The event was a great party for neighbours living in the complex to see each other, to say hello and to share experience. We even met the neighbour who was the first family moving in this complex. It was really a good experience for this summer of 2018.
At our annual BBQ and Potluck we promote community togetherness for residents of all ages to get to know one another. This years attendance had residents of all ages with our youngest being a 3 month old.
We ask everyone to bring a food item to contribute, This is a great conversation starter as people ask who brought the various dishes, the family stories behind the dishes and recipe exchanges. And as we have done in the past years, we encourage people to bring their own plates and cutlery as part of the reuse, reduce, recycle aspect.
On September 28, 2018, McKinney Elementary, with members of our community, celebrated the opening of the McKinney Park Indigenous Healing Garden. The event took place just days before Orange Shirt Day, and the school also had special events around reconciliation that day. The intention of the garden was to increase the public’s awareness of Indigenous Plants and their traditional edible uses or healing properties as used by the First People’s in our area. The students from McKinney school have been active in planting the garden and acting as caretakers of the garden.
Over the summer, Broadmoor Neighbourhood Community Party was hold at John T Errington Elementary. All neighbors in Broadmoor community were invited to join this community gathering. Richmond RCMP Superintendent Will Ng, MLA John Yap were also invited to the party to discuss issues related community safety, infrastructure and other topics that community neighbors were concerned. We were glad that over 100 people attended the event and it provided a great opportunities for neighbors to know each other, to exchange thoughts on community developments and to try out various delicious food.
Our five craft workshops took place on June 18, July 19&23, October 1&15. A total number of 70 neighbours attended these five workshops. It was the first time that me and my co-applicant applied for the Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants, we were so excited to hear that we got approved. Both of us are relatively new immigrants in Richmond, we would love to get familiar with our local community and people. So making crafts together might be a good idea to start a conversation with each other and make friends.
This past June, I entered the neighbourhood house small grant project with my proposal “Let's Zumba". My goal was to bring people together in the neighborhood and dance together. To meet new people, have fun, and do fitness exercises. At first, I was pretty nervous. I didn’t know if my proposal was attractive enough for me to obtain the grant. When opening the confirmation email, my heartbeat quickened. I had offered the grant! The planning unfolded.
Our community Mural painting took place on the 12th,13th and 14th of September 2018 at the corner of Lansdowne and No 3 Rd. It attracted around 150 diverse community members and so much artistic action that Richmond News dedicated the front page to it. Basically the idea was to beautify the north facing wall of the industrial building. There is a lot of foot and car traffic in the neighbourhood and the wall is even visible from the sky train station. It made a lot of sense to make the plain looking corner interesting and esthetically pleasing to all who pass by it every day.
STRAWBERRY SOCIAL took place on June 23, 2018.
Admiral’s Walk has 130 units housing approximately 200 adults 19 years and older. The majority of the residents being over 50 with a number of older women living alone.
A school garden with community connections. We are an urban school that is connecting to food sources, nature and outdoor learning. The student community built 17 garden beds in spring of 2018 and has begun to plant through classrooms and clubs. Members of Aegis New Westminster: Posabilities took care of the garden through the summer months and planted their own produce.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
Saturday October 20 from 1 to 4 pm in Jim Deva Plaza. Images from the book "Families of the West End" will be on display and people can get their own photos taken too!
Please share the attached poster, image and link on social media and be sure to stop by yourself!