Experiencing the value and necessity of volunteers is something that as a teacher, Susan can attest to first-hand . Giving back to the community took on new relevance as she embarked on her journey as an entrepreneur. Her business has introduced Susan to another world of people, wonderful people, both clients and acquaintances who have enriched her life in numerous ways.

The decision to give back was largely in response to these people. “So many people offered me assistance since the very start of my new career that the feeling of gratitude overwhelms me. The further into my career I move, the more I see giving back as a natural extension of my work. “Giving, just feels good. It’s a way of life. My parents role modelled this as I grew up so for me, it’s the only way. In some small way I hope to inspire others to do the same. “
If you can, why wouldn’t you?”

And it reflects what she really believes: It takes a village to raise a child. “I love the idea of working together towards a common goal; none of us has achieved anything totally on our own. For me, it’s important to remember that every day.

KSEFA Fundraiser: So many heart centred Londoners came together to raise funds for education & mentoring of South Sudanese women living in Nairobi.  Over $20,000 was raised at this event.

Personal Style has made monetary donations, supplied gift certificates for financial campaigns and donated time in service to the following organizations:

Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes
Bust A Move supporting St. Joseph’s Breast Health St. Joseph’s Hospice
WAYS – Western Area Youth Services
United Way – Ministry of Transportation
Little Black Dress Event – Cancer Research
London Distress Centre
Alzheimer Society
Grand Theatre of London
My Sister’s Place
Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan London Chapter
Hope’s Garden
Clothing Works


Braz for the Cause – B Cup Sponsor
Community Living London
Women Together
Big Sisters and Big Brothers
Lexus Charity – Prostate Cancer
Sud Academy – Canadian Sudanese Volunteers for Development
Barry Paterson Junior Golf Scholarship Fund
Channer’s Ovarian Cancer Gala

Camp Trillium – Childhood Cancer Support Centre
Clothing Works
Eco LIVING London
Look Good Feel Better
Cancer Survivor Park London, Ontario
London Home Builders Association
Canadian Liver Foundation
Make A Wish SouthWestern Ontario Chapter
Canadian Liver Foundation

Giving Back

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Sue in the City: Live from the Runway October 2012 Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish SWOntario

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Gabriella Catolino & Susan Jacobs
Handbags For Hospice