Vancouver-Burrard By-Election Candidate Interview: Spencer Herbert

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Those living in the Vancouver-Burrard or Vancouver-Fairview districts may have received their yellow voting cards in the mail by now. No, this is not for yet another federal election, but as previously outlined, two provincial by-elections will be taking place October 29th.

I have a series of interviews with some of the Vancouver-Burrard candidates, and the first is with Spencer Herbert of the BC NDP. You can read up on Spencer over on his website or in the bullet points on my last post.

My previous experience with Spencer Herbert was simply in the comments of some of my blog posts about Stanley Park, since he was a member of the Vancouver Parks Board. Speaking with him today, I learned that he is about much more than parks, but his passion for the community in which he lives has definitely stemmed from his involvement with the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Roundhouse, Harbour Green, and Emery Barnes parks. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

Third Tuesday Food Drive Success

Comments 19 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This evening at Third Tuesday, Mhairi Petrovic lead a talk about “Marketing New Media to Traditional Decision Makers: Overcoming the Challenges“. She had 10 main talking points, which lead to a rousing discussion throughout the group of about 50 attendees. Using your website to do more than list an email address for your company, how to use Google Alerts to see what others are saying about you, joining the conversation online, dealing with feedback and misconceptions about the internet were all discussed. You can read Raul’s post for all of the details (since my MacBook didn’t seem to want to connect to the network).

Earlier that evening I was collecting donations for a Food Bank food drive. As you can see, the 12 boxes I received from the food bank a few days ago are now completely full, and we have 2-3 more cloth bags full of canned goods. It was so nice to see everyone chip in, whatever they could, to support this cause.

12 boxes + bags all donated at Third Tuesday for the Food Bank

Since the silent auction for the Canucks tickets was a little too silent in the bid department, I decided to raffle them off with all proceeds going directly to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. I would like to keep the raffle going for a little while longer to give others a chance to donate. You can purchase entries, 3 for $5 or 7 for $10. Should you wish to have a chance at these (row 25, section 103, this Saturday versus the Edmonton Oilers) please donate online and send me your confirmation and I will assign you a raffle ticket (exactly like the ones that were given out tonight). I will keep this open until 9:00am tomorrow Wednesday, October 22nd.

These are $100 tickets (each!) and you could have them for $5 or $10. Every $1.00 donated allows The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society to purchase $3.00 worth of food.

Thank you to Reachd, Kate, Kulpreet Singh, and the Vancouver Giants for donating prizes, to Tanya and Monica for organizing the event, Mhairi for her talk, and Jenn Lowther for giving the donations and me a lift.

I will update this post at 9:05am tomorrow with the winning raffle ticket number. Good luck, and thank you!

Update: By special request from Kulpreet (which he can do since he donated the tickets) this will be held over until 10:00am today. You can still donate and enter to win the tickets until that time.

Update: We have a winner! 548247. And for the record… Cameron is actually not very excited…. maybe cause he didn’t win 😉

Gearing up for the Season

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning I woke up to Tweets from several people who were excited to see snow dusted across the tops of the local mountains.

Photo credit: Keira on Flickr

I’m gearing up for another season at Mt. Seymour as well as a trip to Keira’s beloved Mt. Washington to celebrate the start of the season.

Even though it’s still October, when it comes to local skiing, boarding and tubing – where are you going for the best powder experience?


Fashion, Facials and Photography for a Cure

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Quick mini link fest post with some items of interest for the ladies (and the gents too).

Local fashion designer Nicole Bridger has just launched online shopping for her collections. “We use fabrics that are from natural and renewable resources. We consider the impact that we have on the earth and do what we can to minimize it. To take care of the earth’s people we help spread the word of love through our affirmation labels ‘I am love’ in each piece of clothing. We are dedicated to contributing to positive change in our modern world.”

On Sunday Keira and I were treated to some spa time over at Zazou in Lynn Valley. They’re located in the new Library Plaza (off Mountain Hwy) and offer a wide range of treatments – from colouring in the hair salon, to massages in the spa. The staff are friendly and professional and their spa is a quiet oasis (although being located in Lynn Valley helps with that as well).

They also use natural products and offer you a “prescription” for skin care items after analysis. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, not to mention super relaxing. Zazou is a nice retreat, and only minutes from home.

Finally, this Wednesday, October 22nd is the launch party for the Put Your Best Breast Forward calendar. Sales will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. “We’re nine women who are putting together this calendar to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.”

Food Bank Food Drive Reminder – Updated

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

A part of my job that I love the most is helping others – and since another part of my job is blogging, I love being able to combine the two.

Ready for the Food DriveTomorrow at Third Tuesday I will be holding a food drive for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society on top of providing the live blog of Mhari Petrovic’s talk. To encourage attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate, I also have a great collection of prizes to give away. Here’s how it will work:

– Come to Republic tomorrow at 7:00pm for Third Tuesday – “Canada’s Social Media Meetup” – Anyone can attend and the event is free.

– When you arrive you’ll have the chance to donate a food item for the Food Bank

– Should you donate an item you will get a ticket for a prize draw (one ticket per item so bring more to donate and have more chances to win).

Prizes include:
– CARE by Stella McCartney gift pack
WordPress t-shirts
– (4) tickets for a Vancouver Giants game of your choice this season
Seth Godin‘s new book Tribes (donated by Kate)
– A signed copy of Gary Vaynerchuk‘s book (donated by Reachd)

– We will also have a silent auction for the Food Bank – the prize is two tickets for this Saturday’s Canucks game (lower bowl!). Leave your bid on the auction sheet and at the end of the night, the highest bidder/donor walk away with the tickets. Big HUGE thanks go to Kulpreet Singh for donating the tickets.

Update: Raincoaster has submitted the following “Practical suggestions for FoodBank donations” which are entirely fantastic: Continue reading this post ⟩⟩