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Dear Readers, The Kerrisdale Sakura Festival 2017 was a huge success with the sunny weather and the great turn-out. More importantly, we were so blessed to have such a wonderful community of volunteers that made this year’s Sakura event all possible, we can’t thank you enough!  This includes all of YOU, the enthusiastic participants, supporters, and collaborators who made the event so engaging and inclusive. We certainly made new community connections through sharing the moment.   Speaking of aha moment, we all learned during the Sakura Walking Tour with Robin Clark, that cherry trees release oxygen through stem pores called lenticels, whose function is equivalent to that of stomata, or breathing cells, found on leaves. Who knew! The DOUBLE thank-you to cherry trees for what they do! Next time when you go near cherry trees, look carefully for lenticels which can be easily seen on the trunks, and then BREATHE!  The community engagement committee is gearing up for the next big event, Vancouver Regional Heritage Fair, scheduled on Saturday, May 20th. Please stay tuned! Happy Spring! Keiko Honda, Editor-in-Chief, Chair of Community Engagement...

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Dear Readers, As our Kerrisdale Community Centre Society’s AGM is fast approaching (Wednesday February 15th, 7:30pm), I reflect on the vales of community. What is community? –  That is a complex question.  What motivates us to seek ‘community’ as a means of achieving what we want for ourselves and our family? And what shapes our choices about which communities we belong to? Locality? Familiarity? Convenience? Ancestry? or anything else? — What makes a life ‘liveable’? As part of my non-profit work at Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, I’ve been involved working with various “communities” to organize numerous community gatherings and create processes that are engaging, inspiring and inclusive. More and more, however, the creation of “community” has become an end in itself, as we come to learn from our experiences that the community is a vital aspect of a person’s ever-evolving sense of self and a source of creativity.  We continue to engage in community-participately practices and public discussions of how our identity is formed and its relation to perceived community on a deep level.  There are a few noteworthy new initiatives in Kerrisdale that create the conditions for effective community development by helping the smaller groups to form and to connect their goals with the broader, overarching alliance. One is KCCS’s Community Engagement new initiative, English-Mandarian Language Exchange Meetup. The other is Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society’s Come To My Yard, a permaculture garden project in the heart of Kerrisdale funded by the City of Vancouver. Be curious, come together, help others, and be a part of a strong community!  Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement...

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Dear Readers, Thanksgiving is upon the U.S.  As being an American living abroad for a while now, I still consider this day as my most favourite holiday. I fondly remember how we all suddenly tuned out from our crazy busy hustle-bustle for a moment and came together to listen and reflect what we were truly thankful for. In this last issue of 2016, I am reminded of how we all came from somewhere else, some earlier and some later, and strive to live in a world that shares our values – that’s Art, I think. In this issue, you will learn the best of the human spirits and practices of all different cultures including German, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, and Kadazandusun, an ethnic group indigenous to Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah! The power of art is that it asks us to reflect on other people’s creative choices. So, enjoy reading. Lastly, I am delighted to share some wonderful new collaborative spirit for Musqueam youth – Beyond Music Initiative, as some of you may know. On behalf of the entire team, I thank you for being a part of our journey and welcome everyone to join. For those who missed the Opening Ceremony at Musqueam Cultural Centre by any chance, here is the complete recap.  Enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Cheers, Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Community Engagement...

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Dear Readers, The idea of combining two or more disciplines, approaches, groups of people, or skills is not new. And yet, few of us have gone so far as to ask: “What happens when such skills and people from different disciplines are brought together in a synthesis?” I am excited to share the news about the Opening Reception of Beyond Music on Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016 at Musqueam Cultural Centre. This is a new community collaboration initiative for Musqueam Youth where music, poetry, and community engagement merge into a larger themes. It’s about celebrating abundance; it’s not about providing extracurricular activities; it’s about creating a life of possibility. Go check it out here! Speaking of sharing abundance, our beloved board member, Dr. Alex Cherkezoff, will be giving his talk, “How to live and survive well into your octogenarian years and beyond” on October 26.  What not possible?! Free and Open to the Public. Come join us! Thanksgiving is upon us! Happy Thanksgiving to All! Blessings, Keiko Honda Community Engagement Chair Kerrisdale Community Centre...

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Dear Readers, What books did you read and love this summer? My top pick was Margaret Trudeau’s latest book, The Time of Your Life, which was full of her personal stories with stunning honesty and openness. “The gift of getting older is that we can look back and gain understanding on the triumphs and tragedies, large and small, of our lives with a depth that we might not have been capable of when they happened………The third act is all about drawing meaning from the seemingly disconnected storylines of our lives,” she writes.  How powerful that is to own your truth by speaking for yourself! Trudeau’s book was so good that I not only listened deeply to what is said but also listened deeply to myself.  That kind of creative content in social media is tough to deliver while keeping the audience fully present and reflective. Nonetheless, this summer, my incredible team of Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS) worked tirelessly to make our SkillShare Project go beyond our creative goals to bring meaningful and real conversations, through both print media and multimedia. Piecing together personal stories is indeed instrumental in creating a new community narrative for the sake of our children and grandchildren. I am happy to share some of the fruits of their labor with the Playbook. In this issue, an interview with Adriane Carr was a highlight for me, as was interviewing Doloris Hrynkiw, an inspiring Kerrisdale mother, to discuss — what else — community engagement. But I especially appreciate Richard Marcus‘s appearance in this issue, who has been a collaborator for in-progress Kerrisdale Permaculture Garden Project. Echoing Adriane’s message, he reminds us of a sense of freedom that comes with passion that we all must seize.  The Artists-in-the-Garden Exhibition event together with a stellar team of Kits CC...

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  Dear Readers, “Are you still remarkable?” – the wonderfully witty first line from Mayor Gregor Robertson when I ran into him at Musqueam on the National Aboriginal Day. I grinned and pondered about my last 2 years or so.  On that day, I chatted with many truly remarkable women (and men) from our community as well as our beloved Adriane Carr and Andrea Reimer – women for whom age has only reinforced their desire to have an impact and their ability to be a positive influence.  I am in awe of their devotion to the community. “Just be who you are (is all you need)” as Adriane kindly advised me on my growing concern about living happy and fullest life as we (women) age.  Elsewhere in the issue, we highlight the secrets of “Learning To Just Be” that can be hard to do for some of us who especially want to keep pace with our fast-changing city. Summer is here. Keep gardening and keep growing your passion.  Happy Canada Day!   Cheers, Keiko Honda Chair, Community Engagement Editor-in-Chief   ...

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Dear Readers, Spring is a time for renewal!  A time to begin new, exciting initiatives that will impact our city.  For community organizers, spring is a time to re-energize and enhance our entrepreneurial and engagement skills so we are better prepared to help our communities succeed.  Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grant (NSG)  & Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant (GCG) projects are about to take off. As one of the Resident Advisory Committee members for the Westside, I am delighted to announce that in 2016 there was 25% increase in applications from those submitted in 2015 and so many new and exciting projects are being funded this year. What a great time to share creativity, gain perspective on community sustainability issues, and connect with more people in the neighbourhood! Check the NSG/GCG website for the upcoming project announcements. As part of the Kerrisdale Community Centre’s Community Engagement initiatives, we are open to NSG/GCG projects for free meeting spaces on a availability basis in order to play an important role in helping our citizens to continue to grow and our residents to thrive on their own terms. Together, we will reach hundreds of westside residents through such community-led local initiatives in an effort to ensure that the opportunity of creativity and social connection is available to all.  Another exciting new initiative to connect more people is Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS)’s SkillShare project funded by the federal government. The Kick off event is just around the corner – Sunday May 15, 9pm – 3pm at Kitsilano Community Centre. Please come out to see what it is all about! And, finally, we are hosting the Vancouver Regional BC Heritage Fair 2016 at Kerrisdale Community Centre on Saturday May 21, welcoming Vancouver’s top 120 students who will be presenting their research...

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Dear Readers, Time for Spring cleaning and skill sharing!   I have been fortunate to work with a talented, highly collaborative, and passionate team in my non-profit and community partners to start a pilot skillshare program in the community…..yes, it’s passion that’s the strongest force on Earth! At the heart of community engagement is the process of building a grassroots movement involving communities and the practice of moving communities towards change. And skill-sharing, part of the asset-based community development (ABCD), is one of the effective tools to harness and leverage the individual and collective knowledge, resources and experience found within the community for sustainable development. I am looking forward to seeing multi-generational community of learning and new friendships emerging from skill-sharing. The first kick-off event will starting in May 2016 at the Kitsilano Community Centre, and I will surely keep you all posted.  For any inquiries, contact me: hondakeiko@gmail.com. Speaking of cherry blossoms, please come out to our Sakura Festival, enjoy yourself, and sense the preciousness of our connection with nature! Happy Spring! Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement Committee    ...

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Happy New Year!     Time for a quantum leap in the year of the Monkey -Yeah, that’s my year! It has been years since I’ve gone on a vacation. So, last week, I flew to Hawaii and fell in love with Hawaii’s natural beauty and the legacy of people who had made a difference in the whole Hawaiian community and in the world.  This time, I felt like traveling through the eyes of an artist or writer, like Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings during her 1939 stay or Mark Twain’s letters during his 1866 visit……..  O’Keeffe and Twain were once in Hawaii….Who knew! On my 2nd day in Hawaii, I headed to the Honolulu Museum of Art —just a 20 minutes bus ride from where I was staying. It’s an inspiring architectural design, and I enjoyed just going to the museum to hang out. But, when I saw the painting of O’Keeffe hanging at the museum—I was ecstatic. The energy and excitement I felt in the moments before seeing that masterpiece with my own eyes is the same energy many of us feel about incomparable and incredible natural beauty and wonders of Hawaii. The whole island is like a living, breathing artist at work, providing the connective, emotional tissue in the form of majestic and verdant cliffs, well-kept pristine beaches, entrancing botanical gardens, eye-poppingly beautiful hibiscuses, a vibrant bird kingdom, symbolic Hawaiian public arts throughout, the colour, the blue, and the “Way of Aloha” (To Love) – It is indeed a beautiful world, a paradisiacal ecosystem. MALAMA A’INA – Important Hawaiian saying meaning “to care for.”  Gratitude comes in many forms. I thought about the gratitude I felt toward the locals I encountered during my trip –  especially towards wheelchair users. From hula and surfing, to festivals and funerals, one finds examples of the Hawaiian culture’s intimate relationship with...

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The Intergenerational Creativity Project, developed by Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society and mentored by Musqueam weaver, Debra Sparrow, used weaving as a cornerstone of intercultural and intergenerational learning. Traditional and yet contemporary blanket were woven from our root and shared dreams. Please come take a look at those beautiful blankets created by our participants displayed in the main lobby of Kerrisdale Community Centre. Dear Readers, As millions of Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I am reminded of happy holiday memories during my decades-long residence in New York City. It is always a special time of reflection for me, and I thought it would be fun to share what our community is thankful for this season. In this issue, we’re taking the concept of “thanks” to a new level by shedding light on unique and yet the same “ingredients” of inspiring immigrant stories to remind us of the importance of immigrants to Canada’s history.  My hats off to all our features, Tony Tabarsi, Masa Shiroki, and Andy Yuen; they are pretty unique individuals in their own right and the truly remarkable backbone of our society. I am extremely thankful.  On a related note, I would like to take this opportunity to extend both my personal gratitude and that of our entire Playbook team to you, dear readers. We have received many wonderful comments over the last four years, which led to the birth of “Kerrisdale Playbook ReCollection 2012-2015” limited edition publication. It finally came out! Please join us in celebrating this exciting milestone!    I hope you enjoy this season of thankfulness. May your holiday season be blessed with joy and love.  Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement Kerrisdale Community Centre Society...

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  Dear Readers, I recently traveled to DC for business but actually had the time to revel in the natural wonders of the East Coast hustle and bustle, not only because I used to live in the East Coast and felt at home, but because of the contrast effect of living in Vancouver. Whether or not I am deprived of vibrant environment for arts or cultural diversity here in Vancouver, I was breathing air of freedom and excitement there as if I have never breathed before 😉 But at the same time, I often catched myself saying, “We are so lucky to live in Vancouver!”, because of the incredibly humane and intelligent community we live and contribute together.    So here we are! The October issue is notable for its collection of authentic stories of our diverse and creative features including a centenarian Irene Ronnie, our beloved former board member! Irene’s message that we only do the things we enjoy is something to remember. Many congrats to Colleen Barlow for her stunning exhibition, Whale Dreams, at UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, as well as to Vancouver Island filmmaker Connor Gaston for his 2015 VIFF BC Emerging Filmmaker Award!!  A high school senior, Jasmine Teng, is a girl on fire on her sustainable WaterMe project. Vancouver Asahi is truly a beacon of hope for our children.  As Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner, there’s no shortage of ‘things’ to be grateful for during the long weekend, starting with delectable meal and wonderful company to toast!      Cheers! Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community...

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Dear Readers, “What I stand for is what I stand on” – Wendell Berry What does this quote mean to you? I met this powerful quote by Wendell Berry when I was visiting our city’s oasis, Southlands Farms last week.  I was haunted by this quote for a couple of days and kept pondering the question that has become a cliché and yet wonderous: What makes the community a great place to live?   Working as editor-in-chief of Kerrisdale Playbook has been one of my favourite experiences I had in general in my life, as I constantly explore the wonderful neighbourhoods and unique communities where life and real creativity seem flourishing.  For me, what makes the community truly a great place to live comes with a tremendous amount of passion. And I am proud to say that each and every person featured or involved in Kerrisdale Playbook is the embodiment of pure passion.     September issue is all about passion and perhaps most revealing, covering the themes of culture, community, urban agriculture and arts.  Now, after reading,  it’s your turn to ponder on what you stand for! Harvest season will be soon upon us. This fall, I am delighted to invite all the community members and city folks to the Placemaking Public Walk as we will be showcasing the results of our ongoing placemaking project. Please stay tuned….We also have a series of new and interesting public free events coming up, including Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow’s talk on Oct 1st. You will see how powerful our collective vision can be!  Happy reading and happy Back-to-School!   Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief   Chair, Community...

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Dear Readers, My 10-year-old Maya spends up to 5 hours an evening on schoolwork but mostly reading for pleasure. I often have to remind her to eat at the dinner table by saying “Stop reading!”  It takes me back to my days of 4th Grade so immersed in a book, and makes me think ….. When was the last time I was “hooked on books”?  Much of what I read nowadays is strategic and far from “reading for pleasure” for which I miss the feelings! My only contribution to Maya’s reading for pleasure is to follow her lead when she completes it with full understanding and satisfaction—ready to embrace the next one.   To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. (A. C. Grayling) Reading for pleasure is delighting and informing at the same time. It’s always our hope that we’ve done a bit of that with each issue. Summer is upon us! What is your summer reading list? Cheers,   Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement...

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Dear Readers, In this month of May, I am looking forward to watching how a seed we planted is growing; a seed of community connections, a seed of an idea that adults and older adults and youth together explore the wonderful world of art, which prompts discussion and the sharing of life stories between the generations; Everyone is at once a teacher and a learner at all times. To foster the concepts of lifelong learning and spirited citizenship, together with Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, we have just begun the Intergenerational Creativity Project where our young people have opportunities to engage with the broader community and to learn with and from individuals of all ages who exemplify this ideal.  To that end, a series of intergenerational workshops and projects are starting from this month at Kerrisdale Community Centre as a pilot site.   Other noteworthy community connections include: Byng Project 3B, a school-based immigrant integration program sponsored by the VSB Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS) Program in Lord Byng Secondary School, which took on a new challenge to extend their vision to global charity with UNICEF Canada; Uproot, zero-waste initiative diverting 100% of Vancouver’s wood waste from the landfill; and Urasenke Tankokai Vancouver Association whose debut was a smashig  success in Kerrisdale Community Centre’s first Sakura Festival — What a powerful synergy that is emerging! Read on. Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement  ...

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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! This 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...

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    Dear Readers, Our March issue is full to the brim with film, featuring some of the fantastic film events heading our way this month. We are incredibly excited to host a Canadian premiere of “Plant This Movie“, a documentary film on global urban farming movement, for which director Karney Hatch from Portland Oregon will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film! This will be on Friday, March 20th at 7pm at Kerrisdale Community Centre as well as Saturday March 21st at 7pm at Kitsilano Community Centre. Please don’t miss it.  Another exciting features are Paralympic athlete Andrea Holmes’s “Favourite Leg“ at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull‘s compassionate and pioneering film “Citizen Planet: Cybernetic Governance in the Anthropocene“, and filmmaker Pia Massie‘s new “Screening+Discussion Series” around the theme of love/resilience at Kerrisdale Community Centre staring this Spring. Aren’t we lucky to “meet” those very committed individuals who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and seeking a deeper connection to place and community, and more sustainable ways of life? March is a month of “planting the seed” of community and creativity, so to speak! As a member of the Residence Advisory Committee of Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants, I would like to encourage all community members to apply! The deadline is March 31st! Last but not least, “Hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) is in full swing here. Please mark your calendar to come on out for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival happening in KERRISDALE on Sunday April 26th! We will surprise you!   Cheers! Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief and Chair of Community Engagement  ...

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(From Left), Taylor Lecky (staff writer), Keiko Honda (Editor-in-Chief), Linda Poole (Executive Director of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival) Special thanks to Noriko (photography) and Visual Space (film location)     Dear Readers, We are already in the second month of 2015.  In Japan, February 3 marks the yearly Setsubun celebration (literally means “division of seasons”), implying the day before the first day of spring (surprisingly, despite the chills!). Traditionally people in Japan throw roasted soybeans inside and outside their houses to drive away evil spirits and misfortune, chanting “Out with the Demon! In with Fortune!“. Why not take another moment to reflect beyond the New Year’s Resolution? What we can do today to improve, energize, thrive, grow and love more? I think the deepest reflection is actually an ongoing process. I first met Linda Poole in the planning committee meeting of Vancouver – Yokohama Golden Jubilee (1965-2015), for which I am very excited to share some of what’s been happening with all of you as time goes by. Meeting Linda was like the cherry blooming front finally come around! Her passion is so contagious that I am running a sakura fever, and so will you! This year for the first time, Kerrisdale Community Centre’s Centennial Park will be hosting the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival on April 26th. Please mark your calendar and be sure to attend!! In addition, in this issue, our “one-of-a-kind creators” feature will inspire you with some great wood work artist, Russ Gray, a youth leader, Maya Reisz, and a fashion designer and beyond, Terry Sasaki – a new addition to our Best Of list!  Last not but least, our AGM is just around the corner! Please mark your calendar for February 18th,7:30pm.   Happy February and Happy Valentine’s Day!   Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement Kerrisdale Community Centre Society          ...

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    Dear Readers, Good luck to a New Year, New Goals, and New Opportunities! What are your New Year’s resolutions? I have parenting goals, relationship goals, health goals, friend goals, budgeting goals, reading goals, hobby goals, work goals, and even pleasure goals….for all facets of life………I am getting after it…….Failure is a given…..Another chance to start, of course…. After all. life IS improvisational, as we never know exactly what is coming, but having a plan is comforting. In choosing an entrepreneur, Dr. Lee Van Horn, an emerging writer, Rachelle Chartrand, an artist Mariko Ando, and community connectors, Katherine Allen & Laura Kosciecha as our feature for the January issue, we found ourselves in good company. I see a creative abundance in all areas of life, including realizations of ourselves.  As Dr. Van Horn said in his interview, “In your community, there are a million ways to give back and the only reason you don’t see them is because you are not looking. After all, it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”.  The key, again, is effort. Kudos to Bernie Percy and Mary Dopson, 2014 recipients of the Volunteer Award of Kerrisdale Community Centre. We awarded two awards to long time volunteers who have made great contributions to our community. I would like to highlight here some noteworthy achievements: Bernie Percy joined the knitting group 12 years ago and leads the group. Bernie was born in Dublin, Ireland, one of 10 children.  Bernie is very proud of her involvement with the Book of Kells, an ancient book from Ireland which dates from the 6th Century BC.  There were a few replicas made and Bernie organized a committee to purchase the only copy in Canada.  It is now on permanent display in the UBC library, and it is the most popular...

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Dear Readers, In this last issue of 2014, reflecting its theme of community, we searched some of the larger-than-life voices in our city – influential filmmaker Pia Massie, eclectic home-school teacher Peter Lambert, Kerrisdale Community Centre’s beloved programmer, Kristi Douglas, and visionary urban garden project leader, Cinthia Page – to share their causes and passion.  Our hope, and theirs, is to offer a reminder that this holiday season, we lucky Vancouverites have many ways to actualize our dreams into the reality of our life. Look no further!  Recently, with my 9-year-old Maya, I participated in the Kits Banner Painting, which is funded by the City’s Neighboughood Matching Fund. The banner designs were selected through a contest that is open to all members of the community to represent their hopes and dreams.  So fascinating how this city compels Vancouverites to get involved in a myriad of self-expression opportunities. Finally, on behalf of Kerrisdale Community Centre Society, I would like to give a big thanks to our dedicated staff writers, a bright UBC grad and soon-to-be-graduated, Haley Cameron and Dave Wheaton, whom I am humbled by their talent, drive, enthusiasm, and work ethic. They certainly have kept raising the bar by delivering all interesting articles for the whole year of 2014.  Sorry to see them leave the Team, but I wish Haley and Dave all the best for the future! With December only 2 weeks away, the holiday planning will soon be in full swing! I hope everyone will enjoy the fun and festivities of the season.     Warm wishes, Keiko Honda Editor-in-Chief Chair, Community Engagement, Kerrisdale Community Centre...

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    Dear Readers, Now that our (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinner parties are happily over, but being grateful for what we have is something we all know we should do a bit more often……And yet, encouragement to be ‘grateful’ is not always the kindly act it seems. It may sound like we should be content with how things already are, as my 9-year-old, Maya, said to all the invitees at the Thanksgiving dinner table, “I am so grateful for bread-and-butter, nothing else matters!”,  politely opting out of eating healthy dishes on the table. Awww, kids these days. How about ambition, expectation or aspiration?  How do we know that we’re not settling for less?  Do you feel sometime that the moment of gratitude for simple joys in life is somehow at odds with a central human nature to strive for excellence? Life is like a puzzle, indeed….. October issue is on the theme of artist’s long and winding way lying in between the vision and the act; featuring long timers like Etsuko Inoue, Dr. Richard Niles, and Salome Nieto, all have been my sources of inspiration, and then young Craig Lee, an artist in the making.  Salome recently introduced me to this wonderful quote by Tatsumi Hijikata, a creator of Butoh dance:  “Again and again we are reborn. It is not enough simply to be born of the mother’s womb. Many births are necessary. Be reborn always and everywhere. Again and again.”  I will hold on to this insight when I think of gratitude and taking on bigger challenges….    And on that note, everyone, Happy October! Happy Halloween!     Keiko Honda, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief...