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VANCOUVER (BC), February 6, 2013—As the first ever Family Day approaches, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, YWCA Metro Vancouver, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Boys & Girls...
January 31, 2013 -- Metro libraries are not the hushed mausoleums of yore. Some are talking about selling books, hosting knitting workshops, scattering book lending boxes throughout neighbourhoods,...
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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November 28, 2012 -- Vancouver Foundation announced today that “Gen Why Media” is the winner of a special $5,000 grant inspired by the findings of the Foundation’s 2012 Connections and Engagement...
October 22, 2012 -- The family of Amanda Todd has created two different funds at Vancouver Foundation in honour of their daughter. The 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl died last week after years of...
October 10, 2012 -- Today’s launch of the Vancouver Rent Bank means low-income residents facing potential eviction or loss of essential utilities due to a temporary financial crisis will be able to...
October 4, 2012 -- (Vancouver, B.C.) Today, in preparation for the Seventh Annual Homelessness Action Week (October 7 – 13), the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness released...
Connections and Engagement, A Closer Look: When we feel we have nothing to offer One of the most surprising findings from our Connections and Engagement Survey came from a question that we thought we...
We walked with Legacy Donors through the beautiful gardens of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens on a guided tour and learned a bit of the vast history that lives within the enclosed walls...
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August 9 , 2012 --The City of Vancouver has set out a plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Today, Vancouver Foundation announced a call for proposals from community organizations...
Connections and Engagement, A Closer Look: The benefits of neighbourliness A neighbourhood is so much more than a geographically localized area. It is the place we call home, where our children play...
June 27 , 2012 -- Vancouver Foundation today announced the recipients of the first round of Generation Green Grants for 2012. Six projects will benefit from grants totalling $37,460. One of those...

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