It’s been 10 years since Caroline MacGillivray started Beauty Night, a non-profit organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that is committed to bettering the self-esteem, image, and lives of women living in poverty. Due to her efforts and the dedication of over 400 volunteers over the years, 11,000 life-makeovers have been performed.
In 2009, Caroline was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction and I had the chance to interview her about Beauty Night. “We are able to work together to make a difference in the lives of many, Caroline told me. “Our volunteers empower the women and themselves by sharing their gifts (skills) with the clients. The programs bridge the gap between different areas of society. I believe this creates a synergy for us to make a positive impact by breaking down barriers and working together.”
You can contribute by volunteering your time, services, or beauty products such as mascara wands, nail files, and barbacide. Monetary donations can be made online.
Beauty Night’s anniversary party will be December 15th at the Inter Urban Gallery from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend (for free) to celebrate and reflect upon this milestone. RSVP’s can be made online.
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