A chance meeting at a coffee shop resulted in this video you see here. You see my friend Barb and I were going for a walk this past weekend and afterwards decided to pop into our favourite little coffee shop on the beach. Who should we see but Roger Currie – a singer/songwriter who created a song for us (the white rock chics) 6 years ago to accompany our calendar. Roger mentioned that he wanted to put his song up on youtube but thought it might be cool to add the images from the calendar to go with the song. Roger had a soft spot in his heart for single moms (most of the funds went towards single mom’s programs) since his Mom had been a single mother. Another serendipitous coffee shop (6 years earlier) meeting resulted in Roger very generously offering to write a song for us. I was sitting by myself when I saw Roger and causally mentioned that a bunch of women (many whom he knew) were planning on shedding our clothes to produce a calender so as to raise funds for Women’s programs. I was mildly freaking out wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into. Here is the story:
How the white rock chics came to be
The White Rock Chics calendar was created in 2005 to raise funds for Women’s Programs in B.C. Canada.
Violette (yours truly) and Barb initiated the calendar after watching and being inspired by the movie “Calendar Girls”. This movie portrays an English women’s group raising funds for a worthy cause. Both Barb and Violette felt compelled to give something back to their community and the movie gave them the vehicle to help them meet this objective.
The two friends recruited nine amazing and inspirational women to join them in their mission to raise funds for women’s programs. Soon after, others joined in Brian Howell the award winning photographer: Kimber, the business supporter and Teresa, the graphic artist. With the abundance and talent, gifts and connections this project had lifted off the ground in a very positive magical way.
Different Gifts to share
The cool thing is that when we all came together everyone had different gifts to share to bring this project to fruition. Barb had contacts with bookstores, another friend had experience in dealing with the media and writing, a few of the women were also great writers, I was an artist and was able to draw little chick images and promotional materials such as t-shirts and coasters. Another friend had a contact with the newspaper and in particular the fabulous photographer Brian Howell who ended up photographing all of the ladies. One of the ladies had set up an event at a local art gallery, another one set up a launch party at a popular restaurant. It was pretty magical how it unfolded.
Our hope was that this calendar would inspire you to celebrate the beauty of women and honour the creative force and ability of a small group of friends who came together to enrich the lives of others.