The Canadian Western Bank Community Comes Together for Clothes Drop

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller   A BIG thank you to the team from Canadian Western Bank’s Park Place Vancouver branch for their generous donations to Clothes Drop! Clothes Drop fosters community partnerships to build inclusive and sustainable neighbourhoods. So, when I was invited to the Canadian Western Bank flagship branch’s family BBQ in the park, I saw the perfect opportunity. A sunny...

Social Transformation through Creativity

How do we build better lives? Learnings from a workshop with Montreal-based Exeko Contributed by Krista Greig and Nicole Markwick     Photo courtesy of Andronicus Wu of BACI On Monday, June 12th, 2017, nearly 70 creative minds from local service organizations gathered to listen and dialogue with members of Exeko, a Montreal-based organization working toward greater inclusion through creativity.  Exeko begins with a core posture: the presumption that everyone can analyze, act, and think, and that this is an...

Endless posAbilities at the Disability Pride Parade

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker   Thursday, June 15th, marked the day of BC’s first ever Disability Pride Parade in Richmond. As a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating people of diverse abilities, the energy that persisted throughout this event was strong and uplifting. The morning began with a march from the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza to Brighouse Park, with an incredible turn out of over 1,200 people with and without diverse abilities. Despite the rain, supporters young...

Sweatin’ It Out For Survival at Relay For Life!

Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker In the year 2015 alone, 196,900 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer. This means that every 3 minutes, one Canadian was told, “You have cancer.” It’s a cruel and devastating disease that can lead many to feel hopeless and alone. But the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life was created to fight back.  The Relay For Life has raised over $500 million for the Canadian Cancer Society since their first event back in 1999....

The 2017 Spring Believe, Engage & Inspire Awards

  Contributed by Monica Alves, Special Projects Worker From left: Tina Reilhan, Danzante Caldera, Rosemary Schwarz, Teena Miller, Pam Balog, Louise Blackwell, Anita Parti and Joshua Hunter “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle You’ve put hours of blood, sweat, and tears into your latest project at work. Not only did it call for you to step up into a leadership role, and not only was it under a tight deadline,...