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E-newsletter November 2016

Gordon Neighbourhood House evaluates the impact of our work together using a variety of methods.

Here is a snapshot of some of the fun we had in September and October 2016:

We had 412 guests to our Community Lunch, 67% reported that they have tried a new food at one of the Community Lunches. In addition, 94% indicated that the lunches helped them meet their nutritional needs. 

In September, the Clean Team, a partnership of Gordon Neighbourhood House and the West End Business Improvement Association, spent 168 hours cleaning West End streets (Davie, Denman and Robson) they collected a total of 108 bags of litter

100% of the folks in the Seniors’ Lounge indicated that the program encouraged them to get involved in other programs at Gordon Neighbourhood House

West End Food Festival (September 15-20)

More than 50 groups, organizations, businesses helped to host, promote or facilitate events or workshops at the West End Food Festival. 

The West End Food Festival included 14 events, 21 workshops and 1 forum, with a combine total of 610 participants

25 Volunteers contributed a combined 183 volunteer hours to supporting this year’s West End Food Festival. 

“I was so pleased with this workshop—so many tips combined with hands-on experience, really great!!”

“Excellent presenter. Very talented and knowledgeable. Exceeded expectations and learned a lot.”

“Thank you so much for organizing, and for it to be free and accessible to everyone. Rick was so knowledgeable, friendly, approachable. He was great!”

“Really great informative workshop. Facilitators were great. Great food with great people!”

“Thankful for the fertilizer, seeds, and garlic that are ready to plant.”

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

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

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

Social Media Mentions for @GordonNHouse

Annual General Meeting 2016 

Thank you to everyone that joined us Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Annual General Meeting [AGM]. A special thank you to our brilliant Keynote Speaker Trish Garner of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. You inspired us with your work, creativity and commitment to a more just British Columbia. 

100% of the attendees of the 2016 AGM felt that British Columbia needs a Poverty Reduction Strategy (it is the only province that does not have one).

90% of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s members that attended the 2016 AGM reported that they have made a new friend through being involved in Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

Vancouver Food Summit

Did you miss the Vancouver Food Summit?
Watch the panels on YouTube
Don’t forget to save the date for the 2017 Vancouver Food Summit, it will be held on September 28, 2017. See you there!

Volunteer Spotlight: Randy Clyne

The community has lost a real gem. Randy Clyne was a volunteer with Gordon Neighbourhood House’s food initiatives. He participated in the urban farming group, and was an enthusiastic and friendly volunteer with a glowing personality. 

GNH’s Farmer Susanna Millar fondly remembers Randy making jokes, while diligently watering and seeding. Randy also participated in the first ever Vancouver Food Summit, held at Gordon Neighbourhood House in May 2016. He was on a panel, “Accessibility: More Than Just a Ramp”, that explored increasing accessibility of community food programs. 

Karen Martin comments, “Randy volunteered with Disability Alliance BC on our Food Security project in 2016. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the issue of food security for people with disabilities. He was a good natured person with a great sense of humour and I really enjoyed working with him. I wish I could have gotten to know him better”. 

Randy’s daughter Nicki includes, “what always impressed me was my dad's capacity for wonder. He would discuss complex scientific theories with the same awe and enthusiasm as learning how to plant and grow peppers. He was so excited about what he learned from his fellow enthusiasts at the garden and really appreciated the community that grew around it." 

Randy’s presence will be missed here at Gordon Neighbourhood House and in the West End community. We thank him for all his wonderful contribution and his boundless spirit. 

Rest in Power!

Volunteer Postings

Want to apply your skills to connect with and empower your community? Join our team as a volunteer!

You are invited to our Volunteer Orientation on Friday, November 7 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.

Can't make the orientation? Email to arrange a one-to-one meeting.

Check out our featured volunteer postings:

Attic Thrift Store Volunteer

Community Lunch Volunteer

Outreach and Awareness Volunteer

Or get involved with the Young Ideas initiative! Contact and like Young Ideas on Facebook to keep up-to-date with events. 

Gordon Neighbourhood House’s volunteers invest their time and talents for many different reasons: 

"The energy and the food philosophy align with [my] own values." 

"GNH was a supportive environment to try new things and share what is important [to me]. It just 'clicked.'"

"It's a place of neighbours helping out neighbours."

"[I wanted] to gain work experience in Canada while practicing English."

"It’s a great opportunity to meet people in the neighbourhood.”

Food Secure Canada’s National Assembly #ResettingTheTable

Gordon Neighbourhood House was delighted to have been invited to participate in the Food Secure Canada’s 9th National Assembly, Resetting the Table. GNH’s Executive Director, Paul M. Taylor was a part of the discussion at the opening plenary on October 13, 2016. 

Food Secure Canada hosted a fantastic gathering of folks from across the country, where indigenous food sovereignty was at the core of the conversation. We look forward to continuing to work alongside our friends at Food Secure Canada and across the country.

Special congratulations to Paul on his election to Food Secure Canada’s Board of Directors at their AGM. Paul (was elected Vice-Chair) will work alongside fellow Vancouverite Aart Schuurman Hess (was elected Chair), CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society to bring strong voices from British Columbia to the work of Food Secure Canada. 
Tweetable Moments From Paul's Speech:
Learn more about the work of Food Secure Canada
Did you know that Gordon Neighbourhood House’s staff (planning) team have a book club? We have just finished “An Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King. If you haven’t read it, give it a read and let us know what you think.

If you have questions or book club suggestions feel free to contact us at

Happy Reading! 

Gordon Neighbourhood House
Holiday Closure Dates

GNH will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and January 1 and 2. 

GNH will close at 2pm on December 28, 29 and 30.

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 1st $5 (12:00pm) 
Harvest Soup & Pork in tomato sauce with polenta 

Wednesday, November 2nd PWYC (12:30pm) 
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps 

Thursday, November 3rd $5 (12:00pm)   
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & chicken souvlaki with rice pilaf

Monday, November 7th PWYC (12:30pm) 
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, November 8th $5 (12:00pm) 
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & Meatloaf with mashed vegetables

Wednesday, November 9th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps 

Thursday, November 10th $5 (12:00pm) 
Harvest Soup & Pork ribs with steamed vegetables 

Monday, November 14th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, November 15th $5 (12:00pm) 
Soup of the day & roasted chicken with pesto barley risotto

Wednesday, November 16th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps 

Thursday, November 17th (12:00pm) 
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & beef bolognaise with garlic toast

Monday, November 21st PWYC (12:30pm)   
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest 

Tuesday, November 22nd $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & chicken curry with rice noodles

Wednesday, November 23rd PWYC (12:30pm) 
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps

Thursday, November 24th $5 (12:00pm) 
Soup of the day & pulled pork with rice and beans

Monday, November 28th PWYC (12:30pm) 
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest

Tuesday, November 29th $5 (12:00pm)
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & beef stroganoff with egg noodles

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


GNH’s Food Philosophy

At Gordon Neighbourhood House, we use food as a way to bring people together and nourish our community.

Our Food Philosophy guides the work that we do around food with a commitment to share fresh, healthy, nutrient dense food.
Learn More

Kid’s Community Kitchen w/Chef Peter

5th Welfare Food Challenge

10 of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s staff, volunteers, and Community Advisory Board members took part in the Welfare Food Challenge, attempting to feed themselves with $18 for food for a week.That’s how much someone on social assistance is often expected to have left for food after paying their rent and other living expenses. 

A sampling of GNH's Welfare Food Challenge Participants



Chantille & Sebastian

“After Sunday we don’t have to do this anymore right, Mama?” Sebastian asked me with big eyes after a meltdown on our second shopping trip with a mere $10 left for 3 more days of food.

I held back tears. Not because of the $10 in my hand, or because we are grumpy and tired, or because we won’t get to buy milk this week. But because I get to say “We don’t have to do this anymore” to my child, knowing that for 185,000 people in BC, ending this is not a choice. For them, it continues.

On Day 2 of the challenge, I stopped giving myself protein portions because Sebastian kept asking for them. So I just gave him my eggs and chicken dogs and then ate whatever was left, if anything. I imagine this is what parents on assistance must have to do all the time. I can’t fathom looking my child and having to say “there is no more food”.

—Chantille Viaud, GNH’s Director of Community Food Initiatives
Seniors' Events & Programs

Ongoing programs 


Qi Gong
Every Tuesday 10 AM to 11 AM

Walking Group
Every Wednesday 11 AM

Every Tuesday 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Seniors' Lounge
Every Tuesday, 1 PM to 4 PM

Recreational Bingo
Last Tuesday of the month. November 29, 1:30 PM



Seniors' Out Trip
November 22
Details to Follow

Seniors' Tea Dance
November 17 1 PM to 2:30 PM

You can also check out the Seniors’ Brochure at Gordon Neighbourhood House for a full listing of events, activities and programs. 

Young Ideas Committee Meeting Dates

Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm @ Bayside Lounge

Programming Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 17th, 6:30 pm @ GNH

Are you interested in getting involved in Young Ideas?
Email Joy Gyamfi at

Whole Foods Market (Robson) Supports GNH

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a 5-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags? At Whole Foods Market Robson you can donate your credit to Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

Help the environment and support your local community!

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News from our Community Partners

West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Thanks to the work of the West End Neighbourhood Food Network, West End apartment dwellers are looking forward to getting onboard with a free, kick off presentation by Erin Udal of the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) on Nov 17th at 1 pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House on Bees.

This is made possible thanks to a grant from New Horizons for a senior lead initiative on ‘food sustainability' in our urban, densely populated neighbourhood.

Learn more about the West End Neighbourhood Food Network.
The next Community Fix-It Gathering will be November 20 from 11-2pm at Gordon Neighborhood House in the main floor room. Come by with your broken items, your fixit skills, or simply to hang out and get to know your neighbours! 

Check the Vancouver Fix-It Collective Facebook page for information on our safe space commitments, and the specific event page for more details. Post what you plan to bring ahead of time to the event if you can! 

Any questions? Email

West End Seniors Community Planning Table

The next Planning Table meeting will be held on Friday, November 25th, 10:00AM-12:00PM at St. Andrews Wesley Church.   

Meetings are open to all and provide an opportunity to connect with your neighbours, community groups and organizations on topics of relevance to local seniors.
We acknowledge that Gordon Neighbourhood House is located on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Phone: 604 683 2554              
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Mailing Address: 1019 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2A7, B.C. Canada

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