CBC Open House and Food Bank Day 2021

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CBC British Columbia’s annual Open House and Food Bank Day returns virtually with special programming and meet and greet opportunities with your favourite journalists, hosts and special guests.

CBC Open House and Food Bank Day 2021

CBC Open House and Food Bank Day 2021

  • When: Friday, December 3, 2021 broadcasting from 5:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Online

Visiting the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre is a special holiday tradition in the community. To continue to promote public safety, the CBC Vancouver building will not be open to the public for tours or live broadcasts this year. 

The virtual event in 2020 raised over $2.7 million for Food Banks BC, and hopefully the momentum continues for 2021. You can make a donation here anytime to contribute to the cause.

CBC personalities and guests will be available to answer questions and virtually connect with the public across the province. The public can learn about the days’ programming and sign up for the virtual Meet and Greets online here. The 30-40 minute Meet and Greets will feature lively, candid conversations and an interactive Q&A. Registration closes December 1 and spots are limited.

The schedule for the 2021 CBC Open House and Food Bank Day includes:

Radio One broadcasts – 5:00am to 6:00pm

  • The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn featuring special guests from 5:00am to 8:30am
  • A special edition of On The Island with Gregor Craigie for Victoria listeners from 6:00am to 8:30am
  • An extended and combined edition of BC Today with Michelle Eliot & North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay from Noon to 3 p.m.
  • On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko featuring unique stories and guests from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Virtual Meet and Greets available to register for from 9:00am to 3:00pm:

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

  • Andi Petrillo, Canadian Sports Commentator
  • Patrick Chan, Former Canadian Olympic Figure Skater
  • Karin Larsen, CBC reporter and Olympian   

Current Affairs 

  • Angela Sterritt, CBC journalist and columnist, Reconcile This
  • Stephen Quinn, Host, The Early Edition

2021 Local and National News Highlights

  • Anita Bathe, Host, CBC Vancouver News at 6
  • Dan Burritt, Host, CBC Vancouver News at 11

Climate Change

  • Johanna Wagstaffe, Meteorologist, CBC Vancouver News 

This will be the 35th year that British Columbians have been generously donating to food banks at CBC/Radio-Canada’s annual Open House and Food Bank Day, raising more than $12 million for food banks in B.C. since its humble inception in 1986. Follow the tag #CBCFoodBankDay on social media for updates and info.

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Found Boutique Gift Card Giveaway

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Found boutique sells home décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, skin care and quality brand name fashions, all while raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission (“UGM”). It not only offers a quality shopping experiences, it’s an opportunity for customers to give locally through purchases, donations and volunteer opportunities. 

Found Boutique. Photo submitted.
Found Boutique. Photo submitted.

Found Boutique

Where: 641 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Found is a fashion collective with a carefully curated artisan collection that you can shop online or in person. Earrings from Fawn and bracelets from Harper-Lee Designs, to greeting cards from Cherie Blossom Designs, wash cloths from White Rock Handmade, JUNCO Design skirts, S & K Collective tees, and home decor from Damon D Chan Map Designs — and more!

They select ethically-made fashion, jewelry and accessories from over 30 BC artists seasonally.

Found Boutique. Photo submitted.
Found Boutique. Photo submitted.

As a UGM social enterprise Found is “Not just for clothes. But for people”. Since 1940, the UGM’s vision is to foster healthy communities, free from poverty, homelessness and addiction. They do this by offering things like meals, shelter and recovery across seven locations in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Win a Gift Card

I have a $75 gift card to give away so you can shop Found, while also supporting a great cause! Here’s how you can enter to win:

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. UPDATE the winner is Laurel!

MONOVA Museum of North Vancouver Opening

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On December 4, 2021, MONOVA Museum of North Vancouver will open its doors to the public on a limited “preview” basis in The Shipyards. 

Monova Museum of North Vancouver
Mayor Linda Buchanan and Museum Director Wesley A. Wenhardt on the newly refurbished Streetcar 153, August 2021. Photo: Alison Boulier

MONOVA Museum of North Vancouver Opening

  • When: December 4, 2021
    • The museum will be open 4 days a week (Thursday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm) during the winter months
  • Where: 115 Esplanade W, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Admission will be free on December 4, after that regular admission rates apply.
    • COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.

MONOVA is welcoming visitors to explore its gallery spaces, which include interactive displays, as well as moving tributes to the past, such as the section dedicated to Residential School survivors and their families. 

It’s taken more than 50 years, a multitude of meaningful discussions with community members and Indigenous leaders, countless volunteer hours, and painstaking research to amass a collection of more than 9,000 artefacts, but after 20 years of planning finally the Museum of North Vancouver is ready to welcome the public. The new Museum of North Vancouver joins the Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley under the MONOVA banner. 

Located in the heart of the vibrant Shipyards District, MONOVA is close to Lonsdale Quay, The Polygon Gallery and SeaBus Terminal. In addition to featuring the restored electric Streetcar 153, the Museum includes a powerful new cedar carving of Sch’ich’iyuy (The Two Sisters) by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) carver Wade Baker.

Exhibits in the new permanent gallery include:

  • An Indigenous Welcome Circle showcasing Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations stories and belongings
  • Touched by Nature, including the Amazing Animals display
  • The changing face of outdoor recreation
  • Connections: Where cultures collide
  • Sports: past and present, including Olympic athletes
  • Interactive children’s displays
  • Women in Wartime
  • History of shipbuilding on the North Shore
  • History of North Vancouver’s waterfront
  • Innovative industries that took shape in North Vancouver
  • The Museum’s Feature Exhibition Gallery will open in early 2022 

For information about the opening and more about what will be coming up at MONOVA, follow their Facebook page.

Richmond Christmas Fund Online Auction

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Each year, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps brighten the holidays for nearly 3,000 of their neighbours in need. You can support their efforts, while even doing a little gift shopping of your own, with the second annual Richmond Christmas Fund Online Auction!

Richmond Cares Auction 2021

Richmond Christmas Fund Online Auction

Where: View items and place your bid online here
When: From 9:00am on November 22 to 5:00pm on December 6, 2021

The volunteer organizing committee has worked tirelessly to secure a wide selection of fabulous items, from luxury car experiences and high-end travel packages, to restaurant gift cards, bottles of wine, appliances, tools, electronics, and so much more!

If you’d simply like to donate, you can do that on the auction site as well.

Each holiday season, the Richmond Christmas Fund assists thousands of low-income residents by delivering grocery vouchers to individuals and families in need. Children 11 and under also receive toys, books, and sports equipment, while youth aged 12 to 17 are given gift cards. 

The program is supported by nearly 150 volunteers, who contribute well over 2,000 hours annually. Hundreds of other Richmond residents, businesses, and community groups donate cash and toys.

The Richmond Christmas Fund Online Auction is an opportunity to do some holiday shopping, and maybe purchase a gift (or two or three) for yourself. Either way, you’re very likely to get an amazing deal, and 100% certain to make a meaningful, immediate difference in your community.

For more information, follow the Christmas Fund on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots Win a Wreath

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This contest has become an annual tradition, and with the amazing cause behind the social enterprise, and the joy the giveaway brings my readers, I’m pleased to present the 5th annual Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots wreath giveaway! But first, some important details:

Aunt Leah's Christmas Tree Lots

Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots

All profits go towards preventing children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children.

Aunt Leah’s Tree Lots will open in Vancouver on November 25th, and in Burnaby, and Coquitlam on November 26th. The tree lots will be following stringent BC Health protocols including social distancing, masks, and sanitization to keep customers, volunteers, and staff safe. No online orders.

  • Vancouver: St. Stephen’s United Church 7025 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:00am – 8:00pm & Thursday-Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Burnaby: All Saints Anglican Church 7405 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00pm – 8:00pm & Friday-Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Coquitlam: Eagle Ridge United Church 2813 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00pm – 8:00pm & Friday-Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm

The Aunt Leah’s Tree sales are a major source of revenue for the housing and programs Aunt Leah’s provides for vulnerable foster youth and young moms and babies. This year the need is more urgent than ever. It is estimated that 50% of BC foster youth will experience homelessness and during the pandemic young single moms have experienced even greater levels of housing and food insecurity. Aunt Leah’s has been a lifeline for these young people, providing housing, food hampers, living essentials and a supportive and compassionate adult to help them navigate these challenging times.


Aunt leah’s started selling Christmas trees in the 1990s when government funding was cut. The Christmas tree sales have increased every year and the Tree Lots have become Aunt Leah’s most successful fundraiser raising over $640,000 with 100% of the profits from tree sales going to support its programs. For many Metro Vancouver families buying an Aunt Leah’s’ Christmas tree is a cherished part of their holiday tradition.

Win a Wreath

You can enter to win a fresh, handcrafted, holiday wreath, here’s how!

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Friday, November 26, 2021. The winner will be able to pick up their wreath at an Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot. UPDATE! The winner is Jen!