Connecting and collaborating with the community is important to BWSS My Sister’s Closet. Our actions require a community response, participation, and action involving men, women, elders, youth, businesses, and groups.
Here are some of our recent collaborations:
Local Artisans & Supporters in the Community
Much gratitude to Jay Peachy, Laura Harrison, Diane Wood, Jennifer Hershman, Ocean, Farah Larki, Ellery Espino and Kendra Payne for their collaboration with us in bringing awareness and support to the issue.
- Local Artist Jay Peachy Takes Action To End Violence Against Women
- Local Artist and Artisans Coming Together in Support To End Violence Against Grils And Women
- Wellness Fundraiser Event For Battered Women’s Support Services
Empowering Women’s Enterprises and Networks
“Empowering Women’s Enterprises and Networks” is a unique national clustering project that brings together women from many different backgrounds (Indigenous, Refugee, Immigrant and mainstream). As part of the British Columbia cluster Battered Women’s Support Services, Common Thread Cooperative in partnership with Women’s Economic Council, we seek to empower women to build their enterprises, professional networks, capacities and opportunities for long term sustainability and economic security. We join three other Clusters in St.John’s, NL, Thunder Bay, ON and Winnipeg, MB.
For more information about Women’s Economic Council and BC Cluster, please see:
- Our blog on Empowering Women’s Enterprises and Networks with Women’s Economic Council and Common Thread Cooperative
- New National Partnership between Women’s Economic Council and Four Host Cluster Sites
Sexual Assault Support Centre UBC
Since June 2012, BWSS My Sister’s Closet has collaborated with the Sexual Assault Support Centre UBC’s “Got Consent” initiative. “Got Consent” merchandise and pamphlets are highlighted in our boutique in support of safe, consensual, and healthy sexual relationships.
Artizia, a local retailer, supports BWSS ending violence work by donating merchandise to our boutique.
Roxanne Nikki’s Fall/Winter 2012 Relaunch
Roxanne Nikki, brought her business back to Vancouver with a relaunch of her F/W 2012 menswear and women’s wear collection, which can be described as “high-fashion” and “functional”. We were invited to join Roxanne Nikki to see her highly-fashion collection and collaborate with her in a silent auction to benefit Battered Women’s Support Servicess.
My Sister’s Closet at Ten Thousand Village
In the last year, Ten Thousand Villages opened their Commercial Drive and West Broadway stores to My Sister’s Closet to support our effort to end violence against women and girls through our social enterprise.
Young Women in Business SFU
Young Women in Business (YWIB) SFU encourages women in business to achieve success on their own terms by providing innovative programs and diverse network. We greatly appreciate YWIB SFU’s support of My Sister’s Closet. We are happy to have spoken at their workshop on social enterprise and participate in their International Women’s Day Conference.
Beauty Night Society
We enjoyed our collaboration with Beauty Night Society at “In Celebation of Dignity”,at the Hive Vancouver. My Sister’s Closet donated all the clothing for the fashion show in which women who access the Society were the models. Our amazing volunteer team helped with the outfitting of ten wonderful women for the Runway Fashion Show at the gala fundraiser.
Langara Business Association ‘The 4th Annual AWEAR Show – A Night in Paris’
Langara Business Association collaborated with My Sister’s Closet to organize the 4th Annual AWEAR Show – A Night in Paris fashion event in benefit of Battered Women’s Support Services. The event was held on April, 2nd at Langara College Library Study Lounge.
UBC Phrateres ‘Express Yourself Fashion Shows’
Phrateres, a sisterhood at UBC, collaborated with My Sister’s Closet to organize a series of fashion shows for reflecting real women and fashion. A diverse group of women with different personalities, looks, and backgrounds from Phrateres rocked their style at the fashion shows at UBC Student Union Building and Brock Hall. Our collaboration was in support of eco-fashion, violence prevention, community building, respect, and freedom for women..
The 11th Annual Homelessness Marathon featured 14 hours of people-powered radio, broadcasting this year from multiple cities across Canada. The Marathon provided an opportunity for the homeless and their allies to take up the airwaves, fostering a nationwide discussion on homelessness issues and possible solutions.
BWSS and My Sister’s Closet joined the 11th Annual Homelessness Marathon, a national radio broadcast on homelessness to raise awareness on women, violence, homelessness and housing, and also provided free clothing for women and men.
To read more about Women, Violence, Homelessness and Housing, please click here.
An evening with Ivan Sayers at My Sister’s Closet
In collaboration with Society of Museum of Costume (SMOC), My Sister’s Closet hosted a vintage fashion event.
At the evening with Ivan Sayers, vintage clothing collector extraordinaire, we shared essential knowledge about vintage clothing and had change to see the styles from 1900s to 200s through Ivan Sayers vintage clothing collection.
South Delta Secondary School Youth Philanthropy Initiative
Emily M, Emily L, & Dylan from South Delta Secondary School won their school’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative – presenting their charity of choice, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS). Their passion and commitment to the social issue of ending violence against girls & women lead them to win $5000.00 for BWSS! Thank you young women for your amazing work, support, and action. They are a message of great hope and inspiration for a future where every girl and women is free from abuse and violence.
Vancouver Sun United Way Day of Caring
Last year, My Sister’s Closet joined the Vancouver Sun United Way Day of Caring and came together with RBC Royal Bank employees to share the space and our efforts in ending violence at our community thrift boutique.
A team from RBC Royal Bank volunteered at BWSS My Sister’s Closet all in support of ending violence against women. The team worked hard to make our little thrift boutique more beautiful!
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For more information about our Retail Program and thrift boutique, please call us at 778-996-5451.