Nina Despins has her hair done by volunteer hairdresser Mandy Rogers as makeup artist Erin Bradley looks on during Our Place’s annual Beauty Day. (File photo)

Nina Despins has her hair done by volunteer hairdresser Mandy Rogers as makeup artist Erin Bradley looks on during Our Place’s annual Beauty Day. (File photo)

Our Place turns up the glamour for Beauty Day

The annual event will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 15

For women using Our Place’s service and programs, looking their best isn’t always a priority or even possible.

Beauty Day, an event aimed at making women at Our Place feel and look great, will take place on Feb. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with volunteer hairdressers and estheticians on hand to help.

Erin Stott has been organizing Beauty Day at Our Place for the past 10 years and has watched it evolve ever since.

RELATED: Beauty Day at Our Place a chance to rise above daily struggles

“I have makeup artists, a hairdresser, somebody to do manicures. I have treats like chocolate,” says Stott. “I try to aim for stuff that the girls don’t usually get access to … just to take them away from their everyday life even if it’s just for three hours.”

Stott understands what it’s like to have survival as her only focus, explaining that she once had to use the services at Our Place.

“I know exactly what it’s like to be on the street and just to be stuck in that life and feel so crappy everyday,” says Stott.

RELATED: Non-profit gathering makeup for Mother’s Day

She expects 50 women will take part in the morning’s event and hopes it can provide some joy for those experiencing a hard time right now.

“[I want to] remind them they’re still people. They still have dignity. They’re still entitled to enjoy the things that other people take for granted.”

Stott runs a similar event on the Friday prior to Father’s Day for men, hoping to achieve the same thing. She says the reaction is great.

“A lot of new people are surprised, their general reaction is gratitude and they’re happy to feel special and just have that glow again,” says Stott.

Stott plans to continue organizing Beauty Day for women and men at Our Place.

“It’s an indescribable feeling I get from being here, and I’ll [keep doing this] for as long as I can,” says Stott.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Keygan Power with brother Quintin and mom Allison while camping the weekend before Keygan’s brain hemorrhage on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo Allison Power)
Saanich teen ‘locked inside,’ regaining speech after severe brain hemorrhage

16-year-old suffers traumatic loss of function, still plays a mean game of chess

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: Vancouver Island in a January spike while B.C. cases decrease

Island’s top doc Dr. Stanwick breaks down the Island’s rising numbers

North Saanich is giving local businesses a break by waving renewal fees for 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich waives business renewal fees for 2021

The municipality raised $48,000 from businesses licences in 2020

The Sooke school district has filled all spots for their French immersion and nature kinderagarten programs in 2021-2022 school year. Regular kindergarten registration is still open and available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke school district gets surplus of nature, French immersion kindergarten applications

Not enough room for almost half of nature kindergarten applicants

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Shown is Quality Foods at 319 Island Highway in Parksville. The Island-based grocery chain announced on Jan. 25 it made a $2-per-hour pay premium, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, permanent. (Mandy Moraes photo)
COVID-19: Quality Foods makes $2-per-hour employee pay premium permanent

Island-based grocery chain had extended increase twice in 2020

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have arrested a prolific offender who is now facing more than 40 charges. (Black Press file photo)
‘Priority offender’ arrested in Cowichan Valley faces more than 40 charges

Tyler Elrix, 37, had a history of evading police; was ordered not to be in Vancouver Island

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

Most Read