In his book Building Community, Paul Born reminds us that strong, connected communities do not occur automatically; rather, they are fostered by a “conscious, proactive, intentional effort to hold on to and build on the connections between us” (2014 p.5). When we thread all of what we do with an attention to the possibility of connection and care, over time we can embroider a tapestry of community into our life.
Written by Jenna Otto-Wray who has served as the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Coordinator for eight years.
The Work Shop was designed to be a fun learning environment for participants to experience the benefits, ease and affordability to making their own body/house/cleaning products at home through selecting readily available every day natural ingredients.
The Work Shop provided recipe books, ingredients, hardware and reading material for each participant to experiment and take home their creations.
We organized a dancing party in the summer time on 28JUL18. We invited lots of our neighbors to join our dance party. All ladies are requested to wear white dress. We were all have fun in the party. We meet old and new friends and more and more people want to join in our non profit dancing group to practice dance for free every week. We are all excited for the next dancing party in 2019.
The project consisted of presenting three movies over three months:
• 17 September – Bombón: el perro (from Argentina)
• 15 October – La mala educaciòn (from Spain)
• 19 November – Gallipoli (from Australia)
Using posters, and ads on Craigslist, we advertised these films (enticing people with free popcorn and pop) throughout the neighbourhood. We used EventBrite.ca to get people to order their free tickets. Each showing saw about 40 people book tickets and approximately 20 people showed up per movie.
The West End Free Kitchen delivers weekly hot meals and supplies to people living on the street in the West End. The program is simple: stocked with hot food, water and personal supplies in our car trunk, we drive through the West End looking for neighbors who may be in need.
Residents want to help their West End neighbours living with out a home and don’t know where to start. This program provides a way to be of service to neighbours in need while connecting people that may not have necessarily interacted.
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.