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I’m a current student at John Casablancas Institute, graduating from the Fashion Business and Creative Arts program in July this year. For our graduation, my class of 14 fabulous fashionistas, are putting on a fashion show called Persephone. The show is going to showcase the incredible talent of the unique students I’ve had the honour of getting to know over the last ten months. We were given the opportunity to either style or design our own segments, so the show is a collaboration of the two.

Putting on a fashion show is not as easy as learning your ABC’s and 123’s. It takes weeks of blood, sweat, tears, creativity, and teamwork to make a memorable show. As I’m sitting here writing my blog, I feel like I need to whip out my arts and crafts kit and continue to make adorable paper dresses (if you attend the show, you’ll know why I’m making them).

Our solid team of 14 got assigned roles to keep the process flowing. I was honoured when I was chosen as the Charity Liaison. The charity liaison works hand-in-hand with the head honcho of Covenant House. This means I work directly with Mark Savard, Development Officer,every step of the way until show day. For those of you who don’t know what amazing things the Covenant House does, it exists to aid young people for whom there is often no one else – young people who have either willingly fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse or those who have been forced from their homes.

I wake up every morning with the same goal. The goal is to make change. It might be something as small as putting a smile on someone’s face or it could be something big like buying a homeless man a sandwich. I live everyday to make others love the beautiful world we live in. I’m grateful for every little thing I have, and to be able to work for a nonprofit organization while organizing a fashion show, has only brought more happiness into my everyday life.

Help make a difference by attending Persephone on Tuesday July 22 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street), doors 6:30, show 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 from JC Institute (220 Cambie) or $25 at the door.

Brianna Bourdeau D’Hui, JCI Fashion Student

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