MS Society of CANADA – Giving Back

MS Society of Canada

The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is: To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.

Our two major programs provide hope for the future through the support of MS research into the cause, treatment and cure of the disease and hope for today through our many services that assist people with MS and their families.

Since our founding in 1948, the core support of the MS Society has been from tens of thousands of dedicated individuals, companies and foundations in communities across Canada. The Society receives almost no funding from government.

The MS Society of Canada has a membership of 28,000.

First United-Giving Back

We are more than the sum of our parts.The history of the ministry at the corner of Gore and Hastings Streets in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a long one.

First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1885,  a year before Vancouver was a city. Through the years of colonialism,  joint outreach projects with Princess Street Methodist Church foreshadowed the work established in 1925 when The United Church of Canada was founded.

As an inner-city ministry of the United Church of Canada that has been called to be a part of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, we seek to be and become a faithful and authentic “Gospel Community” which, rooted in our Christian faith, is:

Inclusive of all people regardless of their place of residence, religious or political beliefs, economic or social circumstances
Grounded in the call to both be Christ for others and to recognize Christ in others
Values diversity and individual difference and lives out a relationship of mutuality
Intentional in its primary commitment to stand with and to sit at table with those who otherwise live on the margins of society
Inspirational in celebrating Life, in proactively fostering peace and justice, and in consciously and actively embracing responsibility for the environment.

The community of faith, which is this First United Church, will strive to include people of various economic means, including youth and children, while always remaining rooted in standing with those who are exiled in their own land.

A Loving Spoonful – Giving Back

A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver.
Every week, all year round for over 19 years, our volunteers deliver approximately 1200 frozen meals and over 250 snack packs to men, women and children who are primarily homebound with AIDS. Our average meal cost is only $3.55. A Loving Spoonful is the constant support of over 250 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
Our History
A Loving Spoonful started in 1989, sprung from nothing more than Easter Armas’s determination that no one living with AIDS should live with hunger.

A little taste of Heaven….

Handbags  are  one of  the best fashion accessories to have. They are extremely essential to fashion and can make or break an outfit. There are so many versatile and stylish bags that come from designers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, YSL, Hermes and the list goes on. Purses are  my favorite accessory  by far. I have had a life long obsession to designers purses and am always adding to my collection. I will be showing you the latest most stylish must have purses, the price tags will be  shocking but the investment is definitely worth it.

Here is one of my favorites…

The Hermes birkin bag is the latest “it” bag. Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham,Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria, Katie Holmes, beyonce, and many more all have the must have bag.  The Birkin bag is a handmade purse  and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin.

Grey Skies

Winter in Vancouver doesn’t always mean snow. In fact, it is more likely that the season will bring us excessive amounts of rain. But dreary weather says nothing about one’s ability to look stylish under grey skies. The most important thing is keeping warm. Nothing looks more ludicrous than bare legs and thin sweaters when facing the elements.

Black in Style

For a lot of Vancouver women, black is the go-to colour because of it’s’ drama, versatility, and knack for concealment.  Designers have always used this popular hue in their clothing especially for the quintessential “black dress”.  For example, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Nicole Miller are big names in the U.S. that have used black in their collection and continue to because frankly, it sells.  However, Vancouver designers are no light weights in the arena.

Jason Matlo is a well-known Vancouver designer who makes ready-to-wear designs.  He is known for his meticulous handiwork and construction which is made here in Canada.  On his website: you can take a look at his Babe collection and channel the inner diva in you in his black mini dresses.  Otherwise you can look at his Autumn 2010 collection which features clothing in noir that can be worn to work as well as transition to after work.

Another local designer is Kim Cathers and her line of clothing called Kdon  You may remember her as a finalist on Project Runway since Vancouver designers were scarce on that show.  She makes what is called “eco clothing” meaning she uses recyclable materials to create her garments.  Her Fall/Winter Collection called “Noir” features dresses, slips, skirts, coats and tops.  One of her designs, a coat called “Night Rider,” is so West Coast with the added hood and her dress “The Spaniard” has impeccable detailing that had to be sewn by a true artist.

A quick mention is Nancy Lord at  In her Fall/Winter 10/11 collection there is a Made to Measure jacket called “Opera” that uses buttons to accentuate the dark quintessential trench coat.  The result is a couture-like piece sure to turn heads at the opera or a walk down Burrard Street.

Merry Manicure…

One of the best ways to dress up a basic black ensemble is an eye-catching manicure.

The trends right now are short, opaque and glittery nails, dark colours,  or a mix of textures or colours.

Gradient colours, sparkle bases with solid tips, matte finishes mixed with shine or sparkles, gradient french tips with sparkles. Keep it basic on your toes if your going a bit wild with your fingers – a little dazzle is great, a lot of dazzle is Jersey Shores. For a sophisticated look, go easy on the sparkles and explore the dark, matte options – and wear a striking cocktail ring.

Ladies gift ideas and tips for your MAN 2011 Stlye

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So I, being a less lazy portion of our ##Q##man##Q## kind, have put together some ideas for you; to get us looking more our ages and a bit more suave like our European counterparts. Wait a second, thats the conspiracy isn##Q##t it?