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Thank you for helping to make another year such a success! And for being such wonderful local businesses 🙂

Quality Foods
Mid Island Co-op
Country Grocer
Van Houte Coffee
Coastal Community Credit Union
Coastland Wood Industries Ltd.
Women of the Moose
Trend Diesel
Cercom Electric
Harbour City Diesel and Off Road
Cavallotti Lodge
Robinson Rentals
VI Aluminum
Northwest Wire and Rope
Gallazin Locksmiths
Grace Stevens
Sundown Scuba
Sandra’s Head to toe salon
Firehouse Grill
AC Taxi
RU Computing
Liquor Depot
House of Indigo
Ginas Mexican Resturant
Suzannah Mills and Les Draisy
Lois Mcguffie
Bold Knight
Kal Tire
Harbour Chandler
Speedy Auto Glass
Nicol St Pawn
Nicol St Hostel
Urban Wine Cellar
Alices Resturant
Coast Mountain Truck & Marine

and all the volunteers from the southend community association!

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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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Want Ads

Are you a musician with a hankering to join a group? Bowen Entertainment Orchestra, the band that has played for many years during the pancake breakfast at the picnic are looking for new members, musicians, who can practice weekly at 1pm at Bowen complex and perform in weekly concerts.  Call Bettina Moss at 250 753 1856.

Looking for a 1-bedroom suite. Bill and his little pug Brandis, regular walkers in the neighbourhood are 2 of the residents who must move due to the fire code problem mentioned in this newsletter.  He’s looking for a 1 bedroom apartment, up to $600/month.  If you have a place, drop him a note at 45B  Haliburton or e-mail southendcommunityassociation@gmail.com and we’ll pass the word along.

The neighbourhood bookshelf at 152 Irwin Street is normally a beehive of activity, but right now, it’s so low that even books we thought would only be used to even out tippy chair and table legs have been taken.  Books, movies, magazines, if you have anything that passers-by can use, we’d appreciate them.  Thanks!

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stairs11What’s Missing from this Picture?

If you guessed the  problematic stairs at Deverill Park, you’re 100% correct.  Plus, the newly extended fence will allow the  “At Play” paintings to grow around the perimeter of the park.

According to Kirsty MacDonald of the Parks & Rec Dept: “Parks is looking forward to finishing the playground improvements for summer use including installing a new spray park, paving a tricycle path around the play area and improving the site furnishings.”

Arlene On You Tube

You might have guessed that also missing from the picture is Arlene,  our red-jacketed regular from the corner of Milton and Haliburton. She’s featured in a video on You Tube titled “Gutsy Mama”.


No word yet on whether she’s been asked to used her pad of paper to sign autographs!

New By-law Enforcement Officer Bill Kiselbach

billMost of Nanaimo’s by-law enforcement officers work all over the city, but there are a few areas where a dedicated officer is located.  One of those areas stretches from Comox Avenue in the north to Milton Street in the south, and includes downtown, Nob Hill, and parts of the South End and old City Quarter.  Bill Kiselbach took over the position of “downtown bylaw officer” earlier this month and works out of the Community Policing and Service Office located at 18 Victoria Crescent.

Bill’s job is to ensure that Nanaimo’s by-laws are abided by: that buildings, residences, and public areas are safe and being used and maintained in the way they were intended.  He patrols public areas.  He assists property owners who request help for the removal of squatters from their property.  He assists the police and other agencies during investigations of nuisance properties and grow ops.

Then there are the more complicated situations where by-Laws and city departments work in tandem. For example, Bill works with the Engineering and Building Departments around new building construction, and he deals with illegal suites and houses that may be deemed unsafe.

I asked Bill to list the top issues he’s been dealing with over the past month.  He said:

“Every day is SO different!  But what I see most right now are issues involving property maintenance, such as garbage all over yards.  The other one is squatters – people on city or private property that have no legal right to be there.  I try to spend about 1.5 hours daily in the downtown parks and parkades, being the eyes and ears for the police.  If I see something illegal, I’ll call them.”

So, Bill, when people have a specific problem in their neighbourhood, who should they call…the city department or by-laws?  Either is fine, according to Bill.  The downtown Community Policing and Service Office intends to make things easier for downtowners and south enders to report problems that may be straddling both city by-laws and the law.  If you aren’t sure who you should be calling, the Community Policing and Service Office will channel your call through to the right place.  You can reach the Community Policing and Service office at (250) 753-3777 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Bill, we know that if nothing else, you’ll NEVER have a dull moment working in the South End!  May EVERY day continue to be different!


Speaking of Community Policing, the new Director of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, Matt Hussman, attended the February SECA meeting.  He moved here a little over a month ago from Washington DC, and is trying to get a handle on the most critical issues in the downtown area.  One of the biggies is safety.

To that end, they they would like to hear from people who are living/working in/around the downtown area, or people who walk to downtown on a regular basis.  They’ve created a survey; we’ll bring some hard copies to the next SECA meeting.  Or you can e-mail Sharon Welch and she will send you one: Sharon.Welch@nanaimo.ca

Are you a Green-thumbed Organizer?

Tucked away in a sunny corner beside the Princess Royal family centre is a little patch of heaven…well admittedly there are one or two weeds…ok, quite a lot of weeds actually…but the point is we have an uncultivated treasure, an oasis of hope, a symbol of renewal, crying out for a firm hand on the plough!

A brief history:

  • the garden has been around for many years and was originally cultivated by John McKay and other teachers at the school.
  • It was briefly an exercise yard  for Maggies’ goats, who demolished all available greenery but were a big hit with the kids.
  • Eileen Bennewith, community nutritionist, took up the mantle when VIHA took over the school and did a power of work to get it going and incorporate it into the community kitchens program.
  • Various SECA members have chipped in and helped out, Signey Parkin in particular, but what has been lacking is one or a few local residents  to really take the project on.

The purpose of a community garden is to provide local residents who perhaps have no access to a garden with an opportunity to share in the production and harvest of fresh organic produce at a fraction of the cost.  The Princess Royal Family Centre lease the garden and make it available to local neighborhood residents to develop as a community resource.

We have a possible benefactor in the generous form of Helen Phelps who owns a shop called “Dream With Me” downtown on Commercial.  She has offered to fund the purchase of various plants and seeds and SECA has funds available also. If you’re interested or would like more information, please come along to our next SECA meeting at 7pm on March 4th at Princess Royal.

Amber Alert!

Missing….one of the neighbourhoods more colourful characters!  We don’t think that she would leave the South End on her own and without a fight.  We say that because she has no arms, legs or feet..:)  We’re talking, of course, about one of our Art Bins, which if you’ve been paying attention, are starting to pop up all over the place.  Except one of them seems to have been bin-napped from Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon.

We won’t show the photo of it here, because it might simply have been an error in judgment, someone thinking that the bins are there for the taking, and we don’t want to embarrass you.

Serena Omm, who will calm your fears and eat your garbage at the same time.  A true multi-tasker.

Serena Omm, who will calm your fears and inhale your garbage at the same time. BREATHE deeply now...all is WELL!

Eye-leen: she sees all, she knows all, she eats all.

Eye-leen. She SEES all. She KNOWS all. She EATS all.

So let’s take a moment and tell you HOW the Trashy Art Bin project works.  While many of the original bins were generously funded and created by residents, not everyone is in a position to buy their own garbage can.  So with some much-appreciated support from the City of Nanaimo, and some generous donations of paint and time, we’ve (SECA) moved to buying bins for people to

Ernie the Environmentalist.  Comes with photo of Dr David Suzuki.

Ernie the environmentalist. Comes with photo of Dr David Suzuki

FOSTER.  That means we own it, and you look after it. We provide you with a chain so it doesn’t wander off.  If you and the bin don’t hit it off, we’ll find another home for it.

So far, all the bins that are painted (including these) are either hanging out around the South End or getting ready to go to their new foster homes.  But stay tuned…we hope to have a few more colourful personalities ready for the NEXT newsletter!

And if you WOULD like to foster a bin, call Sandra at 753-1394 to get more information.

Balmoral Update

Fresh off the press, from the Feb 27 Nanaimo Daily News.  Click here.

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Fire in The South End Leaves Families Homeless

As you probably know a fire on Friday January 16 at 37 Haliburton left two families homeless. They have lost most of their possessions. People are talking about having a fund-raiser or silent auction to help them. Please bring your ideas to the SECA meeting on Wednesday.

Donations can be made to the families at any Nanaimo Royal
Bank branch.  Please make your cheques out to “fire on Haliburton St. fund.”

For the Nanaimo Daily News story about the fire click here.

Balmoral Hotel Renovation Up-date

The renovations to the Balmoral Hotel continue to progress. The
administration offices (former manager suite) are complete and CMHA administration and some of our programs are housed there. The former bar has been completely gutted and now has the framing up for six offices and a reception area. Wiring and plumbing are currently being done and we are hoping that they will be ready for VIHA Outreach, Ministry of Social Development and Housing Outreach, and our peer support workers will be in there by the middle of March.

New boilers for heat and on-demand hot water heaters have been
installed in the building and so all tenants now have heat, which they
didn’t have for the two years prior to our purchase of the building.
The fire department attended the building last week as someone in the
neighbourhood mistook the steam venting from the boiler system for
smoke and called in the alarm. The roof is being completed now that
the snow and nasty weather has ended and we are still in the planning
stages for suite renovations. We have ordered new exterior doors for
the building which should help with the access issues we face from

Security is on site at the building every night and, with a few
exceptions, we have been able to manage to keep the building fairly
quite. There have been some bumps with tenants and non-tenants in the building but we work very closely with the RCMP and other emergency services. We have banned several people from the building and have charged one with trespassing. Our outreach team meets weekly with the Bike Patrol and I meet monthly, or more often depending on need, with RCMP members to discuss issues with the building. Our desire is to have 24/7 staffing whose work will be on tenant and building supports so that the people housed in the Balmoral have access to service and the access to the building is limited.

Peppermill Frozen Meals, a program of CMHA, is moving in to the old
cafe this month and will sell frozen meals to clients of the mental
health service system on a subscription only basis. The cafe will NOT
be used as a cafe, only as a kitchen and a pick up site for the meal

Hopefully once the nicer weather begins, we can turn our attention to
the facade of the building and to our full integration into the

Christina Martens, Executive Director CMHA


Looking for a place to call home sweet home: a solid responsible professional – 30ish- wants to live in the South End.  Looking for a decent 1 bedroom suite, up to $650/month.  This is the kind of tenant that good landlords are looking for.  Willing to wait for the right place; needs to give notice to existing landlord. E-mail SECA at southendcommunityassociation@gmail.com and we’ll link you up.


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Trashy Art Bin Day


What a fun day we had on Saturday November 8!  About 50 people turned up over the course of the day to release their inner artist.  Click here for a great review of the day from one of our painters, along with some wonderful photos.

Or here for the write-up in the Nanaimo Daily News (nice photo in print version didn’t make it online.)

We also got a nice article in the News Bulletin.

We’re just in the process of determining where the painted bins will go.  If you would like more information about or are interested in fostering a bin, please call Sandra Zuccolini at 753-1394.

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It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a fine gentleman and one of the south end’s greatest champions.  Gino Sedola passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, a battle that he fought with the quiet dignity that characterized his life and made him such a great friend and neighbor to so many.  Gino was immensely proud of the fact that he was born and raised in the south end and he was happy to pass his last years back in his old family home and in the neighborhood that he loved.

Gino served on city council for 14 years and later on the board of the Harbour Commission.  As an alderman of the city, Gino was rightly proud of his contribution to the development of the down town waterfront and Sway-a-Lana lagoon.  Gino was in the vanguard of city councilors who acted on behalf of the environment in this city.   Gino was an artist, studying at the Emily Carr School of Art and a dedicated teacher throughout his professional life.

Gino was a great friend of the South End Community Association, supporting our many projects and events and providing invaluable guidance and encouragement along the way.  When the old house “Fernville” moved from Esplanade to its new location on Irwin and Milton, he and Leona hosted a wonderful neighborhood celebration.  The evening summed up everything that was important to Gino about living in the south end.  An important piece of our unique heritage was saved, a wonderful new family was welcomed to the neighborhood, and the street was packed with south end residents, enjoying the spectacle and each others company.

Gino probably wouldn’t enjoy all this attention and the many tributes that have been made to him.  He was a kind, humble man, incredibly generous, and a great citizen of the south end.  Gino was our quiet leader and we mourn his loss deeply.  Our very wishes go to his family.

We’re hoping to plant a tree in Gino’s honour in Deverill Park.

Douglas Hardie, SECA Chair


Click on this link for a touching tribute that describes more fully Gino’s impact on Nanaimo, from the October 29 Nanaimo Daily News:

Nanaimo’s Gino Sedola will not be forgotten


If you’d like to leave a comment, just click on the title of this article.  You’ll see the complete article along with a section where you can post a comment and read posts left by others.


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