It’s been less than a month since Gravity Salon Professionals committed to being a drop-off location for the Fill a Purse for a Sister campaign, and the feedback so far from our clients and the community has been incredible! We have received so many purses and backpacks already, and encourage people to continue to drop them off at our salon until December 1st, when the campaign comes to an end!
The Fill a Purse for a Sister and the Fill a Backpack for a Youth campaigns were founded by social worker and activist, Angel Freedman. The purpose behind Fill a Purse for a Sister and Fill a Backpack for a Youth is to ensure that women and youth who are in need in communities across the GTA have access to essentials and little luxuries that every person deserves to have in their life.
Statistics show that women are more likely to live in poverty than men, that they are more likely to be placed in precarious job positions than men, that 80% of lone-parent families are led by single mothers (the average yearly income for lone-parent family headed by a female is $21,200, which is HALF of the yearly earnings of male lone-parent family), and that women who live in poverty are more at-risk of staying in an abusive relationship out of fear that they won’t be able to support their family.* The reality of these statistics as well is that when women are living in poverty, their children are often living in poverty as well.
Now after reading this you may be asking “what can I do to help?” The Fill a Purse for a Sister and Fill a Backpack for a Youth Campaigns are amazing ways that you can get involved and know that your efforts have gone directly to a person who needs it most. You can either fill a new or gently-used purse full of books, feminine hygiene products, coffee shop gift cards, make-up, shampoo and conditioner anything else that you think a woman may want to keep in her purse on a regular basis; or a backpack full of school supplies, toys, clothes, books and hygiene products for local youth who may not have the luxury of owning these items on their own.
If you have any questions about the campaign, or other ways that you can help local community members in need, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the salon at 705-252-3992 or send us a Facebook message on the Gravity Salon Professionals Facebook page! We thank you for all of your support this far, and for your commitment to making a difference in our amazing community!
*statistics were taken from https://www.canadianwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Facts-About-Women-and-Poverty.pdf
Gravity Salon Professionals really is Barrie’s Best Salon.
Winning Barrie’s Favourite Salon for a second year in a row is such an honour to the entire Gravity Salon family and we can’t thank our clients and community enough for their overwhelming support! What is even more exciting though, is that this year, our salon owner Ivo Tiberio, has been recognized as Barrie’s Favourite Colour Technician as well! Ivo is so thrilled about this recognition, and wanted to share some words on what these awards mean to him as both a Master Stylist, and as a business owner:
“After 34 years of being a stylist, I am thrilled to be recognized by my community and by my clients as Barrie’s Favourite Colour Technician. Receiving any award that recognizes your talent and accomplishments is an honour, but the fact that it came from my community and from my clients has made it so much more special to me, and I am so genuinely proud of this achievement. I take great pride in each and every guest that comes to visit, and it means so much when it’s my clients who are supporting me and acknowledging the work that I do, in the field that I love the most. The hair industry is very near and dear to my heart, as I have been a part of it from a very young age. I have been a licensed stylist for 34 years, but what many people do not know is that I have been a part of the industry for so much longer than that. Ever since I was a kid, I was always helping out in my family’s salon; helping to shampoo peoples’ hair and sweep floors, and continue to develop my passion for styling that has gotten me to where I am today. I have developed both as a stylist and as a person since then, but one thing that has never changed for me is the joy that I feel when I see people light up after they see what their stylist has created, and the new-found bounce in their step when they leave the salon. Alongside being a licensed stylist, I have also had the great privilege of working for Goldwell to help train both junior and senior stylists on a National level. Working with Goldwell has been such an amazing opportunity because it taught me so much as a stylist and a colourist, but it also allowed me to share my knowledge and experience with my colleagues, and to contribute to the hair industry in a meaningful way.
Another thing that means so much to me is the community that voted for me. I have lived in Barrie for 17 years and have always dreamed of having a successful business here. I love Barrie because it has a small-town feel with big-city amenities. I truly feel like Barrie is reflective of my own personality – being relaxed, professional and inviting, and I feel that this has been reflected within Gravity as well. I made it my goal to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with high-quality, big-city talent and I am honoured that the community feels that this is reflected in both my personal work, and the work space that I have worked so hard to create.
I cannot thank everybody enough for taking the time to vote for both myself and the salon and I look forward to continuing to deliver excellent service and maintain our title as Barrie’s Favourite Salon for years to come!”