Sixteen years ago, Caroline MacGillivray was volunteering at a women’s shelter as research for a film project she was working on. She was moved by a woman there who had suffered abuse, like so many in shelters all across Canada, and wanted nothing more after a hard day than to ‘feel clean.’ MacGillivray curled the woman’s hair, did her makeup and helped her ‘feel human’ again. That night, MacGillivray realized that something as simple as a makeover could make someone feel stronger. That’s when she came up with the concept for Beauty Night Society.
Beauty Night Society is a charity founded by MacGillivray that volunteers in women’s shelters and centers to provide makeovers, wellness services and life skills lessons to the impoverished and abused women and youth there. MacGillivray notes that a lot of the time we ignore people who are homeless or on the street because we don’t want to be rude and stare, but really that makes them feel invisible. A lot of the women MacGillivray sees just want to be spoken to and treated with kindness, dignity and respect–like anyone.
We are in need of more helping hands this week for Monday and Wednesday nights! If you are a hairdresser, makeup artist, body worker, RMT, Aesthetician or nail tech, please let me know if you would like to volunteer. We are looking for people who can volunteer from 5:30-8pm. Www.beautynight.org #nails #nailart #mua #hair #style #volunteer #healingtouch
The society provides a wide array of services including haircuts, manicures, acupuncture, flu shots, cancer screenings and career workshops. They have helped over 65,000 women over the past 16 years. These services are not only for the health and self-esteem benefit of these women, but also provide them with meaningful connections and interaction, and reintroduce touch to women who have suffered abuse.
On Tuesday, MacGillivray was featured on The Marilyn Denis Show where she was awarded with $1000 for Beauty Night Society after being nominated by her friend, Cathy Browne, for Christie’s Do Some Good campaign.