Meet the New Neighbourhood Connector

Hi! My name is Naomi! My partner Andrew and I moved into our small, 100-year-old McCauley home in 2007 and promptly populated it with four kids.

As well as being a busy mom, I am an artist, blogger, creative entrepreneur, and an urban gardener. Gardening has many benefits, but the most surprising one I experienced was that it got me involved in our community.

When I first started gardening, I made a point to smile at every person who passed by. People from all walks of life would stop to chat as I pulled weeds. Most interactions were fleeting, but some led to a soul-to-soul connection. It made me believe in the power of community.

This is why I am excited to be the new Neighbourhood Connector for Abundant Community McCauley. My mission is to find out what you love about living here and what could make it better. I want to find out what passions you possess and help you connect with others who share those passions. I’m looking for Block Connectors to help me with this sustainable and impactful initiative. If you believe in the power of community please email me at abundantcommunitymccauley@gmail.com.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Outdoor Way of the Cross – Due to the wet, cold weather on Good Friday, April 14, attendance was down at the annual Outdoor Way of the Cross from about 660 (in recent years) to only 300 at the peak. This year’s theme was “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one” based on Pope Francis’s letter laudato si that notes that poor people pay the greatest price for our disregard of taking care of the environment. We walked for the first time west of 101 Street in the shadow of Rogers Place. Text: Jim Gurnett Photo: Michael Hoyt

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

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Volunteer With Us!

We are always looking for new writers and photographers, as well as ideas for future stories. We also regularly need block carriers to help with the delivery and distribution of the paper. Email Paula with your submissions, feedback, ideas, and availability. We also ask that contributors read our Editorial Guidelines and that all volunteers read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

Upcoming Themes

June’s theme is “The Outdoors.” What are some of your favourite outdoor activities? Walking, cycling, soccer, jogging, bird-watching, gardening, photography . . . And even though this is for June, winter activities are fine to discuss too. Deadline: May 12. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.