Archive for February, 2011

This is the replacement for Christina Martens, who many residents remember as the leader of the Balmoral team, amongst her other responsibilities.

The Mid Island Canadian Mental Health Association has announced the appointment of their new Executive Director Ms Anne Hodge.

Ms Hodge joins the Mid-Island Canadian Mental Health Association with a 20-year background in human services and non–profit administration.

For the last nine years, she has served as executive director of Maison d’amitié, an emergency shelter for abused women and their children and last year as the executive director of the National Capital Military Family Resource Centre.  Her career has been dedicated to promoting healthy communities, to creating programmes and services that promote the health, well being, and safety of all, and advocating for policies to promote social change.


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During the election of 2008 the South End Community Association ventured into the political foray by creating a blog SOUTH END VOTES. The blog was set up to promote awareness and participation by south end residents in the election, questions were asked of candidates and their answers were published.  Over the period of the election well over 4000 hits were made to the blog.

In a reprise of the South End Community Association’s SOUTH END VOTES of 2008 we want your help in asking questions of the candidates in the by-election to elect one city councilor to replace the seat held by Larry McNabb who passed away December 24th 2010.

  • Please submit, by March 9th one question regarding the South End, which you would like answered by all of the candidates.
  • You can post below by clicking on this headline.
  • Or if you prefer, e-mail us directly at our gmail.com address:  southendcommunityassociation@

Political junkies Gord Fuller & Pat Portsmouth as well as intrepid blog maven Barbara Densmore will choose 3 or 4 of the very best which will be sent to all candidates.   Answers, or non-answers, to each question will be posted on the South End Votes blog.

If you’re curious about the candidates but unsure of their platform, this should help you make an informed decision.

Show your willingness to participate in this by-election by getting out and voting.  Show Nanaimo (and your neighbourhood) you care.

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A few months ago, we told you about the bold and daring Art Bins that had made it safely across Nicol Street to take up watch around Victoria Road.   Well, well, now we’re discoving that they are stud-ly as well..:)

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Lookie here, sprouting up in Nob Hill…a couple of real beauts….!

How sweet it is.

Welcome on board, Nob Hillers.  We neighbours might just be able to start a movement…if we haven’t already….:)


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Neighbours fear 24-hour store will defeat effort to reduce crime

Opposition is strong to proposed 7-Eleven at the corner of Nicol and Milton streets

Derek Spalding, Daily News  Published: Friday, February 25, 2011

Please note:  Douglas Hardie will be voicing SECA’s recommendations at Council meeting this Monday evening  @7:00 p.m. in the Shaw Auditorium, Port of Nanaimo Centre, located at 80 Commercial Street.

If you wish to support our position, please come along.

If you have something else to offer, and want to appear as a delegation, you can apply through the city website.  Deadline is 11 AM Monday.

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It’s our FIRST Raffle!  And boy, do we have some great items!

1st Prize: MSI LAPTOP (i3, 4gigs ram, 320gig hard drive).

Retail value : $630

Donated by RU Computing

2nd Prize: USED COMPUTER: P4-3Ghz CPU

17” LCD Monitor, Keyboard & Mouse – (500gig Hard drive, 1 gig ram, Windows XP).

Retail value: $285

Donated by RU Computing

3rd Prize: Day of Beauty at Sandra’s Head to Toe Salon and Spa.

Retail value: $150


Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10

Winners will be announced at the April Fool’s Beer and Burger event (see next post)

You can get your raffle tickets from:

  • Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon  (753.1394)
  • RU Computing
  • the March 3 SECA meeting
  • Pat Portsmouth  (753-9772)  in the south end of the South End

All proceeds go to helping SECA and all of our community activities and events.

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Friday April 1, starts @ 6PM

Lower level, Alice’s Restaurant

Worried about having nothing to do on April Fool’s Day? Not ready to watch re-runs?  Friends telling you that your pranks suck and they are busy already??

Well, then come on along to our SECA April Fool’s Beer and Burger evening.  For a mere $15, you get:

  • a burger platter
  • a beer
  • Mike’s incredible DJ music
  • some really cool door prizes
  • and some of the most intriguing company around.

Wait…there’s more!

  • a 50/50 draw
  • and the draw for our South End Spring raffle

You can get tickets from:

  • Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon (753.1394)
  • RU Computing
  • At the March 3 SECA meeting
  • Pat Portsmouth  (753-9772)  in the south end of the South End

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More Hidden Heroes in the South End….

Neighbours appreciate work of cleanup crews

Kathy Torhjelm, The Daily News

Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A group of South End residents walk daily along the south end of Haliburton Street and we have been delighted with the work done in clearing the sidewalks of debris and making them more walkable.

It is wonderful to live in a city where all the neighbourhoods are taken care of and we would like to thank the city workers for a job well done.

Kathy Torhjelm



And a reminder that we’re having a litter pickup on March 5.  Keep reading down for more info…..

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