It was a great opportunity to share the wonderful concept of Nonviolent Communication. It helps people having better understanding to their children, families, co-workers, and themselves. We have learned how to observe facts without judgment, feel emotions and express needs. We have been practicing together in person and online for one month. Our participants are seeing the changes at home and on themselves. For example, J, a mother with two young teens, said her younger son said he liked the way mommy talked now, it felt nice.
We hosted a series of 4 neighbourhood plastics parties to recycle some of the things that can't be taken in our weekly pick-up.
We invited neighbours to come together and enjoy some food, drinks and conversation whole also getting rid of recyclables all in one place!
We had visitors with everything from a small 'bag of bags' to two huge garbage bags full of packing Styrofoam. We swapped stories about the neighbourhood and learned about early Greenpeace founders who lived just around the corner.
Our 4th annual BBQ and Potluck focused on reduce, reuse and recycle to make residents more aware of the extent of recycling. We also wanted to provide an activity for the children to keep them engaged and occupied. This year we had a paint on canvas project with the intention of displaying the finished pieces in our amenities room. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to keep their "works of art" so we were unable to display them. Although we did this with the children in mind, a lot of adults participated as well. It was a very well received project idea.
This was our first attempt to do a Neighborhood BBQ meet and greet with the assistance of the Small Neighborhood Grant. Over the years since the complex opened a number of residents have changed and no one knew one another. We set a date and invited everyone in the complex to come out and meet one another. We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout, just about everyone showed up including our neighbors outside of the complex.
On August 26 we held a block party at the coop. We invited our neighbours in the strata complexes on either side of our property. Two committees were formed, one to handle the BBQ and set up and the second to,plan the children's activities. We started out with bike decorating and a parade of bikes then had a crafts table, face painting and a photo booth with props. A number of games were set up around our complex and children were given small prizes for completing all games. We had invited the firefighters and the RCMP.