CMHA Kelowna, Women & Wellness and Common Bond: A Fundraiser

I saw on a local online forum a request for a photographer to volunteer to document the CMHA Kelowna (Canadian Mental Health Association) fundraising event for Women & Wellness. I responded immediately because it’s a cause close to my heart. I have a special aunt who has valiantly  battled mental illness her whole life. Also, during the years that I worked as a pharmacy assistant, I had the privilege of helping many patients and learning a little bit about their struggles. This is a MAJOR issue and I’m thrilled that there’s a group of amazing ladies known as the “Common Bond” who are on a mission to raise funds to support the needs of young people at risk in our community. I encourage you to click the highlighted links to learn more! Together, we can bring awareness, help ourselves and the people we care about and rid the negative stigma attached to mental health. Let’s turn “mental illness” into “mental wellness” ! 🙂

As you can see from the pictures, the fundraiser was hosted at the Bo.ttega Farm, a stunning venue (where I’m crossing my fingers that I get to photograph a wedding there some day)! Of course, an event like this goes so well because of the many sponsors and volunteers including Shoppers Drug MartDandy DivaBellIntrigue WinesCellar-TekCommon Bond, Canadian Benefit Auctions, me, New Horizon ProductionsLittle Creek Dressing, Sharon Varette & Cam Kourany, The Yellow House RestaurantKelowna Insta PrintTotal E’Clips Salon SpaGeorgie GirlSherry’s Grand ApparelThe Well Dressed WindowUrban Fare, Crescendo and Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre.

Common Bond

Common Bond

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Clockwise l-r: Alya Ramadan, Jody Pihl, Caroline MacGillivray, Candace Giesbrecht, Holly Sumner and Shelagh Turner.

Clockwise l-r: Alya Ramadan, Jody Pihl, Caroline MacGillivray, Candace Giesbrecht, Holly Sumner and Shelagh Turner.

Raising a glass!

Raising a glass!

 

Auctioneer Paul Bielby of Canadian Benefit Auctions.

Auctioneer Paul Bielby of Canadian Benefit Auctions.

 

The Mask created and donated by local artist, Darlene Keeley and The Felting is a collaboration of 11 artists from the CMHA Art Studio.

The Mask created and donated by local artist, Darlene Keeley and The Felting is a collaboration of 11 artists from the CMHA Art Studio.

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Raise those bid cards!

Raise those bid cards!

 

Performing a rendition of Cyndi Lauper's, True Colors, was pianist, Carol Colpitts and singer, Julie Oliver.

Performing a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s, True Colors, was pianist, Carol Colpitts and singer, Julie Oliver.

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The Piéce de résistance! As a token of women working together to create a sense of community, a rose quartz bead was given to each guest, who in turn donated the bead to be turned into a jewelry set by a local artisan, which was auctioned.

The Piéce de résistance! As a token of women working together to create a sense of community, a rose quartz bead was given to each guest, who in turn donated the bead to be turned into a jewelry set by a local artisan, Andrea Cosar of Dandy Diva, which was auctioned.

 

 

 

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