Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help-Portrait returns for ninth year, and organizers are hunting for volunteers

For the ninth year running, a number of people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are coming together to help provide free, framed professional portraits to people in need in the community.

This year’s event is on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church, and organizers need help making it happen, explained the founder and coordinator Brenda Norrie.

She’s specifically looking for a few professional stylists, makeup artists, and even a few photographers to help on the day, Norrie elaborated.

Each year, the team of Help Portrait volunteers serve about 250 people from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, providing professional quality family photos. Last year there were as many as 270 people.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of volunteers using their time, tools, and expertise to give back to those in need. The global initiative started in 2008, and is now offered in 67 countries on the one day a year.

In just over a month, the local team of about 50 volunteers will once again be kicking into action – and that’s where she’s needing the specific help of pros – especially volunteer photo editors, hair stylists, and makeup artists.

PAST COVERAGE: Hundreds turn out to Help Portrait Ridge Meadows

In addition to all the in-kind gifts the local organization receives, cash donations are also accepted. That money will help pay for printing, ink, frames, hair and makeup supplies, craft activities for kids, food and beverages, and more, Norrie explained.

“Even if someone can donate $20 or $25, it goes a long ways to making this all possible,” she said, noting that donations can be made on their website.

With the local Help Portrait’s current set up at the church, she said they can facilitate upwards of 400 people on the day, and she invites more people to come out and participate.

It’s not a program just for the less fortunate in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. It’s also for those who just can’t afford to get portraits shot, Norrie said.

Many families struggle to make ends meet. They wouldn’t classify themselves as desperate or necessarily low income. But they might not have the extra money for “luxuries” such as portraits, she said.

When things are tight, “things like family photos goes by the way side,” Norrie elaborated. “So this is to serve people like that.”

Admittedly, she said, some of the stories she hears on the actual day choke her up emotionally.

In 2017, for instance, a new Syrian refugee family came to get their portrait taken. Never before did they have individual pictures taken of the kids (ie. school pictures), nor had they ever taken a family portrait.

They were so moved and grateful for Help Portrait that Dad and a few of the boys returned in 2018, this time to volunteer.

“It still makes me teary,” Norrie said, recalling how meaningful they said the experience was for them.

To sign up as a volunteer or recipient, or to learn more, people can visit She noted that people don’t have to “qualify” or “apply” for this free community service.


Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Help needed for charity photo event in Maple Ridge

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced a lottery for vaccinated Albertans. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Our View: If a lottery would help promote vaccines, why not hold one?

Getting to 80 per cent vaccinations could be easier with a couple million-dollar prizes

Maple Ridge council is considering the next 147 townhomes at the Provenance development. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Council considers Polygon townhouse development in Maple Ridge

Another 147 units in complex at Pazarena Place

The red circle is where Wednesday morning’s earthquake originated from. (Google Maps - Volcano
Magnitude 2.1 earthquake rumbles Ridge

Wednesday afternoon’s quake epi-centre was 11 km north-east of Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP gather on Patrick Road north of McDonald Road in Pitt Meadows Thursday. (Colleen Flanagan - The News)
VIDEO: Sudden death leads to large police presence in Pitt Meadows

RCMP, ambulance and a police helicopter circled a property at Patrick Road and McDonald Road

The BC Centre for Disease Control map shows the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases for the week ending June 12.
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows had increase in COVID-19 cases

BCCDC map shows case counts dropping across Greater Vancouver

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

Most Read