A SUMMER DAY SPENT BONDING AT KAWKAWA LAKE
There’s nothing that says summer quite like jumping in to a lake, roasting marshmallows by the fire and soaking up the sun. That’s exactly how Nalani Wakita, Macki Shopland and Alexandria MacFarlane spent their afternoon at Kawkawa Lake in Hope.
Meeting this past spring at the Highstreet fashion show and most recently, shooting Highstreet’s Back to School campaign together – the girls took the opportunity to hang out and bond over their Abbotsford roots and the most influential women in their lives, their inspirational moms.
Macki, a soccer player at the University of the Fraser Valley has taken a leadership role at UFV athletics, helping build community. And most recently, she spent two weeks in Brazil volunteering. “Small trips can change your life and this one certainly did,” Macki shares. Helping others runs in the family, Macki’s mom Lori Shopland opened Canucks Place Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford and served as the Director of Development for fives years. “My mom is so giving and generous and has been a huge influence in my life,” says Macki.
A cheerleader with the BC Lions, Alexandria studied radio TV broadcasting at BCIT and one day hopes to move to Toronto to pursue her career, with her dream job hosting ET Canada. Her mom, Robynn MacFarlane owns the iconic Abbotsford bridal store Champagne & Lace, starting there in high school. “My mom is hardworking and dedicated to what she does,” Alexandria tells us, “she had a big goal and committed to achieving it.” Asked about her favourite memories of childhood summers, “all the ones spent with family, sitting outside with our neighbours, while the kids played, the moms chatted and the dads manned the BBQ’s.”
Growing up next to Mill Lake, Nalani spent ample time outdoors in the summers. Dancing was her life along with gymnastics and at 17, Nalani began modeling, with her career taking her to places like Thailand and China. Her mom, Janet Weston is a couture dressmaker from Toronto who now designs graduation, wedding and cocktail dresses. Asked about her mom, Nalani tells us, “she’s super humble and I try to mimic her in that way.”
Photos by Tanya Goehring