Archive for August, 2014

Movie Night in the Park
Friday, August 22nd in Deverill Square Park (Princess Royal School Park between Haliburton and Irwin Streets at Milton)
Come and bring your family, some blankets and chairs.
This evenings selection, Mrs. Doubtfire, is a tribute to the brilliance of Robin Williams.
The movie will start at 8:30 p.m.

Yard Sale

The South End Community Association will be having its first ever yard sale in Deverill Park on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
There is a $10 reservation fee for vendors.
Bring your own table and tarps.
Get bargains. Come and barter.
To reserve a space, please, call Sandra at 250-753-1394

SECA t-shirts, ball shirts, and aprons will be sold at a cost of $20 each at both of these events.

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  1. Financial Report
  2. RCMP bike partol Report
  3. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Success
  4. Samaritan House Green Space Project
  5. South End Yard Sale – Aug. 23
  6. Chalk Hop
  7. Great Neighborhood Submission
  8. Demolition on Gillespie
  9. Block Party/Haliburton Street
  10. Miner’s Kiosk
  11. Other Business:
    Gung Haggis Fat Choy
    Grocery Receipts – Country Grocer

1. Financial Report: S. Larocque, Treasurer, reported the following balances/expenses:

  • General Account – 2,750.81 after Promotional T­Shirt costs
  • Picnic Account ­ 3,138.93 before Thank You ad and other misc. Costs are deducted.

Discussion: The Picnic Account is lower than usual this year.due to a decrease in donations.Without the generous contributions by Quality Foods and Coastland, the balance would be much lower. To avoid this next year, it was put forward that fund­raising should begin earlier.

2. RCMP ReoprtConstable D. LaBerge reports that the RCMP is experiencing a busy crime summer. He emphasized that the South End is not a particular hotspot; crime is up throughout Nanaimo. For our information, he provided figures from a Crime Analysis Study covering the last two months.

There were a total of 842 Police Occurances of which 578 were actionable. These broke down as follows: 38 crimes against persons, 150 property crimes, 25 drug offiences, 46 bylaw infractions, 17 traffic and 71 other crimes.

He gave a particular heads­up to those with older vehicles not protected with immobilizers/alarms as these are the vehicles targeted, He reminded us to always lock vehicles and remove valuables to discourage theft.

The new management of the Newport evicted the last known drug dealer from the rental rooms. He is seeking more suitable tenants. The same owner holds the license for both the Newport and the Patricia. The Patricia’s new 3 patrons and improvement is being seen.

The demolition of the Old Manson Store is delayed due to it’s unsound structure which is complicating the removal of contaminated materials. Approaches to the problem are being considered.

3. Mad Hatters Tea Party: This years’ Tea was a very successful event. It was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks were extended to all the volunteers who channeled their inner Wonderland Characters! Thanks and gustatory appreciation was also given to all those who contributed scones, cakes, cookies and assorted yummy treats! $55.55 in donations was received and 8 T-Shirts and an apron were sold. Pictures of the event appear on the Blog. In discussion it was suggested that planning should begin earlier.

4. Samaritan House Green Space Project:  ­The Geselbrecht’s were not present to discuss neighborhood suggestions regarding the plantings for the City ROW being developed in conjunction with Samaritan House.

  • It was agreed that the site should be designated as a Memorial for David Livingston.
  • Chris LoScerbo collected plans/suggestions brought to the meeting by community members. She will deliver them to the Geselbrechts for their information in finalizing their submission to the City.

A PDF of the Site is available on the Blog for any who wish to contribute ideas or view it

5. South End Yard Sale – Aug. 23: The Permit is in place for our Yard Sale. It will be held from 9­-2ish on Saturday, August 23, with set­up beginning at 8 a,m. In the grassy area.
­The charge of $10 per spot will go to SECA to support our neighborhood objectives.
­Vendors must provide their own display materials. egs. Table, tarp, clothesrack
­Posters will be created to advertise the event.
­Popcorn will be sold and Gord Fuller will be asked if he wishes to offer hotdogs.

6. Chalk-HopS. Robertson and P. Beltgens met with Diane McGonnegal, Principal, Bayview Community School to discuss plans for a chalk­drawing event to be held to welcome students back to school. Subsequently, the PAC of the school presented ideas to expand the scope of the Welcome Day.
Sydney and Paula now plan to postpone Chalk Day, possibly offering it in the Spring.

7. Great Neighborhood Submission: K. Hazel reported that the final version of our submission is complete except for the addition of pictures representative of the five criteria; Social/Economic activity, Character/History, Design/Architectural Features, Accessibility by multiple modes of transport, and how the neighborhood reflects local culture.

  • S. Larocque, P. Beltgens and K. Hazel will select 10 or so to submit from their archives or from interested community members.
  • K. Hazel reminds us to limit the number of pictures and to give them clear, descriptive titles.. Judges do not appreciate being overwhelmed by too many pictures and are grateful for titles/descriptions as opposed to ‘numbers’ which can cause confusion
  • ­Deadline for submission is August 19
  • Chris Sholberg reviewed our draft submission and expressed his positive opinion of the submission with a correction of the number of miners lost in the disaster.

Thanks was expressed for the fantastic work of Kathryn Hazel and Joan Carruthers in creating our submission.

8. Demolition on Gilllespie: One of the three derelict properties on Gillespie Street has been demolished.
­While this news was positive, questions were raised regarding plans for the remaining derelict properties on Gillespie and elsewhere in the South End.
­D. Laberge informed the group regarding ‘residual value’ considerations where derelict properties are concerned when cost to demolish/remediate contaminants exceeds property value. This makes cities reluctant to appropriate such properties due to the cost to the public.

9. Haliburton Block Party: Put on the ‘back­-burner’ for now. Volunteers did not come forward in support.

10. Miner’s Kiosk: Cathy and Charles Torjhelm report having visited the site and note that the City has tidied up the site with new gravel. Blackberries remain to be cleaned up. They also report that the condo under construction near the site has been served with a stop­-work order.

11. Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Early planning for this event includes finding a suitable venue and determining the event date for this year.
­Possible venues suggested were Harbourfront Theatre, Nanaimo Entertainment Centre and the old Princess Royal gym building.

  • S. French volunteered to request Quality Foods to supply the Haggis for the event.
  • S. Robertson will explore dates and venues and report back.

12. Grocery Receipts – Country Grocer: S. Larocque has set up our organization with the Country Grocer reward program.

  • Every 1,000 in receipts gives SECA a donation of $10
  • Members are encouraged to save their receipts and give them to her. She will redeem them when enough are collected.

S. French indicated that Quality Foods has a similar program. Receipt values are tabulated at checkout and applied to the organization automatically. He will set it up.

8:00 pm – Adjourned

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…in the Great Places in Canada contest. Voting opens tomorrow until September 25th and VOTE for your South End Neighbourhood!
Watch out, there are 2 “South End” nominations this year so be sure to check our Nanaimo’s South End here: http://www.greatplacesincanada.ca/en/place.asp?id=1023


poster pdf: SouthEnd Submission Great Places Canada

Important dates to remember:

  • Vote for your favourite place until September 25
  • August 20: Vote for your Great Place
  • Finalists will be announced on October 21
  • November 7: Winners are announced (World Town Planning Day)

Visit greatplacesincanada.ca to see all nominations and vote for Nanaimo’s South End!

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Haliburton Street’s famous cat has not been seen for over a week. A large orange cat notorious for stopping traffic on the street, he was also known for his gentle, friendly nature and his love of children. He lived in at least four houses in the seven hundred block and was welcomed everywhere. Churchill came down with pneumonia last winter and was later attacked by another cat. When last seen his health seemed to have taken a turn for the worse. His numerous friends truly miss him.


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The Samaritan House in partnership with the South End Community Association (SECA) is embarking on an exciting and very fruitful project. The project involves converting an abandoned lot owned by the City of Nanaimo located at the back of the Samaritan House into a green space/ park for public use. The lot will also be used to add two parking spaces for Samaritan House staff- a long overdue need. The intention is to convert the space into a food-forest where people can enjoy a safe and inclusive space to relax and be in their community. Food-forests are areas planted with mostly edibles and aim to mimic real forests making it more sustainable and self-sufficient, requiring much less maintenance than a regular garden. The design of the forest garden and programming plan will be based on the concepts and ethics of Permaculture.

Permaculture is a design method that guides the creation of easily manageable landscapes that produce food, nurture healthy human interactions, and reduce the consumption of environmentally unfriendly resources such as pesticide.  Permaculture seeks to promote and nurture three foundational ethics; Care of Land, Care of People and Care of Process (redistribution of surplus and cooperation).

A plan for design and implementation put forth by the Mid-Island Youth and Community Development Co-op (MYCDC) has been drafted and approved by the Association. On July 16th, as part of the 1st Phase of the project, a charrette exercise took place to gather information and ideas for the design of the green space. This was the first of several meetings that will take place with stakeholders in the participatory process of the design of the site. Present at this meeting were the SECA executive and interested community members. The group did a field trip to the site for an envisioning exercise and was asked to answer several questions. A copy of the project plan and questionnaire can be found through the following link: Samaritan House Green Space Project Plan and Questionnare 2014. Please feel free to send us your ideas. Below are some of the answers we received.

When asked about what values people would like the green space to foster, many responded, safety and community. Others added sustainability, inclusiveness, visibility, comfort, inviting, creativity. These values were compatible with people’s core values for community development, such as safety, openness, sense of community, beauty, creativity, food security, inclusiveness, inviting, collaborative, social, sense of ownership, active participation, gathering, care and connection.

As part of the envisioning exercise, we asked participants to imagine how the place could look like after we develop it. We asked them to describe what they would like to see. Two participants saw lighting along the path going through the lot, others described how it would be cleaner, with branches cut and cleared. Other visualized how to make the space more sustainable by creating sun traps, rainwater loops with a solar pump, as well as collecting rainwater from the slope and off the neighbors roof. Someone suggested the garden have a Scottish feel with heaths and grouse, and another envisioned a shelter space for gatherings.

Through the imagining exercise the garden came to life- people saw nut trees, apple trees, flowers, berries, public art installations, benches-seating area (including cob benches), educational signage about the park, plants (plant map) and the history of Haliburton, herbs, perennials, food or herb plantings, trees, fragrant plants, paths, bees, butterflies, birds, poems and art on the fences, kiosk, stones around the maple tree,  drought tolerant rosk and more. Many of the participants drew on a map of the site. Feel free to download and draw on a map yourself and send it back to SECA to be part of this process!

According to the group what were some of the most important things for the overall site development were safety, a pathway, relaxing atmosphere, welcoming aesthetics, low maintenance, watering free, screen away cars from lot, promotion of inspiration, a vision, connection to nature. People envisioned this space being used for leisure, community, food, a rest stop for some water, learning about food, quiet contemplation, sitting and picking fruit, gathering, corridor for transportation, plant stock reserve for their gardens, connection with other gardens/food forests.

Finally, we discussed long-term use and the maintenance plan of the site. Some ideas on this were community gatherings, food source, use of perennials for sustainability purposes, fall and spring work parties to encourage community involvement and participation, Samaritan House to do general upkeep.

Thank you and please send in your questionnaires and maps to

Map Samaritan House Samaritan House Green Space Project Plan and Questionnare 2014

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