Ottawa Citizen - Fairy Godmother of Ottawa

Ottawa Citizen - Fairy Godmother of Ottawa

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The Defence Department estimates it will save $50 million a year by moving most of its employees in the Ottawa area into the former Nortel campus.

Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson says he hopes to have a plan outlining details of the move to the Carling Avenue site ready for presentation to government by the fall. “We are still putting the plan together,” said Donald-

son, who is vice chief of the defence staff. “It is one of the biggest moves I think ever in Canada of an organization.” The Defence Department plans to spend more than $630 million preparing the

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would provide long-term savings that can be reinvested into the Canadian Forces as it revamps the military for the future. “It’s around $50 million a year that the business case gave us in terms of avoiding

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Wayne Cuddington, the Ottawa Citizen

Maxine Craig, 17, a St. Patrick High School teenager who said she can’t remember when she last wore a dress, looks for the perfect gown during her fitting at Fairy Godmother of Ottawa, which provides prom dresses, shoes and jewelry to girls that might otherwise not be able to attend their high school prom in fashionable attire. Read the story and see what dress Maxine chose for her big night on page B3.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

LEFT: Emily Champagne, 18, tries on a pair of shoes provided by Fairy Godmother of Ottawa, which provides prom dresses, shoes and jewelry.

BELOW: Maxine Craig, 17, graduating from St Patrick High School, looks pleased as punch in the dress she picked out.

A Dress for the Prom

ABOVE: Melissa Shabinsky hauls a rack of dresses into the St. Laurent Centre for one last fitting for the season. Shabinsky started the Fairy Godmother program in 2003 with Catherine Whitla of Brown’s Cleaners.

Brooklyn Boudreau-Landry, 18, makes a face for her two-yearold son while she tries on a dress during a fitting. Brooklyn is graduating from the M.F. McHugh Educational Centre.

photos and story by Wayne Cuddington


hopping for a prom dress can be challenging for any teenage girl, let alone one with a toddler in tow.

However, 18-year-old Brooklyn Boudreau-Lundy wasn’t the only teen mom who brought her child to the Fairy Godmother of Ottawa pop-up store in the St. Laurent Centre this month. Co-founded 10 years ago by entrepreneur and fashion writer Melissa Shabinsky and her friend and business partner Catherine Whitla, Fairy Godmother is a non-profit organization that collects new and nearly new formal dresses, shoes and accessories, and provides them free to any graduating girl who can’t afford them. Browns Cleaners, Whitla’s family business, offers logistical help. “With everything going on with (son) Ethan, I just can’t afford a dress right now,” Boudreau-Lundy said. Graduating in June from the M.F. McHugh Educational Centre at the Youville Centre, she said parenting her son was “challenging, but it’s a good experience.” She plans to attend Algonquin College starting in the fall. Lynsey Belair, 18, also graduating from M.F. McHugh, tried on at least 15 dresses before settling on a teal and black knee-length chiffon-style dress. Shopping assistants from the volunteer organization Sigma Beta Phi helped the girls sort through the hundreds of dresses hanging on racks, and the rows upon rows of shoes, to find just the right combination. Maxine Craig, 17, said she couldn’t remember the last time she wore a dress. However, after changing out of jeans and a T-shirt into a full-length crimson ruffled gown, she beamed with pride. In lieu of payment, the girls simply promise to bring the loaned items back to any Browns Cleaners location, within a week after their prom, so the dresses can be dry-cleaned and stored away for next year.

RIGHT: Lynsey Belair, 18, who tried on more than a dozen dresses, finally decided on a knee-length, teal-coloured chiffon dress, far right.

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