Cause Celeb 2003 Fundraiser
Why I Volunteer
Tax Tips for Volunteers
was a remarkable year for Dress for Success with record
numbers of women using our services. As we move into 2004,
we fully expect those numbers to grow as they have year
over year since the program started. Clothing donations,
including accessories, shoes and purses are in good supply
at year end and the generosity of our donors of “interview
ready clothing” seems boundless. Our perennial challenge
of fundraising to cover our operational costs remains
with us and in 2004, we have exciting plans to raise the
profile of Dress for Success while at the same time raising
more money to keep the organization running smoothly.
We will once again be holding our annual fundraiser –
so mark your calendars for March 9th and be sure you attend
and bring five friends. In addition to this main fundraising
event, we will be putting in place a corporate sponsorship
program which will give the organization the kind of support
and recognition needed for long term financial stability.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success
I would like to thank all our volunteers for their hard
work, we look forward to working with you again in 2004
and want to take this opportunity to wish you and your
families a very happy new year.
Years and 4500 Clients…
Thank you for continuing to be so active and supportive
of Dress for Success. Since opening in February 1999,
we have seen 4500 clients through our doors, each with
their own engaging story as they seek out their personal
I feel privileged to work with such an inspiring group
of clients, regularly reminding me of the power of the
human spirit. I am similarly privileged to work with
such a dedicated group of volunteers who understand
that giving as little as four hours a month of their
time can have such a profound effect on the lives of
Thank you all for continuing to share in our success!
Jam with the Drum Café on Team Recognition Night 2003.
Over 50 Volunteers were honoured for their dedicated contribution
of 4 or more hours per month throughout the year, and a great
time was had by all. Click the images to enlarge.
Suits Me Fine! Dress for Success Spring
Gala and Silent Auction
presented by Bernard Haldane Associates
TUESDAY, MARCH 9,
starting at 5:30pm
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
February I became Program Director and Lucia Crosson joined
the office as Program Coordinator. Lucia has been abfab
at taking care of the PWG and has helped me immensely.
I now have more time for our volunteers, supporters, and
amazing Board of Directors.
In spring some of our agencies closed their doors and
others cut or changed staff. We overcame this by increasing
our agency base to 35 members, with the addition of health,
mental health and educational agencies, making this Fall
our the busiest season ever.
In 2003, we maintained and grew a fabulous team of volunteers.
We added another Thursday each month and opened during
holiday weekends, adding 20 days to the calendar and starting
make-up consultation on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Over
$60,000.00 of new merchandise was donated to our clients.
Thanks to the contributions of every donor, volunteer
and DFS supporter, we proudly dressed over 1300 women
this year and are projecting 1500+ for 2004.
CELEB 2003 FUNDRAISER
Dress for Success 4th annual fund-raising event, celebrity
suit drive, silent auction and cocktail reception “Cause
Celeb” was a fantastic success, raising over $35,000
to assist low-income women as they re-enter and stay in
the workforce. Despite a Canuck play-off game, over 300
guests attended the beautiful Waterfront Ballroom on April
22nd, 2003 to hear words of inspiration from four amazing
women, Wendy McDonald, CEO of BC Bearing,
Susan Gomez, prior General Manager of
the Metropolitan Hotel, Bif Naked, renowned
Canadian rock star and Merci Veto previous
Dress for Success client.
night I picked up a wonderful ensemble from your Vancouver
location. My job interview doesn't take place until next
But my suit and accessories already have duties to perform.
I woke up at 5:30am this morning. The suit was calling
out to me. First job is to knock on the building manager's
door and ask for the money he owes me.
Then we are off to the Job Match appointment at Jewish
Family Services. Then we go to Vancity Credit Union, where
I will break out my remaining, and very small, RRSP. My
suit and I have a full calendar!
The suit's previous owner must have a good heart. This
darn suit just keeps gently encouraging me to get out,
and get going. I can now accept all invites for coffee
and lunch and anything else my new, more positive and
stylish life might bring.
Thank you, Dress for Success Vancouver. I’m on my
isn’t often that, as Director, I am moved to tears
by the goings on at Dress for Success, but it can happen.
A former client came in to make a donation – of,
it turned out, a suit she had received from DFS. She had
worn it to her interview and landed a “great job”
where, though the work was highly professional and rewarding,
she didn’t need to dress up. She wanted someone
else to have the same joyful experience that she did.
The black Anne Klein suit went back in our stock: we displayed
it with the peacock blue blouse she wore it with, and
I’m sure it will bring wonderful things to the next
owner. There is magic in our clothing.
By Jean McKelvie
like to say I volunteer because I’m too young to
retire. My friends and family don’t quite buy that
reasoning, but they encourage me, anyway.
I love the time I spend at Dress for Success. It rounds
out my busy week and gives me a great deal of satisfaction
when my partner Lillian and I leave each Tuesday with
the place all shipshape.
My career in fashion began over 40 years ago and it was
a love affair from beginning to end. Model, fashion show
coordinator, wardrobe consultant, I always seemed to be
showing people how to dress, how to go from office to
evening with a clever use of accessories.
But my favorite was helping those within a tight budget,
put together a working wardrobe.
When I finally “retired” five years ago, I
looked for a way to put my fashion knowledge to best use.
When I discovered DFS on the Oprah Show, I thought it
had been created just for me.
It took a couple of years before we got our Vancouver
location but since then I’ve been blessed to work
with a wonderful group of like-minded women. We may have
all found DFS for different reasons, but we stay for the
same one: we’re volunteers at heart.
TIPS FOR WOMEN
by Nicole Clark, CA of PricewaterhouseCoopers
may be able to deduct child care payments made so that
you or your spouse can earn employment or business income,
or attend secondary or post-secondary school. If you are
married, only the lower income spouse can claim the deductions.
The maximum deduction is $7,000 for each child under 7
and $4,000 for each other child under 16.
may be able to deduct legal fees paid to enforce payment
of an existing right to alimony or maintenance payments,
as long as those payments are included in your income.
may be able to reduce your payroll deductions if you pay
for child care, make regular contributions to a Registered
Retirement Savings Plan, or have other expenses that are
deductible for tax purposes. File form T1213, Request
to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source, at your local Tax
Services Office along with support for the deductions.
Remember, if your payroll deductions are reduced you will
have more after-tax money on each paycheque, but the refund
you receive when you file your tax return will be lower.
should always file a return. Even if you have low income
or no income, filing a return ensures that you will receive
any Child Tax Benefit payments or GST and sales tax credits
that you are entitled to. 2003 tax returns are due on
April 30, 2004.
can get more information on these topics and obtain forms
at Canada Custom and Revenue Agency’s website, www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca,
or at your local Tax Services Office.