This annual initiative at BPW Calgary promotes The Walk-In Closet, a program of the Making Changes Association to supply women with a choice of business clothing so they can make a confident transition into the workplace. BPW Calgary members have been collecting and donating their business attire over the last two months at dinner meetings so that they may improve conditions for all women.
On June 4, 2011, BPW Calgary members visited the Walk-In Closet’s new location with their impressive collection and were provided with a tour by the program manager Lillian VanGenderen. The new space has been stunningly created by Albi Homes with high cathedral-style ceilings. An exquisite art piece portraying a woman with endless possibilities titled “Nicolini” was beautifully displayed at the entrance. A fireplace is in the works. As we walked around to the back, we stopped to view the well-lit changing rooms draped with mauve curtains. The warehouse, office spaces, boardroom and kitchen are also included in the layout for their staff and volunteers’ use.
Members hauled in the donations, sorted through clothes and were astounded by the generosity of donors as they hung up and steamed clothing with designer labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne and more. The Walk-In Closet also accepts accessories such as shoes, purses, scarves, belts, fashion jewellery, as well as new undergarments, skin products and hosiery.
Don’t miss this event next time…. It was a great team-building exercise for members.
Remember, the next time you are spring cleaning: “Someone’s Future is Hanging in your Closet”