The power of peace

I have had the honour of being nominated for the YMCA’s “Power of Peace” award along with West End Residents Association (WERA). I won’t win as there are so many inspiring people in Vancouver doing impressive work that are more deserving, but still, I am proud to be nominated.

The YMCA describes the Power Peace award as: “… an opportunity to celebrate local individuals and organizations whose work strengthens communities through the promotion of peace. In every community, there are exceptional leaders whose work influences the lives of others. The YMCA Peace Medallion is your way to recognize and celebrate leaders in your community who are dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to violence, conflict and injustice. Peacemakers come from all walks of life and are united by their desire and commitment to create cultures of peace.”

More information about this award can be found at: power of peace

I am proud of the volunteer work that I’ve done with WERA over the past 6 years. Organizations like WERA serve an important function of being advocates for important issues that aren’t necessarily popular, but are nonetheless important and require informed policy responses. In this regard, WERA’s efforts of being one of the key stakeholders in the Downtown Transportation Plan led to WERA’s support of the separated bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge.

There may not be an appreciation that environmentally sustainable transportation advocacy is part of a peaceful culture given that heated debate on the Dunsmuir bike lane, perhaps the opposite is the dominant perception. However, there can be a compelling argument that protecting and enhancing the rights and safety of pedestrians and attempting to promote healthy and sustainable transportation is central to a peaceful culture because it forces us to interact with those around us. Not to go to way out there on this point, it is interesting that such great practitioner of peace, as Gandhi was such big walker.

WERA has been active in promoting a responsible, respectful and informed public discussion on important issues and these dialogues serve as a cornerstone of a peaceful civic culture. Rather than increasing the rhetoric on issues, which is a simple method for garnering attention, WERA has held many public forums that have engendered a high standard of public discourse with the goal of arriving at solutions that are based on sound evidence and reflect best practices.

WERA has focused on projects that make a difference in resident’s lives. From constructive participation in coalitions, promotion of community art projects, community gardens, community forums, community base celebration and the dissemination of information, WERA has been part of civic engagement process that does lead to more peaceful and cultural harmonious society.

Aaron Jasper: the legacy of Park Board, part 11

The power of Park Board, Sat. Nov. 20, 7 pm. 480 Broughton St.

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Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to a fundraiser for the benefit of the Coalition of Progress Electors (COPE) on Saturday November 20, 2010, at 7 pm at the Coal Harbour Community Centre.

The event is entitled the “Power of Park Board”. The benefit will celebrate the legacy of the elected Park Board to the citizens of Vancouver.

The evening will be a night to enjoy wine and refreshments while listening to past Park Board commissioners, Anita Romaniuk, current 3 term Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and by Skype Lyndsay Poaps and Spencer Chandra Herbert, speaking about the “Power of Park Board”.

The COPE Park Board Caucus will be presenting its “Legacy of Vancouver Park Board” video project which is a series of interviews with current and past Park Board Commissioners at the event. The interviews will be of such notable Park Board Commissioners as: Libby Davies MP, Commissioner Raj Hundal, Commissioner Constance Barnes, Commissioner Ian Robertson, Commissioner Stuart McKinnon, Councillor Suzanne Anton, Commissioner Aaron Jasper, Marty Zlotnik, Tim Louis and May Brown.

Tickets are only $20.

For more info call Brent Granby at 604 716 2824

Commissioner Loretta Woodcock: the legacy of Park Board, part 7

Councillor Suzanne Anton: the legacy of Park Board, part 6

Support public eduction, Friday November 12 at Noon, Premier’s office

Commissioner Constance Barnes: the legacy of Park Board, part 4

The legacy of Vancouver Park Board: Raj Hundal

The legacy of Park Board: Libby Davies, MP

The Power of Park Board Celebrating the Vancouver Park Board

The Power of Park Board: Celebrating the Vancouver Park Board
A non partisan fundraiser in support of the Coalition of Progressive Electors
Saturday November 20, 2010, 480 Broughton St. at seawall

Unique in all of Canada is Vancouver’s elected Park Board first established in 1888. Vancouver’s Park Board has been and is a venerable institution in the civic life of Vancouver. While initially the Board was established to oversee Stanley Park, the Vancouver Park Board has grown into a vital part of the communities of Vancouver for the multitude of services and fitness opportunities that it provides.

The Vancouver Park in addition to maintaining all parks and trees in Vancouver, also jointly operates the 24 Community Centres in neighbourhoods across the city with community partners. In Vancouver there is a Community Centre within 2.5 km of each other. These facilities have become vital hubs for neighbourhoods, offering education programs, wellness services to seniors, daycares, preschools, after school care, drops in for youths, support for new parents, fitness centres, pottery clubs and many art festivals and religious and cultural celebrations.

The elected Board has been an integral part of Vancouver’s political discourse. It has provided responsible and responsive leadership to the people of Vancouver in defining their educational, cultural, fitness and social service needs.  The Park Board has supported the public consultation and debate that has allowed the residents of our City to define themselves.

One of Vancouver’s longest serving mayors, Mayor Philip Owen launched his political career on Park Board. Much loved Vancouver East MP Libby Davies went on to Council and then to federal politics from Park Board. MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert defined his public policy program at Park Board. May Brown has become a city icon since starting her political career on Park Board in 1969.

The evening will be a night to enjoy wine and refreshments while listening to past Park Board commissioners, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Anita Romaniuk, current 3 term Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and by Skype from TO Lyndsay Poaps speaking about the “Power of Park Board”.

For more info and to order/reserve tickets contact:

Brent Granby 604 716 2824