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E-newsletter March 2017

Gordon Neighbourhood House evaluates the impact of our work together using a variety of methods. Here is a snap shot of some of the fun we had in January 2016:

Young Ideas hosted 2 events and 5 classes:

90% of attendees reported feeling an increased sense of community belonging 

100% of attendees reported meeting someone new

Gordon Neighbourhood House has two Attic Thrift Stores (1340 Davie Street and 1019 Broughton Street). The Attic Thrift Store team consists of 50 dedicated volunteers

77% of people that shop at the Attic Thrift Stores reported that shopping at the stores saves them money. 

81% of our customers reported that they met someone new at the store.

73% of our customers know an Attic Thrift Store volunteer by their first name.

"The Attic and Gordon Neighbourhood House are anchors in the community that bring good people together and provide an amazing environment for love of community, and people to grow. Thank you Gordon House. Thank you Attic."

“The Attic has volunteers that are some of the finest, most generously spirited people I have met in my 15 years living in Vancouver”

“I can buy cheap items at the Attic [which] helps me save money to buy food”

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

Donate Now

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

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

75th Anniversary Event (Spring Forward) Planning Committee


This year’s Spring Forward Planning Committee has been hard at work planning for Gordon Neighborhood House’s Spring Forward. Spring Forward is a celebration of 75 years of community impact, where the funds raised support the work of Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

We want to extend a very special thank you to the committee members for all your hard work. The members of the Spring Forward Planning Committee are: 

Agata Feetham, Megan Stewart-Waywell, James Kim, Matt Schroeter, Jarrett McKee, Isabel Ashton, Jamie Paton, Michael Forrester, Renee Messere, Stephanie Lund, Lindsay O’Donnell, Kevin Wiens, Kim Stanley, Diana Calero, Elisa Ngueyn, Matthew Yeung, Kristen Scharf, Kathy Flood, Natasha Frankowski, Mei Yao and Paul M. Taylor. 

 
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Congratulations to Joy Gyamfi


On February 1, 2016 our amazing colleague Joy Gyamfi was recognized as an outstanding young black leader in Vancouver at the Mayor’s Black History Month Proclamation event. Joy is the Program Assistant in GNH’s Young Ideas initiative. We’re so lucky to have such an awesome colleague.

Welcome Joey!


We are happy to welcome Joey Liu, our new Farmer and Community Programmer to Gordon Neighbourhood House.
 
Joey is excited to get her hands dirty this year, and she can't think of anything better than growing fresh veggies to nourish the Gordon Neighbourhood House family. She loves connecting people to food, and helping to spark the 'A-ha!' moment when they pull a home-grown carrot out of the soil, or learn something really cool about nature.

Joey has been involved with The Food Connection, Mount Pleasant Food Network, The World In A Garden, Environmental Youth Alliance and Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). She has a Horticultural Therapy Certificate and firmly believes & practices in the therapeutic power of plants and nature. Outside of food, one of her biggest loves is singing in her community choir.

Welcome to the Farm-ly!
Calling all food-lovers and green thumbs! The GNH Urban Farm Program is starting up, and we're looking for folks to help with our 4 urban farm sites, including our new rooftop garden. 

The food we grow will be harvested for our GNH community lunches and low-cost produce market. All levels of experience are welcome, just bring your willingness to learn and collaborate on a team. Contact Joey at joey@gordonhouse.org or call 604-683-2554 to learn more.

Banana Trolley


Once a month we hit the streets to armed with organic fair trade bananas as we connect with the community to share news about programs, events or just to introduce ourselves. The fair trade organic bananas are generously donated by our friends at Whole Foods Market (Robson).

Look out for us on a West End street near you!

Nourish Bowl Wednesdays Starting Soon

Pay-what-you-can


What is a Nourish Bowl?

A Nourish bowl is a delicious hot meal in a bowl, typically with a layer of cooked grains on the bottom (like brown rice), a mix of cooked and raw seasonal vegetables, some protein (such as tofu, chickpeas or meat), and to top if off, a mouthwatering savoury sauce. Join us at 12:30pm on Wednesdays starting soon. 

Every week our kitchen team volunteers Collaborate with Joey (GNH's Farmer) to make a seasonal Nourish Bowls. We will switch up ingredients depending on what's in season and what people enjoy.

Want to help out with cooking, learn from Joey, and meet others in the community? Email us

Have you Had our Organic Fair Trade Coffee?


With a contribution from Ethical Bean we’re able to make organic fair trade coffee available at no cost to folks at the neighbourhood house. 

A huge thanks to our friends at Ethical Bean for their support!

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.

Check out GNH’s Food Philosophy.


Wednesday, March 1st PWYC (12:30pm)
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps   

Thursday, March 2nd $5 (12:00pm)   
GNH Garden Greens salad & Beef stew with polenta   

Monday, March 6th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest   

Tuesday, March 7th $5 (12:00pm)   
GNH Garden Greens salad & Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday, March 8th PWYC (12:30pm)
Harvest soup & assorted sandwiches/wraps   

Thursday, March 9th  $5 (12:00pm)     
Harvest soup & Pork in black bean sauce with egg noodles

Monday, March 13th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest   

Tuesday, March 14th $5 (12:00pm)   
Harvest Soup & Chicken Souvlaki with rice pilaf

Wednesday, March 15th PWYC (12:30pm)
Nourish Bowls 

Thursday, March 16th $5 (12:00pm)
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
GNH Garden Green salad & Pulled pork with mashed veggies   

Monday, March 20th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest   

Tuesday,March 21st $5 (12:00pm)
GNH Garden Greens salad & Beef bolognaise with garlic toast

Wednesday, March 22nd PWYC (12:30pm)
Nourish Bowls   

Thursday, March 23rd $5 (12:00pm)
Harvest soup & Roasted chicken with rice and beans 

Monday, March 27th PWYC (12:30pm)
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest   

Tuesday, March 28th $5 (12:00pm)
GNH Garden Green salad & Beef stir fry with egg noodles 

Wednesday, March 29th PWYC (12:30pm)
Nourish Bowls   

Thursday, March 30th $5 (12:00pm)
Harvest soup & Pork ribs with barley risotto


Is Gluten a no go? Are you allergic to shellfish? Lactose Intolerant? Halal Meat? 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.

Volunteer Postings


Want to build skills and experience? Meet your neighbours? Give back to your community?

Check out the volunteer opportunities available at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Fill out an application and let us know how you’d like to get involved, and when you are available. We’d love to hear from you! 
 
Look at our postings
Seniors' Events & Programs

Ongoing programs 

 

Qi Gong
Every Tuesday 10 AM to 11 AM
(Pay-what-you-can)

Walking Group
Every Wednesday 11 AM
FREE

Yoga
Every Tuesday 6:30 PM to 8 PM
(Pay-what-you-can)

Seniors' Lounge
Every Tuesday, 1 PM to 4 PM
FREE


Recreational Bingo
Last Tuesday of every month: March 28 1:30 PM
FREE


Crafty Neighbours Knitting Group
Every Wednesday 1 PM to 3 PM
Everyone Welcome

Events

 

Dance to some good ol’ rock and roll, enjoy tea and cookies
Thursday, March 16 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Free

 

Seniors’ trip to Tsawwassen Mills Mall
Thursday, March 23 10 AM to 3 PM
$10


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

Upcoming Young Ideas Events

 

FREE Tax Facts
Monday, March 23rd from 7:00pm-8:30pm
@GNH

$2 Cooking with Peter
Monday, March 27th from 7:00pm-8:30pm
@GNH


FREE Yoga
Every Tuesday Evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm
@GNH

The West End Games Night is back for 2017! Join us on the last Friday of every month for a night of FREE games, drinks, and snacks. Chilled Bomber craft beers are only $3. 

We have a wide range of games in our library for you to play, including classics like Jenga and Pictionary or new strategy and party games, like Settlers, Ticket to Ride, Cards Against Humanity, and Avalon. Just bring yourself, or some friends, or even a game you'd like to play.

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

A quiet space will be available. 
Like Young Ideas on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to find out about future events and initiatives. #YoungIdeas

A huge thank you to our event partners and donors who made this event possible: 
Watson Goepel LLP and City of Vancouver - Local Government

Our Blog


 
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Congratulations Perkins + Will


Congratulations to our good friends at Perkins + Will for being named the number 2 interior design firm in the world by Interior Design Magazine. We’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you on our renovations – thank you for your generous support and contribution to our community! 

Stay tuned for details on phase #2 of the Gordon Neighbourhood House renovation made possible by the pro bono support of Perkins + Will. 

Gordon Neighbourhood House's Online Calendar


Are you interested in the events and programs we host? 
 
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News from our Community Partners

Check Your Head


Our new Income Inequality Project is launching soon and we need your help to spread the word. We are looking for youth aged 16-24 with an interest in learning about anti-poverty, income inequality and economic justice.

Please share this call-out for participants with your networks, friends, social networks and youth you have in mind who might be interested. Attached you’ll find everything you’ll need to including a poster for distribution/printing/social networks, a link to our website/registration form and a project blurb. Your help is much appreciated! 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me through email or by phone at 604-709-5746.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Sole Food Street Farms


“Put your passion for food and community to better use. Do you thrive in a role that is equal parts ‘matchmaker’ and ‘traffic director.’ Love getting your hands dirty? Building strong community bonds is like second nature to you? If your sense of purpose is matched only by your sense of humour then you might be the person we're looking for.”

Sole Food Street Farms is looking for a Distribution Coordinator for our 2017 season. Please forward this posting to anyone you think might be interested. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017
Learn More

Growing Worker Power: Innovative Organizing Across the Food System

Vancouver Coastal Health launches Vancouver Food Asset Map

Learn More

LifeRing Secular Recovery


LifeRing Secular Recovery is a 100% peer driven support group for all those in recovery from substance use disorders (more commonly called addictions.) We provide a safe, friendly non-judgemental atmosphere where participants are able to openly and frankly discuss their individual journeys in recovery. We believe that there is no template or recipe for recovery and that people must be free to discover what works for them by sharing and listening to others. Everyone's journey is 
unique but to find your way and your tools it is important to connect and to share with others on their own journey. LifeRing meetings provide this environment for many people.

We practice secularity which means that in our opinion religion and all forms of spirituality are individual choices and may or may not play a role in an individuals recovery. We bring together people on the basis of what we all have in common which is recovery from substance misuse.

All are welcome at our meetings.

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Please RSVP on Facebook

West End Green Bloc Project


Want to reducing your carbon footprint by 15% ? Green Bloc project in the West End is a collaborative project between SFU Centre for Dialogue, Evergreen Foundation and Whistler Centre for Sustainability to provide residents with tools to live sustainable.  

The Green Bloc project will use an innovated tool developed Jannie Moore base on the work of Bill Rees to measure folks carbon footprint. 

West End residents are invited to participate in the project or to pass on this invite to people who you think would be interested in participating. The deadline for applying to the project is February 5.
Learn More

Marpole’s Old Firehall to Become Neighbourhood House

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Vancouver SOUP

Share your ideas for how to make Vancouver a more social and sustainable city


Here's your chance to share your idea with Vancouverites, with the chance to win their donations. Your project can be about anything, as long as it builds community and takes place in the city.

Tell us 3 quick things about your idea or project here by March 15 to have a chance to pitch at SOUP on March 30.
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Phone: 604 683 2554              
Email: welcome
@gordonhouse.org
Mailing Address: 1019 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2A7, B.C. Canada

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