Posts Tagged ‘Gino Sedola’

Again, some amazing folks just took it upon themselves to decorate Gino’s tree for Christmas, and to leave it the gift of a new framed picture.  Hmm….

Do you have an inkling who that might have been?  There’s another jar of prized ginger pear chutney for the correct answer  (see post below for directions.)

I know!  I know!  But it’s for me to know and you to find out…:)



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Planted and decorated, with fresh new grass

With typical South End good luck, the bad weather held off! Fifty neighbors and friends participated in the planting of the memorial tree in memory of much-loved resident and mentor Gino Sedola.

In a very moving ceremony, Gino’s youthful escapades in the South End and many accomplishments as an adult were recalled. Friends and relatives spoke about how much Gino meant to them. MLA Leonard Krog, Mayor John Ruttan, Counselors Fred Pattje, Loyd Sherry and Merv Unger added a shovelful, helping plant the beautiful dogwood tree. Gino’s granddaughter Shauna Sedola read a poem in memory of her grandfather.

We then moved across the street to Fernville House (the house that moved!) for a feast and a toast in memory of our friend.

Thanks to Barbara Densmore (who is now a Professional Celebrant) for leading the ceremony, Sydney Robertson and Ed Chan for hosting the lunch.  And to Pat Squire for deftly guiding the tree selection and planting process.

Click here for the complete story in pictures.

Janine Sedola captured the last (and funniest) part of the ceremony and posted it it on You Tube.  Click here to see it.

A special thanks to city staff who helped get the cul-de-sac ready in time for the ceremony:  Parks and Rec staffers Jeff Ritchie, Kirsty MacDonald, Jim Plasteris, and the guys “on the ground”   Wayne, Ryan, and Jessie. And to the Roads folks too, especially Rick Borean who is a master organizer.  And to City Arborist Alan Kemp, who allowed us to “think outside the box” to come up with an original South End tree planting.


and awaaayyy go the yellow barricades..!








Ok, one more great South End story.  When we couldn’t get the chairs we needed from our usual supplier, Joanna from Fitness Edge stepped forward and offered to lend them to us.  You were a life saver, and we REALLY appreciate your community spirit!

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Please join us as we remember Gino by planting a tree in his memory in the new cul-de-sac.

We’ll follow the ceremony with a pot-luck lunch. Bring your memories of Gino, and a dish or bottle of  Italian wine for the event.

Location and Event Details

Tree Planting will be held at the new cul-de-sac at the corner of Irwin and Milton Street.

This will be a standing ceremony.  If you would prefer to sit, please bring a chair.

The Potluck Lunch will be at Fernville House, the home of Sydney Robertson and Ed Chan next to the intersection at 167 Irwin.

Parking on the street around the intersection.

If you wish, please drop off your lunch offering at the house before the ceremony.

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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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Never a dull moment in the South End…as they say, and 2008 has been no exception. My sincere thanks to the SECA Executive and the many members of the association who have been so very generous with their time and efforts on behalf of the association. As you can see from the list below, it’s been a busy year and we have continued to grow in the scope and reach of our many activities.

2008 15th Annual Miners Heritage Picnic

Our marquee event was as big and successful as ever, sponsored by local business that contributed close to $5000 that paid for a wonderful day for south end children and families.

Chase River Estuary Park Day

S.E.C.A continues to promote public awareness and use of this lovely park. Our annual celebration includes guided walks, “fishing” in the river for smelt and family bbq

Litter Campaign

SECA is tackling the litter on our streets in three ways. Our annual litter pick up, sponsored by the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, is a one day large scale community clean up which annually collects an amazing amount of trash from our streets and lanes. In addition we have instituted a monthly, (last Saturday of the month) pick up for approximately one hour, with local restaurants hosting our breakfast gathering and then disposing of the litter collected.

Thirdly, the Art Bin Project continues to grow and develop. A recent community painting day has added a further 12 bins to the ten already located throughout the neighborhood. It’s a great little project that just keeps growing…

The SECA monthly Newsletter

Many thanks to Barbara and Larry for all their hard work in producing such a fabulous on-line newsletter and community blog. This project has really revolutionized the way we connect and share information in the neighbourhood and beyond. We also produce a hard copy for the non-computer savvy that is available at various locations in the neighbourhood

2008 South End Election Blog

The South End Community Association hosted an on-line forum for prospective mayoral and council candidates in the lead up to the recent civic elections. This innovative strategy allowed South End voters to pose questions to candidates regarding issues of concern to us. It was an excellent process that informed the voting public and raised our profile as a neighborhood association with the new administration. Many thanks to Anne Thompson and Barbara for their great work on this project

Balmoral Hotel

CMHA and VIHA amended their plans for the old Balmoral Hotel following widespread opposition within the neighborhood to locate the Living Room at the site. The neighborhood came out in force and was duly heard. Thanks to Councilors Diane Brennan, Merv Unger, CMHA and VIHA for responding to our concerns and we look forward to supporting and sharing in the success of the new social housing project.

Deverill Square Park Improvement Project

This project has been the cornerstone of our efforts to build upon our strengths and resources as the best way to address the social problems that persist in the neighborhood. Thanks to tremendous support from the City, the project is now well under way with new equipment being installed, floodlit soccer and lacrosse most nights of the week, $10,000 donated by the Gyro Club towards the project, $50,000 by the Rick Hansen Foundation, other fund raising pending. Many other upgrades in and around the park are planned, including a redevelopment of the Irwin / Milton barrier with a possible art installation and community bulletin board. Thanks to Kirsty MacDonald for all her efforts on behalf of Parks and Recreation.

Beer and Burger Fund Raiser

Our second annual fund raiser for the association was held just last weekend at the old Jolly Miner, now the Filling Station, and raised an astonishing $1500 dollars for the association. They have both been great events, bringing together the neighborhood as well as raising invaluable funds for the association. We are now required to carry insurance for the association at an annual cost of approximately $700, so this kind of fund raising is increasingly important.

S.P.A.C. Grant

SECA applied for and received $2000 from the City to support our activities in the neighborhood. This has been placed in our general revenue account and has contributed to recent art bin costs as well as other administration costs so far. We now have a healthy balance in the account and we can afford to fund some new projects that support our mission.

S.E.C.A. T shirts and art cards.

Yvonne vander Kooi’s Haliburton Street inspired image adorns the new and extremely popular SECA “T” shirts that have been selling like hot cakes. $20 for a T shirt and the cards sell for $3. See Sandra for details.

R.I.P. Gino Sedola

Gino passed away a couple of months ago and is sadly missed by many of us who cherished his friendship, wisdom and encouragement. He was a great champion of the South End, was enormously proud of his neighborhood, and spent his life giving to the community in a way that can inspire us all. SECA plans to honor his memory by planting a tree in Deverill Square Park

Looking Forward to 2009

Neighbourhood Plan

Subject to final council approval we will shortly be embarking on a formal neighborhood plan for the South End. We have been working towards this for many years and it is a unique opportunity for the neighborhood to shape a vision that will guide planning and development in the south end for many years to come.

Drug Problems

The number one concern in the neighborhood is the entrenched street level drug activity which has anchored itself in the alley between Nicol and Haliburton. SECA is committed to working closely with the RCMP and the City to address this complex problem. We are interested in hosting a forum of property owners and residents who live adjacent to the lane with a goal of addressing some of the physical characteristics of the lane that contribute to the problem. Thanks to the RCMP and By Law Services for there continued support. Our job is to continue to strive for the kind of neighborhood that promotes pride and caring as the best way to deter this kind of activity.

International Paper Industries

This company and its expanded recycling operation continues to create an intolerable noise and air pollution for those that live adjacent to it. SECA plans to renew our efforts to seek some redress for these problems in the New Year.


Wednesday January 7 at 7 PM. Princess Royal Family Centre.

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Deverill Park Update


Kirsty MacDonald, Parks and Open Space Planner for City of Nanaimo Parks Recreation and Culture Dept reported in on the playground progress:
…safety surfacing for the playground [was] installed Thursday November 13.  The playground [was] open for play right after that.  We will be back in the park early 2009 to install the spray park and trike trail.

On a related note, we’ve been hoping to create a neighbourhood island at the intersection of Irwin and Milton Streets (where the barricade is). Douglas came up with the brilliant idea of planting a tree there in memory of Gino Sedola.  Kirsty’s response was:

The idea of planting the tree and creating a neighbourhood node of information at the road closure at Irwin and Milton is doable.  We can’t do [a] bench (we no longer have a memorial bench program) but certainly trees, art, and a bulletin board are possibilities.

Engineering is planning utility upgrades along Irwin for 2009 and the node at the road closure and accessible parking for the park along Irwin will be completed then.  So, it would not be an immediate opportunity, but certainly one for next spring or fall.

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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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If you’re a South Ender (or a former one), you may be interested in attending Gino Sedola’s Celebration of Life on Sunday October 26 from 1:30 to 4:30.  I’ve cut and pasted the obit from the Nanaimo Daily News, since linking to this article wasn’t very easy.

GINO SEDOLA Freeman of the City, Retired Teacher, Former Alderman and Past Chairman of the Nanaimo Harbour Commission. On October 9th, after living an extraordinary life, Gino Sedola passed away peacefully while holding the hand of his loving wife, Leona Trimble. Predeceased by 1st wife Elaine; mother Christina and father Angelo. Survived by his brother Fred and family; and by his “brother by choice ”, Alvin Gallazin. Dearly loved and sadly missed by his children Paul, Anne, Janine and their families; and Leona’s children, Trish, David, Sharon, Karen, Art and their families, including numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many cherished friends. Gino was a member of more than 25 committees including founding member and original director of the Nanaimo Museum Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at the New Nanaimo Museum. 101 Gordon St, on October 26th 1:30 – 4:30p.m. 147824

Another article:

Nanaimo loses Mentor Gino Sedola

Gino really was the voice of/for the South End, and our leader (of sorts).  He will be sorely missed.

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