"Our grant of $500 was all used up in just under 2.5 hours. We managed to raise an additional $146 and used this up by the end of the day. All-in-all, I would say that we collected well over 60,000 butts. Having had to augment the initial grant, due to the success of the event, I would say that we have made a very solid case for the government to look into implementing a deposit system on butts."
These workshops were offered at Gordon Neighbourhood House on two Wednesday evenings in June 2013.
Participants felt lighter and energized after leaving the class. Grant recipient, Brenda Basco Hopkins, hopes to offer her classes on a more regular basis at Gordon Neighbourhood House or the West End Community Centre.
Students from Lord Strathcona Elementary School made a banner for the book swap with the help of their teachers. Each flag on the banner celebrates a child's favourite book.
I just wanted to forward you some pictures of our block party that took place this past Saturday! We had a great turnout with around 75 people at one point! It was a great community effort where everyone brought a dish or something to contribute. Here are some photos that one our neighbours took for us too. Thank you again on behalf of the Port Royal community for the grant!
What do you do with a rotting wooden planter on the boulevard? Mike & Brian applied for and received a Neighbourhood Small Grant to build a raised edible garden around it.
Heading off to Home Depot one Sunday morning they bought the supplies & began construction. The roots of the 2 large trees caused a bit of a problem but another neighbour donated bricks & cement to level the ground. Many neighbours stopped by to help and plant.
The Bees on the Drive event occurred on May 4th of 2013. The project leaders had the following to say: "Everyone arrived with their own personal story of what had brought them to be interested in bees and beekeeping. Many people have gardens, know other beekeepers, are concerned for the health and wellness of the bees or want to start a small business.
It was a hot day and perfect for a barbeque with activities such as water pistols, paddling pool and hula hoops. The host discovered a neighbour who worked as a DJ and was happy to be in charge of music for the event.
The event was important to the community because lately there a been numerous burglaries. The neighbours were enthusiastic about the gathering and offered to contribute dishes and whatever help they could.
Jerry Thompson spoke about the Cascadia Fault:
- 1300 km long
- Extending from Northern California to northern Vancouver Island
- It is an active subduction zone
- Last time it slipped was in year 1700 and it caused widespread damage along the coast.
Ann Pacey spoke about how to prepare your neighbourhood for an emergency:
The Neighbourhood Small Grants Project was introduced in the Little Mountain and Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods in 2005, and spread throughout our community rapidly and successfully. In 2012 we granted 135 projects, supported new leaders and NSGP veterans, introduced and promoted the Artist Enhancement and Greenest City components, witnessed innovative projects flourish and annual events grow, all making our province, city and neighbourhood a wonderful place to live.