Photograph campaign helps women’s shelter

Helping the Kelowna Women’s Shelter this Christmas season is as easy as getting your picture taken.

After delivering a carload of toys to the shelter last year, Elizabeth Soergel, of Aviva Studios ,couldn’t wait to kick off her second annual Aviva Toy Drive.

The event is one now until the end of November.

All participants will receive a fall portrait session at a location of their choice and an 8x10 print   for only $100 (regularly $260). In addition to that, $50 from each session will be donated to the Kelowna women’s shelter to buy toys to help give the children they support a joyful Christmas.

“I just love Christmas and the idea of being able to put a smile of the face of a child in our community,” said Soergel.

“It’s a great way for us to get into the spirit of giving early while providing the community with a great opportunity to support our local women’s shelter which does a lot of important work for women and children in Kelowna.”

Since 1980, the Kelowna Women’s Shelter has provided shelter and a wide range of support services to women and children who have been impacted by abuse, says Kathleen Lemieux, coordinator or awareness and events for the shelter.

“Last year, 483 women and children stayed at the shelter and over 2,000 individuals made contact with their other support services, children’s programs, violence prevention programs and community awareness activities and confidential counseling services,” Lemieux said.

“Support from the community makes it possible for us to offer these crucial services to women and children and we applaud our community partners for their efforts to raise funds and create awareness of our services.”

For more details or to participate contact Aviva Studios at 250-317-4395.

You can also find out more information online about this charitable event and others at


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