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My Year Volunteering at The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   December 29, 2018 10:32

Written by Heidi Anderson

I am very grateful for the volunteer position that I was given the opportunity to have over the past year at The Princess Shop. 

In December 2017, I was looking for a consistent volunteer commitment that I could take on that would be of a benefit to my community.  When I first heard about The Princess Shop I was interested in the idea that they are helping women in need and being apart of reducing and reusing grad dresses. Reducing and reusing are two concepts that I try and follow in my personal life. I love art and expression, but I feel like we live in an overly commercialized culture filled with so much stuff.  On further inspection I learned about the rest of the programs – it is so much more than a dress. If a graduate uses The Dress Program they gain access to other programs and attendance at the main events. There is The Dress Program, The Next Chapter Program and The Fairy Godmother Program. The full name of The Princess Shop is The Princess Shop Mentorship and Female Youth Development Inc. The Princess Shop mission is to create an enhanced graduation experience for female-identified students in need, and provide them with mentorship, support, and the tools to pursue success after graduation. 

My first meeting was overwhelming, and it took awhile to understand everything that The Princess Shop does, what was expected of me, and how the organization is run.  It takes a lot for this organization to run effectively. Thankfully, the rest of the volunteers and Karen Robson the executive director were patient and understanding. They were also able to adapt with me as I went through some life changes like a work scheduling change. I felt supported by these women and that they wanted what was best for me. This was a refreshing change as in many avenues in my life I have felt a sense of rivalry from my female peers.  I felt as if my volunteer contributions were appreciated! As women we should be all be trying to encourage one another and build each other’s self esteem. Empowered women empower women.

I took on the position of the Fairy Godmother Program Coordinator. I felt this was the right fit for me as I have an interest in and a background in education.  The Fairy Godmother Program is a mentorship program and it was sponsored by TD. An interested princess graduate is partnered up with a woman in the community that wants to be a mentor to a princess graduate. All the participants were interviewed and matched into pairs. These women keep in touch throughout each month. They are also expected to attend monthly activities that are put on from September to March. This season we have had a lawn games activity, a pumpkin painting activity, a skin care workshop with local business Green Tree Beauty, and a holiday party so far.

 

It was great to see the connections made!  Mentorship is a learning opportunity for the mentee and the mentor. Even though attendance was a struggle at times for the participants, it didn’t take away from the value of the program. It was clear that it was making a difference for the people who were apart of it. Having the program as an option available for those that want to utilize it, is a value in and of its self. Having someone that supports you and is your cheer leader in life is so important for your personal growth. Imagine never having that and then getting the opportunity to have that!  I love that each season past matches can continue to be apart of the program. My wish for the Fairy Godmother Program is that it grows. If you want to be a role model in a princess graduate’s life, please apply to be a Fairy Godmother as The Princess Shop will be seeking new fairy godmothers to join the program next season. 

The Dress Program

Being at dress choosing appointments, it is interesting to see all the sorts of people that use The Dress Program and what their style preferences are. The participants are encouraged to choose something that interests them. At The Princess Shop there is so many styles of dresses, shoes and accessories to choose from and you are encouraged to be you. I really liked complimenting the ladies when they found a dress and seeing how appreciative they were for the experience. My favorite comment from a graduate when choosing a dress and accessories was, “I feel like Beyonce.” 

 Graduation Days

On the graduation day it is a very busy and exciting time! The graduates can have their hair and makeup done and get professional photos taken.  Seeing the graduates light up is very rewarding for all involved. My favorite moment on a grad day was watching an elderly lady who was about to graduate and she brought her son with her.  She explained that over the years she wasn’t often able to make herself a priority and was very nervous for graduation. As she was done up and went to pictures, you could see the confidence in herself build. 

The Perfectly Pink Appreciation BBQ

The BBQ is a great time to gather with all the princess shop participants, their families and supporting community members. We had such a great turn out this year and almost all the food was eaten! There was even a bouncy castle for the children.  During the BBQ the recipients of the scholarships from the next chapter program were announced! This BBQ has been sponsored by a Fairy Godmother Kari Calder of Kari Calder Realty for a very long time which provides the opportunity for Princess Graduates and their families to attend at no cost.

The Next Chapter Program

The Next Chapter Program is The Princess Shop’s scholarship program. What I really appreciate about the Next Chapter Program is that it doesn’t matter how many years ago you utilized the dress program, you are still able to apply for the scholarships! If The Princess Shop exists, a past Dress Program participant is able to apply to those scholarships. There are so many great scholarship opportunities and learning workshops offered through the program. At the Glass Slipper Benefit this year a scholarship opportunity was bid on and $9,300 was raised! 

The Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada

The Glass Slipper Benefit is the largest fundraiser event put on by The Princess Shop. Lots of work is put into this event and planning begins very early on every year. Sponsors and silent auction items are gathered from all around our community. It is very inspiring listening to the speeches given at the gala by past princess graduates explaining how the princess shop has impacted their life.  

If you are interested in going to the Glass Slipper Benefit, it is best to get your ticket early as it saves you money.

There are many fundraising events that are put on all year round by The Princess Shop like the upcoming cupcake contest held on January 29th of this year during the Nutrien WinterShines Festival. The Cupcake Contest is where bakers compete by creating a cupcake modeled off a dress from The Princess Shop and guests get to judge and decide what cupcake was their favorite. It’s only $10 to attend and sample all of the cupcakes.  The Princess Shop is always interested in different creative fundraising ideas, so they can continue to have the funds to run. 

Unfortunately, I cannot continue as the Fairy Godmother Coordinator as I will be moving out of the city and have travel plans in 2019. I will however continue to show support in the ways that I can. The Princess Shop is always seeking help in many ways from small to large commitments. Please reach out and contact them if you want to contribute in any way. 

I am approaching ten years since I graduated high school. At that time, I really did not see that much significance on the day of graduation. I viewed it in many ways just like any other day and that graduating high school wasn’t that big of a deal. As I have lived my life for the past ten years and reflected, I have seen the value in celebrating positive moments and successes in life. Life is simply too short not to celebrate.  

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An Exciting Start to The Princess Shop's 10th Year

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 6, 2016 12:14

Back to School means back to routines and getting down to business, which is what we’ve been doing at The Princess Shop! The change of season has the The Princess Shop team changing gears from summer and getting ready for the exciting year ahead of us!

The Princess Shop team had a great summer that was kicked off with The Perfectly Pink Appreciation BBQ, which was an awesome opportunity to celebrate a successful graduation season with all of our Princess Graduates. This summer we had a number of fundraisers including our first ever Wine-raiser, Firkin Friday at Fionn MacCool’s and Broadway Street Fair with KR Jewelry. Our volunteers also had so much fun with Back Then & Again Jewelry, selling old inventory at The Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo

 

 

Now that the summer is over and autumn (or winter?!) is upon us, The Princess Shop team has been getting back to routine and planning events for the coming months! The 2016/2017 Fairy Godmother Program has commenced! The first official activity in September was held at the University of Saskatchewan. The program coordinators, Emily and Susan, created a photo scavenger hunt for the matches to have fun with. This activity was to expose the Princess Graduates to campus in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while working together with their Fairy Godmother. Some of the questions were designed to get them thinking about post-secondary studies and what they would possibly like to pursue, and others were just for fun! The activity was also a great form of exercise as the matches were running back and forth all over campus! The October activity will consist of a self-confidence workshop put on by MASALA Model & Talent. Future activities that the coordinators are looking into are a self defense classes, healthy cooking classe, and a personal finance session with TD Bank to name a few!

Coming up we are having The Fourth Annual Steak Fundraiser for The Princess Shop at The Sutherland Bar for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' away game vs. The Toronto Argonauts on October 15, 2016. This is going to be a fun event to cheer on The Riders, while supporting The Princess Shop! There will be a number of awesome raffle prizes that will be available to win! Tickets are only $20 and you can get yours by contacting The Princess Shop at info@theprincessshop.ca or phone (306) 222-3311!

Last, but certainly not least getting back to routine means starting to plan for the 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses! The Princess Shop volunteer team has already started brainstorming in preparation to make this year the biggest and best year yet! Make sure you save the date for April 5, 2017, it’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss!

To stay up to date on upcoming events, new and stories for The Princess Shop is doing, join our mailing list! Request to be added can be found on the homepage of our website, www.theprincessshop.ca, along the left page margin! 

The Princess Shop in Saskatoon Giving Gratitude for Amazing 2016 Sponsor List

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 8, 2016 08:20

The Princess Shop is a Saskatoon non-profit that has an outstanding impact on the community. Now in the 9th year of hosting the Glass Slipper Benefit, The Princess Shop has reached 628 graduates across the province (and counting)! The Glass Slipper Benefit is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the most important nights of the year for our program. This is just one of the reasons why we have such gratitude for our amazing list of sponsors. Without the help of these sponsors, this evening wouldn't be possible. Without further ado, we'd like to take a minute to thank the following: 

 

 

To our title sponsor, K + S Potash Canada, to our dinner sponsor KPMG, to our supporting sponsors, McFaull ConsultingStrata Development CorporationExquisite Fashions and Bridal, and our Spiritwood Sponsors (Papa Rene's PizzeriaSpiritwood High School, Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.)

Our event wouldn't have the same impact without the generous donations from organizations like this in our community. We are proud to be located in Saskatoon where the people are as kind as they are generous. Thank you to these sponsors for making a difference to The Princess Shop, and to so many young women in Saskatchewan who are able to participate in graduation because of it.

Special thanks to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and bringing his witty charm! Mo' Love put on a lively performance at the end of the evening, and our Keynote speaker, Kara, spoke beautifully about her experiences and challenges finishing high school through anxiety and depression. Kara's message spoke to everyone, and stated that it should not matter what your path is, or how long it takes, that in the end, your accomplishments are your own and it is important to recognize that. In addition, your path makes you stronger and more resilient to go after your next dream!

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Promotional Sponsor - Rawlco Radio: C95, News Talk 650 CKOM, Rock 102 FM
Auctioneer - Stan Garchinksi
Audio Visual Support - Inland AV
Decor Sponsor - Off the Wall Event Design
DJ - Conrad Devine
Entertainment - Mo' Love
Dessert - Cakes by Kait
Floral Centrepieces - Blossoms Living
Graphic Design and Printing of Promotional Materials - Rachael Meckling and Rayacom Saskatoon
Photography - Sharai Siemens Photography and Wanda Keen
Table Favours - Three Farmers and Shoppers Drugmart
VIP Area - Fresh Living and International Furnirture Wholesalers
Venue - TCU Place Saskatoon

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Absolute Esthetics
AED Advantage
Airline Hotels
Alchemy
Apex Trampoline Park
Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic
Beverly Ashdown Nail Studio
Blossoms Living
Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Center
Body Sense Esthetics
Bon Temps Cafe
Build-A-Bear
Cactus Club Cafe
Cakes by Kait
Calista Cooper - Artist
Captain's Den Tobacconist
Cathy Mumford Pottery
Champagne Bridal
Chatters (Preston Crossing)
Checks 'N' Balances Business Services
Conrad Devine DJ & Production
Con-Tech General Contractors
Cora Breakfast and Lunch
Dakota Dunes Golf Links
DancEgypt Dance Company
DavidsTea
Display Systems International
Dragon's Den Games
Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge
Dutch Growers
EB's Source for Adventure
E-clips Hair Studio
elizabeth.lyn Jewelry
Elwood Flynn
ESP Salon Sales
Etceteras
Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Fitness Focus
Float YXE
Fonos Cakes
Fresh Living
FYi Doctors
Garchinski, Stan
Glitch Gifts and Novelties
Globe Theatre
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Gregg Bamford REMAX
Harvest Meats
Hats and That
Hawood Inn
Heritage Inn
Hillberg & Berk
HiTech Game Traders
Hub City Display
Hugo Alvarado
Hygeia Health Market
Impact Marketing
Infinity Management
Inland Audio Visual
International Furniture Wholesalers
Jaclyn St. Denis - MONAT Independent Market Partner
Jan Lake Lodge
Jubilee Ford - Rob Wilson
K+S Potash Canada
Karie Kazakoff
Kelly Block
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kevin Stanfield
KPMG
KR Jewelry
Lauren Ethridge - Artist
Le Lash Boutique
Lead Pilates
Lift Accounting
Limelight Limos
Lucky Bastard Distillary
M & M Meats
Malaika Charbonneau- Artist
Market Mall
Mar's Mini Golf
Martine Sansoucy
Mary Kay Cosmetics
McFaull Consulting
Merle Norman Cosmetics (scotia center)
Midtown Plaza
Mo' Love
Modern Sole
Moshka Yoga
Motion Fitness
Move N' Soar
Nails by Aleisha
Ness Creek Recreational Society
New Balance Saskatoon
NextGen Automotive Installation
North Ridge Development Corporation
Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.
Nosh Eatery & Tap
Novakoski, Shelley
O'Brians Event Centre
Off the Wall Event Design
One Yoga
Papa Rene's Pizzeria
Persephone Theatre
Poppie and Prairie Spa
Prairieland Park (Gardenscape Event)
Praxis School of Business
Pretty Little Shoes
proACTIVE Fitness
Rachael Meckling
Rawlco – C95, Rock 102 & News Talk 650 CKOM
Rayacom Printing
Revamp Salon Spa
Riverbend Dental
Riviera Motor Inn
Roxy Theatre (Magic Lantern Theatres)
RYDE YXE Cycle Studio
Salon Centre
Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse
Saskatoon Business Furnishings
Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Saskatoon Loves Pilates
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
SaskPower
SaskTel
SaskTel Centre
Scoles Fine Arts & Framing
Shakespeare On the Saskatchewan
Sharai Siemens Photography
Shearwater Cruises Ltd
Sheraton Cavalier
Shoppers Drugmart (University Heights)
Skydive Saskatoon
Snap Fitness
Solar Gardens
Soul Paper
Spiritwood High School
Stella and Sway
Strata Development Corp
Summit Sports + Health
Tara Yolan Productions
TCU Place
The Awl Shoppe
The Better Good
The Burning Beard
The Flower Box  & Event Planning
The giggle factory
The Granary
The Great Canadian Bagel
The Ivy
The Sandbox in the City
The Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Three Farmers
Tonic
Tony Roma's
Trail Appliances
Tryst Boutique
Twigs and Squirrels
Two Fifty Two Boutique
U of S Bookstore
Valeric Studios Inc.
Visions Salon & Spa
Wanda Keen
WestJet
Wyant Group Raceway
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From our community of volunteers and Princesses past, present, and future..... from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Our community thrives because of your generosity.

 


Much Love, 
The Princess Shop 

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! 

 

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 

Back on Board: KPMG Dinner Sponsor of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 24, 2015 10:25

As we are 1 week away from launching ticket sales to the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses (April 07, 2016 at TCU Place), we are

 excited to highlight one of our sponsors!

KPMG has been a part of this very important event and a supporter of The Princess Shop in several ways. We are so proud to have KPMG's commitment to continue as our Dinner Sponsor of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses! In addition, KPMG is involved with The Princess Shop through participation on the Board of Directors, and the Fairy Godmother Program. We feel so supported by this amazing organization and are so excited to celebrate with them at the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses!

Featuring a keynote presentation from a Princess Graduate, this gala is rounded off by a served dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by a local group. Guests are encouraged to come right at 5:30pm to browse and bid on the auction, get a photo on the red carpet, and mingle with the other guests! The Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses is a great way for the community to experience and share in the celebration of The Princess Shop's impact on disadvantaged women in the community as they celebrate their accomplishments and venture into the next chapter of their lives.

Our guests at the gala include individuals from all professions, including legal, accounting, academics, education, insurance, nonprofit organizations, and students. Keep an eye out for ticket sales that launch December 1, 2015, which happens to be Giving Tuesday! Tickets will be available at www.theprincessshop.ca! Join our mailing list (homepage, bottom left), to stay in the loop!

If your company is interested in supporting through sponsorship, donation of a silent/live auction package, or through a purchase of a program advertisement, please contact:

Brittney Witte, Glass Slipper Benefit Coordinator - brittney@theprincessshop.ca

OR

Karen Robson, Executive Director - info@theprincessshop.ca or 306-222-3311 

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