Thursday January 20, 2011



Choosing To Smile Turns A New Page

Undines' fundraiser gives more cancer patients something to smile about

Submitted by Glenda Standeven


he Chilliwack Valley Women's Network group has partnered with the New Page Human Services Society and they have raised over $4750 so far and donations are continuing to come in.


                               Michelle Ricakby (L), Julie and Glenda


The New Page Human Services Society just bought 205 copies of Choosing to Smile to donate to cancer patients as a direct result of the head-shaving event (held at Undine's Hair Studio on Young Road December 30th) and generous donations made after reading the wonderful news stories about Julie's 'bucket wish' .


If individuals or businesses want to make a charitable donation and receive a tax receipt they can mail their cheques payable to the New Page Human Services Society - Box 998, Hope, B.C., V0X 1L0. Please designate donations for the 'Choosing to Smile Book Fund' - the New Page Society is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy.


Fundraising and accepting donations to provide copies of 'Choosing to Smile' to give to cancer patients currently in treatment will be an ongoing project.


If you wish to make a donation to the Choosing to Smile Book Fund by visiting any branch of the Envision Credit Union and make a deposit to account #1455864 (but they don't issue tax receipts - only donations made through New Page Human Services Society will receive a tax receipt).


Although sales of 'Choosing to Smile' are going extremely well Julie won't live long enough to see her bucket wish come true (to see her book become a best seller) but it made her very happy to see the community rally to support her dream. She's been in hospice for nearly two months and is sleeping most of the time now. She's at peace and filled with grace which is helping all of us who love her come to terms with her leaving us a whole lot sooner than any of us would like!


Individuals or corporations interested in making larger donation and who require a charitable tax receipt may send a cheque payable to: New Page Human Service Society - PO Box 998, Hope, B.C., V0X 1L0. Please designate donations for the 'Choosing to Smile Book Fund'.


The books are also available for purchase in Pages Bookstore in Hope. If you would like to read Julie's blog visit  For more information about how you can donate or make Julie's wish come true contact Joyce Esau at 604-795-5375 or 604-858-2409.


Keep smiling!


Editor's note: Julie Houlker passed away on January 21st, at 7:20am at The Cascade Hospice Centre surrounded by her loving family and close friends, Glenda Standeven and Michelle Rickaby. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, February 5th, at 1:00pm at the Best Western Hotel in Chilliwack.