Archive for October, 2008


It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a fine gentleman and one of the south end’s greatest champions.  Gino Sedola passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, a battle that he fought with the quiet dignity that characterized his life and made him such a great friend and neighbor to so many.  Gino was immensely proud of the fact that he was born and raised in the south end and he was happy to pass his last years back in his old family home and in the neighborhood that he loved.

Gino served on city council for 14 years and later on the board of the Harbour Commission.  As an alderman of the city, Gino was rightly proud of his contribution to the development of the down town waterfront and Sway-a-Lana lagoon.  Gino was in the vanguard of city councilors who acted on behalf of the environment in this city.   Gino was an artist, studying at the Emily Carr School of Art and a dedicated teacher throughout his professional life.

Gino was a great friend of the South End Community Association, supporting our many projects and events and providing invaluable guidance and encouragement along the way.  When the old house “Fernville” moved from Esplanade to its new location on Irwin and Milton, he and Leona hosted a wonderful neighborhood celebration.  The evening summed up everything that was important to Gino about living in the south end.  An important piece of our unique heritage was saved, a wonderful new family was welcomed to the neighborhood, and the street was packed with south end residents, enjoying the spectacle and each others company.

Gino probably wouldn’t enjoy all this attention and the many tributes that have been made to him.  He was a kind, humble man, incredibly generous, and a great citizen of the south end.  Gino was our quiet leader and we mourn his loss deeply.  Our very wishes go to his family.

We’re hoping to plant a tree in Gino’s honour in Deverill Park.

Douglas Hardie, SECA Chair


Click on this link for a touching tribute that describes more fully Gino’s impact on Nanaimo, from the October 29 Nanaimo Daily News:

Nanaimo’s Gino Sedola will not be forgotten


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Our monthly mini-litter pick-up is THIS Saturday, November 1

We’ll meet at McDonald’s for breakfast/coffee at 9:00 AM, and then fan out around 9:30 to clean up for an hour. Bring gloves and extra plastic grocery bags.  By 10:30, you’re on your way, and you’ve been able to meet your neighbours, help the community and do bend-over exercises at the same time..:)

Trashy Art Day, Saturday Nov 8, &Loan Gallery, 33 Victoria Crescent

Click below for poster:


We’ll paint our next batch of Art Bins between 11 AM and 4 PM. We’re painting a little differently this time…come and paint as part of a team. Learn some painting techniques, meet some new folks.  No need for you to be a great artist….just inspired to leave your mark on the South End and happy to work with your neighbours.  Come when you can…for the whole time or for a few hours.   Call Yvonne Vander Kooi for more info:  250.754.0677

Then between 4 and 6 PM, we’ll show them off at a Trashy Art Show at the &Loan Gallery, 33 Victoria Crescent.  The gala-gala event of the season, and a place to bump into some of Nanaimo’s most fascinating folks! Don’t miss it!

New bins will be placed where they are most needed.  Adoption papers for potential foster bin parents will be at the event.  If you can’t come to the event, but are interested in fostering a bin, call Sandra Zuccolini at Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon, 753-1394

Thanks to the City of Nanaimo for helping to support this event.

The Southenders Tea Party November 8

When Laura Ann Ramsay asked folks who attended the Strawberry Social at the 2005 Miner’s Picnic to complete the sentence: “I remember when….” she had no idea what that it would lead to a book. Titled The Southenders, this book has been a labour of love for her, and for the almost 100 people who helped by writing stories or assisting with the book production.

Divided into decades, stories start in the 1800’s through today…memories of people, places and events, with photos and newspaper clippings.

The Southenders will be launched at a storytelling tea party at the new Nanaimo Museum (in the convention centre)  on Saturday Nov 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. You’ll hear stories from 2 generations: Ruth Hunter and Muriel McKay Ross, as well as Jim Brice and Jim Robertson, who would likely be delighted to be called youngsters again…!

The book will be available for sale at the Museum; 152 pages, $14.95.  If you want to attend, please RSVP the museum at 753.1821 so you’re not left without a chair!

The Civic Election is Saturday November 15

Click on the link below to discover the type of devastation that you may cause by NOT voting:  (sent to one of our board members. Not meant to be related any Nanaimo candidate)

So you won’t bother voting, eh?

Now here is a simple and easy way for you to make a difference.

South End Votes

Well, it’s becoming pretty obvious that this coming civic election is big news  for those of us in the South End.  Our on-line forum, South End Votes is now receiving up to 200 visits a day. AND…EVERY candidate for council and mayor has answered the 4 questions we asked about:

1. · How they see the South End changing

2. · The problems stemming from Nicol Street

3. · Their 3 top actions on homelessness and affordable housing

4. · The motion to locate a multiplex in OUR neighbourhood.

You can read ALL of the responses on line. You can even post a comment and read what your neighbours are saying. Plus you can download a score sheet to help you decide who DESERVES your vote.

Just click here.

or here:


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If you haven’t stopped by Deverill Park lately, you’ll be in for a surprise.  The new playground equipment being installed is spectacular.

We’ve received final drawings from the city for the new 35 unit development at 119 Haliburton.  So it looks like construction should begin as planned after Christmas.


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Wednesday November 5 @ 7 PM. Princess Royal School. Irwin @ Farquhar. We’ll get caught up with what’s going on in the neighbourhood, and of course, head to the pub for a beer at the end of the meeting…:)

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Our AGM is on December 3.  This is the perfect time to renew your membership (a bargain at $5), and to elect our board for the coming year.  And of course, we normally do a little festive noshing as well.

And an article you may find of interest:

Most BCers Support Social Housing

A significant majority of British Columbians would welcome housing for people with mental illnesses and addictions in their neighbourhood, a new poll done for 24 hours suggests.

More than 83 per cent of people surveyed by 24 hours pollster Strategic Communications said they would say yes to supportive housing in their community. Just over 11 per cent of respondents said they would be opposed.

The results would appear to suggest that the very vocal opposition that inevitably emerges when new proposals for supportive housing are pitched could be in the minority.

Mark Smith, executive director of RainCity Housing, says the experience of trying to convince local residents of the need for a 30-unit facility on Vancouver’s Fraser Street was “awful.”

“At the public information session, they were lined up and down the two aisles to yell at us,” Smith said in an interview. “I was threatened. It was wild. In my 30 years in this field I’d never experienced anything like that.” But Smith said he was pleased to see the apparently positive results of the poll. “There’s always such a vocal minority of people that speak up that it feels like the community is just overwhelmingly against it,” he said. “But I know that there were a lot of people that did support our project.”

Turning Point Recovery Society, another housing provider, wasn’t so lucky. The group withdrew its application to open a 32-bed recovery house in Richmond after facing intense criticism of the project from residents.

“We’re up against a very strong opposition,” said executive director Brenda Plant, who decries what she calls some residents’ ‘NIMBYism’ – Not in my backyard.

“They think property values will decline, children won’t be safe, there will be increased drug activity and drug dealers. These things just simply aren’t true,” Plant said.

In Vancouver, supportive housing projects for mental illness and addictions are overwhelmingly skewed to the east. Excluding the downtown, there are only three small facilities west of Main Street.

Ultimately, supportive housing projects have become concentrated in the Downtown Eastside, even if residents come from all parts of the city. “Richmond is by no means exempt from addictions and mental health challenges,” said Turning Point’s Plant, noting there are no similar facilities in Richmond for addicted women.

Either way, RainCity’s Smith said he was still cautious about the poll results.

“It’s easy to respond to a poll when it’s not actually happening,” he said. “How many of them are thinking I’d welcome [supportive housing] in my neighbourhood – but not next door?”

The poll surveyed 609 British Columbians and is considered representative of the general population within +/- four per cent, 19 times out of 20.

from 24 Hours, Vancouver Mon. 21 July 08

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If you’re a South Ender (or a former one), you may be interested in attending Gino Sedola’s Celebration of Life on Sunday October 26 from 1:30 to 4:30.  I’ve cut and pasted the obit from the Nanaimo Daily News, since linking to this article wasn’t very easy.

GINO SEDOLA Freeman of the City, Retired Teacher, Former Alderman and Past Chairman of the Nanaimo Harbour Commission. On October 9th, after living an extraordinary life, Gino Sedola passed away peacefully while holding the hand of his loving wife, Leona Trimble. Predeceased by 1st wife Elaine; mother Christina and father Angelo. Survived by his brother Fred and family; and by his “brother by choice ”, Alvin Gallazin. Dearly loved and sadly missed by his children Paul, Anne, Janine and their families; and Leona’s children, Trish, David, Sharon, Karen, Art and their families, including numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many cherished friends. Gino was a member of more than 25 committees including founding member and original director of the Nanaimo Museum Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at the New Nanaimo Museum. 101 Gordon St, on October 26th 1:30 – 4:30p.m. 147824

Another article:

Nanaimo loses Mentor Gino Sedola

Gino really was the voice of/for the South End, and our leader (of sorts).  He will be sorely missed.

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