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Hope In Shadows 2012 Photography Contest Award Ceremony in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 Hope In Shadows Photography Contest! Happy 10th Anniversary!! :)

AHA MEDIA’s own Hendrik Beune was the First Honourable Mention Winner!

A big congratulations to this year’s First Place winner – Amy Wilson!



AHA MEDIA’s own interview during Hope In Shadows 2012 event made it onto Global TV BC – Vancouver news

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

While April Smith of AHA MEDIA was interviewing Clyde Wright and Holly Boyd of AHA MEDIA for having Camera #1 of Hope In Shadows 2012 event, the cameraman for Global TV captured a happy “AHA”  moment for Global TV BC news video.

AHA MEDIA is featured during 0:43-0:49 of the Global TV BC video.

Below are screen shots from the video

April Smith of AHA MEDIA smiling during her interview with Clyde Wright and Holly Boyd of  AHA MEDIA at Hope in Shadows 2012 event

April Smith, Clyde Wright and Holly Boyd of AHA MEDIA smiling during interview at Hope In Shadows event

Clyde Wright and Holly Boyd of AHA MEDIA smiling during interview at Hope In Shadows 2012 event

10th Annual Hope In Shadows camera give away for photography contest and calendar in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune, Clyde Wright and Holly Boyd of AHA MEDIA are excited to be in the 10th Annual Hope In Shadows photography contest and calendar coordinated by Pivot Legal Society inVancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

AHA MEDIA from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is very proud to be featured on the Blog site of the Mayor of London, England – Boris Johnson!

December 17, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be featured on Blog site of the Mayor of London – Boris Johnson!

Many thanks to our great mentor @Raincoaster for featuring AHA MEDIA and what we do in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside!


@Raincoaster writes

” We all know this blog belongs to the Mayor of London (although detached it is still his in spirit), and before that was based out of the cosmopolitan megalopolis of Henley, but for a moment I’d like to divert your attention to my own town, indeed my own neighborhood. I’d like to introduce you to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Queen of Hastings Street

Queen of Hastings Street

Image by Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA, From the Hope in Shadows collection, COPYRIGHT: Pivot Legal Society, 2009

Hendrik Gets His Chair by AHA Media


@Raincoaster writes ” With an average life expectancy in the mid-forties (thanks to disease, addiction, and the interlocking social and physical problems arising from substandard- or no housing), the DTES (Downtown Eastside) has been an archetypal skid row since the days in the last century when lumber was, in fact, skidded in the mud down the street on its way to the sawmill because wagons were for the rich folk.

Now, after more than a century of struggling with the issue, I’m proud to say that Vancouver has eliminated homelessness.

We anticipate increased life expectancy (as much as thirty years for DTES residents), a significant drop in crime (particularly violent crime), and an estimated $5000 per person “housing dividend,” reflecting the difference in social service expenditures between the housed and the homeless.

Gregor Robertson at Union Gospel Mission by AHA media

Gregor Robertson at Union Gospel Mission by AHA Media

If a Canadian may toot her city’s own horn, this is truly an amazing accomplishment and Mayor Gregor (Robertson), Premier Gordon Campbell, City Hall, social service agencies, advocacy groups and officials at all levels should be very, very proud. I salute them. Who can even imagine how it must feel to know, unequivocally, that you’ve changed the world for the better.

Here is the official Homelessness is Over press release, via the Pivot Legal Society, a great organization whose mandate is to ensure that the laws of the nation apply equally to all, and who are always on top of positive (and negative) developments in housing for the homeless in Vancouver:

Vancouver’s housing crisis is finally over. Today Ray Solda, Vancouver’s last homeless person, moved into his room in the Kansas Hotel, a new social housing building funded by the provincial government. Government officials and Canadians everywhere today are celebrating the end of homelessness in Vancouver, a city that has struggled with a homelessness crisis for years.

Today’s announcement is the result of a number of key investments made by the provincial government to build social and supportive housing as part of their visionary comprehensive housing strategy. Despite the up-front costs, government and experts alike are confident that ending homelessness in Vancouver will actually save money over the long term.

“The years of spiralling rates of homelessness, derelict hotels, over-crowded shelters and laws punishing those without a safe place to live are going to be remembered as a dark page in this province’s history” says Laura Track, Pivot’s housing campaigner. “But the way this government changed course and resolved the crisis is a testament to what is possible when governments show real leadership and determination to make positive social change.”

Already, Vancouver is being held up as model for the rest of the country. Governments around the world are looking to the province for guidance in addressing homelessness in their jurisdictions.  When asked what role she felt advocacy work had in ending homelessness, Track commented: “This accomplishment is the result of people coming together and saying they would not settle for anything less than an end to homelessness. It took everyday people saying yes, I will welcome social housing into my neighbourhood and taxpayers recognizing that it makes financial sense to tackle homelessness. Finally, it took governments hearing the call and making the decision to act.”

Once again: simply amazing. This is an incredible example to the rest of the world.

So you tell me: does London have what it takes?


You can learn more about London’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy here

April Smith of AHA MEDIA reunites with RJ Dempsey for another photo together!

July 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Over a month ago, April Smith was photographed with RJ Dempsey to participate in Pivot’s Hope in SHadow 3 day photography contest in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) where the theme was ” Heart of the Community”

RJ and April

We are proud to say Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA  photo of RJ and April is a finalist in Pivot’s Hope in Shadow  Top 40 photos out of  5,400 photos taken !!

Peter Davies and his photo of RJ and April

Today. RJ Dempsey and April Smith reunite again to take another photo – this time in color!

RJ and April - Pivot Hope in Shadow

Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA shows his photos with BC Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point

July 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Clyde with BC Lt Gov

Clyde with BC Lt Gov 2

In this video, Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA shows his photos with BC Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point, who Clyde says is from the same Gitxsan First Nation as himself at Pivot’s  Hope In Shadows Book event.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

PIVOT’s Hope In Shadows Top 40 photographs! Come Out to Vote!

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment
This Sunday the new Hope in Shadows photographs will be at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive and at the Pivot Potluck at Trout Lake. If you’d like to see the top 40 and help select the photos that will be in the 2010 calendar, please come and see us!
AHA MEDIA is proud to say that one of our photos made it to the Top 40. A photo of April Smith sitting on a chair in No 3, please vote for us to rank higher in the Top 40.
April Smith sitting Photo No 3
Hendrik seeing Pivot photos
The Hope in Shadows community vote began this week in the Downtown Eastside where we set up a tent and mobile display daily. The local vote, which runs until Friday, determines the winners of the contest, to be announced in October when the calendar is unveiled.
Pivot photos
It’s great to see how much the local people passing by on the street enjoy checking out the top 40 photographs. Over the last few rainy days, as people have crowded our little tent on the sidewalk, I realize how much the simple display (8″ x 12″ enlargements stuck to cardboard panels) has added to the Hope in Shadows project. The Downtown Eastside is a very creative part of Vancouver, full of artists and galleries. However, I’m proud of helping to make these photographs so available to everyone – you couldn’t get a more public place in the Downtown Eastside than the sidewalk on the corner of Main and Hastings!
Pivot photos 2 
Voting in other areas of the city such as Commercial Drive, Robson Street and the Folk Festival will also help us choose the calendar images. If you’d like to see the mobile display please come and visit us at the following places:
Grandview Park, Commercial Drive: Sunday July 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pivot Potluck at Trout Lake: Sunday July 12, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson St: Thursday July 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vancouver Folk Festival, July 17-19: all day during the festival!
Kind regards,
P.S. Thanks to everyone who kindly completed the Hope in Shadows survey. The online survey is still open, so if you have a few minutes, please let us know what you think.

Paul Ryan
Director, Hope in Shadows


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