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E-newsletter June 2017

Starting this month our newsletter will now be guest curated by a Gordon Neighbourhood House Staff Member, Community Board Member, or volunteer.

This Month’s edition was compiled by Community Programmer Jim Balakshin. Jim coordinates the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, and supports the Attic Thrift Store Team, and the Young Ideas Volunteer Steering Committee.

Small Grants Build Community

Gordon Neighbourhood House coordinates many initiatives throughout the year, this month we want to highlight the amazing Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

Several years ago the Vancouver Foundation initiated a study to determine what people cared about most in our region. Surprisingly, respondents overwhelmingly indicated that a growing sense of isolation and disconnection was their top concern. Many residents reported that they didn’t know their neighbours, lacked a sense of belonging, and didn’t feel connected to their community. Which makes sense, because how can you look out for your neighbours if you don’t know who they are.

Even more alarming, survey respondents in neighbourhoods such as the West End with high concentrations of multi-family buildings, many newcomers, and differences of language and ethnicities, rates of disconnection were even higher!

The Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program confronts this issue by funding resident-led projects that bring neighbours together. Grants up to $500 are awarded to projects that connect and engage residents, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of ownership and pride, and respect and celebrate diversity. Project examples include: cooking workshops, block parties, yoga classes, art shows, Pride parties, concerts, movie nights in the park, flower arranging classes, rooftop gardening projects, and so much more. Since starting their projects, the majority of grant recipients have reported significant changes in the sense of belonging in their neighbourhood.
Gordon Neighbourhood House coordinates the NSG program for all residents on the Downtown Peninsula (West End, Coal Harbour, Yaletown, and Downtown), and this year distributed over $50,000 in funding from the Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and the Community Foundations of Canada for Canada 150+ projects. 

Like Gordon Neighbourhood House on Facebook to find out about upcoming NSG events and projects in your neighbourhood. 

Message from Deb Bryant, CEO

"I am delighted to welcome Chantille Viaud as our new Senior Director at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Chantille is well-known and regarded amongst staff and volunteers at Gordon, in the West End community and at ANHBC. She most recently held a position as Director of Community Food Initiatives at Gordon and has served in an acting lead role from time to time. Chantille has agreed to a term assignment as Senior Director, with executive support from Allen Smith, who takes on this role in addition to his ongoing position as Executive Director at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. 
I am looking forward to working with this terrific twosome over the coming months.  Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles."
Deb Bryant, CEO
Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC

Chantille, Linda, Agata & Allen

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 April 2017:

FUN FACT: In 2016, Gordon Neighbourhood House served over 14,000 meals in all of our programs and initiatives!
"I come to meet friends and contribute to my community"
—Crafty Neighbours attendee

100% of Crafty Neighbours attendees that were surveyed reported that they have met someone new in the program. 33% of those surveyed reported that as a result of attending the program, they have gotten involved in other activities at Gordon Neighbourhood House.
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Good Neighbour Awards 2017

We love to celebrate our amazing volunteers, and once a year we have the chance to honour a few of them at the Good Neighbour Awards! This year we nominated Will Canthal, Chantal Denis, and Perkins+Will.

Will has been volunteering with us since 2015 in our West End Clean Up project and as part of the Attic Thrift Store team. Most recently he has been played a lead role in working with our social media and digital communications.

Chantal has worked with us every step of the way to make Meatless Mondays, Veggie Soup-a-Stars and the Cooking With (vegan!) programs successful... and delicious! Fun fact: Chantal never forgets and name and remembers what’s going on in everyone’s lives. She makes each person she meets feel like they belong and are important.

Perkins+Will, an internationally acclaimed design and architecture firm, has been instrumental in helping Gordon Neighbourhood House achieve our vision of a refreashed, warm, and welcoming space through renovations to the main floor and lobby. Their amazing staff have poured hours into design, paperwork, and meetings to ensure that the next stage of renovations to the upstairs will be just as incredible.

See the full winners list

Welcome Espérance!

Espérance Mukeshimana has joined the Gordon Neighborhood House staff team and will be supporting the Attic Thrift Store Team at our Davie Street store. Espérance has previous experience as a shelter worker, and is an active community organizer with the Burundian Community Association of BC, which like Gordon Neighbourhood House is a Member of the Metro Vancouver Alliance.
We are always looking for more volunteers at both of our Attic Thrift store locations. Gain retail experience, make new friends, and meet your neighbours! Attic Team Members also receive 50% off all regular-priced items when volunteering.

Welcome Micah!

Micah Goldberg is the newest member of our Community Advisory Board. He is a civil litigator at Watson Goepel LLP with experience in human rights and corporate litigation. After Watson Goepel partnered with the Gordon Neighbourhood House last year Micah said he was overwhelmed with the services offered by the house to the community. 
"In downtown Vancouver", he says, "suddenly I found a place everyone could call home. Connecting with my community is something I take pride in, and joining the Community Advisory Board feels like an excellent way to both understand the needs of the community and ensure they are reflected in our home." Micah brings a legal skill-set to the board, as well as a great amount of enthusiasm. We look forward to working with him!

What's Growing at GNH Farms

How about that sun! As the weather’s been warming up, we've been seeing more veggies coming up at the farms, in particular Pac Choi, lettuce, peas, radishes, kale, herbs, and finally beets and carrots. 

Lately we've been harvesting bunches of mint, rosemary and oregano to sell at our Friday produce market, and lots of spinach, chives, and parsley to go in our community lunches. One Thursday we harvested yellow kale flowers (yes you can eat kale flowers!), which made Chef Peter's chicken and mushroom risotto dish even more fancy and delicious.

We recently welcomed three UBC students, Isabel, Julian and Janice, who are helping out at our farms for the next 6 weeks as part of a community ethnography project. Last week we harvested chive blossoms from our rooftop garden, put them in a jar and covered with white wine vinegar. The blossoms turn the vinegar pink, and infuse a chive-y onion flavour. Perfect for making salad dressing with Gordon House greens this summer!

We always welcome new volunteers to come farming. If you'd like to get involved, contact Farmer Joey at, or join our next volunteer orientation.

West End Family Night

The West End Family Night started with a great idea by one of our neighbours that submitted a Neighbourhood Small Grant application to host a free dinner for West End families. It was such a hit, that it has become a monthly gathering for families to socialize and share a meal together. This FREE program runs every second Monday of the month and everyone is welcome. Join us for our next dinner on June 12 at 6:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The West End Family Night program does not run in July and August, and as of September will run on SATURDAYS. The first West End Family Saturday dinner will be held on SEPTEMBER 16 from 5 to 7 pm. 

Renovations Update

The renovations to the second floor of Gordon Neighbourhood House are due to begin on June 19th. We are very excited to update our space and appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during this time. Some programs may be moved offsite during this time. Please call the front desk at 604-683-2554 for more information about specific programs.

Naloxone Training

In response to the Fentanyl crisis in Vancouver, Gordon Neighbourhood House has started providing Naloxone Training to staff and volunteers. We held our first training in May for staff and in the next month, will provide 2 more opportunities for staff and volunteers to receive the training. This will ensure that we will have Naloxone kits and a trained person onsite at all times in case of an emergency where a life needs to be saved, as Naloxone acts quickly to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Days of Caring

Days of Caring are workplace campaigns that connect organizations with community initiatives. These placements highlight community issues, encourage team-building, and build a stronger community. This month in partnership the United Way, Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted employees from Fluor and CIBC. 

Fluor employees came to Gordon Neighbourhood House on May 11th to assist with the preparation and serving of our 3 course community lunch. Their enthusiasm and positive energy was uplifting on a rainy day. 

CIBC volunteers assisted Chef Peter and the kitchen volunteers for a Community Lunch on May 25th. From serving our guests to making centre pieces, they were eager to help and meet our Members. Thank you CIBC and Fluor for supporting Gordon Neighbourhood House!

Young Ideas is a group of West End neighbours who plan and host events for people in the West End between the ages of 20-39. Think pop-up pub nights, drag bingo, gardening workshops, wine and painting nights, and $2 cooking classes.

Upcoming Events

Mind & Bodhi

Have you ever wanted to try meditation but wasn't sure where to start? Starting Thursday, June 8 Young Ideas is piloting a drop-in, pay-what-you-can meditation class called Mind & Bohdi. The class is from 7:00-8:00pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House and is open to people of all experience levels, and no equipment is necessary.

Bend & Breathe

Young Ideas also offers a pay-what-you-can yoga class every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Please bring your own mat.

West End Games Night

From November to May, Young Ideas partnered with the West End Board Games Meetup to host the monthly West End Games Night. On the last Friday of every month, we had games, snacks, and $3 Bomber beers available for anyone who wanted a place to play games, meet new people, and just hang out. 93 people attended May's games night!

Starting on June 15th, Young Ideas will be taking the West End Games Night on the road to the Jim Deva Plaza (near the rainbow crosswalks) for the summer. We’ll bring the games cart with dozens of games to borrow, simply show up at 7:00pm to play! The games nights will take place every other Thursday until August 15th.

This project West End Games Night was originally created by a Neighbourhood Small Grant, and is now generously sponsored by the WEBIA. Like Young Ideas and The West End Games Night on Facebook for event reminders.

Cooking With

Calling all Foodies! Join us for Cooking With—Young Idea's interactive cooking workshop led by Chef Peter. At Cooking With you'll learn how to cook a delicious meal from scratch with seven of your neighbours. Afterwards everyone will sit down at a long table to enjoy the meal together.

Monday, June 26th, 2017 (6:30-8:00pm), Summer Picnic Favorites

Monday, July 24th, 2017 (6:30-8:00pm), Seafood

Tickets to this workshop are only $2 ($25+ value!), and are limited to 8 participants. Reserve your spot by calling (604) 683-2554, or paying in person at the Gordon Neighbourhood House front desk.

Absolutely Fabulous

On Thursday, August 3rd Young Ideas will host their fourth annual Absolutely Fabulous Pride party with Black Lives Matter Vancouver. Last year’s event was amazing with local performers, great food, and over 120 attendees! Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

The Young Ideas committee meets monthly to plan upcoming events. If you are interested in joining or helping at events, email and she’ll happily introduce you to the group! 

West End Yard Sale

On Saturday, July 15th the Attic Thrift Store will host the West End Community Yard Sale. Last year’s event featured over 40 vendors and attracted over 1,000 attendees. The annual event is held at the corner of Comox and Cardero from 10:00-4:00pm and will be bigger than ever. Admission is by donation. 

Email if you would like more information about renting a table.

Seniors Updates 

As we begin renovations please not that some of our regular scheduled seniors programming may change. Pick up a seniors’ brochure at the reception desk for updated schedules and details.

The Seniors Lounge is now meeting at Nicholson Towers, located at 1115 Nelson Street. The Crafty Neighbours knitting and crocheting social club will meet on Wednesday at 1pm in Millennium Towers (1175 Broughton Street). Bingo for the month of June has been cancelled.

Join us on June 15th at 11:00am for an Elder Abuse Awareness presentation in Room 1 at Gordon Neighbourhood House. A Free Community Lunch is available for those attending the presentation. Seating is limited, please reserve your seat at the Front Desk. 

The West End Seniors Network is hosting their annual Strawberry Festival on June 24th at Barclay Manor.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Keep Vancouver Spectacular is a civic program that helps reduce litter, and encourages a healthy and vibrant community. On May 15th, Volunteers took to the streets (and lanes) to collect litter and report illegal dumping. We would like to thank the West End Coal Harbour Policing Centre, Laurie McGrath and the West End Business Improvement Association Team, Mary Phelps from Vancity, Telus, Councillor Adriane Carr, and all the wonderful volunteers who joined us.  

Stay tuned for more neighbourhood cleanups happening this summer! Let's keep the West End spectacular! If you would like the organize and/or participate in a cleanup event, email Katelyn Ling at

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.


Thursday, June 1st
12:00pm, $5

Chicken Curry with GNH Farms Greens Salad & Rice Noodles


Monday, June 5th
12:30pm Pay-what-you-can (PWYC)

Vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House Farms harvest  


Tuesday, June 6th
12:30pm, $5

Beef bolognaise with garlic toast and GNH Farms Greens Salad  


Wednesday, June 7th
12:30pm, PWYC

Nourish Bowl – Asian Chicken Noodle Salad  



Thursday, June 8th
12:00pm, $5

Pulled Pork with Harvest Soup and Mashed Vegetables



Monday, June 12th
12:30pm, PWYC

Inspired vegan dish made from fresh GNH Farms harvest



Tuesday, June 13th 
12:00pm, $5

Lemongrass chicken and Peanut Sauce with Harvest Soup and Fresh Vegetables 



Wednesday, June 14th
12:30pm, PWYC

Nourish Bowl – Indian Chaat served with Potato Patties


Thursday, June 15th
12:00pm, $5

GNH Garden Greens salad & Beef Stroganoff 



Monday, June 19th
12:30pm, PWYC
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest


Tuesday, June 20th
12:00pm, $5
GNH Garden Greens Salad & Turkey shepherd’s pie 


Wednesday, June 21st
12:30pm, PWYC
Nourish Bowl – Middle Eastern Couscous Bowl


Thursday, June 22nd
12:00pm, $5

Harvest soup & Roast chicken with rice and beans


Monday, June 26th
12:30pm, PWYC
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest



Tuesday, June 27th
12:00pm, $5
GNH Garden Greens Salad & Pork in black bean sauce with egg noodles


Wednesday, June 28th
12:30pm, PWYC
Nourish Bowl -- Korean Bibimbap w/ Rice



Thursday, June 29th
12:00pm, $5
Harvest soup & Pork ribs with roast veggies



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.

50% Off Sale at the Attic Thrift Store

Did you know that GNH Members receive 50% off all regular priced items at both Attic Thrift stores on the last seven days of every month? Simply show the Attic team your 2017 yellow membership card at the till to receive the discount. Adult memberships are only $5 and are valid until March 31st, 2018. Memberships support our organization and allow us to better represent the community.

*Sale does not include Crafty Neighbour handknitted items

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