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Upcoming Events

MARCH
Celebration of Success – Vancouver

Coinciding with ‘Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week’, Celebration of Success is held in March each year in support of PLEA’s Children of the Street program. This event serves to raise awareness of the issue of child/youth sexual exploitation in BC. During the evening, we honour and celebrate our supporters and partners who help make our work possible; showcase some of our free, school-based prevention workshops, and launch our new awareness campaign. Guests also enjoy appetizers, music, a cash bar, and fundraising activities. All proceeds raised support our educational prevention workshops.

For more information about this event, click here, or contact Neely Yuda

Putting on the Glitz – Maple Ridge

Putting on the Glitz is a grassroots initiative involving PLEA employees, School District 42, representatives from Ridge Meadows Community Service Agencies, local business and other partners. We work together to provide local high school graduates in need with ‘formal attire’ so that they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. Without such assistance many of these students could not afford to participate in celebrating this important milestone.

We are always accepting donations of gently used grad dresses and accessories to this program.  And we are always in need of volunteers on the day of the event. For more information contact Wilf Leung.

The Enchantment Project – Tri-Cities

The Enchantment Project is a collaboration between PLEA and School District 43 that endeavors to provide high school graduates in need with ‘formal attire’ so that they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. Without such assistance, these students could not afford to participate in celebrating this important milestone.

Gently used grad dresses and cocktail gowns are gratefully accepted at any Tri-Cities High Schools during the months of January – March.

For more information, please contact Jodi Mason or Erin Watkins.

JUNE
National Indigenous Peoples Day – Maple Ridge & Surrey

Every year PLEA recognizes the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada by participating in the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations that take place in Maple Ridge & Surrey. To be among the first to find out what we are up to this year, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In or X, or join our mailing list.  

Pride in the Park – Maple Ridge

Every year need volunteers to help us take part in the Pride in the Park event in Maple Ridge. Help includes donations, decorating, serving food and disassembling after the event. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your diversity! To get involved, email Heather Newman ([email protected]).

SEPTEMBER
Canvas of Change – Vancouver

Our Canvas of Change fundraiser is held each year in September in Vancouver.   This event is in support of Children of the Street’s Youth Art Engagement Project. Some of Vancouver’s best artists join us for a live-painting competition. They only have a short, limited time to create their best artwork, while viewers watch and experience the art come to life. The evening concludes with a live auction of their work. To register your interest in attending the next Canvas of Change, or to volunteer your time to support the evening run like clockwork contact Neely Yuda ([email protected]).

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – Maple Ridge

Each year we work with Katzie First Nation, Fraser River Indigenous Society, BC Spokes and the City of Maple Ridge and 30 other local organizations and nonprofits to plan an inclusive and safe community event that supports learning about and being an ally to Truth and Reconciliation. Activities include cultural sharing by Indigenous drum and dance groups, special guest speakers, a variety of vendors, orange shirt painting, the creation of a community art project, drum circles, resource and knowledge sharing, and the creation of a safe place for those impacted by the residential school system to come together to share and witness through stories.  You can get involved by attending and/or volunteering.  To be among the first to find out what we are up to this year, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In or X, or join our mailing list.  

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