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‘Fashion Santa’ coming to Waterloo

‘Fashion Santa’ coming to Waterloo

Fashion Santa at Yorkdale mall

Model Paul Mason woke up one morning and realized he looked like Santa, and a character was born. (Source: HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre)

CTV Kitchener

Published Thursday, November 8, 2018 11:42AM EST

A man gone viral for being a fashionable-looking Santa is coming to Waterloo.

On Thursday, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre announced a partnership between them and Paul Mason, famous for being Fashion Santa.

Paul Mason was a model in New York City for 15 years. His mother’s health began to decline, and she passed away from liver cancer living in Toronto.

“In his grief, he stopped shaving his face and woke up one day, looked in the mirror and saw a skinny Santa,” a press release explained.

In 2014, he created the character Fashion Santa, which went viral during the 2015 holiday season.

“I am approached to be a part of many charitable events—however, HopeSpring aligned very closely to my personal values and beliefs in regards to the cancer journey and cancer support,” Mason said in a press release.

Mason was scheduled to be in Wateloo on Friday and Saturday at the Inn of Waterloo.

People were encouraged to come take selfies with Fashion Santa for a minimum suggested donation of $20.

He was to be available from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 and from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

The event is in partnership with Meadow Acres Garden Centre and the Inn of Waterloo.

The Waterloo Region Record: HopeSpring cancer centre’s new leader bringing new opportunities, drive to job

HopeSpring cancer centre’s new leader bringing new opportunities, drive to job


HopeSpring cancer centre’s new leader bringing new opportunities, drive to job Lois Peterson, newly minted executive director of HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, is working on a new strategy, new location and funding for the centre.

Sep 14, 2018  by Johanna Weidner  Waterloo Region Record                                                                                                      

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Lois Peterson, new executive director of HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, in a massage treatment room at the organization’s space in the Inn of Waterloo. -  Peter Lee , Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — Opportunities are everywhere, and Lois Peterson is determined to find them.

As HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre's new executive director, Peterson views creating connections as vital to the organization's long-term sustainability.

"It's always looking for opportunities," she said. "One conversation leads to another conversation."

HopeSpring is charting a new course after nearly shutting down. 

To read more, please visit the Waterloo Region Record.

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