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                  E-Newsletter January 2014

Our e-newsletter is a mechanism for you to stay updated on news, events initiatives and activities connected to Gordon Neighbourhood House.

We thank you for your continued interest and support.

Together we Grow!

The Clean Team Update

Clean Team crew members have been hard at work over the fall months, continuing their three weekly shifts on Davie, Denman, and Robson streets and conducting routine litter audits as well as a weekly cigarette butt audit on the 1100 block of Davie St. The cigarette butt audit is part of the City of Vancouver’s 6 week pilot installation of cigarette butt receptacles across the City. The receptacles were installed on November 11 and are managed by a private waste hauler, Terracycle. It is hoped that the data collected by the Clean Team will help make the case for a permanent cigarette butt recycling program in the City of Vancouver. 

Thank you to The Clean Team’s partners, the West End Business Improvement Association and the West End Cleanup, for their continued support!

Thank you to our friends at Vancity Credit Union and the West End Vancity Branch for your continued support of Gordon Neighbourhood House and our work in the community.

2014 Community Listening Campaign

As part of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s commitment to fostering community dialogue, we will be mounting a Community Listening Campaign in conjunction with the Metro Vancouver Alliance this year. The goal of the campaign is to hear what you have to say, to use that to guide and direct the advocacy and program development efforts of the Neighbourhood House, and to engage you in this exciting process of positive change. 

Fibby Pan, Emily Melzer and Markayla Benstead, three Social Work Students placement students from UBC, will be working with a staff and Community Advisory Board team to animate the Listening Campaign. If there’s something that’s on your mind, please talk to them! They’ll be happy to listen. They also have cookies! If you know of a group in the community that would be idea for us connect with on this please email

Introducing the GNH Blog

A part of our revamped website (launched July 2013), the GNH Blog is your source for topical issues and events relating to Gordon Neighbourhood House and the surrounding community. A committed team of community journalists contribute content to the blog and past articles have covered topics ranging from the GNH rebranding process, to the West End Food Festival, to the GNH urban farm and mural.

The blog can be accessed at: 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the community journalist team please email, and for any technical matters related to the blog please email

Seeds to Supper

Saturdays, 4 - 7 PM


January 11th

Burritos: Celebrate the new year with us by making healthy and delicious burritos.

January 25th

The Seeds to Supper Monthly Potluck: Bring a simple dish to share and to say farewell to Karine, a dedicated Seeds to Supper volunteer. 
Cheers and see you soon!

- Joy and Barbara

The Neighbourhood Brunch Fundraiser: A Delicious Success

On Sunday, November 24, Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) enjoyed a fantastic sold out Neighbourhood Brunch produced by MN events. Hosted by the sparkling Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, this event raised $2100 towards replacing the aging GNH school bus. Over 60 diners enjoyed the mouth-watering gourmet brunch cooked by volunteer chefs and crew at GNH. The fundraiser also featured raffle and door prizes, generously donated by community sponsors, and live entertainment by Javier Rodriguez, Mark Petrunia, and Colin Marcus Jackson.    

“This event speaks to the magic that is a neighbourhood house, where you have a group of friends and neighbours not only coming together to support a an important fundraising campaign, but also building community over food,” said Paul Taylor, Executive Director at GNH, as he was presented with a fundraising cheque from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  A huge thanks to everyone who turned out and supported this first-ever Neighbourhood Brunch and made it such a delicious success!

The How to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Project:

A Community Workshop Series on Elder Abuse

“How to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing” is a community based project run by Gordon Neighbourhood House that is funded by the federal government. It has worked to increase community awareness and an understanding of elder abuse throughout the community. 

Community Members and GNH volunteers came together to increase awareness for World Elder Abuse  Awareness Day and made more than 3000 purple ribbons in order to highlight the need to prevent the  abuse of our Community Elders.

Most recently, the Hon. Minister of State for Seniors, Alice Wong was at the neighbourhood house for a public announcement regarding the government’s support of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s How to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing project and to meet with community members, volunteers and  representatives from community organizations about the importance of leadership and innovation in dealing with the elder abuse in our communities.

New: Collective Kitchen

Join us for Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Collective Kitchen on the last Saturday of each month, from 11-2. Meet new neighbours, and prepare and share a delicious and healthy meal.  All are welcome to attend, though we are limited to 12 participants per month.  $5 with GNH Membership

Please call or email ( to sign up to participate.

A community conversation on food access, moderated by Andrew Christie, Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Food Advocate, and Eleanor Boyle, writer and educator.

Register for the event through Eventbrite here.

Eleanor Boyle is a long-time journalist and college instructor, now focusing on how we can make our food systems sustainable, healthy, and just.  She has a BA in psychology, a PhD in neuroscience, and recently earned an MSc in food policy. Eleanor is the author of High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat (New Society Publishers, 2012)
Gordon Neighbourhood House is excited to host a new session of the “Food Skills for Families” program, in collaboration with the Canadian Diabetes Association. This six-week, intensive program aims to enhance cooking skills and confidence, with an emphasis on improving healthy eating choices and familiarity with the diversity of products available in Canadian grocery stores, through a well-developed curriculum targeted at newcomers to Canada, Elders, and people with low incomes.

Classes will run for 6 weeks, from February 2-March 9th, on Sundays from 10:30-2:30.  Participants must attend all six  sessions, as the curriculum taught each week will build on concepts explored in prior week’s classes.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at to sign up.

Come to INSPIRE 2014

Vancouver, BC
May 5-9 2014

The INSPIRE 2014: International Neighbourhood House & Settlement Conference is happening May 5th-9th 2014.  The conference will take place at SFU Harbour Centre, right opposite the waterfront, in the heart of beautiful downtown Vancouver, BC Canada.

Come and be part of a global community of inspiring leaders working locally for social justice. Come and be INSPIRED!

The schedule is taking shape and we are thrilled with the quality of speakers and workshops that will be on offer, as well as opportunities to tour neighborhood houses in action throughout the metro Vancouver area.

Full Registration includes Monday evening welcome reception and all daytime events, including lunch (Tues - Thurs) and Neighbourhood House Tours, plus the opportunity to buy a ticket for the Celebration Gala at a discounted price.  Everyone who has registered will be contacted once the finalized workshop schedule is available, so that you can choose your workshops.

There will be an opportunity to purchase One-Day Registrations for Tuesday, Wednesday, orThursday daytime sessions (including lunch and Neighbourhood House Tour) from February 2014 onwards. Celebration Gala tickets will also be available for purchase at that time, as space allows.

Click on to Register Now! 

A big thank you to Whole Foods

Our friends at Whole Foods (Robson) in the West End are generously donating 5% of their net sales to Gordon Neighbourhood House on Thursday January 16th, 2014
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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