Monday, October 9, 2017

Ruff-in' It!

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity, Sisters Petunia and Tora and Paladin Pebbles

The Sisters were Ruff-in' it again at the Thanksgiving Ruff Party hosted by MN Events.  Ruff Parties brings together men of all shapes, sizes and tribes for a night of dancing, sweating and stripping.  By the end of the night, party-goers are usually down to their undies, and some even start out that way.  ;)

MN Events have been an amazing supporter of the Vancouver Sisters.  Each party they host, we are invited to work the door in exchange for a donation to the Sisters Grant Fund.  Plus, any fundraising they do throughout the year goes towards the same Fund.  THANK YOU MN EVENTS!

https://www.mnevents.ca/

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stack the Qmunity Rack

(Standing L-R) Sisters Fancy, Bodice, Festivus, Diversity and Merry Q.
(Kneeling L-R) Paladin 'lil Randy and Sister Petunia

The Sisters were out in full force for Stack the Rack, a fundraiser for Qmunity, "a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of queer, trans and Two-Spirit peoples".  Stack the Rack is an annual wine tasting event now in its 7th year that raises fund to further develop programming for members of the community.

The Vancouver Sisters were honoured to be a Gold Level sponsor as well as hosts for the evening.  The Sisters were at their fundraising best with past Reverend Mother Alma Bitches serving as hosts, Sister Festivus singing and Paladin 'lil Randy performing, Sister Merry Q doing the "ask" for live donations and current Reverend Mother Diversity doing the closing blessing, the event was blanketed with the utmost JOY!

Tonight was a wonderful representation of the power of positive community!  So many people attended this event to help such a worth cause.  The room was packing, the drinks were flowing and the money was raising!  Tonight, the community showed up for Qmunity!

https://qmunity.ca/



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Getting Close and Personal


(L-R) Paladin 'lil Randy, Sisters Petunia Encarnata, Diversity Rains and Fancy Pants

The Vancouver Sisters participated in BC Culture Days, "a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities."  The Sisters were part of the "queer culture" inclusion for this event.

Sisters talked and manifested in front of an audience.  They shared stories of their calling and individual journeys.  It was beautiful to hear Sister Diversity speak to her history of being a friar with the Discalced Carmelites before joining the Sisters.  And it was wonderful to hear 'lil Randy's journey towards Sisterhood when she didn't know the Sisters were inclusive of all genders.  And did you know Petunia Encarnata literally means "Petunia, the flower of Venezuela, embodied in human form"?  AWESOME!  And Fancy?  Well, she was there to document all of it for OUTLook TV.  Watch for the story in the November show.

Anyone can join the Sisters.  We welcome a very broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientations and religious/spiritual traditions.  We strive to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt, all while having the joyest of fun!  The picture says it all!  

If you are interested, just check out this link:  http://yvrsisters.blogspot.ca/p/join-abbey.html

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

JOY for Passions!

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Sister Bodice Rippa and Sister Fancy Pants

It was with much JOY that the Sisters participated in the Scotiabank Passions event, a benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

In it's 14 years, Passions has raised over $1.4 million dollars with tonight definitely pushing that total over the $1.5 million mark.  What started out as a cocktail fundraiser for their major donors, Passions has now turned into one of the most popular food and wine events in Vancouver. 

The Sisters were on hand to help with the Live Auction with one of our Saints, David C. Jones, as the Auctioneer.  With all the yelling and the cheering, one Sister will definitely lose her voice.

"Passions guests were treated to a stellar line-up of more than twenty of Vancouver’s premier restaurants and bartenders."  Restaurants provided amuse bouches for event goers and amazing mixologists shook and served the fanciest of drinks.  Funds raised from Passions is earmarked for the The Dr. Peter Centre's Meal Program that provides over 58,000 meals annually for people living with HIV/AIDS.

"The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is a non- profit organization that operates, and raises funds to support the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. The Dr. Peter Centre is providing compassionate care to some of the most vulnerable and unwell in our community." 

http://www.drpeter.org/  #passions17

Sisters Bodice and Diversity with Saint Giggle (David C. Jones) with the random hot dude volunteering his furry hotness for a great cause. ;)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

AIDS Walk to THRIVE!

(L-R) Sister Petunia, Paladin 'lil Randy, Sister Fancy and Postulant Suspicious

This year's Positive Living BC's AIDS Walk to Thrive was an incredible success raising over $100,000 for their Community Health Fund.  This year follow's their new concept of combining a Walk with a Music and Wellness Festival and the Sisters were there to walk and dance!

The Walk was a loop that started and ended at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, making it's way around Lost Lagoon.  Walkers stopped along the route to dance and party with musical acts cheering them on.  The Festival was free for anyone to attend and created a community of support and positivity.  There was dancing and massaging and eating and drinking!

Positive Living BC's Community Health Fund helps their over 50,000 members with financial support to purchase "health products and services that help manage HIV symptoms, aid in forestalling HIV disease progression, and mitigate side effects related to HIV medications."

https://positivelivingbc.org/services/community-health-fund-chf/