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July 7:  Raising funds to pay for garden supplies and programs.  Join up at Britannia School Garden with  community members who care about school gardening, socialize, have fun, and support a great cause. An in-the-garden event featuring a gourmet dinner, live music, silent auction, homemade pies, and games and activities for all ages.
Tickets: $30 adults, $15 youth, children under 6 are free. Tickets at Britannia Info Centre.

"The Britannia School Garden is one of Grandview Woodland Food Connection (GWFC)'s  main programs, acknowledging that healthy food choice should start at a young age.   We work with approximately 100 students, connecting them to the food they eat, learning and growing.  For most students, planting seeds, caring for the garden, then harvesting and eating veggies that they grew is an empowering experience."  CCEC member Ian Marcuse,  GWFC Coordinator (a Neighbourhood Food Network member) which support food access for Grandview Woodland and nearby residents who are struggling financially. 

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The loose, no rules, improv, learn by ear band…a sister project of the Carnival Band.
Free for kids from the neighbourhood.

The value of music education has eroded so dramatically that most schools are cutting music from their curriculum.  Even the after school music programs are considered too structured.   Enter The Greenhorn Community Music Project, started by Brenda Koch, a Carnival Band member and elementary school teacher.  She laughs when asked why she started the project saying, “Not everyone fits into the wild, crazy, eclectic, energetic vibe of the Carnival Band who have over 400 songs in their repertoire and always mix up the 10 songs they will play at a show.”  Armed with a ‘Dr. Suess style logo designed by local artist, Jeremy Glen, the Greenhorn Community Music Project thinks big and wants to see 100 kids in their workshops learning and growing through music. 

How can you help?

  • Donate instruments, music stands
  • Spread the word!  Like us and Share on Facebook 
  • Come to their first performance  Dec 21st 6pm with the Carnival Band at Granville Island Winter Solstice
  • Join the fun, contribute your musical talents and expertise.
  • Donate funds to support them and keep them going in year 2. Send a cheque payable to Transforming Education to 2511 Ave, Vancouver, BC  V5M 1H1

The Greenhorn project provides kids of all ages with musical leadership, mentorship and instruments to play.  There is someone at each workshop (aka practice) who will take the time to help newcomers understand and learn.  Also the workshops are from 3:30-5pm on Mondays so youngsters can participate.  Just like the Carnival Band, the Greenhorn aims to teach people to learn by ear like a professional musician, pay attention to what others are doing and to learn to improvise.  When you think about it, these are all life-time skills that help to build confidence and self-esteem – and fit in with the Carnival Band style if they want to join them.

It has taken five years to see the project launch with their first workshop in September, 2015.  Through word of mouth, 21 people showed up; and at one workshop, they had 8 newcomers.  One person heard of them through Facebook and all kids are from the Grandview Woodland area.  The kids range in age from 4 to over 60.  They have a roster of 25 or so people and average 12-15 at each workshop. 

They have funds to support the project for the school year till June, 2016.  They are proud to be the recipient of the East Feast 2015 award, funds from CLICK (contributing to lives of inner city kids), the Vancouver Foundation who provided a $10,000 feasibility grant and a private donor.  Most of the funds support the professional fees for Tim Sars, Musical Director.  They have two interns, Charlotte (16 years old) and Marlo (17 years old) who started with the Carnival Band when they were pre-teens.  They both provide mentorship; Marlo works on marketing, outreach, and fundraising; while Charlotte provides admin support and was responsible for initiating their partnership with the Transforming Education Society, which allows them to issue tax receipts.  It is with this partnership and Instruments of Change they broaden their connections with the community and build their network.

The Greenhorn Community Music Program making a difference in our community.  Support their project. 

 

 

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CCEC Credit Union members are proud to sponsor ten youth participants at YES Camp this summer. Each year at CCEC Credit Union, the YES Camp thermometer goes up in the branch and our members contribute to the fund to pay up to 100% of the registration fee for our youth to attend YES Camp. Campers tell us this one week co-operative leadership camp is a transformative experience for youth and parents. Our youth members apply for scholarships and the winners names are drawn randomly.

YES Camp, previously called Camp Rainbow has evolved and changed with the times over the past 30 years.  Our local teens who would not be able to attend camp without financial assistance, gather with youths from across BC and participate in fun interactive skills training such as self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. 

Camp participants write thank you letters with comments including, “The sense of community and safety is overwhelming.  I’m returning home with improved communication and conflict resolution skills and faith in myself.  I learned that I am not alone.”

CCEC members donate to the fund for various reasons and one mother who donates each year says she gives because she wants her daughter to have the opportunity to go to camp when she is old enough.  There is often a friendly rivalry among some businesses and the ‘claim to be the first member to donate.  Donations are accepted year-round with the campaign kick-off in May and continuing to mid-June. 

CCEC Credit Union is a single branch credit union on Commercial Drive.  It was founded by Vancouver’s self-help community including co-ops and not-for-profit groups, to meet their financial needs.   Our goal is Economic Democracy.

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For more information contact:
Joanne MacKinnon
604-254-4100  
jmackinnon@ccec.bc.ca

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The Board at CCEC  Credit Union supports the $10 a Day Child Care Plan  proposed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC.

We share the belief that all young children should have the right to participate in quality early care and learning programs that meet their needs.  With this plan, child care would cost families $10 a day for full-time enrollment & there would be a sliding scale based on income and terms of enrollment..  

If you are a BC parent in the labour force and have a young child — chances are it’s been hard for you to find affordable, quality child care. And, if you have found a child care arrangement that works for you — chances are you feel ‘lucky’ even though you are all too aware of the high cost of care.

It’s important to remember that most BC families with young children are also experiencing a child care crisis. It's most likely not surprising to you that:
Canada ranks last among developed countries in supporting quality early care and learning programs?
BC has licensed child care spaces for only about 20 per cent of children.
Fees are high because — unlike libraries, parks and schools that receive public funds to cover some operating costs — child care is primarily a user fee service.
Even high fees paid by parents aren’t enough to pay early childhood educators a living wage

BC has a child care crisis that isn't improving. Check their website to learn more.  

  

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Offered by credit union partner Concentra Financial, CCEC Credit Union supported Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives in obtaining one of eighteen nationally-offered ‘emPOWERING Your Communities grants.  The grants are presented by Concentra to be delivered through credit unions to support co-operative and socially responsible ventures.

Matt Hern, Groundswell Founder stated, “The grant will be used to further Groundswell  work to confront the isolation, precarity and social disconnect that so many young people encounter today.”   Groundswell is a training network of young people starting alternatives-to-business together, and recreating the economy in the process.  The school is based in Vancouver, BC, and connected to global efforts to build a more democratic economy. 


The alternative-to-business-as-usual school sees 25 people under 35 years old spend eight months learning how to build cooperatives, collectives, non-profits, social businesses and a different way of doing business.   Matt says he was inspired by the good, smart young people in his neighbourhood that want to make an impact on the world with their projects, but are not sure of the route to take or have yet to see their projects come to full fruition.   After completing the 8 month Groundswell program, he sees the graduates emerging with a project that has been well researched and validated, a business plan and the personal confidence carry it through.  Applications are now being accepted for the program starting in September.  Visit http://groundswellcommunity.ca/ for more information.

"Groundswell is very grateful for the support from Concentra.  We are honoured to be among the many great winners past and present of Concentra funding who are working to strengthen the co-operative and credit union movement in Canada," said Hern.

Ross Gentleman, CEO and General Manager of CCEC Credit Union noted, “CCEC is collaborating with Groundswell on this project providing loans to the students for their tuition.  Supporting Groundswell in their emPOWERING Your Communities  Grant submission is another example of our partnership.”

CCEC Credit Union is a single branch credit union on Commercial Drive.  It was founded by Vancouver’s self-help community including co-ops and not-for-profit groups to meet their financial needs.   Our goal is Economic Democracy.

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Concentra Financial Presents $10,000 cheque to Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives

From left to right:  Irina Molhohovsky (community volunteer – Groundswell); Diane McLean, AVP (Concentra); Jim Barker, Co-Founder (Groundswell); Ross Gentleman, CEO and General Manager (CCEC) and Andrea Fiscal, Community Outreach Coordinator with Obi (Groundswell)

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CampYES

Donate to the Scholarship Fund.  Members aged 14-18 enter a draw to receive a subsidy to attend Camp.

Click here for the Camp Scholarship Draw Entry Form.  Visit  theyes.ca for more information.  

YES 2012 participants Iris Granges, Rosie Peters, Troy Robinson, Jayne Peters and Elizabeth Clark-Lazin are very grateful and wish to thank-you for your support.

“We had sessions on self awareness, global issues, co-operation and other things.  I learned more in those three sessions at the YES Camp that at school.  I will be going home with confidence and self-esteem.  I  trust people more and to not keep my feelings locked inside."  Iris Grages



I made a lot of new friends.  Also I got rid of my shyness because when I came here I didn't talk to anyone except the two people I came with. Now, I have talked with everybody."  
Troy Robinson



All week I learned useful skills like how to work together, work well with others, be more open to others.  All this week was a big eye opener for me.  I feel like I can do and say what I want now, I have no more fear inside.”  Rosie Peters



Roots for 14-16 year olds: 
 

  • Roots A - July 7-13
  • Roots B - July 14-20
  • Roots C - August 18-24
  • Roots D - August 25-31

Pathways for 16-18 year olds: 

  • Pathways A - July 28-August 3
  • Pathways B - August 4-10

All camps are at Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

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