The Good Neighbours Awards Celebration is an annual event hosted by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia (ANHBC). The Awards offer an opportunity for staff, and volunteers to come together to celebrate and honour those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to our Neighbourhood Houses and communities in which they work and live.
Greg Andruff – Good Neighbour Award
Greg was introduced to Little Mountain Child Development staff by one of our community parents who attended a meeting orgainzed to find people interested in joining the playground committee. Greg gladly volunteered well over 200 hours of his time to us and even though he has no children of his own, he has the passion and the drive to see the creation of LMCDC’s all inclusive playground. Greg is at every playground committee meeting and usually chairs it. He helped organize the fundraiser kickoff and contributed a lot of his time towards the two galas we hosted over the past two years. He was able to raise an incredible $7000 for each of those events. During the planning phase for the Galas, Greg was able to acquire the first venue as a donation and was able to secure the second venue at a special reduced rate. He then went on to provide many of the door/raffle/silent auction prizes. Greg also set up a website where people in the community can donate online or just keep up to date on all the fun things going on in the community.
Greg contributes his own money and time to an annual pumpkin patch in the field of LMCDC where parents in the neighbourhood can bring their children and pay by donation. Greg also set up an Easter egg hunt by donation and the proceeds from these two events go towards the playground fund. Greg has been a fantastic chairman of our playground committee and we would like to thank him for all the time he has put in helping develop his local community.
George Sentosa – Youth Good Neighbour Award
George is a grade 11 student at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School in Vancouver. He has been nominated for the Good Neighbour Award due to his active commitment to the Homework Club – a program offered by the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House at his school. The Homework Club is an after-school drop-in program where high school youth can have access to a variety of resources. This includes help with schoolwork, information on activities within the community, as well as access to youth workers whom they can talk to about issues they face at home, in school, or at work. After being a Homework Club regular for several years, George took the initiative to become a volunteer for the program. He contributes ideas to the way the program is run, does research for field trips and special events, and helps with administrative tasks. He has a great sense of humour and always comes to Homework Club with a positive attitude.
George arrived in Canada from Indonesia in late 2009 and enrolled in English Language Learning courses at Tupper. These courses helped George improve his English skills while also providing a great boost of confidence to the young man. When he graduates high school, George wants to become a police detective, a paramedic, or a chef and he is well on his way as a member of the Vancouver Police Department Cadets program. In his spare time, he takes music and singing lessons at Sarah McLachlan School of Music and learns martial arts at the Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society. He enjoys making dinner for friends, playing video games, and being active.
BC Wine Studio (Mark Simpson) – Corporate Good Neighbour Award
We nominated BC Wine Studio for the Corporate Good Neighbour Award as the company continues to help out in the community with fundraisers and small neighbourhood projects without any cost to the public. Over the past year, BC Wine Studio has helped raise funds at two events involved in the Little Mountain Child Development Centre Playground Rebuild. The first event was a Wine & Oyster night fundraiser with Le Marche St.George with all proceeds going towards the building of a new inclusive playground. The second fundraiser was our Party for the Playground Gala at the Polish Community Hall where Mark Simpson (Owner of BC Wine Studio) gave $10 from the profit of each bottle sold to the playground fund. Both events were huge successes in the community as well as for BC Wine Studio.
The business is also a large contributor in the community with other organizations as they have joined the local Vancouver Farmers Market to help merchants and families. They also helped the Mount Pleasant Family Centre with their fundraiser “Savour our Neighbours”. Le Marche St.George and Mark Simpson also created the “Neighbourhood Vineyard” at the corner of E.28th and St.George Street to help bring families and the community together. They have created a place where everyone can take part in maintaining and caring for the vineyards. BC Wine Studio is committed to bringing people together to help strengthen our community and give everyone a sense of belonging and togetherness.