CommunityWise Mixer and Information Session
Thursday, 19 February 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
No neigbourhood in Vancouver is changing as fast as the Downtown Eastside. Because of this there have been a range of concerns raised by residents and business leaders alike about affordability, inclusion, displacement of local shops and residents and how we can best manage and respond to this change together. We invite you to participate in one such response. In 2014 the City of Vancouver granted the BIA funds to develop a social inclusion and good neighbours strategy, which we have designed in partnership with LOCO BC, Recipes for Success and Carnegie Community Centre. It’s called CommunityWise and it is designed to help your business optimize its operations in a unique neighbourhood like ours. We have the knowledge, the resources and the practices right here in our community, from the businesses, non-profits and individuals who are taking leadership on this issue. We’ve now brought them together in a single program. The first phase of this is now launching later this month and we hope you’ll be a part of it.
Join us February 19th at Lost and Found Café (33 West Hastings) at 6:00 PM for some drinks and snacks as we introduce the program in more detail to those who are interested in participating.
CommunityWise will consist of three fully catered workshops, held after retail business hours on three Tuesdays in March (10th, 17th and 24th). It was made possible through the City of Vancouver Social Innovation Fund and there is no fee to participate. Nothing like this has been created by a BIA anywhere else and on the 19th you’ll see the innovative combination of content that we feel will truly benefit businesses in our area. Some examples of content covered in these workshops include:
-Community assets and best practices for inclusive human resources management
– Local business-to-business supply chain development
– Social impact purchasing
– A history of advocacy and activism in the DTES
As we continue to raise awareness of CommunityWise we know it will bring positive exposure to your business and our Business Improvement Area, and we believe will be of true value to you as an entrepreneur and to us as an organization that works on your behalf.
We also know how busy you are as a business owner, so if you would like to send one of your management or staff we welcome you to do so. We just really want you to be involved. We have designed this to be as efficient and we hope as convenient as possible either way.
Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek of DTES Street Market with Wes Regan of HXBIA interview with Bill Good of CKNW AM 980
Roland Clark, Jacek Lorek and Jezzën Haight-Mick Manton of DTES Street Market with Richard of AHA MEDIA test a new power washer and leaf blower in Vancouver. Wes Regan of HXBIA cleans up wet leaves on Hastings Street with the new leaf blower in Vancouver
Soft Opening of Pigeon Park Street Market new Weekday location at 62 East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and other vendors of Pigeon Park Street Market help to open up the new weekday location at 62 East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES).
Special thanks to the City of Vancouver and Hastings Crossing BIA (HXBIA) for their support!
DTES Safety and Crime: An info session and networking event
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)Vancouver, British Columbia Wes Fung, VPD speaks with Residents in DTES, Vancouver
Stolen sandwich boards, smashed windows, customers being accosted and intimidated outside restaurants, reading the newspapers these days one can’t help but ask “What’s this city coming to?”
There’s more to the story than this though.
Come learn how DTES residents, businesses, social enterprises and community orgs are coming together in the Downtown Eastside to collaborate on keeping our streets safer and cleaner. Why? Because we care about one another and we have community pride.This free information session and networking event will take place Wednesday April 3rd at 5:30 PM at Lost and Found Cafe, 33 W Hastings Street.
Presentations will be given by:
Mission Possible (MP Neighbours)– regarding the innovative community safety patrols that have been creating jobs for residents with barriers to employment. The team at MP Neighbours liaise regualarly with businesses, residents, visitors to our area and the City about safety trends and provide a culturally appropriate alternative to more heavy handed types of security. You’ll hear some heartfelt examples of a regular day on the job and see some incredibly insightful data about the area.
Judy McGuire, Executive Director, Inner-City Safety Society– about the research and projects that the Safety Society is engaging in over the year to come. From disaster preparedness to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, the ICSS is concerned with the safety, preparedness and wellbeing of those who live and work in the DTES.
Constable Wes Fung, Vancouver Police Department– Come hear Wes Fung’s perspective on crime and safety in the area. Wes has served the community for several years and has a wealth of insight from an officer who has seen it all.
Ping Chan speaks with Wes Fung, VPD in Chinatown, Vancouver
Complimentary Catering provided by Lost and Found Cafe and the Hastings Crossing BIA.
Register for event here