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WVCCS Survey


Message from the Chair/Executive Director


Salon Evening / Blocks, Bricks, Build Festival


Brick Campaign / Our 3rd Anniversary!


Fun Facts


2013 Summer Camps


2013 Pumpkin Fest Page 3



I am delighted to introduce to you the new Executive Director to the Society— LUCY KOMORI. Lucy comes with a wealth of experience working with not-for-profit organizations, and the Board looks forward to benefiting from her expert knowledge of community governance and fundraising.

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you my departure as Executive Director to the West Vancouver Community Centres Society.

Over the past three years, I have had the privilege to be involved with the growth of the Society from its first early years to its current position as an organization that is Over the past three years, we have been now offering programs and events for the privileged to work with Sue Ketler as our Board’s community, increasing engagement with its Executive Director and, on behalf of the Society, I members and expanding its fundraising would like to thank Sue for her incredible opportunities. It has been an honour to work with dedication and willingness to work with us as we the Board of Directors, all of whom are grew from our grassroots beginnings to our community volunteers, dedicating their time and current position as a fully-fledged working Board. skills to ensuring that our Community and We are sorry to see Sue leave us and wish her Aquatic Centres are Centres of Excellence. every success in her ongoing position with the I would like to thank all of you for being part of District’s Parks & Community Services Division. our wonderful Community and Aquatic Centres. The Society’s fourth Annual General Meeting is We are privileged in West Vancouver to enjoy being held on Tuesday, May 28th and I invite you not only beautiful surroundings but also to join us as we elect our new Board for the recreation facilities of which we can be proud. coming 12 months. Notice of the AGM will be With over one million visitors each year, the posted at the Community Centre and you may Community and Aquatic Centres play a vital and view the proposed Slate of Directors either on prominent part in the District of West Vancouver our website or in the Community Centre Atrium, and, in the coming years, I look forward to as of May 7th. working with the Society in my role as Senior Thank you all for supporting your local Manager of Parks & Community Services. Community Centre! Yours truly, ….. You belong here! Yours truly,

Barbara Brink WVCCS Chair

Sue Ketler, Senior Manager, Community Services Page 4

SALON EVENING SOLD OUT! On Thursday, May 2nd, the Society held its inaugural Salon Evening to discuss ISSUES IN YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH. The evening was facilitated by one of our Directors, Andy Krawczyk, and featured, as speakers, Maureen Lee, District Administrator, Student Services, West Vancouver School District, and David McQuarrie, Team Leader, North Shore Child & Youth Mental Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development. We were delighted with the response to this event, which sold out in 48 hours! (We had space for only 50 people). All those who attended participated in lively discussion “I just really feel that this is a huge and left with a sense that issues issue, yet nobody is willing to start surrounding youth mental health the conversation. I feel that are no longer a hidden topic. Thursday evening was a great start to the conversation, but I feel that if parents such as ourselves are ready to sit down and talk to other parents about our issues, it will make us stronger as parents and stronger as a community, because sadly it is an increasing issue.” (Participant at the May 2nd Salon Evening)

For those of you who were unable to attend the Salon Evening, we have resource contacts in the area of youth mental health which we would be happy to pass along to you. Please email us at All emails will be treated with full confidentiality.


Presented by the West Vancouver Community Centres Society, the April 27th Blocks, Bricks, Build Festival was an outstanding success with over 500 participants stopping in to build and play with thousands of LEGO© and DUPLO© pieces. The Atrium was a buzz of activity for most of the day on Saturday, and we had 93 entries that were judged on the basis of creativity, innovation and complexity. The Judging Panel was Jenny Hippel and Human Alghabi from the West Vancouver Community Centres Society and Piotr P. Mazur and Mathew King from the Sea-to-Sky Branch of the APEGBC. In addition to the competition, participants were able to play at a number of different stations including the 100 piece LEGO© Challenge, and Away We Go where participants had to construct a car that raced others down a ramp. There were LEGO© robotics displays including a Gondola that traversed its way overhead across the Atrium. The Vancouver LEGO© League brought out a number of creations that amazed the crowd including a fully-moving Fun House. Thanks to our sponsors DKB Consulting and Spectrum Educational Supplies for their support of this event! Page 5

B U I L D C O M M U N I T Y, B Y A B R I C K C A M PA I G N Welcome to the newest participants to our Build Community, Buy a Brick Campaign - the West Vancouver Community Centre Fit Fellas. This group of nearly 155 men, ranging in age from 61 years to 94 years young, works out five classes a week at the Community Centre. Starting in the early 1980s, Fit Fellas is the largest, longest-running and most successful fitness program in the District of West Vancouver and we are delighted that they are showing their support of our fundraising program. Barrie Chapman, leader of this auspicious group, was the proponent behind Fit Fellas purchasing bricks and, to date, three bricks have been installed, with more to come! For more information on the Build Community, Buy a Brick Campaign, please visit our website at "This exceptional Community Centre provides an amazing venue for our Fit Fellas to work out in every morning. Without a large well equipped facility like this, there is no way we could ever accommodate a single class of 70 80 guys. It's important that Fit Fellas supports the work and goals of the Society because we know our contributions will help to ensure that younger generations have the programs and infrastructure with which to continue our legacy and follow in our footsteps."

Barrie Chapman, Fit Fellas

IT’S OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY!! Our first newsletter was emailed out to our Society Members in April 2010 and it’s hard to believe how quickly the years have flown! The Society has seen huge growth over this time:  Our Membership Model has been very successful and we currently have over 20,000 members!  The Build Community, Buy a Brick Campaign continues to grow and, in 2011, we introduced Group

and Corporate bricks. To date, overall, we have sold 114 bricks.  Through its fundraising efforts, the Society has continued to provide new programming and

equipment to the Community and Aquatic Centres.  The inaugural Pumpkin Fest, held in 2011, was an outstanding success and we are now planning

our third event for later this year.

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F U N FA C T S a b o u t y o u r C o m m u n i t y Centre—our “WOW” Factor! 

Our Community Centres welcomes over ONE MILLION visitors each year!

The original Community Centre was built in 1958. In September, 2005, the previous building was taken down in phases, with an emphasis on reusing and recycling as much of the building as possible. Only 11% of the material was sent to the landfill!

The Community Centre is LEED GOLD Certified which is the second highest certification for an environmentally sustainable building design. This places us in the elite company of one of the greenest buildings in North America!

The wall relief carving in the Cedar Room was carved by Iwa-lack-tun (also known as Rick Harry) who used three large yellow cedar panels constructed from reclaimed wood from the old West Vancouver Community Centre.

The Main Floor Dynamic Movement Gym enjoys items and programs funded by the West Vancouver Community Centres Society: - Large inflatable Slip and Slide for Summer camps - Youth Drop in Gymnastics on Friday nights – two sessions for two age groups - Movement Therapy Gymnastics program for children with special needs - Mini Rock Climbing Wall.

We have our own Youth Centre! This 2,100 sq ft, sound-proof space, otherwise known as the Youth Living Room, will accommodate 50 - 60 youth. Complete with coffee bar, the lounge supports social, recreation and leadership activities, youth “jam sessions”, informal meetings and social drop-ins. It’s a comfortable space that gives the youth a sense of privacy—come and check us out after 3pm on weekdays, and on the weekends. There’s space for young people to do homework, tutoring, play drop-in pool, foosball, ping pong, watch TV, receive youth counselling, or just hang out with other young people in their community!

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Learn, play and get active! Create, express and make music! Pick your own Summer Adventure! West Vancouver offers bigger smiles, hotter summers, cooler camps, and the friendliest Staff a camper could ask for! Choose from over

100 camps - there’s an

adventure for everyone!

Register by June 7th and enter to win a week of camp on us!

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Mark your calendars! 2013 PumpkinFest is happening

October 5th & 6th Bring your family and join friends and neighbours for a weekend of good old-fashioned fun to celebrate the harvest season at the Community Centre, Aquatic Centre, Seniors’ Centre and the Arena.

“A BIG THANKYOU!” A successful event like this one would not possible without the generous support from our community. We are lucky to call the following families and businesses friends and supporters of the 2013 PumpkinFest. From our team to yours, we want to send you a big harvest thank you! Crystal Pumpkin $10, 000 + Park Royal

Grand Pumpkin $5, 000 + Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities Seawall Dental

Pumpkin Blossom $1, 500 + Black Hills Estate Winery Eric Langhjelm Hollyburn Properties Miles Industries Paladin Security Onni West Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society Pumpkin Sprout $500 + Greywell Group of Scotia McLeod Julie Miller Peake and Richmond Insurance Pumpkin Seedling $50 + Family Sponsors Bolton Family, Corbett Family, Hatton Family, Hippel Family, Miles-Luthy Family Media & Print: The Outlook, Metropolitan Fine Printers, Eggbeater Creative

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE! Sponsorship opportunities at various levels (from $25 to $5000 and in-between) are still available! If you would like to be a part of this exciting weekend event, please contact us at or 604-475-2600 Page 9

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:

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!

Copyright Š 2013 West Vancouver Community Centres Society

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