• 19/10/15 Uncategorized # , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Save Your Skin Foundation’s British Columbia Government Reception

    Save Your Skin Foundation’s British Columbia Government Reception

    Save Your Skin Foundation with BC Legislature in Victoria, BC on Sept 28, 2015.

    Save Your Skin Foundation with BC Legislature in Victoria, BC on Sept 28, 2015.

    Save Your Skin Foundation, along with the support of MLA Jane Thornthwaite, welcomed MLAs from the BC Legislative Assembly to a reception and presentation on various new melanoma treatments that have become available in Canada and explained how they are changing the landscape for melanoma patients and increasing survivorship. KFM was very excited to plan and execute this inspiring event.

    With the recent emergence of new treatments, there is now a real hope of survivorship for melanoma patients. Previously, many melanoma patients could only expect a survival rate of 10%. With a variety of new treatments released in recent years, these figures are improving drastically. There is real hope for survivorship.

    Save Your Skin Team

    Kathleen Barnard, President & Founder of Save Your Skin Foundation

    Kathleen Barnard, President & Founder of Save Your Skin Foundation


    Save Your Skin Founder Kathleen Barnard welcomed the MLAs and explained how a collaborative effort is needed to ensure that patients are receiving timely access to the best available care. With these new treatments, and the knowledge that more are coming soon, patients, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and government decision makers all have an important part to play.

    Dr. Vanessa Bernstein, leading oncologist with the BC Cancer Agency, explained the nitty gritty of these new treatments and how they will soon become the standard of care.

    Ocular melanoma surviver and Victoria, BC resident, Nigel Deacon

    Ocular melanoma surviver and Victoria, BC resident, Nigel Deacon

    Melanoma survivor and friend of Save Your Skin, Nigel Deacon, closed the reception with an inspiring word. Nigel is a Victoria resident and was diagnosed with terminal ocular melanoma, but thanks to a trial treatment of a new drug, has been stable for more than two years. This new treatment is the same drug that saved the life of Save Your Skin Founder Kathleen Barnard.

    Thanks to Supporters

    Coming straight from the World Cancer Congress in Vienna, the Save Your Skin team received a helping hand from sponsor Harbour Air who flew us directly from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria in order to be on site, on time.

    The Save Your Skin team was warmly greeted in sunny Victoria by MLA Jane Thornthwaite and treated to a tour of the BC Legislature and a chance to attend the House Question Period.

    Victoria Conference Centre was instrumental in putting together this important reception & presentation.

    Save Your Skin Founder & President Kathleen Barnard with BC MLA Jane Thornthwaite

    Save Your Skin Founder & President Kathleen Barnard with BC MLA Jane Thornthwaite

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  • 21/07/14 Corporate Events , Design , Environment , Event Decor , Event Planning # , , , ,

    Client Spotlight: Pedersen’s Event Rentals

    Pedersen’s Event Rentals is celebrating 65 years of successful business! Since 1949, Pedersen’s has been a pioneer in the industry of event rentals with top-quality products, uncompromising service and environmentally responsible operations.

    Pioneers of the Business

    Pedersen’s innovative spirit inspired them to be the first to introduce many new products to the market that have developed into popular event must-haves. For example; Vancouver’s first Chivari Chair, introduced by Pedersen’s in 1992, is now considered an event staple for many corporate and celebratory events. Pedersen’s also has exclusive rights to many premium products, such as Riedel wineglasses and luxury china.

    A Family Company

    Starting out as a family catering business decades ago, Pedersen’s has now evolved into a trusted event rental company spanning across three major cities – Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.

    Celebrating 65 Years

    Pedersen’s celebrated their recent 65-year anniversary in top fashion at their new warehouse. The new location, situated along the scenic Fraser River, is perfect to accommodate their growing business and inventory needs.

    The celebratory event showcased a variety of products available to rent from Pedersen’s amble inventory.  The showroom also featured breathtaking floor-to-ceiling arrangements from two local business professionals, Flowerz and Greenscape Design and Decor.

    Guests were treated to an evening of delectable hors d’oeuvres and entrées, mixed lychee cocktails and wine, and a colourful self-serve dessert bar presented by the creative geniuses at Culinary Capers.  Here’s to many more years of success!

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  • 20/04/10 Event Planning , Special Events , Sustainable Event Management # , , , ,

    Working While Relaxing. It Exists.

    Yes, the comfort of one’s hotel room (when traveling for work) matters a great deal. And my favourite experience to date has been my recent stay at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

    I was in town on business and wanted to find a place that would let me relax while working…does that exist? Well, yes, as a matter a fact it does. It exists at Laurel Point. From the moment in stepped foot in my hotel room, I loved this place.

    My room looked out on to a beautiful Japanese Garden framed by the Ocean. I fell asleep each night to the peaceful sounds of the garden and to the soothing scent of a complimentary relaxing yuan zhi sleep mist that had been placed by my bedside.

    I felt like I was at the spa every time I entered the bathroom – the soaker tub was equipped with lovely Molton Brown bath gels and a relaxing seamoss stress-relieving hydrosoak. There were samples of Molton brown’s cooling eye cream and moisturizing lip rescue (translation: lip balm). Not only do I love Molton Brown products, but Laurel Point has brilliantly picked intuitive items from the Molton Brown product assortment. This is not just your standard shampoo and conditioner offering…it feels a lot more like a private spa boutique right in your very own hotel room!

    There’s also a brand new fitness facility, a glass enclosed indoor pool with a view of the garden, an award winning restaurant (Aura), and my favorite…in-room spa services. Seriously…I’m not joking. Hotel guests can experience a rejuvenating and healing spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of their own room. It’s awesome.

    They also welcome pets (which is actually very handy for many travelers these days) and they’re the first (and only!) carbon-neutral hotel in British Columbia – which aligns nicely with the sustainability efforts that KFM employs.

    Not only would I recommend this hotel to any business or vacation travelers, but I have complete confidence that planning an event or conference at Laurel Point would be a great experience.

    I didn’t want to leave and I’ll definitely be back.

    p.s. As luck would have it, I just won a $250 gift certificate to the Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa at the Pacific Rim in Vancouver! I won’t really be able to share how I’d feel if I was staying at the Pacific Rim on business, but I’ll you all know what I think of the spa!


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