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Celebrating National Child’s Day

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A Hundred Years From Now…

…It will not matter what my bank account was,

the sort of house I lived in,

or the kind of car I drove…

…But the world may be different

because I was important

IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD.

~ Forest E. Witcraft

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Community Walk

Our walk on Nov. 1 was working  with the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing to pick up the garbage in the neighbourhood. It was  a very good way to do the clean up because the night before was Halloween event.  Thank you to all the volunteers for their help.  Also thanks to Gloria for the photos.

 

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Wheelhouse Seafood & Miscellany Thrift & Vintage Interviews

Introducing two more incredible local entrepreneurs.

Wheelhouse Seafood is owned by Catherine and Trevor Yamamoto who have been selling sustainable, locally caught sea-food, long before the sustainability movement came into popularity.   Zainab is the owner of Miscellany Thrift and Vintage. All her merchandise is donated from the community.  One amazing programs she provides is to women is transition who are offered gift certificates to shop for free.  She also has a second store in Mount Pleasant.  We hope both these entrepreneurs continue doing business in this neighbourhood in the future!  Read more about their stories below.

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Kitchen Table Conversation (KTC) Facilitators Celebration RECAP

Previously, we had a couple of group meetings for the Kitchen Table Conversation facilitator training workshop where participants were educated on how we would approach our neighbours and collect community stories around our neighbourhood.

Questions that were asked in part of the training session:

1. Think of a time and place when you or someone you know have felt most alive and engaged. What supported that?

2. Think of a time and place where you or someone you know felt despair. What helped you or them get through it?

After collecting some interesting stories, we had a celebration to thank those who participated in the session and shared their stories for the “Engaging Abundant Community” project. Celebration was held on October 13, 2017 at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. The celebration event activities included Seniors show & tell, dancing, and stories to tell of our life experiences.

Tai Chi demo by Jacqueline Carothers:
How to wear an Indian Sari demo by Jagjit Kaur Mann:
 

Chinese Line Dancing led by Suzy and Joey:

 

Click here to see the full gallery –> Photos by Jennie Yuen

Some wellness tips that participants shared:
– stay connected; join social groups
– stay active
– find support
– educate yourself – lifelong learning
– give back (volunteer; share your story)
– share a meal
– have faith in yourself and whatever supports you

Finally, we got to eat some good food specially prepped by the kitchen volunteers.

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Kid Food Nation Recipe Winner from Vancouver

Originally posted on Jen’s Blog of Random Thoughts


Congratulations to our very own Frog Hollow member, 9-years-old Brandon Yuen, who had won the grand prize for the Kid Food Nation Recipe Contest. He was one of the 26 chosen contestants out of hundreds of entries submitted across Canada. Brandon’s recipe is the Cheesy Quesadilla (shown below featured as one of the few appetizers at the Kid Food Nation Gala).


Thanks to the Government of Canada, Boys and Girls Club of Canada, President’s Choice Children’s Charity, Corus Entertainment, and all the families who celebrated the winners of the Kid Food Nation at the gala.

Occasionally, Brandon would help mom prepare dinner in the kitchen. He loves to help whenever we’re having his favorite foods. At home, he has been taught about kitchen safety and food safety. For the quesadilla recipe, we used mainly vegetables such as chopped fresh bell peppers and filled with grated mozzarella cheese. We usually make it with chicken, but for Brandon’s winning recipe, we use extra veggies such as a variety of bell peppers for a healthier option.

Congrats again to all the winners! See the full gallery HERE.

 

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The 17th Annual Pumpkin Patch

I hope you all enjoy last Saturday’s annual pumpkin patch at Frog Hollow.  there were so many entertainment all day long.  it was a fun day for every family member.

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Community Walk

Last Wednesday though it was very wet.  we still have our walk.  there will not be any walk this Wednesday, Oct. 25.  we have some information to share on the ‘Walk and Be Seen’ campaign.  Do you want to know more about pedestrian safety on this less day light winter? Please come and join us at Frog Hollow @ 10:00 am to learn more.

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Dr. Yu & Dr. Lieblich Interviews

Hello everyone!

I’d like you to meet two local medical professionals in your community.  Dr. Yu is a highly-talented acupuncturist and Chinese medicine doctor who specializes in hair loss treatments.  Dr. Lieblich, who has practiced dentistry in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood for over 40 years, is the friendliest, most community-minded dentist you will ever meet.  Both are wonderful people and we are lucky to have them in our community.  We thank them for allowing us to tell their stories!

Funded by the Hastings Legacy Fund

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What I Learned from Engaging Abundant Community

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On Thursday, October 5th Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House had the opportunity to sit in on a round table with a group of people at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and listen to them tell their stories. One of the ladies in this group had made breakfast and I thought how appropriate the sharing of food was for a momemt like this. Food brings people together and it was during this breakfast that I realized this was a tight knit group of people who relied on these meetings.

As I listened to their stories, which ranged from the difficulties of navigating our social systems, to housing, triumphs through adversity, to nostalgic memories of the past, I realized something. The ability to have a space to tell stories, to share a snapshot in time of a moment in their lives was like the need for air. I learned that Engaging Abundant Community was more than just storytelling. It was about the vital need for human connection, a fundamental human need no matter the age, race, creed, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation.

I know how detrimental to our health — mental, intellectual, physical and spiritual — isolation can be. What the program Engaging Abundant Community does is create healthy, strong and connected communities. These conversations encourage the people who take part in them to share their stories of adversity and wellness but it also educates and offers support, mental health training and resources, other imortant community resources and of course, friendship.

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I felt honored and humbled to be a part of the program. I felt such gratitude that I was able to listen to their words and hear the passion and hope in their voices. This group of people let us in and I was amazed at their courage, openess and honesty. It made a definite impact on me and it was a true gift.

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Free Workshop! Community Connections Pathways to Leadership Program

Come to our Information Session available October 10th from 9;30am to 11:30am.

Child minding and bus tickets avavilable!

See the flyer and video posted below for more information.

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