It was a nasty and windy downpour of a Sunday in Vancouver, but inside Main Street's Heritage Hall, a special group of women were gathered around tables, dry, cozy, warm and enjoying hot tea and mini sandwiches. Spinal Cord Injury BC held their Annual Women's Tea where women of all ages and wakes of life that live with spinal cord injuries or complications were pampered and served for an entire afternoon. This year's theme was Hollywood/Oscars and the women of SCI BC did a fantastic job with their props, decor and their slideshow of old school Oscar Winning movies!
Lovely teas provided by local Bayswater Tea Co.
Relaxing Massages by Marisa + Ren
Make-Up and Hairstyling courtesy of Students and Graduates of Blanche MacDonald
Two musicians graced us with their talent. Kristina Shelden performed for the first time since her spinal cord injury which affected her ability to play.
Sylvi MacCormac, has been performing and composing soundscapes since diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her early 20's. Many of her compositions have been published in the Canadaian Music Centre and Canadian Electroacoustic Community and she is the creator of WHEELS Soundscapes: Voice of People with Dis Abilities at the Vancouver Adapted Music Society.
The amazing ladies of SCI BC
A few goodies from the photo booth!
As you can see, a great time was had by all! I love being part of this event. It is so uplifting to be surrounded by women who struggle on a day to day basis with the fluid mobility that many of us take for granted, to be in awe of their strength, humbled by their vulnerability and melted by their joyful smiles. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and know that this tight knit community has great support both from and thanks to SCI BC.