The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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 Courtenay Market Day 

When:  July 20

Where: Downtown Courtenay  

Courtenay celebrated its 49th annual Downtown Market Day and the Glacier Grannies joined in this popular event. Our booth featured our new beeswax ecowraps and reusable produce bags. Both were were very popular, as were other new creations, and well known old favorites. Over $700 was raised for the Grandmothers’ Campaign.

Many thanks to all the Grannies who creating our products, and to those who worked on the booth.

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When:  July 20

Where: Downtown Courtenay  

Courtenay celebrated its 49th annual Downtown Market Day and the Glacier Grannies joined in this popular event. Our booth featured our new beeswax ecowraps and reusable produce bags. Both were were very popular, as were other new creations, and well known old favorites. Over $700 was raised for the Grandmothers’ Campaign.

Many thanks to all the Grannies who creating our products, and to those who worked on the booth.

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When:  July 20

Where: Downtown Courtenay  

Courtenay celebrated its 49th annual Downtown Market Day and the Glacier Grannies joined in this popular event. Our booth featured our new beeswax ecowraps and reusable produce bags. Both were were very popular, as were other new creations, and well known old favorites. Over $700 was raised for the Grandmothers’ Campaign.

Many thanks to all the Grannies who creating our products, and to those who worked on the booth.

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 Celebrating Our Years' Work 

For two years running the Angel-makers have met at Kerry W.’s lovely ocean-side home for good food, conversation, fun, and beach relaxation. Thank you to Kathy N. for the great photographs and to all those who brought delicious food.

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On June 26 the Glacier Grannies met for their yearly get-together, which was also an opportunity to welcome new members. The sun came out from behind the clouds as we met, so we were able to enjoy Penny M.’s beautiful garden. As always the food and the conversation were amazing. Thank you to all the grannies who brought goodies, and to Joanne R. and Pat P. for their terrific photography.

Thank you to both Kerry W. and Penny M. for your hospitality. We are lucky to have members living in such beautiful locations.

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For two years running the Angel-makers have met at Kerry W.’s lovely ocean-side home for good food, conversation, fun, and beach relaxation. Thank you to Kathy N. for the great photographs and to all those who brought delicious food.

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On June 26 the Glacier Grannies met for their yearly get-together, which was also an opportunity to welcome new members. The sun came out from behind the clouds as we met, so we were able to enjoy Penny M.’s beautiful garden. As always the food and the conversation were amazing. Thank you to all the grannies who brought goodies, and to Joanne R. and Pat P. for their terrific photography.

Thank you to both Kerry W. and Penny M. for your hospitality. We are lucky to have members living in such beautiful locations.

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For two years running the Angel-makers have met at Kerry W.’s lovely ocean-side home for good food, conversation, fun, and beach relaxation. Thank you to Kathy N. for the great photographs and to all those who brought delicious food.

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On June 26 the Glacier Grannies met for their yearly get-together, which was also an opportunity to welcome new members. The sun came out from behind the clouds as we met, so we were able to enjoy Penny M.’s beautiful garden. As always the food and the conversation were amazing. Thank you to all the grannies who brought goodies, and to Joanne R. and Pat P. for their terrific photography.

Thank you to both Kerry W. and Penny M. for your hospitality. We are lucky to have members living in such beautiful locations.

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 Arts & Bloom Festival 

When:  May 17, 18 and 19

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens  

We had a very successful weekend at this Festival, which takes place amidst beautiful flowering rhododendron bushes. Business was brisk, and our newest products, eco wraps, were very popular and sold out by the end of the second day. The felted creatures and cacti were also very popular. We were gifted with some beautiful plants to sell, and these went quickly. $2,038 was raised for the Grandmothers Campaign.

All Grannies who helped were thrilled to be using the two beautiful new canopies. Set up and take down was straightforward, and zipping up the sides for the night was easy. No Granny or Grand Other regretted the lack of duct tape or reluctant, sticking zippers!

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When:  May 17, 18 and 19

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens  

We had a very successful weekend at this Festival, which takes place amidst beautiful flowering rhododendron bushes. Business was brisk, and our newest products, eco wraps, were very popular and sold out by the end of the second day. The felted creatures and cacti were also very popular. We were gifted with some beautiful plants to sell, and these went quickly. $2,038 was raised for the Grandmothers Campaign.

All Grannies who helped were thrilled to be using the two beautiful new canopies. Set up and take down was straightforward, and zipping up the sides for the night was easy. No Granny or Grand Other regretted the lack of duct tape or reluctant, sticking zippers!

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When:  May 17, 18 and 19

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens  

We had a very successful weekend at this Festival, which takes place amidst beautiful flowering rhododendron bushes. Business was brisk, and our newest products, eco wraps, were very popular and sold out by the end of the second day. The felted creatures and cacti were also very popular. We were gifted with some beautiful plants to sell, and these went quickly. $2,038 was raised for the Grandmothers Campaign.

All Grannies who helped were thrilled to be using the two beautiful new canopies. Set up and take down was straightforward, and zipping up the sides for the night was easy. No Granny or Grand Other regretted the lack of duct tape or reluctant, sticking zippers!

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 7th Annual African Dinner 

Glacier Grannies Entertain One Hundred and Fifty Guests

At Their Seventh African Dinner

Our guests were greeted by the West African-styled beats of the Drumbuds. They then proceeded to the beautifully-decorated hall, and had a chance to examine the wide range of quality goods and services in the silent auction. Guests began placing their bids, and wine, beer and soft drinks were available from the cash bar. AIDS Angels and other crafts were available for sale, with the Angels being part of the table decorations.  read more

Once everyone was seated, Tina Filipino led us in several spirited songs and rounds. These were followed by a reprise of the Grannie’s Flash Mob dance, this time in beautiful homemade aprons, which were available for sale.

A delicious gourmet meal was once more provided by Tria Catering. Then came the highlight of the evening: our master of ceremonies, Joanne C., introduced Idah Mukuka Nambeya, the senior advisor for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Idah is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and held us spellbound with stories and photographs of grandmothers who had found practical help, hope, and the strength to speak out for their rights, through Foundation-supported initiatives. She reminded us how important it was to allow African communities to take the lead in initiating projects. She gave an impassioned plea that we not forget that Canadian grandmothers had vowed not to rest until their African sisters could rest. To learn more about Idah, click here.

The evening ended with opportunities for guests to increase their bids on silent auction items, and for those whose bidding was successful, to purchase their items.

Grannies had worked extremely hard to make the evening a success, and were delighted that our guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the excellent food, the entertainment, and the silent auction.

The evening raised over $11,900 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Click below to enlarge the list of our generous sponsors and donors.

Felting

Thank you to the following who loaned items to decorate our hall: Joyce and Bill Jay, Pam and Dennis Folker, Art Knapp’s Plantland, and Fabricland.

A big thank you to the Laughing Oyster Book Shop and Blue Heron Books for helping with our ticket sales.



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Glacier Grannies Entertain One Hundred and Fifty Guests

At Their Seventh African Dinner

Our guests were greeted by the West African-styled beats of the Drumbuds. They then proceeded to the beautifully-decorated hall, and had a chance to examine the wide range of quality goods and services in the silent auction. Guests began placing their bids, and wine, beer and soft drinks were available from the cash bar. AIDS Angels and other crafts were available for sale, with the Angels being part of the table decorations.   read more

Once everyone was seated, Tina Filipino led us in several spirited songs and rounds. These were followed by a reprise of the Grannie’s Flash Mob dance, this time in beautiful homemade aprons, which were available for sale.

A delicious gourmet meal was once more provided by Tria Catering. Then came the highlight of the evening: our master of ceremonies, Joanne C., introduced Idah Mukuka Nambeya, the senior advisor for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Idah is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and held us spellbound with stories and photographs of grandmothers who had found practical help, hope, and the strength to speak out for their rights, through Foundation-supported initiatives. She reminded us how important it was to allow African communities to take the lead in initiating projects. She gave an impassioned plea that we not forget that Canadian grandmothers had vowed not to rest until their African sisters could rest. To learn more about Idah, click here.

The evening ended with opportunities for guests to increase their bids on silent auction items, and for those whose bidding was successful, to purchase their items.

Grannies had worked extremely hard to make the evening a success, and were delighted that our guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the excellent food, the entertainment, and the silent auction.

The evening raised over $11,900 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Click below to enlarge the list of our generous sponsors and donors.

Felting

Thank you to the following who loaned items to decorate our hall: Joyce and Bill Jay, Pam and Dennis Folker, Art Knapp’s Plantland, and Fabricland.

A big thank you to the Laughing Oyster Book Shop and Blue Heron Books for helping with our ticket sales.



Glacier Grannies Entertain One Hundred and Fifty Guests

At Their Seventh African Dinner

Our guests were greeted by the West African-styled beats of the Drumbuds. They then proceeded to the beautifully-decorated hall, and had a chance to examine the wide range of quality goods and services in the silent auction. Guests began placing their bids, and wine, beer and soft drinks were available from the cash bar. AIDS Angels and other crafts were available for sale, with the Angels being part of the table decorations.   read more

Once everyone was seated, Tina Filipino led us in several spirited songs and rounds. These were followed by a reprise of the Grannie’s Flash Mob dance, this time in beautiful homemade aprons, which were available for sale.

A delicious gourmet meal was once more provided by Tria Catering. Then came the highlight of the evening: our master of ceremonies, Joanne C., introduced Idah Mukuka Nambeya, the senior advisor for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Idah is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and held us spellbound with stories and photographs of grandmothers who had found practical help, hope, and the strength to speak out for their rights, through Foundation-supported initiatives. She reminded us how important it was to allow African communities to take the lead in initiating projects. She gave an impassioned plea that we not forget that Canadian grandmothers had vowed not to rest until their African sisters could rest. To learn more about Idah, click here.

The evening ended with opportunities for guests to increase their bids on silent auction items, and for those whose bidding was successful, to purchase their items.

Grannies had worked extremely hard to make the evening a success, and were delighted that our guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the excellent food, the entertainment, and the silent auction.

The evening raised over $11,900 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Thank you to the following who loaned items to decorate our hall: Joyce and Bill Jay, Pam and Dennis Folker, Art Knapp’s Plantland, and Fabricland.

A big thank you to the Laughing Oyster Book Shop and Blue Heron Books for helping with our ticket sales.




 Lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya  

When:  April 06, 2019

On April 6th, many of the Grannies who were working hard to make the African Dinner a success, had lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya who would be the guest speaker at the dinner. Idah regaled the Grannies with stories from her life in Luzaka, Zambia and from her experiences visiting projects funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her sense of commitment to her work, and her humour, made it a memorable lunch.

Thank you to Joanne R. for hosting, and Barb T. and Linda M. for providing a delicious meal.

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On April 6th, many of the Grannies who were working hard to make the African Dinner a success, had lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya who would be the guest speaker at the dinner. Idah regaled the Grannies with stories from her life in Luzaka, Zambia and from her experiences visiting projects funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her sense of commitment to her work, and her humour, made it a memorable lunch.

Thank you to Joanne R. for hosting, and Barb T. and Linda M. for providing a delicious meal.

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On April 6th, many of the Grannies who were working hard to make the African Dinner a success, had lunch with Idah Mukuka Nambeya who would be the guest speaker at the dinner. Idah regaled the Grannies with stories from her life in Luzaka, Zambia and from her experiences visiting projects funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her sense of commitment to her work, and her humour, made it a memorable lunch.

Thank you to Joanne R. for hosting, and Barb T. and Linda M. for providing a delicious meal.

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  The Artisans’ Festival  

When:  September 1, 2 & 3

Where:  Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Descriptions of the event:  open

Over three days of lovely sunny weather, we were pleased to make $1,813 for the Foundation.

Thank you to all the grannies and grand others who set up our stall, sold our sewn and felted crafts, and then packed everything up and took it back to storage.

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 Downtown Courtenay Market Day 

When:  July 2

Descriptions of the event:  open

The day was bright and sunny with many shoppers and a great atmosphere. We were pleased to make $456 from crafts other than felting. We were also only able to take cash as moneris was down. Thank you to all who helped with selling, set up and take down.

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  Cheesecakes for a Wedding  

When:  June 30

Descriptions of the event:  open

Friends of Joanne R. have always admired her cheesecake. The Glacier Grannies were invited to bake mini versions for their son’s wedding using Joanne’s recipe. Thanks to the bakers Kate, Jane, Marilyn, Marie and Judith, $250 was raised and the guests enjoyed delicious treats; and thank you to the bride and groom for graciously supporting us on their wedding day.

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  Summer Social  

When:  Monday, June 25

Descriptions of the event:  open

Maxine B. hosted our Coffee and Tea Social and we had a great time chatting and laughing and getting to know each other better! We had a fabulous lunch and even the sun came out for a visit! What a delightful, strong and dedicated group of ladies.

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  Arts & Bloom  

When:  May 19, 20 and 21.

Where: Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Descriptions of the event:  open

Thank you to the Woodland Garden's owners who allow our non-profit group to participate with all the for-profit professional artists. Equal thanks to the grannies who volunteered for shifts, giving time on a beautiful sunny long weekend. We were pleased to raise $1,489 through our craft sales.

Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)


  An Afternoon of Sharing Stories  

When:  Sunday, April 29th

Where: d’Esterre Seniors’ Centre, Comox

Descriptions of the even:  open

Over 100 guests attended the afternoon. Elizabeth Sebesta, of the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa, who has recently returned from a trip to Uganda and Tanzania, gifted us with an enlightening and inspiring presentation and slideshow. She had visited Stephen Lewis Foundation projects in Uganda, and had attended the Grandmothers’ Gathering in Arusha, Tanzania. Joining Elizabeth was Lisbie Rae, who also shared briefly bout her trip to Africa in 2013.

Click here for more information on the Tanzania Gathering, and the Tanzania Grandmothers’ Statement.

Following the presentation, the fundraiser, “Mystery Date with a Book,” had our guests checking out books that were hidden in brown paper, with a few notes about what the ‘mystery’ book might be. Over 65 books went home on a date! Our guests enjoyed afternoon tea and delicious homemade goodies, and browsed the great selection of crafted items for sale.

We thank all our guests, and the strong bond of the Glacier Grannies for their commitment to raising awareness, building solidarity, and fundraising for community-based organizations that support African grandmothers and the children in their care. The afternoon raised $1,847.88 for the Foundation.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Blue Heron Books, Square 1 Travel & Cruise, Mudsharks Coffee Bar, Thrifty Foods and Quality Foods.

Event photographs: (Hover the cursor over each picture to view an enlargement..)

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  27th World Community Filmfest  

When: Saturday, February 3rd

Where: Four venues in downtown Courtenay

Descriptions of the event:  open

This was an awareness-raising event - an opportunity to tell anyone interested about the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, and the part we Glacier Grannies play. Many who stopped at our table were already aware, but it was nice to hear them commend the work done for the grandmothers of Africa. One AIDS angel was sold for $10.

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  Trash & Treasures  

When: Sunday January 28th

Where: Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

Descriptions of the event:  

This event was a flea market rather than a craft sale; however, we made $92, and our presence had the added benefit of raising awareness in the community.


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Aids angels dolls

AIDS Angels - $10

Individually hand-crafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift. 

Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

AIDS Angels - $10

Help relieve the suffering from HIV/AIDS today and donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Aids angels dolls

Individually handcrafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.

Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

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AIDS Angels - $10

Help relieve the suffering from HIV/AIDS today and donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Aids angels dolls

Individually handcrafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.

Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

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