On May 31, 2014, our small youth group held the fifth Engaging Neighbourhoods Initiative (ENI) event -- Spring into Summer -- at Sir James Douglas Elementary School after months of planning. ENI as a project was started in 2010, as a master thesis project aimed at engaging community members in their neighbourhood through youth involvement.
The objective of our event is to bring together families with young kids, to help expand their social network in a casual environment and have fun.
The event was a resounding success. There were a total of 12 families from diverse backgrounds that participated in the event. Everyone had lots of fun with the ice breaker games and enjoyed the food and beverages provided. The children all enjoyed playing with new toys and meeting each other. The balloons were a hot commodity among the kids!
On Sunday Dec. 21 we launched New Westminster's newest Little Free Library at Sapperton Plaza. This large school themed library design was based on a circa 1892 photo of Sapperton School which was located in lower Sapperton. Little Free Library is a world wide movement and its mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges, and foster a sense of community.