Tell us about your East Van Hero- by April 30th

On June 5th 2010 we will be honouring 2  Local Heroes. Heroes like your neighbour who organizes street clean ups, or volunteers tirelessly with a local non profit, the teacher who goes the beyond extra mile for their students. MOBY wants to hear about the people you know who are doing amazing things for East Vancouver but perhaps no one else knows how great they are. So make a nomination today!

The rules are simple:

  • The nominee needs to have impacted East Vancouver in a positive way.
  • Tell us their story in 250 words or less.
  • We will need the names and contact information of the 2 people nominating the local hero. These nominators can request to remain anonym.
  • A person can only nominate 1 person per year.
  • Nominations must be in by 5pm April 30th 2010. Emailed to moby_lize@yahoo.ca or mailed to 101 1868 E 11th Ave Vancouver BC V5N 1Z1
  • The nominee‘s name will remain in the contention for the Local Hero’s Pathway Award for 3 years after the nomination.

The nominee can be alive today or have past. This hero could be a firefighter who has rescued your dog from a burning building, or business person whose contributions have made your community a better place to live. Please think about all the people in your East Vancouver neighbourhood who make a difference.  This is an award to celebrate the unsung heroes.

M.O.B.Y. is about community; bring neighbours together to make a happy place for all to play, meet and honour our Local Heroes. We are forevergratful toall of the individuals and gruops that have helped us, particularly: MOSAIC, The City of Vancouver, The 1st Reform Church and The Drive BIA.

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6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    rainzine said,

    i am a bit unsure of the rules.

    do i have to have two more people who back up my nomination?

    thanks! this is awesome!!

    Carla

  2. 3

    Sadie Couture said,

    I nominate Matt Hern. Matt lives and works in Eastvan and has for nearly 20 years now. Matt stared the Purple Thhislte Centre, a non-profit resource centre for youth which has been running for nearly 10 years now. The Purple Thistle provides training, resources, and support for youth (at risk and not). It is collectively run by youth, but Matt administrates the whole thing. All of its services are free, because of the phenomenal work that Matt does. He works tirelessly for little to no pay to make sure that the place stays afloat. http://www.purplethistle.ca/

    Matt also started the Car Free Vancouver Day. In 2005 it began just on Commercial Drive, but its fun and positive message spread and this year festivals will be happening on Commercial Drive, in the West End, Kits and Main street. The car-free festivals are so much fun, and revolve around the important message of community instead of cars. http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

    Less formally, the past few summers Matt has hosted a series of Potlucks in the park near his house (Victoria Park). The aim was to build community by bringing people in the community together through food. Middle class and people living on the street got a chance to connect with each other over a tasty meal.

    On a personal level, Matt also provides endless support for countless teenagers and young adults who seek out his guidance. His house is usually filled with people, some over for a good time, some for some solid advice about their future. And the hospitality does not end with dinnertime, Matt has opened his doors to hug numbers of people over the years. Kids who have been kicked out of their house, people passing though looking for an apartment, people going through divorces.

    Matt is also a loving partner and father. He is always supportive, constantly present and always provides wise advice. He is my Eastvan hero. He also happens to be my father.

  3. 5

    Carla said,

    SADIE! i was gonna nominate matt 🙂 yay! i back sadie up.

  4. 6

    mobygarden said,

    Thank you for nominating Matt. We had a couple more nominations emialed to us. Please tell your freinds to tell us about their hero! moby_lize@yahoo.ca if you have questions call Tina @ 604 251-0900


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