Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Jim Chu says:
“Welcome to our fourth DTES Luncheon, This luncheon is funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation. It started from a town hall meeting last June 2014 where we talked about safety in the DTES and how the police are down here talking a lot, trying to improve people’s lives, about how we could make it safe for everyone. One way to assure you and give you our commitment, that we’ll do anything we can to build good relations, to get you to come forward as witnesses to crime, to get you to come forward as victims of crimes is to come here and actually break bread with you. To have a social event where we can have conversations, where we can share stories of our own family lives, about our personal lives and just to have a few smiles and laughs, enjoy the sandwiches and the wonderful food. So it is something I look forward to, we do have more planned”
Garvin Snider of AHA MEDIA on “Je Suis Charlie”
Our prayers and thoughts go out to all who suffered at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.
Joshua Tree Project thoughtfully gives meals to hungry folks in the DTES on New Year’s Day – Jan 1, 2015 in Vancouver
Garvin Snider recently met Richelle Schmelz who was giving out food and care packages to the DTES residents to brighten their Christmas season.
Richelle reveals that her son Nick lived with mental illness and recently passed away.
In Loving Memory of Nick Healey, a green ribbon was worn by many volunteers who remembered him fondly.
Richelle Schmelz says from the In Loving Memory of Nick Healey Facebook page
Tomorrow evening we finish putting together 120 care packages for those living on the streets, or just down on their luck. The generosity of people is amazing. Not only their resources , but their time. I know Nick would be proud….he would also bitch like hell about all stuff all over the house as we get ready. Miss him fiercely everyday. Many that we will help this weekend suffer from mental illness or addiction, or both. Looking forward to the smiles we will see. Last year Nick volunteered at the Salvation Army, this year our efforts are in his honour.This will be a very difficult Christmas for so many of us. You are in my thoughts,heart and prayers. Richelle xoxo ps if you are at the Port Moody Arena make sure to see the award in Nicks memory. I had a little help picking it out and it is the nicest one in there.
AHA MEDIA gives thanks to everyone who supported the 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2014 in Vancouver
AHA MEDIA gives thanks to everyone who supported the 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver!!
See AHA MEDIA’s coverage of Heart of the City Festival 2014 in reverse chronological order.
Below is Garvin Snider of AHA MEDIA speaking about the Heart of the City Festival 2014 as featured in Carnegie Newsletter November 15, 2014
Visit the Heart of the City Festival website
On page 45 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA
The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.
Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!
Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr!
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