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.

Just Posted

Abbotsford’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

UPDATE: One dead, two in hospital after Highway 1 crash near Bridal Falls

Closure expected to last hours, while drivers are told to take detours

Abbotsford student cleans up at national science fair

Raul Pinol, 15, enters project on condensation of water using geothermal energy

OPINION: Don’t let the jerks grind you down

Indecent politicians need to be rejected, whatever their politics

B.C. Ferries cancels Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings over propulsion problem

11:00 ferry now good to go, but lines anticipated

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

B.C. to spent $181M to create 200 general practitioner jobs

Jobs will go to new medical school graduates

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

No more Canada Day parade at Canada Place

Annual Vancouver parade has been cancelled due to costs

Pedestrian dead after early morning Vancouver crash

Collision happened on Cambie Street around 3 a.m.

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Most Read