Bare breasts are everywhere in Nanaimo, B.C. They are even a feature of the B.A.M. Foundation’s “bare minerals” foundation, a philanthropic effort that hopes to bring light to the region’s under-resourced water resources.
The foundation, which has donated over $6 million to the community, is set to spend $50-million over the next five years to help develop and commercialize an “all-natural” cosmetics and fragrance line.
The bare minerals foundation is also partnering with a local university to develop a new mineral-based cosmetics product.
“It’s about a lot of really good ideas, but it’s also about getting people excited about the beauty and the health benefits of minerals,” said Mary Ellen Cairns, BMA vice-president of communications and partnerships.
“That’s what we’re really excited about.
It’s about getting the attention of people and making them feel good about themselves.”
The Bare Minerals Foundation’s mission The foundation is committed to developing products that will benefit women and children in Nanas, B,C.
The B.M.-Nanaimo partnership will bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts to design and develop an all-natural cosmetics line that will provide women with natural and affordable products.
“Our focus will be on women and kids, not just mineral products, but all natural products and products that are sustainable, environmentally responsible and sustainable to the environment,” said Cairnes.
“We will be able to reach women with different skin types, different skin tones, different dietary preferences and different needs and we’ll be able be able serve a whole lot of different communities.”
Cairn said the Bare Minerations Foundation will partner with Nanaimos own private school and other non-profit organizations in the region, who are in the process of launching their own mineral-free foundation.
“I think the bare minerals will really be a big part of this project, but I also think that the bare mineral foundation will be really a big drawcard,” said the university professor.
“A lot of people are really excited by the idea of using natural minerals to have a mineral-rich makeup or a mineral foundation.
They see a lot that people are missing out on in the beauty industry.
They feel like they’re missing out.
And so we’re just really excited to help bridge that gap.”
The foundation will have a dedicated website and social media accounts to promote its products.
Cairna said the bare metals foundation will focus on making cosmetics that are “not made of animal fats, synthetic ingredients or anything that’s chemically processed.”
“This foundation is a little bit more organic, so it’s going to be a lot more sustainable and it’s really going to give women who are more natural looking and feel better,” she said.
“There’s so much beauty out there right now and it seems like it’s all synthetic, but what you’re going to find with this foundation is that it’s actually going to nourish your skin and it will nourish and protect your skin.
So we’re excited to bring that beauty and that comfort back to Nanaimois women.”
“The Bare Minerales Foundation has been able to expand beyond its first goal and into an ambitious goal, creating a foundation that will help create the health and wellness of the people who live here,” said Dr. Michael Risley, president of the Nanaimoan Water Society, which is part of the foundation’s partnership.
“This is an exciting time for the community.
It feels like it was right on the horizon.
It was a very, very hard decision to make.
But we’re very happy to be able do this with Nanamo and the BMA and the university.”
The BMA is not the only B.B.M., but the foundation has a significant influence on the BMDB, which provides water for Nanaimoo and the surrounding communities.
“The B.D.M.’s water is an incredible resource,” said John O’Brien, the director of Nanaimoes BMD.
“If there is a need for water, there’s a B.P.
M (B.C.’s Municipal Water District) on the other end of the pipeline.
And we’re not in a position to take the BPM for granted.”
O’Briens foundation has helped Nanaimozons residents get a water fix and he credits the BMB for that.
“Nanabozons has been in this for a long time, and they have really supported this community with their water,” said O’Brian.
“They’re a really amazing community.
And it’s a testament to the BBM and the Nanas Water Supply that the Nanawans have been able and willing to support the BMOB.
It shows the power of community.
We really do feel it’s been a blessing.”
BMA president, Susan Stott, is