YES! Vancouver: 2017 Year in Review

By Corina Santema  /  

#DressforSuccessVancouver, #Inspirational, #PostivePartnership, Uncategorized

As we enter into 2018 (yes, it’s 2018!) there’s no better time to take a quick look at all the incredible moments that would not have been possible without you. We’re looking at you, YES! Vancouver and Dress for Success Vancouver communities! Whether you’ve attended one event this year, or consistently purchase your membership. Whether it’s giving YES! events a little social love before the big day, or bringing your girl gang to every event, YOU make this possible.

Everything YES! is focuses around women supporting women. The connections we build together, raising money with all proceeds going towards Dress for Success Vancouver, it’s all about lifting each other up, taking care of each other and pushing ourselves towards our goals.

Thank you for being a part of it. Let’s celebrate what 2017 brought us.

YESxMoment at Moment Meditation

Press Pause with YESxMoment

When/Where: February 22nd, 2017 @ Moment Meditation

Hashtag: #YESxMoment

Sponsors: RISE Kombucha & Vital Supply Co

Funds Raised: $940.00

We started 2017 off by pressing pause. The wonderful team at Moment Meditation welcomed us into their beautiful space to connect with like-minded women, ourselves, and enter into the year alongside our best mindset. Led by we the wonderful Anita Cheng, taking a moment for ourselves has never been so giving to others.

Love Your Lunches with My Edible Advice

Love Your Lunches

When/Where: March 28th, 2017 @ My Edible Advice

Sponsors: Diabolica Wines

Funds Raised: $2140.00

Our second event was all about swapping holiday eating for feel-good healthy habits. Teaming up with holistic nutritionist and wellness extraordinaire Jennifer Brott of My Edible Advice, she focused on bring some energy-packed, nourishing work lunches back into our lives!

YESxGameChangers: Women Using Their Careers to Inspire Social Change

When/Where: May 1st, 2017 @ Hootsuite

Hashtag: #YESxGameChangers

Sponsors: Peqish & Diabolica Wines

Funds Raised: $5740.00

A highlight of the year for many, this event is all about celebrating some wicked women in our community and listen to them share their unreal insights.

Who did we hear from?

  1. ANNA: Creating opportunities for at-risk youth with All City Athletics
  2. KATIE: Empowering female entrepreneurs through SheEO
  3. NATASHA: Bringing women together in an open platform at SheTalks Global
  4. MEREDITH: Making youth entrepreneurship and innovation happen with The Next Big Thing
  5. RACHEL: Supporting real talk about grief, loss and pain in the community with Loss & Found

Surrounded by radical generosity, a ridiculous amount of strength and support, and some unreal silent auction gifts, Game Changers left us inspired and ready to push those 2017 life/career goals forward. Oh, and the wine helped too!

YESxSocialSips: Shop, Network and Step up Your Social Media Game

When/Where: Sept 21st, 2017 @ The Latest Scoop Gastown

Hashtag: #YESxSocialSips

Sponsors: Freshii & Diabolica Wines

Money Raised: $1190.00

With all the chatter around what’s what when it comes to the world of social and digital, we were able to receive some fab feedback from some of Vancouver’s stars Hannah Bernard and Hayley Hudson of the digital storytelling agency, Roots and Ardor.

In between the fab knowledge bombs, we were able to mingle with one another, indulge in some generously offered appies and drinks, and of course, get a little bit social in the fabulous venue!

YESxMentors: An Evening of Engaging With Vancouver’s Best

When/Where: September 27th, 2017 @ RED Academy

Hashtag: #YESxMentors

Sponsors: Foodee, Cartems Donuts & Diabolica Wines

Money Raised: $2065.50

What happens when a group of BOSS women come together to support, guide and listen? A whole lot of magic. With 16 leaders in the media, tech, health, coaching and retail spaces, we spent the evening grabbing soundbites, building connections, and reigniting our next career steps. Sometimes it just takes hearing that one piece of advice from that person who truly gets it to get you going in the right direction. That’s what our speed mentoring event is all about.

YESxSweat4Success: Vancouver’s  Best Workouts By Donation

When/Where: December, 2017 at fitness studios around Vancouver

Hashtag: #YESxSweat4Success

Money Raised: $1000.00

A fresh idea supported by some of the raddest boutique fitness studios. As the name gives away, this series was all about breaking a sweat in support of charity. From Lagree West to Body Balance VancouverClub Row Fitness and Pure Barre Vancouver – Yaletown, the all-star line-up connected us with a fabulous community, a little movement and all of the natural endorphins heading into the holiday season. Big shoutout to all of the studios and instructors who stepped up to create this awesome grassroots event, brining in a huge chunk of change in the process.

And that’s a wrap.

Total Funds Raised by YES! Vancouver: $17,269.88

What does this number truly mean? For every $360 raised, Dress for Success is able to, in their own words, “give a woman the gift of self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and success through education, mentoring, and professional attire. Your donation will change her life and her family’s lives forever.”

Therefore, this year, you’ve given 48 women, and their families, that push forward. #goteam

The biggest gratitude from our team to you for all the support you’ve given to YES! and Dress for Success. Can’t wait to kick off 2018 with you and our 10 YEAR Celebration – more details to come soon!

Photography Credits: Gadston Photography & Cherihan Photography