Now to Work!

By all accounts our event HANDSUP! was a smashing success!  We exceeded our goal in ticket sales and hit our targets raising funding towards a C4C program in Kenya for girls affected by FGM.  I am so grateful to so many in the Vancouver and Calgary arts/business/and non profit communities for their support and participation, especially to our main sponsors Moroccanoil, John Fluevog Shoes, and Julia McLeod for their donations enabling us to host such an amazing event!  We have photos on our Facebook page at, and I have a few here too. We had an amazing evening, and learned so much in the process of doing this.

Now we need to really get to the real job of making plans for the program and will be in key strategic meetings to define the logistics of our trip to Kenya.  It is exciting to know that through the support of our network we will actualize our plans.  I can not wait to run this and share the imagery and stories with our community. 

I am also so grateful to Sol Garcia of Project X Impact for making a trip up to Vancouver to offer support and for us to begin mapping out the next steps of our working partnership for a C4C workshop in Kenya. 

We will be adding updates as we finalize plans, but what I am really looking forward to is sharing the results from Kenya with you! 



1. HANDSUP!2012


3. Brit McLeod and Rio by Night

4. Kris Elgstrand performs

5. John and Ruth Fluevog

6. Real Housewives of Vancouver’s Jody Claman and husband Eran Friedlander

7. Sol Garcia of Project X Impact with Cate Cameron

8. Sol Garcia, Raseel Sehmi, Gillian Harrow and Carla Culos

9.Shane Warren Jones, Aliyah O’Brien, Alex Paunovic, Jay Brazeau, Ben Cotton and Sarah Lind

10.Vimbai Nyatsambo and Marc Weber

11. Cate Cameron with

12. Actors Adrian Holmes and Sarah Lind

13. Telus’ Kenn Hamlin, VSO’s Jennifer Polci, Photographer Kimberley French and DjG-Luve

14. Heather Puttock with Jeff Topham of Liberia 77

15. Moroccanoil Gift Bags

16. Our amazing MC Katherine Craig of Spearhead Executive Coaching

HANDSUP! april 19th 7 – 9.30 pm see YOU there!

Some last minute details!  The event is at the Old Boneta on the corner of Carolle and Cordova in Gastown from 7 – 9.30 pm.

If you have already purchased tickets, then your name will be on our ticket list under the name you used to purchase, if you like, bring along your paypal confirmation printout.

We will have tickets at the door, but you will need to pay by cash, there is a mini mart kiddy corner to Boneta with a cash machine if needed.  We have attached a web ready image with “buy tickets” button just below!

We will be serving food from Roaming Dragon and Boneta will be running a cash bar, wine, beer, water, a signature cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcholic, of which proceeds from this drink only will go to Cameras4Change).

Payment for auction, is by check, debit or credit card through Boneta who have kindly agreed to help us with this portion of our event.


Looking forward to seeing you all!!!

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where are you coming from?

I have said this before and now seems a pertinent time to say it, but #PhotographyHeals!  It may seem almost too simple, and perhaps that is why it is true because of it’s purity.  You ask anyone and I am pretty sure they will agree.  Many of my most memorable childhood memories are imortalized in photographs.  As a child I spent hours upon hours looking at photographs, of myself when I was a baby (fervent!) and of my parents when they were young, of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins at different points in their lives. My favorite magazines were LIFE and National Geographic, all of these helped me to understand the context of my life, and where I was in the world. 

What if that aspect of our lives never existed, or was lost, as in the case of my mother whose home was burnt to the ground when she was young?  This came up recently when I spoke with Jeff Topham of Liberia77, an amazing photo project and documentary film about the people in Liberia who lost their connection to thier past photographically due to civil war.  Many destroyed or had to be hidden.  This drastically affected the conciousness of a country.

As I draw near to a personally important date for Cameras4Change April 19th, the question “Where are you coming from?” has a deep meaning.  If you don’t know where you are coming from, you may not know how to go forward.  This may be magnified in the lives of those that face severe challenges or have been through trauma, and the simple use of a camera, a photograph, and the documentation of yourself and your life can bring many things into perspective.  This is the essense of what Cameras4Change is about, a subtle shift in how we view ourselves, our lives and our world to help us tranformatively move forward.  #PHOTOGRAPHYHEALS

Photographing girls in Kenya affected by fgm


Youth in Haiti engaging in thier own work at the end of a C4C workshop


Please join us April 19th if you are in Vancouver to raise money for C4C to run a workshop with girls in Kenya affected by fgm, for more info click here