Success Luncheon with Dress for Success Vancouver

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Join Dress for Success Vancouver (“DFSV”) at their 10th annual Success Luncheon on November 2nd. Presented by BlueShore Financial, this event supports Dress for Success Vancouver’s work to empower women into good jobs, financial independence and personal success.

The theme of the 10th Luncheon is full circle, representing the thousands of women that began their journey with Dress for Success and now continue to empower other women into the workforce.

Success Luncheon Program

Success Luncheon with Dress for Success Vancouver

  • When: Wednesday November 2, 2022 10:30am to 2:30pm
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront (900 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Individual tickets $225; Tables of ten $2,250

This annual Luncheon celebrates the Dress for Success Vancouver community of sponsors, supporters, ambassadors and champions. The event is hosted by CBC’s Michelle Eliot and includes featured guest Dress for Success CEO, Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, as well as DFSV Executive Director and Chair of the Dress for Success Canada Foundation, Amy Robichaud.

The 2023 Inspiration Award winner, Silvia Ivanov, will be acknowledged and will share her journey through Dress for Success Vancouver programming and her passion for continuing to give back to the community through her career and volunteer work.

The popular Market Hall returns with a shopping experience featuring jewelry, luxury fashion, home goods and gifts by local, women-owned retailers. In addition to lunch, the featured guest keynote and award presentation, guests will be invited to enjoy the silent auction and wall of wine fundraiser, have a professional headshot taken and purchase raffle tickets to win a variety of local and luxury prizes and experiences.

Success Luncheon Volunteers - Photo submitted
Success Luncheon Volunteers – Photo submitted

About DFSV

Dress for Success Vancouver is a registered charity committed to empowering women in our community into employment, financial independence, and personal success. An affiliate of the international organization, Dress for Success, DFSV was established in 1999 as the first international affiliate and has served over 39,000 women in the Lower Mainland. Based on the median income for women from the 2016 City of Vancouver Census data, that is a potential economic engine of almost $1 billion. The Success Luncheon celebrates the community that has built Dress for Success Vancouver from a grassroots organization to a leader in the economic empowerment of women.

Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley

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One of the most anticipated seasonal events of the year, the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley, is coming up on October 8th. Now in its 27th year, this incredibly popular local festival starts off with a pancake breakfast in the morning, followed by a marketplace throughout the village featuring 100 vendors, 16 food trucks, and a full day of live entertainment.

Fort Langley Cranberries

Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley

  • When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm
    • Pancake breakfast starts at 9:30am
  • Where: Glover Road, Fort Langley Village
  • Festival Admission: Free (RSVP to get info here)
Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley

The Cranberry Festival was started in 1995 to celebrate the annual harvest and the history of the cranberry in the area and Fort Langley’s earlier years.

At Fort Langley National Historic Site

October 8, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm – Free Admission
Celebrate cranberries at Fort Langley National Historic Site while learning the history of local uses of native cranberries by Indigenous people. Put on rubber boots and jump into the popular cranberry stomp, as well as other farm-related games. Stroll to/from the Cranberry Festival market in the village.  

About BC Cranberries

  • The cranberry is one of only three commercially-grown fruits that are native to North America.
  • Traditionally, cranberries were popular trading commodities at Fort Langley as local First Nations used them for food, dyes, and medicine. In 1858, cranberries were valued more highly than salmon in these trades.
  • Of all the cranberries harvested in Canada every year, about 60% are grown for Massachusetts-based Ocean Spray, to which most BC cranberry growers belong as a cooperative — as a result 90% of BC cranberries are shipped to the USA.
  • Approximately 50% of BC’s crop is used to make sweetened dried cranberries, 40% is made into juice, 9% is sold whole frozen and 1% is sold fresh, according to the Government of BC.

Related: Read about the time I toured a cranberry bog!

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2022

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The Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala is coming up at the end of October with an inspiring evening and engaging gala in support of children and their families around BC and the Yukon.

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Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2022

  • When: Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 5:30pm
  • Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online now

As a non-profit organization, Canuck Place raises 60% of its operating funds, which is why events like this are so important. Through your ticket purchase, auction participation, or your donation, you can help create a home away from home, where kids get to be kids.

Over the past 18 years, the Gift of Time Gala has raised over $16 million to support care at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Your support will provide critical care to over 830 children living with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.

When children and their families come to Canuck Place, they already know the end of the story. But how they get there hasn’t been written. Canuck Place aspires to make their story the very best it can be— because while they can’t add days to the life of a child, they can add life to their days.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the Gift of Time since 2013

Related: Canuck Place Fall 50/50 Raffle, Canuck Place Recreation Therapy Helps Kids Just Be Kids

Win a VIP Richmond Night Market Experience

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I have an incredible VIP Richmond Night Market experience to give away thanks to Tourism Richmond! The largest market of its kind in North America, the Richmond Night Market features 70 food and 100 retail stalls, with late night entertainment, open all the way until October 10th this year.

Richmond Night Market
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Tuning into the season finale of the Amazing Race Canada this week it was fun to see all of the local spots that were featured, including of course the legendary Richmond Night Market. The challenge for the contestants involved sourcing ten unique dishes from market vendors, including Flying Cup Noodles from Aloha Boys, and Birthday Cake Gelato from Thai Affair Rolled Gelato. I know John and I both salivated (and planned our next visit) when we watched them order grilled octopus as well.

While the racers rushed and ran to complete their orders, the winner of this VIP experience (on Saturday, October 1st) will get to take all the time they need to devour delicious market offerings like crab meat noodles, BBQ squid, ramen, Japanese poutine, Brazilian pastries, spare ribs, sushi, Afghan bolani, even sausage in a waffle cone.

Win a VIP Richmond Night Market Experience

The winner (and their lucky guest) will receive admission for two, a ride share voucher for transportation to/from the event, as well as $100 to spend at the market that night – including some of the items the Amazing Race Canada contestants ordered! Here’s how you can enter to win:

VIP Richmond Night Market Experience

Open to Metro Vancouver residents only.

For more information about Richmond‘s exciting culinary destinations, follow Tourism Richmond on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Canyon Frights Halloween at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will hosting Halloween fun for the whole family this season with Canyon Frights. The Park will be decorated with pumpkins and spooky displays, offering ever more Instagramable moments than usual!

Canyon Frights Halloween at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Frights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • When: Friday, Oct 14 to Monday, Oct 31, 2022, 10:00am to 8:00pm daily 
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Purchase online in advance. Annual Passholders will be required to reserve their time online prior to their visit. Book early to avoid missing out.

Kids of all ages can attend in costume for tricks and treats, join in Halloween-themed games, and participate in a scavenger hunt to win prizes.

The owls of Raptors Ridge return to the park from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day, enjoy the autumn beauty of the forest through the Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, and of course the thrill of crossing the Capilano River from 230ft above!

Enter to Win

I have a pair of passes to give away to Canyon Frights! Here’s how you can enter to win:

Canyon Frights Halloween at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Ticket info and weather updates will be posted on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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