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3 Upcoming Events You Don't Want to Miss in #YXE

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 20, 2017 14:36

Hi everyone!  My name is Bonnie and I am the Fundraising Coordinator here at The Princess Shop.  I am so excited to share with you what is coming up for The Princess Shop in these last few months of 2017! 

To definition, a fundraiser is an event held to generate financial support for a charity or other enterprise.  For The Princess Shop, fundraising means providing a way to ensure the sustainability of our three programs: The Dress Program, The Fairy Godmother Program, and The Next Chapter Program.  Additionally, as volunteers, we are able to directly interact with Saskatoon’s community and many of the city’s incredible local companies through these events!  To get a taste for how The Princess Shop is supported, here are some of the fundraisers we have coming up in the next couple of months:

Pay It Forward Fundraiser

The Princess Shop was lucky enough to be the chosen recipients of Pay It Forward Saskatoon’s annual fundraiser!  Each year, this event is held to fundraise money for a local charity.  It is an incredible event that includes many activities such as networking, entertainment, food, drink, and silent auction!  As a bonus, the event will be Masquerade themed, so you are still able to have your Halloween fun!

Date: October 28, 2017
Time: 7PM-11PM
Location: Saskatoon’s Farmer’s Market
Tickets: $43.67 available through Picatic or in person from any Pay it Forward member or The Princess Shop!

For more information on this event, please visit

The Princess Ryde

The Princess Ryde is an ongoing fundraiser that will be held on the first Tuesday of every month from now until March. 

Thanks to our friends at Ryde YXE Cycle Studio, you can now support The Princess Shop and go for an awesome workout at the same time!  The best part is that the class is FREE with a cash donation, and every month will feature a new prize to be won if you attend the class!

Date: First Tuesday of every month until March.  The next one is November 7th!
Time: 8:15PM
Location: Ryde YXE, 705 Broadway Ave
How to sign up: You can sign up for these classes ONE WEEK before the events. 

For more information on how to sign up, please visit Ryde’s website @

The Glitter & Glamour Grad Fashion Show

Many thanks to Exquisite Fashions & Bridal for collaborating with The Princess Shop to hold a fashion show for all upcoming grads!  This show will feature beautiful graduation gowns that are available for purchase at Exquisite Fashion & Bridal!  Not only will you be able to see some beautiful dresses, you’ll also have the chance to win some incredible door prizes!  Stay tuned for more information.

Date: November 19, 2017
Time: Doors open at 2pm, Show starts at 3pm
Location: Sutherland Hall
Tickets: $10 advance tickets @ Exquisite, $15 at the door  


For more information, please follow Exquisite Fashions & Bridal’s social media pages! 



Our 10th Graduation Season a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 15, 2017 11:30

"Thank you so much to everyone that helped me make this day truly special for me. When I first found out about the princess shop I never knew it was this amazing ! It was truly a day I will NEVER forget. I felt like a princess for sure and I got so many compliments on my make up hair and especially my gorgeous dress ! Thank you thank you thaaaaank you!" -Dacy, 2017 Princess Graduate

This June, we completed our 10th graduation season providing the Dress Program to 134 female-identified students graduating from school programs from 10 different communities across Saskatchewan.

Since the first graduation season in 2008, we have directly impacted the lives of 890 women on their graduation day! Some of these Princess Graduates have continued with our programs for mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program) and scholarships and skill development workshops (Next Chapter Program). 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting our 10th graduation season:

Diamond Sponsor Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Emerald Sponsor Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Ruby Sponsor Wright Construction Western Inc.

Friends: SIGA, Centennial 360, EY



Sponsor a Princess Graduate: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Since 2010, we have had 65 mentorship matches in the Fairy Godmother Program! Some of these matches that are in the program today have continued from as far back as 2010.

Through the Next Chapter Program, we have been able to award over $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the amazing sponsors we have had contributing to this program. 

Most of our graduates are grade 12 students, however we honour requests from Grade 8s and post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to ensure that all female-identified students can attend their graduation ceremony and celebration stress-free, and then continue to pursue success in the next chapter!

It is more than a dress – everyone deserves the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and participate fully in their graduation celebration. If you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about The Princess Shop (teacher, student or general supporter), please send them a link to our website!

Photography by: Wanda Keen Photography

Hair by: MC College

Makeup by: Spa Academy

Corsages: Blossoms Living

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Dear High School Graduates...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 12, 2017 12:17

Dear High School Graduates,

I want to express my greatest happiness towards you and your newfound freedom. I also want to comfort you in the stress that can be found in this freedom. It is an absolutely exciting time but seems to bring with it the pressure of deciding life’s most important decisions in the midst of just trying to graduate.

I wish I had counted how many times I had been asked the question, “What are you doing next year?” when I was graduating high school. At the time it felt completely overwhelming.  Now, 8 years later, I realize having the perfect answer wasn’t as important as I thought it had been at the time. I had over stressed choosing THE right thing to do. The point is I made a choice that led me to another and another, which brings me to today.

I chose to go become a teacher and worked towards that for 6 years after finishing high school. I love being a teacher but I also know that if I had decided to do something else I could have been happy doing that too. There isn’t one decision that leads you to happiness. There is a world of possibilities. This idea doesn’t get rid of the fact that you still have a decision to make, but I wanted give you a few things to keep with you – 8 actually – during the process.

1. Surround yourself with people that are supportive of YOU. If you are in a process of figuring out who you are don’t let your decisions be made primarily to please others. Find people that encourage you to be YOU.

2. Travel. You can plan to travel nearby or travel far. There is something about experiencing other places and meeting different people that opens your eyes to a new perspective. It forces you think in a changed way. It’s possible to travel affordably by finding cheap flights, staying in hostels, or finding work-as-you-travel organizations.

3. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. There are different ways to figure out who you are. It looks different for everyone. You don’t have to travel to “find yourself” or discover who you are. You DO you have to try new things. Maybe it looks like making friends with people who are completely different than you or spending time on your own. Whatever it may be, you need to try things that scare you.

4. Volunteer. If you feel as though you are floating in sea of  “I have NO idea what to do with my life” start plugging into various organizations. You gain experience in a variety of settings and meet people from all walks. You can be helping someone else in need, adding meaning to your own life during your time of searching.

5. Ask for advice. Many people are going to offer you unwanted or unneeded advice but seek out people you admire and ask THEM questions. It could be helpful or maybe isn’t relevant to your situation but you really don’t have anything to lose.

6. Find a job and save for the unknown. Don’t spend your money on menial items while you pass your time thinking of what you want to do. Start saving because eventually you might have an idea of what you’d like to do and a savings account to back it up wouldn’t hurt.

7. What you decide to do next year isn’t going to dictate what you will do for the rest of your life. Whether you chose to find an entry-level job and start working or enroll in University classes, don't feel as though you are stuck in that place forever.

8. Don't be afraid to try something, fail or realize you don’t like it. You aren’t going to be sure about every decision you make. Actually, most of the important decisions I’ve made have all had a little bit of uncertainty to them. Knowing that it’s okay to fail will give you some confidence to just give things a try.

The bottom line is, you’re just at one beginning here. There will be so many more beginnings in your life, your beautiful life. Take a deep breath, you’ve got this!


A sister who cares


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