COMMUNITY LINKS BULLETIN – November to December 2009

Dear friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Links Bulletin. The bulletin’s priority is to inform residents and community organizations in East Van about the activities and services carried out in our community. And we are constantly compiling new editions of the bulletin so please feel free to send me your community updates, events, feedback or suggestions.

It’s been a busy session in Parliament. Along with my NDP colleagues we have consistently spoken against the unfair tax shift of the proposed HST from businesses to consumers. I was also delighted that Parliament adopted in principle my Bill for access to safe, secure and affordable housing, see: for more information.



The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, November 27 for the January / February 2010 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.


 September to June 2010 – Anchor Toastmasters
Time: Mondays, 7 pm – 8:45 pm; Location: Room 108 (poster at entrance), Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway @ Slocan (free parking or short walk from Renfrew Skytrain Station). Anchor Toastmasters gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through club meetings, training seminars and speech contests. Experienced professionals and beginning speakers alike can benefit from our practical, face-to-face learning program. Open to everyone!

 October 28 – November 8 – The 6th Annual Heart of the City Festival
Over 80 events at over 30 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside, with a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, The 6th Annual Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists that thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The festival features twelve days of play readings, musical showcases, coffee houses, spoken word, writers writing, processions, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media viewings, art talks, history talks, and history walks. The theme of the 2009 Festival is Illuminating the Four Corners – the intersection of Main and Hastings Street, at the very heart of the Downtown Eastside – and this year the festival will feature numerous events at the Four Corners and throughout the surrounding four neighbourhoods (Gastown, North Hastings, Strathcona and Chinatown). The Festival also offers a special spotlight on Downtown Eastside, First Nation and Asian Canadian artists, producers, curators and residents and their perspective on ‘standing proud’ at the Four Corners. For more information, visit

 November is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association’s website to find out how to prevent or manage this disease. For more information, visit

 November 9 – Public Forum on Olympic Security
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm; Location: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 East 1st Avenue @ Salsbury (between Commercial Drive & Victoria). Hosted by MP Libby Davies, MLAs Jenny Kwan (Vancouver Mount Pleasant) and Shane Simpson (Vancouver Hastings) and Vancouver City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth. Guest speakers: Micheal Vonn, BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA); Laura Track, Pivot Legal Society; and Am Johal, Impact on Communities Coalition (IOCC). For more information, please call 604-775-5800 or email to Web:

 November 11 to November 15 – The 36th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market
Time: 10 am – 9 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place Way
Organized by the Circle Craft Cooperative of BC, 260 Canadian artisans will gather under the sails to present their wares at this annual seasonal craft market. For more information, contact the General Manager at 604-801-5220 or email to Web:

 November 13 – Luncheon / Reception for Afghan Parliamentarian Malalai Joya
Time: 12 pm – 2 pm; Location: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Hall of 100 Rivers (578 Carrall Street)
Hosted by Libby Davies and MLA for Vancouver Kensington Mable Elmore. Tickets are $20 with proceeds to benefit Malalai Joya’s humanitarian projects. For more information or tickets, please call 604-775-5800 or email to

 Saturday, November 14 – “A Woman Among War Lords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Speak Out” – organized by
Time: 7 pm; Location: St. Andrew’s Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson @ Burrard
Come hear Afghan Parlaimentarian Malalai Joya presents her new book – co-written by local author and activist, Derrick O’Keefe. Hers is an inspiring story of courage and struggle against oppressive regimes, clearly describing the atrocious conditions faced by women in Afghanistan – a situation that has not been improved by Canada’s intervention. Don’t miss the chance to hear her in person. Suggested admission $10 – No one turned away. For more information, call 604-222-9304.

 November 20 to November 22 – The Crawl
Date / Time: November 20: 5 pm – 10 pm; November 21 & 22: 11 am – 6 pm
The Eastside Culture Crawl is a FREE 3-day visual arts festival. This event involves artists in their studios who work on the east side of Vancouver, in an area bounded by Main Street to Commercial Drive and from First Avenue north to the waterfront. The crawl brings Vancouver’s east side artists and their work to the community. For information, visit

 November 21 to November 29 – after homelessness …
Time: 8 pm; Location: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street; Tickets: $10
Presented by Headline Theatre, directed by David Diamond, after homeslessness … explores the subject of supported and affordable housing. There will be a preview performance on November 20, with 2 for 1 tickets. Free vouchers for shows are available at various housing support centres. For more information, please call 604-871-0508 or email

 Thursday November 26 – DOXA Monthly Film Series
Time: 7 pm; Location: Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street
The DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents a series of sport-themed films inspired by the 2010 Winter Games. The films will explore how barriers to sports can be broken through solidarity, passion and international support, and bring diverse cultures together. For more information, call 604-646-3200 or email to

 December 1 – World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, December 1st is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and to stop the spread of HIV and end prejudice. For more information visit:

 December 5 – Libby Davies’ Travelling Community Office
Time: 10 am – 12 pm; Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway @ Prince Albert
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm; Location: Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway
Drop by for an informal, one-on-one chat and tell us your concerns about federal matters. For more information, please call 604-775-5800.

 December 6 – National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. It is an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

 December 12 & 13 – American Native Arts & Craft Fair
Time: 11 am – 6 pm; Location: Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street
Experience Pacific Northwest Coast culture and traditional foods at the 25th Annual North American Native Arts & Craft Fair. A vast selection of traditional and contemporary artwork, including jewellery, pottery, basketry, weaving, Cowichan Indian knitwear, gold and silver jewellery, prints, original paintings, beadwork, pottery lamps and much more! Baked and smoked salmon treats, Indian tacos, frybread! Artist demonstrations and open mic performances round out the day. Admission is by donation with partial proceeds to go to the Annual VAFC Kids Christmas Party. For more information, contact Kat Norris at 604-682-3269.


 Aboriginal Head Start
Aboriginal Head Start programs are free for Aboriginal children between 3-5years of age. We have a site in Vancouver accepting applications and bus service may be available for eligible families. All AHS site programs are based on a holistic approach to early childhood experiences which emphasize the needs of the child within the family, school and community through the following six components: Culture; Education; Health Promotion; Nutrition; Social Support Programming; and Parent Involvement. For more information, please call Julie at 604-253-3354.

 ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association
ARA Mental Health offers advocacy services for mental health consumers living in the Greater Vancouver area. Advocacy or intervention includes: locating resources, accessing food, health and safety issues, medical/dental, substance abuse, child apprehension, appeals and tribunals, safe and affordable housing, legal referrals, counselling and one-on-one support. Hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and a drop-in safe space with accessible computers is offered to mental health consumers. Address #423-119 West Pender Street,Vancouver. Phone 604-689-7938.

 Arts Umbrella – Now at Quebec & 7th Ave!
All children deserve the joy and lifelong benefits participation in the arts can bring. Arts Umbrella provides high quality arts education to young people ages 2 to19. Dozens of new Early Childhood classes for children ages 2 to 6, including creative dance, musical expressions and more are now available at Quebec and 7th Avenue. Register today for a 5 week session, January 9 to February 12, 2010. For more information, visit

 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in our community by providing them with female mentors and friends who understand the unique challenges they face growing up female. Big Sisters strives to provide these girls (ages 7 – 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit or contact 604-873-4525.

 Food for Families
Date / Time: Thursdays, 10:30 am – 12 pm; Location: The Warehouse, 2650 Slocan Street.
Food for Families combines a weekly nutritious food bank with a nutrition skills program for families with dependent children in need. Participants have access to educational workshops and community health professionals. Food for Families is an initiative of the CityReach Care Society. For more information please contact 604-254-2489.

 Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada launched a new website for students with learning disabilities. The site is fully accessible and offers support such as Browse Aloud, which features a real person reading the contents of each webpage. Developed by young people themselves coping with learning disabilities, the site is geared toward youth and focuses on completing high school, getting to and succeeding in a post secondary environment, and successfully transitioning into a career path after completing their degree. For more information, visit:

 Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society
PICS Vancouver provides Employment Counselling and referral services, group job search workshops, one-on-one job search, a Career Centre, and a Wage Subsidy Program, for the unemployed or under-employed (less than 20 hours per week), and new immigrants. For more information on PICS’ programs and services, visit or call PICS at 604-324-7733. Address: #200 – 8161 Main Street, Vancouver.

 TRAC – Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre
Evictions and Olympics don’t mix. If you are worried about getting evicted because of the 2010 Olympics, call the TRAC’s Tenant Assistance Worker at 604-255-5102 or email to For more information, visit

 Vancouver East Employment Resource Centre – Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Our Employment Resource Centre offers free information, counselling, and referral services for employment and career options, education and training opportunities, community resources, and job search tools to those who are unemployed or under-employed (working less than 20 hours a week) and legally entitled to work in Canada. Address: #300 – 1638 East Broadway, Vancouver. Phone: 604-434-0367, press 4. Web:

 VEEES Community Service
newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6-month program for any woman dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether she is currently on income assistance or not. Program components include counselling, employment-related skills workshops, a work experience placement, educational assistance and certification for First Aid and SuperHost. newSTART now provides continuous intake.
newSTART 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-215-4344

newCHAPTER and newCHAPTER2 Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offer free services to all job seekers, providing internet access, fax, phone, photocopying, one-on-one resume and job search assistance, and Service Canada Case Management services, including: development of Return to Work Action Plans and assistance with and submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353
newCHAPTER2 835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-215-2295


 British Columbia Achievement Foundation – BC’s 2010 Annual Achievement Awards
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2010 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. These awards recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution through a unique achievement or outstanding service – as a volunteer or in the course of their work – in any area that provides a benefit to the community. To nominate an individual, a nomination form must be completed and be accompanied by a letter giving the reasons for nomination, two letters of support, and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2009. For more information, visit:

 Benjamin Moore – Support for community and heritage groups
Thirty-three community agencies across Canada are receiving grants and Benjamin Moore paint as part of the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program, a partnership between Benjamin Moore and Community Foundations of Canada. This year, the program is awarding $75,000 in grants and more than $14,000 in paint to community groups. The application process for the 2010 Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program will begin in October 2009. For more information on how to apply, visit:

 Best Buy – Donation Requests
Best Buy supports local communities through charitable donations made by stores. Each Best Buy store has an annual donation budget to contribute to youth-oriented, non-profit organizations and schools. If your organization fits within our focus area, please visit the Best Buy store nearest you with a letter on your organization’s letterhead. Store personnel will review all applications and make funding decisions. Note: Individual corporate donation requests are NOT the same as sponsorship requests or co-promotional opportunities. Sponsorship requests or co-promotional opportunities should be directed to the Marketing Department at: ATTN: Sponsorships/Co-Promotions, Best Buy Marketing Department, 8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, B.C. V5J 5K3.

 BMO Financial Group
BMO Financial Group’s support focuses on social responsibility in the communities it serves. As an active participant in Canadian communities, it believes in the possibilities of personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and access to education. Traditionally, it focuses on specific projects or programmes that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas: Education; Hospitals, Health and Research; Civic and Community Services; and Arts and Culture. Requests for funding are reviewed by BMO Financial Group’s Corporate Donations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis. For detailed information on funding guidelines, visit,1089,divId-7_langId-1_navCode-4905,00.html. Applications should be sent to the following address: British Columbia and Yukon Division, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, BMO Bank of Montreal, 595 Burrard Street, 22nd Floor, Vancouver, British Columbia V7X 1L7, Telephone: 604-665-7596, Fax: 604-665-2610.

 Canada Safeway Foundation
Deadline: December 18, 2009
The Canada Safeway Foundation provides funding to programs and initiatives that support: children and families living with disabilities, and camp experiences. For detailed information on funding guidelines, visit Grant applications will only be accepted by mail and can be submitted to: Renee Hopfner, Manager, Canada Safeway Foundation (Mailing Address: P.O. Box 864 Station “M”, Calgary, AB T2P 2J6). If you have further questions, please call 403-730-3628. The submission deadline is December 18, 2009.

 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a helping hand to families in need, ensuring that no child is denied the benefits of organized sport and recreation. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities provides this support through four programs: Canadian Tire Jumpstart®; Community Initiatives; Community Crisis Program; and Regional Disaster Recovery Program. For more information about funding and how to submit a request, please visit

 CN Stronger Communities Fund
The CN Stronger Communities Fund provides community investment by supporting registered, not-for-profit organizations. It has three community investment focus areas: Health and Safety for Young People, Transportation Education, and CN Railroaders in the Community. For more information on funding guidelines, visit

 Coast Capital – Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help families achieve economic success. The grant will focus on projects that help low-income individuals and families, new Canadians and youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas: Youth leadership; Economic revitalization; and Access and inclusion. Grants can be used for projects that support or provide services for individuals, families, and communities; and organizational development. For more information, visit or email to

 Enterprising Non-profit Program (enp)
Deadline: November 19, 2009
The ENP program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to an average of 40 to 50 organizations annually. Grants may be used to pay for professional fees for technical assistance and/or staff costs and resources related to the planning or organizational development activity. Learn more:

 Eva’s Award for Innovation
Deadline: November 12, 2009
Eva’s Initiatives launched the fifth season of their Award for Innovation that recognizes the incredible work being done by organizations across Canada in assisting homeless youth. The Award for Innovation will be granted to three organizations that: demonstrate innovation in delivering services to homeless youth; successfully use partnerships to develop, implement or operate services; deliver services that help youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to achieve greater self-sufficiency and reduce their chances of experiencing homelessness in the future; and offer services that integrate two or more of the following: housing, education, vocational training, employment, health and addictions supports, life skills, or other interventions aimed at assisting homeless and at-risk youth to become self-sufficient. For more information or to download an application, visit:

 FedEx – Corporate Contribution Program
FedEx is especially interested in supporting non-profit organizations that request: 5% or less of a total project budget; contingency grants; or seed monies with the thought that other sources will contribute matching amounts. Organizations must show evidence of competent management, low administrative/fundraising expense ratios, and a non-discriminatory program benefiting broad segments of the community. For more information on funding guidelines, visit

 Keg Spirit Foundation
The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; project must relate to children or youth in some way; and program should contain a mentoring component. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. All applications are to be sent to The Keg Spirit Foundation at the address below: The Keg Spirit Foundation – Review Committee, Keg Restaurants Ltd., 10100 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, B.C. V6X 2W7. For more information, visit

 KPMG Foundation – Non-Education Giving
The KPMG Foundation’s Non-Education Grant focuses its support on activities relating to healthcare, children and youth needs, communities, and the environment, although grants to organizations in other fields are made. The following are some of the criteria of the grant: the need is compelling and does not duplicate existing services or facilities of the organization; the project being funded aligns with KPMG’s values and principles; the services or activities of the organization are provided without regard for race, religion, creed, sex or sexual orientation; the organization is financially viable and efficiently and ethically managed; and the principal benefit is for Canadians. For more information, visit

 Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women
The Margaret Mitchell Fund supports programs and initiatives that promote economic and social justice for women in Vancouver East. Priority will be given to projects that alleviate poverty, promote equality and help women to gain confidence and power. For more information about the Margaret Mitchell Fund, please contact the VanCity Community Foundation at 604-877-7241.

 Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Registered non-profit organizations can apply for cash donations made possible by the Metropolis Express, a trackless train that runs through the corridors of Metropolis. The Metropolis Express is entirely funded by Metropolis at Metrotown and rides are offered by donation to charity. To be eligible, you must be: Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver-based and demonstrate a significant and unique contribution to community life. For more information, visit

 New Horizons for Seniors – Capital Assistance Funding
Deadline: November 6, 2009
Capital Assistance Funding helps non-profit organizations to upgrade the facilities or equipment they use for existing seniors programs and activities. This enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in programs in their communities. For more information, visit

 Staples – Community@Work
Community@Work will focus charitable efforts in areas we know will positively impact our key stakeholders and support the communities we all work and live in. In order to be eligible to receive a corporate support, sponsorship or a community@work donation, we ask that your organization fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. All eligible requests are evaluated and will be responded to in 30 days. For more information or to apply, visit

 Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local non-profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local store. (Stores:

 Youth Justice Renewal Initiative
In support of the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative, NGOs and aboriginal organizations interested in youth justice issues may apply for grants and contributions to test innovative features of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Of particular interest have been projects on extrajudicial measures, youth justice committees, pre-trial detention, new sentencing options, custody and reintegration; broaden the range and nature of community groups involved in the renewal of youth justice in Canada (e.g., education sector, arts and recreation; child advocates; mental health professionals; those in the helping professions); and inform Canadians about the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative and the Youth Criminal Justice Act in order to contribute to increased public understanding, participation, confidence and trust in the justice system; aboriginal communities may also apply for grants and contributions to develop their capacity to participate in and/or deliver community-based youth justice options contained in the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The funding allocated through the Youth Justice Fund flows from three streams: the Youth Justice Main Fund, the Youth Justice Anti-Drug Component and the Guns, Gangs and Drugs Priority. Details on funding criteria for each stream are outlined below for your information:
Youth Justice Main Fund (
Youth Justice Anti-Drug (
Guns, Gangs and Drugs Priority (
For more information, visit