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CAROL TURNBULL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COOK STREET VILLAGE ACTIVITY CENTRE, IS A SUNSHINE-Y FORCE OF NATURE DETERMINED TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED IN WHATEVER MAKES THEM HAPPY!
On the Centre: The Cook St. Village Activity Centre is a centre that we are very proud to say is open to the whole community. Historically, we were focused only on older adults and seniors, but with our name change came a lot of age changes as well. If you're an adult, come and join and have some fun with us!
On the Annual Community BBQ: One of our biggest fundraising events is happening on Saturday, July 8th. Who doesn't want a really good barbecue in a neat neighbourhood, where the whole community comes together and it's a great big party?! We love to bring people together over a delicious meal. We have so many great partners that come together every year. Our [Cook Street] Village partners here are absolutely outstanding. Of course, this year we are celebrating Canada's 150, so [the BBQ] is one of our bigger events. The Taiko drummers are going to kick things off at 11 a.m. Thai dancers will be here and other youth dancers will be coming down. Molly Raher-Newman, who plays Emily Carr, will be joining us to talk about famous Canadian painters; we will have French-Canadian music, family bingo, a children's corner, a crafting table—it's as action-packed as you can get!
Being a charitable non-profit, we rely on fundraisers to help fund the programs and services that we are so passionate about as a volunteer and staffing team. Part of our
fundraising comes from the raffle draws at the BBQ. There will be great raffle items ranging from a t.v. to round-trip Coho tickets, Bubby Rose's certificates, Royals tickets—lots of great stuff!
We also have four local politicians working the barbecue this year. Murray Rankin and Charlayne Thornton-Joe will be our core cooks and [Victoria Mayor] Lisa Helps and Carol James will be around to help out, so all three levels of government will be here to connect with community and have a good time! Carole actually helps us with serving throughout the year, including our Christmas dinner. Charlayne pops in whenever we need a extra set of hands and we also host community conversations with the Mayor several times a year.
Please join us on Saturday July 8th, 2017!
On staff, volunteers, and programming: I work with a really dynamic team of six staff and 150-plus volunteers. Our volunteers are involved with everything, from our Board of Directors to reception, kitchen helpers, gardeners, program leaders, speakers. The list is endless. They are some of the best folks in town to work with. I am spoiled. I have the greatest group!
We are doing more multicultural and multi-generational programming and activities, which we are really pleased to be offering because we know that our community is made up of more than just seniors and older adults. Diverse programming has been slowly growing over time. For example, we are celebrating our 3rd National Aboriginal Day. One of our former staff members saw a gap in our programming. She had some wonderful connections within the indigenous communities, so now we have a North Island group that has joined us for the past three years and we are really pleased to see them back again this year. We're very proud to watch these kids grow up and see their talents flourish through time.
A grant from the Victoria Foundation has helped us move our multicultural offerings even further forward through programming like our Multicultural Storytelling and Food Fair Day or Japanese kimono dressing and culture workshops. You name it, we're going to bring it in! We love being able to connect with folks across culture and not just ethnic culture, which is more visible, but also diversity that is sometimes a little hidden, so we are excited to be able to bring some of that [diversity] forward as well.
For volunteering information, contact Cherie Miltimore
Our community calendar highlights local events that celebrate and support culture, language, cross-cultural awareness, skill- and professional development, and community connectedness!
COOK ST. VILLAGE ACTIVITY CENTRE BBQ
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