Dear Readers

Dear Readers,

Where does time go? That’s what I feel nowadays. My 10 year-old daughter often recites lines from her favourite movie, Spy Kids: “No one notices time until it’s gone!”, and then goes on, “If kids are feeling this way, then adults must feel even more!”   Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. As such, let’s embrace the moment and enjoy springtime!  Many lovely events in the community are happening this month!

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 8.12.48 PMThis April is packed with exciting events and news. First of all, Kerrisdale IS the hottest destination in Vancouver, it seems, according to the Courier’s Stars of Vancouver Readers’ Choice Awards. See all the winners!! 

 –  Kerrisdale Community Centre has been voted #1 Community Centre

 – Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market has voted #1 Farmers Market  

–  Kerrisdale Days has been voted #2 Street Festival in Vancouver

– Kerrisdale Village has been voted #2 Neighbourhood in Vancouver

– Moore’s Bakery & Delicatessen (only in Kerrisdale) has been voted #1 Bakery

– Faubourg (in Kerrisdale and elsewhere) has been voted #1 Dessert

– Ajisai Sushi Bar (only in Kerrisdale) has been voted #1 Sushi Restaurant – my favourite sushi place;)

– Bean Brothers Cafe (only in Kerrisdale) has been voted #2 Sandwich Place – Yes we often cater yummy sandwiches from them!  

– The Kerrisdale Lumber Co. Ltd (only in Kerrisdale) has been voted #1 Hardware Store

– Legato Tea & Coffee (only in Kerrisdale) has been voted #1 Coffee Shop, followed by Starbucks and JJ bean!

I would like to congratulate to all of our area’s hardworking and innovative local businesses and people behind the scenes! Thank you for making Kerrisdale so vibrant and livable each and every day! 

Secondly, our 1st Cherry Blossom Festival in Kerrisdale is coming up on Sunday April 26th!! This is what Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) would hope for each and every community centre to co-create their own neighbourhood celebration. This joint event was born out of the extraordinary encouragement and support from Linda Poole, the executive director of VCBF whose visionary leadership has inspired me and the KCC board and staff to fill our space with creativity and passion. So, please come join the festival and feel the community spirit, even though cherry blossom will probably be nearly all gone by then! 😉

Lastly, I am delighted to announce the “first-of-a kind” intergenerational art-driven community engagement programs, collaborating with Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS) with funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), starting from May 2015. We aim to bring people together through integrative, mutually beneficial, art-driven activities that promote greater understanding and respect between generations and build on the positive resources that young and old have to offer each other. We are recruiting participants now and please check the announcement!

Happy Spring and Happy Kerrisdale!


Keiko Honda, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief and Chair of Community Engagement