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May happenings in the garden

May is here! We have an upcoming work party on Thursday May 10 from 1-4pm, a great chance to get some volunteer hours in.  Also, the Local Hero’s Dinner planning committee is meeting on Tuesday, May 8.  This would also count towards volunteer hours.

Check out the May newsletter for more information on May events, a great spring-time recipe, and more!  Here is a link to the May newsletter: MOBY May 2012 Newsletter.

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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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Local Heroes Dinner 2010

The local heroes dinner has come and gone. What a beautiful day with neighbours meeting down the middle of the street sharing a meal.

So often we pass people on the street that could just live a few doors down for you. On June 5th 2010 we came together; shook hands and shared stories. Children played together that had never played together before. The sun was shining, are stomachs were full and we were with friends and neighbours… could there be a better day. I think not.

Please read the wonderful stores of our 2010 Local heroes. Two people that have made our neighbourhood a better place to live: Eileen Mosca and Matt Hern.

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Local Heros Story in the Courier

Group seeks heroes for pathway of plaques

Playground named after slain police sergeant

Jeremy Shepherd, Special to Vancouver Courier

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A community-based group known as My Own Back Yard is holding out for a hero until the end of April.

Whether they saved your life, taught your child to read, or just convinced your neighbour to turn down his stereo, they might be candidates for a plaque on MOBY’s local heroes pathway.

MOBY built a community garden and the Larry Young playground on East 11th Avenue and Commercial Drive, as well as a green space on Commercial Drive and East 12th Avenue.

MOBY chair Tina Dam hopes to add more hero plaques to community green space on Commercial Drive.View Larger Image View Larger Image

MOBY chair Tina Dam hopes to add more hero plaques to community green space on Commercial Drive.

Dan Toulgoet photo

The green space is the location of the local heroes pathway, where plaques will be erected June 5 to honour two deserving people, according to MOBY chair Tina Dam. MOBY is accepting written submissions, either by mail or email until April 30, although it asks that respondents nominate only one deserving person.

Dam said the criteria is quite broad, and the group would consider nominating a teacher who goes beyond their job description, a firefighter, a community organizer, or anyone who has influenced or inspired change in the community.

MOBY began six years ago, according to Dam, because a local resident wanted to get a dumpster removed. After the city removed the dumpster, MOBY eventually turned the area into a community garden.

Dam said MOBY is intended to be the opposite of NIMBY (not in my backyard), and is concerned with improving community spaces. Dam said the final judgment for the plaques will be made by representatives from MOSAIC, a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants, the First Christian Reformed Church, the Commercial Drive Business Improvement Association and Coastal Mental Health. “They’ll argue it out,” said Dam.

Pastor Trevor Vanderveen of the First Christian Reformed Church will be part of the deliberations scheduled to take place in May.

“The longer we live here in East Vancouver, the more stories we hear about people quietly going about making their neighbourhood a better place,” Vanderveen wrote in an email to the Courier.

Vanderveen said he was hoping to recognize people who work to better the neighbourhood, whether by tangible improvements or fostering a greater sense of community spirit. He looks forward to honouring people who don’t ordinarily seek or gain recognition. Recognition of the local hero may also include a blog, which would provide a more in-depth view of the person’s qualifications, according to Dam.

The Larry Young playground was built last year with help from Let Them Be Kids, a charitable group that has built playgrounds across Canada. The playground is named after slain Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Larry Young, who was killed in the line of duty in 1987.

Young was not expected to work on the day he died, but decided to lead his team to make a high-risk arrest. He led a VPD emergency response team into a drug dealer’s home and was shot and killed by the dealer. Another officer was wounded and the drug dealer was also shot and killed during the gunfight. An account of the incident can be found in a memorial at the Vancouver Police Museum.

Young was a member of the VPD for 18 years and worked in a variety of departments. He was one of the founders of the emergency response team and helped write the team’s manual.

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© Vancouver Courier 2010

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Looking for Volunteers @ Larry Young Playground and Local Hero’s Pathway

We need your help!

The new plants need water.

The playground needs watering!

Many new plants and shrubs have been planted at our lovely new playgound and pathway. We have had rain but we must make sure they are getting watered every other day.

Playground:

March 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30  April 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

Local Hero’s pathway:

March 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 April 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29

If it rains on the day you would signed up to water. Just go down to the playground or pathway and check under the skytrain  line to make sure that area is wet. If it is wet- head on home, if not please give that area a good soak.

Please email us at moby_lize@yahoo.ca if you would like to help.

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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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New Signs for Playground

Wonderful painted signs!

Thanks to Ginger; one of our garden members and her little sister, we have new beautiful hand painted signs. Take a look at the wonderful signs they painted for the playground. Now cars will slow down in the laneway making the playground safer and people will know that this playground was built by the community.

Thank you again. I love when a community comes together.

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