Archive for December, 2013

Carolling (car rolling?) this Wed evening, 7 pm at Needham and Haliburton, 
hot chocolate to  follow. 

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Highlights of the Year from the Chair

Before going into all the positive events of this past year we remember three good neighbors who are no longer with us – Muriel MacKay Ross and SECA members Signe Gauer and David Livingston. These active, principled people will be sorely missed.

I would also like to acknowledge Joan Carruthers for all her work with the Boat Basin struggle. A fine example too, of mobilizing the public over an issue.

The infamous White House is now reborn as the Rowe House. SECA interacted with Youth Services and Sydney was instrumental in liaising with them.

There was the highly successful Kismet Coffee House in April of which we can thank Chris and Micheal.

Cathy and Charles were made Patrons of the City of Nanaimo for all their years of contribution to the community.

With the Waterfront Planning Committee, SECA’s invitation to join shows our credibility as an organization. Our Neighborhood Plan became a guiding mechanism for the process. I would also like to point out the huge potential for the waterfront in Nanaimo.

We have given a number of letters of support to various groups, Centre Stage being one example.

There has been a series of articles about the neighborhood in the Nanaimo Daily News by Douglas and Paula. These help change people’s sometimes negative opinion of the South End.

The Cob Bench building party went very well thanks to Chris and Micheal. As usual the Miner’s Heritage Picnic was a major success, thanks again to all the volunteers and supporters who made it possible. David Scott must be thanked for replacing the transmission in the Tea Wagon. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this August was the best ever. The Hummingbird Project had a big impact upon the children involved and added some beautiful art to Deverell Park fence. Thank you Yvonne and Principal

The Sensory Garden Project is underway and will be placed somewhere in Deverell Park this coming year.

Elections For Office

MLA Leonard Krog presiding

The following SECA members were elected:

President – Douglas Hardie

Vice president – Chris LoScerbo

Treasurer – Sandra Laroque

Secretary – Joan Carruthers

Recording secretary – Sandy Mclellan

Members at large:

Starr Faux

David Scott

Lisa Martin

Gord Fuller

Micheal Carpenter

Kathryn Hazel

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An anthropologist looking back at this time period might be forgiven for mistaking malls as a community’s Christmas seasonal gathering place. The shopping throngs may be contributing to the economy but the pressure to demonstrate love via mass purchasing also contributes to this being one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. It is also a time when many people feel an increased sense of marginalization, isolation and separation from family and community.

Just out of curiosity, I typed “Christmas Stress” into Google and it came up with 147 million results, many of which spoke to opting out of unrealistic expectations and offering ideas for simplifying and finding meaningful ways of connecting with loved ones (presence versus presents). Movements like “Buy Nothing” day represent a growing interest in putting aside the consumer approach to Christmas and seeking other ways of celebrating the season. AdBusters notes that such actions can lead to “an upsurge of radical empowerment and feeling a strange magic creeping back into your life”. That sounds good to me! (blue selection edited out of the published article,  http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/paula-beltgens-holidays-are-stressful-for-many-local-residents-1.718283)

Recognizing the stresses and isolation experienced by many people at this time, the Nanaimo Women’s Centre approached several local agencies with the idea of collaborating on an event to bring people together in a way that fostered community, well-being and a sense of connection. The plan was to offer a space to visit and a of variety fun activities, including making homemade gifts and decorations. The initiative was strongly embraced and inspired the first ever “Winter Community Celebration” being held on December 1st at a space provided by John Barsby School.

With the support of over twenty volunteers, seven agencies and sponsorship from the Altrusa Club, Tim Hortons and Telus, the event was a wonderful success. Barsby’s Multi-Purpose room was set up with activity stations and volunteers helping people with all kinds of projects, such as making cards, crafting beautiful cedar roses and decorating cookies. There was a holiday photo station offered by Shayd Johnson and a community post office where postage was provided so greetings could be mailed to friends or family. A warming chili luncheon was served and there was no shortage of cupcakes for desert. The atmosphere was relaxed, fun and welcoming.

In addition to the Women’s Centre, the event was hosted by Tillicum Lelum, Inter Tribal Health, Mid Island Métis Association, Nanaimo Family Life Association, VIHA’s Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services and MCFD Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health. Based on the reception this year, organizers are encouraged to make this an annual event. I think the South End Community Association will be very pleased to support this celebration next year. Huge kudos and thanks to all of those involved!

– Paula Beltgens is a member of the South End Community Association

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Dear Friends, Neighbours and Members,
The Annual General Meeting for SECA will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Princess Royal School.  This get together will start one hour earlier than our usual meetings because you are invited to take part in a potluck which will start at 6:00— prior to the meeting. 
Agenda Items for this month include:
Election for the SECA Executive and Members at Large
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Evening
South Downtown Waterfront Initiative Update
Sensory Garden Update
Caroling Plan for December 18th
Petition regarding the need for a  Sidewalk for the 700 Block of Haliburton Street
Hope to see you there.
Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

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You are invited to a celebration of Gung Haggis Fat Choy at Alice’s Restaurant on January 24th hosted by the South End Community Association.
Tickets ate $12 for adults ,$6 for children, and $30 for families.


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