Shop local this Holiday Season. We’ve all heard it.
But did you know the VFC Community is full of artisans, services and products that would make the perfect gift? Plus, they’re local, too.
Give the gift of community by supporting VFC Alumni, Partner Employers and the greater VFC Community.
GIVE A GIFT FROM OUR ALUMNI & FELLOWS
The Gift of Active Lifestyle – Namastetics
“In an industry that is notorious for fast fashion, we want to be part of the narrative that does not support those actions and instead, provide mindfully made clothing that is not unethically made or creating unnecessary strain on the environment.”
Micha Saade, 2017 VFC Fellow Alumni co-founded Namastetics to give yoga lovers premium quality activewear without the premium price.
Located in Toronto, ON; available world-wide | https://www.namastetics.com/
The Gift of Coaching – Susie Pan
“My life mission is to help people, products, and companies unleash their potential.”
Susie Pan, 2015 VFC Fellow Alumni, is on a mission. Susie wants to support young professionals, recent graduates, those in transition, or anyone that wants to become empowered. Susie offers life, career, and business coaching to help people achieve their goals on their terms.
Located in New Zealand available world-wide | https://www.susiepan.me/
The Gift of Fashion – Tücy
“Our mission is to make it cool to be different. Our key values are diversity, authenticity, and sustainability all while trying to make the coolest **** possible.”
Founded by 2019 Fellow Chris Cameron, Tücy is an online streetwear label that creates one-of-a-kind pieces.
Located in Halifax, NS | https://tucy.ca/
The Gift of A Good Night’s Sleep – AdaptDaily
“A tastier way to eat your medicinal herbs.”
2015 Fellow Alumni Kiki Athanas created the first ever Health-Canada approved gummy containing adaptogens that are traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help increase resistance to stress. Sleep tight.
Located in Toronto, ON; available in select health food stores and ships online to Canada & USA | https://www.adaptdaily.ca/
GIVE A GIFT FROM OUR ECOSYSTEM
The Gift of Snacks – Naked Snacks
“We’re inspired to make healthy food more accessible, through convenient delivery and exceptional taste.”
Partner Employer Naked Snacks balances health and deliciousness in their snackboxes.
Located in Richmond, BC | https://www.nakedsnacks.ca/
The Gift of Zero Plastic – Upfront Cosmetics
“We’ve diverted over 18,000 bottles from oceans & landfills”
Upfront Cosmetics is a Partner Employer that creates hair care without the plastic waste.
Located in Fredericton, NB | https://upfrontcosmetics.ca/
The Gift of Not Being Left Out – Partake Brewing
“I launched Partake Brewing to bring all the things that make craft beer great to non-alcoholic beer drinkers including taste, variety, authenticity, creativity, and passion.”
Intern Employer Partake Brewing specializes in non-alcoholic beer so those who choose not to drink or have medical issues can still participate in social activities, special occasions and the love of beer.
Located in Calgary AB | https://drinkpartake.com/
VFC STAFF PICKS
The Gift of a Nice Smelling Home – Yorabode
Training Manager Anna loves Yorabode for all her essential oils, candles, room spray and bath needs. Nice smell = all is well.
Located in St John’s, NL | https://www.yorabode.ca/shop
The Gift of Adventure – Camp Brand Goods
Danielle is either working as a Business Development Associate, or spending her time in the great outdoors. There is no inbetween. Camp Brand Goods is her favourite place to grab a sweatshirt for her next adventure.
Located in Calgary, AB | https://campbrandgoods.com/
The Gift of a Good Book – TYPE Books
Our Finance and Operations Lead Kathleen loves a good book, and a cute bookstore. Plus they have mystery bags of staff picked books to spice up your reading life. Let’s stop judging books by their cover, shall we?
Located in Toronto, ON | https://typebooks.ca/
The Gift of Gifts – Duly Noted
Marketing Lead Erica is the type of person to not use a notebook because it’s too pretty. If you’re nothing like her or just love pretty things, check out Duly Noted endless selection of stationary, cards, prints and pottery.
Located in Halifax, NS | https://www.dulynoted.ca/