We invited women in New Westminster to meet for activities and discussions to better connect with themselves and each other.
The weather could not have been more perfect. Clear blue skies, crisp autumn temperatures and colourful leaves graced the Fall Fest venue in Steveston.
For two months, 6 – 10 key volunteers of all ages met regularly to plan and create fun activities for children. They included a cup cake walk, an angel photo shoot, a fish pond, face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, button making, hat making, a corn hole game, bubble blowing, giant jengo and a good old fashioned fire pit with marshmellows.
Neighbours of all ages and all walks of life came together for a block party last June. We were able to close down the street to provide a quiet and relaxing space. Grant money was used to provide a simple meal for all, as well as purchase materials towards making planter boxes. We had the Vancouver Tool Library come to our event to promote its fabulous community minded organization, as well as lend a hand in helping kids, teens and adults make planter boxes. People from our street organized fun games like cake walk, volleyball, guessing games, relay races etc....
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.