12 Sep

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

09 Sep

Back to School 2016/2017

It’s back to school time! That means previous Cinderellas and Cinderfellas are heading to university with a brighter future thanks to donations from people like you. Did you know that The Cinderella Project offers Achievement Awards to project participants?

This year, Cinderella Project Alumni are starting at:

  • Douglas College
  • Langara
  • Trinity Western
  • School Creative
  • UBC
  • Wilfred Laurier – Brantford campus
  • UVIC
  • SFU
  • KPU
  • Capilano University
  • Vancouver Community College

We have also supported 2016 grads by providing over 20 laptop computers and funding to purchase tools for trade schools.

Best of luck to all of our alumni as they start their exciting post-secondary careers!

You can support future Cinderellas and Cinderfellas by donating towards our 2017 Achievement Awards. 

24 Apr

Boutique Day 2016

Our 17th Annual Boutique Day was a huge success! As one student put it:

I want to start by thanking all of you at the Cinderella Project for such an incredible experience. I had the pleasure of seeing other youth from my community there and as the day progressed I saw how appreciative each of us was. Many of us come from dysfunctional, lonely homes, but this? This was a rare day dedicated to only us. On behalf of all the youth who’s hearts you helped, thank you. We hold on to this kindness…… by the people who donated their time, their skills, and all the resources it took to pull it all together. By the thoughtfulness in the food that was given to us to take home and simple things that we never priorities like personal hygiene, and self-care. Truly, Thank you.

It was indeed such a beautiful day, and we couldn’t have done it without our hundreds of amazing volunteers.

It was absolutely amazing to have the opportunity and honour to be a volunteer for this heartwarming and life-altering event.  I know for me that I gained way more than I could possibly have given to the three Cinderella’s that I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with.   I saw firsthand the phenomenal change in the hour and a half that I spent with each of my special young men.  Each of my young men were clearly somewhat shy and reserved when we first met – I think they were as scared as I was.  To see their faces light up as they tried on their new suits, picked shoes, ties and accessories, and each of my young men elected to have their haircut and styled.  The memories that have been created for me is something I will cherish until next year.  The importance of this event was written on each of my Cinderella’s Faces, their smiles and the confidence was clear as they eagerly posed for the cameras was stunning and absolutely clear and I would stress measurable.

I have never seen such a change in confidence and self-esteem in such a short time.  Thank-you very much for allowing me to be a part of such a heart-warming and important event – I learned a lot and I will not forget, and perhaps more importantly I will share the special stories and memories of this day with family and friends.

The Cinderella Project changes lives.   I hope that I will be invited to participate next year.

A counsellor who referred students to The Cinderella Project speaks to the truly lasting power that a day filled with mentorship, support and joy can have on a student’s future:

My students were extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the boutique day and are so appreciative of the support. They have a tough time articulating their gratitude, but please rest assured they are more than thankful for the kind support everyone was able to offer them. We have seen a change in both of them at school…they now have a sense of excitement about their upcoming graduations rather than the stress of feeling like they wouldn’t get to have a similar experience to their peers. This excitement has even transferred into a renewed determination to succeed in their studies as they approach the end of grade 12, rather than becoming disengaged and wanting to give up.

Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors. You’ve truly made a difference in the lives of hundreds of graduating students. Our photographer, Dale Ziegler, captured some of the magic from Boutique Day for you to see:

31 Mar

Boutique Day 2016 was a great success!

We welcomed nearly 200 Cinderellas and Cinderfellas on Sunday, February 28th to join us for Boutique Day at The Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront. We came together as a community and celebrated these students as they reach for the milestone of graduation. Thank you so much to all of our volunteers, sponsors and donors for their help. And congratulations to all our Cinderfellas and Cinderellas – we are all so proud of you!

We have such great sponsors that help us make dreams come true! Thank you for your support.

Photos courtesy of Dale Ziegler, our official Cinderella Project Photographer.

See some of the media coverage of Boutique Day 2016!

04 Feb

YWCA Women of Distinction Award!

We are very proud to share that our Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Heather MacKenzie has won a 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Community Champion. Recognzized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour extraordinary women leaders whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.

Congratulations to Heather and to all the winners and nominees of this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction Awards!

An interview with our Co-Executive Director Heather MacKenzie:

At the Cinderella Project’s 16th annual Boutique Day, held at The Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, over 180 Cinderellas and Cinderfellas and at least 400 volunteers came together in a day filled with mentorship, blossoming confidence, and dreams of the future.

To learn more about our program, you can read our fact sheet or see what happens during Boutique Day. We had some great media coverage, which you can find here. You can follow us on Facebook to see more of what we are working on throughout the year.

Boutique Day is a day of unconditional support, recognition and self-esteem building. You can help us provide opportunities such as achievement awards, mentorship and resume building by visiting our donation page. The Cinderella Project is a federally registered, 100% volunteer-based charity. Every penny raised goes to helping the students in the project. Our goal is to help break cycles of poverty by encouraging at-risk youth to stay in school and complete their high school education.

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors and donors. You are helping to make a substantial difference in the lives of these students. And a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us spread the magic this weekend, and throughout the year.