Archive for Local Heros

Looking for more East Van Local Heroes! By July 20th

Yes we are now in our 3rd year of celebrating East Van Heroes!  We are calling on YOU the community our peeps for nominations of local heroes. Those great people that have made East Van a better, cooler more amazing place to live.

On June 6th 2009 we honoured Stg Larry Young a police officer who died in the line of duty and on June 5th 2010 we were please to honour two more heroes: Matt Hern one of the the founders of Car Free Vancouver and the Purple Thistle and Eileen Mosca an artist and extraordinary volunteer.  On August 11th 2012 we will be honouring 2 more heroes unveiling a plaque in their name at the Larry Young Park and Local Hero’s pathway at 1736 East 11th Ave in Vancouver.

We are excepting nominations until 5 pm July 20th 2011

The rules are simple:

  • The nominee needs to have affected 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 anonymous.
  • A person can only nominate 1 person per year.
  • Nominations must be in by 5pm July20th 2012. Emailed to mobycommunitygarden@gmail.com.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. Please think about all the people in your neighbourhood who make a difference.  This is an award to celebrate the unsung heroes.

This year’s Hero’s will be honours at a street dinner August 11th 2012.

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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

 MARY BOSZE

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!

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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!

https://mobygarden.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/tell-us-about-your-local-hero/

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Tell us about YOUR local Hero!

MOBY is pleased to announce the 2nd year of the annual award for the Local Heroes Pathway. We are calling on the community for nominations of local heroes. We want to honour people who have made a difference in East Vancouver.

On June 6th 2009 we honoured Stg Larry Young a police officer who died in the line of duty and on June 5th 2010 we were please to honour two more heroes: Matt Hern one of the the founders of Car Free Vancouver and the Purple Thistle and Eileen Mosca an artist and extraordinary volunteer.  On August 20th 2011 we will be honouring 2 more heroes unveiling a plaque in their name at the Larry Young Park and Local Hero’s pathway at 1736 East 11th Ave in Vancouver.

We are excepting nominations until 5 pm July 25th 2011

The rules are simple:

  • The nominee needs to have affected 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 anonymous.
  • A person can only nominate 1 person per year.
  • Nominations must be in by 5pm July25th 2011. Emailed to moby_lize@yahoo.ca 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. Please think about all the people in your neighbourhood who make a difference.  This is an award to celebrate the unsung heroes.

This year’s Hero’s will be honours at a street dinner August 20th 2011.

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The Drive Community Clean up Dec 11th 2010

And  you think a few people getting together can not make a difference… look what some wonderful neighbours did December 11th… ok I was one of them but it is still pretty cool! Email Cathy if youwould like to be part of the gang sometime!
The Stats for Saturday’s cleanup were:
24 blocks cleaned as well as two parks, McSpadden and Victoria
22 bags of trash collected
3 needles picked up
12 condoms/wrappers removed from neighbourhood streets
28 drug related items removed from neighbourhood streets
1 instance human waste, reported to the city for pickup.
Thanks again for volunteering and have a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the New Year!
Cheers,
Cathy

Cathy O’Connor-Morris
Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre
1977 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8
t 604 717 2932  f 604 717 2923
e cathycpc@shaw.ca

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A Garden and Community Clean-up Nov 6 @ 11am

MOBY Community Association invites the community to:

A Garden and Community Clean-up

When: Nov 6th from 11am to 2pm

Where: 1735 and 1736 E 11th Ave Larry Young Park and MOBY Garden

What: We will be planting several groundcovers including: salal, oregano and clover. Plus other plants that were unfortunately stolen or died over the past year.

 

Remember June 6th 2009;:200 volunteers making a better place for everyone to enjoy!

A few hours of your time will make your community a better place to live, plus you will get to know many or your great neighbours that live right here.

Refreshments will be served to volunteers.

Email moby_lize@yahoo.ca for more details

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Local hero 2010 Matt Hern

Nominated by his daughter Sadie

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. http://www.mightymatthern.com/?page_id=130

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Local Hero 2010 Eileen Mosca

Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre, I would like to nominate Eileen Mosca for inclusion as a local hero in the Larry Young Memorial Walk of Heroes.

Here is a brief description of what she has done for East Vancouver:

Eileen Mosca has remained a staunch and loyal advocate for East Vancouver for many years.  In her working life she is an artist of considerable talent, offering her skills freely to assist and support mural projects that beautify the neighbourhood and with the restorative justice RESTART program, a valuable tool for youth at risk to break away from the graffiti lifestyle.  Her own original art works brighten many areas of the neighbourhood.

In her volunteer life she is a passionate and committed supporter of the

Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) working as a volunteer and trainer, lending many hours to survey local residents to help address their most pressing crime and safety concerns and to promote prevention and safety through the CPC and outreach events such as Cops, Kids and Commercial Drive, and Community Clean-up Days.  She is an avid cyclist who is usually seen riding to her many volunteer commitments, all performed with great humour and spirit.

Eileen uses her considerable verbal and written talents to advocate for the neighbourhood’s most vulnerable, to ensure that useful and relevant assistance is made available for those in need and to encourage initiatives important to health and safety like Commercial Drive Car-Free Days, Under One Umbrella homeless services events and the

Grandview-Woodland Discarded Needle Sub-Committee.

Eileen participates in other organizations to advocate for the interests of area residents such as the

Grandview Woodland Area Council.  She raises her voice at City Hall in support of the interests of the East Vancouver community, and her responses and opinions are often published in local media such as the Vancouver Sun and Courier.

Eileen is a great example of what one person’s dedication and activism can do to improve the quality of life in a neighbourhood and we trust that you will find her a very worthy candidate for recognition as a Local Hero!

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