Parksville and Qualicum Beach Seniors’ centres fundraise together

Fashion show and tea on Feb. 15 at Qualicum Beach Civic Centre to benefit Vancouver Island Compassion Dog Society

The Qualicum Beach Seniors and the Parksville Seniors both regularly donate money to local causes on their own, but this year they’ve decided to join forces for the first time. The two groups have planned an antique fashion show and tea to help raise funds for the Vancouver Island Compassion Dog Society.

“This is all brand new and exciting,” said Judy Southern, president of QB Seniors. “I thought it was about time we did this.”

Aileen Fabris, president of Parksville Seniors, said the idea sparked after seeing a vintage fashion show put on by Port Alberni’s Centennial Bells group. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘What a good idea,’” she said.

So, Southern said they turned to “local fashion show expert” Merlyn Patten to provide the show. Patten has collected vintage fashions for more than 30 years and regularly uses the clothes to put on shows to help charities and non-profits. She also doesn’t charge a fee for her services and all of her models are volunteers.

When it came to choosing which charity to sponsor, both Southern and Fabris said the Vancouver Island Compassion Dog Society was a clear decision.

“Our government is not doing so much for our servicemen right now,” said Fabris.

According to VICD president and founder Barb Ashmead, the society matches dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in an effort to promote mental health and well-being. The program also works with people in active service and first responders who are at risk for the disorder. Ashmead said the dogs offer emotional support for their human partners as they learn to cope with things “we consider simple, but they consider hard,” such as grocery shopping, going to dinner or being in other crowded and noisy spaces.

“That program is really quite something,” said Southern. “It’s a big deal getting back into a more normal way of life.”

Ashmead said it costs approximately $10,000 for each participant as the VICD provides the animals, leashes, dog food and fuel to twice weekly training classes for the human-canine pair. “The veteran pays nothing,” she said. There are approximately 12 teams in the program right now. Ashmead said all of the money used by the VICD is raised by the society, and she was “thrilled” when she learned the seniors’ centres were holding a fundraiser.

“For us, it means more people are understanding what we’re doing, and that is important,” said Ashmead.

The fashion show and tea will be on Sunday Feb. 15. at 2 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Tea, coffee and refreshments are included in the price of your ticket. Also, you can get into the spirit of the event by wearing a hat for your chance to win a door prize.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Parksville at Bosley’s Pet Store, Cranky Dog Music and the Parksville Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, and in Qualicum Beach at Fresh N Fabulous Flowers and the Qualicum Beach Seniors Activity Centre. You can also call the seniors’ centres at 250-248-3200 or 250-752-0420 for more info.

 

Just Posted

Development permit issued for four-storey apartment on Dogwood Street

Proposed 63-unit building will include water conservation measures

Mark Chandler running for City of Parksville councillor

Chandler will focus on affordable housing, fiscal responsibility, economic growth and crime

New data gives insight into Parksville Qualicum Beach-area homeless community

42 without homes agree to take survey on gender, age, health, length of time in community

Parksville singer to celebrate birthday with concert

Robbie Van looking to raise money for Haven Society

Mt. Washington season passholders to be the first to receive the new tech in-hand

The new hands-free tech will be in full effect for winter 2018-19

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read