I’m proud to announce the launch of a new community platform – Burnaby Connect & Engage!
This community platform is aimed at providing residents, neighbours and/or Burnaby enthusiasts a place to collaborate in our goal to enhance life in this beautiful city through connection and community engagement!
A community resource Burnaby has is the Burnaby Hospital which has recently received the green light on a massive redevelopment plan. Thus the Burnaby Connect & Engage community has the opportunity to help build awareness of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and this amazing chance to build first class, state-of-the-art facilities in their backyard! Thus Burnaby Connect & Engage will be directing any fundraising or awareness campaigns towards Burnaby Hospital Foundation.
On this #GivingTuesday, I wanted to share a bit of personal news…I have recently joined the @BurnabyHospitalFoundation board of trustees!!
Our family has been blessed with good health so far and no, no one is in the hospital as the photo suggests, but as you may know our little ones are no stranger to extended hospital stays and 2am emergency room visits.
I’ve come to recognize the absolute privilege of our access to healthcare, and moreso the crucial role the hospital foundation plays in improving patient experience and outcomes. The amount of dedication and support from our community that goes into this shared resource is astounding, and if you are curious to know just a little bit more about the Burnaby Hospital Foundation please let me know.
A big thank you goes out to the foundation staff as I get up to speed, and to my friend Russ Aunger for his consideration & encouragement which started this whole journey!
Coming off of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday highs – this may be a time to reflect on what message we are sharing with our friends and loved ones. All I can hope for is that you contemplate #GivingTuesday even if just for a moment, and if you choose to share this message and/or donate, I thank you immensely.
Much love and gratitude
https://my.charitableimpact.com/groups/support-the-burnaby-hospital-foundation – I’ve made a giving group if you’d like to join together with me, you will receive your personal tax receipt immediately and 100% of your donation (less credit card processing fee) goes directly to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, nowhere else! @ Burnaby Hospital Foundation
Ikea will buy back your used furniture for store credit, I love this idea!!
Time to handle some obligatory objections…
#1 They’ll only give you pennies on the dollar:
– Of course they will, this is your used furniture we’re talking about!
– Ikea is obviously aiming at those of us who were going to chuck our old furniture in the dumpster. For those of you who were already going to thrift, hand-down or donate – do that! This is not a better or mandatory option – this is just giving consumers more reasons to think before they dump, and maybe even help #maketheworldabetterplace
#2 Now you have to lug your butt (and furniture) all the way back to Ikea:
– Let’s face it, if you were going to toss that old dresser then you were going to have to lug it out of your room and down to the dump. And if you planned to replace it, a trip back to Ikea was already in store for your future. Why not do it and also earn little store credit!
So let’s pass this info along and help our fellow consumer earn a little buck while not completely trashing the planet as we style our homes!
Through micro-enterprise, the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Street Market is creating opportunities for individuals to live with purpose, participate in their communities, and earn income in a meaningful way to combat the cycle of poverty.
This micro-documentary hopes to shed light and awareness into an area the National Post calls “Vancouver’s ‘gulag’. Headlines like “Canada’s poorest neighbourhood refuses to get better despite $1M a day in social spending” continue to dominate the narrative and further isolate, perpetuating the stimga of the Downtown Eastside.