Holiday Social 2013
When: December 11, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Where: Chapel Arts – 304 Dunlevy Ave
On Wednesday, December 11 between 4:30pm – 7:00pm, please join the Strathcona Business Improvement Association for appetizers and seasonal cheer. There will be door prizes and a cash bar. The SBIA is also hosting a clothing drive to benefit the RayCam Co-operative Centre. Please bring your CLEAN, LIGHTLY USED clothing with you to the holiday social.
The venue is:
304 Dunlevy Ave
Back for its 26th straight year, the Pan Pacific Vancouver is holding its annual Christmas Wish Breakfast on Wednesday December 11th from 6am – 9am.
Each year we ask Vancouver to join us at the Hotel and donate a new unwrapped toy the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau which helps needy children during the Holiday season. In exchange for everyones generosity, the Pan Pacific will provide a complimentary hot breakfast buffet on the house!
Never been to the Wish Breakfast before? Well to give you an idea….last year we saw over4,000 people visit the Hotel donating over 12 tonnes of toys and $25,000 in cash donations. For breakfast we served over 12,500 sausages, 1200 lbs of of hashbrowns, 800 kg of eggs and 4200 croissants. Not bad huh?
Women’s Group Committee
Jewels announces that there was a meeting of a new women’s committee of the DNC last week.
MOTION: Roland motions to create a women’s committee of the DNC that will deal with issues such as empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, women’s safety, sharing and collaboration. Ludvik seconds. motion passes
Freezing temperatures and cheery Christmas shopping brought out the best in everyone in Vancouver DTES
Roland Clarke, Richard Cunningham, Jacek Lorek, Hendrik Beune and Vendors braved the sub zero weather to work at the DTES Street Market.
City’s Actions Displace Low-Income Seniors, Artists and threaten 120 year old Ming Sun Benevolent Society Historic Property in Japantown!
Representatives of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, members of Instant Coffee artist collective and outraged citizens of Vancouver held a news conference to reveal how the City of Vancouver ignored its own rules and demolished a building, resulting in not only the possible loss of one of the oldest buildings in Vancouver, but also the displacement of low income seniors, an artist collective, and the Ming Sun Benevolent Society.
The subsequent actions of the City have shown an incredible disregard and disrespect not only for the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, a 90 year old organization representing Chinese Canadians, and for the artist collective Instant coffee who produce international works of art , but also to every taxpayer in Vancouver.
Date & Time: Friday, December 6 9:30 A.M. yes
Location: Vancouver Japanese Language Centre and Hall
487 Alexander Avenue, Vancouver
Metro Vancouver Alliance is a broad based alliance of community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions working together for the common good.
Broad-based community organizations operate on the principle of ‘power before program’. In other words, they build strong relationships amongst diverse groups in the community. Those groups then come together to listen to their members’ concerns and to agree on issues that can be worked on together. This ensures that the alliances are sustainable over the long term and that members work on those issues that concretely matter most to them. Members develop leadership skills and learn “the art of politics” through active engagement and participation.
MVA is based on a model of community organizing pioneered by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Founded by Saul Alinsky in the 1930’s, IAF has over 60 active community alliances across the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia.
Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA) was founded in 2009. Over 30 organizations are now in membership and the alliance continues to grow.
MVA builds leaders. Our main goal is to build leaders within our institutions who will become leaders in the community. We listen to the concerns and feelings of our diverse membership and then discern common ground from all of the unique voices. Before MVA will take on an issue it must be relevant to a broad section of our membership, encourage the development of new leaders, have specific and winnable actions, and improve the community.
MVA organizes through relationships.
We build relationships both within and outside of our institutions to learn where people’s passions lie, build power, and remain accountable. Personal face to face conversations and meetings are the most effective way to connect with our neighbours and fellow citizens and discover their interests, pressures, and hopes.
What we’ve accomplished.
MVA has built an alliance of constituency based organizations that support our objectives and methodology. Hundreds of people have taken part in MVA leadership institutes and innovative projects. MVA recently held a summit of senior community leaders. On May 27th over 120 people from 38 institutions came together to kick off MVA’s listening campaign. Over the summer, our member institutions will shape the action agenda that will be taken forward when MVA launches in early 2014.
Last night 70 people gathered to share news about the listening campaigns going on in their organizations. MVA member organizations have been meeting over the past few months in one-to-one meetings and small groups, to discuss the issues that matter most to them. These issues will form the core of the public agenda MVA will take forward when in launches on March 19, 2014.
DTES LAPP Meeting
- Street Market Seat
Metro Vancouver Alliance