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    Ladies Night at Glace Bay Corps

    Fashion parade and story of a breast cancer survivor were the highlights at women's event in Nova Scotia August 29, 2011 by Julia Hosking
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    For the past four years, women of the community surrounding Glace Bay, N.S., have gathered on an annual basis for Ladies Night Out.

    “We had 190 women attend this year,” said Captain Lesley Simms, then corps officer, Glace Bay – Circuit with New Waterford Corps, “and the majority are from the community. Ladies Night Out began so women within the church would reach out to their friends and neighbours and then hopefully people would filter into our other programs. Over the years, we have seen this happen which is exciting.”

    Held on a Wednesday evening in May in the gymnasium at Glace Bay Corps, the women heard the inspirational story of Shauna MacLean, breast cancer survivor, and watched a fashion parade from Kreative Designs. Also, throughout the night, almost 40 prizes were given away thanks to the support of local businesses.

    “We often have hairstylists and make-up artists come out, but this year I wanted to do something a bit different,” explained Captain Simms.

    “I invited Shauna to come and speak; she has been a strong advocate for breast cancer in our community and has a powerful survival story. When she finished speaking the ladies gave her a standing ovation; they were very touched. Shauna also showed her video journal of her treatment and time in hospital set to the song I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe. It was incredibly powerful and all the ladies were in tears.”

    Following MacLean's story, Captain Simms and her husband, Captain Kristian Simms, sang You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban).

    “We chose a contemporary song that people would know,” Captain Simms shared. “This song also has a Christian meaning to it and it connected with the women. Although the night is about having fun, I wanted people to leave thinking about their own life, in particular their spiritual life.”

    Before the night ended, Kim Boudreau of Kreative Designs put on a fashion parade showcasing jewellery, accessories, shoes and clothes. Boudreau, small business owner, sources her unique and affordable wares from a variety of places including California, New York and Australia.

    Among 10 female models, Captain Kristian Simms made a guest appearance on the runway. “Every year, I try to do something a little funny just for a laugh,” explained his wife. “So my husband dressed up and did some modelling and the ladies loved it!”

    Following the show, the women mingled over dessert and viewed the Kreative Designs display table.

    “The night ended with many already looking forward to next year's event,” Captain Simms said. “Ladies Night Out was another success.”

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