The program offers a fun and engaging opportunity to connect people to zero waste options via social media, partnerships and conventional channels. Diners are invited to 'trade up' their collected stock of take-out sticks at the ChopSwap 'station' at regular community events like farmers markets, food truck festivals or other options in the 'hood'.
My project took place in the meeting room of the Guildford library. From June 9, 2018 to June 30, 2018 every Saturday.
We had various events to bring people together from different background and neighbourhood around food.
We had a multiple of events during the summer.
Jul -- Wonder of Bees workshop West End Community Centre
Oct -- Bees and Seeds mini-workshop at potluck West End Community Centre
Jul- Nov -- Giving out free seeds at various workshops, festivals, and community potlucks in the West End area.
Jul-Nov -- West End Urban Gardening calendars given for free at West End Food Festival, potlucks, and workshops.
The workshops were well attended and educational. Lots of seeds given out, and bee houses were made on site for participants to put in their neighbourhood.
Crafternoons was a free arts and crafts series on Sunday afternoons, held at the Gordon Neighbourhood House. As part of the Young Ideas initiative at Gordon Neighbourhood House, we aimed to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for artists of all levels and ages to connect and share skills—while creating something unique they can take home.
Workshops included: life drawing, floral crowns, planter pot painting, collaging, pumpkin carving, pillow cover making, and snowglobe mason jars.
We were able to provide the community with 25 brand new terrariums, full with stones, soil, moss, and succulents, bring greenery into the indoors of the West End. What was even more apparent was how energized everyone was, of all ages, to get together and bond over crafting, gardening and getting to know each other. I'm proud to say this year had a more diverse crowd, in terms of age, then last year and was also bigger.
'Free Reiki Morning' event was held on October 14, 2018 with the help of Small Neighborhood Grant in Westend. Reiki is a Japanese self care practice to promote a sense of deep calm and tranquility. Posters were posted along the Davie and Denman Street, in the shops and and also at coffee shops and well-being related businesses, as well as Gordon Neighborhood House and WorkBC City Center locations. 5 Westend residents attended the event, and were given a free introduction about Reiki and its origin. Afterwards a Reiki experience through guided meditation was given.
A pop-up umbrella fashion show held on November 17, 2018 at Jim Deva Plaza in Vancouver's West End.
A runway show of custom umbrella designs with a jury panel and lots of fun. Created by the West End community.
"Eating & Meeting Party" was our NSG project with the intention of connecting residents of the building through a party, eating delicious food, and exchanging ideas about our building and our community.
I have lived in my building for about seven years and have met many of the residents briefly, just saying Hi and Bye. This project was a perfect ground for many of us to have the time and opportunity to get to know each other. The residents were coming from different backgrounds so we could celebrate diversity and strengthens the sense of belonging.