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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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The 10th Anniversary Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses was a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 6, 2017 15:42

What an amazing evening! Last night The Princess Shop celebrated our 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada! 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, our entertainment sponsor AREVA Resources Canada, and to all of our supporting sponsors Strata Development and McFaull Consulting... THANK YOU!

 

 

 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 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses:

4Cats Art Studio

A Head of Time

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Agrium Women's Leadership Group

Al Anderson's

Alchemy

Amy's Plantscaping

Apex Trampoline Park

Area

AREVA Resources Canada

Back Then & Again

Balloonatic YXE

Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic

Beverly Ashdown Nail Studio

Black Fox Farm & Distillery

Blossoms Living

Bombargo

Bon Temps Cafe

Brandon Ziola, Mikes Beverage Company

Build-a-Bear Workshop

Business Furnishings Saskatchewan

Cabi

Cactus Club Cafe

Cakes by Kait

Calistaprints

Carolyn Schur

Carstar

Centennial 360

Chianti Cafe

Cindy Moleski Photography and Framing

Citizen Cafe and Bakery

City Perks

Connie and Patrick Slack

Courtney Willick - Independent Arbonne Consultant

Crossmount Cidery

Crushed Accessories

DancEgypt Dance Company

Delta Bessborough

Dr. Parviz Yazdani

Dragon's Den

Earth Sisters (Jewelry, Art, Home Decor & Whimsy)

Eastview Bowl (Hunter's Bowling)

Eb's Source for Adventure

elizabethLyn Jewelry

Elk Ridge Resort

Enactus

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Epic Alliance

Ernst & Young

Federated Cooperatives Ltd.

Freedom Functional Fitness

Fresh Living

Funky Petals

FYIDoctors

Gerald Murray Photography

Glitch Gifts and Novelties

Green Ark Collected Home

Gregg Bamford- Saskatoon Residential

Handy Special Events

Harden & Huyse Chocolates

Harley Davidson

Harvest Meats

Hawood Inn

Hillberg & Berk

Hugo Alvarado

Humboldt Sobeys

Impact Marketing Services

In The Mix DJ and Bartending Services

Infinity Management

Inland Audio Visual

J and S Picture Warehouse

Jami Young

Joelle Tomlinson/Global Saskatoon

Joi Photography

K+S Potash Canada

Kal Tire (downtown)

Kal Tire (stonebridge)

Kaylee Smisko Makeup Artistry

Keen, Wanda (Photographer)

Kelly Block MP, Saskatoon-Rosetown

Keo's

Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

KPMG

KR Jewelry

Lauren Ethridge - Artist

Lavish Blowout Bar

Le Lash Boutique

Lead Pilates

Lia Reese Cosmetics

Lifecycle Spin Studio

Little Luba

Living Sky Marketing

Londin Lash

Lucky Bastard Distillers

Lux Events

M&M Meats

Mar's Mini Golf

Market Mall

Mary-Kay

MC College

McFaull Consulting

Merle Norman Cosmetics

Michelle's Flowers

Midtown Plaza

Modern Sole Saskatoon

Moksha Yoga

Motion Fitness

Move N Soar

Moxie's Classic Grill

Ness Creek Recreational Society

Nicole Marie Photography

Nixynn's Nursery and baby Boutique

North Ridge Development Corporation

Nosh Eatery & Tap

Novo Esthetics Studio

Oakwood Nissan

Om Improvements

One Tooth Saskatoon

Panago Pizza

Patricia Katz

Pay it Forward Saskatoon

Persephone Theatre

PickNik's Fine Food and Catering

Prairie Sun Brewery

Prairieland Park

Praxis School of Entrepreneurship

Pretty Little Shoes

proACTIVE Fitness

Professional Institute of Massage

Provincial Car Service

Quint Development

Rachael Meckling

Rawlco Radio

Rayacom Printing

Revamp Salon and Spa

Riverbend Dental

Road Coffee Co

Rock Paper Scissors Salon

Rodan + Fields - Kristen Thoms

Rosie & the Riveters

Ryde YXE

Salon Centre

Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival

Saskatoon Loves Pilates

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

SaskPower

SaskTel

Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Science of Make Up

Scoles Fine Arts and Framing

ScotiaBank

SeneGence Independent Distributor - Reagan Conway

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Sharai Siemens Photography

Sheila's State of the Arts Flowers

Shelley Novakoski

Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon

SIGA

Snap Fitness

Spa Academy

Stan Garchinski

Sticks and Stones

Strata Development

Summit Sports + Health

SWITCH

T Squared Social

Tantrix - Danielle Andreas

TCU Place

TD Bank

Ten Thousand Villages

The Awl Shoppe

The Better Good

The Centre Mall

The Chamber of Commerce

The Karma Cafe & Conscious Eatery

The Mall at Lawson Heights

The Oil Tree

The Original Nosh

The Prairie Lily, Prairie River Cruises

The Sandbox in the City Clothing Co.

The Suites at Waskesiu

The Underground Cafe

Those Girls at the Market

Three Farmers

Three Treasures Tonics

Tommy Guns

Trail Appliances

Traxx Footwear

True Leaf Collection

Tu Bees

Turning the Tide

Twigs and Squirrels

Twisted Goods

Two Fifty Two Boutique

U of S Bookstore

Una Pizzeria and Wine

Uncle Mikes All Natural Products

Winston's English Pub

Wolf Willow Winery

Wright Construction Western Inc.

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, The Princess Shop has helped 756 girls in our community.

Special thanks to Joelle Tomlinson of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and to Rosie & The Riveters who put on a lively performance at the end of the evening! To our Keynote speakers Caci, Sasha, Nadine, Rylee, Kayla, Zoya, Aaron, Desiree and Revena; you all spoke beautifully about your experiences and challenges and your stories touched our audience greatly, thank you for sharing them with us. 

The Princess Shop wants to thank YOU for your continued support? Do you want a free pair of Hillberg & Berk Sparkle Ball earrings? Email info@theprincessshop.ca with your full name and phone number, and name ONE of our supporting sponsors to be entered to win! Winner will be contact on Monday, April 10th. Good luck everyone! 
 
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

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After The Dress, there's the Perfectly Pink BBQ!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 4, 2016 19:34

For The Princess Shop, high school graduation is about much more than a diploma. For our Princess Graduates it is about making sure the young women in our community know that they are supported in their school work, celebrated at their graduation, and encouraged to pursue their post-secondary dreams.

The makeup washes away, the dresses are returned, and the photos are developed, but the story doesn't end there. Enter the Perfectly Pink BBQ presented by Kari Calder Realty. This is our post-graduation celebration. A time where we bring together all three of our programs: The Fairy Godmother Program (our mentorship program), the Next Chapter Program (our scholarship program), and our Dress Program (where we ultimately celebrate every single graduate that wore, or has ever worn a dress from the Princess Shop. 

As the saying goes, it truly does "take a village", so without further ado, we'd like to thank our list of generous sponsors that help fuel our programs, and ultimately make it possible for our team of volunteers to put on an event like the The Perfectly Pink BBQ.

Kari Calder Realty - Our generous Title Sponsor
Sask Energy - For their Community BBQ Program
Joi Photography - For documenting our event with beautiful photos
Astro Jump Saskatoon - For the bouncy castle that kept the kids (and volunteers) playing all evening
Spadina Freehouse - For donating ice
Hub City Display For helping get us setup with the right sound equipment
Saskatoon Child and Youth Friendly For bringing out their child and youth volunteers to help us run the event!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every sponsor, volunteer, and member of the community that has supported the Princess Shop through our 2015/2016 graduation season!

Much Love,

The Princess Shop 
 

Marie Gould of Spa Academy presents a full tuition scholarship to a 2016 Princess Graduate!

Guests enjoy a BBQ cooked up by SaskEnergy!

Title Sponsor, Kari Calder of Kari Calder Realty addressed the crowd about why she is involved with The Princess Shop.

Fairy Godmother congratulates Princess Graduate upon announcement of a scholarship award!

The kind youth at Child & Youth Friendly Saskatoon volunteered at the BBQ to make everything smooth!

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