Suiting up for success
Some lawyers in Saskatoon aren't launching law
suits today -- they're literally giving away their suits to
McDougall Gauley LLP held a clothing drive for Dress for Success Saskatoon.
The drive filled the law firm's boardroom with skirts, dresses, suit, shirts, high heels and purses.
Jacqueline Shaw, associate lawyer with the firm, brought in some of her old clothes because she felt having a nice outfit to wear to a job interview can give someone a boost.
"It definitely gives you confidence. It makes you have a bit of pep in your step and it changes how people look at you," said Shaw.
Fay Gabrielson, co-founder of Dress for Success Saskatoon, said the organization is just starting up in the city and these donations will really help.
"Our glory will be the day we suit our first client. We can't wait for that," she said.
Gabrielson said she hopes that day will be in September, when Dress for Success Saskatoon officially opens its doors.
The organization provides clothing to women preparing for a job interview or new job who can't afford to buy outfits, but Gabrielson said they are also available after the women are hired.
"We provide the mentorship after-program and that's so important, it's not all about the suit," said Gabrielson. "It's the first six months of employment that are so important. Women often quit because they have nobody to turn to with problems. We'll be there."
Dress for Success Saskatoon is still accepting donations of clothes, jewellery, shoes and purses at the two Conexus Credit Unions in Saskatoon.
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