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WELCOME to our new e-Newsletter format! We thought this would be a great time to reacquaint you with our Board of Directors, all of whom are community volunteers, dedicated to bringing added benefit to your Community Centre.

Our Vision: We will be a centre of excellence for community leadership, participation and health in creating the social, recreational and cultural heart of West Vancouver. It will be a place of pride, belonging and fellowship where neighbours meet and community is built.

Our Mission: Working together, “Building Community”, we provide recreation and community programs and services in our public facilities that enrich people’s lives through shared opportunities for personal and community health.

Please feel free to email us with your suggestions, ideas and comments to: We welcome your input!

We also encourage you to visit our website: for information on late-breaking news, upcoming events and lectures, membership information and more! Page 2

In This Issue F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 3


Message from the Chair/ Message from the Executive Director


2013 Pumpkin Fest


Build Community, Buy a Brick Campaign


Forum on Dialogue and Learning We’re #1!


Spring Break Camps


2013 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I would like to provide clarification on an article and photo in The Province on Wednesday, February 6th.

Welcome to another exciting

year at your Community and Aquatic Centres. It’s hard to believe that we are already one month into 2013! Our Many people have contacted the programs for the Winter Term West Vancouver Community have commenced and we are Centres Society and the District delighted with the high levels of of West Vancouver with registration achieved, not only concerns about a story and in our general programming areas but also in our photo that ran in The Province on that day. swimming programs, and drop-in classes. The story on page A6 discussed recent changes in It’s official … Wiarton Willie, our knowledgeable the Vancouver Parks Board and the funding model used in Vancouver in relation to that city’s Community Canadian Groundhog, did not see his shadow on February 2nd which means Spring is just around the Centres. Unfortunately, the Newspaper selected a corner! Our new 2013 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide photograph on file of an instructor teaching a fitness is due to arrive online February 20th, with hard copies class at the West Vancouver Community Centre available for pick-up on February 27th. This Guide is (WVCC). Some West Vancouver citizens who read the story and saw the accompanying photo received bursting with information on programs, events, the impression that the West Vancouver Community workshops, lectures and other activities for everyone Centres Society and the West Vancouver Community over the warmer months. Included within the Guide, Centre are connected in some way to the new model the 2013 Summer Camp Guide provides details on over 100 summer camps. I am sure you will all find in Vancouver. something to keep you busy and active over the next We would like to assure residents that no such six months! arrangement exists or has ever been contemplated in A sure sign of Spring is the annual Spring Break West Vancouver. Funds raised via donations, vacation, from March 18th to 29th, with schools refundraising campaigns and grants remain with the West Vancouver Community Centres Society. It is a opening on April 2nd. The West Vancouver Community Centres are excited to offer an registered not-for-profit Society and its funds are assortment of Day Camps featuring a variety of protected as such. activities, with something for every interest and If you have questions or further concerns, please activity level! contact me at I hope you join us at the West Vancouver Community District staff have made The Province aware of their Centres and enjoy our facilities, programs and error and have requested that the newspaper print a community spirit. clarification. Happy Spring! Yours truly,

Barbara Brink, Chair

Sue Ketler, Executive Director Page 4



VOLUNTEERS! Are you a community volunteer, looking to join that special Coordinator to work with the Society Board and Pumpkin Fest Co-Chairs. The Event Coordinator will be committee and use your skills? responsible for: We are seeking volunteers for  Assisting in the design, development and execution of our third annual Pumpkin Fest Pumpkin Fest, including the development and monitoring Steering Committee. If organizing of the Pumpkin Fest budget; is your specialty, then we need  Updating all 2012 Sponsorship Materials you! Our 2013 Pumpkin Fest Event is seeking an Event


Assisting in the preparation of media and promotional material, reviewing and proofing all materials;

Researching fundraising opportunities through corporate channels, foundations, and grants;

Liaison & supporting relationships with sponsor organizations;

Coordinating all social media in connection with the event under WVCCS guidelines;

Coordinating volunteer support in conjunction with Team Leads;

Updating the Pumpkin Fest website as required;

Performing a variety of record keeping and administrative duties as required;

Updating all 2013 records & wrap up post event;

Participating in other duties and projects as required.

For more information on this exciting contract position, please click on the link below: Pumpkin Fest Event Coordinator Job Posting

Please contact us at:


Planning is well underway for our third annual Pumpkin Fest! Save these dates and join us for an exciting weekend of dancing, singing, children’s activities, scarecrow and harvest competitions, and much more!


BUILD COMMUNITY, BUY A BRICK CAMPAIGN Many of you will have seen the engraved bricks on the South Plaza of the Community Centre but did you know that there are many stories behind these names, stories of joy and optimism as well as tales of sadness and remembrance? When we began the Brick Campaign in early 2010, our goal was to raise funds for the Community and Aquatic Centres and, at the same time, acknowledge our wonderful donors. But, at time went on, the Brick Plaza took on a life of its own. The names on the bricks belong to real people, tell real stories and represent a gamut of emotions from a wide variety of people. We have bricks celebrating the birth of grandchildren as well as bricks recognizing the passing of a loved one; some mark a special occasion such as a wedding and others show support from families, groups and businesses within our community. No matter the reason, these bricks play a special role in the life of our Community Centre and we thank all our donors who have purchased a brick in support of our Campaign. As we move forward in 2013, we encourage you to consider donating to the Society through the purchase of a brick. Monies raised from this Campaign are directed to the purchase of new equipment and the introduction of new programming at both the Community and Aquatic Centres.

For more information on the Build Community, Buy a Brick Campaign, please visit our website at

Show that you care ‌ Write it in Stone! The perfect Valentine Gift for the person who has everything! Page 6

FORUM ON DIALOGUE AND LEARNING On February 5th, we held our third Forum on Dialogue and Learning titled “A North Wind is Blowing— Why You Should Care”. Once again, we had a sell-out crowd filling the Community Centre Music Hall to listen to our speakers discuss BC’s northern regions’ opportunities and the impact on our Province. Local radio host and television personality, Bill Good, moderated the event as Greg d’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of BC, Dave Byng, Deputy Minister—BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister responsible for Labour, and Janine North, CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, spoke on a wide variety of issues facing Northern BC as it undergoes this significant development and growth. Following the presentations, members of the audience were able to ask questions of the speakers, and left the Forum with a better understanding of the new direction BC is taking in the North. We are now commencing planning for our fourth event later in the year and hope you can join us again for another great Forum on Dialogue and Learning!

WE’RE #1 - AGAIN!! The West Vancouver Community Centre has won another award! We were voted the Best Community Centre on the North Shore for 2012. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Page 7

What do LEGO, music, sports, design, gymnastics, swimming, dance and a whole lot of fun all have in common?

SPRING BREAK IN WEST VANCOUVER! There’s a camp for everyone—you won’t want to miss a single day! For a full list of Camp options, please visit Spring Break Camps will be offered between March 18th and 29th Page 8


The 2013 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide will be available online February 20th. Hard copies will be available for pick-up at the Community Centre on February 27th. Packed full of programs, events and much, much more — be sure to check it out!

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For further information on the West Vancouver Community Centres Society, please contact us: Mailing Address: 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7V 4Y2 Phone: (604) 925-7201 Email: Website:

Copyright Š 2013 West Vancouver Community Centres Society

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