Tagged: west end

West End All Candidates Debate: April 25

A collective of West End community groups, including WERA, are working together to host an All Candidates Debate for the BC election.

Mark your calendars!

April 25, from 7-9pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow.



Neighbourhood Small Grants workshops at GNH

2013_NSGdeadlinebuttonOnce again the Neighbourhood Small Grants are available to residents of the Vancouver West End.

The Vancouver Foundation has funded Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) since 2011 to fund community projects and to assist individuals to fulfil their ideas, dreams and goals to make the West End a greater place to live.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is hosting a series of free information workshops to assist residents in formulating their ideas and or creating a working budget for their grant.

Also GNH is here to completely dissolve any fears or intimidation that you may have surrounding grant applications. This is a very simple process and we will personally assist anyone who requires assistance with this process.

These workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday March 6th 11am – Noon
  • Wednesday March 13th  6pm – 7pm
  • Saturday March 16th  10am – 11am
  • Wednesday March 20th  5pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday March 27th  6pm – 7pm

Check out the Vancouver Foundation website where all information can be found regarding these Grants.

Sandra Goodridge – Coordinator, Neighbourhood Small Grants Project 2013

Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver BC V6G 2A7

WERA Survey on the rebuilding of St. Paul’s Hospital

In an effort to better understand the importance of St. Paul’s Hospital to the population of the downtown peninsula, the West End Residents Association (WERA) has developed a survey to gauge residents concerns.

WERA invites residents to participate in the survey. Your feedback will help strengthen our advocacy for the renewal of the hospital on its downtown site.

Please click here to finish a short, 10 question survey.

Thank you!

West End Neighbourhood Character Walking Tours

West End Neighbourhood Character Walking Tours

Wednesday, July 25, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, July 28, 11 am – 1:30 pm

Meet in front of the West End Community Centre (870 Denman St)

Join Senior Central Area Planner Michael Gordon and staff from the West End Planning Team and Transportation on a walking tour through the West End to explore the community’s unique character.

The walk will cover the various West End neighbourhoods, including west of Denman, English Bay-Beach Avenue, Nelson Plateau and Nelson Slopes, and north of Robson. Elements that will be discussed include:

  • Building forms and architecture of different eras
  • Streetscape and public realm
  • Laneways
  • Heritage
  • Parks, mini-parks and open space

Staff will record participants’ observations and discussions during the tour to help identify key ideas, opportunities and values related to neighbourhood character. In turn, these will help shape the West End community planning process over the next 15 to 18 months.

Walking tours are open to up to 20 participants each.

For the Wednesday, July 25 walking tour, please sign up here:


For the Saturday, July 28 walking tour, please sign up here:


WERA in the News: Courier updates on the Cactus Club story

WERA president Christine Ackerman was quoted in the Courier newspaper discussing the Cactus Club exit/bike lane issue (see WERA story here).

An excerpt:

From opening day on March 2, black vinyl ropes were often set up outside the restaurant directing patrons departing on foot straight into a busy two-way bike lane. But as of the past weekend, the ropes were relocated to contain customers to the pavement immediately in front of the restaurant and along the sidewalk parallel to the route used by cyclists. “We’re really happy to hear that. It looks like our letter has had some positive impact,” said Christine Ackermann with the West End Residents Association.

Local storytellers wanted!


To launch the West End Community Plan, the City of Vancouver will be hosting a neighbourhood storytelling event in mid-May.

This celebration of the West End will explore the richness of the neighbourhood and frame the conversations moving forward. It will be a neighbourhood event filled with local stories by local residents and featuring local entertainment.

The City is looking for residents of the West End who can share a personal story that depicts an experience they have had in their neighborhood.

These experiences should capture a memory that relates to the idea of “Home” including

1. A time when you felt particularly at home or connected to your community

2. A time when you met someone who changed your impression of the neighbourhood

3. An experience trying to find a home (house, apartment, purchase or rental)

4. A place or building in your community that holds a special memory for you

5. What home meant to you when you were young

6. How your neighbourhood has changed over the years

7. What elements factor into your view of the perfect home or neighbourhood

8. How you imagine your neighbourhood in the future

Stories will be posted online so that we can build a legacy of community story-telling for all.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of a special night of storytelling by sharing your story please be in touch with Megan Sheldon at megan@narrativecommunications.com604.781.7923.