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                  E-Newsletter March 2015

A huge thank you our friends at Choices Markets, Vancity Credit Union, MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert and the Electronics Recycling Association for your support of our work!

Gordon Neighbourhood House becomes a Good Food Organization

We are pleased to be working in alliance with Community Food Centres Canada​ and to have been recognized as one of the first batch of Good Food Organizations in Canada.

By working together through a set of shared principles, the Good Food Organizations initiative connects like-minded organizations around the country in a collective commitment to achieving a healthy and fair food system.

Right to Food Dialogues:

On February 11, 2015, Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted The Right to Food? What is it? What can we do? 

Representatives from 13 different neighbourhood houses and neighbourhood food networks gathered to brainstorm our roles and potential roles in this work. The event was a great success and there was a strong desire to keep the conversation going! 

Stay tuned for:

  • Workshops on ​incorporating the Right to Food into existing programs and developing shared outcomes​
  • Listening to our communities, advocating for change, and a multi-community Neighbourhood House Social Justice Group.

That same afternoon, Gordon Neighbourhood House partnered with our friends at The Gathering Place Community Centre to host Around the Table: A community conversation about food security in the Downtown Peninsula. Representatives from over 25 organizations, local businesses, city of Vancouver staff, community and faith-based groups came together at the Gathering Place to discuss what kind of collaboration is needed to see food for all in our community. We learned that there is a lot of work to be done and that many were keen to stay involved.​ 

Stay tuned for:

  • Exploring the development of a Downtown Peninsula Social Justice Planning Table
  • Beginning a Downtown Peninsula Community Food Assessment. Click here for more information on Community Food Assessments:
  • Food Safe Training 
  • A workshop on Soliciting food donations and donor education​

​If you would like a summary of the notes/presentation from either of the events or to be included on the mailing list to keep for these activities please email Susanna Millar at

West End Seniors Community Planning Table

The next Planning Table meeting will be held on: 
Friday, March 27th, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Gordon Neighbourhood House

Our guest speaker is Isobel Mackenzie, BC's newly appointed Seniors Advocate. Meetings are open to all and provide an opportunity to connect with your neighbours, community groups and organizations on topics of relevance to seniors.

Dementia Smart Awareness and Activities Workshop

Pomegranate Training is happy to offer a series of three 2 hour Dementia Smart workshops for family, care givers, friends and community members, professionals and volunteers working with people at all stages of the dementia journey.

This exciting new pilot program will raise awareness about Dementia and will provide participants with meaningful tools to communicate with loved ones, through participatory Dementia Smart Activities.
  • What is Dementia?
  • Signs and symptoms of Dementia
  • Supporting and caring for a person with Dementia
  • Understanding the Dementia journey and its difficulties
This 3 part workshop will be offered on Wednesdays at West End Seniors Network in February and again in March/April at Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Wednesday March 25, April 1, April 8, from 1:30-3:30, at Gordon Neighbourhood House

To register or to get more information:
Please contact Farzana Latif at 778-829-5697 or

Meet our friend and neighbour Tanja 

Tanja grew up in Denmark in World War II, and never thought she'd be spending the rest of her life in Vancouver.​

These films were produced in Reel Youth's 2014 Youth & Seniors Film Program, in partnership with Gordon Neighbourhood House. The program brought together youth and older adults in a creative collaboration to celebrate older Canadians through story-telling and film, with the added benefit of fostering new inter-generational relationships. The program was made possible by the generous support of Telus. 

Watch the Video

March Lunch Menu


Tuesday, March 3, $5

Chef's Salad, Pork Sirloin in Yellow Thai Curry, Brown Rice


Thursday, March 5, $5

Soup of the Day, Roasted Chicken, Mashed Veggies


Tuesday, March 10, $5

Soup of the Day, Shepard's Pie

Thursday, March 12, $5

Chef's Salad, Chicken Schnitzel, Steamed Veggies



Tuesday, March 17, $5

Chef's Salad, Beef Stew, Colcannon Potatoes

Thursday, March 19, $5

Soup of the Day, Roasted Pork Ribs, Stir fry Veggies


Tuesday, March 24, $5

Chef's Salad, Chicken Souvlaki, Rice Pilaf


Thursday, March 26, $5

Soup of the Day, Braised Pork in Black Bean Sauce, Egg Noodles


Thursday, March 31, $5

Chef's Salad, Beef Bolognaise, Garlic Toast

We strive to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please let us know a week in advance and we'll do our very best to accommodate you. We all deserve a tasty lunch!

Community News

An Update on the West End Community Plan From the City's West End Planning Team

In the last month, several applications for new developments have been received by staff. These will provide new housing (including rental housing, social housing and housing for families) and public benefits for the community. For each application, you’ll have the chance to review the proposal and share your thoughts at open houses, online or through other public engagement opportunities.
Laneway Infill
The plan identified opportunities to build ground-oriented infill housing along the West End’s laneways with a focus on rental housing, particularly for families with children. Two laneway infill rental projects were approved by the Development Permit Board (DPB) in November 2014. Three more infill development applications will be considered by the Board this spring. For more information on these projects visit:

1529 Comox Street
1427 Haro Street (application details coming soon)
1184 Comox Street (application details coming soon)
Development Applications
A proposal for a new mixed-use development providing market and social housing at 1177 Jervis Street will be presented at an Open House on March 2, 2015 from 5 - 8 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street. For more information visit:
1177 Jervis Street
Rezoning Applications
A proposal for new rental housing at 1754-1772 Pendrell Street has been received. For more information or to provide comments, visit:
1754-1772 Pendrell Street
If you’re not already on our email list but would like to receive this newsletter and updates about the West End Plan implementation in electronic form, please sign up by going to (see right column on website) or phone 3-1-1.
- The West End Planning Team
One of the first commercial shops on the 1100 block of Davie Street (between Bute and Thurlow), 1928 (Credit: City of Vancouver Archives, Str N266.1; Photographer: W.J. 
Conceptual illustration of Davie Village between Thurlow and Bute Streets, looking northwest, showing potential public realm enhancements, rooftop patio, and infill housing along the adjacent laneway.
Gordon Neighbourhood House acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples.
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