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WHO DOES THIS? Charity Trailer Stolen

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Someone stole a trailer full of costumes, props and items belonging to the Royal Canadian Theatre Company. They dumped everything that was inside the trailer onto the side of the road into the mud. Costumes that had been sewn by volunteers, props built and painted by loving hands and items belonging to the set from Hounds of the Baskerville’s all thrown into a ditch.

“I had a phone call from an irate lady this morning complaining about us dumping our stuff near her house. She identified it and I told her it was impossible because it was all in the trailer parked in our drive until I looked out of the window….. At least we knew where to find it all.” Ellie King – Royal Canadian Theatre Company

License plate: WDP47T.

The trailer was taken from the driveway of the artistic director’s home in Langley.

“It is going to take some time to go through everything and sort out what we can salvage and what has to thrown away. I am heartbroken”

Royal Canadian Theatre Company was in the middle of rehearsing and preparing for their Christmas Panto – Sinbad, the Pirates and the Island of the Dinosaur.

 

 

This play is performed by professional actors working with the theatre companies youth mentorship program. This program, open to youth and children from the area, teaches song, dance, acting, teamwork, self esteem and respect, both for yourself and for others.

Kids version of what happened to the Royal Canadian Theatre Trailer. Stolen from Langley last week.

Posted by Surrey604 on Sunday, November 19, 2017

 
Kids version of what happened to the Royal Canadian Theatre Trailer. Stolen from Langley last week.

No one deserves to have anything stolen from them but it is such a shame that those who are trying so hard to do good work in the community has this happen to them right as they are about to go on stage.

Many of their props and stage pieces are broken beyond repair. There is no insurance for items created by volunteers and although the trailer is insured, the $1000 deductible is too much for a theatre company that puts every cent of donations back into productions.

This company is run by volunteer sweat and love and their heart for community is evident in so many ways. They asked the City of Surrey to partner with them to do a relaxed performance for adults and kids who find it difficult to access live theatre because of a disability. They take the companies motto of being inclusive of everyone as more than just something that you say – it needs t be something that you practice. This performance will be held on Dec 21st.

“In my years on the board of Royal Canadian Theatre Company, I have seen countless young people and children come through the doors. They are nervous and alone and within a matter of days they are part of the family and their lives transform through theatre and song.”

The hours that are spent by volunteers managing the finances to fundraising teams to actors who teach for free to literally hours spent sewing sequins on costumes are only rewarded by the smiles of the kids and those fleeting moments on stage when you get to see someone really come out of their shell and own their moment in the sun.

It is worth every minute spent to see the triumph and confidence of those who have mastered stage fright and broken through to a real sense of who they are and what they are capable of.” President of the Board

And then this happens….

What I do know is that the show must and will go on.

The volunteers have already come out of the woodwork to help.

“We will rebuild the set, we will fix the costumes that we can and remake the ones that we can’t. We will beg/borrow but never steal the money to get back on our feet. Of that you can be sure.”

But if you see a white trailer with the License Plate WDP 47T or if you have any skills in building sets, making costumes, social media or marketing…

…or if you love the Oscars and want to come to a fundraiser to help the Royal Canadian Theatre Company raise the money to replace the trailer

… or if you would like to help the company financially by a donation

…or if you would just like to see the good guy win once and awhile – buy tickets for the show. That way you get to see what they see.

Good triumph over evil, every single time.

Can you tell they are trying to make lemonade out of some really rotten lemons? They are trying to see the good side of this and maybe the good side is that they will get to meet you.

Please contact Royal Canadian Theatre Company if you can help – and may the bad guy get caught and the good guy win this time.

Shara Nixon loves to hear and repeat the stories of people’s lives and cultural viewpoints. She enjoys deep conversations and people who hold strong viewpoints. In her day job she is a social worker for business owners, helping them meet their goals. As an insomniac, she writes at night to clear her head. She is punctuationally challenged and uses too many !!!. She also believes in creative spelling as an art form. Her super-power is in connecting like-minded people and communicating with an intent to learn instead of respond. She writes about relationships, business savvy, online dating, finance and general things that piss her off. Shara believes that key to peace is education and connection!!!

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The 50 Women of Options: Christine Mohr

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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 Christine Mohr, the CEO of Options Community Services.

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

My name is Christine Mohr. I have had my hands in social services work since I was 15 years old. For many years before joining the organization, I admired the can-do attitude of Options and how its services address the full gamut of what happens in people’s lives.

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

I am the CEO of Options Community Services. 

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of my family. Alongside my husband, we have raised two wonderful young people who both have careers in the helping fields. I am also proud to be working alongside the most amazing people at Options who bring their talents, gifts, passion, and everything that they do to support and build community. 

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

I know the impact that the inability to access affordable housing has on people’s sense of security and well-being. Every day, the Options staff see people struggling to find affordable, quality, safe housing where they can live and just be. Once people have the security of a safe home that they can afford, often other things also fall in place.

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: Suki Kooner

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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 Suki Kooner, Mobile Mortgage Specialist RBC Royal Bank Of Canada.

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

My name is Suki Kooner. I moved here from the UK 26 years ago. I completed my business Diploma. I also used to help in our family Fish & Chip shops. 

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

I am a Mobile Mortgage Specialist at RBC Royal Bank Of Canada.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I tragically lost my husband when my two boys were only ages 10 and 12. The saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” became so much more meaningful. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by friends and family that emotionally supported not only myself but my boys. We modeled healthy and respectful relationships that taught my boys core values. How to become accountable, self-disciplined, and most importantly compassionate. My boys watched as I worked hard to keep us financially afloat. I started as a teller at RBC, and even though I struggled to find that work/home balance, I was able to work my way up to become a Mortgage Specialist. I feel humbled and very blessed, but so very proud that I was able to show my boys that no matter what life throws at you, with hard work and perseverance you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

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

Being part of (or supporting a cause like) Women of Options, allows me to give back and make a difference to other single parents. As a Mortgage Specialist, I find so much joy when my clients get approved, for essentially one of the biggest decisions they make – purchasing their own home. Knowing that I am part of the journey that allows these ladies to provide a safe environment for their loved ones is so gratifying, and reminds me of my ‘WHY’. Why I love my job. Working together with like-minded individuals towards one ultimate goal – to bring comfort, security, and a place they can call home. This is my opportunity to give back and show gratitude for all of the good fortunes that led me to where I am today. In a world full of so much Tragedy and daily struggles I would like to use my platform to shine some light into these women’s lives. Together with these 50 Super Amazing Powerful women and with the help of our community we can achieve our goal. 

What are your social media handles? 

Facebook

Twitter

What is your web address?

https://mortgage.rbc.com/suki.kooner

 

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: Caroline Scott

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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 Caroline Scott, VP of Operations at Vision 1 Steel Corporation.

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

My name is Caroline Scott. I was born in Belgium and came to Canada at the age of 3 where my parents settled in Toronto. I moved to Vancouver in 1978 and then to Surrey in 1991. I took my BEd at UBC and spent 25 years teaching kindergarten and Grade 1. I went for my practicum at Queen Elizabeth School in New Westminster and stayed there for my entire teaching career. I retired from teaching in 2014 and in 2015 started working with my husband, Robert Dominick, as he pursued launching his new steel construction company in Canada. 

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

I am the VP of Vision 1 Steel Corporation.

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

Obtaining my BEd as a single mom raising 4 young children.

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

I understand the struggles that many women have to go through in life and how much any form of help can mean to them. When my husband launched our company, Vision 1 Steel, his primary focus was to apply his 30-years of accreditation building many market housing developments, towards the non-market sector, by building high quality, yet extremely affordable, housing for the social and not-for-profit sector. I loved this concept and gladly joined him. 

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: Taylor Thoen

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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 Taylor Thoen, CEO of BTV-Business Television.

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

My name is Taylor Thoen. I founded a television production company 22 years ago. Our TV show – BTV-Business Television is the longest-running business/investment show in Canadian history! We also produce TV commercials, digital marketing, and videos for publicly traded companies. 

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

I am the CEO of BTV-Business Television.

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

Raising two amazing young men! Also bootstrapping a company to success. 

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

I feel very blessed and wanted to give back to the community.  Homelessness is a growing concern in this city.  Having interviewed thousands of successful CEOs I felt I may be able to influence some interest toward this initiative.  

What are your social media handles? *

LinkedIn

Twitter

What is your web address?

www.b-tv.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: Michelle Des Rosiers

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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 Michelle Des Rosiers, Senior Vice President, project Operation; Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing.

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

My name is Michelle Des Rosiers. I was born and raised here in the Lower Mainland living most of my life in Port Moody. I now reside in Maple Ridge with my son, husband, and two dogs. My parents did not come from a place of privilege, so when they advanced in their careers and became financially established, it became a mission of theirs to ensure this did not impede me and my sibling’s understanding of the world at hand. For this I thank them. They taught me the meaning of working hard, the importance of acceptance and equality and more importantly the impact giving back can have on someone else. Now that I am a mother, I strive to provide my son the same understanding of the world. 

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

I am the Senior Vice President of Project Operations for Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. 

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

I am most proud of my involvement in the growth of Fifth Avenue over the last 11-years. It’s been such an honour to have the ability to input on the company’s future. 

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

Our mission at Fifth Avenue is expressed in the simple phrase: Bringing People Home. While our primary business is selling homes, this motto extends into the company’s give-back initiatives. This includes supporting those at risk or most in need in the communities we serve. The Options’ affordable housing project is in perfect alignment with our mission of “Bringing People Home” and is also in our own backyard.

What are your social media handles? *

Instagram

What is your web address?

fifthave.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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