10 years of Caring

Women get a special day at NorWest Co-op Community Health.

The 10th anniversary of the Women’s Day of Caring at NorWest Co-op Community Health’s resource centre on Alexander Ave. was hosted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) on Tuesday.

SuperFUNtasticEvent provided photos to each of the ladies with their fresh cuts.

SuperFUNtasticEvent provided photos to each of the ladies with their fresh cuts.

Almost 50 smiling women socialized and enjoyed free haircuts, manicures, and lunch at the United Way agency partner. They chose from clothing, shoes, and books, and came away with gift bags of jewelry, toiletries and cosmetics.

Students from Scientific Marvel Beauty School volunteered their skills.

Students from Scientific Marvel Beauty School volunteered their skills.

“It’s really great to give them a day where they’re pampered and have someone take care of them,” said NorWest Community Development Coordinator Elizabete Halprin.

Some of the women live isolated lives, Elizabete said. They may be alone or single parents living on a low income, or going through issues stemming from abuse or trauma.

Yvonne Clements thinks she may have missed just one Women’s Day of Caring in 10 years.

Yvonne Clements says the Day of Caring is a chance for women to connect.

Yvonne Clements says the Day of Caring is a chance for women to connect.

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” said Yvonne, tucking into a sandwich and veggies after her haircut.

“It’s time for women to be pampered. They might not have had their hair done for years, seriously, and it’s a chance to get new clothes for free.”

Yvonne said residents in her Blake Gardens housing complex “don’t really socialize, so this is a chance to get to know each other.”

“This is the one big social event.”

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As in past years, Scientific Marvel Beauty School students – 19 of them – were on hand to provide the free haircuts and manicures.

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Scientific Marvel Esthetics Instructor Romona Boeve said the day is about more than “making someone pretty.”

“It’s a connection. You’re making a connection with a person and talking to them.”

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Jan Morowski of the WRHA, which had seven volunteers helping out, said making personal connections is a wonderful part of the event.

“They connect through this as neighbours and become friends.”

WRHA provided clothing and shoes through an employee drive – enough for each woman to leave with multiple bags full.

The ladies got to choose a new book provided by Frontier College, which also provided children’s books for the prize baskets.

All the women took home gift bags, and 15 lucky winners also got prize baskets.

All the women took home gift bags, and 15 lucky winners also got prize baskets.

“We support United Way and Day of Caring,” said Frontier College Community Coordinator Karen Ste. Marie.

“Literacy happens at every level. There’s always an opportunity to learn, and women who use NorWest can be lifelong learners, right?”

France Croteau picked out a book that resonated with her.

France Croteau picked out a book that resonated with her.

France Croteau passed on the fiction for Flat Out Rock – Ten Great Bands of the 60s. She said she attended Woodstock in 1974 as an 11-year-old girl and remembers “dancing with my mum and dad.”

Learn more about United Way Days of Caring online or contact Day of Caring manager Hillary at 204-924-4273 or hgair@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

9-day-old Annabelle was not interested in a manicure. Maybe next year!

9-day-old Annabelle was not interested in a manicure. Maybe next year!

A special day of (self) caring.

A United Way Day of Caring can take many forms, including a special day of pampering!

Hosted at the NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the March 11 Day of Caring brightened up the lives of 39 low-income women.

Pampering took the form of a new hair style and manicures, provided courtesy of instructors and students from Scientific Marvel School of Beauty.

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The women also enjoyed jewelry and goodie bags filled with toiletries and makeup, all donated by WRHA staff. Lunch was provided by Costco, and Frontier College donated raffle baskets and books for the ladies. Volunteers from the Health Sciences Centre also helped make the day special.

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In a WRHA newsletter Jan Murowski writes that they “have had many positive comments from the ladies who attended and they truly look forward to this event every year. Thank you once again for your generosity and for making a difference in their lives!”

Jan Murowski of the WRHA signs up some of the deserving ladies pampered at the Day of Caring

Jan Murowski of the WRHA signs up some of the deserving ladies pampered at the Day of Caring

 

instructors and students from Scientific Marvel School of Beauty helped brighten up the lives of 39 low-income women.

instructors and students from Scientific Marvel School of Beauty helped brighten up the lives of 39 low-income women.


NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre, a United Way non-profit agency partner, engages the Inkster community in co-operative health and wellness with a vision of letting people take control of their health. Together they are helping make Winnipeg a better place for us all!