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Volunteer's Voice, Feb 85 Carnegie Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Feb 28, 1985

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I I l Dlmr.lerts Doic.t CIP Worker Wins In Court. Denis Jensen won his case against the Ministry of Human Resources dealing with CIP. Jensen, was a worker who dealt with elderly peopl e in the Downtown Eastside, his job helped to save 29 or more lives. A meeting of the CIP Fightback will be held at First United Church (Gym) 320 E. Has'tings to discuss the case and: Why you should appeal being cut off CIP? Why you should apply for CIP if you haven ' t? A Solidarity spokesperson will also be there to discuss why the VICTORY is important to all of us. The meeting takes place Friday February 10, 1984 at 9A.M . . February 7, 1984 This is a sad day for me, you and everyone having the privilege of having "Mrs. Omega" keep you all in stitches for eight months steady. She has been your friend, your volunteer, your ''Mother.'' She felt the gladness and in the saqness in seven days per week, nine to ten hours per day. I wish to pass her farewell to you all by asking you if you pray, please have one for her too. Kindly remember not everything qualifies for a heart transplant. Her days had to be numbered. So please, Volunteers, grant me the privilege of saying "Omega" I've cursed you and I've laughed with you. I'm so sorry and happy you have my heart good and did your services so gallantly and Gracefully to all who asked. Thank you and Bless you. Your Humble Servant, Katherine Galan The opinions and views expressed in the Volunteer Voice are those of the writer's and not the Board, Association or Volunteer Committee of th e Carnegie Centre. ' f,., JUST A WORD ABOlJf C.I.P. FROM THE VANCOUVER SUN AND GRACE: The community Involvement Program will not be coming back in l9R4 without changes. According to a front page artic le in the Vancouver Sun,dated Saturday December 17th,1983.Grace McCarth~ .the minister of human Resources,said not all the Volunteers recieving C.I.P. money were handicapped and the revised program will change that. " ... There will be more emphasis on those in the disabled community who wish to work,"said McCarthy. "Our attitude is that everyone is employable to a greater or lesser degreee,depending on thP.ir handicap". Upcoming Events February 12 - Volunteer Meeting, Classroom 2., 7:30 P.M. February 14 - Valentine Day Celebration. February 19 - B. C. Heri hiige Day. March 8 March 17 March 24 - International Women's Day Celebration. - St. Patrick's Day Dance. - Open Community Day. f ~ 3 ~ ~ The Fourth Anniversary Carnegie's 4th Anniversary celebration was held on January 20, 1984. It was a very happy time at the Centre. Different areas of Carnegie were represented (ie. Learn - ing Centre, Childminding area, Pottery) and speeches were given by Nancy Jennings, Karl Caskenette and others. The volunteers had their own booth and it was outstanding in its meaning and beauty. Multicoloured ballons (with congratulatory greetings) -and a beautiful banner decorated the booth . 8x 10 photographs of volunteers were hung on the back wall and there were several large cardboard sheets filled with snapshots of volunteers (past and present). Cookies were given away, courtesy of the volunteer committee. For days before the occassion, many volunteers worked endless hqurs to create their outstanding tribute to our centre and our volunteers. All aspects of the volunteers booth were funded by the volunteer committee. Congrat -ulations to everyone. It was a gracious and heartfelt contribution to Carnegie ' s 4th Anniversary and and a wonderful day for all . - Nancy Sweedler ,o 3 Volunteer of the Month January was a month dedicated to all volunteers at Carnegie rather than several ''Volunteers of the Month." As we began to choose volunteers for January it occurred to some of us that many volunteers actually did not like being singled out for this position and ·actually felt it was more of a burden than an honor. We began to think that maybe it actually created more bad feeling s than good amongst volunteers and staff. We decided to bring this to th e volunteer committee for discussion and reccommendation. It was brought to the January 15 volunteer meeting and the majorit y of volunteers voted to end the program basically for the reasons that we had f elt. Several alternate proposals were made and are bein g thought about. In the meantime we will use all the ~onderful snapshot s being taken around the building to compile a monthly "snapshot board" which will be placed where the volunte er of th e month photographs weire hung before. Nancy Sweedl er A STORY ABOlIT FOUR PEOPLE This is the story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be_done and Everybody was sure that Somebody w?ul? do it, Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It' ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody accused Anybody. 0 (1\ VOUJNI e 0 ICE Return to the Belly of the Beast by Jay Samwald VOL-The regular Wednesday night English as a Language sessions were started with a big blast for 1984. The learning centre on the third floor was a lonely place last November, and December was wanned only once with a few brief ecletic and rambunktious conversation s with Frank D. over the festive season . I began to suspect that if we let people know that something specific was occuring, that more people would show up. The idea behind using the Book Review as a format for discus~ion is that it could provide a specific topic for the evening. And the review format means that only the reviewer will have needed to have read the book. A review is a capsul e that should either encourage or discourage the reading of a book. Jack Henry Abbott's Letter~ From Prison - In the Belly of the Beast, was the work that rselected. The story of Abbott began with his correspondence with Norman Mailer, his release from prison, and his return two weeks later for the murder of a waiter, over an argument about using a private washroom. His book must be read with a degree of irony, as it is an eloquent appeal for justice and freedom Abbott writes most convincingly of himself, and his world of solita ry confinment and the nerves of people who are pushed beyond all limits. He describes the ethical codes and survival techniques of those who have ghettoed in institutions most of their -lives. He raised his IQ 30 points in eighteen months (according to him), but still his understanding of larger political systems flounders; he is an avowed communist, but his understanding of Russia haven't the benefit of firsthand experience, the level and quality of the discussion that we had I found refreshing. It was an evening of serious critical dis -course, in an atmosphere where everyone felt free to speak. The highlight of the evening for me personally was when the two writers gave me their work to take a look at. Maybe we'll have to look at self publi shin g .... rn VDICE Child Mindin' I attended a meeting of the Child Mindin' Committee expecting to find a very angry group of people, there were, it seemed, a lot of different ideas but the flow of the meeting showed that some problems still remain. VO With Jimmy Stewart and Nancy Jennings in attendance the Committee discussed whether or not their should be an executive. It was MacLeod's contention that their should be more people involved from a volunteering point of view. "A lot more recruitment needs to be done, he stated. Conrad Eberle finds that an executive is a must. Chris -tine Fleishmann feels that an alternating executive would be the best. Like other groups within Carnegie the Child Mindin' Committee is short on funds and discussed possible fundraising plans. Perhaps Monday Dinners, Cookie sales on a Thursday, Muffins to sell with the kids participation and the kids' selling coffee on the Third Floor were major suggestions . Also discussed was the need to relocate and make more room for the children, perhaps the senior's room on the second floor was one suggestion. While volunteers are needed for mindin' the children, the committee seems in a state of flux, and until that is challenged it is this writer's feeling that there will be a contentious feeling on the Third Floor . I hope the report on other committees within Carnegie to see just where the volunteers are having problems, if any. - Ron Sostad. ,e v'OJ C E ALVIN HOGANSON: "If Carnegie was not here I would have nothing to do", states Al Hoganson."If it was closed down I would just continue drinking". Al hasbeen active at Carnegie Corrnnunity Centre for the last four years and has worked six summers doing volunteer work at Oppenhiemer Park.He has worked in almost every area of the centre. He has worked as a coffee seller,in the art gallery, the pool room and has been a weight room supervisor . Al is on a handicapp pension because of a problem with his back and has been looking for a new place to live because of the enviroment at his present residence. He has looked into the First United Church Housing Society but has come up empty. He was recently invloved in a pool room tournament but complained that the rules were not being adherred to. Al is on the Community Involvement Program and his contract for the $50.00 a month runs out at the end of March;he is awaiting word on what changes the Provincial Government has in store for C.I.P .. 1 H~ has found that his worker at the ministry of Human Resources has been changed twice,or is always doing something else. 1 "Carnegie has 100% good people, and I would n' t ½now what to do if this place was ever to close down", he reiterated. I In the last edition of the volunteer voice there was some poetry written by Jim Bell entitled "Volunteer Meetings." Jim was not given credit for that and for that I apologize. Ron Sostad Editor ·e-• I ·o~ VOi STRUGGLE-LANCE MARSEL Continue stru ggl e No matter what Then success await s in the end. People worry re gardles s So why not do what you can, When you can. Then you'll learn What is wrong and what is ri ght. Clouds are temporary Bringing needless rains However the sun waits For those who seek it Behind l1ghted hangings Phenomenon Dandelions Dandelions grow by the thousands And no one seems to care. We mow them down, and pass them by, as if they were not there. There beauty seems to lie beneath and as I stop to ponder, I see a memory in my mind of dandelions fields I've wandered. Dandelions were lovely then But as I grew to be ... Life had me in a bonded cage Yet dandelions are free ... - Harold Johnson :n ·Q\ ~ The Wind On~ dark and windy night, I sit before the firelight Listening to the dismal groan As gates cry out their errie moan And then the wind it hits the trees Sending forth its plyful breeze To bend the branches, stir the leaves There's branches straching at my door' The wind if reaches out for more ' But I just sit and watch the flames While breezes play their harmless games. - Harold Johnson Volunteer Orientation A Volunteer Orientation program has begun at Carnegie. Once a week (either Tuesday or Thursday Morning), new volunteers are given a tour around the building (including all offices and the basement) and introduced to s taff and volunteers. I hope that this program will make new Carnegie volunteers feel more welcome when they begin to work. If you'd Ltke to join us , plea se come alon g . Nancy Sweedl er ~.1.1.1.rvmol\" ··3.:)/0/\ /0 LU IVTEef< . . ~ VOIC6 Editorial As the editor of the Volunteer Voice, I have become concerned about the volunteering situation at Carnegie. (Did we not just finish a workshop on Communication?) Since August there have been no new CIP and very few VIP people coming to volunteer. If there is no new blood the volunteers that have remained have to work that much harder to sustain present services and they are being burned out or moving up the social ladder to run for the Board. (Did we not have a mass of resignations in 1983?) I believe that volunteering promotes the explorin g , and identifies the meaning of work. Volunteering attempts to identify factors that may be important in shaping individual motivation to work, through a commitment to the job. To volunteer ones services can be an avenue for ca; eer exploration and skill development, regardless of age, handicap or anything else. Volunteering, in my opinion, should not be an end in itself but a beginning in the cycle of returning to the workforce. Everyone is employable to a greater or lesser extent and the job of volunteering should not be the finale, especially if you are unemployed. The only reason that one would quit volunteering is to become employed. - Ron Sostad. Harold Agnew says Iii I ro 111 To ron Io. He i s on hi s 1,va y t o Nova Scot j , 1, 1.11 i l I he h:1d; ~oon. \/DICE A Little Mixed Up Just a line to say I'm Living That I'm not among the dead. Though I'm getting more forgetful, And mixed up in my head. Sometimes I can't remember, When I stand at the foot of the stairs If I must go up for something, Or I have just came down from there. Standing before the fridge so often, My poor mind filled with doubt. Have I just put food away or, Have I come to take it out? There. are times when it is dark out. With my night cap on my head. I don't know if I'm retiring, Or just getting out of bed. So if its my tum to write you, There's no need in getting sore. I may think that I have written, And don't want to be a bore. So remember I do love you, And wish that you were here. But now its nearly mail time, So I must say "Goodbye Dear." There I stand beside the mailbo ;•,, With my face so very red. Instead of mailing you my letter, 1 have opened it instead! !! Harold Johnson VOICE The	UBC	Library	and	UBC	Learning	Exchange	would	like	to	thank	the	following	participants	for	their	contributions	to	digitizing	this	community-generated	document:	Wilson	Liang;	Debra	McNaught	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	22,	2017	


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