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SRA News 27 April 2011

Hi, Strathcona friends and neighbours. A few news items for you:


-- update on the April 30 volunteer day at Strathcona Community Centre

-- news from Building Opportunities with Business

-- upcoming events at the Chalk Garden


Remember, the next meeting of the Strathcona Residents Association will be on Wednesday, May 4.


See you around the neighbourhood.









(Thanks to Mary Ann Charney and Ron Suzuki for all of this info; please excuse the length)


On April 30th, Volunteer Canada is bringing in 350-500 volunteers to give the Community Centre area and school grounds a “face-lift.” There are two main activities planned--renovating and expanding the garden areas outside of the centre and school, and renovating the two inside community centre rooms upstairs.


Now is the chance to get involved and help out in making the rooms and outside areas a safer, more beautiful and imaginative place for our kids. We have many garden-related projects including creating creative playscapes with rocks, tree stumps and logs, building garden boxes, planting herb gardens, building stone river beds, and planting fruit trees.


We are currently seeking volunteers to help with leading each of the projects and as oversight leads on the day of the event so that everything is in place for the volunteers to do the work with oversight from us. You don’t have to be experienced in anything, just willing to lend a few hours to help!


Please let me know if you are interested and I can give you more info. Also, please pass this email on to anyone who you think might be enticed.


Thank you!


Jamie Donatuto, Strathcona Community Centre Food Security Coordinator (604) 713-1838 Ron Suzuki • (604) 713-1851


(The following message was sent to the Strathcona Community Centre from the Volunteer Volunteer office in Ottawa)


The day is soon to be here where 500 volunteers will bring to reality your projects. The final push there is happening on Thursday and Friday. Here is the schedule for the two days:


Thursday: 8am to 6pm

       - 8am to 9am Team leader/organizing committee meeting #1 (agenda to and B/F at 8am)

                        -please advise me if which meeting you are attending. I have to meet with everyone.

       - PODS begin to arrive at 8:30am with final drop at 11:30am

       - All materials being to arrive at mid day to end of day.

       - Site preparation (tents etc) and project preparation

       - 5pm-6pm Team leader/organizing committee meeting #2 (for those who did not make it to #1)

                        -please advise me if which meeting you are attending. I have to meet with everyone.


   - During the day we will need a minimum of 10-15 people on hand at all times to help with the off loading of trucks, sorting and distribution of materials and to work with the individual project team leads to prepare the projects and the project site for Saturday.


 Friday 8am to 6pm?

       - 8am to 9am Team leader/organizing committee meeting #1 .. for status of prep updates (agenda to and B/F at 8am)

       - Plants arrive in the AM

       - All materials on site

       - All tools loaned, borrowed or otherwise for event day on site before 6pm.

o   If tools are brought on site we can register them to ensure they are returned to their owners.

       - Site preparation and project preparation concluded by 6pm

       - 5pm-6pm Team leader/organizing committee meeting #2 (for status of prep updates )..this will include a final walkthrough of all service projects and off site.


   - During the day we will need a minimum of 10-15 people on hand at all times to help with the off loading of truck, sorting and distribution of materials and to work with the individual project team leads to prepare the projects and the project site for Saturday.


-          The purpose of this meeting is to review the state of readiness of each project.


Saturday 5:30am to 7:30 am:

      - All team leads and organizing personal meeting at 5:30AM

      - All materials, tools and site readiness for 7:30am

      - Registration begins at 8am with welcome at 9:30am

      - Service projects start at 10am and conclude at 1:30pm

              - Conclude= all work completed with site clean and tools returned to storage.

      - Lunch service begins at 1:30pm with event stoppage at 3pm

      - Tool and site load out at 3:30pm



 Site Security for Thursday and Friday:

        Purpose to prevent theft and vandalism of entire site. There will be significant materials, tents and other assets on site so visual must be maintained at all times between the hours of 6pm and 8am.


       For Saturday eve to Monday AM (PODS pick UP). Visual must be maintained until all assets are pick up and off site.


 Safety and Security on Event Day:


    For the safety: there will be needed 2 to 3 certified First Aiders on Site at the Safety tent and they should have 2 first aid kits with them. I will review procedures with them on site on Thursday.

     For security: perhaps 5 people circulating at the site perimeter to make sure no one "walks on" site.


Should anyone have any questions do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me.


Thank you all for your hard work and for making this all happen for your community


Danny Gariepy

Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship /

Coordonnateur, Engagement social des entreprises

Volunteer Canada / Bénévoles Canada
353 Dalhousie Street / 353, rue Dalhousie
Ottawa, ON  K1N 7G1
Tel./Tél. : 613-231-4371 ext./poste 242
Cell 613-315-9517

1 800 670-0401

Fax./Téléc. : 613-231-6725





NEWS FROM B.O.B. (Building Opportunities with Business)

At BOB we have many exciting changes and a few fond farewells. Come celebrate with us on May 5th!
We will be celebrating and bidding farewell to Shirley Chan, Maureen Collier, Wes Regan and four long serving board members.  Come and hear about the new home for the BOB team, as well as significant changes to the Business Development model within BOB.
BOB is proud to be a part of this community and staff and board members look forward to continuing to connect and partner with each of you.

Thursday, May 5th
5-7 PM
W2 Media Cafe  #250 - 111 W. Hastings (Woodwards)
A big thank you to  W2 Media Café at Woodwards for hosting.  Your $20 ticket will get you a drink, appetizers, and a chance at some door prizes.  :)  There will also be a cash bar available.  Tickets are available from the BOB office or call Emily at 778-328-7660 to reserve a ticket to an event you don’t want to miss!
See you there!  

For more information:

To read the latest BOB online newsletter:







(Thanks to Shannon Harvey for this info)


Hello neighbors,


There are some exciting things coming up at Chalk in the next little while.  You can now check the calendar on our site for the latest classes, workshops and events.  Since you're our special fans, you get first look at what's new.   


See you in the hood,



593 E. Georgia St.

Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z8    


Neighborhood Yoga 

Start your week out right by stretching both body and mind. Heather Tremain returns to lead this popular yoga series. Heather will teach a class modified to your yoga level that will encourage you to develop strength and ease within your body. The class will be Kripalu style which is a gentle hatha practice with a compassionate approach.  Sign up for the whole 5 week series for $50!  Payment for the series may be made by cash or check, made out to Shannon Harvey and dropped off at Chalk.  Please include contact info with payment.

May 16, 30 June 6, 13, 20 |  7pm to 8:30pm | Chalk | $50 or $12 drop-in  | Please remember to bring your own mat and a blanket.

Burn and Dodge Dance Event
Four Dancers. Four Composers. Three Cities.
One BIG Game of Broken Telephone.
May 5th | 7pm  | Chalk | Cost TBD

Altered Book Workshop II
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Chalk Xchange is hosting a second class with artist Rachael Ashe. It’s a great opportunity to make mom an altered book as a gift, bring her to the class for a creative day together, or just enjoy the class on your own!  This workshop is an introduction to examples and techniques for transforming old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. There is an unlimited potential for creating interesting work by altering books through cutting, folding, rolling, collage, etc. This course will demonstrate a selection of techniques and provide a starting point for creating work of your own. The goal will be to complete one finished “folded page” altered book by the end of the workshop. Please bring at least two old books you would like to work with, one for experimenting, and one to make a completed project with.
May 7th | 11:00 am - 5:00pm | Chalk | $80 + 2.99 eventbrite fee 
To register:

Documentary Summer Film Series
The Smiling Strangers in association with Chalk Xchange will be hosting an “Open Screening” for local documentary filmmakers to show their work and share their experience. This can be “work in progress” or recently completed films. The selected documentaries will be shown at Chalk Xchange this coming summer as part of our Summer Film Series. We encourage the selected filmmakers to come in person to present their film. To submit, mail your entry to Chalk Xchange by May 1st, or send us a link to your website at
Film Screenings: May 28th, June 25th, July 30th, August 27th | 8pm | Chalk | By donation

Memory Box Workshop
Not sure what to do with that drawer full of found objects, mementos, photos and keepsakes?  Local artist Valerie Arntzen has a passion for these objects and will show you how to incorporate them into a Memory Box.  A Memory Box is a place to honour a person, place or thing.  It can reflect your childhood, your family, your travels, a special occasion or someone you want to honour..the ideas are endless. This workshop will introduce students to assembled art techniques, with the goal being to create one finished Memory Box.
June 5th  | 1pm-4:30pm  | Chalk  |  $65 + 2.62 eventbrite fee
To register: