National Volunteer Week
April 12 - 18, 2015


Thank you to our fabulous team!

Lead Organizers

Tiffany Beckedorf, Chair

Ursula Wick, Vice-Chair

Marji Basso, Director

Aimee Grice, Producer

Maxyne Lockhart, Art Committee Lead

Terry Coble, Financial Committee Lead

Jana Huolt, Sponsorship Committee Lead

Dedicated Volunteers

Rachel Gifford Allenbrand
Donna Ashcroft
Enid Baker
Kristi Baptiste
Dani Beaumont
Maggi Bereziak
Pat Buckland
Nadine Boulianne
Lin Brian
Chelsea Cameron-Horner
Margi Chantler
Erin Christie
Jimi Cook
Samantha Desbrisay
Darlene George
Lisa Gludovatz
Colin Grant
Mary Grant
Allison Haney
Jillian Kandler
Sera Lean
Darian Louie
Vernon Louie
Leza Macdonald
Wenda McKee
Barbara Milde
Pat Monahan
Gail Owen
Faith Paiment
Cathy Pidduck
Wina Poliquin
Laurena Rehbein
Deb Smythe
Azriel Starcic
Michelle Starcic
Sandy Summers
Dave Whalley
Pat Whalley
Prescott Wick
Anne Williamson
Lillian Wood, and many others!

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Congratulations to our V-Day Raffle Winners!

1st Prize – Lorie Rezansoff, Grand Forks, BC

60" Sony Bravia LED Flatscreen Smart TV - donated by Area 27,
Valued at $1500

 2nd Prize – L. Crowe-Smith, Osoyoos, BC

2 Night Stay at Spirit Ridge - donated by Chief Clarence Louie,
Valued at $800

 3rd Prize – Tony Baptiste, Oliver, BC

2 ten minute Go Kart Rides for 4 - donated by Top Gear Race Karting, 
Valued at $200

Get Your TVM Tickets Today!

Stop by the Osoyoos Buy-Low to see V-Day volunteers Mary & Pat and get your raffle and play tickets, Wednesday, April 8th from 10 am on. Don't wait until they are sold out!!

 

The Vagina Monologues Only 7 Days Away!!

                    V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos volunteers have been working tirelessly once again to campaign against gender based violence. As we near the end of our 2015 campaign, I would encourage all of you to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this movement. The V-Day organization, founded by Eve Ensler has benefited countless women and girls, by raising over 100 million dollars for grassroots organizations around the world. I feel that if we have the ability, we have the responsibility to take a stand and say no to violence against women! The first step to stopping the violence is spreading awareness. The V-Day global movement uses live theater as a vehicle to inform as well as entertain, allowing the audience to take an active role in saying no to violence again women and girls. The statistics are staggering and horrifying. If you haven’t been a victim yourself, you likely know a woman or girl who has.

                    We’re getting quite close now, only about a week left until V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos presents their 2015 production of The Vagina Monologues. Back by popular demand, we have returned to an audience favourite! In 2013 we sold out and had to turn people away at the door, so this year we’ve added a second performance!

                    Performances take place on April 10th and 11th at 7pm, at the Osoyoos Secondary School mini theatre. Tickets are available at Innervisions, Sundance Video and The Bargain! Shop in Oliver and at Jojo’s Café and Art Therapy Corp. In Osoyoos. Prices are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, but don’t leave it to chance, buy your tickets now! There are brand new monologues this year as well as some of your favourites! We have such a strong cast of dedicated women this year, come out and support local theater and take a stand against gender based violence! Please share and spread the word about this powerful production, and come out and enjoy the show!

Aimee Grice
Producer
V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos 2015

One Billion Rising Only 3 Days Away!!

            As we quickly approach the 2nd Annual ‘One Billion Rising Celebration and Art Show’,  to be held on Sunday, March 8th, from 12 to 4p.m at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Hall, our volunteers are busier than ever getting all of the final details into place.  We are anticipating a great turn out, and encourage anyone who would like to support the end of violence in all of its forms to come out and celebrate with us.

                We have had submissions for ‘The Silent Voice’ art show from all over the valley, and are looking forward to some really phenomenal contributions, some returning from last year, and many new artists as well.

                 We are proud to announce that our master of ceremonies will be newly elected school board trustee and past Toastmasters president Rachel Allenbrand, and are excited to have local dignitaries and guest speakers, including Selina Morrison, the Kelowna woman who recently took to social media to call out her abuser and draw the realities of domestic abuse into the public eye.

             There will also be many chances for those attending to take something special home, we have had some fabulous donations we will be auctioning off, as well as the opportunity to purchase tickets for the V-Day raffle, featuring a top prize worth over $1500.

             This year’s beneficiaries are the Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency House, the Penticton and Area Access Society to facilitate Facets Holistic Self Discovery Programming, and the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre Crisis Line.

Come Check Us Out!!

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos will have a booth at the Healthy Living Fair this Saturday, February 28th. Come check us out between 10AM - 3PM at the Oliver Community Centre, and have a chance to win 2 tickets to see 'The Vagina Monologues' in April!

 

Next Meeting February 12th

We will be having our next V-Day meeting on Thursday, February 12, at 7:00pm at the OIB Resource Center.
We have a fantastic team this year and will be recognizing efforts with a special Volunteer Reward Raffle. There are many ways to enter the draw and increase your chance to win a great prize. We still need many more volunteers for a variety of jobs, so please, help spread the word and bring a friend or two - the more the merrier!! There is something for anyone who wants to lend a hand, no matter your skillset or amount of time to give - every bit helps!

February Press Release

The V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos 2015 campaign is well underway, as volunteers and participants gear up for the 2nd Annual ‘One Billion Rising Celebration and Art Show’,  to be held on Sunday, March 8th, from 12 to 4p.m at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Hall.

          “This year’s art show, ‘The Silent Voice’ has motivated us to stretch the boundaries of women and violence, giving often silenced voices a platform to be heard.” says Art Show Coordinator Maxyne Lockhart.  “So far the response has been unanimously positive and we aim to double last year’s representation, participation and monies raised.  I feel strongly on both a personal and political level that addressing the issue of violence against women is necessary if we are to move forward as a healthy loving community.”

          Lockhart isn’t the only volunteer for whom the subject has a personal meaning.  Osoyoos Indian Band member Darlene George, who has been a part of V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos since the beginning had this to say about her involvement:

          “I became involved because ending violence against women is something I think all people should aspire for. Being of First Nations decent brings with it a very high sense of urgency as First Nations women continue to go missing and continue to be found dead at a much higher rate than the average Canadian. Why? Our women are marginalized when reported missing. Instead of investigating the missing women, they are first judged and publically denounced as being involved in high-risk lifestyles. Accusations of prostitution and taking off for a party are the statements the police make to the public. The perpetrators are humanized while the victims are blamed and judged. The reality is that First Nations People have the highest rate of poverty in our Nation, which is proven to be one of the biggest contributing factors to high-risk lifestyles. Add to that years of fighting for recognition for the abuse suffered at the hands of the government under the guise of assimilation and abuse from churches and people of authority such as the police and you realize that our people are not even able to trust those that are supposed to keep us safe.”

          V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is still accepting artist registrations, and are always looking for volunteers to help out in any number of ways.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 12th at 7pm at the OIB Resource Center.  If you are unable to volunteer, we encourage you to attend the events, to participate through the purchase of a raffle ticket, or by sponsoring an ad in our program for our production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’, to be held in Osoyoos on April 10th and 11th.  For more information on V-Day, please visit our website at www.vdayoliverosoyoos.org or email vdayoliverosoyoos@gmail.com

Next Meeting Scheduled

We will be having our next V-Day meeting on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7:00pm at the OIB Resource Center.

We will be discussing specific roles and responsibilities, the raffle, art show and so on. We still need many volunteers for a variety of jobs, so please, spread the word and bring a friend or two - the more the merrier!! There is something for anyone who wants to lend a hand, no matter your skillset or amount of time to give - every bit helps!

Thanks everyone!

Call for Submissions for 2015 Art Show 'The Silent Voice'

Casting Call

‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ 

No acting experience needed.  Open to females of all ages.

To be held Tuesday December 9th and Wednesday December 10th from 6 to 8pm at the OIB Resource Center, 1176 Sen-Pok-Chin Boulevard.

Please contact Marji Basso at marji@telus.net or vdayoliverosoyoos@gmail.com for more information, or to schedule a reading time.

Exciting Changes for 2015 Campaign

The V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos group met on November 20th, to make a few crucial     decisions regarding the 2015 campaign to stop violence against women and girls.  This year funds raised will go to support the following beneficiaries:
 - Okanagan Nation Emergency Transition House (ONETH)
 - Penticton & Area Access Society (PAAS) with offices in Oliver and Osoyoos, for Facets Holistic Self-Discovery programming
 - Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center to fund their Crisis Line. 

This year’s art show theme will be ‘The Silent Voice’; any interested artists can expect a call for submissions to be released shortly, with details on how to submit.  The art show will take place on March 8th, to celebrate One Billion Rising and International Women’s Day.

Another exciting change this year is that we will be putting on two performances of the critically acclaimed work ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre.  There will be receptions following the performances which will be taking place mid-April, giving attendees the chance to meet the cast and further contribute to the cause.

We were excited to welcome some new volunteers into the group, and as always, continue to seek individuals who are passionate about stopping violence against women and girls in their communities.  There are all kinds of opportunities to lend a hand.  For more information please visit www.vdayoliverosoyoos.org, or email vdayoliverosoyoos@gmail.com with any questions.

Next Meeting November 20th

Hi Everyone!

We have rescheduled our meeting for Thursday, November 20th at 7pm at the OIB Resource Center.

We are desperately looking for volunteers to join the sponsorship team...basically the goal is to have each person responsible for about ten local businesses in either Oliver or Osoyoos, with the intent of selling them ad space in our program. This is a VITAL part of the campaign, and any ability to help out in this area is greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Next Meeting October 23

            V-Day Oliver Osoyoos is looking for volunteers! We are a community based group who are going into our third year of campaigning, raising funding and creating awareness to stop violence against women and girls.  On March 8th of 2015 we will be hosting an art show to celebrate One Billion Rising; in an effort to ‘show the power of art and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously’.  One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action in human history.  The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  We will be sending out a call to artists with this year’s theme for the art show very soon, so keep your eyes open for that.

            Then in April, we will be staging The Vagina Monologues.  ‘Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.’  V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is thrilled to be making a return to this piece, after the great success we experienced in 2013.  We are looking for readers to participate onstage, as well as behind the scenes crew members.

            The best way to find out if this is a campaign you might want to be a part of is to come out to our next meeting on Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm at the OIB Resource Center (located to the right of Sen Pok Chin).  Please join us as we strive to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women around the world.

1st Meeting for 2015 Campaign Scheduled

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos will be holding our first meeting for the 2015 campaign on

Thursday, September 25th at 7pm at the OIB Resource Center (the building to the right of Sen Pok Chin off of McKinney Road).

 There are many volunteer opportunities - something for everyone; no matter your age, gender or background. Please email vdayoliverosoyoos@gmail.com with any inquiries.

The Final Numbers Are In!

V-Day is a global initiative created by Eve Ensler to raise awareness and funding for the end of violence against women and girls.  V-Day Oliver Osoyoos is headed into our third year, and we couldn’t be more excited.

            After months of hard work from over 60 dedicated volunteers and participants, the amounts raised in our 2014 campaign have been finalized.  The process took a little longer than we anticipated due to extenuating and unforeseen circumstances; however we are thrilled to make our announcement and give our whole hearted thanks to everyone who made this possible.

            With combined proceeds from our ‘Stop the Violence’ art show, and our production of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer’, we were able to raise the following: 

$6,131.72 for Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center, to be dedicated to Men’s Counselling programs in an effort to end domestic violence against women and children. 

$734.00 for the Okanagan Nation Emergency Transition House, and 

$734.00 for V-Day. 

We also received over $14,000 in in-kind donations, prize and raffle donations and so on.  What an amazing community we live in! Over the last two campaigns we have raised $13,531.41 for local initiatives to stop violence against women and girls, an achievement that all of our volunteers, sponsors and supporters should be extremely proud of. 

V-Day Oliver Osoyoos would like to thank the following 2014 sponsors: the Osoyoos Indian Band, Facets Holistic Self-Discovery, Interior Savings Credit Union Osoyoos, In Your Face Artistry, JoJo's Café, Royal LePage, Terry L Coble Photography, Write This Down Freelancing, DM Productions, H&R Block, Hester Creek Winery, Indian Grove Riding Stables, Parties and Pies, Shamrock Roofing, Silver Sage Winery, Vincor, Home Hardware Osoyoos, Oliver Daily News, Alex Atamenenko, MP, Amore Pizza Factory, Art Therapy Corp, Desert Hills Estate Winery, Graham Funeral Home - Blaine and Kate Krist, HW McLean Construction, Jardin Antiques, McEntyre Aggregates, Newstart Landscaping, Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Services, Oliver Parks and Recreation, Osoyoos Rotary Club, Town of Oliver, Sagebrush Native Plant Nursery, Raptor Works, BiBi's Culinary Delights, Country Wines, Dave and Brenda Mattes, Dollarama, Johnston Meier Insurance, Oliver Taxi, Pine Bluff Motel, Alberto's Decorating, Hair by Eneil, Lalonde's Daughters Painting, NU Beginnings, OK Photo, Rick's Drywall and Painting, Royal Canadian Legion Oliver Branch #97, The Dance Studio, Smell My Chakra and Watermark Beach Resort.  Our deepest apologies to anyone we may have missed, please know how thankful we are for ALL of the support we received in our last campaign! 

            We will be starting up again in the fall, and will be looking for volunteers who are interested in leading some our various committees such as sponsorships, media relations and volunteer coordination, just to name a few.  If you have any questions about V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos, please don’t hesitate to contact Tiffany Beckedorf at (250) 535-4184 or tiffanybeckedorf@gmail.com.

Get your Tickets Here!

See local volunteers perform an incredible series of monologues in 'A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer',  Friday April 4th at the newly constructed Frank Venables Theatre!

$25 includes a refreshment and a chance to win 2 rounds of golf at Nk'Mip Canyon Golf Course!!  

There will also be art on display, a loonie auction, and much more!!

 


EZ Rock Radio Interview

Tiffany Beckedorf speaks with EZ Rock's Brock Jackson about the upcoming show.

Listen to the interview

 

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos

Get your tickets at Beyond Bliss and Desert Sun Counselling in Oliver and Jojo's Cafe in Osoyoos!!  $25 includes a refreshment and a chance to win 2 rounds of golf at Nk'Mip Canyon Golf Course!!

         After a very successful One Billion Rising event, V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is only gaining steam as they get closer to the date of their production at the newly constructed Frank Venables Theatre.  On Friday, April 4th at 7 pm they will be putting on ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer’- “A ground breaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.” (http://vspot.vday.org/available_events/MMRP).

            “Last year we staged a production of ‘The Vagina Monologues´ in Osoyoos, and had a sold out show, which we were thrilled about,” says this year’s lead organizer Tiffany Beckedorf.  “One of the great things for me about MMRP is that there are roles for men, and we will have men onstage participating.  Violence against women and girls is something that affects everybody, regardless of gender, race or social status, and that is something that these monologues really address.”

            “It is a global problem, which at times, can seem very daunting. I think it is important to take action if you are able to, and raising awareness locally is an effective first step towards ending gender based violence. If you have not been a victim yourself, then you likely know a woman who has been, whether she has shared her experience with you or not. Around violence, we often experience shame, and fear,” affirms co-director Aimee Grice.  “Taking action with campaigns such as V-Day gives men and women alike an opportunity to free themselves, and perhaps, free others as well.”

            For those of you who don’t know, V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations, which started on Valentines Day, 1998, by Eve Ensler, along with a group of women in New York City.  Originally staffed by volunteers, the organization's seed money came from a star-studded, sold out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.

            V-Day's mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March, and April, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers. What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,800 V-Day events annually. (Source: http://www.vday.org/about/why-vday-started#.UyIdyfldXYE).

            “Memory, Monologue, Rant, and a Prayer remind us that although we have taken steps towards addressing the issue of recognizing violence against women and girls, it still exists in places you wouldn't think of,” said co-director Marji Basso, “This collection of readings will awaken you, move you, offend you, and hopefully, inspire you to become part of a global movement to ending the long battle of violence. Your attendance is an integral step to bringing about change for our younger generation and their collective future.”

            There will be a meet and greet with the cast following the show, with a wine reception and light snacks.

Above pic by Erin Christie

THANK YOU to all the artists, speakers and guests who came out for 'Stop the Violence: A Celebration and Art Show' on March 8th. Also to all the volunteers who helped make this a fabulous event. It was a fantastic turn out, with over 150 attendees. More pictures and updates to come!!

 

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V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is looking for volunteers to help at the 'Stop the Violence: A Celebration and Art Show' event on March 8th at the OIB Community Hall in Oliver.  If you would like to make a difference, and have fun while you do it please contact Ursula Wick for more info at (250) 498-8485.


EZ Rock Radio Interview

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, volunteer Ursula Wick met with EZ Rock's Brock Jackson.

Listen to the interview

 

Stop the Violence:
A Celebration and Art Show

Press Release January 29th, 2014

In honor of International Women’s Day, and V-Day’s annual One Billion Rising event, the V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos group is excited to be hosting ‘Stop the Violence: A Celebration and Art Show’ at the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Community Hall in Oliver on March 8th from 3 to 6 p.m. 

This celebration will feature local artists displaying work in a variety of mediums with the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’, posing questions such as - How can we stop violence?  What is required to change violence (bullying, hate, fear, rape, bigotry) into caring?  How can we transform the darkness in the hearts and minds of the aggressor into lightness, and how do we teach empathy? 

At this event there will be something for everyone to enjoy and experience, including guest speakers, traditional dancers, musicians, refreshments and a wine reception. 

This is a unique opportunity to have “communities sharing feelings and creating awareness to find ways to stop violence through different expressions of Art, from dance and music to visual,” explains Art Committee leader Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega.  “In this context, Art becomes a community tool that can facilitate and inspire social change.”

            “It's a chance to develop deeper understanding and appreciation of Art’s role to inspire and motivate in attitudes for a change,” said volunteer Olena Lennox, “while bringing our diverse and vibrant community together.”

 Also taking place on March 8th will be the draw for the 2nd Annual V-Day Raffle.  The prizes this year include a 2 night stay at Spirit Ridge Resort, courtesy of Chief Clarence Louie; a 4 course dinner for ten catered by Parties and Pies, and a gift basket of Gourmet Baked Goods from Bibi’s Culinary Delights.  V-Day volunteers will be selling tickets at a variety of locations in both Oliver and Osoyoos over the month of February, so be sure to pick some up and help support this great cause.

            ““This is going to be an amazing event and because this topic affects all of us, in some form or another,” said volunteer Ursula Wick, “it’s important that we come out to show our support.”

            “I became involved in V-Day because I believe whole heartedly that violence against women of all nationalities needs to come to an end!” shared volunteer Darlene George.  “It is very unfortunate that even in a developed country such as Canada that there could still be a statistically and drastic difference on violence rates among First Nations women and girls.  Being a First Nations Woman in Canada means that we are seven times more likely to experience domestic violence, be raped or become a murder victim than other Canadian Woman.  I find that this statistic makes me physically ill and being a First Nation woman, I find it impossible to stand by and do nothing.  Being a part of V-Day has given me an outlet to bring these horrible statistics to light in hopes of making a difference so that my daughter has the same chance, to live violence free, as is the right of every other Canadian.”

Volunteers Tiffany Beckedorf and Ursula Wick at the WOW Trade Show on February 22nd, 2014.

 

 

#STOPVIOLENCE 

Call for Art Submissions for “Metamorphosis" 

Metamorphosis is an Art show coordinated by V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos 2014 (http://www.vdayoliverosoyoos.org/) which is part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

 We are calling for submissions of any form of art including drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, carvings and mixed media with “Stopping Violence of Women and Girls” as the main theme. The art should not only communicate Stop Violence, but should also invoke reflection on the root cause of the problem. 

Expressed through the art could be answers to questions like:

- How can we stop violence?

- What is required to change Violence (bullying, hate, fear, rape, bigotry) into Caring?

- How can we transform the darkness in the hearts and minds of the aggressor into lightness?

- How do we teach empathy? 

And then, how can we depict these responses through Art? Creating Art is very personal so this is intended as a guideline, not to restrict your individual creative energy. 

Let's use the concept of Metamorphosis to imagine a transformation from Violence to Caring. 

Each artist has the option of selling their art, with donation suggested to V-Day. For detailed information contact Ursula Wick at ukwick@persona.ca. Although not compulsory, an Artist Statement along with a personal explanation to help translate the meaning and purpose of your work to others would be helpful. 

Metamorphosis will be held on March 8, 2014, at the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Community Center, together with the One Billion Rising celebration. 

Entry deadline is March 1, 2014. No entry fee required. Please send an email to

norberto@island.net, or a letter to Norberto Rodriguez, 6660 Mountainview Drive, Oliver, BC V0H 1T4, with the following information:Artist Name; Title; Artist Statement (optional); Media (acrylic, oil, watercolour, etc.); Dimensions (for two-dimensional art); Sale Price (optional); Special requirements, if any.

Art delivery is March 8, 2014. 

At the OIB Community Center, between 9 to 10 AM

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2014 Campaign Moves in Exciting New Directions

On December 8th, the V-Day Oliver/Osoyoos group met again, with many exciting developments to report.  This group of volunteers have come together under the global umbrella of V-Day to advocate an end to violence against women and girls.  Last year the group staged two events, including a ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ Celebration at Medici’s on February the 14th, as well as a production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’.  It was a huge success, with a total of $7406.32 being raised.  $6,665.69 of this went directly to Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center, and the remaining ten percent went to the global branch of V-Day. 

            ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ will be held again early next year, with guest speakers, dancing, a video presentation, as well as the drawing of a raffle with some amazing prizes.  Raffle tickets will be sold at local locations in the near future.  This event is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.      

            This year, the group has also decided to host an art showing and wine reception in early April with the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’.  It is exciting to have the art show separate from the production, in order to give more focus to the art itself, and also to have another opportunity to create a dialogue around the very serious social issue of violence against women and girls.

            Another exciting development is the decision to stage a production of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer’.  This production has parts for both men and women, and the proceeds from all of the funds that are raised throughout this campaign will go to men’s programming at Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center, geared at helping to stop violence against women and girls.  There will be a casting call on the evenings of January 8th and 9th, from 6-8 pm at the OIB Health Center.  Please contact Marji Basso at marji@telus.net or Aimee Grice at aimeegrice@hotmail.com for more information or to schedule an appointment to read.

            One of the premises of V-Day is to be inclusive.  There is truly a role for everyone who wants to contribute and help to make a difference.  If you are interested in helping out or contributing to any of the three events, please contact Tiffany Beckedorf for more information at tiffanybeckedorf@gmail.com.  None of this would be possible without all of our fabulous volunteers and sponsors!

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos Raises about $7,000 for Desert Sun Counselling Centre

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2013

A group of over forty volunteers has raised over $7,000 over the past few months through raffles, business sponsorship, and the production of The Vagina Monologues.

“Ninety percent of funds raised are being donated to Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centres in Oliver and Osoyoos,” said one of the lead organizers, Paula Rodriguez de la Vega. “The other ten percent goes to V-Day, our parent organization and a global activist movement that raises awareness and funds to stop violence against women and girls.”

“I’d like to thank all of the women and men who helped put together the production of The Vagina Monologues last weekend,” says Vega.

“The cast of 18 women, the co-directors, the backstage crew, the light and sound crew, and all the people who put together the beautiful display in the foyer, all came together to put on an unforgettable, life-changing event.”

The performance was sold out and people were being turned away at the door. Those men and women lucky enough to get in enjoyed an empowering and eye-opening play, as well as a social gathering after the show, and a beautiful display of local art from Quail’s Nest artists.

“We’d like to extend our gratitude to local Oliver and Osoyoos businesses who supported the cause either by donating their time, their expertise, or by giving monetary donations. We had over 30 businesses actively supporting V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos,” says Vega.

“Approaching business owners for their support was an interesting and challenging journey,” says Nadine Boulianne, sponsorship organizer.

“Some were completely shocked by the title of the play, and would not even display the poster at their window. Some came around, once we explained what the play and the cause was about. And some were immediately interested and supportive. It was a very educational experience for all involved.”

“Now, we’ve received entirely positive feedback from many of the patrons that watched the play,” says Boulianne. “A lot of positive comments about how funny it was and how good of a job we all did. Also, most say that those of us who went on stage were courageous. People seemed blown away!”

“I’m in awe of all the volunteers who were involved. Our youngest member was 10 years old and our eldest a Senior,” says de la Vega. “We had men and women from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Everybody was incredibly supportive. There’s no doubt in my mind that when people come together as one voice, they can make a difference. We can stop violence against women and girls.”

“The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning play written by author playwright Eve Ensler and it is full of humor and grace. For more than 12 years, it has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

For more information, go to www.vdayoliverosoyoos.org.

 

About V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is made up of a group of volunteers dedicated to fighting gender-based violence by increasing awareness, raising money and revitalizing the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations through the production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and other creative events and fundraisers.

Join us for Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on April 6, 2013 at the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre.

Support us by buying V-Day Raffle tickets, making a donation, or becoming a sponsor.

Ninety percent of our profits will go to Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre in Oliver & Osoyoos which works towards this same goal. Ten percent of our profits go to V-Day.

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One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, that’s one billion women.

Please help us put an end to this.

Join us to Stop Violence against Women and Girls.

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The 'V' in V-Day stands for

Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

 


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