A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

The Rolling Barber – Planning Phase

Another one of my crazy ideas has been put into motion. This is exciting, amazing & stressful all at once, and… I wouldn’t do it any other way!!

As most of you know, this year means the beginning of The Rolling Barber, a non-profit organization that I have founded with the goal of transforming an old school bus into a portable hair salon in which we can offer free shampoo and cuts to whoever is in need of one. It’s been a crazy few weeks of setting up the organization, of making a budget, of obtaining donations (from sample shampoos to barber chairs to a school bus!), of getting hairdressers/barbers on board, and so (SO!) much more. Creating such a community project in Ottawa takes courage and perseverance, but many in my community has rallied with me to make this project a reality. I could not be more humbled by the help and positive response I have received. I feel very lucky and I hope to help many others.

Our website is looking fabulous with pictures of our new bus and the partners that we love and that are supporting this initiative with enthusiasm. We have also created a Facebook and Instagram account, so do not hesitate to follow us. I have given interviews on CBC and Rogers (in French) and I have received even more invitations!

Our first ‘dry-run’ (washing, cutting & styling in the comfort of a… room) is on April 8th at the Centre 454, a wonderful social services centre in the heart of Sandy Hill in the Anglican Church on King Edward. We will have three dry-runs (the first two at the Centre 454 and the third at the Cornerstone Housing for Women). In May, I am leaving on vacation with my husband to London and Scotland (stay tuned for more posts) and back in time to roll my sleeves to renovate our bus in June – with the help of my fabulous friend and co-founder François, my wonderful father-in-law and many other members of my family and friends (maybe my husband will even pop by to help 🙂 ).

I can’t wait to load pictures of the restoration, but before that time, lots of adventures await for me in a whole new country: Scotland!

Love you all,

Anne

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