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                E-Newsletter December 2015

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

100% of the participants in GNH's English Conversation classes reported that the class has helped them improved their English speaking skills.

100% of Neighbourhood Small Grants recipients/Project Leaders indicated that they felt more connected and engaged in their community and met ten or more new people through their involvement in the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

100% of the West End Family Night attendees expressed that West End Family Night provides a positive, safe and inclusive community space for families to connect with their neighbours and share knowledge of resources.

We offered 20 hours of free counseling to members of the community.

100% of the seniors that attend the Seniors' Lounge reported that they enjoy coming and that they have made at least one new friend.
“[I want] an opportunity to give back to GNH because they looked after me when I was young. I also want to gain work experience and learn responsibility.”
-13-year-old GNH volunteer applicant
“I have met many people and have formed some lasting friendships through this project.”
-Neighbourhood Small Grants recipient
Here are some kind words our donors had to say when asked:
“What makes GNH special?”

“It’s a community hub where people from all walks of life are able to collaborate and grow together”

“Everything! It’s the warmest place in the West End!”

“They are a team that never stops; always coming up with fresh (the freshest) of ideas!”

“The dedication and quality of the staff and volunteers”

Breaking News:
GNH to open another West End Thrift Store

This November a retail storefront became available on Davie Street near the intersection of Jervis Street. Gordon Neighbourhood acquired the space and will operate a second thrift store in this location! The transformation of the space will begin in December and the new thrift store will open on January 4th. The storefront will provide an additional point of interaction with the community and support increased awareness for GNH.

Stay tuned for future developments on this exciting new phase! If you are interested in volunteering in our new thrift store, please email

The Nourish Project Launches

Gordon Neighbourhood House is excited to announce the launch of Nourish, a dynamic, community-based photo series that takes you in to the homes of individuals that either live, work or volunteer in Vancouver’s vibrant West End. 

Each person (or family) is photographed in their kitchen preparing a dish of significance to them.

“Cooking and art are two things that can be used to build community and initiate all kinds of conversation. Through the Nourish Project, we hope to use both to inspire your culinary imagination and provide you with a different lens of which to observe the West End.”
Matthew Schroeter
Nourish Project Lead Photographer
Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Community Advisory Board Chair

“Food is one of those things that has the incredible ability to bring us together – we can share it, grow it and certainly have fun cooking it. Through the Nourish Project, you’ll see the magic that is at work when the home cook tinkers and toils with their ingredients and supplies."
Paul M. Taylor
Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Executive Director

Every Saturday for an entire year we will use our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts to introduce you to the Nourish Project participant being featured that week.

This week, meet Meseret.

You can also visit the website for the full series of photos released each week:

To learn more or to get involved contact us at:

The Attic Thrift Store

For many people, the act of dropping off donations or browsing items at the Attic Thrift Store is their very first interaction with Gordon Neighbourhood House. What first started out as a humble clothing sale, the Attic has grown over twenty five years to become one of Vancouver’s most cherished thrift stores. Staffed by a dedicated team of friendly volunteers, the store has become a community space where one can chat with neighbours and find the latest treasure, whether that be retro dishware, household items or collectibles.

December Holiday Hours

Monday, December 21st
10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday, December 22nd
10:00am – 4:00pm

Wednesday, December 23rd
10:00am – 4:00pm

CLOSED: December 24th – January 3rd, 2016
RE-OPEN: Monday, January 4th at 9:00am

Donor's Thank You Event

Thank you to all of our dedicated and supportive donors that joined us to celebrate our work together on November 13, 2015.  We look forward to continuing to work together in support of our community.
A very special thank you to the City of Vancouver, the Government of Canada, the Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses, The Home Depot Foundation and Perkins + Will for helping to make our recent renovation possible.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Celebration

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is an innovative initiative funded by the Vancouver Foundation. The program helps strengthen neighbourhood connections by funding resident-led projects in our community, such as community gardens, celebrations, and social events.  As the coordinator of the program for the Downtown Peninsula,  Gordon Neighbourhood House had administered tens of thousands of dollars this year to West End, Coal Harbour, and Downtown South residents. On December 5th at 2PM at GNH, grant recipients will celebrate another successful year of the program.

The next application deadline is March 2016. For more information visit, or email

Goodness: Recipes and Stories

Have you got a copy of Goodness yet? It's a new book of recipes and stories featuring 37 Canadian good food advocates. It features an interview with GNH's executive director, Paul M. Taylor and two amazing recipes from GNH's Chef Peter Nguyen.

We are selling them for $30 at the front desk. Proceeds from sales are going to Community Food Centres of Canada and Gordon Neighbourhoood House!

It's a do-good kinda holiday gift!
Check out this article on it by Jennifer Bain (Food Editor, Toronto Star):

Gordon Neighbourhood House Online Calendar

Are you interested in the events and programs we host? Check out our Online calendar at:

Gordon Neighbourhood House's Blog

Curious about what goes on at Gordon Neighbourhood House? Keep up to date by following our blog:
Discover your inner chef at Young Ideas’ new, monthly cooking workshop. For only $2 participants learn a new recipe from GNH's Chef Peter Nguyen, and then enjoy their meal together. Who knows, maybe this will be your stepping stone to becoming the next Master Chef? This month’s sold-out event will explore South East Asian cuisine. Workshops are limited to just 10 participants and sell out quickly. Stay tuned for the next date and recipe.

Keep posted by liking the Young Ideas Facebook Page.

Upcoming Young Ideas Meeting Dates

Did you know that the West End has one of the highest concentrations of residents between the ages of 20-39 in the city? Young Ideas at Gordon Neighbourhood House aims to connect young adults in our community by hosting events, workshops and activities.

The events are planned by a volunteer steering committee. If you would like to join the Young Ideas and help plan events such as: pop-up pub nights, clothing swaps, games nights, DIY events, and terrarium workshops, email for more information.

The Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss and plan future events:

  • Monday, January 25th, 6:30pm at GNH
  • Monday, February, 29th, 6:30pm at TBD
  • Monday, April 25th, 6:30pm at TBD
  • Monday, May 30th, 6:30pm at GNH

Kid's Community Kitchen

Here’s a peek at this weeks antics in GNH’s Kid’s Community Kitchen with Chef Peter. This is an initiative focused on inspiring culinary skill and curiosity of the food that we eat. We’ve quickly learned that if kids make it, kids eat it. #spinachpieforeveryone

Volunteer Postings

Special Event Volunteer: Lumière Festival Toy Drive and Lantern Parade

Do you love holiday lights? Want to help a great cause?

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the Lumière Festival Parade and Toy Drive. Find out about the Lumière Festival here:

When: Saturday December 12, 2015. Set-up starting at 2:00 pm, wrap up at ~6:00 pm. [Lantern-making at 3pm at Jim Deva Plaza; Parade starts at 4:30pm]

Where: Jim Deva Plaza (Bute and Davie) & Denman Place Mall

Key duties and responsibilities: Volunteers will help with any/all of the following: Setting up, helping children to prepare lanterns for the parade, helping out with the parade of lanterns, serving hot chocolate, helping with toy donation collection (at Jim Deva Plaza and at Denman Place Mall), and helping to clean-up.
If you are interested in this volunteer position, please complete a volunteer application and email it to

Resume Writing Coach

Do you have experience as a resume / cover letter writing coach?
We are looking for a volunteer to provide one-on-one assistance to people who want to improve their resumes and/or cover letters.
Where & When: We would provide office space at Gordon Neighbourhood House for you to use approximately once per week for about 2 hours (depending on your availability) for appointments.
Your responsibilities would include reviewing documents, making constructive suggestions, providing tips and tricks, and teaching good practices.
Necessary skills and eligibility criteria: Relevant paid or unpaid experience helping others with resumes and cover letters. Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
If you are interested in this volunteer position, please complete a volunteer application and email it along with your resume to

Poster Designer

We are looking for a volunteer to create engaging posters for our programs.
Necessary skills and eligibility criteria: Experience with using InDesign; access to InDesign on your own device. Much of this work could be done from home in your free time.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please complete a volunteer application and email it along with your resume to

Herb garden volunteer

Gordon Neighbourhood House is securing more herb garden spaces in the community. We are seeking knowledgeable and creative volunteers to help us with outreach, creating an engaging / interactive map of garden spaces, and helping with the establishment and upkeep of the herb gardens.
If you are interested in this volunteer position and would like to discuss it further, please complete a volunteer application and email it to Please be sure to fill out the section with your hours of availability.

Thrift Store Team Member

Gordon Neighbourhood House is opening an additional thrift store location on Davie Street! We are looking for outgoing volunteers available for regular (weekly) shift(s) helping out in the Thrift Store at our new location.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
Volunteers are responsible for a variety of tasks in the Thrift Store, including accepting donated items, sorting and organizing, tidying, helping customers, and doing the recycling.

Experience and Qualifications
This is a fun, physically active task, requiring somebody who can work as part of a team, and who is outgoing and friendly. Providing excellent customer service is a must!
Shifts (typically 4 hours) will be available throughout the week between the hours of 11am – 7pm on Monday to Friday; 11am – 5pm on weekends.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please download or pick up a volunteer application and submit it to, or drop it off at our Reception Desk.

Join us at GNH for visits from the Scissor Fairy

Are you interested in issues affecting children and families in the West End? Take action and become part of West End Families in Action to discuss issues and to advocate for the needs of children and their families.

For more information, please contact Agata Feetham,
Program Director, at

Join us for our next meeting on Monday, December 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House

You too can support Gordon Neighbourhood House by making a financial contribution to support any of our programs or initiatives by dropping off a cheque or making an online contribution:

Donate Now

We thank you for your support of our work!

December 2015 Menu

Tues., December 1 $5
Chef’s Salad / Thai Chicken Curry / Rice Noodles
Thurs., December 3 $5
Soup of the Day / Beef Bolognaise / Garlic Toast
Tues., December 8 $5
Soup of the Day / Chicken Souvlaki / Rice Pilaf
Thurs., December 10 $5
Chef’s Salad / Pork Ribs / Steamed Veggies
Tues., December 15 $5
Soup of the Day / Beef Stir Fry / Chinese Fried Rice
Thurs., December 17 $5
Chef’s Salad / Roasted Chicken / Risotto
Fri. December 18
Holiday special lunch – catered by the Best Western Sands Hotel
Roast turkey / Stuffing
Mashed Potato / Gravy
Steamed vegetables / Pumpkin Pie

Every Wednesday
Soup and Sandwiches  $Pay What You Can

Do you not eat meat? 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. We all deserve a taste of Chef Peter's delicious food!

News From our Community Partners:


Congratulations to our friends at the Raise the Rates Coalition on a successful 4th annual Welfare Food Challenge! #610isnotenough
Have look at their website:
and Facebook:

City of Vancouver: Help us Improve Parking in the West End

Parking in the West End is difficult today.

Finding street parking is difficult during busy periods, especially for visitors.


  Time taken

  Added driving


  5 minutes

  1 km


  10 minutes

  3 km

Circling around the West End to find parking is inconvenient, increases congestion and pollution, and reduces safety.

Parking affects everyone in the community – regardless of how they travel.

We want to make it easier

We want to make it easier for you to find parking while also:

·      Discouraging more driving

·      Considering impacts to overall affordability

·      Reducing inconvenience, congestion, pollution, and safety risks

Help us develop solutions by taking our survey

Tell us your experience, give us feedback on some ideas we're exploring, and share your own ideas. Let us know before November 30.

Take the survey now

The survey follows up on actions in the Transportation 2040 Plan and West End Community Plan.

Vancouver Foundation: Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team is looking for new members

There is an opportunity for immigrant and refugee young people in Metro Vancouver to join the Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team. Youth will be joining a group of around 20 other young immigrants and refugees and youth workers who work together to make sure youth voice is respected and listened to by policy and decision makers.
Specifically the existing Youth Advisory Team is looking for:
  • 8-10 young people who self-identify as racialized immigrants or refugees who now live in Metro Vancouver.
  • 2-3 youth workers who self-identify as immigrants or refugees and who are working on projects relevant to the immigrant and refugee community.
If you want to take action on immigrant and refugee youth issues, the Youth Advisory Team is a great way to get involved. 
You can contact the Vancouver Foundation for an application fill (Deadline:  December 14th, 2015)
Jorge Salazar on behalf of the YAT
Project Manager, Fresh Voices
Grants & Community Initiatives
Suite 200 - 475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC  Canada V6B 4M9
T. 604.688.2204
Follow Vancouver Foundation on Facebook and Twitter (@VancouverFdn) for their latest news!

Food Secure Canada:

Analysis by Kathleen Gibson (FSC Board) and Diana Bronson (FSC Executive Director)
Food Secure Canada is delighted that Prime Minister Trudeau has made the mandate letters of Ministers public and we have quickly reviewed those that are related to food.  We are particularly pleased with the language in the mandate letter sent to the Honourable Laurence MacAuley, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, who is instructed to: 
"Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country"
Food Secure Canada's Eat Think Vote campaign focused on the need for a national food policy with key goals being zero hunger in Canada; healthy school food; support for new farmers; and affordable food in the North.
The mandate letters make Ministers accountable for a collaborative style of leadership within the federal government and with other levels of government, and state an important commitment to renewing a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
See more here.
Gordon Neighbourhood House acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples.
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