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Volunteer Voice, April-May Carnegie Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Apr 30, 1987

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~ ·-·-·• VOLUNTEER·VOICE APRIL .... MAY . VOLUNTEER recognition week COMFORT Apr 19• 26 11111111111 Ill Ill lllll I 111111111111111111111111111 Ill I Ill 1111111111111111111111111111 TO ALL VOLUNTEERS Volunteers, I would l i ke to thank a l l of you for all the good work that each one of you have put in "CARNEGIE". Keep up the good work. THANK YOU VERY MUCH Don B. '! m 11111111111111111111111111111111111 Say! You've struck a heap of trouble -Bust in business,lost your wife; No one cares a cent about you, You don't care a cent for life: Hard luck has of hope berfet you, Health is failing, whish you'd die Why, you've still the sunshine left you And the big blue sky. Sky so blue it makes you wonder if it's heaven shining through, Earth so smiling way out yonder, Sun so bright it dazzles you; Birds a - singing, flowers a - flinging All their fragrance on the breeze; Dancing shadows, green, still meadow -Don't you mope, you've still got these. These,and none can take them from you; These,and none can weigh their worth; What! you've tired and broke and beaten?-Why, you've got the earth Yes, if you have a trano ub tattersm While the blue sky bend above You've got near l y al l that matters You've got God, and God is l ove. By Victor Westly I have been a Volunteer at Carnegie for just about two years now and I was at St.James before in the kitchen and on a farm in Fort Langley. I like coming here; it gives me some-thing to do. The staff are real good to work with and they have learnt me to do a lot in the kitchen. Making soup and sandwiches and cooking I really like to come do here. I have worked in the Pool Room and on the desk and in the kitchen. I think it is a good plac~ for people in the East End·to come; without it WHERE WOULD THEY GO? You can watch T.V. here and play cards and other games and they have a good library here .. a lot of good books. There is woodworking and the other learn-ing centre. What I found is a lot people who will help you in a lot of ways. They do a lot for us at Christmas time like movies and there are bands playing three or four times a week. It is just a good place to come to. BILLY ROSELLI ~ -I I/ l ... "He only works on his rock opera at the weekends , of course . " HI! Hy name is Eric. Some know me, some don't : I'm writing this short story to tell to tell you somet hing about this place," you mi ght know. I ' m a volunteer here at stage 401, amd every Saturday Night I'm there' play in g musi cc for one and all. I like playing music. But most of all, I enjoy playing music for all of you. You see MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE in cars, stores, elevators,and hotel rooms. It also exist in a million more plac e 's but - Pm not · going t o .l i s t t hem, a.11·-what ~T 'm-g6i ng ·:to : tel l you is that when I'm on stage playing a song and when the s ong is finished, the applause makes me f ee l real good. Why you ask? When you applause t hat t ells me the music is good well played an d well perf ormed, but the biggest thing is you enjoyed iL That makes me feel that I've given you a touch of Real Happiness. In the two and a half years I've been in Vancouver, Carnegie .has i been a place I can go and play cards, play music, and just sit around talking. In all of BoC.,even Canada there is po place _ like Carnegie the people who volunteer, work and patronize the place are O.K ''HAPPY i VOLUNTEER ECOGNITION WEEK" I ERIC. ' The night is long and the stars are out I hear the music. But there is none around. where is the sound coming from. I cannot answer. The stars are dancing around in the heavens. Sometimes I fell afraid But for what I cannot answer that I don't want to go to bed. I might lose the sense of nature It is beautiful to feel awake. This is a special moment I don't want to lose. Raymond Alexander Peaks By Claudius Ivan Planidin Blue mountains still beckon me often, so do islands offshore blue, but my wanderin g h eart now tells me to grow strong, to grow true, I must bloom where I am planted. Not LONG AGO Not long ago I had a friend.My friend and I, we had lots of laughs. Remembering you yesterday is never in the past. Not long ago we had you as my friend. Our friend we miss you, remembering you yesterday will never be in the past. In memory of our friend Dave Muskego Vern Sankey/ So I decided to write a line or two and could not think of a damn thing to say, mental void, apathy! No, buckle up and write about birds and bees or trying to live. So I started thinking about a bottle of wine and just another easy day. And I also started thinking about war-torn Belfast, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Middle East is at war, you know! Tanks and guns everywhere. How easy to fall into our own problems; monP-y; security, prestige. Can we ever fight our own worst enemy .. in-difference. Our problems abound: How in the world are we gonna get richer, or, for some, how on earth are we ever gonna be any-thing but poor? We think these problems are exclusively our own, but they're not, they're universal. We here are more fortunate than most, and yet it doesn't really seem so because, let's face it, poor is poor. My life is sometimes hell, but could I trade places and walk in someone else's shoes from India or Iran or Belfast? Poor, and at war, and in con-stant fear. What would it take to stop the madness? There are a few basic questions: a) Who are the people who are making the descisions to do war? b) What are these descision mak-er5 gaining? c) Why are people going along with it? d) Why are people fighting amo~ ngst themselves and others? What can we do over in the almost safe world to better the lives of others and ourselves and stop the fighting? Staggering; it's just a Tues-day afternoon in the almost peaceful world, but for some reason, I feel pain. Someone said: Hands working together· to make peace everywhere a reality! They weren't kidding! An afterthought - What could Carnegie people do to help out? DAVE McCONNEL II Ill Ill Ill II 11111111111111111111 IIIIII 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 HELP YOURSELF TO HAPPINESS Everybody, everywhereseeks happiness, it's true, But finding it and keeping it seems difficult to do Difficult because we think that happiness is found Only in the places where wealth and fame abound-And so we go on searching in;"Places of Pleasure Seeking recognition and monetary treasure, Unaware that happiness is just a"state of mind" Within the reach of everyone Who takes time to be kind-For · in making Others Happy,we will be happy too, For the happiness you give away returns to "Shine on you." Victor Westly Aug2O/56 I VOLUNTEER·VOICE negie Centre I really love,I always t to come here when I have the time, really sorry I have to leave the Ef and volunteers, to go to a new , I wish when I leave that everyone is happy as me working at the ~gie. I know the people of the Carnegie will my cookies. Friday and Sunday dinners and my wonton soup. Best of luck for the future of Car negie, I hope to come back and visit when I have time. Yours Truly Cookie Well it's spring, and all things are changing for a better perspective at the learning-centre, even if most recently thank you to our most incompetant board of directors we lost a very important literacy grant. For one I feel that this mishasp will greatly motivate tutors and students, in the areas ' involving volunteer work within the c.c. on all levels of involvment. i.e. the consultation on literacy held March 24th at the Richmond Inn. The forum Child Poverty last April the fourth, at the Mount Pleasent EL. School. And what about Conrad, and Kollin? For all the work they put into helping with those dreaded income tax forms, great job guys. - -Currently we have over sixty active students, and less than twenty five tutors, and each of us s averages two students or more, of course we are not the most visible group of people around, but our presence is felt at thechelons of the Centre. TO BE LEARNED IS TO BE INFORMED OF YOUR MILEU ,J. LEVESQUE , ... , July 24 / 85 I should start with July 23, as it was my 60th birthday. Nothing much happened Dinner - made my day. and really don't care. except 24th; 1976 it ended with a Volunteer Don't know where we are going, was the last time I went fishin - Tofino, Ze Ballas Winter Harbour on the herring. One of these places had a restaurant named The Schooner; the front llJ of it looked just 1 ike a schooner boa C Then Qual icum Beach, U and to a big bay on the west coast cut from Ocean Falls ... -C6 weeks at 20% - I made $2,300.00 > So I was right at home on the M. V. winter harbour, des t -• Ot! ination unknown. Departure Falls Creek 10: 45am, our course I.LI LIJwas almost straight west (1 point north); Point Gray north I-arm get ty at 10:45, coffee is made, Pain!: Atkinson at 11:10. ~ t hen Bowen Island, Hope Point Keats Is. Sailboats were in -Jthe riptide water from Howe Sound merging with water from the L>:::>straits of Georgia. Around north end of Bowen Is., see ferry boats lea vin Lang Lake: Cotton Pt. 1230, Plumper Cove 1250 wi th smoke from Port Melon and a good view of Gibson's sail-boat, Starfoa m; real old. We walked around the beach, had a swim (1:10) and the wat er was real nice. Had a very good lunch, left Plumper cove ( 3 :2 0) - skipper wanted to stay longer, we were having such a good time. Russ, Sam, John, Tora, Paul, Robert, Al, Peter and Andrea rick ruth L~u Peter S . Mel Kelvin Nancy Al S Martin Bell Bill Ruth John Ryan. Roxanne and another fellow off t he boat; go od swimmers. VOLUtJTEER•VOICE Coming through Parfleur Passage and little Fir, Little Pot, Ham, Home, Parsley. They used to gill-net salmon u s in g rowboats and sciff s and had makeshift cabins on shore for when the weather went bad . Some of the s hakes were st i ll there in 1947 and '48. 3:50 Worlcombe Mickey Raged Is. ,4 : 10 Rock Cape Rodger, Pt. Atkinson 5:00pm, False Creek 5:50 and Carnegie at 6:20 So if I missed anybody, excuse me. it was just one hundred per c ent. ·~ -To me it was home, MEL ,. ·.·.··~ . . . .j ~ · ,., " · ' I'm so sorry about Fred Typliski and John Sinclair, Harold Kearney, and Norm Wiles. But as I have told a few people that I am only going to one more funeral and as you might guess that will be my own. The Memorial is a very nice gesture but I do believe there is a here after. I am not afraid of dying, I''m afraid of living as I have said a few times. I have had three very close calls. The Dr's gave up but I didn't. The last time it kept going. I will beat them all. Mei Horsman. r-e: z -t m .,, '.Cl < C -n fTI When I first came to Vancouver, at the beginning of 1982, it was supposed to have been a way stop with my stay to be for a month, maybe two. My physical disorder had begun to deteriorate rapidly and I didn't want to live the rest of my life in an institution, as a vegetable, being kept alive by machines. A former staff person at Carnegie , Gi l, asked me if I wanted to do some volunteer work at Carnegie. There was no responsibi-lity except showing up for four hours, once a week. Carnegie began to grow on me. Using the different areas and programs led to being elected to take care of them after awhile. There's always something new and the existing programs can always be made better for more people. First the Pool Room, then the concession and reception and the art gallery; and now the Carnegie Newsletter, the FOCUS Newsletter and this - the Volunteer Voice. For a long time, Carnegie 'politics' didn't interest me. Becoming editor has changed that. Carnegie is coming of age - meaning that the people are becoming aware of what should be as opposed to what is. That people who are poor would steal from other poor people; that the needs of the many are discarded to make way for the desires of a few ... volunteers make Carnegie vibrate with life, but to dis-regard this is just not right. Glad to be here! Paul Taylor lS I came to Vancouver in July of '75 while on our holidays. After one month, we continued through the States, where I lost my wife in Portland. After that, I took to really heavy drinking. It hit me very hard. In June '7 6, I met Roy Hubbard; we got to be good friends and he asked me if I wanted to make an extra $50 a month working in Oppenheimer Park - 5 hours a week. I liked child~en well, so I did, and ended up working ev-eryday if I wanted. Eventually I steered off the booze two, three and then four months without a drink. I always had a few hundred in the bank, then started drinking when the Park closed for the season after five seasons. Mary Ann Baxter asked me if I want~d to come and work at Carnegie and I said, "Where's t hat ?" She s a i d to come and she ' d show me. So I did. I st a rted by sell-ing corn-on-the-cob, then cof-fee on the second floor, then back to the Park in the spring. The following September I was back on concession for four years, but on account of my back I had to quit to do som e -thing else. Carne g ie has been very good for me. I cut down on drinkin g but every two months I go on a binge; I miss quite a bit, but am always welcomed when I come back. Nancy Sweedler and Va l Kalk are so understanding -anyplace else, they would have given up on me and maybe I'd be dead from drinking. Thank you to Carnegie Centre. I can still face the public, even if I am an alcoholic. AL HOGANSON I Ill 111111111111111111111111111111111 I Ill Ill Ill I Ill II Ill I 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111 II 1111 For a very Great and Liked Friend Speaking for myself, I have known Mel for abo~t si~ years. And always got along great with him: He was the kind of guy you could always s 1 t down, have a coffee with and always find some kind of topic to talf about. It always made sense and of course his smile always made my day heaven. When he was sick, he always had the same old smile. So to me he was a very dear friend. I'm sure he is missed by all volunteers. Jim Giroux A Walk ~y walk down a ~ountry road was a wonderful and b~autiful experience.for me. I The sun shining down through the leaves of the tall thin trees: it looked like the sun was dancing on and off the leaves. It was a beautiful sight. The noises of the birds, the flowers, the green grass, the tall trees were all so much different from a walk down a city street, where peop~e are all in a hurry, cars are honking horns, there is noise every-whe re. My wa lk down that country road was like I had a ll the time in the world and I was at peace with mysel f and the world. I n other words, it was like I was i n a world by myself. Sheila Bell Why I'LL ALWAYS LOVE TO WRITE At all times, one must use his or her creative ability. The ability which all of us have, it's to help sustain us mid the every-day environment which is as perennial as the cele-stial body itself, without her would be lost; We could never exist. No-1 I have to feel free and be free, so that I may grow as a tree in spirit. In which case I must use my Po-tential, meaning creativeness daily. In doing so, compos-ing or designing a workable for myself, without fleeing from reality into the ranks of faust. Hence I've chosen to write when the feeling overtakes me. With the help, and love my God gives I may have many gifts. And yet these gifts are not mine alone. The gifts that I have, were given to me out of love. Likewise I am compelled to do the same regardless of how I feel. Though I may end up as a rich man, I have and am nothing should I choose to become one of the inadmissable elite, I must re-tain my heritage in order that I do not become an exile amidst hell and wants. Take my music away and you've killed me, take my writings away, and you've drained my body's blood. With-out being able to express openly, and again forbidden to express singularly as one voice trying to reach out in life, creativeness 1 have is dead. Without words there is rio -music, for as seasons change with nature's help, henceforth we are moved by our own creativeness. Therefore, if I must cease to use my pen, if I must cease to be myself, if I must cease to think, alas put my soul at ease there is nothing left beauty is dead. The more creative I become, the more wisdom I shall retain. The more understanding I possess, the more tolerance I'll be able to bear. The wisdom I aquire daily, the more I will be able to understand with feeling. As to the question why do I write, I shall reiterate again if I have potential as I propose, then I do not walk in the steps of a blind man is that not so? The blind can not lead the blind, else they'll stumble and fall into the pit. Therefore my writings are of one in search of spirit-ual harmony. My poems, prose, or songs along with essays I write now an- then, comes through the inspirations from everyone I may talk to at will. God forbid that I should choose to question the meaning of love. Though I lack usage as a speaker, my ability to reach out arid touch others is through my pen. With my pen, I'm able to express myself when wishing to the fullest extent, my life is my pen. At times bringing music to the soul amid serene placidity, and again truth for the soul in all simplicity, then spring forth like a viper with a sting of death. My works, must always be of what I· ~ee, feel touch and taste. For myself to compose amid a world of fantasy as a writer, with that being the case I cannot look at myself as a writer. To be free to write as I may in all fairness, to express in truth as I may ascertain, If I'm forced to cease any part of what I love doing, then writing for me is of no value. May my soul become extinct, for I would only feel as a pawn in every-day encounters. Once my pen is silent, alas 1 1m nothing but a mere vanquished soul mid hell and desolation. Frank H. Parker VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION WEEK April 19th-25th/ 1987 " Volunteer Recognition Week is here again! I t •s a t ime to celebrate all the hard work and caring serv ice the Volunteers give to Carnegie Centre. In the past year, an average of 134 voluntee rs worked the equivalent hours of th ir ty-two full time staff people . This helps the Centre carr y out the v a riet y of programs that makes the Centre so special. Wit hout you volunteers, this would ~e impossible. Thank you for all your skill, time and love that you give to all the patrons and other volunteers and staff. Not a day goes by that th is is not recognised. So lets join together and have a good time during Recognition Week, and throughout the coming year. Valerie Kalk Volunteer Co-ordinator 11111111111111111111111m11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111Iii111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 i 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 VOLUNTEER RECOGITION I still remember an incident that happened to me,whe n I was here as a staff member. Murray Jamieson was also here at that time, he had found a real deal on some coffee. He approached the association about purchasing some co ffee at this low price,They said no. Anyway Murray approached the Seniors about buying some, then the kitchen would buy it from them. They agreed so everything was great. Meanwhile I was on holidays at this time so keep in mind, I did'nt know anything about this purchase or the deal they had worked out. When I returned nothing was mentioned to meo Boy was I in the dark. While at work one day I noticed there was no coffee in the storeroom on the second floor. So I went to the basement to get some, I brought five or six cases up. Little did I know of this arrangement they made with Murray. Anyway the police were called to investigate where the missing coffee went. I was then informed about the deal Murray and the Seniors had made. In conclusion it turned out to be a huge misunde r -tanding and a great lack of communication. Your Friend Sue Gauvin 0 £'\p;)~~[lri) APRlL l~-2..G -~LJ Li\...\~ VOLUNrEER RECOGNITION WEE Sunday-April 19th.Kids Easter Party Oppenheimer Park late morning. Sunday-April 19th.Easter Sunday Dinner, and Dance with the annual second hand rose parade 2:P.M. Monday-April 20th.Seniors Dance, with prizes for Volunteers 630:P.M. Theatre. Tuesday-April 21st.-Volunteer Dinner: I , 1 Roast Beef, spears of ~sparagus, mandarin salad,and apple crisp i desert~ Entertainment-by Torn Lewis,Carl, and Buddy. Presentation of Certificate and Volunteer pins. WeJ11cisday-April 22nd.Bus trip and picnic, to Queen Elizabeth Park J I leaves Carne~ie Centre at 10:A.M. in the morning. i Wednesday-April 22nd. Special General Meeting Theatre 7:P.M. Thursday-April 23rd. Volunteer Party: I I Entertainment by the Free Spirit Music Guild Theatre 7:P.M.-930:P.M. i:riday-April 24th . .Johnny Bear a world class snooker player, will give :1 d~mcinstra!ion of his skills and talent on second floor at 1:P.M. 7Satuiday-April 25th-26th. Starting at 12:P.M.Dave Muskego Memmorial Tournament Pool Room second floor, Membership required. Tickets at info $5.00 Saturday-April 25th. Stage 401. Prizes for Volunteers Entertainment, by Count on Country Band 7:P.M.-12:P.M. Theatre. Sunday-April 26th. Music Guild Concert 6:P.M.-10:P.M. Theatre. I i ,z l J I I i 3 I ' \'I""\• I _ _., . ~-::_I ' . . ......, ' T ~'~SC>\'~ 11, 1:'. ,1r,..,.r'\ , '. l ,1: >, :J.,-,-,~ 11 T~~t~s:: r\ ;~ F~-~\_-~·:;, :t! 3T~-- ---dJl I I r, I c:; -~-,r-" · u· ! ~-. u¥.: .. h\ .,; 1 • '; i . I . I 1-5 b -1 ; 'i5 ! cj \ i ~-i t I , i ' \.}_ \"3 I'i : , i 1./:,i n~DA':l il K.1Ds· EA':i1E.Q. 1 9 I P'l PAQTY _,,..OPPBl-i ME.IME.R. 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VC>Lili'ITEEQ.S i f: VOLUNTEER•VOICE =J ) ,·:, ,, c_-,; u... . r "I r-0 0') ·- -- - -- 1-- - --- -- --+- ------ --,{- -- ---- - cr--· ... w. ,' .. -- -- -- -- ··--- · - --···- ---·-r( The UBC Library and UBC Learning Exchange would like to thank the following participants for their contributions to digitizing this community-generated document: Brookes Bayfield; 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.  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