By Wendy Rairdan
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the CEED Centre had its Annual General Meeting. This is always a nice night for us as we reflect on the year that has passed and dream for the future of our organization. We had an amazing evening filled with music, story telling and great discussion about the programs offered and sponsored at the CEED Centre. As per our policy, previous board members were relieved of duty and then re-elected with five new directors. The 2013-2014 Board of Directors for the CEED Centre Society are: Janet Amsden, Jackie Chow, Elaine Cormier, Jack Emberly, Richard Farrance, Russell Newcombe, Jolanta Onowska, Gerry Pinel, Wendy Rairdan, Adam Rieu, Renee Speck, and Mike Stark. The executive will be decided at the next Board of Directors meeting and announced in November. Our sincere thanks to departing directors Jocelyn Durston, Chris Kasza and Kim Lauzon for their dedication and commitment to our community. Chris and Jocelyn have moved to Nova Scotia to begin a new adventure in farming and Kim Lauzon will be dedicating all her spare time to the Golden Ears Community CO-OP. Kim was our previous president and contributed greatly to our purpose and to our community and we look forward to working with her further in her dream of a local food co-op. We would also like to thank Paula Justus and Chris Moerman for the incredible music, Jack Emberly for the incredible story appropriately named "Talk" and the fun song "Oh my Darlin' Frankenstein." Here are a few images and videos from the evening. You can see the entire photo album here. Here's to a new year of successful community building, positive environmental development, community education and social inclusion for everyone in our community.
By Wendy Rairdan
As we read materials throughout the week, we find things that resonate with us and our goals as an organization. In our hopes for promoting sustainability, facilitating our communities' connections, providing environmental education, and supporting local farming and businesses, we find we are not alone. We have help like Wendell Berry. Please enjoy the video and add a comment below to be part of the discussion.
By Wendy Rairdan
The Homelessness in Focus page is a great summary of what is currently being done for people without homes in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. While there are many accomplishments to celebrate, there is still much to do to ensure that everybody in our community has a safe and secure place to stay. A group of CEED Centre program participants have come together as the People without Homes group to work on initiatives that will result in better conditions for people that find themselves homeless. Ask about our Real People project.
By Christian Cowley
We issue a warm welcome to our members, program participants and friends to attend our AGM on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 pm. We'll start with some great music by Paula Justus and friends (Chris Moerman), which will be closely followed by a scary story from Jack Emberly. Oh, did I mention the appetizers?
Then a bit of business where we relate what happened over the past year and ask what you'd like to see in the next year, and who you'd like to guide the process (also known as the election of directors). Then we turn the floor over to a discussion of the priorities you see in our community of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and its global context.
So please come (and let us know you're coming so there'll be enough food and beverages).
P.S. Don't forget your annual membership fee of $15.
See you Wednesday,
Our friends at CAUSS in Mission, B.C., have just published another issue of the Footprint Press, a great way to learn more about the environment and how we should be behaving within it. The CEED Centre has a twofold mission: to foster the development of social connections and sustainable living practices within the community of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. We want to learn more about living within the bounds of our finite resources.
By Christian Cowley
October 15-18 is Homelessness Action Week in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Tue. Oct 15 - Health & Wellness Day 11-1 pm at the Caring Place
Wed. Oct 16 - Maple Ridge has Talent 7pm at the Caring Place
Thu. Oct 17 - "Something to Eat, A Place to Sleep, and Someone Who Gives a Damn" a free movie and discussion panel at 7 pm in the city chambers (city hall)
Fri. Oct 18 - Taste of the World luncheon for all! 11:30-1 pm at the ACT Theatre lobby
Fri. Oct 18 - Spa Day 10-2 pm at the Caring Place
Join us at one of these events and learn more about homelessness in your community and how to stop it.
Recent research in Canada by Stephen Gaetz suggests that it costs us more to manage people on the street and in homeless shelters than it does to house and support them. Housing and supporting them results in better outcomes for the people who find themselves without homes while freeing up much needed resources for others. It is a win-win situation. Let's make our voices heard and start putting our resources where they provide the most benefits. Let's start this week.
Tweets from Executive Director Christian Cowley