Mid-Autumn is an important festival in Chinese culture. Traditionally, it is a time of celebration for family reunion that involves moon-watching and other festivities, with the full moon being a symbol of family gathering. Given that the Broadmoor community in Richmond has a high proportion of residents of Chinese descent, we initiated an this get-together to bring our neighbours together for a Mid-Autumn potluck!
In the past months, we finished 8 sessions for this project in Princess Margaret Secondary School and Fraser Heights area. The topics were about housing, family relationship and education. Each session had a unique topic,but those topics were logically relative and matched our project content -- dealing with housing issues correctly. For young people, which was a better choice, renting an apartment, investing a property or living with parents? In the course of discussing and experience sharing, we found it was important to maintain a good relationship with parents and family.
‘Pakistani in Vancouver Meet and Greet Team’ is a group of talented and devoted ladies. Our mission is to empower and inspire new immigrant families and individuals, help them build connections to make informed and valuable choices.
On Sunday, August 19, 2018, our organizing committee hosted the Fairview Neighbourhood Gathering IV, which had an Indigenous theme this year, as opposed to previous years when our focus was primarily on getting to know new neighbours and keeping contact with those who had attended the previous gatherings.
The beautiful artistic hanging that decorated our space was a gift to me from the Elder and grade 7 students at my last VSB school, Grandview/?uuqinak'uuh, as was the red cape that we hung on a tree. We also added two bouquets of red and black helium filled balloons.
Qi Day is an organized event founded in 2016 by Jacob Larmour and Caroline MacGillivray to promote awareness and increase educational opportunities for the general public to learn about the healing aspects of Qi (Life Force Energy) and TCM. Over the past 3 years, we have introduced and supported over 1,000 people with classes, treatments and information. We would love to have you come and join us for this special version of Qi Dance as we celebrate movement from the ancient practice of Qigong as well as you own free-form version to dive in deeper.
I really wanted to show case the beautiful native plants we share this part of the world with while also celebrating our unique canadian climate by building a hardy tropical and native plant garden. I believe that by building these spaces for the public to enjoy it adds character to our beautiful city which helps in creating and maintaining an identity. Its also a symbol of thinking green and setting a good example for how to better utilize spaces within a city.
We connected and engaged with neighbours by creating space at Car Free Day, inviting families to sit down and be creative as well as inviting them to our monthly dinners. People stopped by with children painting rocks, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and sharing their vision for a better neighbourhood. Adults also filled out postcards and what they love and what they would like to see more of in our neighbourhood. We encouraged them to go to the politicians at Car Free Day to engage with them and share their visions.
We rented Pinewood Leisure Centre's gym, hosted a potluck party for our neighbours from the community. Over 25 family attended with yummy treats.There were two neighbours even brought their own cooker to make everyone three courses meal on the spot. We had invited the performers of Semiahoo Jazz Duo playing festive live music for everyone. Kids had fun at the arts and craft station. We also had some balls and matts out for them to play. We created a price draws for every family to bring home a little gift such as tote bag, markers, stickers, puzzle box etc.
Our community held a family barbeque to promote the Block Watch program and provide an opportunity for our neighbours to interact and get to know each other. Knowing who your neighbours are is key to a safer community.
The event was well attended with more that half of our neighbour residence represented. The RCMP participated with two Auxiliary Constables and the City of Richmond Block Watch Coordinator in attendance.
Overall a very successful event made possible through the generous grant provided by the NSG organization.
On the afternoon of August 18, 2018, neighbours from Langton Court came out in great numbers to celebrate our townhouse complex neighbourhood! There was food for all tastes and a talented balloon artist who entertained young and old alike! The youngest neighbour was 4 and the eldest neighbour in her 80's. We had BBQ chefs grilling up hot dogs and burgers while others contributed salads, desserts, cake and snacks. We played "Neighbour Bingo" where you had to ask questions to a neighbour and try to fill your card with correct matches.