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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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The kitchen at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House in east Vancouver is buzzing. Busy cooks are mixing, stirring, tasting; and the place smells great. It reminds visitors of Kitchen Stadium on the...
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June Wilson
June Wilson taught school for 48 years, most of them at Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons, B.C. Now in her 80s, she taught generations of children on the Sunshine Coast. “When I came, I taught the...
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Sometimes you can go on a journey of discovery, only to find that what you were seeking was something you left behind. Earlier this year, Vancouver Foundation embarked on a journey to determine one...
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It’s hard to believe that Cia Ramirez is 23 years old, much less the mother of a seven-year-old girl. With her wide, cherub face, warm eyes and infectious giggle, Ramirez could easily be mistaken for...
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Bernice Michaluk is on her way to the Surrey Food Bank. She has finished her courses for the day at Vancouver Career College where she is training to be a medical receptionist. She walks home to her...
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In this age of digital commerce, of high speed, hi-tech banking, not everyone relies on the internet and a smartphone for money transfers. Sometimes, some people like a simple, more direct method …...
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Seduction. That’s what VanDusen Botanical Garden director Harry Jongerden is aiming for with the garden’s new $19.4-million Visitor Centre. It’s not a word usually associated with botanical gardens,...
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What do Google, a security guard, Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, and Vancouver Foundation all have in common? An unlikely combination, they are changing the face – and...
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You can learn a lot on a farm. At the Curly Willow Farm in Grindrod (just an organic carrot’s throw from Enderby) you learn that raspberries make good greeters; that beets have British accents; and,...
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Gord MacDougall doesn’t know exactly when he started to volunteer and give back to the community. He’s just always done it. “I’ve always been involved in what some people call charity work,” he says...
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Sunny Mahajan slips on a black Lululemon headband.He wiggles his forehead up and down and the headband rises. The rest of his face remains impassive and he keeps his body perfectly still. His...
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She was an easy target. Gentle and wide-eyed, Cheryl Bosola Olamijulo was the new girl in class—and the only black kid in her entire Surrey, BC high school. Her family had emigrated from Nigeria in...
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Bob McGill is not everyone's idea of a revolutionary. But this soft-spoken, self-effacing 65-year-old has changed the world for hundreds of children in Central America, and Africa. His work in...
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Emily Longworth
Her enthusiasm is still contagious. It radiates from her toddler photos. It’s there in her megawatt grin as she savours dim sum in Hong Kong, poses with Christmas reindeer and wise men in Bolivia and...
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Growing old is not for the faint of heart. Although we call them the golden years, depression and suicide among seniors is not uncommon. The end of a career, the loss of a spouse, a shrinking circle...
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There's no mistaking two of Patricia Mitchell's personal interests. As soon as you enter her immaculate apartment, both of them come over to check you out. You are cool-ly and blatantly assessed...
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In just two days, supermarket shelves were nearly empty on Vancouver Island. It was November 2003, and the ferry strike had escalated to a complete service shutdown, which meant no ferries, no trucks...
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Sasha Cumby’s mom, Debbie, says her daughter was a typical 16-year-old. But answering what made Sasha typical, her mom describes a young woman who was anything but an average teen: a straight ‘A’...
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It’s just a pair of socks. But Matthew Taylor knows those two bits of grey wool could make the difference between a good decision and a bad date tonight for a young man on the rain-slicked streets of...
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By the time Nicole reached Grade 11, she was “completely out of control.” There was the drinking and the drugs; there was the binging and purging; and there was her dysfunctional family who put...
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Seventy-year-old Joyce Mar did not like lifting weights. But when an opportunity came up to participate in a free six-week exercise program as part of a UBC pilot study on how weightlifting affects...
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Without a phone, how do you get a job? or find a place to live? How do you stay in touch with family? or cope with emergencies? Phones have become such an integral part of our lives that we don’t...
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Randle Jones didn’t hammer a nail til he was almost 20. Now, more than 50 years later, he is the owner of Windsor Plywood, and head of a network of building supply stores that stretches across...
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Young women face enormous pressure to be thin, to be sexy, to be beautiful. “We are bombarded by media images from a very young age,” says Carly Geistlinger, who has been through it all and is now...
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