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E-newsletter January 2017

Gordon Neighbourhood House evaluates the impact of our work together using a variety of methods. Here is a snap shot of some of the fun we had in November 2016:

Seniors in Action

The Seniors in Action program is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. It promotes community connection, physical activity, and overall well-being. There are currently 128 seniors participating in the program and 85% of participants reported that the primary reason for attending the program is social interaction. 

90% of participants increased their level of physical activity

90% of participants reported increased community connections

80% of participants reported that they felt that their overall quality of life improved 

Please consider supporting Gordon Neighbourhood House by making a financial contribution by dropping off a cheque or making an online contribution:

Donate Now

Donations of $25 and more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

We thank you for your support of our work! #togetherwegrow



Welcome to the New GNH Community Advisory Board Chair, James Kim!

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Staff & Board Holiday Party

Staff Walks [this time to the Christmas Market]

@GordonNHouse Social Media Mentions

See all our mentions for last month

Volunteer Appreciation Party


Thank you to all of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s amazingly dedicated and committed volunteers. We appreciate all that you do -- you inspire us all.

#TogetherWeGrow

Volunteer Spotlight: Albert


Volunteer Yoga Instructor Albert has been teaching Vinyasa yoga sessions since the Summer of 2016 for the Tuesday evening pay-what-you-can yoga class. Albert completed his 200-hour teacher training from Karma Teachers in 2016. 

He got involved because of his love for yoga, fitness, and meditation, and because he wanted to connect with people from his community. He volunteers at special events at the House as well, and told us that the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous Pride Party at GNH was one of his favourites.

“I've enjoyed many wonderful things that this beautiful neighbourhood has to offer and it's important for me to give back to the community which I've called my home for the past seven years ever since immigrating from Russia,” says Albert. “GNH is a small microcosm of Canada's mosaic…it represents its most diverse populous - youth, seniors, different cultures and ethnicities, gay, straight, people of different abilities. When you volunteer at GNH you get to work with such a diverse crowd. Interacting with the clients, volunteers and staff is one of the most enjoyable parts of my tasks. Whether it is teaching yoga or working at a special event, you get to meet folks from all walks of life.”

Thank you to Albert and all the Gordon Neighbourhood House volunteers!

Current Volunteer Postings

Join our Volunteer Team! At Gordon Neighbourhood House, you can apply your skills, connect with neighbours, and enrich your community. Got a great idea for a new program we don't have yet? You could be the one to start it! 

Email stephanie@gordonhouse.org with questions about volunteering.

You are invited to our Volunteer Orientation on Monday, January 16 from 6pm to 7pm. Come find out about our volunteer opportunities, and bring your questions about Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

You can fill out the online Volunteer Application beforehand, or we will have paper copies available at the orientation.


Featured Volunteer Postings:

Community Lunch Menu


As part of our food philosophy, we are committed to celebrating seasonality and locally grown food. Check out our daily menu at the Neighbourhood House, or give us a call to find out what's for lunch that day.


Tuesday, January 3rd PWYC (12:30pm)  
Soup of the day & shepherd’s pie   

Wednesday, January 4th PWYC (12:30pm)  

Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps  

Thursday, January 5th $5 (12:00pm)  
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & pulled pork with rice and beans

Monday, January 9th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, January 10th $5 (12:00pm)  
Soup of the day & roasted chicken with barley risotto 

Wednesday, January 11th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps  

Thursday, January 12th $5 (12:00pm)  
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & beef stroganoff with egg noodles

Monday, January 16th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, January 17th $5 (12:00pm)  
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & chicken curry with rice noodles 

Wednesday, January 18th  PWYC (12:30pm)  
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps  

Thursday, January 19th (12:00pm)  

Harvest soup & pork in black bean sauce with egg noodles

Monday, January 23rd PWYC (12:30pm) 
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, January 24th  $5 (12:00pm) 
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & chicken souvlaki with rice pilaf

Wednesday, January 25th  PWYC (12:00pm) 
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps 

Thursday, January 26th $5 (12:00pm)  
Soup of the day & meatloaf with mashed veggies

Monday, January 30th  PWYC (12:30pm) 
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, January 31st   $5 (12:00pm) 
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & beef bolognaise with garlic toast
 

Is Gluten a no go? Are you allergic to shellfish? Lactose Intolerant? We strive to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Please let us know a week in advance and we'll do our very best to accommodate you. 
In November 113 people attended 6 different events organized and hosted by Young Ideas. Young Ideas promotes a sense of community belonging, cultivating connections, increasing social networks and reducing social isolation among young adults in the West End. 

90% of the participants at a recent event reported feeling an increased sense of community belonging as a result of their participation in Young Ideas.


Upcoming Young Ideas committee meeting dates


Young Ideas Annual Planning Retreat
Saturday, January 21st from 11:00am-5:00pm
If you’re interested in getting involved with Young Ideas and would like to attend the retreat or an upcoming meeting please email joy@gordonhouse.org for more information.

Games Night


Thank you to everyone that joined us for our most recent Games Night, a great time was had by all. Stay tuned for details on the next one in January. Don’t forget to follow “Young Ideas” on Facebook so that you don’t miss event announcements.
On October 28th, 2016, West End Families in Action (WEFA) member Kathryn Gibbons met with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillor Tim Stevenson to discuss affordable housing issues in the West End. They were joined by advocates from St. Paul's Anglican Church Advocacy Office and Brent Granby.  

Kid’s Community Kitchen


Thank you to the Gracie-Waddell Foundation, the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Community Food Centres of Canada for your continued support of the Kid’s Community Kitchen with Chef Peter.

Together we're inspiring young good food champions!
Seniors' Events & Programs

Ongoing programs 

 

Qi Gong
Every Tuesday 10 AM to 11 AM
(Pay-what-you-can)

Walking Group
Every Wednesday 11 AM
FREE

Yoga
Every Tuesday 6:30 PM to 8 PM
(Pay-what-you-can)

Seniors' Lounge
Every Tuesday, 1 PM to 4 PM
FREE


Recreational Bingo
Last Tuesday of every month: Jan. 31 FREE

Events

 

Tea and Dance: Dance to that old-time rock and roll
Thursday, January 19 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Free


Robbie Burns Day Lunch

January 25 12 PM to 3 PM
Mole Hill Common Room

Come and enjoy a Scottish lunch and traditional music. In collaboration with Mole Hill Community Housing Society. FREE for Gordon Neighbourhood House members and Mole Hill residents. Registration required. Call Gordon Neighbourhood House front desk: 604 683 2554

You can also pick up printed copies of the Seniors’ Brochure at Gordon Neighbourhood House for a full listing of events, activities and programs.

Our Blog


 
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Gordon Neighbourhood House's Online Calendar


Are you interested in the events and programs we host? 
 
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News from our Community Partners

Community Food Centres of Canada

Nick Saul at TEDxToronto


"What's needed is not charity, but solidarity." Nick Saul spoke about the limitations of food charity in solving hunger at the 2016 TEDxToronto.
Read the speech, and look out for the video on their YouTube channel!
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