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                E-Newsletter July 2016

Gordon Neighbourhood House evaluates the impact of our work together using a variety of methods (smiles on faces is one way).

Here is a snapshot of some of the fun we had in May 2016:

Young Ideas hosted 9 events/initiatives (Cooking With Cooking Classes (2), Game On, Yoga (3), Vino, Vibes, and Van Gogh, Let’s Grow gardening workshop and Vancouver Food Summit Happy Hour) Wow it was a busy month!
100% of people that attended the Cooking With (Cooking Class) program reported that they met someone new during the program.
100% of the Crafty Neighbours indicated that their primary reason for attending the weekly meet-up  is social interaction. In addition, 100% reported that they have met someone new through the program. One member stated, “I’m very pleased to come and meet new people in my age group.”
100% of our customers reported that they shop at the Attic Thrift Store because of the low prices. Both stores are open today – just sayin’.
The Gordon Neighbourhood House staff team has recently formed a new staff-walking group. 100% of our team members reported that after the walk, they have more energy and are in a better mood.

Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted 1 community clean-up event (Telus Day of Caring – Keep Vancouver Spectacular West End Cleanup) and 1 Corporate Day of Caring where volunteers spent a combined 178 hours cleaning the streets of the West End.

100% of the folks surveyed in the Seniors Lounge reported that coming to the Lounge encouraged them to get involved in other programs or initiatives at Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

Gordon Neighbourhood House Online Mentions

LOVING the inspirational & wise-words about Food and Community coming from @GordonNHouse

@paulm_taylor from @GordonNHouse is BOSS & our 2016 Keynote Speaker. Biting Off Sustenance Scarcity. #BOSS2016

Order from ‪@SPUDVancouver, and ‪@GordonNHouse benefits! Good deal for everyone. ‪#eatlocal ‪#organic ‪#community

Tomatoes planted by MLA ‪@SChandraHerbert's office are doing well at ‪@GordonNHouse Nicola Urban Farm. -- ‪@matthanns             

Les jardins d'herbes aromatiques se multiplient dans quartier West End Vcr grâce à une initiative de ‪@GordonNHouse 

Today: Get some fresh produce at @CurbsideFresh from 3PM to 6PM on Tuesdays at @GordonNHouse in West End of Vancouver. 1019 Broughton St.

Awesome. I know these two from the @GordonNHouse weekly Sunday Community Kitchen.…

Tune in at 8PM for highlights from the Vancouver Food Summit @GordonNHouse |100.5FM | @coopradio

Great produce & prices! Perfect for families! In the West End on Tuesdays @GordonNHouse…

Great to see ‪@GordonNHouse on CBC!…

I keep meaning to check out @GordonNHouse's thrift store, The Attic. Looks like there could be some good treasures!…


Gordon Neighbourhood House at a Glance

Recently, Gordon Neighbourhood House’s hard-working and dedicated Board Chair Matt Schroeter took over the Instagram account of our friends at the West End Business Improvement Association. Here are some of the photos Matt captured. Thanks for all that you do Matt! 

Creative Playtime

English Conversation Class

The Attic Thrift Store

1340 Davie Street

GNH’s Urban Farms

with GNH's Farmer/Community Programmer Susanna Millar 

GNH Staff Plotting & Planning

Vancouver Food Summit Findings

Stay tuned for the full report on the Vancouver Food Summit in our next Enewsletter. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak at some of the key findings. Attendees were asked several questions, here is what we heard:

- 93% of attendees felt that Canada needs a National Food Policy

- 100% of attendees felt that BC needs a Poverty Reduction Strategy

- 99% of attendees felt that social assistance in BC should be increased

- 94% of attendees reported connecting with an individual/organization that they intend to learn more about or get involved with.
Foodline Radio Covers the Vancouver Food Summit
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Kid's Community Kitchen

The Nourish Project

Every Saturday morning at 9:00AM we use Gordon Neighbourhood House’s social media and website to introduce you to someone that lives, works or volunteers in the West End preparing one of their special dishes. 

You can also check it out on our website at
If you live, work or volunteer in the West End and would like to be featured please contact us at
Photos by Matt Schroeter.

Upcoming Cooking With Dates

July 25 • August 29 • September 26 • October 24
Meat Edition with chef Peter Nguyen - $2

July 28 • August 25 • September 29 • October 27
Vegan Edition with chef Chantal Denis - $2

To RSVP, email 
or call the front desk at (604) 683-2554.

July 2016 Community Lunch Menu

Monday, July 4th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest

Tuesday, July 5th $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad, Pork in black bean sauce with egg noodles

Wednesday, July 6th PWYC (12:30pm)
Soup of the day & assorted sandwiches/wraps     

Thursday, July 7th $5 (12:00pm)
Soup of the day & sheperd's pie   

Monday, July 11th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest

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

Wednesday, July 13th PWYC (12:30pm)
Soup of the day & assorted sandwiches/wraps     

Thursday, July 14th $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & beef stroganoff with egg noodles

Monday, July 18th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest

Tuesday, July 19th $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad, stewed pork in tomato sauce with polenta

Wednesday, July 20th PWYC (12:30pm)
Soup of the day & assorted sandwiches/wraps     

Thursday, July 21st $5 (12:00pm)
Soup of the day & meat loaf with seasonal veggies

Monday, July 25th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest

Tuesday, July 26th $5 (12:00pm)
Soup of the day, chicken souvlaki with rice pilaf

Wednesday, July 27th PWYC (12:30pm)
Soup of the day & assorted sandwiches/wraps     

Thursday July 28th $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad, beef bolognaise with garlic toast

Are you gluten intolerant? 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. 

Veggie Soup-a-Stars

This month the Veggie Soup-a-Stars acted on imPULSE. The UN has declared 2016 the "International Year of the Pulse" and what better way to celebrate than with a lentil taco fiesta!? Chef Chantal's tasty tacos, made with Canadian-grown French lentils and complete with a plethora of plant-based fixins were a hit! Thanks to Canadian Food Centres of Canada for the inspiration to get creative with pulses.
If you want to learn more, join the Soup-a-Stars who meet weekly at 4:30pm Sundays at Gordon Neighbourhood House. You need to register to attend, please email to sign up.

West End Food Festival 2016

Take the lead on a project in the 2016 West End Food Festival, September 15 - 20th! Apply before July 25th for a small grant.
Apply Now
Keep an eye on the facebook page and website for updates about this year's festivities, and how you can join the fun.

Email Stephanie at with questions.

West End Community Herb Garden Project

Gordon Neighbourhood House's Community Herb Gardens provide a free, openly accessible place for West Enders to harvest and enjoy local and fresh herbs. The map above shows were they're located!

Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Community Herb Gardens have received some positive feedback recently. It was our pleasure to show CBC/Radio Canada what we are up to.
View the news clip
We are about to launch 5 new community herb gardens, thanks to the support of the Vancouver Foundation. Looking forward to having our neighbours say hello to fresh, free herbs just outside their home!

Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver and the United Way of the Lower Mainland for supporting this initiative. 
Check them out here!

Herb-line to Seed-line

After reading about GNH's work in the Westender, four kind young neighbours came and strung up seed packets on the herb line, putting up a sign saying "free seeds!" with a printed list of community gardens in the community. We love random acts of kindness like this!

We've kept the spirit alive and have been putting up seeds that folks donate to us.
We need help keeping our herbline full of herbs! Let us know if you can help, email

NEW GNH Rooftop Urban Farm. Thanks RBC!

We are delighted to say that this month we launched our fourth urban farm site! This new site, located on the rooftop of The Freesia building downtown, will amplify our ability to produce food for GNH programs. The setup day was enormous, with volunteers from RBC lending a huge amount of assistance, getting their hands dirty and their muscles worked.

Thank you to our friends RBC for all of your help! Huge thanks also to the City of Vancouver for supporting us in acquiring much needed soil for the farm site. It would not have been possible without you.

#Together we grow: more food!

Vegetables Deliveries Turn Into Clothing Donations. Thanks SPUD!

SPUD Vancouver and The Attic Thrift Stores have partnered on a unique fundraiser for Gordon Neighbourhood House. SPUD is a local company that offers online grocery shopping and delivery for fresh produce and local organic foods.
Every day SPUD delivers hundreds of totes of food to subscribers all across Metro Vancouver. Normally the empty totes are picked up by delivery drivers when a new shipment is delivered. For the week of June 6th-12th SPUD subscribers could place gently-used clothes and household items into their empty bins, and SPUD drivers would then drop off the donations at The Attic Thrift Store.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of Vancouverites, and companies like SPUD who supported this unique campaign,” stated Jim Balakshin, a Community Programmer at GNH who works with the Attic Thrift Store Volunteer Team.
The initiative generated hundreds of donations. Thank you to our friends at SPUD for supporting Gordon Neighbourhood House!

NEW GNH Staff Walking Group 

Gordon Neighbourhood House #StaffWalks continued this month with Jim leading the team around the West End.
Highlights included a pit stop at the house where X-files was filmed (Susanna and Isabel posed Mulder and Scully style!) [see photo] and our amazement at Jim's endless knowledge of the West End.

#StaffWalks encourage GNH staff members to take a break, get to know each other better and take a turn leading the team somewhere new in our community!
Seniors Events and Programs

Ongoing programs 


Qi Gong
Every Tues. 10 A.M to 11 A.M (Pay-what-you-can)

Every Tues. 6:30 P.M to 8 P.M (Pay-what-you-can)

Seniors’ Lounge
Every Tues 1 to 4 P.M (Free)

Walking Group
Every Wed. 11 to 12  (Free)

Recreational Bingo
Last Tuesday of the month, July 26 1:30 to 2:30 P.M (Free)


Senior's out trip to Richmond for fish and chips
July 19 10.30 A.M. to 3 P.M. ($30)
Tea, Social and Dance at Gordon Neighbourhood House
July 21 1 to 2:30 P.M. (Free)
Community Policing Presentation: 'Everyday Safety' held at Gordon Neighbourhood House, lunch to follow 
July 26 11A.M to 12 P.M. (Free)
Celebration lunch for 'Seniors in Action' participants
Friday July 29 12 to 1 P.M (Free)

Absolutely Fabulous: Pride Party!

Celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community in the West End and beyond at our neighbourhood house party featuring a DJ, outdoor beer garden, BBQ burgers by Relish, and local drag entertainment. Tickets to this event are $4 and include a burger and a drink ticket. Proceeds support Young Ideas and local LQBTQ2+ charities.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016: 7:00-10:00pm ($4)
Gordon Neighbourhood House

This event is a 19+ event and requires 2 pieces of ID (including one government issued photo ID). GNH is wheelchair accessible, and has gender neutral, single-room bathrooms. Participants are encouraged to reduce the use of scented products such as cologne and perfumes.

If you are interested in volunteering, or cannot attend due to a lack of funds please contact for more information.

Young Ideas Committee Meeting Dates

July 18th, Young Ideas' Programming Committee, Location TBD, 5:30 pm

July 25th, Young Ideas' Steering Committee, Gordon Neighbourhood House, 6:30 pm

Attic Thrift Store Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

On June 27th Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted the Attic Thrift Store Team for a volunteer appreciation dinner featuring a meal cooked by GNH's executive director, Paul M. Taylor. 

Since it’s beginning over 20 years ago, the Attic Thrift has grown to two locations (1019 Broughton Street and 1340 Davie Street near Jervis Street) and has become one of Vancouver’s most favourite and affordable shops. Every month the volunteer team of over 50 people dedicate more than 800 hours of volunteer time, which is equivalent to over 5 full time staff members throughout the year!

With 100% of proceeds supporting the work of Gordon Neighbourhood House in our community, we can’t thank them enough. Together they have created a special community space where everyone is welcome. Thanks for all you do!

Like The Attic on Facebook and follow the store on Instagram to hear about upcoming events and promotions. If you are interested in joining the Attic Volunteer Team, please email Stephanie at or call (604) 683-2554. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris

Chris started volunteering with Rainbow Soup Social in April of 2015. The group of volunteers meet every week in Gordon Neighbourhood House’s kitchen to prepare nutritious, delicious, and hearty soup for the hundreds of people who come to the Community Food Hub on Fridays.

For Chris, who is used to hosting and cooking for large family gatherings, it was a way to make friends, be creative in the kitchen, and give back to the community.
"It's a welcoming, great group of people who love to cook and do something good for others," says Chris about his fellow Soup Social volunteers. "They are what makes it all happen." The soups are hearty, vegetarian, and often incorporate herbs and vegetables from GNH’s urban farms. 

Chris recently remarked "it's rewarding to get positive feedback from the guests who come and enjoy the soup on Fridays." He sees the Soup Social as a small but valuable part of a much bigger picture: it fits into other programs and is the product of multiple partnerships. The result helps create community around preparing and enjoying nutritious, accessible food together.

Our thanks to Chris and the Rainbow Soup Social volunteers for everything you do! 

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get better connected to your neighbourhood? Give back to your community? Volunteering at Gordon Neighbourhood House is a perfect way to do this, as well as make friends, learn new skills, and showcase your talents.

Apply to one of our current volunteer postings, or contact Stephanie ( about sharing your skills with the community. (Want to teach others basic computer skills? Offer free haircuts? Lead a neighbourhood walking group? Let us know!) 

Featured Volunteer Postings: 

Attic Thrift Store Volunteer
Community Lunch Volunteer
Reception/Front Desk Volunteer
Outreach and Awareness Volunteer

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Easy Peasy

Being a single parent is not easy, but cooking together and having childcare available, can make cooking easier, more relaxed and enjoyable. Easy Peasy, a community kitchen led by Chef Charlotte continues every second Saturday at GNH. Single mom's are free to drop-in or register and have their kids in onsite childcare. Charlotte leads the pod in creating a meal (the last group made butter chicken, fragrant jasmine rice, roasted cauliflower and potatoes, and mango lassi!) that they enjoy together with their kids and then take home some meals for later.

MVP: FREE Young Adult Art Drop-in

Thursdays 4-8pm

News from our Community Partners

Alexandra Foundation Board Openings

The Alexandra Foundation is looking to recruit new directors for their board for the new board year beginning in September. The board is looking for new members who have a strong connection to the neighbourhood house movement.

Below is the recruitment posting. Please pass along to anyone in your networks who may be interested in joining the Alexandra Foundation’s board.  Please email all applications or questions to
The Alexandra Foundation is a registered charity established in 1977. As a non-governmental organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to support Neighbourhood Houses in BC and similar community groups. Income generated by the fund provides grants and loans to further the aims and objectives of the neighbourhood house movement. A primary goal of the Alexandra Foundation is to assist in the critical start-up phase of new Neighbourhood House organizations and to support the expansion of existing Neighbourhood Houses. For more information on the Alexandra Foundation, please visit the website: As a member of the Board of Directors, you will join a skilled, hardworking team who strive to carry out the mission and mandate of the organization.

The Board of Directors meets approximately ten times a year, with the meetings being two hours in duration. As a Board of Director, you are accountable for the following: Being prepared for Board meetings; Attending all Board meetings and participating in the discussion and decisions

The Foundation is seeking applicants who will actively participate in their role and who can contribute skills and knowledge in any of the areas listed above. Knowledge of Neighbourhood Houses and the Neighbourhood House movement is preferred.

People with physical disabilities

Benefits of serving on the Alexandra Foundation Board include: Strengthening your governance and leadership skills; Expanding your network; Learning from your peers and sharing your expertise; Contributing to the health and well-being of thousands of your neighbours here in BC; Being part of an international movement to make neighbourhoods better places to live for everyone.

Doug Eakins


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