Posts Tagged ‘Workshops’

The city has received a development permit application for a 4 story apartment building at 253 Victoria Road (think behind the Dairy Queen).  We’ve invited the designer to come to our November meeting, present his concept, and get some initial feedback.


Artist Yvonne Vander Kooi is half-way through her colourful mural on the washroom walls at Deverill Park.  mural Although this is a commissioned job for her, she has donated countless hours of service to both the South End and the city.  If you’re quick, you she’s the Hidden Hero this week on Shaw TV Channel 4.  Bravo, Yvonne.


Fitness Edge is taking over the lower floor of the building next door, which formerly held the hydroponics store and MP Jean Crowder’s campaign office.  They will use of for exercise classes, and it can also double as a meeting space, fitting up to 50 people comfortably.  They’ve done a terrific job in renovating.


On Sunday November 1st, 2009 the Young Professionals of Nanaimo are hosting a community BBQ to help raise funds for the restoration of Nanaimo’s E&N Train Station. The event will be from 1-3 pm and will include many local residents, community and business leaders as well as local media. We encourage you to forward on this invitation to anyone who may be interested in learning more or contributing to the restoration of the Train Station.


MLA Doug Routley is finalizing plans on a Nanaimo office.  In the meantime,  the grand opening of his Ladysmith office is on November 14th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Anyone that would like to come and have a coffee/tea and visit with Doug and his staff  is welcome.


Port Place Mall is doing an info session about the mall redevelopment, sadly, the same night as our next SECA meeting.  In the Mall, Wed Nov 4 from 6 to 8 PM.  Perhaps we can ask them to come speak with us at another time?


The Nanaimo Community Gardens Society & The City of Nanaimo

Invite You to a Gathering of Local Community Gardeners

Who? Community Garden leaders and anyone interested in spearheading new food garden initiatives, including representatives from the City of Nanaimo and food security organizations.

Where? Harewood Activity Centre, 195 Fourth St (near Bruce St.)

When?  Tuesday November 24th,

Display Set Up & Viewing 6-6:30pm Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Why? To share our successes, challenges, and our dreams – with the aim of supporting each other, increasing collaboration and growing more community gardens.


(To help us shape the agenda to benefit those who are attending, please indicate what you would like to gain from this meeting when you RSVP.)

6:00pm Set-up and view displays of community garden initiatives (photos, literature)

6:30pm Facilitator will bring meeting to order. The agenda will be modified to suit needs of participants, but will likely include introductions and discussion of:

§ how your garden is structured

§ who participates

§ to whom food is distributed

§ how it is funded

§ what has worked well for your initiative

§ what has been a challenge/barrier, and

§ individual and collective goals for the future and how we can help each other

8:30pm Adjourn.

Please RSVP by November 17th by calling 250-816-GROW (4769)

Or emailing Pat at pat.w@shaw.ca

Remember to let us know what you would be interested to gain from this meeting so we can best accommodate you and your community garden group.

Nanaimo Community Gardens Society


250-816-GROW (4769)

7-10 Club Grand Opening

The Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society invites you to celebrate their Grand Opening November 8, 1:00 to 4:00 at the Community Service Building 285 Prideaux Street. For more information 250-714-0917. email – info@nanaimo710club.com Web site – www.nanaimo710club.com

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Gang Awareness Workshop Tuesday, April 28

The Community Policing and Services Office is presenting a Gang Awareness Workshop for parents on Tuesday, April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the multipurpose room at John Barsby Community Secondary School.

Rick Stewart a retired staff sergeant from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) will be presenting important information on the following topics:

  • the definitions of gangs
  • tier levels of gangs and an overview of gangs in B.C.
  • why children are joining gangs
  • understanding gang culture
  • the impact of media
  • what parents can do

He has been investigating street gangs since 1997 and was heavily involved with the development of EPS’s Gang Unit.  He is currently involved with the RCMP in B.C., working for the Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service (DOCAS) of E Division, and is the Project Coordinator for the Vancouver School Board’s YES (Youth Empowered and Safe) gang prevention project.

For more information, contact Sharon Welch by email Sharon.Welch@nanaimo.ca or call 250 753-3777.


McHappy Day is Wednesday May 6

Come and support the local Child Development Centre by dining at McDonald’s on Wednesday May 6.  Watch local community leaders try to emulate McD staffers by helping out, either out front or behind the counter.  Service with a smile!


Next SECA Meeting set for Wednesday May 14

The next SECA meeting will be delayed one week, and is set for the usual time (7 PM) at the Princess Royal Centre.  We’ll send out a reminder in advance.


Be Part of the E. J. Hughes Exhibition and Mural  May 15 to June 7

Word of the day: Docent. A person who is a knowledgeable guide, esp. one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions.

The restoration of the EJ Hughes Mural which was discovered in the Malaspina Hotel is almost complete and the Mural will available for public viewing in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) as of May 15, 2009. The Nanaimo Art Gallery is coordinating a number of events to celebrate the restoration and unveiling of the mural and the most significant of these events will be a major exhibition of EJ Hughes work at the Downtown Gallery from May 15 to June 7.

The Gallery is looking for volunteer docents to be

1)  on site at the Downtown Gallery during the EJ Hughes exhibit (May 15 to June 7) and

2) at the Mural site in the VICC during the initial weekend (May 15 to 18) to provide interpretation and information to the public.

Docents will receive training on EJ Hughes and his work as well as on the Mural and the restoration process.

If this is of interest to you and you would like to volunteer your time to be a docent please let me know.


Ed Poli

Ed Poli & Associates, Management Consulting

Ph – (250) 716 1277 Fax (250) 716 1244


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Monthly Mini-Litter pickup Saturday March 28

Well, the snow is gone and we can get back to work!  Let’s check out the new renovations at McDonald’s.  Meet for breakfast/coffee anytime after 8:45. We’ll fan out around 9:30 to clean up for an hour and then deposit our litter in McDonald’s bin.  Bring gloves and extra plastic grocery bags. By 10:30, you’re on your way, and will have done your bend-and-stretch exercises for the day!


SECA meeting: Wednesday April 1 @ 7 PM

Princess Royal Family Centre, corner of Irwin and Farquhar

Planned Agenda:

We’ve started working on the laneway between Nicol and Haliburton, and will update on the initial meeting and the plans/feedback so far.  We’re planning a lane makeover party as a part of the process, so we’ll do some brainstorming around that.

Matt Hussman from the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership will give us an update of the safety survey results so far.  If you haven’t participated, there should be more copies at the meeting.

There’s been a lot of activity around the neighbourhood, if they are not run off their feet, we’re hoping that one our finest (RCMP) will attend.  March 27: Confimed Dave Laberge will be coming to check in.

You may have read or heard rumblings about VIHA budget cuts to the intially planned 24 hour support component at the Balmoral.  We’ve invited Christina Martens to discuss how CMHA is dealing with the news.


APRIL 4th – “Voices from the Street”

Let’s take action in 2009 – Province-wide Stands lead up to provincial election

On April 4 2009, thousands of people throughout B.C. will march to demand that the government in Victoria build enough affordable rental housing to meet urgent B.C. needs. Together we can make affordable housing a key issue in the election.

Local Social Activists Gordon Fuller and Katie Durvin have been making the community aware, on a monthly basis through STANDS, of the need for HOMES For All since may of 2008.  With an upcoming Provincial Election the two are working to put together a Rally & STAND on April 4th.  Called “Voices From the Street” Gord and Katie are arranging to have a number of STREET PERSONS talk about their experiences.  They will also invite the candidates for the Nanaimo ridings to come out and have a say.  5 minutes per person and three questions to each by the audience.  Following the rally people will be invited to march down to the Highway with signs in support of HOMES FOR ALL where we will line the Street and STAND in an effort to create awareness about the need for housing.

The event, music & speakers, will be from 11:00 to 1:00 with the rallying point at Dianna Krall Plaza, on Commercial St. beside the downtown Library.

People are encouraged to bring signs ie: HOMES FOR ALL, HOUSE THE HOMELESS, AFFORDABLE MEANS AFFORDABLE TO ALL, POVERTY SUCKS, END LEGISLATED POVERTY etc., short catchy slogans regarding poverty and housing.


Robbery Prevention” Workshop April 17

Friday, April 17, 2009: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St.

Cost:  FREE !

The CPSO is pleased to present three robbery prevention workshops featuring Gord Nixon and Cst. Wally Taylor. These workshops will educate people and businesses on what to do during a robbery, what to do after a robbery, and preventative measures to take to avoid becoming the victim of a robbery.

In addition, Cst. Taylor and Sharon Welch will introduce Nanaimo’s Retail C.O.P. (Cameras on Patrol) Program, available free of charge to all business owners, managers, and Loss Prevention Officers. The program allows access to a secured website with pictures and descriptions of previous offenders and other subjects of concern, and outstanding warrants.

Limited seating available. Please reserve your seats by calling Sharon Welch at the Community Policing & Services Office (250-753-3777).


Lane Makeover Day Saturday April 25

Stemming from the work we’ve started to do in the infamous lane between Nicol and Haliburton, we’ve planned a community work party to get going on all the things on the “to-do” list.  They’ll be simple and easy.  And of course, in true SECA spirit, we’ll finish with a lane party with music and food.  We’ll begin planning at our meeting April 1 and will post details as they unfold.


The Miners Heritage Picnic  June 20

Mark off June 20th on your calendar for our 17th “Picnic”.  Thanks to our generous corporate and individual donors, and we’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary as an association.

Some of the highlights planned so far:

  • a free pancake breakfast, courtesy the Women of the Moose.
  • lots of musical entertainment, headlined by Shawn Phillips (sp?)
  • B.C. Hydro Power Smart Team will supply a large tent, under which a soccer like game will be played.
  • some very interesting activities courtesy the Nanaimo District Museum.
  • kids will look forward pony rides and petting farm.
  • the Guided Heritage Walk with focus on the tragedy at the Number 1 Mine and heritage houses. There will be related displays.
  • for kids of all ages, the enormous 25 ft. Inflated Slide and Castle Bouncer plus the El Paso Train Adventure.
    fun at the 2008 picnic

    fun at the 2008 picnic

    Don’t forget the Pet Parade, Silent Auction and the famous Reunion Strawberry Social for past and present Seniors of the South End.  And these are only the events confirmed so far!

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What Else?

SECA T Shirts Selling Like Hotcakes!

t-shirt-printThere are only a FEW of our colourful  Tshirts left!

Kid Sizes

  • 1 Med Yellow
  • 1 Blue Large

Adult Sizes

  • 1 each Large in Lime, Red,  Blue
  • 3 XL in Lime, 1 XL in Black


All $20 each

If you want a Tee shirt please call Sandra Zuccolini at 753-1394.


Yoga Donation

What a surprise it was to receive a whimsical card from the “Bendover backwards” Yoga Peace Practice along with a $120 donation.  The card read: “Dear Southenders: Blessings to you for your celebration and strengthening of health and vitality in Nanaimo’s South End.” We have to admit that we didn’t celebrate peacefully at all, we whooped it up in the meeting!  We REALLY appreciate your thoughtfulness!  Thank you so VERY much.

“Identity Theft Prevention” Workshops

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about reducing your risk and vulnerability through awareness, planning, and positive action.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)

Downtown – location TBA

Cost? FREE !  But seating is limited. Reserve your seats by calling Sharon Welch at the Community Policing Station (250-753-3777).

Want Ads

Still 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 and the kind of young man you’d like your daughter to bring home (bright, responsible, no visible body piercings.)  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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