The CEED Centre Society has joined other regional and local organizations that focus on water issues as a co-sponsor of an all candidates meeting to which the local provincial candidates for the May 9th provincial election are invited. The event will take place on April 26th, 7-9 pm, in the Maple Ridge city hall chambers. The event will feature candidates from the two ridings of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge and Maple Ridge-Mission. The sponsoring organizations will pose 5 questions on water issues and the remainder will come from the people attending. The sponsors include the Freshwater Alliance, Watershed Watch Salmon Society,
Garden enthusiasts and cost-conscious food growers will be happy to note the second annual Seedy Sunday event taking place at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House on February 19. This month is popular for seed exchanges around the Lower Mainland.
Last year saw a few dozen seed savers throng into the CEED Centre Society’s heritage building and trade or give away their collections of seeds.
“We will have snacks and coffee to welcome the participants,” remarked CEED Centre Society president Richard Farrance. “Last year we gave a short presentation on seed types, so this year we are focusing on how to start seeds.”
Christian Cowley had this to say about how a seed exchange event works. “Some food growers are keen to keep local seed varieties viable because they are really well acclimatized to our locality. To keep them viable, it helps to have many people growing and saving the local food varieties rather than buying the latest and greatest hybrid seeds from the commercial seed companies based in other communities. So the participants in the event are happy to share the seeds they saved that they won’t be planting this season. ”
If you are interested in attending the event, you are not required to bring your own seeds to share, but it is certainly encouraged if you have them. Some seed providers may only be interested in exchanges, but plenty of others will be happy to pass on the bounty of their gardens.
There are likely to be a diverse selection of seeds from beans to beets and squash to spinach.
The free event takes place on Sunday, February 19, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House at 11739 223 Street in Maple Ridge.
For more information on the CEED Centre Society, visit us online at http://www.ceedcentre.com or call Christian at 604-463-2229.
Dear young person,
Living with post-traumatic stress disorder isn't easy. I'm sure we can all agree on that. It's frustrating to live in a world that doesn't always understand what PTSD is or recognize the extent of which it effects our daily lives. Sometimes I find myself wishing I had a little card that explained why I may have chosen to remove myself from a room or why there's a look of fear or tears in my eyes. Other days I wonder if it would make a difference.
Do you find yourself wondering what people are thinking of you when you choose to leave a situation because it is triggering something inside of you? Do you wonder if people think you're just being over-emotional and just need to grow-up?
If you're living with PTSD, you know the impact triggers can have on your emotional state and ability to think clearly or act 'rationally.' In the last few weeks, I've found myself being easily triggered...let me be the first to say: it sucks! You spend so much time working on identifying and understanding your triggers, and you can be moving along thinking that you have all of that noise under control. And then something comes along and catches you off guard. You find yourself wondering what the hell is going on and questioning why this brand new and unexpected thing has triggered a negative emotional response. It can make you want to scream. I find myself becoming angry with myself because in the moment it feels like I've ALLOWED something new to trigger me. Those moments have a way of making you forget that you don't choose your triggers. How amazing would it be if we could?! We could pick the most random things that we know we'll never encounter and go on living our lives in bliss.
As it is, we're stuck having to continuously experience and identify things that bring us back to the worst moments of our lives. For those of you that are dealing with trauma that was consistent, beyond a single traumatic event, you've probably experienced triggers that brought you back to moments that are new to your repertoire of flashbacks. Sometimes you just need to hear your feelings being validated by someone else, but when you're dealing with PTSD your feelings stem from moments in the past in which they weren't present. For you, it's happening again, to the same intensity, but the people presently with you can't feel or experience it or fully comprehend it. Didn't someone once say something about feeling lonely in a crowd? I guess we should thank our traumatic experiences for ensuring we can relate to that sentiment.
Everyday people with PTSD face moments that make us feel isolated and incredibly disconnected. We can't always explain why we feel the way we do about certain people, places or moments. What we know is that something has triggered an emotional reaction and it's time to process that input. I find it easy to get caught in the trap of feeling like I have to process things at the same rate as someone else and that leads to feeling inadequate and judged. I know it's hard to give yourself permission to feel what you feel and to trust your gut when it's trying to get your attention. Maybe it's something that we can all work on together.
It's hard to not feel judged by others, so let's break it down and start practicing how to not judge ourselves by the way in which we process the world and its many stimulants--living with PTSD forces you to live in a way that isn't always going to make sense to other people. And if we're honest about it, sometimes it triggers behaviours even we don't understand...but someone once told me to 'get curious' and I want to pass that on to you.
If you're a young person living with PTSD and you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out in whatever manner feels safe for you. You can email me, phone the office (604-463-2229) or drop by the CEED Centre. PTSD often tricks us into believeing that we have to keep our emotions, challenges and struggles to ourselves because other people just wouldn't understand. It's helpful to try and quiet that voice.
I'm living and dealing with my own PTSD, but that doesn't mean I'm not here, ready and waiting to listen about yours.
You are invited to the potluck and Annual General Meeting of the CEED Centre Society on November 9, Wednesday, at 7 pm at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House. We will be celebrating another great year with friends and family over some good food and drink. We have lots to tell, but we'll keep the business portion short so that the important conversations can take place. Please come and share some food and laughs with us.
Saturday, August 27th marked our first annual Canoe Race and Picnic at Whonnock Lake. We want to thank everyone that came out. Whether you came to paddle or just to watch, you made the event a success! ...if you didn't make it out this year, the good news is you'll have another chance to participate next summer!
The Great Canoe Race & Picnic is the CEED Centre Society's newest annual fundraiser! The money raised goes toward the ongoing operation of our free community programming offered out of the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House in Port Haney, Maple Ridge.
We had two teams of six that competed in a relay race, with three in the canoe at any given time! Then after the high-speed action, we got to watch as Christian, Richard and Gerry attempted to demonstrate the art of gunnel bobbing. For those of you that are unfamiliar with gunnel bobbing, it requires you to be in a canoe by yourself, without a paddle, before you skillfully balance yourself on the gunnels and proceed to bounce up and down. The action propels the canoe forwards (when done correctly)! When done incorrectly, it's just fun to watch. A few people got wet, testimony to the difficulty of the task (or skill level...).
After the races were done, we gathered in the gazebo and enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, salmon burgers or veggie burgers, fresh off the grill and got to enjoy the afternoon at Whonnock Lake, before distributing the medals to each team.
Something that made this event special were the participants from one of our youth programs, who joined us as volunteers for the day. They played a huge part in the execution of the event and we are really grateful for their help! We also want to extend our thanks to Rick Hammer, who provided us with canoes, personal flotation devices and paddles for the event.
As you check out some of the pictures from the race, start thinking about who you want on your team in next years race!
We would like to help you and your family celebrate summer by hosting a fun-filled event at Whonnock Lake.
The Great Canoe Race + Picnic will provide a fun spectacle for all and test your skills as a quintessential Canadian if you take up the challenge to join our races.
You can help us at the same time as this is a fundraiser.
Let me just say--from someone who has not only just thought of suicide in the past, but attempted it more than once--suicide is not about wanting to die, suicide is about wanting the pain to stop and convincing yourself that ending your life is the only course of action that will work.
Life isn't always easy and our emotions can get the better of us sometimes. They can completely negate our logical thinking simply because we are overwhelmed with a particular feeling. With the number of youth currently experiencing anxiety and depression, suicide is a common headline these days. It's no longer an issue that can be glossed over. What we need now is to open our eyes to it and be aware of what youth are feeling. We need to make an effort to learn how to support them through it. I think getting informed, understanding what to look for and how to intervene is the best way to say "I care!"
As I was reading about the signs to look for and the behaviours to notice when I was in school learning about suicide ideation from an academic perspective, I found myself going back in my head and remembering my own behaviour. I realized that I had exhibited the very signs I was reading about before each attempt...of course, that was before I knew that those behaviours could be interpreted as "signs."
5 Signs to Watch For
There are more than these five signs to indicate a youth is considering taking their own life, but these are the most common and easiest things to notice. A youth exhibiting any ONE of these signs may be having suicidal thoughts, which means, the sooner you intervene, the better...
5 Things You Can Do To Help
I said it at the beginning of the blog, and I'll say it again now, suicide is not about wanting to die, suicide is about wanting the pain to stop and convincing yourself that ending your life is the only course of action that will work.
As always, if you want to chat about youth mental health, feel free to send me an email or contact me here at the CEED Centre, 604 463 2229!
What are you doing on Thursday, June 9th from 7:00-10:00 pm?
Join us at our Pub Night & Silent Auction Fundraiser at Townhall Public House in Maple Ridge, with the funds going right back into our community programming, which includes our seniors activity group, free art workshop, community discussions, youth programming and community gardens.
Tickets are $20 and include a burger (chicken/beef/veggie) and your first drink (beer/glass of wine/hiball)
There'll be live music, good food, great drinks and most importantly, a bunch of amazing people to enjoy the night with. Make sure you claim your tickets before Tuesday, June 7th, by calling 604-463-2229 or if you prefer, send us an email!
See you there!
Tweets from Executive Director Christian Cowley