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The Cinderella Project

Once again delighting at where this job can take me … I got to spend one day back in March with a dedicated team of volunteers who were working to transform a gymnasium into a magical dressing room.

The CinderellaProject began in 2005 in Calgary as a small project by Sir Winston Churchill High School staff and fashion students. Their goal was to collect 20 to 30 previously loved and gently used graduation and formal dresses for students from different high schools who were not financially able to attend their graduation banquets. The project has grown over the years and to date, more than 650 young women have been outfitted in style for their graduation.

I was asked to take part to photograph the transformation and set up of the space and to capture the magnitude of the event. Aisles upon aisles of beautiful gowns, shoes, jewellery, make-up … all the final touches a girl would want are provided.  In a city that is often know for it’s prosperity, the Cinderella Project provides a space of recognition for the costs incurred for participating in graduation and provides a platform of dignity and respect to ensure that everyone can take part in what is a rite of passage in a young person’s life.

So just as the song goes, “if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish … will come true.”



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