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Volunteer's Voice, Oct 83 Carnegie Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Oct 31, 1983

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Oc 'l lfJ ' < ( --r. t. ,. I• r .. • ' r ( . k , ... 1, .. . • RON SOSTAD - THE NEW EDITOR I am a st u de nt in the Vol unteer Management Certificate Program at the Van co uver Comm1rnity College, Langara Campus. I have work ed on t he Comm1rnity Involvement Program at Shaughnessy Hos pi t al (~1 er e I ed ited a news l etter for some of the patients th e re 0 wit h Be th Jennings at the First United Ch u r ch i n t h e Ha nd i cappe d and Visitation Program, and at the Ca n a di a n Mental Health Association drop-in on 4th Av~n ue . I n av e work e d wi th the Van couver School Board where I was sh op stewar d f o r th e Ca na dian Union of Public Empl o yee s (CUPE) , in t he pub l i c relations field and have done fr eelance writing wock f or community groups and tradt:? unions. Some p e opl e mig ht call me a "radical" as I've been involved in the l e f t win g of th e New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Co mmittee o f Pro g ress i ve Electors. I l oo k f o r ward t o working with you and for you with the Vo l untee r Voic e . Submitted by Ron Sostad This edititon of t he Voluntee r Voice has been put together by Jim Gor man, Andy Vanderve e n, Ron Sostad and Nancy Sweedle r. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT The fight is on The C.I.P.'s will win So let's keep fighting Face challenge with a grin Bennett and McCarthy, With underhanded tricks Think we'll give up Without a kick; The marches and demonstrations Will still go on With volunteers Joining in the throng We miss our $SO And that isn't all With all the other cutbacks And shortages galore, We're on the right track So hear us loud and clear We will get what we're after Whatever the cost We are C.I.P. 'ers And proud of our rights We won't give up We will Fight! Fight! Fight! Till all the Bills are gone So G~acey and Bill Bennett Admit to your wrong Give us back our 50 bucks And rentalsman control And all the other things You took from us. Oh, yes Remember we are C.I.P. 'ers You haven't heard the last These rights were ours You have taken them And so we want them back. So to Gracey and Bill Bennett With your Ivory phones Fancy car and Boats or Yachts And million dollar homes A cutback couldn't hurt you But us C.I.P. 'ers feel the crunch With peanut butter sandwich Or a bowl of soup for lunch No boat, No Car, No Phone We sit and look at four walls And that's what we call Home Handicapped, pensioners, CIP And the rest We know what we want, we'll get it, Or YOU will get no rest. BERNIE ADAMSON i .! ' ! ] .,I I J i .. ,,.I J \ WOODWORKING SHOP Alan Russell, volunteer supervisor of the Centre's woodworking shop, is baffled by member's failure to make full use of the facilities. "I've been very disappointed by the turnout. So many people come down here and look around and say they'll do something but they never come back. Maybe the five dollars scares them.'' Individuals using the shop are required to first pay five dollars to cover the costs of screws, nails, etc. "The ones using the shop pay only for materials they use and any scrap that's useful to them is free,. he says. Newcomers are also re-quired to pass a written test. "It's a safety oriented test, like when should you wear goggles." But in the six months he has been there, only a relative handful of people have carried out projects in the shop. A set of shelves, a coffee table and cribbage boards have been among the projects. When this writer visited the shop, member Da ·,1e Redekop, 34, was working on a maple bookcase. It looked fine. The shop is very well equipped with sanders, drills, saws, a lathe, and many other tools. The shop is open 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Thursday and J:00 -4:00 pm, Saturday. ERIC ERICSON The Volunteers of the Month of October are Gunther Zott and Aaron Laflamme. Gunther Zott is presently the Sunday breakfast cook and one of Carnegie's most industrious bakers. Aaron Laflamme keeps the Carnegie kitchen in order by spending all Tuesday afternoon cleaning and straightening the kitchen area. --, .... Oct. 9th: Oct. 15th: Oct. 29th: ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, 7:30 pm, Classroom 2, Volunteer Meeting. All volunteers welcome. Saturday, demonstration at the Sacred convention (C.I.P. Fightback will have its own group). Saturday, 10:30 am, Theatre - Rummage & Bake Sale. Proceeds to the Volunteer Fund. Raffle Ticket winner will be announced. COOKIE CAPER Many members and workers at Carnegie Centre must have some-of the Sesame Street Cookie Monster in them if the results of the volunteer's Big Cookie Caper are any indication. Bernard "Bernie" Adamson kitchen creator of the handsome, six-inch Oatmeal and Peanut Butter cookies, had sold fifty of them in just over three hours when interviewed on a Tuesday, the day of the weekly Cookie Caper sale. Volunteer Committee chairperson John Barney says that the first three sales have raised one hundred dollars for the volunteer's fund. Happily, Bernie Adamson can continue to spend three hours each Monday evening baking the giant cookies, since he reports the Ministry of Human Resources has granted him a six month C.I.P. extension after sending him a letter of termination. · Bernie reports that he regularly works up to twelve hours per day and with bus fare and meals, his volunteer work at the Centre actually costs him about $25.00 per month more than his C.I.P. cheque. His wife and daughter also do C.I.P. work at the Centre, and also at a loss. ERIC ERICSON VQI CE VQLUI\M EE.I' TIIE UNCERTAINTY OF TOMORROW Is there any hope; Any way in which to cope With the hatred which seems to swallow us up? Will there he no end to hating? Must we forever be debating Whether to live on or drink poison from a cup? Will war never cease? Will there ever be peace? Will there always be an enemy we must fight? Will Man's/Woman's knowledge continue on? Will we witness tomorrow's dawn, Or will the dreaded bomb fall in the darkness of the night? JAMES GORMAN PHILOSOPHIES Socred government leaders emerged from chambers and lashed out in all directions with legislation that worsens the lives of thousands in B.C . . What philosophy moved them to take such action? · Certainly the philosophy of the vast majority of those directly effected was a simple and straight forward one: to improve life as much as possible for the greatest possible number. Each group -- the unions, the C.I.P. workers -- acted according to its opportunities in seek-ing that goal. · There is a level 0£ society not adversely effected at all by the legislation. The investors, the money manipulators, the land developers in fact benefit es-pecially from the abolition of the human rights program and the rentalsman's office. We see that the philosophy of the Socred government therefore is not that the welfare of the general pop-ulation is sacred. What is sacred in their view is the welfare of the money men. Why did Bennett and his crew adopt that view? Un-doubtedly because those same money men called in their I.O.U.'s. They said, "Our dollars paid for the campaign that put you into power. Now do something to give us a more free hand in our harvesting of profits." And so the Socreds abandoned a philosophy aimed at improving life for all levels of society. They adopted the views of the money men and took for their own the belief that only the making of money by investment is sacred and the welfare of thousands of human beings is .of smal 1 eonsequence. That view, translated into legislation, brought them into immediate collision with the various groups which, each by its means, sought to improve the quality of life for all British Columbiaris and so the Solidarity movemen t was born. The conflict of money versus people goes on and t ime will tell _ which will triumph and what kind of plac e t his province · will be in the future! a fine place to live or a fine place to make a fast buck. ERIC ER IC SON ~, _"t. l .I I ~;it . .,·' ,l TIIE HISTORY OF TIIE C.l.P. FI GHTBACK COMMITTEE The B. C. Feder ati on o f Lab our, the B. C. Council of Can a d i an Unions a nd i ndepen den t unions hav e f ormed a coalition called Opera tion Sol id a r ity. Or ganizatio~s out -s ide the trade union movement ha ve formed a coalition whi ch is recievin g financ ia l and or ga ni zational su pport fro m Operation Solidarit y c al led the Solidarit y Coalition. The Solidarit y Coa lition is made up of p eople f ro m community groups lik e the Downto wn Ea sts i de Residents Associ a tion (DERA), th e B. C. Coa lition o f t he Disable d and s ome church and pol it ical grou p s. One of the community groups is the C.I. P . Fight ba c k Coalition, which is fig hting to have the Community Invo l ve-ment Pro gr am reinstated. To a ch i eve that en d , the Coa l i t ion ha s f i l ed appeals with MHR and i s doin g rese a rch to find loopholes in the le g islation that cancelled the pro gr am. WHAT THE ALDERPERSON'S AT VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL SAY ABOUT THE C. I.P . CUTBACKS . .. COPE Alderperso n Libby Davies: " This i s the most c ruel and inhum ane piece o f l egislation ever brou gh t down." Bruce Yorke : " The cuts have nothing to do with re-straint; i t's an outright attack on the least able to withstan d that k i nd of attac k . The Minister (Grace McCa rthy) should see some of the human tragedies i nvolved." TEAM Alderperson Marguerite Ford: C. I . P . is a v alue to many peo p le. It's up to t his council to te l l McCarthy the way things are . " (On the other hand) NPA Alderperson Geor ge Pui l : "We shou ld avoid open confrontat i on and per s onal a ttac k ." And NPA Alderperson War net t Kenn e dy: " Davies and Eriksen should not a t tend any me et i ngs wit h McCa rthy because of their a ttitu de tow ar d the government." In my opinion those who are on C.I.P. and those who were should take a stand and write letters to their MLA's, The Vancouver Province and The 0 Sun. They also should work with the C.I.P. Fightback Coalition and appeal the cancel-l~tion of their C.I.P. contracts, as well as work with the following groups: 1. Operation Solidarity - 3110 Boundary Rd., Burnaby, B.C. 2. Solidarity Coalition - 686 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. 3. Committee of Progressive Electors (COPE) - 2066 Parker, Vancouver 4. C.I.P , Fightback Coalition - 320 E. Hastings or 9 E. Hastings. 5. New Democratic Party - 517 E. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. RON SOSTJ~D ·' Greetings from the third floor. My name is.Alan . Crei hton-Kelly and I'm the new person at C~rnegie w?rking in Eiucation. If you have any concerns or ideas about f our friends or our prQgrams, please come up for r0 ~r:1~' r work M~nday ~hrough to Thursday and 1 keep ~egular office hours on those days from 4 to G P~· (D~n t hesitate to leave a message if I'm no~1ere to be round.) Hope to meet you all soon. ALAN CREIGHTON-KELLY NANCY SWEEDLER - VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR It has been extremely interesting being the Volunteer Co-ordinator at this time. Although I have been part of this Centre for a long time,. what has become apparent to me -- something I never realized -- is how closely tied together many volunteers are, and how sensitive and re-spectful people are to each other and to the events that are happening in each other's lives. Conflicts do arise, that's for sure! But there seems to be genuine caring and a willingness to resolve those conflicts. On my part, I want to thank all the volunteers for their. support in my new position as Volunteer Co-ordinator and for all the patience they have had with all the changing of staff positions. It certainly was confusing for a~1ile. I hope that the future will hold continued and building under-standing between volunteers and staff people. We are certainly in close relationship with each other and the more we can und(~rstand and be kind to each other, the better things will be at Car.negie. Thanks, NANCY SWEEDLER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM Amazing Grace (McCarthy) says that the C.I.P. 's 50 dollars per month is of small consequence and if those in-volved wish, they can still do their volunteer work. However, a questionaire filled out by many C.I.P. 's in late August revealed that three out of four had to spend part of their 50 dollars per month on food, about one-half depended on it for transit fares and a lesser number counted on it to buy their clothing. A musician responding to the questionaire revealed that he had been investing C.I.P. funds mainly in tapes and other sound equipment. While a few said part of the C.I.P. cheques went for smoking supplies, none of the unsigned questionaires listed alcoholic beverages as an item of expenditures. Now, all of those cut will be compelled to further reduce their living standard, which is already below the poverty line. Programs and services provided for its low income patrons by the Carnegie Centre are likely to suffer as much as the lifestyles of the individuals concerned. According to Nancy Sweedler, the community centre's Volunteer Co-ordinator, "Services may have to be cut down. The place really needs the volunteers. There's not enough staff in the building · to handle everything without them." She says many C. I.P. 's have told her they will keep coming in without financial benefit but she expects an eventual decline in their number. ERIC ERICSON • .f ·, J ..,.. I . J -vo,ce: IN MEMORY On Sunday, August 18th, we gave a fond farewel l for a best friend and fellow volunteer John Sinclair. John was well liked by both staff and volunteers. Eulogies were given by Karl Caskenette, Harold Agnew and Barbara Jac kson. A prayer was said by Reverend Barry Morris of the First United Church and the hymn which was sung by Bob Jones didn't leave a dry eye in the theatre. On behalf of all the volunteers and staff of , Carnegie Centre, I would like to relay our condolences to John's family and hope we will meet him up there in heaven some day. J\NNE LARSON ) ) The UBC Library and UBC Learning Exchange would like to thank the following participants for their contributions to digitizing this community-generated document: Graham Cunningham; 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  October 25, 2017 

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