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                  E-Newsletter July 2014

Mark Your Calendars


Seniors Community Planning Table Meeting 
10am on June 27 at GNH


Afternoon of Kickin' It 
2-3pm on July 13 at the grass area on Sunset Beach at the bottom of Thurlow
(Brought to you by the Young Ideas Caucus)


Staff and Volunteer Fun Retreat and BBQ
4-7pm on July 13 at Second Beach
(Brought to you by the GNH Fun Committee)


GNH Annual General Meeting
6:30pm on July 14 at GNH

Artifact (Art and Craft Sale)
12pm to 6pm on July 26 and July 27 at Bute and Davie (the Rainbow Crossing)

The 2nd Annual West End Food Festival
September 18-22 

Brews and Chews, a Pop-up Pub Night
7-9pm on September 18 at Gordon Neighbourhood House 

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GNH Urban Agriculture Update: 


On Friday, June 6th Gordon Neighbourhood House broke ground on the development of our new off-site Urban Farm located at 1209 Jervis St. (and Davie St.). Through the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, staff, the Out-of-School care program kids, the Nelson family, the Gordon Family, residents of the building and the talented folks at Shifting Growth, we transformed a courtyard full of invasive blackberry bushes and weeds into an off-site farm a few blocks away from Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

The new GNH Farm site was made possible through the support of Gordon Nelson Inc., a local business that generously provided the site, materials and some people-power for the development of the new site. Residents of the building also now have plots in which they can grow food for themselves as well. 

Also, when you’re at the Neighbourhood House don’t forget to check out our indoor planter on the second floor (Carrots, Onion). Thanks to a partnership with Corkit and with funding support from the Vancouver Foundation, our new project "Operation Cork" will have the preteen program participants using up-cycled wine cork to create more indoor planters. 

We're also excited that the second grow season for our on-site Urban Farm (behind GNH) is well underway – we look forward to this year’s bounty.

If you’re interested in getting involved in any of our urban farming initiatives please email
 welcome@gordonhouse.org

The Launch of the Seniors Advisory Committee


Gordon Neighbourhood House has a long history of working alongside seniors in an ongoing effort to make the West End an even better place to live and grow. To do this we glean from the experience and wisdom of seniors in the West End and beyond through a variety of mechanisms, the newly developed Gordon Neighbourhood House Seniors Advisory Committee is yet another. 

The primary role of the committee is to act an as advisory body to Gordon Neighbourhood House regarding matters pertaining to enhancing access to Gordon Neighbourhood House’s services for seniors.

Seniors Advisory Committee Members:
Audrey Richards
Heidi McDonell (Chair)
Margaret Johnson 
Marjorie Buchanan
Peggy Casey
Ruby Boychuk
Sheila Baxter

Staff Liaison: Jessy Scaria (jessy@gordonhouse.org)

An Update on the Clean Team


With new sponsorships secured and many days of caring completed, there’s been a lot going on with the Clean Team as of late! BEST Service Pros Janitorial Services recently donated brooms and dust-pans and Starbucks has offered to supply our corporate day of caring events with coffee on an ongoing basis. 

We’ve recently hosted BMO and RBC for Vancouver Sun-United Way Days of Caring, and on April 16 Starbucks conducted a litter audit of the West End, with data indicating cigarette butts as 53% of all litter, paper products as 18 %, food packaging as 16 %, and drink containers as 7%. 

In total, the program has logged a whopping 293 volunteer hours over the past few months in addition to the regular 24 staff hours per week spent cleaning and collecting data on the most litter heavy streets in the West End: Davie, Denman, and Robson. If you are interested in joining the Clean Team as a staff member or volunteer, or if you work for a small business or company and would like to coordinate a Community Day please contact Sam at
cleanteam@gordonhouse.org.

The Suppermobile is Back!


Jump on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s FREE Suppermobile to learn more about locally produced food, to connect to your community and to make new friends.   Starting on June 28th, for the second year in a row, every Saturday at 12:30 pm for 16 weeks, our Suppermobile will carry 20 participants from Gordon Neighbourhood House to local farmers’ markets, where the participants can purchase some of the produce that is available. Each participant will be given a coupon book, worth $15, to use at the market.

To register for a trip on the Suppermobile, please talk to us at the front desk or e-mail us at welcome@gordonhouse.org. Space is limited so please register in advance.   We hope to see you there!

Also, if you or anyone that you know happens to have a class 4 driver’s license, and would like to help, we are looking for volunteer bus drivers! To volunteer please email Andrew Christie at andrew@gordonhouse.org

We are currently reviewing our community food programs and the potential to develop others that meet the needs of our community. To do this we appreciate your feedback. This is a VERY short survey that will take no more that 3 minutes of your time.

We really appreciate you taking the time to respond:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DYNTP8R

If you are you interested in issues affecting children and families in the West End, then this committee is for you! Take action and become part of the West End Families in Action Committee (WEFA) to discuss issues and to advocate for the needs of children and families in the West End. 

The West End Families in Action Committee (WEFA) was formed in May 2014. It is led by West End families with the support of Gordon Neighbourhood House. WEFA’s mandate is to act as an advisory body to Gordon Neighbourhood House regarding matters pertaining to enhancing access to GNH’s services for children and their families, and to identify and suggest solutions to gaps and barriers that impede the full participation of children and their families in the West End and beyond. 

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Agata Feetham, Program Director, at
agata@gordonhouse.org
 

West End Young Ideas Caucus 


Did you know that 48% of the people residing in the West End are between the ages of 20 and 39? The Young Ideas Caucus focuses on engaging young adults through a variety of events, initiatives and activities such as, creative workshops, food tastings and community outings. Our pilot event, Brews & Chews, will highlight craft beer and food pairings, from local retailers. Brews & Chews will take place on Thursday, September 18th from 7 – 9 pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House (save the date).

Also, If soccer fever has you inspired you to kick the ball around you’re not alone! We would also like to invite you to come out and meet new people, make new friends and get to know your neighbours in the West End. Join us for an afternoon of kicking a soccer ball around. All abilities welcome for some fun and socializing.


For more information or to get involved in the West End Young Ideas Caucus, please contact youngideas@gordonhouse.org.
 

When:  Sunday July 13th @ 2-3 pm
(one hour game)
Where: On the grass at the bottom of Thurlow at Sunset Beach
Cost: Free
What to bring: Water, and your awesomeness!

Join us for our Staff and Volunteer Fun Retreat!


Gordon Neighbourhood House’s newly formed Fun Committee is hosting a Staff and Volunteer Retreat on Sunday, July 13 from 4 to 7 pm. Join us for a beach BBQ at Second Beach in Stanley Park. We will have food, games and of course of FUN! Please bring your friends and family and an appetizer or dessert to share. RSVP to malik@gordonhouse.org by July 4th.  We hope to see you there!
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