November Community News

November 20, 2017

Join the Book Buddy Reading Program







The Book Buddy Program provides individual support to elementary students in order to help them develop a love of reading. The program recognizes that each child reads at a different level and learns differently. They are currently located at a number of schools in East Van but are hoping to be able to work with more

students at Britannia Elementary and Macdonald Elementary in particular.


Volunteers are asked for at least one weekly commitment of working individually with three children for half an hour each between 9am and 10:30am and to

provide child-friendly support, encouragement and positive reinforcement. In

addition to spending time with students, there is the opportunity to interact with other Book Buddies and teachers and enjoy intergenerational learning. Get involved by emailing


Congratulations community organizers!

 There are so many events going on in Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview Woodlands that it can be hard to keep up with them all!  This fall I enjoyed the Pandora Park Fall Fair but was not able to see any trick or treaters on Hastings Street or visit a pumpkin patch because of my duties in Victoria. Congratulations to the Hastings North Community Partners Group and all of our local groups for organizing these wonderful neighbourhood events! 










Vancouver-Hastings Food Drive 

Many members of our community here in Vancouver-Hastings rely on food banks and other ways of getting by. We know that food banks are not the solution to poverty and they can frame human rights like food through a lens of charity. That’s why my colleagues and I are developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC, but there are still people going hungry while we do this work. My community office is collecting non-perishable food items until December 19th. We’re open Monday to Friday (9 am to 4 pm) at 2365 East Hastings.

Most needed items include: canned fish or meats, canned legumes, 100% nut butters, rice, canned vegetables, pasta sauces, canned fruit (packed in its own juice or water), whole grain breakfast cereals, hearty soups, stews and chili.

You can also donate funds directly to the food bank at


This Neighbourhood Life

 This six-part program is a partnership between Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Roundhouse Radio. It looks at the Hastings-Sunrise community through the eyes of the people who live and work here. Recording locations include the Roundel Café, Hasting Branch Library, the Laughing Bean Coffeeshop and Urban Native Youth Association. I had the chance to take part along with local community organizers,

political figures, and small business owners and workers Visit the archives and I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the voices you hear!

Listen to my recording of the program here and the complete archive here:



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