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E-newsletter July 2017

Every month our newsletter is curated by a Gordon Neighbourhood House Staff Member, Community Board Member, or volunteer.

This Month’s edition was compiled by our Community Programmer, Katelyn! Katelyn supervises our fantastic Clean Team (in partnership with WEBIA) and has been a star at coordinating Days of Caring with United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Days of Caring with United Way

United Way of the Lower Mainland has been a major funder of Gordon Neighbourhood House for many years. Their funding supports many of our programs for seniors, children and families. “Days of Caring” is a program that brings United Way of the Lower Mainland’s donors together with the organizations they fund (like Gordon Neighbourhood House!) to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. Our connection has allowed us to develop relationships with local organizations across the Lower Mainland and in our community. This program has helped donors to feel connected to the work that we and the United Way of the Lower Mainland do together with our community.

A special thanks to Siân and Georgia from United Way for helping to organize these Days of Caring at Gordon Neighbourhood House! 

Day of Caring: Bank of Montreal

A wonderful team from the Bank of Montreal came to Gordon Neighbourhood House on June 14 to help set-up and serve our community lunches and assisted our farmer Joey in the gardens. Not only were our guests full and happy with the meal, but we had a bundle of fresh greens ready to go for our next lunch!

Day of Caring: Vancouver Convention Centre

Five lovely individuals from the Vancouver Convention Centre lent us a hand at our community lunch on June 22 and thanks to their generous donation we were able to provide a free meal to our guests! We put their service skills to the test that day and they passed with flying colours.

We are hiring!

We are looking for folks to work with us at our front desk, helping to create a safe and welcoming space while answering questions from the community about our programs. Check out our website for the job postings, and please spread the word if you know someone who would be perfect.

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 us to talk 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! 

Check out our volunteer postings

Pick up a volunteer application form at Gordon Neighbourhood House or complete our online form

Creating welcoming and safe spaces

Gordon Neighbourhood House is committed to and proud of providing a safe and welcoming space for everyone in our community. Our staff came together to draft a respect policy for everyone that comes to Gordon Neighbourhood House, and we want to share it with you! If you want to talk to us more about it or have any questions, send us an email!

Check out our Respect Policy

New Hours!

With the summer upon us, and our renovations in full swing, we will be closing Gordon Neighbourhood House at 7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Check out full hours of operation on our website.

Program Updates


Community Lunches

We are very excited to announce that as of July 4, 2017, all of our Community Lunches will be starting at 12 pm. 

Creative Playtime

The Creative Playtime program will now run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 11 am.

Out of School Care

As of September, we will be offering before care in our Out of School Care program. Please contact Isabel for more information at

8th Annual West End Community Yard Sale 

Join us for one of the largest yard sales in the city! 

Saturday, July 15th from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Lord Roberts Elementary School (Comox St. and Cardero St.) 

Featuring: 40+ vendors with vintage items, antiques, tools, clothing, household goods, crafts, books, and so much more! Hosted by The Attic Thrift Store (located upstairs at GNH) and The Attic Thrift Store on Davie (located between Jervis St. and Broughton St.. 100% of proceeds support Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

A few vendor stalls are still available. Each spot is only $20, and tables are an additional $5. For more information email or call (604) 683-2554. 

Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-off 

Donate your old computers and monitors for reuse, and recycle your electronics, small appliances, batteries, light bulbs and more, FOR FREE! 

For a full list of accepted items or for more information, visit 

Date: Saturday, July 15th 10am – 1pm 

Drop-off Location: Barclay Manor 1447 Barclay Street Parking Lot

Neighbourhood Small Grants

For the last several years Gordon Neighbourhood House has coordinated the Neighbourhood Small Grants program for residents on the Downtown Peninsula. The innovative program combats loneliness and isolation by funding resident-led projects that bring people together and foster connections in the community. 

With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, this year Gordon Neighbourhood House awarded grants to more than 100 community projects! One such project was Concrete Culture Clash coordinated by Young Hwang and Philip Lee. 

Concrete Culture Clash was a free outdoor event dedicated to showcasing and teaching streetdance culture. After noticing that only avid street dancers attend streetdance events, the project coordinators decided to host free workshops for beginners who were interested in learning. 

The organizers booked space in a downtown plaza and with the help of local instructors taught dance styles including: Hip-Hop, House, Locking, Top Rock, and Waacking. Open floor time allowed participants to share their own personal styles with everyone else in the "cypher", and participants took turns dancing in the middle of a circle of dancers. 

The event expanded the local dance scene, connected residents, and shared skills between neighbours.

Young Ideas is a volunteer group that hosts events for people in their 20s and 30s who live, work, and hang in the West End. We plan events like games nights, meditation and yoga classes, cooking workshops, and Pride parties as a way to meet neighbours and make new friends. Join us, we're always looking for more members, no experience is required.

Email for more information. 

Upcoming Events
Bend & Breathe

Pay-what-you-can yoga class.

6:30-8:00pm every Tuesday at Gordon Neighbourhood House
West End Games Night

Free, outdoor board games night featuring live music.

6:00-9:00pm in the Jim Deva Plaza at Davie and Bute

July 6th, July 27th, August 10th, August 24th

Cooking With

 Monthly cooking class with Chef Peter. Learn how to cook seafood with 7 other participants and then share a meal afterwards.

Monday, July 24th, 6:30pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House, $2

Email or call (604) 683-2554 to register.

Davie Street Party

Join Young Ideas for our latest participatory public art project.

Friday, August 4th on Davie Street, 6:00-12:00am

Absolutely Fabulous Pride Party

Young Ideas and Black Lives Matter Vancouver are partnering again to host their Absolutely Fabulous Pride party on Thursday, August 3rd from 8:00-11:00pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Featuring local musicians and drag performances, tickets are $5 and will go on soon. Get yours early as last year this popular event sold out!

Young Ideas supported Black Lives Matter Vancouver's leadership to make the Vancouver Pride Parade more inclusive and reflective of our diverse community, without the presence of armed and uniformed police officers. "Pride began as a protest and it can't be a celebration if only some people feel safe," stated BLMV organizer Joy Gyamfi. 

On Sunday, June 25th BLMV hosted March On Pride, a parade through the Davie Village that centred voices of Vancouver's queer and trans Black and people of colour communities. The march from Emery Barnes Park along Davie Street to Alexandra Park drew up to 1,000 participants, and demonstrated how a Pride celebration could be both political and inclusive. 

The West End Food Festival is back! 

The West End Food Festival is an annual event, geographically focused on Vancouver’s West End Neighbourhood. Since 2013, we’ve collaborated with community members and organizations to put together a fun and diverse program of workshops, events and dialogues that celebrates food in the West End community. This year’s West End Food Festival takes place from September 21-26, 2017. 

All events or workshops are free and open to the public, and led by individuals or organizations in the community who can receive up to $200 for supplies and other workshop/event costs. 

Lead a project 

We want you to creatively contribute to the West End Food Festival by designing, coordinating and delivering your own food-related project, such as a workshop or event for the public. Apply by July 23, and if chosen we will help you with resources and support to make it happen! 

Learn more

Email or call us at 604-683-2554

Whole Foods 5% Day 

Whole Foods, a long time supportive donor, generously donated 5% of their net sales on June 22 to Gordon Neighbourhood House. Their support will help fund our upcoming Vancouver Food Summit! In addition, they provided a table outside their Robson location for the second year in a row for us to promote GNH and our awesome programs/services. We would like to extend a special thanks to Gerald at Robson Whole Foods and all the patrons that day! Thank you for supporting GNH!

Urban Farm Update

Check out this larger than head-size broccoli we harvested for our recent Couscous Salad Nourish Bowl!

We are finally seeing more veggies flourishing and ready to eat, such as peas, radishes, bok choi, lettuce, kale, broccoli and garlic scapes (the curly top part of the garlic). In the last two weeks we've planted about 30 tomato plants, as well as basil, cucumber and zucchini. 

Our volunteers are loving the experience of harvesting produce from our farms, and preparing it the next day for the Community lunch. Our lunch and produce market guests are also very excited about the availability of this super fresh and local food -- just last week we harvested 15 bags of mixed salad greens and 6 heads of lettuce to sell for the first time at our produce market, and we sold out in less than an hour! 

To get involved with the urban farms program, email Farmer Joey at or call 604-683-2554. 

Senior’s Out Trip 

Enjoy a lovely morning at Cates Park in North Vancouver. Take a waterfront stroll at N. Vancouver’s largest seaside park and marvel at the beautiful totem poles. 

Participants are asked to buy their own lunches at Wally’s Burgers. 

Cost: $10 

Date: July 18, 2017 

Summer Students 

Gordon Neighbourhood House is excited to welcome five fantastic summer students this year! During this summer, you’ll be sure to see them around the house, when you visit our farms, sign up for a lunch and/or participate in our camps this summer. We’re ecstatic to welcome them to the GNH team! 

Chef’s Assistant – Hannah 

Hannah is a current UBC student who is studying to become a Registered Dietitian. She is originally from northern BC, but now lives in Vancouver to study and inspire healthy living within her community. Hannah is passionate about all things food and is excited to be working with the GNH team this summer! 

Urban Farm Assistant – Julian 

Julian first worked with GNH through a community project with UBC’s Ethnography Field School and during his project he volunteered his time to assist our farmer in the gardens and at our weekly food hubs. We are super excited to be able to have Julian continue working with us as our Urban Farm Assistant this summer. 

Summer Programs Coordinator – Madelyn 

Madelyn is a 4th year student at Quest University Canada, where she studies Communications and Cultural Studies. We are excited to have her join Gordon Neighbourhood House as a Summer Camp Coordinator this season. Her passions include playing music, working with people in her community, and biking in the sunshine. 

Summer Day Camp Leader – Herleen 

Herleen Sethi is a 4th year York University student majoring in Health and Society. We are thrilled to have her as a summer camp leader this summer. Mental health is one area that she is most passionate about. After she graduates from university she plans on pursuing a masters in mental health counseling. Whenever she is not busy with school, she likes to spend my spare time being outdoors and doing photography. 

Summer Day Camp Leader – Raj 

This is Raj’s first year working with GNH and we are happy to have him on board this season as a summer camp leader! He is going into his third year of Materials Engineering at UBC. He loves to be outdoors and be active! 

Community Lunch Menu

As part of our food philosophy, we are committed to celebrating seasonality and locally grown food. Everyone is welcome to attend our community lunches. Check out our daily lunch menu board at the Neighbourhood House, or give us a call to find out what's on special.


Monday, July 3rd

GNH Closed


Tuesday, July 4th
12:00pm, PWYC

GNH Garden Greens Salad, Beef Stew with Polenta   


Wednesday, July 5th
12:00pm, PWYC

Nourish Bowl—Veggie tofu bowl w/ tahini dressing   


Thursday, July 6th
12:30pm, $5

Harvest Soup & chicken curry with rice noodles   



Monday, July 10th
12:00pm, $5

Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest



Tuesday, July 11th
12:30pm, $5

Harvest soup & stewed chicken with rice and beans



Wednesday, July 12th 
12:00pm, PWYC

Nourish Bowl—Polish potato salad  



Thursday, July 13th
12:00pm, $5

Garden Greens salad & Beef lasagne with garlic toast


Monday, July 17th
12:00pm, PWYC

Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest  



Tuesday, July 18th
12:00pm, $5
GNH Garden Greens Salad & Roast chicken with barley


Wednesday, July 19th
12:00pm, PWYC
Nourish Bowl—Mexican fiesta bowl w/salsa 


Thursday, July 20th
12:00pm, $5
Harvest soup & Beef stir fry noodles


Monday, July 24th
12:00pm, PWYC

Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest


Tuesday, July 25th
12:00pm, $5
Harvest soup & Pulled pork with mashed veggies



Wednesday, July 26th
12:00pm, PWYC
Nourish Bowl- Asian orzo pasta bowl


Thursday, July 27th
12:00pm, $5
GNH Garden Greens salad & Beef bolognaise with garlic toast



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.

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Connections and Engagement Survey 

How easy do you find it to make friends in Metro Vancouver? Do you know your neighbours well enough to ask for help? How would you describe your sense of belonging? 

In 2012, Vancouver Foundation released their first Connections & Engagement report. The survey revealed that Metro Vancouver can be a hard place to make friends, and that our neighbourhood connections are cordial, but weak. We resolved to work on these issues. 

Now, five years on, the Connections and Engagement report is back. The new survey builds on some unanswered questions from 2012, compares Metro Vancouver to other parts of Canada, and explores how people feel about the influence of urban living, greenspaces, and new technologies like social media. 

We encourage you to take the survey, and share it with as many people as you can – from all walks of life – to truly capture the diversity of communities across Metro Vancouver. Take the 2017 Connections and Engagement survey. 

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