A little bit of nailpolish and a lot of caring.
That’s what makes the Women’s Day of Caring, a partnership of the WRHA and NorWest Coop Community Health, something that women in their neighbourhood look forward to for the whole year. On April 4, the women were given a day where they could be treated like queens and refresh their spirits with simple pleasures like a haircut, a manicure, and a chance to pick out some clothes.
“I get phone calls about it in January from the women about it – so they can be put on a list already. They know about it, and they so look forward to it,”says Caprice Kehler of NorWest. “They tell me it’s so good just to have a little break.”
This year, after their visits with hairdressers and estheticians had given the women’s spirits a lift, photographers from Kelly Anne Photography and Soni Images Video & Photography came to take beauty portraits. “They’re so shy to get them done at first, but when the portraits come back and the women come in to see them, it’s amazing to see their faces,” says Kehler. “Because in those photos, they feel good and look good, and it shows.”
That’s the difference a little bit of caring can make.
Thanks to the WRHA and Nor’West, Salon Professional Academy for providing haircuts, the estheticians of Scientific Marvel, clothing donors WRHA and Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Costco for providing food, and the photographers who captured the smiles the day put on women’s faces.