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E-newsletter October 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 August 2016:

100% of the folks that we asked in a recent survey indicated that shopping at the Attic Thrift Stores saves them money. 

In August, a single parent came to Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Attic Thrift Store to purchase replacement clothing for their child after a pen exploded in the laundry machine and ruined all of the child’s clothing. The parent let us know that the purchases would have simply been unaffordable anywhere else. 

100% of the participants in our English Conversation Classes reported that the program made them feel more confident about speaking English. 

One English Conversation Class participant, who has also become a dedicated volunteer at Gordon Neighbourhood House, let us know that English Conversation Class has made her more confident and less nervous about an interview as she searches for a job.  

90% of parents/caregivers reported that their children had a very positive experience in the Summer Day Camp program this the summer. 

At the end of this year’s Summer Day Camp, many of the children were sad they would no longer be able to see each other as often. However, when one of the kindergarteners started at his new school, something he was anxious about as he would not know anyone, he saw a few of his fellow campers. His parent let us know that he plays with one of his fellow campers during recess and lunch breaks.

Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Young Ideas hosted 10 events with a total of 416 attendees.  67% of attendees indicated that they lived in the West End and met someone new at one of the recent events. 

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

Gordon Neighbourhood House in the News

West End Food
Festival Coverage in the Metro
West End Food Festival Coverage in the Westender
West End Food Festival Coverage in the Georgia Straight

GNH’s Executive Director on Roundhouse Radio (98.3) on the need for a Poverty Reduction Plan.

Listen Here
West End Food Festival Coverage in
Sing Tao Daily

Gordon Neighbourhood House Twitter & Instagram Mentions

Love these community herb gardens all over the #westend, @GordonNHouse!


#WestEnd #Food Fest sprouts #foodsecurity conversations @GordonNHouse  #WEFoodFest2016 


Next, @mminelle w/ @GordonNHouse's Executive Director about why the organization chooses to focus on #foodsecurity issues.


Join @GordonNHouse September 15th- September 20th for West End Food Fest! Workshops, events and yummy food!


Excited to be part of @GordonNHouse's #VanFoodConvo w @mwdabc Sept.18. Part of West End Food Fest: 


I was pretty stoked to work on this project with @matthanns for @GordonNHouse. Stay tuned for more! #nourishproject

Looking fwd to hearing from @paulm_taylor of @GordonNHouse at #ProgressBC. Join us:  #bcpoli


.@GordonNHouse Executive Director & @PovReductionBC Co-Chair @paulm_taylor on food security in #BC. #ProgressBC #bcpoli


Migrant Workers Dignity Assoc pointing out the paradox of workers who work on farms unable to access healthy foods #WEFoodFest2016


Congrats to @GordonNHouse on the news of their recent expansion. Stay tuned for their third location at 1107 Seymour Street #togetherwegrow


"Invasives impact our food systems: crop damage, attack salmon habitat, pollinator diversion" @iscmv  @GordonNHouse #WEFoodFest2016


"Invasives impact our food systems: crop damage, attack salmon habitat, pollinator diversion" @iscmv  @GordonNHouse #WEFoodFest2016


Sept 19 | We are thrilled to be hosting a Growing & Harvesting #Herbs wkshp @GordonNHouse, part of #WEFoodFest2016! 


Food festival sprouts food security conversations, community  Happening this weekend! @GordonNHouse


Check out the @GordonNHouse #WestEndFoodFestival. Lots of great events and workshops! 


#WestEnd #Food Fest sprouts #foodsecurity conversations @GordonNHouse … #WEFoodFest2016


Headed to @GordonNHouse with the inclusion project youth for #vanfoodconvos! #migrantjustice #wefoodfest2016


Thanks to @GordonNHouse & @mwdabc for hosting and organizing #vanfoodconvo #2, part of #WEfoodfest. Looking forward to next one!


Thanks to @GordonNHouse & @mwdabc for hosting and organizing #vanfoodconvo #2, part of #WEfoodfest. Looking forward to next one!


Our Inclusion team sharing a meal after #vanfoodconvo. Thanks for the delicious and accessible meal @GordonNHouse!


Amazing #vanfoodconvo @GordonNHouse tonight, hearing from migrant farm workers working in the Lower Mainland.


@WestEndCC @CityofVancouver @GordonNHouse @BCCRNS Join us Sat Oct 1st National Seniors Day! Jim Deva  Plaza between 11-4 #WECHCPC #JimDPlza


Exciting Announcement

We are delighted to let you know that Gordon Neighbourhood is growing!

In addition to our spaces at 1019 Broughton Street (Gordon Neighbourhood House) and 1340 Davie (The Attic Thrift Store on Davie), we have just been approved to occupy space in a newly constructed city-owned building at 1107 Seymour Street. GNH will occupy 580 square feet of store-front space on the ground floor (facing Seymour Street) as well as 1,654 square feet of multi-purpose programmable space on the third floor. This new space happens to be across the street for our newest urban farm site on the roof of 1802 Seymour Street. We will be co-located with the folks at Positive Living BC (floors 1–4), AIDS Vancouver (floors 1–4) and a non-profit housing provider (floors 5–11). We couldn’t ask for better new neighbours!

Gordon Neighbourhood House will engage and consult with residents of Downtown South as well as explore opportunities for programming in the third floor space.

The LEED Gold building is currently under construction and is set to be complete by March 2017.

Spoiler Alert: Look out for our third thrift store in 2017, The Attic Thrift Store on Seymour.

These are current photos of the new building at 1107 Seymour Stay, tuned for updates!


Congratulations Linda!

On September 2nd, our beloved Director of Operations celebrated her 36th anniversary with Gordon Neighbourhood House. As the longest serving employee, not only with Gordon Neighbourhood House, but within the Association of Neighbourhood House’s, the team couldn’t resist celebrating Linda Minamimaye’s incredible dedication and commitment. 

Along with the staff unveiling of our beautiful new Urban Farm site at 1082 Seymour Street, a bottle of sparkling juice was popped on the roof in celebration of Linda. There was much to celebrate that day, as we also learned about our exciting new space. The team shared a glass, memories and excitement for 2017. #ToLinda!

Gordon Neighbourhood House launches West End Banana Trolley!

With support from our partners at Whole Foods Market Robson and the inspiration from our friends at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Gordon Neighbourhood House launched the West End Banana Trolley. Armed with organic and fair trade bananas we hit the streets to connect and engage with our neighbours. The Banana Trolley will be an ongoing initiative that we will use to connect with our neighbours about what they’d like to see as well as what we have coming up. 

Check Out GNH's Urban Farm at 1082 Seymour

Young Ideas Committee Meeting Dates

Programming Committee Meeting

Monday, October 3 @ Gordon Neighbourhood House

Steering Committee Meeting

Monday, October 31 @ The Comox Long Bar

Programming Committee Meeting

Monday, November 7 @ The Sylvia Hotel 

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

Brews n' Chews 3

Thank to everyone that joined Young Ideas for Brews N’ Chews 3 at Gordon Neighbourhood House, as part of this year’s West End Food Festival. 

A special thank you to our partner Black Lives Matter – Vancouver and to the DJ Teyshan, the City of Vancouver, Watson Goepel LLP, Steamworks Beer, Three Farmers and Cartems Donuteire for supporting this year’s Brews and Chews 3. 

Young Ideas Hosts West End Games Night in the New Jim Deva Plaza

This summer, the Young Ideas Group at Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted a free weekly board games night in the new Jim Deva Plaza. Located near the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Davie Street and Bute Street. The Jim Deva Plaza is a new public space that honours the legacy of free speech and sexual minority activist Jim Deva.

Taking place every Thursday throughout the summer, Young Ideas members invited West End residents and visitors to loan games to play in the plaza. Young Ideas hosted 8 games nights which attracted over 650 participants. 

The West End Games Night was developed by Jim Balakshin with support from the Neighbourhood Small Grants program. With additional funding from the West End Business Improvement Association and the City of Vancouver’s Jim Deva Plaza Steering Committee, the Young Ideas group held build on Jim’s vision for West End Games Night, and was able to construct “Hexapong,” a six-person ping pong table, and a jumbo-sized version of Jenga, the stacking block game.

October 2016 Community Lunch Menu

Harvest season is here! As part of our food philosophy, we are committed to celebrating seasonality and locally grown food. 

Monday, October 3rd PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, October 4th $5 (12:00pm)  

Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & ground pork in black bean sauce with vermicelli noodles   

Wednesday, October 5th PWYC (12:30pm)  

Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps  

Thursday, October 6th $5 (12:00pm)  

Thanksgiving Lunch

Monday, October 10th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, October 11th $5 (12:00pm)  

Soup of the day & beef stir fry with egg noodles

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

Thursday, October 13th $5 (12:00pm)  

Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & chicken souvlaki with rice pilaf

Monday, October 17th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest   

Tuesday, October 18th $5 (12:00pm)  

Soup of the day & beef lasagne with garlic toast 

Wednesday, October 19th PWYC (12:30pm)  
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps  

Thursday, October 20th (12:00pm)  
Harvest soup & chicken curry with brown rice

Monday, October 24th PWYC (12:30pm) 
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  

Tuesday, October 25th $5 (12:00pm) 
Gordon Neighbourhood House Garden Greens salad & Shepard's pie

Wednesday, October 26th PWYC (12:00pm) 
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps 

Thursday, October 26th
GNH CLOSED for Staff Retreat

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.

Farming with Kids

Updated Community Herb Farm Map

The West End Community Herb Garden Project is an initiative funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver. Our goal is to build as many publically accessible Community Herb Gardens as we could. We’re up to 10 and look forward to developing more next year. 

Thanks to Dan Watson, GNH Community Advisory Board member, for tracking the sites and putting the map together. 
Key Dates for Seniors Events & Programs

Ongoing programs 


Qi Gong
Every Tuesday 10 AM to 11 AM

Walking Group
Every Wednesday 11 AM to 8 PM

Every Tuesday 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Seniors' Lounge
Every Tuesday, 1 PM to 4 PM

Recreational Bingo
Last Tuesday of the month. October 25, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM


National Seniors’ Day
Saturday October 1st

Jim Deva Plaza 11 AM to 4 PM

Displays, free BBQ, book exchange and more.

Seniors’ Tea & Dance
Thursday October 20

1 PM to 2:30 PM

Highlights from the 4th Annual 
West End Food Festival

GNH Hosts the 2nd Vancouver Food Conversation

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our most recent #VanFoodConvo as part of the West End Food Festival. A special thank you to our partner on the event, the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association and for the migrant farm workers that joined us for this important conversation. Thanks also to our guest moderator, Zahra Esmail, Executive Director of South Vancouver Neighbourhood House. 

The Vancouver Food Conversations are free gatherings hosted throughout the year on topics related tour food system, leading up to the 2nd Vancouver Food Summit on September 28th, 2017 at the Museum of Vancouver. Stay tuned for details on the 3rd #VanFoodConvo.

Pelmeni and Pierogi Making Workshop

This summer local residents Tanya Shinder and Tanya Fabrichnikova along with their friends led a pelmeni and pierogi making workshop for interested community members at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Pelmeni (Пельмени) are small meat dumplings which originated in Russia, Ukraine, and Siberia.

After an hour and a half spent preparing and cooking the dumplings, everyone sat down at a long table and enjoyed a meal together while listening to stories from the instructors about making this traditional dish with their families. Tanya Shinder, who was once the proprietor of The Rasputin Restaurant on Broadway Street, even surprised the group with a homemade traditional triple-layered cake at the end of the meal!

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is an annual initiative that is funded by the Vancouver Foundation. Gordon Neighbourhood House coordinates the grants for residents on the Downtown Peninsula. For more information please contact Jim Balakshin at or (604) 683-2554.

Volunteer at Gordon Neighbourhood House

Gordon Neighbourhood House operates various programs and initiatives which achieve many different outcomes. One consistent variable in these programs is the involvement of volunteers and the impact they have in our community. 

Without the time, energy, passion, and skills of our volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish a fraction of the work we do together. Whether our volunteer team members are crushing boxes behind the scenes in our parking garage, making fresh and wholesome vegan meals, or welcoming customers in either of the Attic thrift stores, all help Gordon Neighbourhood House run efficiently and extend our capacity to serve the community. 

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Stephanie Shulhan at

Volunteer Spotlight: Boun, Steve, and Don

This month we would like to recognize three tireless volunteers from The Attic Thrift Store on Davie: Boun, Steve, and Don. These folks started volunteering as we opened the Attic Thrift Store on Davie and have been a presence there ever since.

In addition to their regularly scheduled shifts where they diligently serve West End residents, Don, Steve and Boun consistently attend volunteer team meetings and contribute valuable ideas which continually improve the store. When you are in one of the Attic Thrift Stores, please say hello and be sure to thank our volunteers for all their hard work!

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GNH Closed on Oct 27 and 28

Please note that GNH will be closed during the day on October 27, 2016 and October 28, 2016 for a staff retreat. 

For questions please contact Jessy Scaria at or give us a call.
News from our Community Partners

5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge

A team of staff, volunteers, members and board will be participating in the 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge starting on October 16th,2016 organized by the Raise the Rates Coalition. 

To learn more or to sign up to participate:
BC’s Oldest Neighbourhood House Celebrates 100 Years

Power or Women: Our Reality in the DTES

Newspaper headlines and academic research paints the DTES in sensationalist ways - as a neighbourhood full of crime and despair - or in simplified ways with one-dimensional characterizations of poverty and violence.

To counter this, the Power of Women Group - they are a group of women who live and access services and whose community is the DTES neighbourhood. They are coming together in an evening showcase of talks, poetry, skits and more to share real truths about their lives in the DTES with an emphasis on housing, poverty, colonization, and violence against women.

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Free dinner at 6 pm, Event at 6:30 pm
1803 East 1st Ave (just east of Commercial Drive)

Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories
Full Details & RSVP

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is looking for volunteers to help with administrative support for a short term, one-time need. This volunteer role involves phoning our organizational supporters to update their contact details and can be carried out in our Downtown Vancouver offices or from your home in BC. This work is critical in keeping our Coalition united across the province in calling for a Poverty Reduction Plan in British Columbia.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please email us at to learn how you can help us take action.

Not your style? Join us for the next Poverty Free Action Team meeting on September 28th (new members come at 6 pm for an orientation) at Room 2205, SFU Woodward’s Building at 149 West Hastings. Or stay tuned for our next Outreach Team orientation.

West End Business Improvement Association

Our friends at the West End Business Improvement Association(WEBIA) hosted their AGM this September. The WEBIA is an independent, non-profit association that promotes business and tourism in the West End. The Association is responsible for many placemaking initiatives in the community such as the hanging flower baskets on Denman Street and the decorative lighting in the Davie Village. We are proud to be a tenant on Davie Street with our new Attic Thrift Store on Davie located at 1340 Davie Street (between Jervis Street and Bute Street). 

WEBIA has partnered with or supported Gordon Neighbourhood on many initiatives this year including the West End Clean Team, the West End Food Festival, and the West End Games Night.

Squamish Nation Trades Centre in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers trades training programs

Programs are available to any Aboriginal individuals living in supportive housing/shelters. These are 100% tuition free, low-barrier entry training programs. We hope you will share the details with your clients so they can take advantage of these great training opportunities.

2 Programs Offered (start in November 2016)

Introduction to Construction Worker (two locations: North Vancouver and Squamish Valley)
  • Start Date: North Vancouver: November 21, 2016 to March 31, 2017
  • Start Date: Squamish Valley: November 7, 2016 to March 17, 2017

Introduction to Piping/Plumbing (North Vancouver)
  • Start Date: November 28, 2016 to March 3, 2017

Highlights include:
  • FREE tuition
  • $100/week attendance incentive
  • Start-up tools for work practicum, including personal protective equipment
  • Travel assistance
  • Meal assistance

Squamish Nation Trades Centre has offered to come to supportive housing and shelter sites and take applications when there is a group of applicants interested in enrolling. 

For enrollment in trades programs or further information, please contact Peter Baker at 604.506.2275 or, or Anna Cayou at 604.980-7946, C: 604.657.2409 or

Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives (BC Office)

We acknowledge that Gordon Neighbourhood House is located on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Copyright © 2016 Gordon Neighbourhood House, All rights reserved.

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

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