Shannon Alec participated in a free photo shoot in Prince George in December 2013 and now wants to do the same here.

Free photo shoot to make a difference

Local Burns Lake resident changed her life around and wants to pay it forward.

Burns Lake resident Shannon Alec said it’s time to pay it forward.

Last Christmas she participated in a free photo shoot at St. Michael’s church in Prince George. She said it was an “amazing experience” because she was able to receive a complete makeover, having her hair and make up done and her picture taken by a professional photographer. According to Alec, a photo shoot can really lift one’s spirit.

Alec said she struggled with poverty, unemployment and addiction all throughout her life, but has managed to change her life around. She now works two jobs and said she is full of gratitude.

“I’m so happy about my new life that I want to help our people,” she said.

Alec has already received some positive feedback from the community, with people from different walks of life offering to help with the photo shoot.

“We already have volunteer photographers, make up artists, two hairdressers, and we also received donations of photo paper,” she said.

The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at the Margaret Patrick Memorial Hall in Burns Lake on Dec. 13 starting at 8 a.m.

“The event is for those in need of a little love for Christmas,” she said.

Alec is still in need of a photo printer and 8X10 picture frames for the event. To help out contact Alec, call 250-612-8396.