1. Financial
  2. Miner’s Heritage Picnic
  3. Ping Pong Table
  4. Neighbourhood Safety
  5. Board Retreat
    Other items:
  6. Anti-idling Update
  7. PRIDE Parade (SECA Float)
  8. NAC donation
  9. Ducks

The Meeting was called to order with the acknowledgement that we meet on traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

  1. FINANCIAL:General Account – $1,630.51 reduced due to tea wagon repairs.
    Picnic Account – $2,028.27
  2. MINER’S HERITAGE PICNIC: Final arrangements are coming together.  However, Volunteers are still needed.  A sign up for volunteers was circulated at the meeting. Particularly needed are:  Hot dog cooks/sales, Set-up starting at 7a.m. and Clean-up at the end of the day.  Posters are available and Members are requested to take a supply and put them up.
  3. PING PONG TABLE:  A quote has been obtained for installing a permanent Ping Pong Table at Deverill Park.  Thanks to Thomas for his work to make this happen. Nets will be purchased separately and donated (THANK YOU!) and the Exec will look into purchasing a few extra ping pong paddles and balls to hang up for use if people do not have their own.
  4. NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFETY: There have been recent criminal activities in the 700 block of Haliburton, particularly in the alleyway between Woodhouse and Robins St.  Local residents are working to initiate a neighbourhood effort to make crime in this area less attractive by following CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) best practices. See more Canadian-based info at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/ccaps-spcca/safecomm-seccollect-eng.htm
    CPTED Manual for Police:  http://www.cpted.net/resources/Documents/Articles_Resources/EU%20Manual4Police.pdf
  5. BOARD RETREAT: The Members were advised of the retreat held for our SECA Board Members on Sunday, May  29th.  The all-day workshop centered around the Myers-Briggs personality type descriptions to help our Board Members work most effectively for our community and was facilitated by P. Beltgens. The use of Pacific Gardening kitchen/dining area, day-long facilitation, and food (potluck) were all donated (Thank you)! An Honorarium gift certificate was presented to her in thanks for this wonderful day.
  6. ANTI-IDLING UPDATE: Action by Committees at City Hall on any items has been prorogued for the present.   The City’s Goal Alignment Report released today, contains no initiatives focused on Environmental concerns.
  7. PRIDE PARADE (SECA FLOAT): The Parade is Sunday, June 12 and Members are encouraged to march with us.  As we get final information, the Membership Secretary will notify Members by e-mail of time and place.  If you would like costume assistance, contact S. Robertson.  If further painting on the tea wagon is needed, local Artists have indicated their willingness to bring the tea wagon paint job to completion (over the summer).
  8. NAC DONATION: The Nanaimo Arts Council be holding an on-line Silent Auction Fundraiser.  Their offices were destroyed in the Downtown fire and they have been relocated to Wallace Street.  The Member asks if SECA is willing to donate a T-shirt or Apron.  Moved by S. Larocque, Second by D. Hardie to donate a SECA apron.  Carried unanimously.
  9. DUCKS: A local resident was asked to hatch ducklings for a farmer and they were not picked up.  
    Khaki Campbells, Crested Buffs,  Indian Runners, Crested Whites and Crested Rowans are available at a Cost of $10 each.   Contact:  Len Greaves at 250-758-8903 if you wish to purchase.  Nanaimo by-laws allow 6 ducks on a residential property under 1 acre.

Adjourned 8:15

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 24th anniversary of the free family event, to be held at Deverill Park, located on Irwin St. between Milton and Farquhar Sat., June 18th, 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, 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


It’s Parade season!

And the South End Community Association will be in on all the fun.  This coming Sunday, May 22nd, we’ll be in the Heritage Days Parade, with our Mad Hatter-y Teawagon and assorted characters.  If you’d like to join us,please do!  Come as any wacky Alice-in-Wonderland character OR simply wear your SECA T-Shirt and walk the route with us.  We meet at Victoria Road and Finlayson by 12:30; the parade starts at 1:00 and should be finished by 2:00.  The parade route ends at Terminal and Comox, so you might want to arrange a lift back, or parade your own way home on the sidewalks.
Please let us know you’re coming: reply to fernville@shaw.ca.

Above: Mad Hatters Tea Party 2014. Photo credit and permission through Joan C.

Which character will you be?!

Coming soon … We’re also going to join in Nanaimo’s first-ever Pride Parade!  Sunday, June 12th; more info to follow.

12993618_10153771004643645_7846956770586994541_nThe Livingston Food Forest is ready for more planting, and you are invited to help with the next step of the project: building more layers of mulch, shaping and planting perennial edibles.

What: spreading leaf and wood chip mulch and planting the upper half of the site 🙂
When: April 30th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Where: on Haliburton Street in the 300 block (kitty corner from Robin’s rental cranes & behind the alley from Samaritan House)
Lunch is provided and you are welcome to bring some food to share.
Please bring:
gloves, shovels, rakes, warm clothes, boots,
extra plants that we can transplant in the forest! and to share with others.
See you Soon!
For more info see the FB event: https://m.facebook.com/events/756332444467362?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A2%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22surface%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22dashboard_filter%5C%22%3A%5C%22upcoming%5C%22%7D%7D]%22%7D&aref=2&arefdashboardfilter=upcoming&ref=bookmarks


  1. Paul Biscop
  2. Financial Report
  3. Silly Soiree
  4. Letter of Understanding Re: Food Forest/Update
  5. Strengthening relationships w. Bayview/John Barsby schools
  6. Miner’s Heritage Picnic/fund-raising letters
  7. SECA participation in local parades/events
    Other Business
  8. KB Associates/Coastland
  9. Fires, vacant and cleared lots


Acknowledgement that we meet on traditional Snuneymuxw territory


1. Paul Biscop: Announcement of passing of Paul Biscop and comments in his honour. A Memorial will be held on April 16th.  The Location and details will be posted on our blog  at nanaimosouthend.ca.

2. Financial Report

3. Silly Soiree: Although we did not raise any funds, the event worked to build community.  The Executive will discuss how to improve fund-raising efforts for next time.  Thanks was extended to all who volunteered and supported the event with donations of food and labour.   Comments were shared regarding the costumes, dancing and fun had by all.

4. Letter of Understanding Re: Food Forest/Update: B. Geselbracht has spoken to P. Squires regarding signage for the Livingston Food Forest. Lumber that he has from the old Buckerfield’s building will be used in construction. On April 30, 10-4 a work party will be held for mulching, plantings of blueberries and fruit trees in the upper half, and spreading wood chips etc. In preparation for installing irrigation later in the summer.   MyCDC has just received a $3,000 grant for the project and workshops on food forestry and permaculture.  The work that Mr. Geselbracht and partners have done to get the Grant was acknowledged and applauded.

5. Strengthening Relationships w. Bayview/John Barsby schools: E. Hemmens commented on the current programs and opportunities that exist to contribute to education in our neighbourhood.  Projects such as the Wellness Centre initiative at J.Barsby Secondary have been very successful and is meeting the needs of many students with involvement by VIHA, Tilicum Lelum, student volunteers, etc.  This program has been running since September and will be offered again next September.

6. Miner’s Heritage Picnic/fund-raising letters: The Picnic is in it’s 24th year and will be held on June 18th this year.  It is looked forward to as a community event providing activities and a fun day for all.  Volunteers for fund-raising are needed as well as any items individuals wish to donate for our silent auction and volunteers in general.  At present, help is needed to visit businesses that donate regularly and request this year’s donation.  A Letter of Authorization from SECA is available from S. Larocque – call 753-1394 to contact her to volunteer for this or any other job.

A suggestion was brought forward that the pancake breakfast and hot dog sales take place by the central building this year, with pancakes being available from 8:30-11.  Another suggestion was made that we explore the possibility of including a dunk tank in the festivities!

7. SECA participation in local parades/events: The membership is informed of the Heritage Day Parade on May 22nd and the value of making our presence felt by this and other events with option of using the Tea Wagon.  Several members expressed interest in marching along.  A sign up sheet was circulated  for those interested in participation.

  • Heritage Days Parade – May 22 (float deadline May 6th)
  • Nanaimo Pride Parade – June 12

8. KB Associates/Coastland: Keith Brown, a land consultant working with Coastland, addressed the meeting.  They are seeking to relocate their Office and are considering placing it on the corner of Woodhouse and Haliburton on the current parking lot there.  They would install curbing and shoulder plantings to improve the street-scape.  They plan a two-story building with ground level parking.  This is a preliminary discussion and plans are not yet in the presentation stage.  

In discussion, it was pointed out that this use (office) contravenes the existing neighbourhood plan and zoning but that attention to making sure any proposal enhances the neighbourhood feel of the area would make such a proposal more attractive.

It was also pointed out that the roadway along Haliburton is designated for bike-lanes and this fact would need to be considered in planning.

Mr. Brown brought forward the thoroughness of his discussions with his Coastland clients around the neighbourhood plan, and the Nicol St./Terminal Corridor/My Street initiatives in working toward presenting an acceptable proposal.

9. Fires, vacant and cleared lots: Questions and updates around empty lots, burned down buildings and the unfortunate fire downtown were brought up for discussion.  Zoning, bylaws, neighbourhood plans, etc. were all touched on as matters of  concern.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

You are cordially invited to a welcome and fundraiser concert for the Syrian refugees who have recently arrived in Nanaimo.

When: 7pm May 12

Where: R.C. Legion Mt Benson Branch 256
1630  East Wellington Rd.

What: multi-cultural entertainment including piano, vocal, choirs, fiddle, dancing, guitar and more

Admission by donation

Sponsored by the Ad Hoc “Friends of the Syrian Refugees” group. For further info call 250-755-4068
(Funds raised will be received and distributed by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society)

Click here to see the PDF event Poster

Come one come all, come large and small, come old and young come have some fun! We are having a Fundraiser this coming Saturday and we’d love to have you join us in the festivities of foolery while we fund-raise for our association events for families, neighbours and friends in and around the south end of Nanaimo.

Buy your ticket and tell your friends!SECA Silly Soiree Poster4

If you’d like to help out with setup on Friday, donations of appies and desserts, or other supportful on-goings contact fernville@shaw.ca