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Courtenay Market Day

When: July 20

Where: Downtown Courtenay

Courtenay celebrated its 49th annual Downtown Market Day and the Glacier Grannies joined in this popular event. Our booth featured our new beeswax ecowraps and reusable produce bags. Both were were very popular, as were other new creations, and well known old favorites. Over $700 was raised for the Grandmothers’ Campaign.

Many thanks to all the Grannies who creating our products, and to those who worked on the booth.

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 Celebrating Our Years' Work 

For two years running the Angel-makers have met at Kerry W.’s lovely ocean-side home for good food, conversation, fun, and beach relaxation. Thank you to Kathy N. for the great photographs and to all those who brought delicious food.

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On June 26 the Glacier Grannies met for their yearly get-together, which was also an opportunity to welcome new members. The sun came out from behind the clouds as we met, so we were able to enjoy Penny M.’s beautiful garden. As always the food and the conversation were amazing. Thank you to all the grannies who brought goodies, and to Joanne R. and Pat P. for their terrific photography.

Thank you to both Kerry W. and Penny M. for your hospitality. We are lucky to have members living in such beautiful locations.

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 Arts & Bloom Festival 

When:  May 17, 18 and 19

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens  

We had a very successful weekend at this Festival, which takes place amidst beautiful flowering rhododendron bushes. Business was brisk, and our newest products, eco wraps, were very popular and sold out by the end of the second day. The felted creatures and cacti were also very popular. We were gifted with some beautiful plants to sell, and these went quickly. $2,038 was raised for the Grandmothers Campaign.

All Grannies who helped were thrilled to be using the two beautiful new canopies. Set up and take down was straightforward, and zipping up the sides for the night was easy. No Granny or Grand Other regretted the lack of duct tape or reluctant, sticking zippers!

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 7th Annual African Dinner 

Glacier Grannies Entertain One Hundred and Fifty Guests

At Their Seventh African Dinner

April 7, 2019

Our guests were greeted by the West African-styled beats of the Drumbuds. They then proceeded to the beautifully-decorated hall, and had a chance to examine the wide range of quality goods and services in the silent auction. Guests began placing their bids, and wine, beer and soft drinks were available from the cash bar. AIDS Angels and other crafts were available for sale, with the Angels being part of the table decorations.  read more

Once everyone was seated, Tina Filipino led us in several spirited songs and rounds. These were followed by a reprise of the Grannie’s Flash Mob dance, this time in beautiful homemade aprons, which were available for sale.

A delicious gourmet meal was once more provided by Tria Catering. Then came the highlight of the evening: our master of ceremonies, Joanne C., introduced Idah Mukuka Nambeya, the senior advisor for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Idah is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and held us spellbound with stories and photographs of grandmothers who had found practical help, hope, and the strength to speak out for their rights, through Foundation-supported initiatives. She reminded us how important it was to allow African communities to take the lead in initiating projects. She gave an impassioned plea that we not forget that Canadian grandmothers had vowed not to rest until their African sisters could rest. To learn more about Idah, click here.

The evening ended with opportunities for guests to increase their bids on silent auction items, and for those whose bidding was successful, to purchase their items.

Grannies had worked extremely hard to make the evening a success, and were delighted that our guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the excellent food, the entertainment, and the silent auction.

The evening raised over $11,900 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Click below to enlarge the list of our generous sponsors and donors.

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Thank you to the following who loaned items to decorate our hall: Joyce and Bill Jay, Pam and Dennis Folker, Art Knapp’s Plantland, and Fabricland.

A big thank you to the Laughing Oyster Book Shop and Blue Heron Books for helping with our ticket sales.


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 Lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya  

When:  April 06, 2019

On April 6th, many of the Grannies who were working hard to make the African Dinner a success, had lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya who would be the guest speaker at the dinner. Idah regaled the Grannies with stories from her life in Luzaka, Zambia and from her experiences visiting projects funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her sense of commitment to her work, and her humour, made it a memorable lunch.

Thank you to Joanne R. for hosting, and Barb T. and Linda M. for providing a delicious meal.

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  Arts & Bloom  

When:  May 19, 20 and 21.

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Descriptions of the event:  open

Thank you to the Woodland Garden's owners who allow our non-profit group to participate with all the for-profit professional artists. Equal thanks to the grannies who volunteered for shifts, giving time on a beautiful sunny long weekend. We were pleased to raise $1,489 through our craft sales.

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