle adventure race, is back for its third year! The five-kilometre untimed race challenges women of all fitness levels to be strong, determined and powerful, all while raising funds for Easter Seals BC.

There is a warrior in the heart of every woman. She is Strong. Determined. Powerful. Woman2Warrior, Vancouver’s only women’s charity obstacle adventure race, is back for its third year on Sunday, May 24.

Woman2Warrior

Hit the track, trails and grass at Burnaby’s Central Park & Swangard Stadium and tackle more than a dozen obstacles designed to strength, agility, balance and endurance, all while raising funds to send over 800 kids and young adults with disabilities to one of three accessible Easter Seals camps in BC. Afterwards, stop by the Finisher’s Area for some well-deserved post event fun, including food & beverages, music, massages and prizes!

Woman2Warrior

To register, visit www.woman2warrior.ca.

Here’s more info regarding the event:

DATE AND TIME:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PRICE:
$35.00 registration fee

VENUE:
Swangard Stadium at Burnaby Central Park

ADDRESS:
3883 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J 1A3

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Woman2Warrior

Twitter
@Woman2WarriorBC

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Pinterest
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LEARN MORE

For more information on the event and details on how to register, please visitwww.woman2warrior.ca or email info@woman2warrior.ca.

Watch this video to see how much fun this event will be! 😃