Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beads of Courage

I met with Rae, a representative of this worthwhile program yesterday, and wanted to pass the information along to all you beadmakers out there.  Basically the Beads of Courage program needs special beads, whether lampwork or polymer clay, to give to children who have chronic illnesses such as cancer.  The beads are strung on necklaces and reflect treatments and milestones for the child.  For example, each time they get a needle they get a black bead, a transfusion gets a red bead and so on.  As you can see in the photos, some of these little ones have a heartbreaking number of beads.  Our beads are used for special milestones in their treatment.  The program has been around in the US for awhile now, but just came to Canada this year.  If you're like me, you probably have a  ton of beads you've made hanging around your studio.  So, do some spring cleaning and do a good deed at the same time! 

My Name is Victoria Plouffe and I am the Executive Director of Beads of
Courage Canada. I am excited that you have taken the time to connect with
Beads of Courage Canada and even more excited that we have actually met! I
reside in Calgary and had the pleasure of buying some of your beads from a
local show a few years back!

Beads of Courage has officially launched in Canada with 5 sites already
training and implementing the program in January 2012. We are thrilled to
finally have this powerful arts-in-medicine program in Canada to further
support the healing of our Canadian children.

Thanks for sharing your time and talents with Beads of Courage and our

Victoria Plouffe 
Executive Director - Canada 
403-771-3793 | |

Beads of Courage, Inc. (A Non-Profit Charity)
"Helping children RECORD, TELL and OWN their stories of COURAGE!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fraser Valley Bead Show

Just a few photos from the Fraser Valley Bead Show happening in Calgary this weekend.  The first one is from the booth I am working in this weekend, Suzie Q Beads.  The other two are photos of just a few of the many fabulous booths at the show.  Lots of really interesting, unusual things.  The show organizer does not allow mass produced lampwork beads to be sold at the show, which is so refreshing.    Means there are high quality, artisan-made lampwork beads there, with the actual artisans selling them!  

Anyhow, if you are in the Calgary area, there is still time to take in the show.  It is open tomorrow 10:00 to 5:00.