Our two Local Heros for 2011 Mary Bosze and Silvia Almanza-Alonso

Silvia and Mary- 2 Amazing HerosHere are are the amazing nomination for 2011. Thanks to  Eileen Mosca (a local hero from 2010) and  Carrah Bouma.

MOBY Local Hero Nomination: 2011


I am nominating Mary Bosze for this year’s Local Hero Award because of her lifetime of amazing volunteer and community activist work in our community.

Mary’s history of work for our community is remarkable:

  • In 1978 she founded Eastside Family Place
  • She served on the Board of the Kettle Friendship Society for 10 years, and was instrumental in its move from a tiny storefront on Commercial to the full service building it now occupies on Venables.
  • When her kids attended local schools Mary was an active PAC member at both Lord nelson and Templeton schools.
  • She worked to get a NIP grant that was used to add a fitness centre and community room to the original plans for Templeton Pool.
  • She was a volunteer in the Seniors Wellness Activation Team(SWAT) at the North Health Unit for many years.
  • She served for 15 years on City Hall’s Seniors Advisory Committee
  • She was a founder of the Kiwassa Seniors Group and helped to start and run “Granny’s Craft Cupboard” on East Hastings, where seniors made and sold handcrafted products.

Mary won an Ailanthus Award for work with youth in the community and in 1985 she received the YWCA’s  Women of Distinction Award.Over her lifetime in East Vancouver, Mary has done so much great community work and touched many lives, from ESFP babies and toddlers to youth and local seniors. She is just what a ‘Local hero’ should be!


Silvia Almanza-Alonso

I am writing this letter to nominate Silvia Almanza-Alonso for the MOBY Local Hero Award. Silvia has been an active volunteer with Vancouver Coastal Health Community Programs since August of 2008, after moving to Canada from her home country of Mexico. Since this time, she has been an integral part of many of our programs. Silvia volunteers tirelessly at the Pender Community Health Centre’s needle exchange regularly dedicating three days a week. In this role, Silvia is the first point of contact for individuals looking to acquire or exchange harm reduction supplies.

After a shift at the needle exchange, Silvia will often come to the North Community Health office to assist with Child immunization clinics greeting parents with young infants. Silvia doesn’t hesitate to offer assistance with various school immunization clinics throughout the year, and she participates in our annual Flu Blitz campaign where she assists nurses offering flu vaccinations to residence of the DTES on street level, often in alleys and entrance ways.

Silvia makes the journey from her home in Marpole to the DTES and Commercial Drive neighborhoods several days a week, and has been doing so every week for the past 1.5 years. In total, she has dedicated over 460 hours of service. Silvia is patient and compassionate, and has an infectious optimism that touches all who interact with her. Silvia possesses an incredible ability to connect with those around her creating a friendly and non-judgmental environment. She does not shy away from adverse situations but rather embraces the opportunity to be of assistance for those who need it. Silvia is an extraordinary human being and an extremely dedicated volunteer.

If you would like to tell us about your local hero- here is link on the simple rules. Most of the time the due date will be some time in July of every year. We love reading the stories, please send them!



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