With fantastic weather, an awesome crowd and volunteers with big hearts, the 2014 NSG Fun Day for Parents and Toddlers was a success! The event was hosted at Sunrise Park on August 8th, 2014 with over 60 participants attended. The afternoon was filled with food, balloon animals, Play-do creations, and laughter from an ethnic diverse parents and toddlers.
"Building communities one block at a time"
The event was a great success! 8 families took on the role to organize - successfully securing the support of 20 local businesses of donations of food, drinks & door prizes, inviting local police & fire fighters (who happily partook in the event), the organization of potluck lunch, live music, games, face painting & so much more.
On July 12, about 20 Vancouverites gathered at Arbutus Manor for en evening of film, food and thoughtful discussion. We enjoyed getting to know one another over cocktails and appies in the garden, then watched the award winning film "With My Own Two Wheels", a Pedal Born Picture in our private theatre room!
The 501 bulding, at Richards and Pacific in Yaletown, is a typical downtown high rise comprised of a townhouse complex and tower. There are 450 residents, both owners and renters. Highrise living has its many perks in Vancouver, but it is also widely recognized that community building in highrises faces many unique challenges. Residents often remark that it’s difficult to meet neighbours in such a large complex, and as most of these interactions are in the elevator, they are often brief and even awkward.
The New Westminster Children's Centre provides therapy, support and resources to children with special needs and their families. One of the great things that the NWCC does is host a family picnic, where the families can interact, form friendships and find support. This year, thanks to the NSG, the families at NWCC were able to bring the Vancouver Tumble Bus, an amazing, revamped school bus that's been turned into a gym. Kids of all abilities and developmental levels were able to use the climbing wall, play in a ball pit and even go on a zipline.