Some of the women who participated in the 2016 Dress for Success event through the AbbotsfordWorks employment centre show off their new looks. (File photo)

Program helps women Dress for Success

AbbotsfordWorks participates Tuesday in Hope and Style Days

In partnership with RBC Wealth Management, via the RBC Foundation, Dress for Success Vancouver hosts 10 Hope and Style Days in 2018, including one in Abbotsford on Tuesday, April 17.

Hope and Style Days helps women in communities where there is not easy access to the Dress for Success Vancouver Boutique and Career Centre.

Each woman who attends is styled head-to-toe in two outfits. She also receives hair and makeup services, a professional headshot, lunch, and support from a career specialist.

In 2016, Dress for Success Vancouver partnered with AbbotsfordWorks to bring 10 women to the Dress for Success Vancouver boutique for a dressing services appointment and a makeover.

The event was conceived of as a one-time occasion, but due to a demand for services and the partnership of the RBC Foundation, 100 women from outlying communities will be served in 2018.

After the 2016 Hope and Style Day, all 10 women who participated found employment.

“Women who have participated in this event came away with a renewed sense of confidence, friendship and propelled from feelings of job search isolation,” said Diana Dufour-Zand from AbbotsfordWorks, which participates again on Tuesday.

“The smiles on their faces at the end of the day say it all. The efforts of this day have a ripple effect and are long-lasting.”

She said the agency is excited to be participating again.

“The women who have participated in the past said that this event signified to them that caring people and organizations exist,” she said.

“There are no other services like this is the Fraser Valley and our partnership with Dress for Success is so important to fill a gap in women’s lives.”

Visit dressforsuccess.org for more information.

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