Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Photos


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 5:23pm PDT
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The Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala took place on Saturday evening, with over 600 guests in attendance at the Westin Bayshore.

Hosted by Global BC’s Chris Gailus and sold out months in advance, Canuck Place supporters including guests, sponsors, volunteers, board members and staff came together and raised a new record total of $1.24 million to support the complex care of BC’s children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Gala Co-Chairs, Emily Lazare and Shanni Eckford led a creative and passionate volunteer gala and wine committee who were pivotal to the success of the event. Canuck Place parent, Maureen Laforge, whose daughter Angela passed away on the Canuck Place program, spoke eloquently to a captivated audience, of the critical care they received from Canuck Place.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

“You see love here every day. It’s the most intense of embraces, where people show up with their best love. It is the most animated and open and raw expression. It is filled with joy and love.” – Canuck Place CEO, Margaret McNeil

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

“Being the parent of a critically ill child feels like being in the middle of a hurricane, and tornado, and a tsunami all at the same time and all the while your child looks to you to calm the winds, block the flying debris, and hold back the waves – they look to you to save them. It is a most helpless feeling I have ever felt.” – Family speaker Maureen LaForge

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

“I wish the world was one without critically ill or dying children but it is. So, instead, I wish that all families could have the opportunity to have their last weeks, days, or hours with their child, at Canuck Place. Like we had with Angela.” – Family speaker Maureen LaForge

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

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The Gift of Time Gala has raised over $10 million for Canuck Place children and families in the past 13 years. All funds raised support the delivery of pediatric palliative care through the Canuck Place provincial program.

Miss604 is proud to be the Social Media Sponsor of the Gift of Time Gala.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Upcoming Canuck Place Events

The Dog
Canuck Place partnered with Greystone books on a new children’s book inspired by a visit to Canuck Place and Poppy the therapy dog! Canuck Place Medical Director, Dr. Hal Siden will be reading the book, with Poppy at his side at Kidsbooks on October 26th.

Liz Rose Seven Summits
On November 3rd, Liz is poised to become the youngest Canadian to climb the Seven Summits – The tallest mountain on each continent. For her final climb, she’s fundraising for Canuck Place, and is even bringing a flag signed by Canuck Place kids to the top of her final mountain in Australia.

Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Jersey Boys in Vancouver: Win Tickets


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 4:29pm PDT
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Broadway Across Canada presents Jersey Boys, November 14-19, 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

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The touring cast of Jersey Boys, photo by Jeremy Daniel

Jersey Boys in Vancouver

When: November 14 to November 19, 2017
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St, Vancouver)

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

Featuring the legendary Top 10 hits: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”.

To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster online or call 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver for 2017-2018.

Dress for Success Luncheon


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 12:50pm PDT
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Dress for Success Vancouver (“DFSV”) will host their 5th annual Success Luncheon Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. The event celebrates dynamic corporate culture that fuels employees and encourages leaders to flourish.

Dress for Success Luncheon

When: Thursday November 2, 2017 11:15am to 1:30pm
Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Individual tickets $125 & include a $50 tax receipt. Tables of 10 available for $1,500.

The event features a panel of female executives sharing ideas and personal stories on corporate culture. DFSV will also recognize their client, Miriam Linderman who has overcome challenges and is now building her own success by inspiring and coaching others. Miriam will be awarded the DFSV Inspiration Award, acknowledging her journey and achievements with the support of Dress for Success programs. The Success Luncheon is an annually anticipated opportunity to bring together the Dress for Success Vancouver corporate community and supporters.

Panel speakers are Janeen Speer, Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development at WestJet, Zuleika Sgro, Vice President of Retail at Saje Natural Wellness and Lyndsey Hannigan, Director of Talent at Clio. The discussion will be moderated by Lorie Corcuera, Co-Founder & CEO of SPARK Creations. The event is again hosted by TV personality and producer Fiona Forbes.

In addition to the panel discussion, guests are invited to a pre-lunch networking event where they will meet with speakers and local corporate supporters across sectors. Raffles tickets and opportunities to support a DFSV woman will be available.

About Dress for Success Vancouver
Dress for Success Vancouver is a registered charity committed to empowering women into the workforce by providing
professional attire, career development tools and a career advancement program. An affiliate of the international
organization Dress for Success, DFSV was established in 1999 as the first international affiliate and has served over 25,000 women in the Lower Mainland.

Win a Date Night with pHresh Spa and TomoeArts


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 11:14am PDT
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TomoeArts presents the world premiere of a provocative and heartrending new work, Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, a noh chamber opera, on stage October 26th to 28th at The Cultch.

TomoeArts Presents Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited

When: October 26th to 28th, 2017
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now from $20.


Heather Pawsey & Yamai Tsunao. Photo by Travan Wong

Master Japanese practitioners of noh – Japan’s 14th century theatre art – combine talents with Western classical musicians in an operatic re-imagining of the classic tale of unrequited love: Kayoi Komachi. This mesmerizing ‘East meets West’ invention exposes the desire, tribulation and mystery between a man and woman caught in the throes of a tumultuous romance.

In Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, audiences will find the noh text more fragmented, and free-flowing, the harmonies and choreography carefully altered, and the rhythm reworked from the conventional eight-beat phrase structure. The classical ensemble will play noh melodies and percussive patterns, and vocalists will sing pitches and perform gestures unlike any repertoire they have encountered. Added to the dynamic interplay between English and Japanese dialogue, this piece brings noh and opera to brand-new territory.

Japanese noh is one of the oldest theatre arts performed today. With highly stylized movement, and vivid text sung through stirring chant, noh plays are traditionally based on legends and literature and focus on themes around the supernatural. The plots typically revolve around two main characters who perform on a minimalist stage backed by chorus and musicians on drum and flute.

Performing a gorgeous score by Farshid Samandari, the ensemble of Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, led by Conductor Jonathan Girard, will include: Melanie Adams (mezzo-soprano); Joseph Bulman (tenor); Peter Monaghan (bass-baritone); noh actors Muraoka Kiyomi and Kashiwazaki Mayuko; Mark McGregor (flute); Western percussionist Brian Nesselroad; guest kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum) player Omura Kayû; as well as a group of prodigious string players.

Win a Date Night

I have a pair of tickets to give away so a lucky Miss604 reader and their guest can witness this meditative art form in a special presentation.

Along with tickets, the winner will also receive a couple’s massage package from pHresh Spa (valued at $220). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Waterfall Hunting in Wells Gray Provincial Park with Dax Justin


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 9:19am PDT
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Exploring Route 97The following has been contributed by Dax Justin in partnership with ZenSeekers, exploring Wells Gray Provincial Park and #Route97.

#Route97 is a collection of experiences and destinations you will find within the Okanagan Valley and into Washington state.

ZenSeekers challenges you to explore the region this fall and have a series of stories to help make that happen.

Waterfall Hunting in Wells Gray Provincial Park with Dax Justin


Wells Gray Provincial Park is also known as ‘Waterfall Park’ for its 39 named waterfalls.

Wells Gray Provincial Park in the Clearwater Valley, about a five-hour drive northeast of Vancouver, is a pristine part of the province that attracts adventure seekers looking for wild and wonderful year-round experiences – from wildlife sightings to kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking.

And seeking out its dozens of waterfalls.

You could spend a lifetime exploring the more than 5,000 square kilometres of forest, mountains and waterways here, but an autumn weekend is plenty of time to find much-needed peace from the city.

There’s good reason why Wells Gray is also known as, “Waterfall Park”. There are 39 named waterfalls, and my aim on a late September weekend was to discover a few of them with the help of park ambassadors and locals Chance Breckenridge and Raymond Jones.

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I had one in particular that I just had to see – Moul Falls. Though it’s the third highest waterfall in the park, it has an added attraction that I wanted to photograph and experience. The way the canyon has been carved by the cascading water, an alcove has been created so you can stand behind the falls.

It sounded like something I just had to experience.

The hour-long hike to reach it began easily enough on an abandoned road from the trailhead on Clearwater Valley Road. Signs along the way kept us moving in the right direction.


The grey day made the fall colours more vivid.

The crisp pine-scented air put me in a great mood, making me forget about the time of day and all of my deadlines.

The recent rainfall made the colours of the trees pop and I photographed the big and small things in my midst – the big vistas right down to the smallest drop of water clinging to the changing leaves.

There were also three other waterfalls on our wish list for the day: Spahats, Helmcken and Dawson. Ray and Chance promised me they were all worth visiting because each had its own beauty, whether it was the nearby vegetation or rock formations surrounding them.

The cool thing about searching for waterfalls is that you can hear them before you see them.
Grouse Creek is the source of Moul Falls, 35 metres above. We’d arrived and the trail was a little slippery and narrow, but well worth the effort to get face to face with these falls.

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The roar of the falls is mesmerizing.

I stood there mesmerized by the sound, the force and the beauty of the moment, enjoying the mist lingering in the air and feeling the coolness of the spray on my skin.

But going behind the falls was the most magical part of all. I’d felt like I’d entered a secret little kingdom and I didn’t want to leave. I lingered for as long as I could.

But Chance and Ray were ready to impress me with their bravery, wading into the river just below the falls. It was a photo opportunity I didn’t want to miss.

I’d set out to see a bit of BC’s wild and wet side and was completely satisfied with my first time here. But there’s so much more to discover – like those 36 remaining waterfalls – so I’ll definitely be back.


Chance and Ray braved the chilly waters below Moul Falls.

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About the Author: Dax Justin on Behalf of ZenSeekers
Dax Justin is a Canadian explorer, adventure/landscape photographer, visual content creator, and destination storyteller based in Alberta, Canada.

His photographic work focuses on outdoor adventure, landscapes, mountain lifestyle, people and sports. The photography captured on expeditions bring the adventure to a worldwide online audience in real time, expanding brand reach through social media and travel networks including Seekers Media.

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