Our 2021 Evening of Elegance event was an especially unique twist on our typical format. It was our first year back since 2019, as our 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19 Public Health mandates. In 2021, we looked to do something safe, fun and different, while keeping the purpose and feel of our previous events. Thus, Evening of Elegance @home was created!
On May 29, we partnered with The Culinary Studio to host a virtual fun-filled culinary experience for our guests. We were joined by Red Seal Chefs, Kirstie and Jody, who led us through the preparation and enjoyment of a delicious meal, accompanied by thoughtfully and beautifully paired wine. Two weeks leading up to our event, we also hosted an online silent auction!
WRFN's friend and supporter, Mike Farwell, joined us once again as our Master of Ceremonies. Thanks to our amazing and generous guests and supporters, WRFN raised $18,000 through this year’s event.
Because we did not host an event in 2020, we were not able to officially present the Matthew MacGregor Award for Volunteerism. During this year’s virtual event, we honoured last year’s award recipients with our 2021 award recipients.
We were pleased to honour two long-time volunteers with the Matthew MacGregor Award for Volunteerism – Trish Coupal and Monique Kaptein. Trish and Monique are both founding parents of WRFN and have served on our Board of Directors for many years, retiring last June.
Each has volunteered many hours as a dedicated Parent Mentor with the WRFN Parent Mentor Program personally guiding and supporting other parents. Their commitment to helping exceptional families throughout the highs and lows of their journeys has been evident from the beginning and continues today.
It was our pleasure to present this award to Monique and Trish for their exceptional dedication to WRFN families over the past 12 years. Congratulations!
This year, WRFN honoured a group of dedicated volunteers – the A New Chapter Planning Group – with the Matthew MacGregor Award for Volunteerism.
A New Chapter is a peer-led group for parents/caregivers interested in preparing for the future of their youth or adult family member with a lifelong disability. The support group meets monthly sharing information and resources specific to launching their kids into a new chapter of their lives while also encouraging their personal parent/caregiver journeys toward a new chapter in their lives too. Discussion topics range from Caregiver Fatigue and Burnout, to the Role of Siblings, to Creating a vision of home beyond the family home. Parents/caregivers stay connected and informed between meetings through informative email messages and the A New Chapter – Parent and Caregiver Connections Facebook group.
None of this would be possible without the commitment of five amazing Planning Group volunteers – Wendy Newbery, Mary Pike, Anne Yardley, Judy Hight and Pam Polfuss-Schmidt who meet regularly to plan meetings, share topic ideas, engage speakers and keep the group connected and informed.
It was our pleasure to present this award to the members of the A New Chapter Planning Group. Anne Yardley accepted the award on behalf of the group.
Evening of Elegance @home would not have been possible without the support of our amazing sponsors – Melloul-Blamey Construction and Coupal Markou Commercial Real Estate Brokerage. Thank you for your ongoing support!