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The Volunteer Voice, February 1988 Carnegie Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Feb 29, 1988

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-======================================== • FEBRUARY 1988 Wt \ \ • 11 • • ,, • I • • "Where's Val?" "In the kitchen." "No she's not, I just looked. I need something taken care of." Well, hell, she's sure to be somewhere taking care of something, (for some-body). Counting cookies, tasting the soup, going over papers, planning, plan-ning, planning, lending an ear, sitting in meetings. There she goes, pony tail down, sweats & runners .• no, not today, it's a long colourful dress and pointed-toe shoes. So how do we see this lady? In so many different ways, by so many different people .•. Val's been with us now for six years, starting as a volunteer herself, in-structing the pottery class. Some say she was a bit shy at first but quickly overcame that. After a time, Val moved to the second floor as a part-time staff person (C.P.A.). She would go out of her way to help patrons and volunteers alike and take time to talk with people then as now. After about two years, Val moved on to become Volunteer Co-ordinator, put-ting in extra hours as friend, mother-hen, sister, leading and looking out for us all and making sure the Volunteer Program held together. Well, she's on the go again. Only this time, she's got something to do for herself. After a well-deserved rest, Val intends returning to school, taking a course in silver-smithing. We'll miss you Val; you've lent an ear, a tear and a hearty laugh. You've done a hell of a job! The legacy you leave behind for all at Carnegie - be it patron/staff/vol-unteer - is the gift you have shared with all of us. All of us wish you much luck and good wishes in your future endeavors. We know you' 11 visit sometime . '.and stop for a coffee. So we won't say good-bye, just "Where's Val".... .. . B.V. & R.C. "Fantastic lady will be missed,pleasure working with her for 4 years." D.V. , . I "vJon.de-rful . "Val is the most Patient Person l know." ·ob" do a, \)ette-X: J • o-O"tlf,could person N f\a.10 A I 11\ f rAJ A GREAT BIG THANKS to the following ,, nn ~, for their help with this month's edition 91':l y of the "Voice": I.J I lt.Ttl O ij Dave R. for graphics and helping me set S~ the pages in order; Tora, graphics and To A fr.. I- I tfO Iii, advice; Paul T., typing and much appreci-lt • 1 enaaTl~I"- ated advice; Ray, for doing the report-'-•.-"' IW"W'J 19., ing; Larry I., typing, Val K. and Red V E ··TH o~ Robin for making sure the $ were there 3 I tf f'I\OIW r- in time, and of course the contributors Ff£fll.U. A -.y//.-1-w1.· t•h-ar_t•i•c•l-es_o•f-in_t_e_r_es_t_f_or_a_1_1_. _ ..... I was at the slide show on Friday, November 6, in the classroom #2. I saw the most beautiful pictures of a valley shown. There were slides of forests and streams, animals, plus flowers of many species. There were pictures of mountains covered with snow. Streams that flowed as clear as looking through glass. Park space for camping or sightseeing. There are trails for hiking. Well all of this land will be logged sometime before Christmas. Ken Lay of Canada West Wilderness, explain-ed that this land belongs to the native people of Lytton, BC, and there may be a stand-off between the native people and the logging company for this precious and valuable valley, which could be destroyed. It will be lik~ Meares Island and the people who missed this show have or may never see a place of this nature again. It captured my heart from the very beginning to the end. Youth is not a time of life. It is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Whether sixteen or seventy, there is in every being's heart the love of wohder, the sweet amazement of the stars, the unfailing appetite fo~ what's next and the joy and game of life. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt. As young as your self confidence, as old as your fear. As young as your hope, as old as your despair. By IRENE SCHMIDT The ·L ear,iing Center The Learning Centre at Carnegie is very good for me, a student. I didn't like going to school when I was a child - it took me ten years to get to grade six and I was very frustrated - so I quit and went to work. I had to do bull labour and every menial job that came along. Now, forty-two years later, I entered the Learn-ing Centre and find that I enjoy it. I am learning how to write properly and subtract, multiply and divide, something I could not do before. I am grateful for the tutors who take an interest in us all. So a great big thanks to them all. By JAMES ROADKNIGHT * * * * * * * THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF MAJOR WARS ... the men and women who signed up for the armed forces to go over-seas to fight ... so that we here in Canada would not be put in slave camps or shot.;. The veterans today are n6t only forgotten by the Department of Veteran Affairs, but by a great many of us so-called Christians. The Vets today practically have to have a lawyer to get anything from the DVA and that's not right. When these men and women came home aftex five or six years, in or out of the firing lines, they were nervous wrecks and had night-mares for years. They drank like there wasn't no tomorrow and in many cases there wasn't. Maybe you' 11 see an old man with his hand out, shaking and needing a shave. Ile does not say anything, but he could be your father, uncle or grand-father. I've tried to say in my own quiet way a little about AA. At least I have planted a seed. I never turn a veteran down if I have what he needs. Besides the change, a kind word goes a long way with everybody who wore a uniform and some of us who didn't ... Canada's former Merchant Marines. By JANES ROADKNIGHT abOtiginaJ Jaw Protect and preserve all life which includes people, animals, trees, plants, water, air and spirit. Punishment is fatal, it is the most serious crime, there is no compensation for anyone. Once life and Mother Earth are manipulated or disrespect-ed there is no return. By IRENE SCHMIDT * * * * * * * NOTHIHG IS LOST,, BUT IT CAN NEVER BE AGAIN AS IT WAS, YOU WILL ONLY FIND THE BITS AND CRY OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE YOURSELF Loren Eisley b Women, Poverty and Literacy WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO WOMEN LEARN ING The relationship between liter-acy and poverty is complex but im-portant in the way it affects women's lives. *Half of all female-headed families live below the poverty line.The rate of illiteracy in this group is much higher than national average. *Jobs available to women with poor reading and writing skills are tra-ditionally the lowest paid jobsJ *The average woman of any educational status who works full time makes only 68% of what the average man makes. Women enter literacy prog .-grams for a variety of reasons. Often a women hopes it will be a step towards a better job o. further training. Sometimes moth ers want to be abl e to be more involved in their child-r en's education. And, most women hope that literacy will enrich and improve the quality of their lives. However, a a wrnan's desire to l e arn is oft en me diat ed by other circurnstancei;, in her life. Literacy workers must look a t the pattern of a woman's life, and at the role a woman's resposibilities and r e l a t i onsh i ps play in he r deci si on making. Unde rst and-in g and valuing a woman's situation will help educat-ors provide ways for her to continue learning. The foll owin g may be i mporta n t fac to rs : , 0 • "Reading I think has a lot to do with ·life. ;If yoy can read and understand what you are reading I think you can do a lot with it." SUSAN ****************** Children at Horne-Responsibility for childcare may hinder a woman's abilit y to participate in literac y programs. It may be difficult for her to get babysitters orchildc a re a t the times when classes are available. Demands cf Husbands and Boy Friends-While many men are supportive, others ar e not: their negative r ea c t i on may r ange from just not he l pi ng her(for example, not baby, sitting while she goes to class) to verbal, emotional or physical abuse. Isolation in the Home-Women become isol a t ed in th e home f or many r ea sons. Inol atio n often comes fr om tr a~ itional expectations that a woman should sta y a t home . Mothers-especially s o le-support pa r en t s- are often i sol a t ed i n th e home . OPTIONS:MAKING LITERACY MORE ACCESSIBLE toWOMEN To be successful, literacy programs try to reach those who need them most. Often this involves extra work such as publicizing programs in differ-ent communities ,communicating in different languages, making participation possible to disabled learners. Making child care avaible to students is one way to help women benefit from literacy programs. Scheduling classes that are convenient for women is also important. The more flexible a program is,for example,night classes and various time slots. Homen may benifit from women only groups. Women only groups become an important space in which women can discuss commom problems in their educational experience and lives. Out of these groups, women sometimes gain new motivation for writing and communating. The supportive atmosphere a woman learner experiences is likely to help her learning and encourage her attendance, as well as improve her life beyond the classsroom . WHAT DO WOMEN WANT TO LEARN Once women are in a program it's important that the material used holds their interest. For example, wonen may want infor-mation on health care, birth control, childcare, or sexuality However, it is important not to assume that all women are interested in the same things, and to offer a range of possible learning materials. This should relate to women's lives, but not portray women stereotypically. i It should be groundedin reality but allow for the possibility of change. Language used in · lit .eracy material should not be sexist, racist or otherwise discrimina~ tory. The foregoing article was condensed from a pamphlet dis-tributed by theCanadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women. 8 DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE MEMORIALS by Irene Schmidt Roy Hubbard was born in Devonshire, Ontario on October 10th, 1935. He passed away on October 17th, 1987 and is survived by a son Roy. Roy was a friend and fellow volunteer to many of the Carnegie patrons.He spent a great number of hours in the kitchen and second floor Reception Desk. The service for Roy took place at Glenhaven Funeral Home on October 29th at 10:30a.m. The minister who did the eulogy mentioned that Roy had many friends at th Carnegie Centre. He also said there were a lot of people hurting out--' side of this building and we should reach out to someone each day for to :-morrow might not come. Tomorrow never came for Roy. The Carnegie Memorial service for Roy James Hubbard took place on October 27th, at 5:30 in the theatre. Barry Morris did an excellent eulogy of Roy as he led us in remembrance of our dear friend and fellow volunteer. The room was packed and many tears were shed. Dave McConnell sang the special hymn,"Hastings Street · written by Jaunita Allen. A wall clock was purchased and placed in the second floor Coffee Concession in · his honour. Percy Wilson passed away in his seventieth year. He was buried in his villiage of Kispaox on November 6th,1987. Leslie Black and friends took part in the service. A special Memorial Service was held for Percy at the Downtown Handicapped Association at First United Church. He was one of the original members and had been in our presence for many years. Vancouver was Percy Wilson's chosen home, but a person's real home is always where they were born. The service was attended by some of Percy's family from Kispaox. One nephew mentioned that he had only met his uncle once, yet this young man had a great deal of respect and love for this special Elder. Many friendsreflected on their special memories of Percy. Madeline said "The Lord's Prayer" and Beth Jennings mentioned how Percy talked of the totem poles in his villiage. Reverend Jim Elliot met Percy at Kispaox and one of his greatest wishes was to have a program for the handicapped like the one at First United Church so the villiage people had something to do and not suffer from loneliness. Jave McConnell sang "Hasting Street" and others joined in when "Amazing Grace" and "Abide With Me" were sung. The highligats of my personal memories of Percy were when he sang in his Native tongue at First United Church services. He was a member of the Native Elders and will be sadly missed by all of them. The Downtown Eastside is richer for having known such a man full of wisdom. TUBERCULOSIS IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE Several months ago we had a clinic set up in Carnegie to give TB skin tests to staff and volunteers. Quite a few uf us tested positive, including myself. So we had some X-rays, made sure everyone in the kitchen had been tested, and thatts where things $tand now. But a few people wexe asking "Why all the fuss about TB? Why should I have to be tested again when I was tested some months ago?" Tuberculosis is not a pleasant disease. Left unchecked, it will rot your lungs out like tomatoes. The rot collects in pools at the bottom of cavities in your lungs, you cough up the rot, made up of dead TB bacteria, lung tissue, blood pus,~ and so on. Finally when you don't have enough lung left to - ~ - ~- .... ,J · ·· breathe, you suffocate. Many thousands of people died this way before the turn of the century; when drugs were only ~ then dicovered to treat TB. Today, tre a tment is usually with a combination of power-ful drugs, and takes up to nine ._.__.......,.. mor,ths; it used to take up to two years. Unfortunately, the treatment has to be followed up consistantly until the TB is entirely gone, or it will come back and be much harder to treat. The TB rate around here -~--... 30 to 40 times higher than in other parts of the city or the province. Between 1980 and 1982, the rate in the downtown eastside was 241 per 100,000- compared to 5 per 100,000 for other parts of the city. Obviously TB is a big problem in this area. The question is "Why?" A major part of the reason is that folks down here don't get regular check-ups, and don't recognize the symp-toms. You may have a cold or cough that doesn't get better, or feel weak all the time. People around here will tend to say "Oh, I've been smoking too much for too long"' or "It's just the effect of · years of - drinking ... ". In other words, if you're hard on yourself anywJy, you' 1 tend to assume that you're suffering from that and not TB. You may not even notice the symptoms ... but your neighbour might. If you know someone who seems to have been sick for quite a while (say 6 weeks), maybe suggest they get a skin test. Free tests are available at the Downtown Clinic at 412 East : Cordova Street. by EARLE PEACH The Downtown Eastside Women~ Centre is on the move to ' ' bi gg er and be tt e r facilities at the old 44 at 44 East Cordova st. on ,-a.n.30,88. Anyone who can help them make the move easier would be greatly appreciated : if they volunteer their energies, muscle-power,vehicles,etc .. Lets give them a hand! Call Pam ocLaura at 681-8480 daytimes for more information. I need your love Like the flowers need rain So I wrote this song To say how much I love you so. I n ee d your love So please believe me There'll never be another Your the only one for me. I need your love . Y 're always there in the OU k. To gree t me with_a iss That's what I enJOY_ And never want to miss. I need your love Every single day, Darling I wouldn t Any other way. by Jean Pearson The great white belly of the bird is streaked with black, like and behind " that fierceness two rust-red, strong red tail feathers point down. Do not look away. This is the season of visions. The four-sided rain sent this spirit guide who stares down at you from the giant pine. His living solid face demands that you recall what led you to this hour, this place. Do not turn away. Earth waits for your hand, the spe ec h of roots and mos ses your tongue makes. Not every woman is gifted with Do not forget. The hawk's beak can pierce through hollowness and flesh. And the fierce spirit lives on. Let your blood merge wfth the river's water. There's no true power with out some dyi ng. Die in the right way. Make your song strong. Shaman's Drum/ Sunnner 1987 with pride Once we were strong . i des Like the winds and the might~ t P d 1 -ike th e eagle that flies rou k d skies. d Of t he open space an Free om The bear that once roamed our land red to our tribal band sac h this creature The power and strengt ld 1 when we are co Will someday hep us d eo le together as on e Nature an P P. . 1 ·k e the sun. This is the In dian JUSt i i . $av ''Ht Mary Brogan To a Volunteer Mary Cappell - volunteering on and off for 4 years - Secretary for Volunteer Support Group and contributes regularly to Newsletter & V.V. "If people are nice to me then I'll be nice to them." Mary's been with Carnegie Centre for many years, volunteering her time as kitchen aide making sandwiches; runner; 2nd Floor Consession and with many special events . She's also cele-brating a birthday on January 26th, so a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary. Taum Donberger, 34 - learning centre typist (he cheerfully does resumes, fack shee ts, business letters etc. for work seekers.) - - also memos, agendas, updates the Rolex and even answers .the phone! ~-~ 1-- ,· s -~\) ,, FOR _.:/l. ~~ ~ rce ,~~ARY/se I'-. r S\NMY ~" ~~ v.1:DNESM!I llMXMY r1tn.¥J SAlUQY !t:: l ~ 2 !t: ) ~ '• ~ 5 ~ 6 Seni o rs Dance Volunteer Wome ns 1 Volunteer Volunteer Stag e 40 1 6:30 - 9:30 Popcorn Sale Support Group Orientation Popcorn Sale 7 - 9 : 30 p .m. Theatre 12 - t, p.m. J p. n . 10: 30 a.m . 6 - 9:30p . m. Theatre J,obpy OVal Off ice Seconc Floor Lobby I I a Si.'.ll l'ors 9 I 10 11 1 2 I lJ Meet ln g Senior ~ Val ent i ne' s 2 p .tn. Hot Dor, S:il e Dance Seni o r g 1 - r, p.m. 7 - 9: JO pm Lou nge Lobby Theatre 14 15 lb II 18 19 20 Vo l unteer Vol un t.ccr Support Group ll i •,ncr MC'ctin c -2 pm 5 p . m. C.lass ro om 1.11 Th~atr c DEAD!, I NE F5k 22 I 23 24 Wa t ch for 25 26 2 7 VOLU:HEER \'OlC ! Volunteers Cwnpin g Trip at Capilano MARCH .. SUl\MlSSro:,s February 2 1st - 24th '1, VOLUNTEER "' VOICE .. ~ I ...a, _.., 28 I 29 HAPPY U:AP YEAR " ff({f{O\AJS l~OIGATf Wf £Kt1 fVE~TS ..j CAMPING TRIP to CAPILANO The camping trip is on! The dates are for February 21st to the 24th,88. Moredetails will be posted around .the Centre, so watch for them. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS Remember Volunteers, the Volunteer Voice is your newsletter. So keep those articles of interest, poetry, comments and ideas coming for future editions. Deadline for submissions is the 21st of each month and publication happens on the 25th. Anyone wishing to learn how to put it together, come to the Association Office. Submission can be left in the Association Office or at the Information Desk. 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; Debra McNaught; 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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