Archive for September, 2012

MP StudioWorks Grand Opening Night

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

A beautiful evening with wonderful artists displaying their spectacular art pieces!

Ghia Aweida and her Poetry of Hope

Ghia Aweida with Adriane Carr, Vancouver City Councillior

Cute Magnets!

Hendrik of AHA MEDIA holds up a Strawberry Magnet 🙂

Matching Mushroom Magnets !! 🙂

Hendrik reads the Program Guide of the evening

MP StudioWorks Art studio/Gallery and Pottery facility in Vancouver

September 29, 2012 1 comment
Come to celebrate the new MP StudioWorks Art studio/Gallery and Pottery facility for the residents on the DTES. Built from recycled flooring and donations the spaceous and bright studios are terrific venue to see and buy art and pottery or take a class.335 Princess Avenue1-5 pm: StudioWorks Art/Pottery Open House’From Beginning to End: An Art Show’ Curated by Suzanna Wright
Opening reception at 6 pm. Mission Possible Artists in attendance

MP Artisan Market
Browse and purchase hand-made items from the Community! Products ranging from pottery to beadwork and handmade cards.

Sandra Pronteau displays some of her beautiful art pieces for sale 🙂

Happy 20th Anniversary to Sheway in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA holds up “20” with his fingers and hands to commemorate 20 years at Sheway! 🙂


A Community Project for Women and Children
DROP-IN HOURS FOR WOMEN: Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch served at 12 noon
Staff is available by phone Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program (P.O.P.) located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
The program provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants
under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help
the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.

Staff at Sheway includes:
• Alcohol and Drug Counselor
• Community Health Nurses
• Social Workers
• Nutritionist
• Infant Development Consultants
• Outreach Worker
• Family Physicians
• First Nations Support Worker and Cook
• Receptionist
• Medical Office Assistant
• Coordinator
• Aboriginal Community Support Worker
• Family Support Worker
• Aboriginal Community Health Nurse
• Administrative Assistant

Sheway also works directly with:
• A Pediatrician from Children’s and Women’s Hospital specializing in developmental assessments and substance exposed infants and children

• An Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Speech/Language Pathologist from the Centre for Ability.

• Music Therapists from Vancouver NativeHealth Society.

• Fir Square of Children and Women’s Hospital supporting pregnant women during their hospital stay

We provide:
• Daily hot lunches
• Weekly Food Bags
• Nutrition counseling and prenatal vitamins
• Grocery store food/milk coupons
• Practical support for securing medical care, housing, advocacy and social benefits
• Prenatal and postnatal care
• Well baby care, child and adult immunizations
• Parenting support
• Referral and access to support groups and community resources
• Alcohol and drug counseling
• Contraception counseling and provision
• STD/HIV counseling and testing
• Baby food, formula, toys, diapers and baby clothes, when available.

Sheway is a partnership governed by:
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Ministry for Children and Family Development
Vancouver Native Health Society
YWCA of Vancouver

Sheway is a Coast Salish word meaning “Growth”.

Box 101 – 533 East Hastings, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1P9
Tel: (604)216-1699 Fax: (604)216-1698 Medical Fax: (604)216-1683

The New Paradigm of Business

September 24, 2012 1 comment

Jordan Bober is the co-founder of Vancouver’s Seedstock Community Currency Project and a board member of the Village Vancouver Transition Society as well as the Green Party of Vancouver. An economist by education, Jordan has dedicated himself to taking action to help bring about a more vibrant and resilient local economy in Vancouver, believing this to be the key to a freer, more sustainable, resilient, and liveable world.

Wes Regan is a founding board member of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society and sits on the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Small Business Advisory Committee. Working in the field of sustainable community economic development since 2009, he is currently the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association and is Vice-President of Urban Stream Innovation, an award winning greentech startup specializing in waste-to-resource food technology systems for urban and remote communities. Wes holds degrees in Geography from Langara College and Simon Fraser University where he also completed the SFU Certificate in Urban Studies and still holds the university record for fastest sprint holding coffee and books from the Cornerstone building to West Mall Complex. 

Before Dave Pollard resigned from the industrial growth economy in 2010, he had spent 35 years advising entrepreneurs on starting and running a business, innovation, research, sustainability, coping with complexity, and the effective use of knowledge and social media, and his book Finding the Sweet Spot: A Natural Entrepreneur’s Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work was published in 2008. He is currently working with the Transition Network and New Economies movement in several cities.

Host and Moderator

Elias Arjan is a lifelong entrepreneur and marketing ninja, who started his first company at 19. After a successful career in sales and communication he became disenchanted with the mainstream business world and has been seeking a new paradigm of business ever since. The crash of 2008 and the years of upheaval that have followed, encouraged Elias to explore how moral, ethical and spiritual values could be applied to the business world and global society in general. In 2011 he started Inovizion Consulting synthesizing Eastern and Western philosophy with the cutting edge of persuasion, sales, marketing and business systems to participate in the new paradigm of global enterprise.

Communications counsel Sheri Wisnowski develops integrated marketing and ‘prime’ relations paths for entrepreneurs, social-profits and corporate firms. Within a career that has spanned web 1.0 development to global brand marketing to local community consultation to media-wrangling for social causes and crisis situations, Sheri brings clarity and collaboration to conversations and story-writing. An interest in integrity outages and the energetic impact of the unspoken has led her to learn how to create, and how to help clients acquire a taste for reality and compassion amidst complex knowledge-managing and profit-making.

Day of Dialogue on Ecstasy on Vancouver Sun’s Facebook page

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Vancouver Sun’s Facebook page is hosting a Day of Dialogue on Ecstasy on Monday Sept 24 in the afternoon.

Join us Monday afternoon when we will host a chat on Facebook with the friends and family of Cheryl McCormack and Tyler Miller, who both died after ingesting ecstasy. They have rallied around the cause to educate the public on the risks of what has been casually deemed a recreational drug.

Film outlining the dangers of using ecstasy (MDMA) and how deeply it impacts our friends and families. In honor of Cheryl McCormack and Tyler Miller who both lost their lives after using this deadly drug

The New Paradigm of Business – Local Economies talk at SFU

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment


    Right now humanity is facing a oppressive list of seemingly impossible obstacles. From global warming to rising social inequity (the 99% vs. the 1%) we appear to be at a pivotal point in our evolution.

    Many blame the financial markets, multinational corporations and the banks. However many of these arguments discriminate against businesses as if they are all the same.

    What if business could be the way out of our global challenges?

    Not the profit above all else, destructive kind of business that has become rampant but a new paradigm of business. Where people and planet are harmoniously balanced with profit.

    Many business are already functioning according this new model and succeeding. Demonstrating that public demand is already there.

    The “2011 Cone/Echo Global CR Opportunity Study” found that-

    A mere six percent of consumers globally channel economist Milton Friedman and only hold businesses accountable for making money.

    That means that 94% of people on the planet believe that business should be doing more for us all!

    This event will explore the next steps in this process with local new paradigm business leaders, economists, politicians and more. (Panel TBA soon).

    Focus will be on how we can build a strong local economy in Vancouver towards this end.

    We will have a round table format starting with a brief introduction to the concept, then we will meet the panel and open the floor for dialogue.

    All with an open mind, are welcome to this FREE event!

    Please Register on Eventbrite as we have limited seating:

    Room #1700 (main Floor)
    515 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 5K3

SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Inner City Economic Strategy event at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The Inner City Economic Strategy seeks to bring together the residents of the community, with other residents, businesses, service providers and all levels government. The City of Vancouver is committed to working with the community to create a comprehensive economic strategy which seeks to empower the residents of the Downtown Eastside. Unique populations have to be considered, women, Aboriginal, youth, immigrant and the aging population. This event is open to everybody who wants to contribute to taking

ownership over this strategy.

We know we have to collectively develop an ongoing strategy with projects that have real positive outcomes for the residents of the Downtown Eastside and inner-city neighbourhoods.

How do we build a sustainable community which enhances the local economy? What type of education, training and employment strategies do we envision? What mix of businesses can we collectively advocate for? How do we get a City of Vancouver procurement policy that supports our collective goals? What opportunities already exist that need nurturing and advancement? Who is already doing this work? How can you get active with social media for your own project, cause or business? Participate, learn tips!

Presenters from local businesses and interested groups. Lunch and organic will be provided.

Display tables showcasing efforts for inclusive economic development will be featured in the Woodward’s Atrium including Crosstown Pet, ALIVE, W2, Thru Haida EyesChindi Nation and many others.

We welcome others to this inclusive event!

Opening Remarks by Irwin Oostindie of W2, Hendrik Hoekma of DTES Education Enhancement Society and Bob Laurie of Vancouver Board of Trade

Panel Speakers included Brian Postlewait of Mission Possible,  Marcia Nozick of Embers  Wes Regan of Hastings Crossing BIA

DTES Business Start UP presenters by Hendrik Beune of Crosstown Pet, Marilyn McKee of Thru Haida Eyes and Karenza Wall of Chindi Nation

Scott Clark of ALIVE inspired us with his rousing speech of economic development strategies