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New West priest has a wedding party with a purpose

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Emilie Smith
The Reverend Emilie Smith recently celebrated her wedding by holding a fundraiser for some causes close to her heart.

Rev. Emilie Smith celebrated her recent nuptials with a party with a purpose.

Smith, the priest at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, married Patti Powell, choir director of the New Westminster Community Choir, on Sunday, July 15. The couple held a giant dance/party for their wedding party at the Japanese Language School Hall in Vancouver.

Dance for the Defenders, which featured R&B soul band Queer as Funk, Colombian DJ La Salsomana, salsa lesson by Michael Gabriel Rosen, hula hooping, a cash bar and more, raised funds efforts to stop the Site C Dam in northern B.C. and to help communities fighting Canadian mining in El Estor, Guatemala.

Save the date: Saturday, Aug. 18

Quayside residents are set to sell off their unwanted treasures the second annual Quayside Yard Sale. The sale, taking place in front of residences throughout the Quayside neighbourhood, is on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. For info or to participate, email

Save the Date: Wednesday, Aug. 22

Painting for Parkinson’s 2018, a free community event fostering understanding, support and awareness for those living with Parkinson’s, takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 100 Braid St. Studios. Everyone is welcome. Register at (Painting for Parkinsons 2018)