On Monday I was at @sipandsavouryvr in North Vancouver.
The incredible @sarah.robbins started this fundraiser to support the NICU at BC Women’s Hospital. Four years ago Sarah asked me to MC, it’s been a privilege to be a part of something so special. I love being in that room with so many likeminded people. The energy at Sip + Savour is difficult to explain, it’s magic + heartbreak + love + kindness.
In past years when I attended, a TV camera would always come with me, that didn’t happen this year yet Sarah still wanted me there. 💛
Sip + Savour raised $60,075 this year! The money will go towards buying a new ventilator for the NICU. Over the past three Sip + Savour events (a year off while Sarah had her second child) $150,000 has been raised for the Newborn ICU. It’s amazing.
My friend @katie__jameson (pictured) spoke at the event, everyone in the room was sobbing. Katie is holding a photo of her son Lochlan, she spoke so beautifully about her boy and the courage it took for their family to say goodbye to him. There’s not enough space here to properly explain how incredible Katie + her husband Andrew are. I just know I’m lucky to have them in my life. 💛
There were many parents at Sip + Savour who have shared the same experience as Katie + Andrew. I could feel their hearts.
Monday night was magical. It’s most likely my last event with BC Women’s, the hospital holds a vast amount of space in my heart...but things have changed. I don’t work for a TV station anymore.
I won’t get into details but let’s just say, a decision was made and it didn’t include me. 💔 To some, I’m just not as valuable without a TV camera by my side.
This has been an unexpected heartbreak for me and I have had a difficult time processing it. It’s been much harder than losing my job. When it comes to fundraising and advocacy, I volunteer/contribute because I want to - not because I have to.
It’s now time for me to focus on the charities who do value what I bring to the table. 💛
So thank you Sarah + @numpfer for including me, you inspire me to always do better. 💛 #sipandsavouryvr