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Carnegie Centre volunteer survival kit Carnegie Community Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) 1985

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CARNEGIE CENTRE' Carnegie Centre is the busiest cOlJllllunit;y ceULL t! in Vancouver. It is the only one which operates twelve hours per day, every day. The scope and range of programs and activities place constant pressure on the facility. We are fortunate in having a caring. compassionate team ' of staff and volunteers to meet the demands. The members of the Carnegie Community Centre hssociation elect a Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers,. each June at the annual general meeting. The Board sets the goals and policies of the Centre and in conjunction with its volunteer committees. works with the Centre director and staff to address the needs of the Centre and the community. In order to respond to these needs the. Centre relies on its volunteers. The commitment and involvement of Carnegies volunteers are its greatest strength. You ;>ro'vide the motivation arid skills that make the organ·-L:ation work. \ve hope that your time here is as rewarding to you as it is to those you choose to serve. 4/ ~ /.c- t--.:T/J.· <~~L ~ President of Carn egie Community Centre Association. Nancy J ennings Direc tor Carnegie Commun it y Center -------- . -~ - --:~:J ---, I --~. . / '.~ ' " ~----. ------....---:::---.,..".,-.~  --.-- --. ----';' :" ---for t-hose who want anu cnre nut Survival is a great word There are peuple ' who llIay at . t for him/herself but others. . t to yUII bUl nOll c t hc I css JUs 1 k more unfortuna e the time not seem or 00 .? do need you!! ithin ollrse lves tu hr i ng W as volunteers make a pact w . necu. Onc mllst .;) I so e fel] ow person .1n . . Ile .lp, love . and respe.ct. to our .. .' 'loll e y is nut the obJccl. f volunteer 1S. I show what their pOS1t101l 0 Love and Care is. . x~~~~· Cha irperson Volunte e r COlllmittce · 0[P[3[;J THE 000~ . TO . Community volvemen at Carnegie. I ! No matter how much or how littl ti . 6 ive you i e me you have to are an mportant member of our volunteer t d your assistance is greatly appreciated by staff ande::t~:ns. ThanK You! Nan ) .... eeiU-er V foG 1~_J::jt.-)(. Volunteer Co-ordinator 1) 3) hlhy be a vu~unteer? ~ G'O learn new skills. To share with others. To be part of a ~ommunity. \o1ho can become a volunteer? Anyone who would like to may. hlhat type of organization is this? It's a community center, part of the social planning department of the city. 4) \.Jho runs Carnegie? 5) Each year, in June, Carnegie Community Center members elect a Board of DirectJrs who in consultation with Community members and staff set Carnegie's goals and policies. Our Center's director is responsible for implementation of the Board's policies and for the overall administration of the Center. Is there a spec~c, ,9 rientaion session? . Yes, every 'I!~Jlry morning at 10:30 a.m. with the volunteer co-ordinator. 6) \.Jhy does Carnegie use volunteers? Voluntee rs are ~n integral part of the Center's operat'on. They are needed for the smooth running of the programr: in the building. Our volunteers are not hidden but work Ji;e by side with staff. 1) Are there any benefits? Yes, 2 coffee-food tickets per hour worked and a VO] ' L . .:eer dinner once a month. 8) Are volll ilteers encouraged and expected to give ideas? Vulun t e e["t; ,He encouraged to participate and create prog rLllll s wjthin the Center. New ideas are Ileeded :lnd He l cPllle! .. .. It costs nothing and creates much. It enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich, that they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the Jiscouraged, sunshine to the sad, and, natures best antidote for trouble. Yes it, cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no earthly good to anybody until .it is given away. If I am too troubled or sad or discouraged to give you a smile, will you be kind enough to leave me one of yours, for nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give . GAlZAGe W,,()pWO~~ ~H()P E~ r-E:VA !fOR. WAQI-R"~ I ~ONFf;R.~N(J PO~R'I DARK ~()OM PJ)OM -rHeA-rRf; L-I 'BRARY I SENIORS . LOUNGE. GYM D I:U'tJ ~ o? ~ WE/~HTLIF17N" R~M ()()A AssoclAnON OFFICE C l-A~12.00M "2. ~rOR AlZr t;;A 1-L.8<Y I~ Lt;AT<NING Ce.NTRe (C.t.A~$R~OM I) J<l1tH EN R.. VOL .. , CoORPINATl:JR CHILD f\t11 NO' NG K~CRE.A.""'f)N (JFFIC£~ 0lM ] MAIN OFFICE. ,,!> IJ ''1 I I I COMfY/IJNITY VOLUNTEERS) SYMBOL The history of Carnegie Centre really began over a century ago, on Jan. 23, 1869, when sawmill workers on Burrard Inlet gathered together all the old books in the tiny community of 5,000 and formed a library, the New London Mechanics' Institute. It was located at Hastings Sawmill for a time, but the library's 400 books eventually were hous ed in two rooms above a hardware store on Cordova St. In 1901, American steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie was convinced to donate $50,000 to build a city library if Vancouver would provide free land and $5,000 annually to support its operation. A fight immediately developed between East and West Side Vancouver as to who would get the new cultural institution. A public plebiscite fixed the site at Hastings and Westminster (now Main) Streets, next door to the original three-towered City Hall. The cornerstone was laid in 1902 (under it are various Masonic documents, a copy of the City's Act of Incorporation, lists of various civic officials, and a copper casket containing all speciments of current postage stamps and coins). The library opened in November 1903 with oak panelled ceilings, eight fireplaces, a steel (9,888 1bs.) and marble staircase and a massive three-panel stained glass window, with three smaller coloured windows below (now missing). The exterior is built of granite from Indian Arm and sandstone from Gabrio]a Island. Inside were special reading rooms for ladies and for children, a chess room, newspaper reading room, picture gallery, lec ture hall, and on the third floor the Art, Historical and Scientific Association (now Vancouver Museum). Carnegie Library served as the City's Main Branch for many years. Perhaps the building's most dramatic event occurred on a Saturday afternoon in 1935, when 250 jobless single men fileJ calmly into the library and for the next eight hours occupied the third floor. Their strike was intended to draw attention to the appalling conditions of the unemployed, forced by the Depression to work for food in Relief Camps set up by the government in the Interior. Food parcels, cigarettes and containers of coffee were hauled up to the strikers with buckets and ropes. The demon-stration ended peacefully the following morning when the govern-ment agreed to offer temporary relief. No damage was done to the building. The success of this strike prompted the massive "On-to-Ottawa" Trek by the unemployed later that year. In 1957 a new central library was built at Burrard and Robson Streets; the Museum moved downstairs to occupy the full building. They too left in 1967 when the Centennial Museum opened. For the next ten years the building remained empty, its roof leaking and the interior deteriorating. Various uses were proposed for the old structure, including an office and restaurant complex, a rock museum, and a parking lot. After massive public protest, much of it spearheaded by the Downtown Eastside Residents Association, City Council in 1976 agreed to renovate the building for a community centre. The lot adjacent, once occupied by the original City Hall, was purchased and an extension to the building was built. The Carnegie Community Centre opened its doors again to the public on January 20, 1980. Ib o L u T E B I L L o F R , G 1) TAKE THE ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY BY SHOWING UP ON TIME AND PERFORMING THE DUTIES DESCRIBED AND INFORM STAFF IF I CANNOT MAKE MY SHIFT. 2) RESPOND COURTEOUSLY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BECAUSE I AM VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY. 3) STAY INFORMED OF CARNEGIE ACTIVITIES AND ISSUES. 4) VOICE MY OPINIONS OPENLY AND HONESTLY. 5) RESPOND POSITIVELY AND CREATIVELY TO CHALLENGES. 6) PARTICIPATE IN DECISION MAKING. 7) CARE AND RESPECT MYSELF AND OTHERS RECOGNIZING THE SKILLS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AMONG US. 8) CO-OPERATE WITH OTHERS AND DEAL WITH ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH HONESTY, FORTHRIGHTNESS, COMPASSION AND INTEGRITY. 9) ADHERE TO THE RULES OF THE WORK AREA AND WORK TO CHANGE RULES I FIND UNFAIR. 10) WELCOME AND ENCOURAGE ALL NEW VOLUNTEERS. \0.. CARNR;IE CENTRE ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT: Harvey BoVk!rs VICE-PRESIDENr: T.B.A. 1~ASURER: Rodney Jones SELRIITARY: Sam Snobelen MEMBER-A~IJ\RGE: Linda Ervin MEMBERS: Robert Allen Wall y Bardysh Henriette Chabot Katherine Galan Cecil Kazakoff Kung Shun Lau Floyd Cmjaric Harold Hayashi Dan Korica Al Sangster ASS<X:IATIOO STAFF CLERK/BOOKKEEPER: 'Ibby Agg CASHIER: Sheila Bell CARNEGIE CENI'RE srAFF DIRErroR: Nancy Jennings Program Assistant - Robin Slatinek CARNEGIE CLERK: Peggy M::>nro CO-ORDINATORS PR(X;RAMMERS Val Kalk - Acting Volunteer Cindy Carson - Education Murray Jamieson - Kitchen Nancy SVk!edler - Acting Socio/CUltural Earle Peach - Cabaret Jimmy Stewart -Recreation Barry Maxwell - Education Dan Tetrault - Acting Recreation Don Larson - Carnegie Crescent Chris Miller - Bingo CCJ.MJNITY PRXRAM ASSISTANI'S Earle Peach Murray Jamieson val Kalk SUe Gauvin Dan Bateman lliS'I'RIJC.OORS Dan Tetrault _ Patte Diane \'b:xl ry Malcotm David - Wbodworking W.K. <l1an - Ballroan Dancing Earle Peach - Music Anne McElroy - G.E.D. Grace Yuen Anne waters - E.S.L. Paul Chan Richard Tetrault - Drawing Henry Hoekema Jane Harris - lIurranities Paul Li - Seikido Sue Gauvin - Crafts Bob Metz - Tai Chi Gilles Rioux - Boxing Greta Yardly - Piano SEUJRITY AND IXX)R Claude Maurice Dave Alexander Dan Larson John Seynour Stan Mah Leith Harris Sandy '!han INFORMATlOO DESK Pearl Brown Kim Dlgray Butch LaRue Enrico Ranano John Seynour Grace Yuen LIBRARY STAFF Ron Dltton - Librarian Fred Faulkes - Library Ass't -Supervisor wendy Field - Library Ass't Jery ro...e - Library Ass' t Joan McNair - Library Ass' t Dorothy Turner - Library Ass' t Eva Tai - Library Ass't YamI OORKER Fred Arrance BOOKI-ET DESIGN BY FRED FAULKES &. TORA ] 9 85 The UBC Library and UBC Learning Exchange would like to thank the following participant for his contributions to digitizing this community-generated document: Joseph Sparovec This community-generated work was digitized and deposited to cIRcle, UBC's open access digital repository, as part of the Digitizing Community Memories project of the Making Research Accessible in the Downtown Eastside initiative (MRAi). In collaboration with the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library, the project provided training and support for community members in the Downtown Eastside to digitize and make openly available community-generated materials.  This project aimed to increase access to historic Carnegie Centre publications and preserve these unique materials for years to come.  For more information on this project and the UBC Learning Exchange, please visit learningexchange.ubc.ca  September 13, 2017 


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