Events covers ‘spectrum of wellness’
Deb Bartlett

Plans are underway for posAbilities’ second Wellness Fair, being held Sept. 15 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

Sarina Ram is a member of the event’s planning committee, and says the group has arranged exhibitors and vendors offering products and services that cover a “spectrum of wellness.”

The fair’s roots were planted last year when a wellness committee was formed, and a survey sent out to all 600 posAbilities employees. The survey included questions about what wellness meant to them, if their wellness needs were being met at work, and what would make them happy at home and happy at work, says Sarina.

The fair was organized to let staff members know their ideas are important, she adds.

Providing vendors under one roof was a means of meeting the needs of staff, who have a variety of concerns and interests.

This year’s Wellness Fair will feature vegan bakers, Zumba, jazzercise and yoga demonstrations, aura readers, reflexologists, massage therapists, medical and homeopathic providers, financial advisers, aromatherapy and more.

If exhibitors can’t stay for the whole day, they can leave literature, and many are doing live demonstrations. Interactivity will be key to energizing the event, says Sarina.

PosAbilities runs programs in the downstairs office of Heritage Hall, which is a landmark building in Vancouver.

Although the Wellness Fair was begun for staff, public is welcome to attend, too. Sarina says posAbilities will use the event to create awareness of the agency and what they do.

She’s hopeful relationship will be built between clients and the public, and that posAbilities will be able to publicize its Believe, Empower, Inspire message.

“We want to set a standard. We want the public to find out (what posAbilities is about) in one big show on this one day. That would be awesome.” says Sarina.

The committee has set a goal of 40 exhibitors and is hoping to have 1,000 visitors. There is a lot of foot traffic near Heritage Hall, and posAbilities’ staff and clients will be coming from service areas around Vancouver.

The Wellness Fair is also a fundraiser for posAbilities. Exhibitors provide a silent auction item, and funds raised support the agency.

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