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Playing on his family’s rotten, splintery deck was a problem for Matteus Preusse, who has spina bifida, and a nightmare for his mother, Celia. His lower legs are paralyzed, and in those areas, he can...
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There is no more fitting place to celebrate the achievements of Arthur Erickson than Simon Fraser University. And some would say no other place where the dialogue between building and setting can be...
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Nanaimo’s south end is a neighbourhood in transition, caught between the high-density development of downtown, the glitz of a waterfront conference centre that looks to the future and low-slung...
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Peter Webster has crammed more into 66 years than some people could manage in two lifetimes. A successful business career, entrepreneur, accomplished nordic and alpine skier (Jackrabbit Johansen...
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“The classroom was so quiet that community centre staff kept peeking in. They thought the kids may have lost interest in my workshop and gone home.” This is the way Doug Harder describes the first...
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The atmosphere verges on tribal. A group of 30-something men walk in a small circle swinging their babies gently as they sing softly, “Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon.” Then there’s a...
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It starts with one ball … dropping onto the hard gym floor at RayCam Community Center in East Vancouver. The basketball hits the floor with the distinctive “thunk” of rubber on laminated wood, and...
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Susan Faehndrich-Findlay is a grassroots community leader in south Vancouver, a mother of four and until recently a wannabe canner. Living sustainably is important to her. And so is the health of her...
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Customs for Urban Teens (CUT) “We brought a perfectly good car in here,” says Mark McKim. “And then we cut it up.” McKim is pointing to a hulking piece of dark blue metal. It’s a car alright – a 1965...
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Red Cross Many refugees arrive in Canada with nothing. Sometimes they are distressed or demoralized from years in refugee camps. The Red Cross Society’s First Contact Program helps them get the...
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Jake Kerr
In the film classic Citizen Kane, the “do good” idealism of the lead character, Charles Foster Kane, fades as his business empire burgeons. Like Kane, local forestry titan Jake Kerr built an...
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It’s a warm August evening in the Downtown Eastside, and a community room at the Portland Hotel Society is filled with women being pampered with haircuts, manicures, massages, makeup applications and...
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As the general director of Vancouver Opera (VO), James Wright is ultimately responsible for all programming, artistic and administrative functions of this popular company, including strategic and...
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Broadway Youth Resource Centre Time was running out. Seventeen-year-old Vanessa (not her real name) had overstayed the limit at a temporary shelter in East Vancouver and her options were dwindling...
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The lined faces of the senior citizens watch in awe as Master artist Siu Chang Wong gently glides his fine, horsehair brush over the delicate rice paper. With a few fluid strokes, a beautiful image...
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A 13-year-old cooks all the meals for her three siblings because her alcoholic parents are often incapable of caring for their children ... A 12-year-old does her best to take care of her mentally...
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October 26 - 2009 -- Vancouver Foundation released its report Weathering the Storm today. It is the first definitive study to examine the effects of the economic downturn on charities in BC. The...
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In May 2009, the HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector and Vancouver Foundation hosted a provincial forum to examine labour force issues in the nonprofit sector. More than 40...
August 5, 2009 -- The Downtown Eastside is normally a hotbed of artistic activity. But this fall, it will be even busier, as Vancouver Foundation and the Carnegie Community Centre have announced the...
July 28, 2009 -- The family of renowned architect Arthur Erickson has established a scholarship fund at Vancouver Foundation to help future students of architecture. Erickson died on May 20, 2009 at...
July 13, 2009 -- Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Vancouver Foundation is offering dollar for dollar matches on donations of $1,000 or more to its Community Impact Fund. "This the first...
July 7, 2009-Vancouver Foundation has approved an emergency grant of $7,500 to the Richmond Cat Sanctuary to help cope with a sudden influx of 100 farm cats and kittens at the facility. The cats were...
Shea Jim is standing on the pitcher’s mound at Nat Bailey Stadium. At nine years old, she’s almost lost in this huge field of green. The people in the stands, including her family, can barely pick...
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