ABOUT

Soap for Hope strives to divert reusable materials from the waste stream as well as provide transitional work opportunities for individuals living in the Downtown Eastside.

Through our partnership with Mission Possible, a non-profit organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, we collect slightly used bar soaps from hotels and sanitize them through a ‘triple rinse cycle’ before transforming them into liquid soap. The final products are then distributed to local vendors. Moreover, the revenues generated are used to hire marginalized individuals and cover operational expense.

With our soap-upcycling initiative, we aim to bridge the gap between unemployment and soap waste in order to address the economic, social and environmental issue within our community.

TEAM

Soap for Hope’s 2016-17 team consists of 19 members – our biggest team since our inception. From project management to graphic design, marketing, and production,  the team works together to bridge the gap between unemployment and soap waste while placing the triple bottom line at the forefront of everything we do.

Here’s your chance to get to know the team! Read on to learn about each individual’s role, year and area of study, and what type of soap they would make if the sky was the limit.

Program Managers

Rhythm Tang
Co-program Manager

4th year, Beedie School of Business
“Strawberry shortcake. I love strawberry shortcake.”

Marilyn Yeo
Co-program Manager

3rd year, Beedie School of Business & School of Interactive Arts and Technology
“That’s tough… I’d say a bar soap that’s 50% olive oil and 50% coconut oil. It would have black charcoal, oatmeal, lavender lemongrass essential oils. That’s my dream.”

Managing
Team

Napassorn Limapichat
Public Relations Manager

2nd year, Beedie School of Business
“I’d create a white floral-scented bar soap with red and pink rose petals on them.”

Helen Tan
Client Services Representative

2nd year, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Sociology
“Cruelty-free soap that do not contain milk or gelatin, and has natural oil scents like lavender, sage, eucalyptus and jasmine to name a few.”

Dorothy Ng
Website Manager

3rd year, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Political Science + Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
“I would make a citrus medley of some sort with mango and excessive amounts of honey. Not sure if it would clean well, but it would smell amazing…”

Katrina Sekhon
Internal Manager

5th year, Beedie School of Business
“I love how relaxing lavender is, so I would create a liquid soap with that scent!”

Colin Sham
Operations Manager

4th year, Faculty of Health Science
“I’d have to go with blue or green wintermint soap – cooling and refreshing for the dudes!”

Jacob Tng
Client Services Representative

2nd year, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Criminology
“Fuzzy peach flavored soap because candy is in the top three of my favorite things in the world and fuzzy peaches are my favorite candy!”

Joyce Aquino
Graphic Designer

3rd year, School of Interactive Arts & Technology
“It would have marble colours that would blend together and make cool looking bubbles when I use it. Also, it would smell like berries.”

Janet Lam
Finance Manager

4th year, Beedie School of Business
“Definitely upcycled soap! I would like to add cocoa butter in the soap as well as any floral scents such as lavender oil.”

Brandon Ng
Human Resources Manager

3rd year, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Criminology

“I’m always hungry so edible soap would be amazing. Who doesn’t want to be clean and full?”

Rachel Lau
Client Services Representative

2nd year, Beedie School of Business
“A strawberry scented bar of soap since I love strawberries, anything strawberry scented, and strawberry ice cream!”

Emily Cheung
Graphic Designer

3rd year, School of Interactive Arts & Technology
“Coffee scented soap… zZzzzZz… to keep me awake.”

Production Coordinators

Arden Thandi
Production Coordinator

2nd year, Beedie School of Business
“Rose scented sparkly silver soap. No questions asked.”

Hannah Wong
Production Coordinator

2nd year, Beedie School of Business
“Daisy scented soap in the shape of pugs because I love pugs.”

Eugene Ma
Production Coordinator

1st year, Beedie School of Business
“I want it to be rectangular and ivory coloured for it is simplistic and functional. I would want my soap to have a floral, musky scent that isn’t too overpowering.”

Ruben Gomez-Garcia
Production Coordinator

1st year, Beedie School of Business
“Bubblegum soap because I’d like to to smell like a fairy princess.”

Halie Minhas
Production Coordinator

1st year, Beedie School of Business
“Jalapeno soap because I like to keep things muy picante.”

Jeffrey Yu
Production Coordinator

2nd year, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Economics
“Let’s go with circular, coconut scented soap.”