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Building a library for the Bosman Hotel Community in Vancouver

May 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune and April Smith of AHA MEDIA are very happy to help a library with excited Bosman Hotel Community residents of the “At Home/ Chez Soi” project.

With a new library onsite, residents can improve their literacy and life skills through positive peer community engagement. Sharing books and new found knowledge brings friends closer together at the Bosman.

Over 100 people will now have access to books and resources to help enrich and support their lives.

Many thanks to the wonderful support from Angelika Sellick , Literacy Outreach Coordinator of  DTES Adult Literacy Roundtable and Megan Langley of Carnegie Centre Library.

Plans to build the Bosman library started a few months ago and our first donations have begun to arrive.

The official opening of the library is scheduled for Thursday 24 May 2012.

Located in the former Bosman’s Motor Hotel in downtown Vancouver, the Bosman is an important part of the Mental Health Commission’s At Home / Chez Soi initiative – the largest research project of its kind in the world studying mental illness and homelessness. In Vancouver, At Home / Chez Soi is focusing on people who also have substance abuse and addiction issues, and over the next four years will provide housing and support to 300 homeless mentally ill people in the city.

Liz Evans, Executive Director, PHS Community Services Society, said: “The Bosman project offers hope because it embraces the very values our society strives for – one that is inclusive and one that says that every life matters and every individual deserves a chance to be their best self. The Bosman is an exciting start to acknowledging that we can live in a community, in a city and in a country where fellow human beings living with a mental illness do not have to be sleeping on our streets.”

At Home/Chez Soi: Largest research project of its kind in the world

At Home/Chez Soi is a ground‐breaking national research project in five cities -Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto,Montreal and Moncton – to find the best way to provide housing and services to people who are living with mental illness and homelessness. Using a ‘Housing First‘ approach, the research project focuses on first providing people who are homeless with a place to live, and then the other assistance and services they require. The goal is to see if this approach is better than traditional care.

The research will help make Canada a world leader in providing better services to people living with homelessness and mental illness.

For more information on the At Home/Chez Soi project, please visithttp://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/homelessness.aspx (English)

orhttp://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/Francais/Pages/Litinerance.aspx (French).

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness.  In February 2008, the federal government allocated $110 million to the MHCC to find ways to help the growing number of people who are homeless and have a mental illness.  For more, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

The PHS Community Services Society provides affordable, low-barrier supportive housing and services to marginalized people, many of whom suffer from mental illness, physical disabilities and addictions. These services include a supervised injection facility, detoxification and addiction recovery services, an art gallery, life skills training, low threshold employment and banking.

BEYOND PROHIBITION History, harms and alternatives to the war on drugs Public Forum on Wed Feb 8 7-9pm at Carnegie Theatre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

BEYOND PROHIBITION

History, harms and alternatives to the war on drugs

A free public forum and panel discussion

Wed Feb 8

7- 9pm

Carnegie Theatre (401 Main St – Vancouver, Canada)

PANEL: Lorna Bird (WAHRS), Patti Ellertson (VANDU), Bud Osborn (DTES Poet), Susan Boyd (End Prohibition Project), Mark Haden (VCH drug educator)

FACILITATORS: Hugh Lampkin (VANDU), Ann Livingston (DNC)

HOSTED BY: Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS),

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), DTES Neighbourhood Council (DNC), Carnegie Community Centre Association (CCCA), Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, End Prohibition Project.

AHA MEDIA and Positive Paid Work at World AIDS Day in Carnegie Centre, Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune, Holy Moyo, Dan Wilson, Mathieu and April Smith as Positive Paid Work  with SFU Literacy Lives speak at World AIDS Day at Carnegie Centre in Vancouver

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Grand Reopening of Carnegie Centre and the 125th birthday of Vancouver on Oct 14, 2001 in Vancouver Downtrown Eastside (DTES)

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

R I B B O N
C U T T I N G
FRONT STEPS
9:00 AM

CARNEGIE SCAVENGER HUNT

How well do you know Carnegie past
and present? Test yourself with the
Carnegie Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger
Hunt sheets are available
throughout the building. You can find
the answers to the Scavenger Hunt
questions in the Carnegie Centre,
either in one of the historical photographs
displayed throughout the
building, or in the building itself.
Stumped? Want to find out how you
did? Come and check your answers
in the Library.

1st FLOOR
10:00 – Noon Button making with Beth
Davies – Make your very own Carnegie keepsake –
create a Carnegie button from images designed by
Carnegie patrons. (Table by Library)
4:00 ‐ 4:30 PM Artist talk on Summer City Street
mural – Richard Tetrault will talk about his 1978
mural which has graced the 1st floor of the Centre
since the early 80’s. He has restored the mural on
the occasion of this reopening celebration. Special
gift for attendees! (Games Room)

T H E A T R E
1:30 – 2:30 Storytelling with Randy Tait – First Nations Storytelling with Nisga’a artist, dancer, and storyteller Randy Tait
2:30 – 3:00 Aboriginal Drumming – Buffalo Spirit Drum with Sam George
3:00 – 4:00 Official Ceremony – Join us for celebratory words, a medley of peace songs by the Carnegie Village Choir, a
staged reading of Sandy Cameron’s poem “One Hundred Years of Struggle” and refreshments, including party cake.
6:00 – 7:00 Fire, Wind & Ice – Actors and performers from the Carnegie Theatre workshop present a repeat performance
on Fire, and & Ice. On June 13th, 1886, 125 years ago, sparks from a clear cut fire in False Creek leapt into an inferno that
destroyed the new city of Vancouver. See what happens in a story of the Great Fire.

7:30 – 9:30 Documentaries
• CBC Special on the opening of Carnegie Community Centre (1980) 15 min
• Carnegie Stories by Librarian Nancy Stubbs for Vancouver Stories 125 (2011) 3 min 24 sec
• Summer Afternoon (1956) 25 min Two boys exploring Chinatown and the waterfront in the 1950′s.
• Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story (2003) 51 min Story about Japanese Canadian baseball
team that played at Oppenheimer Park before WWII.

D I N I N G R O O M 2nd Floor
Acoustic Music Showcase with:
11:30 Stan Hudac
12:00 Nancy Delyzer
12:30 Kat Norris
1:00 Brian Brinsmead
2:00 Dalannah Gail Bowen
2:30 Earle Peach & Gathering Place Choir
4:30 Sean Gunn
5:00 John Cote
5:30 Ricky Lavallee

2 – 4 Portrait Drawing with Felicity
Don. Join in as an artist or a model!
2nd Floor All Day Carnegie Images
Slide show will be playing on the TV Screen

A S S O C I A T I O N O F F I C E
2nd Floor
11:00 – 3:00 Displays of past campaigns,
photo albums, publications and stories about
the history of the Carnegie Community
Centre Association and the Carnegie
Community Action Project.

C L A S S R O O M I I 3rd Floor
9:30 – 11:30 First Nations Journey class – Come and learn about the history of First
Nations people in this neighbourhood from Capilano University instructor Gary Johnston.

A R T G A L L E R Y 3rd Floor
12:30 – 1:30 Artist Talk – Meet local artist Ron Horsefall, Ron J. Ward and
Diane Wood at a reception for their group exhibit, Bone, Beads and Dolls, a
display of art dolls, beadwork, and traditional and contemporary Native regalia.
2:00 – 3:00 Historical Postcards (TBD) with Dick Billingsley
4:00 – 6:00 “Chindi Revolution – what the anarchist cook book left
out” with Karenza – In Hindi dialect chindi means scraps or rags. Rags is thetrade name for clothing. Have a chat with Karenza about her clothing work and her upcoming show at W2.

L E A R N I N G C E N T R E 3rd Floor
1:00 – 3:00 Open House and Presentation – The Learning
Centre will be open to visitors who are interested in finding out
about education programs. At 1:30, students, volunteers, and
staff will read their stories on two themes: “I came to
Vancouver …” and “I grew up in Vancouver …”

Carnegie Street Band In and around
the building starting at 4pm in the Theatre.

COMPLIMENTARY
LUNCH
Noon to 2
2nd Floor Concession

HomeGround 2011 for the DTES Homeless and Underhoused at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

HomeGround

For Homeless & underhoused DTES Residents

4 Days of Free Food, Great Entertainment, Workshops & Activities About your  right to food

AT OPPENHEIMER PARK

Thursday February 17                                  4pm – 10pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday Feb 18 – 20  8am-8pm

Enjoy delicious hot meals. Explore & engage about your Right to nutritious, affordable, and healthy Food. Relax, listen & dance to great bands and performers.

THURSDAY February 17

4pm Late Lunch

Split pea stew & chorizo

4pm-8pm Right to Food Fair

Informative & Interactive displays showcasing our communities

Right to Food activities

8-10pm Movie Supersized Me

Popcorn & Beverages served

Learn what happens when you eat nothing but McDonalds supersize meals for an entire month

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY February 18-20

8am Breakfast

Hot Oats & strong coffee

12-12pm Lunch

A changing daily menu of classics

12:30-1pm First Nation Musical Opening

1-3pm Right to Food Workshops &

creative, engaging activities for all ages

3:30-8pm Entertainment Your favorite local performers, singers & bands to put you in a mellow mood or get up up dancing

5-7pm Dinner Delectable gourmet evening feasts

PERFORMANCES FEATURING TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS AND BANDS

Dalannah Gail Bowen

Carnegie Jazz Band

Good for Grapes

Ron Stelting’s Drum Circle

Downtown Eastside Poets

Niddi Cascade & Dianna

Nancy Delyzer

Bev Blanchard

SongTree

Harmony of Nations

Stan Hudac Quartet

Pancho & Sal

Buffalo Spirits

WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

Lantern Making & Parade

Spring Planting Workshop

Food Street Theatre

Cooking Demonstarations

Storytelling

Food Jeopardy

Mural Painting

SOLEFood Display

Community Kitchens Showcase

Recipe Swap

Fondest Food Memory Contest & Daily Draws

Brought to you by The Carnegie Community Centre and the DTES Neighbourhood House with seed funding from the City of Vancouver. HomeGround acknowledges & honours the fact that our community lies within the Traditional Territory of the Coast Salish People

Below are photos of friends of AHA MEDIA who have given permission to have their photos taken

Below is Roy giving a friendly wave

Below is Garvin Snider wearing his HomeGround toque

Below is Rob with a plate of healthy food

Below is Peter with delicious and healthy food

Below is Roy painting at the DTES murals

Below are some paintings from Peter



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