Archive for May, 2011


2010..in sandals

This is a very important event and fundraiser for HAVEN SOCIETY http://havensociety.com/wp/.

The time for donations/pledges is winding down.
Last year I participated in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes to raise money for Haven Society and have agreed to do so again this year.   On May 14 2011, I am participating in the 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Nanaimo Men’s March, to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence and to raise much needed funds for Haven Society.    This year I plan to do it wearing stilettos, more of a challenge than the wedges I wore last year (see attached photos).
If you would like to make a pledge, via credit card, in my name you can do it by clicking on the following http://www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1864&AID=1574&PID=202603 and then clicking on sponsor me .   if you wish to donate by cash or cheque e-mail me with the amount, your name and address (for recept purposes) and I will pick it up.  Donations of $20.00 or more are tax receiptable..

steppin' up to pumps in 2011...you GO, Gord...!

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Gordon W. Fuller

E:  gorfathome   [at]   yahoo.ca

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Wednesday, June 15th from 5 – 7pm there is a ‘planting’ b-b-q at 256 Needham (behind R-U Computing) to start the growing of the community garden. Everyone is welcome – garden is open to all.

Nanaimo Young Professionals who are working so hard to get these community gardens going and bring people together are looking for ways to raise money. Please go to www.refresheverything.ca and click on the $25,000 and then go to ‘revitalize abandoned gas stations to turn them into community gardens…and ‘vote’

The winner is the one with the most votes and already in a week, they have gone from 53rd place to 26th. Please take a minute to help them out.

But not so great news on May 16.

Someone went into the green house and took all the vegetable plants Madilynn had started. She had about 40 pepper plants, 6 big tomato plants, 6 cucumbers and melons and 6 goji berries and even her gloves!

Very disappointing!!


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First the background…

Group moves forward with big plans for community gardens

Robert Barron, The Daily News

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Young Professionals of Nanaimo are moving forward with their plans to transform urban properties in the city into community gardens.

To read the article, click here.

And next, how you can support:

Hello Friends of the YPN,
We have recently started work on two community gardens. All food will be grown in raised beds and be donated to volunteers and the local food bank.
The North End site is located at the corner of Turner Rd and the Hwy (old Dot’s café). Our south end site is at the corner of Needham and Irwin, on the land behind RU Computing.
We would love your help in the following ways.
1)      We are applying for a $25,000 grant from Pepsi Canada. It is based on online votes so please go to http://www.refresheverything.ca/ypncommunitygardnes, and vote for the YPN community Gardens. Top two initiatives receive the grant so your help is very important. Once you sign up you can vote every day till June 30th.
2)      Volunteer your time. If interested in helping at either site please e-mail us at gardens@ypnanaimo.com
3)      Sponsorship! We are looking for both cash and in kind donations for the gardens. Sponsors will be recognized at the site and will have their sign on a particular raised bed.
4)      Spread the word! Please forward this e-mail to your distribution list.
Thank you for your support
Andre Sullivan,
YPN Community Garden Team

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Derek Spalding, Daily News

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A new development planned for Milton and Esplanade streets gives promise that Nanaimo’s once-downtrodden south end may see some substantial improvements in the coming years.

Read more here.

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The Number One Mine Memorial was a great success. In spite of the dampness, more than 60 people attended. Mayor John Ruttan, MP Jean Crowder and MLA Doug Routley all spoke about the need to remember the mining disaster of 1887. Muriel MacKay Ross, Beverley Sherry and author Roger Stonebanks spoke about the old mining days in Nanaimo. Councilors Fred Pattje, Loyd Sherry and Ted Greves also attended. Music was provided by Trinitude and the Owl and the Pussycat (plus friends) The Tea Wagon was there in all its glory and SECA members dispensed tea and cookies. A special thank you to Charles Torjhelm for getting the original kiosk, its present renovation and for helping organize the ceremony.

Here’s a link to the article in the Nanaimo Daily News.

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Want to learn more about the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Regional Growth Strategy

A special Neighbourhood Network meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 7-9 p.m. at Activity Room #1, Bowen Park Complex.  The meeting will feature a 30-45 minutes presentation by the planning staff of the Regional District of Nanaimo providing an overview of the draft Regional Growth Strategy followed by time for questions and general discussion.  Meeting is OPEN to ALL.

NEW draft Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is now available for review at www.ShapingOurFuture.ca.  Hard copies of the new draft RGS can be viewed at the RDN Administration Building, RDN Recreation Facilities, all regional libraries, and municipal offices in the RDN.  The (RGS) is a strategic plan that aims to establish a more sustainable pattern of population growth and development in the region over the next 25 years.  The new draft includes policies on food security, water conservation, transportation, economic development, affordable housing and climate change.

Tell us…& Win!   Tell us what you think about the draft RGS by doing a survey linked to our website and get a chance to win $400 in free groceries, or Bus & Recreation passes.

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The Daily News Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Nanaimo cruise ship dock will be christened on Friday. The grand opening follows nearly a decade of lobbying senior governments for funding, marketing to cruise ship lines and community consultation.

The facility took 10 months to build, on the northeast corner of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf terminal, near the Gabriola Island ferry terminal. It has a 350-foot floating dock capable of berthing 1,050-foot vessels and a 13,775 square foot welcome centre that will have a Canadian Border Service Agency office. The port authority administration office will relocate there this summer.

Improved access, new roadways, parking and a pick-up and drop-off for coaches are also included in the design. The grand opening is Friday at 2 p.m.

© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2011

Cruise ship terminal opening will be invitation-only

Daily News

Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Nanaimo Port Authority plans to officially launch its new cruise ship terminal on Friday, but it will be an invitation-only event.

A public launch will be announced at a later date.

© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2011

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