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Invite to Vancouver’s first annual garden party!

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Summer in Vancouver is synonymous with the beautiful outdoors, lively people, delicious cocktails and after this upcoming weekend, garden parties.

On Saturday, August 23rd, you are cordially invited to attend Vancouver’s first annual Garden Party and Croquet Classic at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  Produced by Cocktails and Canapes (www.cocktailsandcanapes.ca.) and Max Cunningham, the event is in support of Backpack Buddies.

Run by the Community First Foundation, Backpack Buddies delivers backpacks of food to the most vulnerable children in inner city schools. Their focus is on kids helping kids, engaging youth in community, and creating a place for children of all backgrounds to come together.

Party in the garden inside world-renowned VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Party in the garden inside world-renowned VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Aside from supporting a great cause, guests have a lot to look forward to including:

The Croquet Classic: Register a team of four to square off against the best teams in Vancouver. Winner earns the title of best in Vancouver.

Croquet Classic involves lively competition, and includes high flying prizes and great company. (Photo courtesy Of Vancouver Garden Party/Ki Communications).

Croquet Classic involves lively competition and includes high flying prizes and great company. (Photo courtesy Of Vancouver Garden Party/Ki Communications).

High Tea at Noon: Enjoy high tea at noon featuring the culinary talents of Chef Brett Turner, owner and Executive Chef of Cocktails & Canapes. Party guests can enjoy traditional tea time favourites served alongside specially prepared hors d’oeuvres

Craft Cocktails: Cocktails from Jacob Sweetapple, Perrier-Jouet champagne and Stella Artiois will also be served.

Perrier Jouet Champagne will play host throughout the afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Vancouver Garden Party/Ki Communications).

Perrier Jouet Champagne will play host throughout the afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Vancouver Garden Party/Ki Communications).

There will also be interactive, live performance art installations for guests to enjoy!

The event takes place at VanDusen Botanical Gardens from noon through 7:00 pm. Early bird tickets are available for $55.00 (without High Tea), $75.00 (with High Tea) or $1850 for tables of 8. For the full menu, tickets, and more information visit www.thegardenpartyvan.ca

Here’s a small glimpse on Vimeo!

Vancouver Garden Party

Can’t forget about the fashion! Here are some suggestions to help you achieve a “garden-perfect” look.

Ladies: You won’t blend in with the flowers with this summer-sweet silk floral dress! Best of all, it’s on sale for 39.94 at Joe Fresh.

 

Joe Fresh silk floral dress. (39.94)

Joe Fresh silk floral dress. (39.94)

 

A floral silk blouse like this one from Joe Fresh is fun and elegant. Pair it with a crochet skirt & a fuchsia lip and you’ll be blooming with beauty.

Joe Fresh floral silk blouse in orange. ($59)

Joe Fresh floral silk blouse in orange. ($59)

Gentlemen: BFS. Bow ties, floral prints, and shorts. Have fun, be bold, and pair prints with prints. Exhibit A: these men’s print chino shorts from Joe Fresh, available in navy and red.

Men's print chino in Navy. Available at Joe Fresh (14.94)

Men’s print chino in Navy. Available at Joe Fresh (14.94)

 

So mark your calendars, grab your mallets, and get ready for an evening of frivolous fun!

Blanca is a graduate from BCIT’s Broadcast Media and Online Journalism program. Blanca was born in Nicaragua, and was raised on the West Coast. Throughout the years, she has developed an eclectic style and has merged her love of culture, fashion, and food to create her blog: feastingbeauty.com. Blanca also works as a TV producer and travel host. A “social media queen”, Blanca believes in the power of the internet and its ability to connect and compel. Blanca is bilingual in Spanish and English and is currently learning Portugese.

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The 50 Women of Options: Raj Arneja

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Raj Arneja, Author and Director of Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy at Nanak Foods. 

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

I am Raj Arneja. I love music, traveling, and meeting people. I recently published a memoir, depicting my journey to motherhood through adoption. My story is filled with resilience and inspiration as I traveled to find my unconditional loves of my life – my children. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

Director of Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy, Nanak Foods.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Becoming an Author of my book Love at First Sight, A Mother’s Journey to Adoption was my most gratifying achievement. Also, I am proud to have been part of some community projects locally and abroad. 

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I believe that in order for any community to thrive, people need a decent place to live. These days, it’s getting more and more difficult to find affordable housing so it’s initiatives like the Options’ affordable housing project that allows people to secure housing and be part of a community.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

Facebook

LinkedIn

What is your website:

www.rajarneja.com 

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Louise McKnight

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Louise McKnight, Associate Broker, Team McKnight/Macdonald Realty, and former co-owner of Bay Realty.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Louise McKnight and I have lived in the South Surrey/White Rock area for almost 35 years. I have raised my children here and feel so fortunate to call the Peninsula my home.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a Real Estate Agent with Macdonald Realty.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

As a mom, I am most proud of raising beautiful children. Also, of supporting my community in many ways over the years that I have lived here.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Options support some of the most vulnerable in our community. Everyone needs a soft place to fall and Options provide that soft spot for many.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

Facebook

What is your website:

www.team-mcknight.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Laura Ballance

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Laura Ballance, president of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Laura Ballance. I’m the President of Laura Ballance Media Group. We are a local PR, media, and advertising agency that works with great local businesses, national and international businesses. We are most known for our event work, and we are proud of our deep relationships with some of the best not-for-profit and charitable organizations in the province and country. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the President of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Professionally, our work on the 2010 Winter Olympics, the UN World Urban Forum, TOIFA, the PNE. I was honoured to receive the 40 under 40 awards as well as being a finalist for the Women of Distinction Award. I’m also very proud to donate $100,000 in time and money annually to not for profits and charities across our region and country.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I believe in giving back in the community where you have a direct connection, where you can use your time to advocate for change where required and have a more hands-on approach to gifting. I believe this campaign will move the bar in our region within the space.

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Instagram

What is your website:

https://lbmg.ca/

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Mary Martin

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Mary Martin, former Surrey City Councillor.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Mary Martin. I have been a wife for 40 years and I am a mother of three. I am also a proud Nana to four little ones!

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a retired City Councillor for the City of Surrey.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

My first pride is my family. My other is my 13 years as a city councillor, helping to make the right decisions in developing our city so that people can live, work and play where they reside.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

My father was a great social activist, always doing for others to make their lives easier. Whether that be developing plans to fundraise to build better schools in our community, organizing food and toy baskets for families in need at Christmas time and taking me with him to deliver them on Christmas Eve, or developing a start-up fund that he called “Pennies From Heaven,” where he collected pennies to send to Africa to build schools there. He also was the first to start Meals on Wheels in our city where I was born. He instilled in me the importance of giving back. And the importance of community. The project of Options will bring safe, affordable housing to women and families, which also creates a community of wellness in their lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Anita Huberman

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Anita Huberman and I have been the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for the past 15 years. In this role, I work with my team to serve more than 6,000 member contacts, providing businesses and organizations with economic opportunities, connections, and more. I am also an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Being the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, where I can make a difference to businesses and to our economy.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Affordable housing is an economic foundation. I believe that affordable housing should be called workforce housing, and Surrey needs to have housing options available to all income segments, offering quality workforce housing solutions. This building project will give individuals opportunities for productive pathways to give back to their communities and make a difference in their professional lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

SBoT Twitter

SBoT Facebook

What is your web address?

www.businessinsurrey.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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