It was a beautiful afternoon as neighbours from Manoah Village gathered and worked together to paint, repair and give our public spaces some much needed TLC. As a large townhouse, many neighbours met for the first time, meeting initially in our rec centre, we split the 40+ people in attendance into groups considering ability and what projects they were most interested in working on. Our youngest participant was 4 years old! Everyone had a job, kids delivered drinks, helped with painting and searched for wasp nests (from a distance).
2nd Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Community involvement from local grocer, balloon maker, musicians, montessori, apple farmer/taster, fruit expert
Over 50 people attended!
Great crafts lead by local children and a local business. Volunteer balloon maker was a huge success. Apples were a healthy complement to the apple cake we served! Perfect timing as the weather was sunny, and we had many visitors as well as those who had RSVP'ed.
Purpose: To share stories of home and first nations and to connect the stories with all children, families.
First Nations Traditional food tasting (bannock, local jam, salmon)
First Nations Storytelling
Crafts (beading) symbolizing the connection we have with nature
First Nations Singing Presentation
Poster for children/families to write out "what home means to them"
Total time was approximately 1.5 hours
This event was inspired by my children playing with worms/learning about worms on a rainy day in April (two photos attached, one of journal entry, one of worm).
The event was very popular with children and families. Here are some photos plus a link to an educational worm video that we pulled together after the event. https://youtu.be/3_IX4wcECQg
FYI, here was the agenda for the day:
On June 17th local families met up for an event to kick off the summer in our neighbourhood. The goal was to connect children in our 'hood' - roughly centred around Macdonald Park in Sunset - at the beginning of the summer. They go to various schools and won't see their broader set of school friends over the summer. By getting the kids in our more direct neighbourhood together mid-June, they would be more ready to connect with each other over the summer.