Ivy Kanis is a mother and grandmother who has made her home in Prince George. She has a lot of experience with life’s difficulties. From abuse to depression, single parenthood and more; she has lived experience and has a deep personal understanding of these issues – and it’s where her heart lies.
Ivy has had an unkind past, suffering molestation, rape and discrimination which contributed to extreme depression and anxiety. With medical intervention and therapy in her twenties, she was finally able to overcome these issues. Over time there were certain setbacks to her recovery, but through therapy and her work outside of the home, she built up her life and happiness.
After dealing with the deaths of a number of family members within a short period of time, she credits her work for keeping her out of depression. In keeping busy and focusing on others, she was able to keep her head up through a heartbreaking time in her life.
How did this all begin? Ivy recalls a young woman at AWAC who told her, “PG doesn’t care about us.” She refused to accept that notion and took to Facebook to ask for donations for the local shelters.
After filling up her truck with donations for ladies, Ivy found the same woman and told her “See, PG does care! And they’ve put their money where their mouths are.” She went back the next day and was able to fill their clothing room to overflowing. The rest is history, she’s been going ever since.
Ivy says that her favourite donations are for children. She remembers a time when she had asked a family whether their children had toys, and was told that they didn’t. She went back to Facebook and asked for toys for 3 little ones, and filled up her truck once more. Upon asking the oldest child to help unload, she handed him a toy. And then another, and another and told him, “These are for you and your brother, your sister, and your neighbourhood friends.” His jaw dropped and his eyes were wide with surprise, and she tells how it melted her heart.
This is why Ivy does what she does. Because she understands that even something used can still have a lot of use to another, that these little things can mean a lot to those who have nothing. She knows that those smiles are infectious. Ivy is happiest when she’s helping others, as a mom, a grandma, a foster mom, a babysitter, or shuttling donations for those who need them most. She credits this work with keeping her depression-free, and it gives her a sense of fulfillment and purpose.