In a city like Vancouver we work hard play hard. When Sunday rolls around it’s nice if the biggest decision to be made is whether to take a yoga or a spin class or have a lingering brunch…
There is an entire world we may never have the chance to see in our own city. We have all read about the Downtown Eastside or seen it in the news. It is somewhat famous in it’s own right.
Last Sunday I spent a few hours with the Street Thug Barbers. I pulled up to Oppenheim Park and pulled out my bag with all the supplies necessary for volunteering to do some haircuts with the boys. Little did I know what a treat I was actually in for. I lost count of how many haircuts I did. Everyone was friendly and so respectful. The best thing was that Cameron, Ross and Josh knew almost everyone in the park by name.
They gave out cigarettes, casually and openly talked about getting jobs and asking about what they could do to help to get people off the streets and into accommodations. I am pretty sure they would give the shirts off their own backs if someone had asked. The sense of community was heart warming. Honestly and without any ego at all, the three Street thug barbers have captured the hearts of a community of people who some have forgotten or do not even notice!!! We all have something to learn from these guys. I am so proud to have them amongst our own community of Hairdressing in Vancouver. I will be joining them again, as will my colleagues and students!! Kudos to the Street Thug Barbers. You guys really know how to live life and share your spirit. Keep up the good work!!!!
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