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Traditionally, children have told stories through drawings, written reports, and oral presentations. What happens when you combine all these pieces, throw in music, moving images, and some...
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By now, many of our readers are familiar with the Connections and Engagement Survey Vancouver Foundation conducted in the spring. Our survey found that most neighbourhood connections in metro...
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Never underestimate the power of an apple pie. That simple dessert became a catalyst for building community last year, inspiring nine women – originally from Germany, Brazil, Venezuela, France, China...
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Amy McMillan dreams of opening a 1960s-themed diner. Until that happens, she’s having a brilliant time learning the ropes at the COCO Café. When she’s not bustling around greeting customers with her...
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You can be forgiven for thinking the Henderson Spirit Garden is an eerie place full of cobwebs, ghosts and apparitions. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. The garden takes its name...
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Confident, self-assured, polished – Paul Lacerte looks like he belongs in a corporate boardroom, dealing with tough negotiations and strategizing mergers. At 40, he is one of the youngest members of...
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There are more than 200 parks in Vancouver, and Julien Thomas has added another to the list. It’s small. Really small. About three square metres (or 0.0003 hectares). So small that if you blink while...
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The summer sun streams into the Teen Lounge at Surrey’s City Centre Library. The “hangout” room is designed specifically for youth. It’s a fitting location to interview Saad Al-Samarrai, a...
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January 15, 2006: a Sunday in the dead of winter. But for Canadian soldier Captain Trevor Greene this was a winter day like nothing he had experienced before. Rather than cold winds and blankets of...
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Bill Nimi’s memory isn’t as good as it used to be. But even at 80 years old, he can still recall many details about his father’s drugstore . “The address was 331 Powell Street,” he says without...
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Bill and Manny are enjoying their retirement. They both worked hard and invested their money wisely – Bill was a chartered accountant, and Manny (who trained as a miner in Germany) worked in the...
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When Yosef Spivak laughs, he makes a sound like warm wind, and his eyes completely disappear behind red, round cheeks. He’s a cheerful guy. It’s his nature, even though, at 22, he’s had a lifetime’s...
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We all know that coffee can help kick start our day. But can coffee help to propel a movement, change a neighbourhood, or transform an individual? According to Collette Bennett, marketing manager for...
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As a toddler, Larry Wong would wake each morning to the staccato rhythms of his father’s Singer sewing machine. By the afternoon, he would be crawling on the floor, playing amongst clippings of silk...
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Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things You...
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Harry Jerome was a Canadian track-and-field athlete who competed in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. He won bronze in the 100 metres in 1964, and gold in the 1966 British Empire and...
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When Diego Cardona was four, his father went to a meeting... and never came back. The meeting was with members of a Colombian insurgent group to discuss a parcel of family land the insurgents had...
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Every year, approximately 2,000 temporary farm workers from Mexico come to the Fraser Valley on a government work program. Most of us never see these men, working on tree farms, in nurseries and...
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“I heard a bluebird singing one day.” An elfin, tousled-haired girl sings onstage at Burnaby’s Museum Village, sweeping a broom and blowing bubbles . . . “He seemed a messenger of happy news. But now...
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As a community foundation, it is critical we understand our community – its strengths and its weaknesses. It is also important to know where we can make the best investments and have the most impact...
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Some images stay with you for a long time. Figure skating fans of a certain age will always remember the World Figure Skating Championships of 1973 in Czechoslovakia, when a young 21-year-old from...
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When a five-foot piece of broccoli starts talking, you listen. Especially when the floret is dispensing nutritional advice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). “Did you know broccoli boosts the...
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“The instant I heard about the Thistle, I knew it was for me,” says the mischievous-looking woman with the dark curls. In fact, Leni Goggins wanted to be involved so badly that she moved from Vermont...
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“They are just remarkable birds,” says Daniel Bouman, shaking his head in awe. “They can dive over 150 feet down into the water to catch fish. Then they fly incredible distances – 70 to 80 km –...
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A bhangra drummer pops out from behind an outdoor laundry machine like a manic jack-in-the box. Then, women in searingly bright saris – and purple rubber gloves –pour out from behind the house and...
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