December 11, 2012
The following letter was circulated to friends and families in our neighbourhood. It is a sample of the passion and drive Saffron and Christie have devoted to getting out the vote for McBride School's Aviva Community Fund drive. The message is simple: PLEASE VOTE. If you have not registered, or voted you have the ability to vote TWO MORE TIMES. You must vote TODAY before 9pm PST, and before 9am PST on Wednesday, Dec. 12th.
Go here >> http://mcbrideschool.ca/vote
A Letter from Saffron Henderson
Hi, Everybody! I don’t know if you’re all on the McBride Google list as well, but just wanted to touch base before this competition is over....which is only 2 votes from now!!
Christie and I talked tonight. We are both so tired we feel shredded. We have not eaten properly, slept properly, recovered from our viruses or been able to think or talk of anything else but this playground for the last couple of weeks (or months, really), and I believe we have both done absolutely everything we could do without losing our careers or families.
We are not feeling alone in this! Many of you have gone above and beyond just supporting or helping. You’ve hiked through the neighbourhood looking for voters, delivering flyers, talking to businesses....some of you with colds, 9 month pregnant bellies, little ones at your side, or no time for yourself left over in a day. Some of you have done amazing things in your workplace, engaging hundreds of people with your enthusiasm and energy. Some have created media miracles and found umpteen new ways to promote our cause. Many have worked behind the scenes in the office or library raising both money and awareness. I have been surprised by many a determined parent and teacher. Our school’s leader, Parin Morgan, has shown her support for both parents and children by helping us in any way she can. What passion we have for these kids and this school and this neighbourhood!
I think McBride has come together in a way I haven’t seen before, and I feel more connected to the parents, teachers, and staff at McBride and LMOSC than I could have imagined last year.
We are two votes away from the end of this wild ride. We want to thank you so much for your support, whether you’ve been quietly voting or shouting from the rooftops. If we don’t make it into the Top 10 in our category, and the Finals, we will have the gift of community to keep. And some good pictures, too!!
It’s not time to sing our swan song or make a concession speech yet, though.
Posted by Mike Klassen at 7:26 AM | Permalink
December 2, 2012
December 2, 2012
Vancouver, BC – Aviva Community Fund grant competition semi-finalists from Sir Richard McBride Elementary School PAC are kicking into high gear Monday morning with a 10-day online vote campaign aided by accomplished Canadian musician Bill Henderson of the group Chilliwack.
To promote this campaign Chilliwack's Bill Henderson loaned his time and musical skills to perform “10 Days of Voting” with kids from McBride School. The ditty is based on the “12 Days of Christmas” melody. Henderson's grandchildren attend McBride School and his daughters' families both live in the neighbourhood.
Video is linked at http://mcbrideschool.ca/
"I think this is a great example of how social media can bring great things to a small community like ours," says campaign organizer Saffron Henderson. "We're thrilled to get to the semi-finals, and now we need everyone we know with access to a computer to register and vote every day for ten days!"
The playground replacement is needed after the beloved play area was vandalized by arson for the third time. A new permanent playground structure is needed for the school and surrounding community. The McBride School PAC's vote campaign landed in the top ten finalists for the mid-tier funding $50,000-$100,000, the only Vancouver-based group competing in that category.
Vote by visiting http://mcbrideschool.ca/vote
In order to have chance at funding and advance to the Finals, the campaign needs online VOTES from Dec 3-12th. Any single person can vote.
- Date: Monday Dec 3rd 2012
- Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Place: Sir Richard McBride Elementary School, 1300 East 29th Ave Vancouver BC
- Online voting stations will be set up at the west entrance of the school grounds (Culloden Street) to allow people to register to vote. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided as an incentive to parents and passersby to register and vote.
Posted by Mike Klassen at 1:45 PM | Permalink
November 22, 2012
It's so great when we pull together, and even better when someone lends their good name to a worthy neighbourhood cause. Last week Bill Henderson, the accomplished Canadian musical performer from the band Chilliwack, recorded a holiday jingle with the kids of McBride Elementary School and Little Mountain Out of School Care to help support their playground fundraising campaign.
More info and a slide show of images can be found on McBride School's website.
Posted by Mike Klassen at 11:48 AM | Permalink
October 5, 2012
Night for All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery
Saturday, October 27
6pm to 10pm
Celebration Hall – 5445 Fraser St (entrance from 39th Ave)
Preparations have begun for the 8th annual All Souls At Mountain View Cemetery, October 27, 2012. from 6-10 pm. This unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.
The first fires are lit at sundown, and throughout the evening the cemetery comes alive with music, poetry, and flickering candles. Inside the celebration hall you will find tea to refresh you, and flowers, papers and candles for the creation of personal memorials to place on one of the artist made shrines or family graves.
The candles are kept lit throughout the memorial week and the Celebration Hall will be open 6-9pm for the creation of personal memorials. There is additional programming, including the popular Threshold Choir, October 28 at 7pm., culminating in a final procession on the evening of November 1st, the last night of All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery.
If you are interested in getting involved ~creating flower garlands on the morning of the event, or hosting and tea service throughout the event and the week of memorials ~ please join us at the Orientation and Walkabout, 7pm October 18, or contact us at the number below.
The orientation will be followed by a presentation by Marina Szijarto, art and technical director of the project, on the creation of personal shrines and memorials.
The popular Sugar Skulls Workshop returns Saturday October 20, 1-3pm. Please register for this one as it fills up quickly.
All Souls Dates of Note:
8pm: The Creation of Personal Shrines ~ presentation by Marina Szijarto
1 – 3 pm Sugar Skulls Workshop – Registration required
$5.00 per person
Night for All Souls begins at 6:00pm
7pm Threshold Choir
October 30 7pm
Screening : “Forever” - film about Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
November 1st 7pm – 9pm
Orkestar Slivovica Balkan Brass band performs at Vancouver Crematorium and Celebration Hall, with a procession through the shrines to honour the dead.
Registration for Sugar Skull workshop or to volunteer:
604.325.2646 or email@example.com
Posted by Mike Klassen at 4:15 PM | Permalink
October 1, 2012
VOTING for the Aviva Community Fund has begun! We need your help getting enough votes to win a grant so that we can pay for a NEW Primary Playground before the old one is taken out. Support McBride and the whole neighbourhood by VOTING ONCE A DAY FROM OCTOBER 1st to 15th and asking everyone else to do the same! Pass this on!!
HOW TO VOTE
Anyone with an email address can vote! Everyone’s vote will help!
Anyone can vote at http://www.avivacommunityfund.
(that’s our page)
Vote directly from our Facebook Page:
Go to http://www.facebook.com/
and click on the VOTE NOW button near the top.
It’s easy!! The trickiest part will be inspiring and reminding others to vote.
THANK YOU so much for supporting our effort! We want every kid in the neighbourhood to have a safe place to play for a long long time!!
Saffron and Christie
McBride School PAC and LMOSC
Posted by Mike Klassen at 11:44 AM | Permalink
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