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SYSK: Woman gives free haircuts for 16 years at annual dinner


Lots of people visit the Mike and Leona Adams' Thanksgiving Dinner at the UAW Hall in Waterloo each year for the good food.

After eating, you can also get a free haircut thanks to Schaenette "Frenchie" Anway.

Frenchie started giving Cree haircuts 16 years ago.

"I want to be able to give it back to the community in hopes other people would want to do things for the community as well," said Schaenette Anway.

Anway brings all her own tools, prepared to cut all types of hair.

"It's a constant flow," she said.

Frenchie typically starts cutting hair around 5 p.m. and wraps up about 8 p.m. Some years she cuts hair for 80 people.

"It gives me gratification to know I made a difference in somebody else's life," said Anway.

She's completely focused, making quick cuts.

"I just keep going and going. It's an incredible feeling. It's wonderful to give back," she said.

Schaenette "Frenchie" Anway said something as simple as a haircut can really make a positive impact on a person's life, as she's experienced during her years of cutting hair.

"They started a new job because they go their haircut here, and they were thrilled because it made them feel better about themselves," said Anway.

A snip here or a shave there, Frenchie said she plans to cut hair at the annual Thanksgiving dinner, now organized by Veridian Credit Union, for many years to come.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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