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Unique Aboriginal hotel and art gallery gives First Nations artists new opportunities

Unique Aboriginal hotel and art gallery gives First Nations artists new opportunities

Cody Lecoy paints and carves in large scale, with some of his art being eight feet high. Finding studio space that the Aboriginal artist could afford was very difficult, so it was an ideal opportunity when he was invited to become an artist in residence at Skwachàys Lodge, which included subsidized housing. “Having a living… Read More

Lonely no more- a place to gather gives HIV-positive residents a social boost

Lonely no more- a place to gather gives HIV-positive residents a social boost

The Saturday afternoon gatherings of “Gay and Grey” finds a group of men meeting in the basement lounge of Helmcken House to discuss issues about being gay and aging. They talk about serious stuff, but mostly they’re there to get in some much-needed social time. “One thing that is big with any place is a… Read More

Fair in the Square 2015

Fair in the Square 2015

On Sunday, May 31st, come celebrate your neighbours in the inner city with dozens of social enterprises, artists, community organizations, terrific local bands and musical artists, who will donate their talents to entertain us at Fair in the Square from the Victory Square Park stage. Enjoy a delicious BBQ including cupcakes, beverages and more served up… Read More

Striving to make a difference—in my neighbourhood and beyond

Striving to make a difference—in my neighbourhood and beyond

by Wil Chan, CCF Board of Directors The moment my son was born this April, everything came into clear focus. As a father, I want to be a strong role model for him more than anything. It’s the most important thing I can do to make sure he grows up to be a good person.… Read More

Feeling lucky leads me to volunteer to help our neighbours

Feeling lucky leads me to volunteer to help our neighbours

by Julie McGill, Chair, Central City Foundation Board of Directors You can’t live in this city without noticing that there are people struggling. There’s so much affluence here, and the gap between the rich and poor seems to be widening every day. I work downtown and live in East Van, which means I drive through… Read More

Neighbours support each other through good times and bad

Neighbours support each other through good times and bad

It’s a tale of two houses in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In one, a beautiful heritage building called Imouto House, live 18 young women between the ages of 16 and 24 facing tremendous challenges including homelessness, violence, substance abuse, pregnancy, poverty, racism and poor health. Next door, in a modern development made with recycled shipping containers,… Read More

What Makes You a Neighbour?

With all the technological and demographic changes our cities have seen lately, we find ourselves living with a great irony: we are highly connected but often feel disconnected from our neighbours. So what does it mean to be a neighbour in the 21st century? Central City Foundation, with 107 years of history of helping neighbours… Read More

He’s a Neighbour Who Refuses to Give Up on People

He’s a Neighbour Who Refuses to Give Up on People

Listening skills and persistence key to helping neighbours in the Downtown Eastside, says longtime volunteer Although he now lives in Vancouver’s West End, the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood is home to Chuck Gammon. His church is here. His friends are here. When he walks down the street, people know him. Every weekday morning, Gammon takes the… Read More

Neighbours Meet at the 8th Annual Fair in the Square

Neighbours Meet at the 8th Annual Fair in the Square

When people from across Vancouver gathered in Victory Square Park for the 8th annual Fair in the Square, we at Central City Foundation seized the opportunity to ask a question that’s been on our minds for a while. In our age of high rises, urbanization and plugged-in connectivity, how are we defining what makes you… Read More

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