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Weekend Update: AGM + Laneway Livingroom Project
A couple of quick updates to pass along – on our Annual General Meeting, as well as the first of our Laneway Living Room events.

Annual General Meeting – Location Change

A reminder that our Annual General Meeting and BBQ will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday, July 23, at 2:00pm.
An important update though: we’ve decided to change the location!
We’re currently knee-deep in work-party activities for our upcoming laneway activation… so rather than head to Third Beach, as we originally planned, we’ll be holding the AGM closer to tomorrow’s worksite.
To that end, an exciting twist: the AGM will take place at Beecher Park, 1255 Springer Avenue, Burnaby | Map. (Look for us on the east side of the park, just north of the creek.)
We don’t often do activities outside of Vancouver, but it’s always a treat when we do. It’s a good way to reflect on the Vancouver scene. Beecher is a cool urban park located in Brentwood, and has a lovely salmon bearing stream that runs through it (a tributary of Still Creek). It’s also a few blocks south from ‘the Heights’ on Hastings Street – a fine high street neighbourhood that shows yet another side to this busy and eclectic corridor. Both the park and the broader neighbourhood are easily accessible by public transit or bike.
About the AGM
As a registered non-profit, we hold an Annual General Meeting to officially fulfill our obligations under the BC Societies Act. The formal meeting part of the day is will include a presentation of our Annual Report, as well as nominations and elections for our Board of Directors.
Anyone in attendance can participate in discussions, but note that voting on resolutions, motions, and the election of the Board is limited to members in good standing. The meeting is open to all, but to help us with planning for the event we’d ask that you send us a quick email to confirm if you plan to attend.
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Laneway Livingroom – East Van Edition – Saturday, July 29

Since our last newsletter in late June, work has been progressing on our Laneway Livingroom Project. This initiative, funded through the City’s Viva Vancouver program, will transform two under-utilized alleyways into cool gathering places. The day-long activations will showcase the placemaking potential of these spaces using simple materials, recycled ingredients, and a little quirk.
Weather-permitting, our first event will take place next Saturday just off of Commercial Drive. (We’ll be posting full time and location details early this coming week). Grandma’s Living Room, will see a laneway turned cozy space complete with tea and cookies, doilies and a range of items that will mix nostalgia, kitsch and a whole lot of upcyled inventiveness.
Given how much of Vancouver’s land-base is devoted to roads and laneways, looking at alternative, people-friendly, uses for alleyways is something that will be increasingly important as the city grows. Check out this post on the VPSN blog for some cool examples of laneway transformations from other cities. Once you’re done that, mark your calendar and plan to pop by and help us to activate the space.
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