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SECA Challenges Rest of Nanaimo’s Neighbourhood Associations

Plant-Out in Maffeo-Sutton Park  Wednesday June 3  5:00  – 9:00 PM

The City received a Trees For Tomorrow grant from the Provincial Government for Maffeo-Sutton Park.  Part of the grant’s parameters included community/volunteer help, and they have invited Neighbourhood Groups and Associations to come out to help.  Basically what we will be doing is showing up wearing shoes (not sandals) to plant 1200 shrubs and place topsoil.

Noooowwww…..it’s not REALLY a competition….BUT…we ALL know that NO-ONE – NO-ONE is better at work parties than we South Enders!! So we’ve issued a challenge to the rest of the community associations in Nanaimo…the neighbourhood that plants the MOST shrubs (and does it well) wins a coveted SECA Art Bin…!

The city really deserves our help…they’ve bent over backward for us.

So if you are up for the challenge, want an up-close look at the changes, say “thanks” to the city, and — most importantly — prove that –as Pam James says — “for a bad ‘hood, we’re pretty good!” send us an e-mail:  southendcommunityassociation [at] gmail.com

No need to turn up for the whole thing, just a 90 minute shift would be great.   Just let us know when you can make it and we’ll get it organized.

Our ONE complication is the SECA Monthly meeting that begins @ 7 PM.   But we’ll work with that and around that as best we can.


Next SECA Meeting  Wed June 3 @ 7 PM

Princess Royal Centre

Corner of Irwin and Farquhar

Planting volunteers are excused from getting dressed up for the meeting and the round at the pub after  (not that anyone dresses up anyway…ha ha!)



Food Skills for Families on a Smart Budget

Fridays May 22 – June 26  11:00am – 2:00 pm

REGISTER: Call Nanaimo Foodshare  (250)753-9393

**A call to all who enjoy food and want to eat and cook healthily**

Stretching your food budget is not always easy. Come and learn how to cook simple meals common to Canada while learning healthy cooking/eating skills that can also assist in meeting your budget. You’ll meet new friends and see others you already know while having fun cooking together!

Food Skills for Families on a Smart Budget provides you with a unique opportunity to:

·        gain hands-on cooking experience, each week you’ll learn while cooking

·        try out and adapt simple recipes to take home

·        learn about nutrition, making healthy food choices, safe food handling and storage, meal planning, healthy snacks, shopping and much more

·        have fun and share in the enjoyment of the food and making new friends

·        learn how to find and prepare healthy foods that meet your cultural, social and financial needs.

FREE: six sessions, 3 hours each

#1 – Introduction to Healthy Eating

#2 – Eating For Good Health

#3 – Meat Alternatives, Milk Alternatives and Healthy Fats

#4 – Planning Healthy Meals, Snacks and Beverages

#5 – Supermarket Tour

#6 – Celebrating Canadian Classics

WHERE:   NANAIMO FOODSHARE  271 Pine Street Nanaimo



The threat of hunger is all too real for hundreds of men, women and children in Nanaimo.  You can show that you care, that you can make a difference.  Here’s how:

1.  Attend the Info Picnic

11:00 Am to 1:00 PM  Friday June 5

Bowen Park (picnic shelter near the volleyball courts)

Join Us for lunch – 11-1pm at Bowen Park, near the volley ball courts- Bring your lunch and something to share with others.

Come and meet the many organizations providing services to people in distress or working directly to keep hunger at bay, including:

  • The Salvation Army (will be providing coffee)
  • The 7-10 Club
  • Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre
  • Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre
  • Nanaimo Family Life Association

2.  Buy a Hunger Awareness Day Lunch Bag

Loaves & Fishes Food Bank will also be distributing Hunger Awareness Day Lunch Bags before the event.  For a suggested donation of $5, a Hunger Awareness Day lunch bag will show your support for those in need.

Then on Friday June 5th use that bag to pack your lunch to work or better still join Loaves & Fishes Food Bank and friends in Bowen Park for a lunch time celebration of caring and sharing.

Bags available from Loaves & Fishes Food Bank -250-754-8347 order a bunch and take them to your workplace, your church, wherever there are people who care.

For more information call JoAnne Dundas at Loaves & Fishes -754-8347


More Trees on Haliburton?  Maybe!

From Chris Sholberg at the City of Nanaimo:

A Trees for Tomorrow grant application has been submitted to the Province for the Haliburton Street tree planting project, and we are currently waiting on whether the application is successful or not.  If successful, we will be in touch to coordinate timing and other details – likely this would be a Fall, 2009 project.

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7:00 PM Wednesday February 4
at  the Princess Royal Family Centre.
(Corner of Irwin and Farquhar)


Monday, February 23rd  7pm, St Paul's Church hall

Everyone welcome

Membership required to vote. Annual membership $10

Loaves & Fishes Food Bank begins the year in good shape with food in
the warehouse and money in the bank. We send our wishes for a safe and
happy New Year to all our friends & neighbors in the Southend.

The year ended with the Christmas Hamper Program, a cooperative
program of Loaves & Fishes and the Salvation Army.

40 tonnes of food were donated and another $30,000 purchased
perishable food  to provide 1375 Christmas Hampers in Nanaimo.

We worked in cramped quarters at the old Northfield School and battled
the white weather but the volunteers, hundreds of them, made it

There was almost 20 tonnes of food left after the hampers were done
and that was shared between the 2 organizations. That helps both
organizations through the winter months. Thanks to everyone who helped

Tom Jackson "Singing for Supper" was a special treat and raised much
needed funds.

We enter 2009 knowing we have good support in the community; knowing
that we will rely on that support because the need is already growing.

Joanne Dundas


Saturday January 31 Meet at the MGM Restaurant 240 Nicol at 8:45 AM for breakfast or coffee. We will fan out about 9:30 and be done about 10:30.  Bring gloves and extra plastic grocery bags.





As you may be aware the South End Neighbourhood (bordered by the railway tracks to the west, waterfront to the east, Esplanade to the Nort and Centennial Rd. to the south), for those with computer see Nanaimo Neighbourhood Associations Map , will be doing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.


While we had hoped to begin the process in January it has recently been put off until the City of Nanaimo Budget has been approved by Council, possibly until March/April. The South End Community Association is currently trying to determine a steering committee comprised of approximately 10 people to oversee the process of developing our neighbourhood plan. The Committee will be comprised of members of the association, seniors, youth, business owners etc., representative of the various demographics of the neighbourhood. If interested please contact Douglas Hardie at 754-0677. Neighbourhood Plans are generally completed in a one-to-two year time frame. Participants on the steering committee should be willing to spend, on average, two to three evenings a month working on the plan.


Plenty of options, through community forums, will be made available for general input to the Neighbourhood Plan from those living in the area.




The following information has been borrowed from the City of Nanaimo Websites section on Neighbourhood Planning .


In 2008, Council adopted a new Official Community Plan for the City of Nanaimo. Neighbourhood planning is described under Goal 7 of the plan, “Work Towards a Sustainable Nanaimo.” Where the Official Community Plan is general in nature, Neighbourhood Plans were seen as a means to address issues unique to each Neighbourhood.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a set of guidelines outlining how an area should grow and change over time.


A Neighbourhood Plan deals primarily with land use decisions such as how best to accommodate an increase in population over the next 10 to 25 years, in terms of housing, recreation needs, increased traffic, public transit, impacts on the environment, commercial needs etc.


Land use decisions must take into account economic and social impacts. Obviously, a land use decision, such as whether or not to support a commercial development in a particular Neighbourhood, will have an impact on other businesses in the immediate vicinity and the greater City.


All Neighbourhood Plans in the City must address the seven goals of the Official Community Plan, and tailor applications of these goals in a manner that is acceptable to area residents.


Stay tuned for more information. Next month: How does the Neighbourhood Planning process work? What are the limitations and benefits of a Neighbourhood Plan?

Gordon W. Fuller

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