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The Beer and Burger Fundraiser was a great success. Sixty six people attended and $2000 was raised. Thanks again to RU Computing for donating the computers for the raffle. Thanks also to Alice’s Restaurant and to all the volunteers.

Congratulations to all the winners:

The lap top: Stephano Monpetit

The computer: Anthony Jeffs

The Spa Day at Sandra’s Head to Toe Salon: Ronan McShane

The Number One Mine Heritage Kiosk. For those of you who don’t know this kiosk at the foot of Milton St. and Esplanade is the site of the former Number One Mine where one of the greatest mining disasters occurred in 1887. Charles Torhjelm was instrumental in getting this monument placed in 1999 but it had gotten a bit shabby over the years. A new roof has been put on and the kiosk refurbished.

There will be a celebration on May 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to mark this event and remember the miners. More details coming as they unfold.

The Balmoral. Anne Hodge introduced herself to SECA as the new Director. Welcome aboard Anne! She has years of experience in social services in Ottawa and stressed the need for community feedback to the project. She told us that there were several new residents and that they were hoping to get a grant or funding to build a new entry way, replace carpets and create a storage area. They are also hoping to get two evening support workers so the Balmoral will have someone in attendance 24/7. There has been an additional grant for the successful Peppermill meals project and the Wesley Street low barrier housing project is now underway.

Tea Wagon, There was a pot luck on March 29 and on Saturday April 9, starting 10AM at the Irwin St, cul de sac, there will be a sanding party. Bring your sanders or sand blocks! At the end of the month there will be a Tea Wagon paining party which will be filmed.

The Miners Heritage Picnic will be Saturday June 25. All the rides, music and acts are on-board for this year. Volunteers wanted for the great event.

Social Media. Charles suggested the possibility of having a seminar on the use of social media. We decided that July might be a good time for this.

Zoning By-law. Gord spent quite a lot of time studying the zoning regulations and reported to us on the changes occurring. We are pleased to find that the changes are very close to the Neighborhood Plan. The new consolidated zoning is much less complicated and far more user-friendly than the old system. For links to the current zoning, the Neighborhood Plan and the new consolidated zoning see:

Zoning Links & Maps

Current Zoning Bylaw

Draft Revised Bylaw

Current Zoning Map

Draft Zoning Map

Nanaimo Map

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* Using Tools on right, zoom in and find property

* Left click on property

* Right Click and when box appears click on property report for   information including zoning

Video Links to Council 7-11 Decision

Feb 28th 2011 – Click on 9:01pm

Recommendation to Staff Business License Amendment 9:01pm

March 14th 201 – Click on 10:43pm

Business License Bylaw turned down by council 10:43pm


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Beer & Burger was INDEED a Lucky Night!

Fitness Edge tickets

Who bought the Fitness Edge passes? Maybe the person who chooses carrot sticks over cookies at the AGM holiday feast!

The Newport Bar was packed with neighbours for the Third Annual SECA Beer And Burger on Friday November 13th. Folks were knocking back pints, munching burgers, joking, chatting, perusing the silent auction goodies and generally having a time of it. Like in the Louis Jordan song, “the joint was jumpin’”.

The beer and burger night was a roaring success, with more than $1600 raised for the association. Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who contributed items for the auction and to the Newport Bar. Special thanks to Moni, Sandra and Joanne, the queens of the event.

Finally caught...the colourful and soon-to-be-legendary South End Flat Fish. Bidding, of course, was frenzied for this wonderful quiltwork by Sydney Robertson.


AGM and Holiday Feast Wed Dec 2 @ 6 PM

SECA is hosting its AGM on Wednesday December 2 at the earlier start time of 6pm. We’ll host out meeting from 6 to 7:30 PM, then we’ll usher in the festive season with a potluck buffet.

All the usual AGM bits and bobs, including financial report, year in review, and election of office bearers.  New memberships for the upcoming year will be available for the nominal price of $5.

SECA is the city’s most active neighborhood association and the past year has been filled with the usual mix of campaigns, events, controversy, and fun.

Please join us for this annual review and celebration of south end living.

Bring pot luck snacks and desserts that don’t require any heating.  All welcome and don’t forget, 6pm start.


Douglas Hardie, Chair

(The AGM will be held in the usual place:  Princess Royal Centre, corner of Irwin and Farquhar)




November Meeting Highlights

The November SECA meeting was as busy as a “one armed paper hanger.”

A design presentation for a condo development at 253 Victoria Road brought up a lot of lively discussion.  While the development has some interesting features, many attendees were concerned about how the modern design would blend in the with neighbourhood.

The city has been quite active in giving neighbourhoods the chance to provide input, and Gary Noble from City Planning attended as well.  After some discussion, Douglas drafted a letter to the city that covered the concerns and recommendations of the residents.  The developer/city went through the same process with the Nob Hillers the following week.  The city’s Design Panel is now taking all the feedback they have received and putting a report together with recommendations for the developer.  Stay tuned for next steps.


New member David Scott is a professional cartographer who is creating a community mapping process for the South End.  This is a wonderful process that will dovetail beautifully with the Neighbourhood Plan.  He handed out maps to people who are interested in marking some of the South End’s features.  So far, we’ve got folks who have volunteered to map many different aspects of our neighbourhood, including:

  • Art Bin locations
  • Areas where people still tend to litter
  • Fruit and nut trees
  • Potential community garden locations

Click here to see a community map from James Bay in Victoria.

You can see some of the maps in progress at the City Repair talk on Sunday night.

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LUCKY Beer & Burger Nite

Friday November 13

Newport Bar & Grill

6 – 9 PM

This Friday the 13th could be your lucky day!

v                      50/50 draw – win some money!

v                      Silent Auction – shop for Christmas!

v                      Dance to Mike’s DJ Service

v                      A band will be playing after 9:00 PM

Beer, burger, and a special treat – for $13

Get your tickets early – limited seating.  Buy at Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon, 721 Haliburton, the Newport Bar & Grill, the Nov 4 SECA meeting, or from any SECA board member.


If you have anything to donate, please call Sandra at 250.753.1394 or Moni at 250.753.1188.

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Sunday Morning Soccer

The FIRST and LAST Sundays of the month.

So Sunday October 4.

10:00 am @ Deverill Park

Everyone welcome!  You don’t need to be talented…just enthusiastic……..!  Call Ed at 753.1584 for more info.


Neighbourhood Plan Open House Tuesday Oct 6

Come and find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan for our South End community! An introductory Open House will provide residents with information on the plan process, an opportunity to ask questions and offer input into the neighbourhood plan.

The Open House will be held at the Bayview School, 140 View St., from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday October 6th.

Invitation have been distributed to every household in the South End.  If you are on a “no junk mail” list, you will NOT have received one.

In that case, click here to see the invitation.

For the Neighbourhood Planning page on the city website , click here or contact the City of Nanaimo Community Planning Department, Phone 250-755-4472 or 250-755-4483.



Wednesday  October 7 @  7 PM

Princess Royal Centre

Irwin at Farquhar

Mark off these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss any meetings!

  • Wed Nov 4
  • Wed Dec 2 (AGM)
  • Wed Jan 6, 2010


Mini-Litter Pickup – Saturday October 10

Think of it as a way to burn advance calories before digging into the Thanksgiving feed-o-rama.

We’ll meet at McDonald’s any time after 8:30.  Then at 9:30, we’ll fan out and start collecting for about 30 minutes.


Lynne Bowen Speaks at


Thursday October 15, 7:00 pm

Join multi-award winning author Lynne Bowen at our 7th AGM for her talk:

“Real Skookum Guys: the Volatile History of Italians in Vancouver Island Coal Mines”

Lynne Bowen, one of Vancouver Island’s best known author historians, has written five books: three on Island coal mining history. Her new work on B.C.’s Italian immigrants will be out in Spring 2011.

To access Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Road, turn east from the Island Highway onto Cedar Road, drive 4 km to MacMillan then north 300 metres.

Members and non- members welcome.

Further information: 250-714-0377 or cchristo [at]     shaw.ca


Wellington Action Group wins "Dirty Gertie"

Wellington Action Group wins "Dirty Gertie"

Plant Out at Maffeo Sutton Park  Sat Oct 17 from 1 to 4 PM

Perhaps you remember when the city held a plant-out in June, asking the neighbourhood associations to come and help?  We cheekily challenged the rest of the city to beat the South End in a) numbers and b) sheer outputm offering an Art Bin to the #2 team.  We had a blast, it was great fun….even though it was the hottest day of the year.

Now, they’re planning another event…this time to plant spring bulbs.  Chris Sholberg says:

We are currently sitting on about 26,000 spring bulbs (16,600 daffodils and 10,000 crocus).  We would like to propose another community plant-out event on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. at Maffeo-Sutton Park to put these bulbs in the ground.  Would your neighbourhood association/group be willing to participate in this event?

We will provide the plants and City gardeners to provide oversight.  Volunteers with their own shovels, garden tools would be welcome.  Kids are welcome too.

We can’t let our reputation as the hardest workers in the city be tarnished!!  If you can join in, please call Douglas at 754-0677.  Or send us an e-mail:  southendcommunityassociation      [at]     gmail.com.


Memorial Tree Planting for Gino Sedola  Sunday October 25

It’s been a year now since we lost our good friend and mentor, Gino  Sedola.  We’ll plant a tree in his honour on Sunday October 25 at 11 AM.  Following that, a pot luck lunch and some time for storytelling.

At the corner of Milton and Irwin Streets.


SECA LUCKY Beer & Burger Friday Nov 13

Who says Friday the 13th is an unlucky day?  It just might be your luckiest one yet if you come to our Annual SECA Beer & Burger night On Friday Nov 13, starting at 6 PM at  the Newport Bar & Grill. (the old Jolly Miner).

For only $13, you’ll get a great homemade burger and nachos and maybe even a little dessert.

You might win the 50/50 Draw or get your early Christmas shopping done at the Silent Auction.

By the way, we’re looking for donations….stuff, services, or support.

Phone Moni (250 753 1188) or Sandra (250 753 1394) for donations and ticket sales.

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At the Filling Station (the former Jolly Miner), Friday November 28 between 6 and 9 PM. Tickets are $10.00 each.  It’s not a big place, and tickets are selling quickly, so if you want to come for sure, call and get your ticket in advance.

If you can help us out with a donation, we’d be eternally grateful.

  • Don’t limit yourself to the ordinary…at last month’s SECA meeting, the wish list extended from Christmas gifts to all kinds of services and even practical items like loads of gravel.
  • If you don’t have a business, consider something that no longer has personal value, like that wedding gift from your ex-mother-in-law.
  • Consider offering a dinner party for 4 or 6 people.  You’ll be able to brag that people are willing to PAY for your cooking.
  • Or even a personal service that you can provide i.e. some computer coaching, an hour of weed-whacking or oven cleaning (hey, I’d buy BOTH of those.)

You can drop donations off until Wednesday afternoon (Nov 26) at Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon, 721 Haliburton Street.

For tickets or more information, please call Sandra Zuccolini at Sandra’s Head-to-Toe Salon 753-1394 or Moni Murray at the Nanaimo International Hostel  753-1188.

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There’s so much happening in the South End, and sometimes as an association, we feel a little run off our feet.  So we spent part of the September meeting, stepping back and taking a look at what’s important and how we’re doing. Six categories of SECA activity were suggested and we all gave our opinions on a scale of one to ten on the importance of each activity and how well we thought we were accomplishing these tasks.

Here are the priorities (in order):

1.  Activities that shape our future

Rank:  9.5

Includes the upcoming Neighbourhood community plan, on-going relationship development with elected officials, city staff, RCMP, local groups, etc.

1.  Activities that beautify, and display the character of the South End

Rank:  9.5

Includes Art in the Park murals, heritage displays and efforts, Artbins, Deverill Square Park entranceways (upcoming)

2.  Activities that entertain

Rank:  9.25

Includes Miner’s Picnic, Estuary Day, Deverill Square Park playground (upcoming),

Community picnics, and Beer & Burger nights

3.  Activities that focus on neighbourhood improvement

Rank:  9.2

Includes the annual litter pick-up, monthly mini-litter pick-ups, Artbins, Deverill Square lighting/ usage by sports teams (new)

4.  Activities that inform and educate

Rank:  8.5

Includes the new newsletter & weblog, planned sessions/information on safety, nuisance properties etc, new civic election Q&A forum

5.  Activities that advocate

Rank: 8.3

Specific advocacy issues have included: public forums i.e. Safety Forum, Balmoral/Living Room issue, IPI noise problem, Coastland Hog Burner problems

Even the lowest priority still received a high ranking from an importance standpoint.

We’ll review how we’re doing in these areas as well as specific feedback comments at the next SECA meeting on October 1.

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