Community Links Bulletin – September to October 2009

Dear friends,

I hope you had a great summer! Now it’s back to school for students and back to Ottawa for me! Parliament resumes September 14th and I expect it to be busy in there.

An economic update is expected this fall. My NDP colleagues and I will continue to press very hard for EI reform to ensure more people can access EI benefits. This is critical in a community like East Van where a growing number of people are facing layoffs.

How is the economic recession affecting you? I’d really like to hear from you – your experience, ideas and suggestions for needed changes. Please drop me a line (postage free) or email me! As always, I am proud to serve our community!



The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, September 25 for the November / December 2009 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.


August to September 6 – Artful Sundays
Time: Sundays, 12 pm to 5 pm
Location: Napier Square (Napier at Commercial Drive)
Artful Sundays is an outdoor, multimedia, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists, live music, artist demonstrations, workshops and more! For more information, contact Katherine Polgrain at 604-718-5800 or email

August to September 27 – Gastown Farmer’s Market
Time: Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm
Location: 200 block Carrall Street (near Gassy Jack Square)
The Gastown Farmer’s Market features only locally grown and harvested produce, meat, seafood, baking, preserves, snacks and more! Enjoy lunch at one of several cafes adjacent to the market or grab some groceries and head out to discover the many great local shops in the area.

Thursday September 17 – Personal Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre (3096 East Hastings)
Emergencies and disasters can happen with little or no warning. Being prepared could save your life or the lives of others and significantly improve your quality of living in the aftermath. For more information, contact 604-718-6222 or email to

Saturday September 19 – Eastside Family Place Society’s 30th Anniversary
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: 1655 William Street ( Commercial Drive and Grandview Park)
Eastside Family Place, a support and resource centre for families with young children, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fun-filled family event. You are all invited to this community celebration, which includes musicians, storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, bubble blowing, fire and police representation, and the grand finale of the day, birthday cake. For information, contact 604-255-9841 or email

September 19 and 20 – International Village Gifts and Craft Fair
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Location: International Village (88 West Pender Street)
Come and check out local artists and their work, and a workshop where artists share secrets of their work. For more information, contact Helen Yu at 604-601-2121 or email to

Monday September 21 – International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolutions in 1981 and 2001 establishing September 21st the International Day of Peace and urging “all nations and people” to commemorate the day as an opportunity to promote peaceful resolutions of conflicts and to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day. For more information visit the UN’s website at

Saturday September 26 – Harvest Festival
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (600 East Broadway)
You are welcome to the annual Harvest Festival at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Come out and enjoy the food, street party, games, face-painting, bingo, mahjong, silent auction, bike rodeo, prizes, community info booths and more! Celebrate the Olympic themes of friendship, inspiration and empowerment. For more information or to volunteer, contact 604-879-8208.

Sunday September 27 – Word on the Street Festival
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Location: Library Square (350 West Georgia Street)
One Book, One Vancouver is an integral part of Vancouver’s largest celebration of words and reading. Join us for author readings, exhibits, music and more!

Sunday September 27 – The Salmon Celebration
Time: 12 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Hadden Park (1905 Ogden Avenue @ Cypress Street)
Salmon Celebration teaches about our natural heritage, present-day salmon issues and urban sustainability. This year the athletic prowess of the salmon is inspired by Olympic and Paralympic values of courage, friendship and portrayed through a performance art piece.

Sunday October 4 – Bikennale Great Ride
The Vancouver Biennale with the MEC Great Rides Program of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition will host the Bikennale Great Ride to celebrate art in public spaces with a day of cycling in the city. To register for the ride go to: For information, contact 604-682-1289 or email to or
October 2 to 4 – The 5th Annual Drift – Art on Main Street
See local established and emerging artists in their studios and in Main Street shops, galleries, and cafes. Drift 2009 event maps will be available in September at all participating Main Street locations. Opening Fundraiser & Silent Auction on October 2. For details and ticket information, visit or contact Diane Lefroy, The Main Art Drift Society at 604-731-6890 or email to


ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association
Location: #423-119 West Pender Street; Phone: 604-689-7938
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 computer access for mental health consumers.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in the 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 to 17 with 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, visit or contact 604-873-4525.

Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services
Need someone to talk to? The Crisis Centre can help you cope more effectively with stressful situations, with immediate, free, confidential and non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.

The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops. Volunteer commitment includes four hours a week after training. Call 604-872-1811.

Food for Families
Food for Families combines a weekly nutritious food bank with a nutrition skills program for families with dependent children in need on Thursdays, from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Participants have access to educational workshops and community health professionals. Food for Families is an initiative of the CityReach Care Society located at The Warehouse, 2650 Slocan Street (at East 10th Avenue). For more information please contact 604-254-2489.

Hastings Education Centre – Vancouver School Board
Location: 1661 Napier Street, Britannia Community Centre
Hastings Education Centre offers free courses for adults interested in Grade 12 completion or who have already graduated and would like to upgrade or consider a career change. This is part of the provincially funded “Education Guarantee” program. Registration for September 2009 is in progress. For more information and the list of tuition free courses, contact Hastings Education Centre at 604-713-5735 or visit

MOSAIC – Workplace Connection Program
Put your professional experience, resources and compassion to good use. Join MOSAIC’s program and help a skilled immigrant to accelerate their job search. As a volunteer you give a few hours each week to introduce your newcomer to professional resources, chat about your industry in Canada, and workplace culture. When and where you meet is flexible. All interested professionals are welcome, including healthcare workers, engineers, and business and human resource professionals. Training and support offered. For more information, contact Astarte Sands at 604-254-9626 ext 483 or email

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:

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newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6-month program for women dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether 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

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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
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2010 BC Community Achievement Awards
Deadline: November 15
The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards honour British Columbians who made a significant contribution to their community through a unique achievement or outstanding service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership. For more information, visit or contact 604-261-9777, or email to

Central City Foundation
Deadlines: September 15 (LOI) / November 1 (Application)
If you are an organization serving the inner city and interested in applying for a grant, please visit You are to contact the Foundation directly at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is September 15th. If your project is deemed suitable, you will be asked to submit an application. The application deadline is November 1st.

City of Vancouver – Transit Shelter Advertising
Deadline: September 18
The City of Vancouver’s Transit Shelter Advertising Program offers free access to transit shelter advertising space to not for profit arts, culture and community service organizations based in the City of Vancouver. The intent of the program is to provide opportunities for organizations to promote events and services in Vancouver that are open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Klodyne Rodney at 604-871-6228 or

City of Vancouver – Video Screen Advertising
Deadline: September 18
The Vancouver Live! Program provides eligible non-profit arts organizations with the opportunity to display free promotional messaging about arts and cultural events and activities that are open to the public. Requests are accepted year-round with monthly deadlines. For more information, visit

Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants support 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 project that support or provide services for individuals, families, and communities; and organizational development. For more information, visit or email to

EcoAction Community Funding Program
Deadline: November 1
EcoAction encourages project submissions that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. Projects require matching funds or in-kind support from other sponsors. EcoAction supports projects that address the following themes: Climate Change; Clean Water; Nature; and Clean Air. Non-profit groups are eligible to apply to the program. For more information, visit

Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP) Program
Deadline: November 19
The ENP funding program provides matching grants to non-profit organizations in BC that are interested in starting or expanding a business. The program was established in 1997 in response to requests by organizations for support in the development of revenue-generating enterprises, to enhance their programs or services, and/or as a way to stabilize and diversify their funding base. ENP program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development or growth of a business venture. For information on program guidelines, eligibility and process, visit

Face The World Foundation
Deadline: September 30
Face The World Foundation is dedicated to helping Vancouver’s less fortunate. We look to alleviate the pain caused by hunger, sickness, homelessness, mental illness and drug, alcohol and physical abuse. For more information about funding criteria and eligibility, please visit

The Law Foundation – Small Projects Initiative
Deadline: October 16
The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. Please contact Law Foundation staff to discuss your project prior to submitting your application. To be considered at the 2010 March Board meeting, the application must be received by the Law Foundation no later than 3 pm on Friday, October 16, 2009. For more information, visit Contact info: Law Foundation of BC, 1340 – 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3; Phone: 604-688-2337; Fax: 604-688-4586; and Email:

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.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund
Deadline: October 31
The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports projects by neighbourhood-based groups who want to make creative improvements to local public land. It supports projects which actively involve people in developing community and building neighbourhood connections while improving parks or other public spaces. The Vancouver Park Board will supply funds up to $10,000 to match the contribution the community makes through funds raised, supplies donated or volunteer labour. For more information, please visit:

Status of Women
Deadline: September 30
Funding is available for projects that address Status of Women’s 2009 priorities: improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity; encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles; and eliminating violence against women and girls. For more information, visit:

Society for the Arts in Healthcare
Deadline: October 15
In partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Society for the Arts in Healthcare is offering grant funding to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers. Proposals are now being sought from healthcare and/or arts organizations that have established arts in healthcare programs with evidence of initial impact. The deadline for the letter of inquiry is October 15, 2009. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – funding for environmental projects
The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national organization with a grassroots focus that supports local environmental projects and works with people who want to protect and preserve the environment in their own backyard. Applications are accepted year-round but should be submitted well in advance of the project start date, as TD FEF does not provide retroactive funding. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit:

The Vancity / Real Estate Foundation – Green Building Grant Program
Established by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Vancity Credit Union, the grant program supports projects which focus on: building renovations/retrofits that demonstrate leadership and can inspire similar projects or initiatives with positive environmental impacts or benefits; regulatory changes that advance green building development and practice; and education to increase the understanding and use of practical green building strategies. For more information about the grant and how to apply, visit or The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 2, 2009. (Applications must be postmarked on or before October 31, 2009). Grant recipients will be notified February 15, 2010.