My 2019 adventure of 30 days without pants was a memorable one. This is my sixth year partaking in June Dresses, and every year turns into a bigger movement; one that all started with a closet full of dresses. My Inspiration I was inspired to take part in this fundraiser by one of my favourite teachers, Adrienne Donnelly. She began June Dresses with this simple goal in mind: We believe
Dresses and Flip-Flops – My Favourite June Dresses Memory
Hey there! Have you ever sat at a bus stop in a dress, headphones on, eating a corndog with a huge smile on your face? No? Me neither! However, I did see that tableau on my way home from work today and thought: not my thing but to each their own! As I reflect over my past 5 years of June Dresses I think about the people, the dresses, the
Dresses and Dads
A Fun Month-Long Challenge This is my 5th year of doing June Dresses and boy have I had a blast every June challenging myself to wear a dress. I love the mission of June Dresses as it stands for things that I firmly believe in. That’s not to mention that it’s a fun way to ring in summer and a fun challenge of wearing a dress every day. For as
A story that celebrates empowering women through dress
About Making Changes Making Changes Association provides programs, services and resources to empower women and girls as they work to advance their futures. Our goal is to help Calgary women build the confidence and skills to participate more fully in the community, both socially and financially. A Story from the Walk-In Closet In honour of June Dresses, we’d like to share a client story that celebrates empowering women through dress.
The Importance of Self-Care
Hi everyone, Jill here. I’ve been hosting the June Dresses account for the first week of the 2019 campaign! I’ve had a great time seeing everyone’s dresses and energy, and can’t wait to see all the women supporting women throughout the month. I’ve been having a hard time coming up with a topic for a June Dresses blog post, so thought I would write about something that’s really important to
Happy Mother’s Day!
By now you must’ve heard about Alex Hannold. He climbs up rock faces alone and without ropes. You may know about Free Solo, which won Best Documentary film at the Academy Awards this year. But you may not know about his mother, Dierdre Wolownick. In a recent interview, Wolonick discusses how both her children have inspired her out of her “black hole”. While I was doing that, my kids were
Climate Strike and Concert Feels
Thirty weeks ago Greta Thunberg sat down outside of the Swedish parliament with a sign that says “SKOLSTREJK FÖR KLIMATET”. In English, this means School Strike for Climate. With this action, a now 16-year-old girl had started a movement. Inspired by Greta’s determination millions of youth are now coming together to take a stand for their own and our planet’s future as well as demanding actions to be taken by
Art and Activism in Alaska – Zero Waste with Genny Rietze
Genny Rietze, a resident of Haines, Alaska, and June Dresses participant, has been working to make her family’s life completely waste free. We sat down with her to talk about that journey, and the incredible impact and artwork which have resulted from this shift in her lifestyle. How the Zero Waste Journey Began Genny explains, “Our zero waste journey started when I was decluttering and cleaning our house as a
20/03 Maker’s March with Rosie
The years that Rosie Wallington has spent since moving from Winnipeg to Hay River, NWT, have been an exercise of cultivating a close community. Whether near or far in the physical distance, the annual event of Maker’s March has played a significant role in building that community. In Rosie’s own words, Maker’s March is an online celebration of all things creative and handmade! People participate on Instagram (#makersmarch), or in
What empowers me?
This is a nice and easy, classic answer. Empowerment empowers me. Empowering Myself Whether it’s empowering myself through self-care practices such as meditation, exercise, and reading, or empowering others through supporting small/social businesses, fundraising events, and social movements. Both stimulate my mind and heart, giving me those endorphins necessary to boost my mood and thus, self-esteem. I think those fulsome, satisfactory, job-well-done kind of feelings are what truly empowers us,