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Calling All Fairy Godmothers!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 28, 2016 23:32

Calling all Fairy Godmothers! The Princess Shop is now accepting applications for the Fairy Godmother Program! Are you interested in making a difference in a young woman’s life? The Fairy Godmother Program was developed to create positive impact through concrete relationships between Princess Graduates who come through The Princess Shop’s dress program and established women from the community. These relationships contribute to the successful transition out of high school and to the future accomplishments of the Princess Graduates. The importance of friendship and guidance, something seemingly simple, and the positive effect this can have on a young woman is life changing. A consistent friend to encourage and believe in a Princess Graduate not only boosts her confidence but helps her to realize and achieve her dreams.  

The Fairy Godmother Program runs from September – March, getting together once a month for a fun activity as a group! Fairy Godmothers meet their Princess Graduates at the annual Perfectly Pink BBQ in July, with an additional opportunity to spend time as a match and meet the rest of the wonderful ladies in the program in August before it officially starts in September.

 For more information or to download the application form please click the following link: 

http://theprincessshop.ca/blog/page/mentorship-program.aspx

We look forward to meeting you!

The Fairy Godmother Program Coordinators,

Susan Winmill & Emily Dyrland

susan@theprincessshop.ca
emily@the princessshop.ca      

The Princess Shop Gears up for the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   March 16, 2016 21:51

The Princess Shop is thrilled to be putting on the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses on April 7th, 2016! The Glass Slipper benefit is such an important evening of celebrating the success of each of our Princess Graduates over the years, as well as it's our biggest fundraiser of the year! At just over 70% sold out, ticket sales are closing in - but there's still time to get yours! Get your ticket before you miss out!

 

As we prepared for our big night, we sat down with our lovely and talented Glass Slipper Coordinator, Brittney Witte, to ask her what she's most looking forward to on our big night! "I’m so grateful to have the chance to coordinate an event for such a giving and unique organization. The volunteers I spend time with are all so caring, and beautiful inside and out, and it will be so rewarding to see the efforts of our time come to life for one magical evening", Witte said, "The Glass Slipper is going to be an elegant and exciting occasion sponsored by many fantastic companies. It takes the support of an entire community to put together an event like this". When asked the things she's most looking forward to, Brittney gushed about the live and silent auction with over 100 packages, catered dinner and dessert by Cakes by Kait, and entertainment by Mo’ LoveLastly, she said she's most excited for our Keynote Speaker. Cara, a former Princess Graduate is a persevering, strong, young woman with an amazing story to tell. We can’t wait for her to share her journey with all of you!


As a new feature of the Glass Slipper Benefit, we are so excited to have the support of Saskatchewan's own Hillberg and Berk jewellery company! Follow our facebook page and get your tickets today to find out how you can win 1 of 10 pairs of sparkle ball earrings, a $500 Hillberg and Berk gift card, or a luxury jewellery set worth over $895!!! 


For those sweet toothes in the crowd, Cakes by Kait is run by a very talented woman, Kaitlyn Bowman. Kait's baking is as sweet as she is. We can't wait to try the cupcakes that she's baking for the Glass Slipper Benefit, but for now, we'll keep the flavour a secret. :)  


The Glass Slipper Benefit is just 3 WEEKS AWAY and we are over 70% sold out! Get your tickets today to be a part of Saskatoon's most magical evening. And as a bonus, you can feel great knowing that your contribution is going towards providing graduation, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities to young women right here in Saskatoon. 

From Brittney, and the rest of The Princess Shop Team, we'll see you there! 

 

The Princess Shop's Mentorship Program Hosts Clarity Coaching

posted by The Princess Shop    |   February 28, 2016 11:15

The Princess Shop is most well known as a Saskatoon non-profit that runs an incredible grad dress program. What many don't know is that we also have a mentorship program called The Fairy Godmother Program. The purpose of the Fairy Godmother Program is to provide Princess Graduates who have participated in The Princess Shop's Dress Program with the opportunity to build a positive relationship with another woman in our community. These women, known as Fairy Godmothers, are volunteers who are established and stable in their own lives and wish to make a difference in the lives of young women. Each month during the school year the fairy godmothers and their princess graduates participate in a group activity. This month we welcomed Jolene Watson of Clarity Coaching to present to our wonderful matches!!

Jolene led the group through a one hour condensed version of the Myers Briggs personality assessment. It was an evening of self-discovery, instilling confidence in our young women to take the first steps into the dreams and goals they have personally set. 

Each session went through a series of explanations and examples of the 8 different core facets of personality, encouraging better self-awareness in many areas of life. There was even some laughter amongst the matches as they discovered which of the 16 personality types they best identified with. 

 

Jolene also provided the group with great stress relieving tactics to help diminish the daily worries we face. She left the group with a practical challenge. After each person discovered their personality type and learned about how their type interacts with others, they committed to one daily change in their behavior with a goal of fostering more positive relationships. 

With only one activity remaining in the program, we are sad to see the year come to an end. However, we are excited for relationships to continue and to see everyone again in the summer as we start a new cycle and welcome new participants to the program.

Applications for new entrants to the Fairy Godmother Program will open in April. We look forward to meeting you! 

Much Love,

Your Fairy Godmother Program Coordinator 

-Kayla 

 

“It was such an honor to present to the members of the Fairy Godmother Program for The Princess Shop this past week. The group was so inspiring and engaging; I look forward to hearing about the multiple success stories that will come out of the incredible mentorship opportunities being provided.”

To learn more about the workshops Jolene offers check out her website: www.jolenewatson.com

 –Jolene Watson, Clarity Coaching and Development

Best Cupcake in Saskatoon goes to...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 28, 2016 09:43

When we were first contacted about being a part of Wintershines in 2016 we were as excited as we were overwhelmed with ideas. As a Saskatoon non-profit, we take any opportunities we can to be involved in the community. We knew that being part of Potashcorp's Wintershines was the perfect opportunity to spread information about our program, while giving the community a place to gather, and to share some sweet treats on a cold winter day. 

After learning that there weren't any other cupcake competitions locally, we knew that we had a great opportunity to bring the community together to name BEST CUPCAKE in SASKATOON! We got to work reaching out to local cake masters and bakeries, and were so grateful for the reception we had! Our event was as huge success, and we owe that to each of our local contestants. Without further ado, a huge thank you to The Park Town Hotel, Cakes by Britney, Griffin Takeaway, Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes, The Cupcake Conspiracy, and our very own Princess Shop entry. 

Each of our bakers and bakeries chose a gown from the Princess Shop to model their cupcake design after. The results were OUTSTANDING!

The Park Town Hotel's delicious vanilla cupcakes were served upside down, a design inspired by their gorgeous mermaid style grad dress. It was topped with orange creamsicle icing, and handmade black licorice pearls that perfectly emulated the taste of tiger tiger icecream.



Griffin Takeaway had the most articulate icing design. They designed a chocolatey rose on top of each cupcake that went perfectly with their stunning dark red and rose coloured gown.

Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes created a perfect swirl of vanilla and strawberry. From the most moist cupcake to the swirled icing, strawberry shortcake herself would be jealous of this one! 

The Cupcake Conspiracy absolutely nailed their take on a classic chocolate cupcake, and upped the anti from there with the most outstanding colour combination of the evening. Buttercream in flavour, but multicoloured rainbows and sparkles in appearance. It was as tantilizing to the eyes as it was to the tastebuds.



Our very own Princess Shop baker who also doubles as our Live Auction Coordinator, Miss Whitney, lead our team in the design of a beautiful and tasty raspberry rose cupcake.  

And last but certainly not least, our 'Dress It Up Cupcake Contest' WINNER is the lovely Cakes by Britney! Britney put a new spin on an old favourite. This delicious carrot cake was also infused with coconut and pineapple, topped with signature ice blue buttercream frosting and crowned with silver sparkles and jewels. It was as tasty as it was beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS BRITNEY AND TEAM!

 

Other thank yous to the businesses who donated door prizes: The Industrial Kitchen & BarKR Jewelry, Joy Tesch Stylist at Visions Salon & Spa !

A special thank you to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the event and announcing our winner!

To Mandy Pravda , Kim Ali, and Jeff Culbert for putting on such a fantastic winter festival and bringing the community together! Thank you to PotashCorp for funding an important community event: Wintershines!

To each of our The Princess Shop volunteers who helped bake, organize, setup and takedown the event.

And lastly, but surely not least, to each of YOU in the community who came to sample, vote, and enjoy an evening of sweets for such a great cause. You are helping us bring graduation, scholarship, and mentorship experiences to more Saskatchewan women than ever before. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! All of !the proceeds from the event were given back to the Princess Shop!

Our next major event is our 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit on April 7, 2016. Join us for an evening of good fun, good food, and giving back to the community. We'd love to see you there!

All love,

The Princess Shop Team 

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 16, 2015 17:34

A Warm Welcome to our New Graphic Designer- Rachael Meckling

The Princess Shop is excited to welcome our new Graphic Designer, Rachael Meckling. Rachael grew up in Saskatoon but moved to Ontario in her high school years. She attended Ryerson University for fashion communications and graphic design. What makes her unique in her work is that she is an illustrator AND a graphic designer which means she can really make designs exceptional and we are excited and grateful to have her on our team! She did an internship at Flare Magazine and had her illustration and graphic design featured in a June issue in 2010 and she even was known as Flare’s resident artiste and was featured in an August 2010 feature about Flare’s “Young Bright Things.” Below are some questions we asked Rachael:

What got you interested in Graphic Design in the first place? 

Ryerson. The introduction to Adobe InDesign changed my life. And when I realized I could make my own hand drawn letters into fonts. That was a big win.

Why do you want to work with The Princess Shop?

Because mentoring and investing in the well-being of girls is essential to their confidence and sense of self-worth. Girl Power. 

What project are you most excited about with The Princess Shop?

Drawing the new "Glass Slipper". Very excited to make the invites for the 2016 Glass Slipper Gala as well. I hope my work increases the guest list! 

What was your high school graduation like? Describe your dress.

A 1940's style dress from Toronto my aunt bought me for $100. It was made from a dusty mauve chiffon with two silk ribbons that wrapped around my waist and tied in the back. It made me feel like a woman. I'd wear it again. 

What is your favorite colour?

 Pink. I love all the corals and peaches and bubble gums and magentas. I love that oranges and blues can be made sweeter with pink.

 

We are so excited to have Rachael on our team and are looking forward to an amazing time with her! Thank you so much to Rachael for her willingness to volunteer her time and talent J

Volunteering at The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 23, 2014 14:59

Volunteering at The Princess Shop - from the perspective of The Princess Shop's Communications Coordinator.

I joined The Princess Shop's volunteer team in August 2012 in the role of Communications Coordinator. When I saw the posting for the volunteer Communications Coordinator, I thought it would be a great way to further develop some of my skills that I learned in university, as well as learn something new. And that is on top of being able to volunteer for a great non-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting young women celebrate their accomplishments and pursue future goals - volunteering in this role with The Princess Shop just seemed like a great fit for me. 

My first volunteer team meeting with The Princess Shop was overwhelming. While the members that make up the volunteer team for The Princess Shop changes from time to time, one thing remains consistent: the team is always made up of intelligent, driven, caring, kind and funny women. After I left the first meeting, where I got to meet the rest of the team, hear more about the programs offered by The Princess Shop, and all of its upcoming projects and events - I felt incredibly motivated to contribute to an organization that had great momentum and was growing, but still maintained complete focus on providing its services and programs to our community's Princess Graduates. 

The role of Communications Coordinator is a lot of fun. A lot of my role is based on promoting our upcoming events (like our Steak Night fundraiser on October 19 or our huge annual fundraiser, The Glass Slipper) using social media or this website. I also make sure that all of the awesome people and companies that provide our organization sponsorship, in-kind services, or third party fundraisers receive recognition and appreciation from our organization. I am also involved in drafting the promotional materials (like our Princess Post newsletter or Glass Slipper program) that our in-kind creative designer creates into something truly beautiful! It's really a cool experience to be part of the planning process of these events, help with the creation and distribution of the promotional materials, seeing how the event plays out, and then thanking everyone involved - I get to be involved with the whole process from start to finish.

In addition to my volunteer duties as Communications Coordinator, I also have been through two graduation seasons with our Princess Graduates. All of our volunteers assist in dress appointments - where Princess Graduates come to The Princess Shop to select their graduation dress and accessories. It has been such a pleasure to meet these amazing young women and learn a bit about them while they find the perfect dress to celebrate their day. Seeing some of these young women go on to join the Fairy Godmother Program or be awarded scholarships or work placements through the Next Chapter Program is fantastic.

After two years in my Communications Coordinator role, I have decided it's time for someone new to take on this exciting and fun position, while I take a different role with The Princess Shop and focus more on our Glass Slipper Benefit. I have learned so much about marketing and communications during my time in this role and have met some truly wonderful people. If you would be a great fit for The Princess Shop's volunteer team as our new Communications Coordinator - I strongly encourage you to check out the position description and send Karen an application! 

xoxo,
Kacey 

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