Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sarah Ueland, Co-chair Y.E.S! Vancouver

Sarah shares with us about Y.E.S! Vancouver and their initiative to support Dress for Success Vancouver.

What is Y.E.S! Vancouver?
Y.E.S! Vancouver is a group of professional women who enjoy fun and stylish networking events all in support of Dress for Success Vancouver (DSFV). We host monthly events and donate 100% of the funds we raise to DFSV.

How did you come to be Co-chair?
I joined the membership team in 2008, just a few months after the launch of the organization, and I was hooked. It has been an amazing experience guiding Y.E.S! over the past five years. I became co-chair in 2010 and the best part of being in the role is working with the enthusiastic, dedicated women on the committee who make the magic happen month after month.

How did Y.E.S! and DFSV come to be connected? 
Y.E.S! came to life in Vancouver in 2007 thanks to the hard work of Louise Kozier and Katrina Carrol-Foster, but we are actually one of seven chapters in North America. Y.E.S! Vancouver was launched as an initiative to engage a younger generation in the great work of Dress for Success – and it worked. Our members know that every time they attend an event or make a financial contribution that 100% of their contributions are going to an extremely good cause.

What makes the YES and DFSV collaboration successful?
There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the people. Y.E.S! could not function without the support of the volunteers and staff at DFSV. There’s a real sense of team in everything we do, and we support each other in every way possible. I love being part of the broader DFSV team, and I know the rest of the Y.E.S! team feels the same.

How has the Y.E.S! network responded to the upcoming Power walk, will you have the biggest team & win the 'best dressed' prize?
I certainly hope that Y.E.S! will have the biggest team and we always love winning prizes! I have been participating in the Power Walk since it started a few years ago, and it’s a really fun event. I bring my mom, and this year I’m also bringing my mother and father in-law and my new puppy, Asha. The team and event grows every year and I’m looking forward to it.

How can interested networkers join Y.E.S!?
It’s easy to get involved. Visit to find all the information you need and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Membership is $100 a year and we make it easy with quarterly payments of only $25. As per everything we do, 100% of your membership fee goes directly to DFSV.

You can also plan to join us at our next event. Details are coming soon, but for now all you need to know is that it’s our Signature spring event and it will be fabulous. We can’t wait to meet you!

Big THANK YOU to Sarah, and Y.E.S! Vancouver for all their support, we greatly appreciate all you do! 

Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming Power Walk on May 11th, and join us at the after-party in the Oakridge Mall Auditorium. 

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