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                  E-Newsletter November 2015

At Gordon Neighbourhood House we evaluate the impact of our work using a variety of methods.

Here is a snapshot of some of the fun we had in
September & October 2015:

Whenever I see a new parent in the West End, I make sure they know about Gordon House. A saving grace for families in apartments!!
- Creative Playtime Caregiver/Parent

100% of Creative Playtime Caregivers/Parents indicated that they have met someone new and feel more included and connected to their community as a result of attending Creative Playtime.
In September 2015, we harvested 64 pounds of produce from our urban farm sites for our various community food initiatives. We harvested eggplant, kale, chard, rainbow carrots, zucchini, buttercup squash, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, and a wide variety of herbs.
The Clean Team, a partnership of Gordon Neighbourhood House and the West End Business Improvement Association, spent 104 hours on West End streets, collecting 52 bags of litter. The team received 91 thank yous from community members and passers-by.

3rd Annual West End Food Festival

Great workshop, great facilitator. Brought up a lot of interesting perspectives not often connected with discussions about food. I really appreciated the queer-friendly approach and discussion of gender identity/expression and food.
- West End Food Festival Workshop Attendee

The 3rd Annual West End Food Festival (September 17-22) featured 24 events or workshops, and 1 forum (Eat Think Vote Vancouver) and engaged more than 670 participants.

In addition, more than 50 associations, programs, businesses, and organizations helped to promote, host, or facilitate West End Food Festival events or workshops.

85% of workshop participants indicated that the workshop they attended celebrated the diversity of food and cultures in the community.

94% of workshop participants indicated that they learned something new from the workshop they attended about the food system.

88% of workshop participants indicated that the workshop they attended helped them meet and connect with people and/or the neighbourhood.

Vancouver Co-op Radio talked about the West End Food Festival on Foodline Radio show, you can give it a listen at, and author Eleanor Boyle wrote a guest blog post about Eat Think Vote Vancouver. You can read it at

Thanks again to our main sponsors Vancity Credit Union and the West End Business Improvement Association, the volunteers (almost 50!) and the more than 50 businesses, organizations, and neighbours that helped to host or promote the events and workshops.

GNH is always Abuzz

You may not know this, but Gordon Neighbourhood House is also home to the Vancouver Urban Farming Society, the Metro Vancouver Alliance, WEArts, the Queer Arts Festival and of course the Attic Thrift Store

Our neighbours, the Vancouver Urban Farming Society is busy preparing for their 6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum. Registration for the forum is now open. Register Now!

We're delighted to have such amazing neighbours at 1019 Broughton Street. If you haven't already, check out the amazing work of the our neighbours. #TogetherWeGrow

Gordon Neighborhood House is now on INSTAGRAM 

We are excited to introduce our new Instagram account @gordonnhouse (same as twitter) through images each day we will share ourselves. 

The Attic Thrift Store is also on Instagram @atticthriftstore 

Goodness: Recipes & Stories is now available.

Both an interview with Gordon Neighbourhood House's Executive Director, Paul Taylor and recipes from Chef Peter Nguyen are featured in the new cookbook.

Goodness: Recipes & Stories celebrates 37 good food fighters from across Canada—chefs, entrepreneurs, growers, and food activists who believe that good, healthy food should be accessible to all. Each of their stories underlines the simple truth: food has the power to enrich lives and build strong communities. From supporting sustainability to championing access, outreach, and education, these individuals serve up tablefuls of goodness every day—and in this cookbook they serve up some of their favourite recipes, too.

The sale of Goodness: Recipes & Stories supports both Gordon Neighbourhood House and Community Food Centres Canada. Pick one up for $30 at Gordon Neighbourhood House today. Give us a call at 604-683-2554 or email us at to reserve your copy. They make a great gift!

2015 Young Ideas Retreat

Last weekend, members of the Young Ideas Steering Committee embarked on a trip to Tofino for their annual retreat. Ocean Village Resort located directly on Mackenzie Beach generously donated accommodations and meeting space for the group to strategize about the upcoming year.

The retreat provided a perfect opportunity for the group to reflect on past initiatives and brainstorm future events. By the end of Saturday night the group had drafted a complete calendar of events for 2016. Some event ideas include: a mock wedding, personal finance workshops, Brews and Chews 3, gardening workshops, a talent show, clothing swaps, and a back-to-prom dance. Stay tuned for more information as the group plans these events. 

A huge thank you to our friends at Ocean Village Resort (Tofino, B.C.) for lending their space for the 2015 Young Ideas Planning Retreat.
For more on Young Ideas check out: 
Don't forget to like Young Ideas on Facebook to stay updated:
If you're interested in getting involved in Young Ideas or volunteering at events please email us at

Game On

Starting on Thursday October 27th, Young Ideas hosted Game On, a free, monthly board games night at Gordon Neighbourhood House.

While a games night isn’t a new concept, the recent revival of tabletop gaming has introduced new and exciting games by independent writers and designers. Board games have moved beyond big mass-market titles like Monopoly or Guess Who? to include more diverse plotlines, strategies, and game mechanics. 

These Modern board games are fast, and are more cooperative than their traditional counterparts, with players generally competing for points rather than to eliminate each other. As a result, people from all walks of life are turning to games as a way to replace Facebook with face time.

Game On takes place from 7:00-9:00pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Snacks and light refreshments will be served. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to Young Ideas' first Game On at Gordon Neighbourhood House. It was a great night! See you for the next one on November 26th at 7pm.

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Welcome Chantille and Sebastian to the GNH Family!

Please join us in welcoming Chantille Viaud to Gordon Neighbourhood House as our new Manager of Community Food Initiatives. Chantille brings more than eight years of experience working in community development across several communities, both here in Vancouver and abroad. She joins us after having had worked at two provincial MLA's Community offices, including West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. Chantille has also worked as an Evaluation Officer and Programme Manager for the United Nations. She lives in the West End and is currently a member of the steering committee of GNH's Young Ideas Initiative. Please join us in welcoming Chantille and her son Sebastian to the GNH family. #TogetherWeGrow

This new position at Gordon Neighbourhood House is made possible with funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

More from Gordon Neighbourhood House's Urban Farms. 

A special thank you to our wonderful friends at Whole Foods Market (Robson) for their support of our work. We look forward to continuing to build on our dynamic partnership. 

See you all at Taste of the Holidays!


This year celebrates the 30th year that Gordon Neighbourhood House has operated out of 1019 Broughton Street. It was an exciting time for West End residents, because since our opening in 1942 GNH operated out various West End locations. It was especially exciting as HRH Prince Charles joined in for the opening festivities. Also in the photo (fourth from the right) is then CEO of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses (and former Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House) Elmer Helm.

The Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses continues to honour Elmer's significant contribution to the Neighbourhood House Movement through the Elmer Helm Youth Fund:

Young Ideas' Soccer in the Park Summer Series:
#TogetherWeGrow #YoungIdeasYVR

GNH's Annual Harvest Celebration Lunch.


Thanks for your support of Gordon Neighbourhood House through your donations and purchases at the Attic Thrift Store.
We're now open later to serve you better. #togetherwegrow

Do you love vintage fashion? Is reducing, re-using and recycling important to you? Are you outgoing, friendly, and always willing to help?

Good news: We are currently looking for some volunteer help in the Attic Thrift Store. Please email for more information on available shifts and how to apply. You can also check out other available volunteer positions on our website: 

Cauliflower and Oyster Mushrooms harvested from Gordon Neighbourhood House's Urban Farms by our Farmer Susanna Millar. #TogetherWeGrow

Kid's Community Kitchen:

Thank you to our friends and funders at Community Food Centres Canada, the Gracie-Wadell Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation, the Kid's Community Kitchen at Gordon Neighbourhood House is off to a great start.

Join us at GNH for visits from the Scissor Fairy

West End Families in Action (WEFA) hosts their first All Candidate's Meeting focused on the issues that are of importance to West End families.

If you're interested in getting involved in WEFA please email Agata Feetham (
Sign up or find out more by emailing us at
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:

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We thank you for your support of our work!

November 2015 Menu

Tues., November 3 $5
Soup of the Day / Beef Stir Fry / Brown Rice
Thurs., November 5 $5
Chef’s Salad / Ground Pork Black Bean Sauce / Egg Noodles
Tues., November 10 $5
Chef’s Salad / Roasted Chicken / Steamed Veggies
Thurs., November 12 $5
Soup of the Day / Shepherd’s Pie
Tues., November 17 $5
Chef’s Salad / Braised Pork Tomato Sauce / Polenta
Thurs., November 19 $5
Soup of the Day / Lemongrass Chicken / Fresh Veggies / Vermicelli Noodles
Tues., November 24 $5
Chef’s Salad / Beef Stroganoff/ Egg Noodles

Thurs., November 26 $5
Soup of the Day / Pulled Pork / Rice / Beans

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!

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