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Carnegie focus, no. 2 Carnegie Community Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Feb 28, 1987

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I FIRST MEETING A BIG ~UCCES~ 'Concerned and having some-thing to say.' These words describe the vast majority at the first meeting of FOCUS. If you missed it, the first meeting of the Friends of Car-' negie Users' Society on Sunday ~Feb.I, was a big success. About 100 members were there in the Theatre, and they made many valuable and positive suggestions on how to improve things at Carnegie. LONGER HOURS - MORE PROGRAMS -The first topic on the agenda was - how to convince City Hall that Carnegie needs more pro-grams and longer hours. Members said that we should go to City Hall with a united voice, using statistics and petitions, and explain that Carne gie is unique and vital; that re s idents of the Downtown Eastside use . the Centre as their "living room". One member said that Carnegie should be open until 4 a.m. to offer a sa f e refuge for people. Other sug gestions: an expanded mus ic program; more youth act-ivities; more programming for natives, Chinese and other eth-nic group s ; a noon-hour "speak-.-" ers' corner" so peop l e can . debate and make spe eche s on ~ny topic they like; the wood-work shop should make screens · for the back windows so that they are safer for ch i ldren. City Ha ll should a l s o be ad -vized that many other community centres receive outside dona-tions of funds and professional services to keep inside costs 1own, as well as hi ghly or gan -ized ! und~ra ising e f forts. Ray -Cam, LOr instanc~, ra ises a l-most $100,000 a year to adi its programs. Carnegie, being in a P?Verty ~rea, must rely on pub-lic funding to remain vi able. A g?od point wa s made by a long-t i me member who said that the service s prov i ded by Carneg i e far outwiegh those of other c~vic agemcies in reducing lone liness and even the crime r a t e . LET'S STICK WITH MAJORITY VOTE The next topic was - how do we convince City Hall that Carnegie shoul<l remain free of domination by any one city agency? Members are concerned that if Carnegie comes under the Parks Board then we .will be turned in-to a n-iock" facility that charges hign fees to use it. We would have to pay to use a deck of cards, pay by the hour to shoot pool or use the gym ... Under Parks we would have to compete with 22 other centres to get attention and money from them. Many of these centres have bee n doing this for years and have developed very sophisticated and professional methods of get-ting their requests priority. Members want a special agree-ment between Carnegie Community Centre Association and Parks, School Board, Libraries and Social Planning - the so-call~d five part harmony - to run Car-negie. There was general agree-ment that Carnegie has done well with Social Planning, the main agency that we deal with now. 11111111 II II Ill II Ill Ill Ill Ill Ill Ill I Ill 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 OPPENHEIMER: BEST & BETTER' --': ·, , ,, , , ,, .. , ... , .... .. . IIURIZAY FOR THE VOLUNTEERS! ! ! . The Carnegie volunteers got a lot praise at the meeting. THEY MAKE CARNEGIE RUN! Based on minimum wage, volun-teers contribute over $200,000 worth of time and labour to the Centre each year. They should get more recognition and even more "pay" (in the form of coffee tickets). This led into the subject of fund-raising. The financial situation of the Association is looking brighter because of the Star B1ngo events and we whould be out of -the hole in a number of months. Other ideas for fund-raising: run a meals-on-wheels program for shut-ins in the neighbour-hood; solicit funds from busi-nesses in the area; hold regu-lar benefit concerts with local celeb:ities; r~sume the bingo here 1n Carnegie (this last is being done as soofr as a licence comes from V1ctoria). An idea that got . an enthusi-astic response was to build a foodcart on wheels and take it to parks and ball games and sell hot dogs and cookies. 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111i1111111111mmmmnnmmmmn Last Sunday evening I attended the FOCUS meeting, in the Carnegie Theatre The meeting was chaired byMuggs Sigurgeirson and Bill Deacon of the Learning Centre. This meeting was better attended than any previous Board meetings that I've seen in this Centre. Very few strong words were spoken and ~lthough the people were seriously interested and emotipnally involved, there were no outbursts of temper - we proceeded in a calm, businesslike atmosphere; thus disproving the common euphemism that a Carnegie meeting is like a night with the Marx Brothers! A general caucus like this should be held once a month, so that the Board members can know the concerns and hoped-for direction of members: before conducting business or dis semina ting policy. # 710 What is Happennin g : On Wednesday morning an assess ment meeting was held on the 3rd floor - to get to work on ideas and suggestions of the first meeting of FOCUS. 1) A\derman Carole Taylor heads a committee dealing with com-munity concerns and problems. On Thursday afternoon, Feb.12, Bill Deacon, Muggs Sigurgeirson and Paul Taylor will go and talk to her and the committee about the concerns and hopes for impro vement in Carnegie. 2) The Parks Board meets on Mon-day night and the desire for community input and suggestions will be expressed there. 3) Joe Boucher and Michelle have excellent ideas for native involvement - elders telling AND l ·ll N Jl - l: A I ~ I NG . . . the history and spiritua l life of the Original People; another is a program for woodcarv i ng skills and art. Chines e and other patrons of ethnic back-ground will be making similar efforts to promote their cul-tures. 4) Fund-raising ideas are going through the Program Committee and the Volunteer Committee. a wry comment at the meeting was, "Hopefully our next pro-blem will be how to spend money! "' The next meeting of FOCUS will be on Sunday, March 1, at 7:00pm. So far the agenda will cover CRAB and knives and reports on what happenned at the City meetings. See you there! 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111DI111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 II Ill 111111111111111 Ill 111111111111111 l.'.O.W. T WOMEN ON WELFARE Fe are a group of women who working together for better reforms to welfare. We believe in our own individuality; how-ever, we have a common input. · We have no political, sexual or racial prejudices: EVERY woman is welcome. We do n~t · accept or give abuse. We try to give each other moral sup-port and be non-judgemental. We try for a consensus on iss-ues or have a democratic vote. We believe in the abolishment of poverty and in the distrib-ution of information. Also, all work on W.O.W. is done by Volunteers. We meet every Thursday at 217 Main Street from 3:00pm-3:30pm. For more information contact the following people at 681-8400: Beverly Stebner;Chairperson Sheil a Baxter;Facilitator Cora Case ;Secretary The UBC Library and UBC Learning Exchange would like to thank the following participant for his contributions to digitizing this community-generated document: Wilson Liang 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  November 30, 2017 


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