Archive for June, 2014


  1. Introductions
  2. Financial Report
  3. Minutes
  4. Neighbourhood Security – D. Laberge
  5. Miners Heritage Picnic – update
  6. Robins Grove – update
  7. Recycling Plant – proposed new location
  8. Nanaimo Arts Council – presentation
  9. Chalk Festival/’Happy’ Videos
  10. Other Business:
    Tea Wagon
    Scotch Broom
    Safe Neighbourhood Brochures
    Culture Day
    Rowe House Welcome Event


1. Introductions: Judy Nielsen – Nanaimo Arts Council, Victoria Drakeford – Robins Grove and David Laberge were present to speak on different topics.

2. Financial Report: The Treasurer reports the following balances:

  • Picnic Account – $4,882.93
  • General Account – $1,508.77

The estimated cost of the picnic is $7,022.60 including all fees and insurance.

3. Minutes: Procedures for approval and publishing of Minutes were restated. Minutes of the General Meetings are approved by the Executive and then published to the SECA Blog.

4. Neighbourhood Security – D. Laberge
Constable Laberge updated us on the following:

  • The Patricia has re-opened under new Lease. Mike Sargeant remains the owner of the building.
  • There is a pending sale of the Jolly Miner to be finalized in about a month. Tenants have already received notice to vacate.
  • Property crime is increasing throughout Nanaimo due to many new residents. The North End is experiencing this increase also.
  • Drug Houses continue to be targeted. Residents have been removed from a problem property on Finlayson.
  • He reports that the Suneymux’ new Chief has contacted Police regarding problem areas on Eton and Robins Streets. The RCMP will make this area a focus over the next month.

In discussion it was suggested that:

  • The new owners of the Patricia should be invited to attend a General Meeting to become aware of our group and it’s goals.
  • Attention was called to the overgrown condition of the lot behind McDonalds. As it is their property, the RCMP will request that they clear it.

5. Miners Heritage Picnic – Update: Donations continue to come in with most Donors matching their usual contribution.
Volunteers are still needed to:

  • pick up the orange drink/urns from McDonalds
  • pick up/return Recycling Bins from the NRE. This job can be handled by a full size pickup truck. A volunteer is urgently needed for this important task.
  • If no one is able to get the NRE bins, a volunteer/s is needed to manage bottle/can separation and to monitor/empty the on-site garbage receptacles. The volunteer will be compensated by the Deposit/Return money.
  • bodies to help with set-up (7-8:30 a.m.) and tear-down after the event.
  • A volunteer to pick up articles for the Silent Auction from the LaRocque residence.
  • Maggie Woueerloot is taking responsibility for Signy’s Pet Parade this year. Participation Ribbons cost approx. $60 and permission to purchase them was requested. Approved by concensus.

At the picnic, an Art Bin Project will be held in the Art Tent area to refurbish a number of existing bins and hopefully paint some new ones. More locations are also needed for bins. C. LoScerbo will take charge of this activity. Quality Foods Corporate will be supplying all the food for both the Pancake Breakfast and the Laura Ramsey Memorial Tea. Thanks to S. French for facilitating this. We are reminded that Salads will be served instead of Pot-Stickers as a health-concious alternative.

6. Robin’s Grove Update: Victoria Drakeford, the landscape architect working with the group developing Robin’s Grove, attended the meeting. V. Drakeford, D. Hardie and C. LoScerbo have met with the new Project Manager, at his request. He would like to attend one of our Meetings to hear our ideas on how the Project can best fit with Neighbourhood plans. V. Drakeford informed us that efforts are being made to preserve the unique plantings and trees on the Site and to incorporate them into the overall Site Plan. She also indicated that a major re-thinking of the project is presently underway. The building currently under construction is scheduled for fall completion.

Several attendees felt that a dedicated walkway to the downtown core would be a welcomed feature as it would link the areas and promote exploration by visitors/cruise ship passengers. The possibility of incorporating a Community Space was raised and those present were in agreement that this would be another positive and welcomed inclusion.

7. Recycling Plant Location: The developer is considering the Richardson Food site on Victoria Rd. Just past Kal Tire. This site is in the South End neighbourhood. The Claytree Society, with its Special Needs clientele, feels increased traffic to the proposed site would endanger its clients as there is no traffic light at that intersection. The currently proposed new location would also increase traffic at the other end of Victoria where the promised light at the intersection of Victoria Rd., Hwy 1, and Haliburton St. has still not been installed. The dangerous nature of this intersection and the poor sight lines there are cause for ongoing concern. Increasing traffic to this area would only exacerbate the problem.

It was suggested that a Protest be organized to get the attention of the M.O.T. focused on this issue. This possibility will be raised again after the Miner’s Heritage Picnic.

8. Nanaimo Arts Council: Guest, Judy Nielsen, attended to inform the group of current changes under consideration for their organization. They are working to engage more fully with the community to promote the Arts in Nanaimo. To facilitate this goal, they are seeking to relocate from North Town Centre (the old Rutherford Mall) to a more central/active site and are currently exploring options.

Several sites in our area were suggested to her as possible venues: 55 Victoria Rd., the vacant Treasure Island store on Haliburton and the site beside Robinson Rentals, also on Haliburton, were brought to her attention. A possible collaboration with our group to share space was also suggested by attendees. It was suggested that the Arts Council could be a presence at the Miner’s Heritage Picnic to give information to the public on this initiative. Questions were raised regarding the possible support of funding organizations such as Canada Council, BC Arts Foundation, City of Nanaimo, etc.

9. Chalk Festival/’Happy’ Videos: A Chalk Festival Event will be held in September in co-operation with Bayview Elementary School. The event will welcome students back to school and will include a bouncy castle and other activities to provide a fun first day of school for the children. Paula Beltgens encouraged those present to undertake “Random Acts of Chalking” over the summer to beautify our sidewalks and show pride in our Neighbourhood. To facilitate this, a recipe for home-made chalk will be posted on the blog. An initial Happy Video has been created and can be viewed on our Blog to encourage participation by community members.

There are 3 ways to participate in this fun activity:

  • Produce videos at the Miner’s Heritage Picnic and/or Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  • Contact the Blog to gather participants for a video
  • Submit a video you have done to the Blog.

10. Tea Wagon: It was suggested that the Tea Wagon could participate in the Bathtub Parade. Our SECA Banner could be carried by neighbourhood children, who have little opportunity to participate in a parade, providing a memorable childhood experience. It was also suggested that costumed characters from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party could march along, showing our Neighbourhoods fun, community character. The opinion was expressed that the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a small event and should not grow too much.

11. Scotch Broom: The Scotch Broom infestation was called to the attention of the group and people were encouraged to tackle any “Broom in Bloom” on their properties before seeding occurs. In discussion solutions were asked about – were there any organized attacks on the problem planned. None were brought forth.

12. Safe Neighbourhood Brochures: Kathy Torhjelm brought the new Nuisance Brochures, printed for us by the City, to the meeting and presented them to those present. She will bring a supply of the brochures to the Miner’s Heritage Picnic for distribution to the public.

13. Culture Day: Judy Nielsen reminded the group of “Culture Day” coming up at the end of September.

14. Rowe House Welcome event: The possibility of providing a BBQ or other event to welcome the young residents of Rowe House to our neighbourhood was again presented. This will go on the Agenda for our next meeting.

8:20 pm – Adjourned

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grapescostumeIt’s June in the South End and for those of us involved with the South End Community Association that means preparations for the 22nd annual Miner’s Heritage Picnic, Saturday, June 21st in Deverill Park, are well underway. The association held its monthly general meeting last Wednesday and we spent some time sharing our favourite stories from past picnics. It was a fun exercise and reminded us all of the event’s importance to the neighbourhood and the pleasure it brings to the many children and families who attend.

A number of people cited the Pet Parade as their favourite part of the picnic. It’s quite amazing how popular this event is and each year I am quietly astounded that we manage to pull it off. Quite suddenly around 1pm the park fills with owners and their pets, (mostly dogs), and out of a glorious kind of chaos emerges a long line of proud owners and straining pets who proceed in disorderly fashion to march around the park. Usually the parade is accompanied by the song, “how much is that doggie in the window…ruff ruff..” but one year we had a military piper lead the way which caused mayhem in the ranks as the dogs cowered at the wailing pipes!

This year’s parade will be bittersweet because its founder and long time organizer, Signy Gauer, passed away earlier this year. Signy was a long-time resident and member of our association and was a very special person indeed. She had an abiding love of all living things and was passionate about the natural world and her desire to live responsibly in it. I remember one picnic years ago when Signy spent an hour retrieving paper plates and plastic knives and forks from the pancake breakfast garbage so that it could all be recycled.

I had a chance to visit with Signy a couple of days before she died. I think she was really pleased to hear that from now on the parade will be called, “The Signy Gauer Pet Parade” in her honour. We’ve bought a special banner to proclaim it so and we’re hoping that her daughters, who are attending this year’s picnic from the states, will join us in celebrating Signy’s life and lead the pet parade around the park.

Douglas Hardie is a member of the South End Community Association and can be reached at dhseca@gmail.com

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We’d like to invite you to join with us in the world-wide video phenomenon of communities boogieing to Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ song.

Download this document as a pdf: Happy Video Invite

We all know a lot about what’s wrong in the world… the Happy videos show another side of many of the planet’s communities. The “Happy” song has become a vehicle for people reaching out to share a bit about what’s right and what makes them happy. The music is impossible to stand still around and, while the song’s words may be simplistic, the way the song has been taken up is a testament to human connection, resilience, energy and humour. Groups, neighbourhoods, schools, communities, and cities all over the world are making these videos showing people of all ages, in all kinds of situations, dancing & clapping to Happy’s irresistible music.

People who don’t live in the South End don’t always see its bright spots and sometimes have opinions about this part of Nanaimo. Let’s show them another side. Our South End video will capture a sense of who we are and why we like living here. So, put on your dancing shoes and come join us in giving the world a glimpse of the people, places and activities in the South End that make us Happy!

Thanks for considering playing with us on this project! If you have any questions or suggestions, please email happy@enco.ca

Best wishes from the South End Happy Video Team in collaboration with the South End Community Association

How to Participate:

If you/your group are interested in being in the film, there are three options for how you can participate:

1) We will be coordinating a number of video shoots at South End events (dance mobs and individual jivin’ moments!). The first event filming will be at the Miner’s Picnic (June 21st at Deverill Park) and then again at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Aug. 3 at Deverill Park). More information will be posted about the exact time at the Miners’ Picnic. (Please let us know if there are other South End events that would be good to film at!)

2) If your South End group/business/family/class is interested in being filmed on your South End location or somewhere else in the hood, we can come by with the music and film your group. We’ll be going around filming these clips between July 1st-31st. Please email “happy@enco.ca” if you’re interested in that option.

3) Or you can submit a video clip for inclusion in the final video compilation. Guidelines for submission are below. In order to ensure that your video clip will work with the video editing process and software, please pay careful attention to the submission guidelines (see very bottom of this post).

“Happy” video examples to inspire you!

 Philippine residents in a show of resilience after Typhoon Haiyan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TizA_jTCSS8

 Galway, Ireland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ygbAv9HWc#t=241 (more videos on next page)


Happy Clips Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014

Permission: Please ensure you have written parental/guardian permission when filming children and provide that with your submission.

Camera: Use any video camera, or good quality smart phone that produces MP4 video files. Please ensure you film in “landscape” if using a smart phone.

Music: You can live-stream the original video from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv- sUYtM#aid=P9BPd-Tm9NI), and play it from your phone or computer, or buy the “Happy” song from I-Tunes for a small charge ($1.29). It may be best to have a small speaker as well, to amplify the sound, especially if you are filming outdoors.

General Points:

 Ensure the lighting is good – whether you are outside or indoors

 Consider including a banner, logo or sign that represents your group or you might want to film in front of a well-known South End landmark (might be your home or garden)

 Maximum length for the total material submitted by each group is 30 seconds. (This is to make the editing manageable!) Please note that your piece will likely be edited down to somewhere between 4 – 15 seconds in the final compiled video.

Making the video:

 Play the music, and ask your people to smile, dance, move, wave in time to the music, or simply look happy – whatever they’ve got!

 Film away – taking as many shots as needed to get a good clip of about 30 seconds (remembering that we will be editing this down to a shorter section)

 If you shoot a longer piece of video, please edit down to 30 minute section to send to us

 Please don’t sing in the video as it will be hard to sync the music and the lip movements in the final editing

Send us the video:

 Title the video file with the name of your group

 Put the video in a Dropbox and email happy@enco.ca with the dropbox link. If you don’t have a dropbox, email happy@enco.ca and arrange to get the clip from you.

Please note: we can’t guarantee every video will get in or how long a section will be included, but every clip is welcome and we’ll do our best to incorporate your clip!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email happy@enco.ca

Good luck, and have fun!

More Inspirational Videos…

 Yangon, Myanmar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFscErjqSew#t=33

 Midhurst, England: http://midhursttogether.wordpress.com/midhursthappy/

 A collection of over 1,000 Happiness video from all over the world: http://wearehappyfrom.com/

 The Original Pharrell Williams Happy song and original video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM#aid=P9BPd-Tm9NI

 A CBC article about the Canadian Pharrell Williams Happy Tributes, with lots of Canadian Happy videos: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/canada-gets-happy-with-pharrell-williams-dance-videos-1.2619472

 Pharrell Williams Teams up with the United Nations to make a Happy video – the article: http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/arts/the-buzz/2014/03/pharrell-teams-with-un-to-make-people-happy.html

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Free Family Event! All community welcome.

Free Family Event! All community welcome.


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For immediate release
Wednesday, June 4, 2014  

22nd Annual Miner’s Heritage Picnic Saturday, June 21st

When you come to the South End Community Association’s Annual Miner’s Heritage Picnic, it’s so jam-packed with activities it’s hard to decide what to do first. This is the 22nd anniversary of the free family event, to be held at Deverill Park, located on Irwin St. between Milton and Farquhar Sat., June 21st, from 8:30 am to 2 pm. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am, followed by a First Nations prayer and speakers at 11 am, and a Heritage Walk around the historic South End neighbourhood at 11:10 am. The ever-popular pet parade, now named the Signy Pet Parade in memory of South End resident Signy Gauer, will be held at 1 pm just before the Laura Ramsay Memorial Tea at 2 pm. And while these are going on, there’s live music and entertainment, art, painting and crafts, pony rides and a petting farm, a climbing wall, miniature train ride, bouncy castle, clowns, face-painting and more! SECA will be having some fund-raising activities to help cover costs for the picnic with a silent auction and the sale of hotdogs and drinks, popcorn, and for the healthy-minded, a variety of scrumptious salads. The Miner’s Heritage Picnic is supported by SECA and local businesses, and is one of the city’s most popular summer-time events.


For more information, contact Sandra Larocque, 250 753-1394, or go to www.nanaimosouthend.ca

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