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By: Mary In Vancity  09-12-2011

Posted: November 15, 2011 | |

Disclaimer: This is not a political post. This has nothing to do with my feelings or opinions about the Occupy movement. This is about a girl who likes to eat, who wants to help the food carts around the VAG site.

Most of these small businesses are dipping into their savings just to stay afloat. The owners are already working 14 + hours days just to make ends meet.

I want to help. I think all of us should help!

I hereby declare Friday November 18 Support the Food Carts Day. Between 11-3 pm, stop by for lunch, a snack, or take dinner home from one of the many Food Carts in the VAG area. Tag your tweets with the #supportYVRfoodcarts hashtag.

Even if they clear out Occupy Vancouver before then, It will take a long time for these small businesses to recover. Let’s spread the word and put our money where our mouths are! Let’s #supportYVRfoodcarts this Friday!! Spread the word!!!

Posted: September 18, 2011 | Filed under:, , , |

On September 14th, I had a chance to attend the media preview for Stack the Rack, a benefit for QMUNITY. The event will take place at Ensemble – the restaurant owned by Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay.

Another dish we had a chance to taste, was Chef MacKay’s famous Pulled Pork Sliders. The food at Ensemble is so good, and Chef Mackay is not just a talented Chef, he is a really, really nice guy. Hearing him speak about QMUNITY and why he got involved was really inspiring.

Stack the Rack is an event not to be missed :)

Posted: September 7, 2011 | |
Posted: August 9, 2011 | |

Over 13,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in BC. Most of us have a friend, co-worker, or relative that has been touched in someway by this horrible disease.

On September 18th, 2011 do something about it. The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life will take place at Sunset Beach.  This walk spreads awareness and raises vital funds for those living with HIV and AIDS in our community. You can walk, fundraise or volunteer your time.

The walk starts at 10am, with registration opening and a pancake breakfast, with the walk officially starting at 12 noon. It consists of a 6.75Km walk route along the seawall.

Posted: November 21, 2010 | |

” It is hard because when you come, you don’t know nothing, you don’t know where to go, you don’t know no english… it’s hard of you don’t know somebody.”

 - A 32 year-old male claimant from Albania

On Friday, this noteworthy program celebrated 2 years serving the BC community at the Creekside Community Centre in Downtown Vancouver. The program started with a few words by Kimberley Nemrava - Red Cross BC Provincial Director. It was followed by a very moving story by Qudsia Karimi, who spoke of her first account experience with the program.

Some of the services provided by this program include: emergency accommodations, referral to agencies, taxi fares and bus trips from YVR, meals and translation services. Services have been currently provided in over 15 languages including: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Farsi, Dari, and French.

This program runs solely on volunteers and donations. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you can do so via phone (604) 709 – 6600 or in person at 3400 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (Cheques should be made to “First Contact”). They are also looking for dedicated people to fill roles such as Multilingual Information and Referral Phone Line volunteers, Volunteer Interpreters, Working Group Volunteers, Special Projects, Fresh Start Kit Coordinators, and administrative Support.

(Photo Credits: Joseph Virassamy)

Posted: October 24, 2010 | |

The Scare Affair promises to be the scariest haunted house in Vancouver. Located near Main St Skytrain at 281 Industrial Ave, the building is a massive warehouse In the middle of a secluded industrial park.
When we got there, the DJ (yes, the DJ) was blasting Michael Jackson’s Thriller
I really felt that the loud music was taking away from the experience – I wanted to be scared – kindda hard when the actors are busting a move at the entrance.
Once inside, the mood changed – the coolest thing about this Haunted House is that all the props are actually movie props. The characters waiting inside are actually classic horror movie characters. Its fun to see your favorite characters come alive! Jake and I played “who’s the creepy character following you with the axe/noose/chainsaw” the whole way thru.

Photo credits: Jake Sheridan

*Suitable for kids aged 10 and up.
The Scare Affair is open now until October 31st

Mondays – Thursdays: 3:30pm – 10:00pm
Fridays: 3:30pm – 11:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, October 31st: 1:00pm – Midnight

for a map of the location.

Posted: October 9, 2010 | |

I had the opportunity to go to the PostSecret event at UBC last Friday. The Chan Centre was packed with people waiting to hear Frank Warren speak. Frank is a self-proclaimed “collector of secrets” and creator of the popular PostSecret blog.

What started as an art project has now become a world-wide phenomenom, with thousands of people visiting every Sunday for a glimse of the postcards that Frank collects.

My favorite part of the evening was when Frank opened the floor to the public and asked if anyone in the audience had any secrets they wanted to share.

One by one people stepped up to the mike, and shared their stories, ranging form the hilarious to the heart-breaking:

” The only reason why I didn’t kill myself when I was thirteen it was because I wanted to see how the Harry Potter saga would end”

“I hope my boss isn’t here tonight – I work at a lumberyard and I give away hundreds of dollars worth of lumber to a contractor for $25 worth of weed a week”

“I am 40 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend”

I think the reason why this site is so popular its because it allow us not only to share but also to connect to others – and find the humanity within all of us.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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