1. Financial Report
  2. Gung Haggis Fat Choy
  3. Community Facility
  4. Litter
  5. Robin’s Garden
  6. Bee Hotel Workshop
  7. Traffic on Haliburton

1. Financial Report

2. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Fundraiser: Plans are coming together for this event, to be held at the old Caprice Theatre on Jan. 24 – volunteers begin work at 4:30 doors open at 5:00 pm.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to pick­up/return tables, provide salads, desserts,etc., man the door, serving tables and to assist with set­up and clean­up. Please contact S. Larocque at 250 753 1394 if you are able to help in any way.

S. Larocque is in charge of food for the event – contact her if you are able to provide a salad, dessert or side dish. Nesvog Meats is cooking roast beef (C.Torjhelm will pick up), and veggie burgers will be available for those on special diets. S. McLellan is working on a donation of the Haggis from Quality Foods. Petra DeGroot will take charge of desserts, and Michelle will take care of coffee and tea. Blake McGuffie will handle liquor stock/sales. Sydney Robertson will book the Piper and organize entertainment.
Lisa Martin will head the Clean­up Crew. The clean­up will start by 11pm and be completed by 12 midnight.
We anticipate a 6pm start of the Procession. Kathryn Hazel will make the Toast to the Bard following Dinner. She reminds all those who have tickets for sale that she needs any extra tickets as well as the money generated by sales, to be turned in by the Thursday before the Event (January 22).

3. Community Facility: The group was backgrounded on the progress of the Committee looking into the possibility of acquiring a Facility for use by the Community. S. McLellan reports that a survey/questionnaire will be developed by the Committee as a tool to explore the desires of the Community as regards having a South End Neighbourhood Facility and what uses could be incorporated. It was pointed out that the City has provided approx. $10,000 for use as we see fit for enhancement in the neighbourhood . Perhaps such a project would be good use for those funds. Additionally, it was noted that some Councillors, when asked informally, were supportive of this initiative.

4. LitterBarbara Densmore reported that garbage and general dumping of refuse has been occurring at Milton and Esplanade. She contacted Randy Churchill of City report the situation. She queried whether this was a City issue. Who should remove this garbage?
Regarding garbage in the neighbourhood in general, the following points were brought up:

  • ­ Focus on educating Schools about litter
  • ­ Do we have fewer ‘Art Bins’ out? Do we need to look at providing more?
  • ­ McDonald’s and 7/11 are cleaning up around their locations.

It was suggested that we contact Randy Churchill and request him to attend a meeting to discuss the Community concerns with the state of litter in the neighbourhood.

5. Robins Gardens: Landon Homney reports that construction on the Robins Gardens project has resumed.

6. Bee Hotel Workshop: Thomas – Ambassador for Chase River Park, would like to present a Seminar on Bee Hotels on March 21. He is looking for a location at which to hold it.

7. Traffic on Haliburton: S. Larocque expressed concerns about traffic on Haliburton and would like to see Radar used to ameliorate it. She reminded that the South End Neighbourhood Plan promises improved traffic control.



image003Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Harbourfront Library the Nanaimo Arts Council and Swap-o-Rama-Rama will be hosting a free “UnFinished Objects (UFO) Day”.  Bring anything portable that you want to finish.  Sewing, crafting, painting, drawing, if you can carry it you can bring it.  Bring your supplies and tools as well.  There will be a sink, electrical outlets, tables and chairs available.  If you can bring any of the following that you would be willing for others to use let the Nanaimo Arts Council know:  an iron, ironing board and/or full length mirror.  Feel free to bring snacks to be eaten with fingers and there will be tea and coffee available.

You can come and work on your own; however, UFOs are usually unfinished for a reason. Do you need some kind of help or motivation to get going again?  If so UFO Day is for you.  Participants can help and motivate each other.  Another way to get rid of a UFO is to pass it forward and there will also be a UFO Swap Table.

For more information contact the Nanaimo Arts Council at 250-729-3947 or admin@nanaimoartscouncil.ca


See and print the PDF poster here: GungHaggis2015Poster

Come celebrate Chinese New Year & Robbie Burns Day with SECA! This is the second of this now annual event which will be full of traditional (and non-traditional) festivities such as the procession of the Haggis and Fish, Scottish Country Dancers (of all ages and do join in), and dinner and dessert.

Dinner will include a buffet of beef-on-a-bun sandwiches, veggie burgers, and three kinds of salad – green, Caesar, and bean.

Bring your loot bags as there will be a 50/50 draw, as well as exciting and tempting silent auction items which help us to raise money for our yearly events such as the South End Heritage Miner’s Day Picnic and insurance. See you there!

DATE: Saturday, January 24th 2015
TIME: doors at 5:00pm dinner at 6:00pm
LOCATION: Nanaimo Entertainment Center 46 Nicol St.

Tickets available at Sandra’s Head to Toe Salon – 721 Haliburton St.
Or call Kathryn: (250) 754-0952


  1. Introductions and Potluck Social
  2. Financial Report
  3. Friend of the South End: Jill Stannard
  4. Elections
  5. Gung Haggis Fat Choy
  6. Caroling
  7. Art Bins
  8. RCMP Neighborhood Update

1. Introductions:
Guest: Leonard Krog, MP

2. Financial ReportThe Treasurer reported that a shortfall of $1300.00 in donations caused a small deficit to the Picnic Account which has a current balance of $2,808.50.
The General Account balance is $1,991.67.

3. Friend of the South End: Jill StannardJill was recognized for her many years of supporting the South End Community, in particular, her role as historian and guide of the annual Heritage Walk; a popular feature of the Miners’ Day Picnic. She was honoured with the presentation of a ‘Friend of the South End’ Award and a floral tribute.

4. Elections: MP Leonard Krog attended to invigilate our annual Election process.
Results of the Election were:

  • Chairman – Douglas Hardie
  • Vice­Chair – Christine LoScerbo
  • Treasurer – Sandra Larocque
  • Membership – Sandy McLellan
  • Recording Secretary – Starr Faux
  • Member At Large – Blake McGuffie
  • Member At Large – Kathryn Hazel
  • Member At Large – Lisa Martin
  • Member At Large – Petra Sochor

5. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Fundraiser: Tickets are now available for our Second Annual celebration of Chinese New Year/Robbie Burns Day to be held on January 24 at the old Caprice Theatre on Nicol Street. This year’s menu will include chili and stew for general consumption as well as the traditional ceremonial Haggis/Fish. The Piper has not yet been confirmed. There will be a Dance presentation by Sydney’s Scottish Country Dancers. We will need approximately 20 tables – if you have tables you can provide, or are able to volunteer to make chili or stew, please contact Sandra Larocque as soon as possible at javawook@shaw.ca

6. Caroling: A reminder that this years’ Caroling Event will be held in the plaza area in front of Iron Oxide Art Supplies at 7pm on Wednesday, December 17 mulled wine for participants and Michelle has volunteered to play the flute.

7. Art BinsVolunteers are needed for our Art Bin Project. Contact Sandra or Chris LoScerbo to offer your time and talents.

8. RCMP Neighbourhood Update: Constable D. LaBerge

Needle boxes: Constable LaBerge reports that deliberations are in progress regarding placement of Sharps boxes. He will keep us updated.

Patricia Pub: The Patricia is now closed.

Nuisance Properties: He reports that the 2 nuisance properties at the North end of Haliburton have been quieted and that they are still working on issues with the View Street property. The Victoria Road property has now been demolished. He clarified for us that 75% of a property must be burned out or beyond remediation before the City can issue a demolition order.

Shell­7/11­McDonalds: The RCMP met with these businesses and spoke with them about ways to deal with Street Activity at their properties. On Saturday they will have a walk­through of Wisteria Lane at 10 a.m. To discuss ways of mitigating problems with drug dealing/use in the area.


Car Rolling 2014It`s time for some festive Car Rolling in the South End … or is that Caroling?  You`ll have to join us to find out!  December 17th at 7 pm, we`ll gather in front of Iron Oxide (in the Firehall building at Victoria Road, Nicol Street and Victoria Crescent).  Songbooks, hot chocolate and goodies will be provided (and Willow`s making mulled wine); you just bring the muscle.

WHO: All are welcome!
WHAT: Car Rolling aka Caroling
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 7pm

unnamed (1)Local artist/makers are offering a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to make their own presents, gift bags and cards Saturday, November 29, from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm at the Harbourfront Library.  There will also be carols, storytelling and goodies.  Both the supplies and the expertise are free.  The event is a collaboration between the Nanaimo Arts Council, Mid Island Metis Nation, Swap-o-Rama-Rama, AEIOU, the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange and the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Children can choose from activities such as making and decorating sock puppets, bookmarks, t-shirt bags, braided headbands, Hudson Bay blanket gift bags, paper gift bags, jointed paper figures, cards and whatever their imaginations come up with!

Feel free to bring things such as old Christmas cards and paper and items that can be used to decorate with such as lace, ribbon, stickers, fabric, art supplies, and glue – use your imagination!  Items can also be dropped off at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre before 4:00 pm on Friday, November 28.  If you are interested in helping out or would like more information, call the Gallery at 250-729-3947 or emailadmin@nanaimoartscouncil.ca.unnamed


  1. Introductions
  2. Candidate Presentations
  3. RCMP/John Howard Society
  4. Tree Planting
  5. School Trustees All Candidates Meetings
  6. RCMP Report
  7. Financial Report
  8. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Fundraiser
  9. SECA Neighbourhood House
  10. Constitution update
    Other Business:
  11. Halloween Block Party
  12. Caroling
  13. Jill Standard

1. Introductions: Attendees named themselves. Guests in attendance were:

  • Fred Patje – Council Candidate
  • Ian Thorpe – Council Candidate
  • Kim Fagerlund – Restorative Justice, John Howard Society
  • Alan Kemp – City of Nanaimo

2. Candidate Presentations: Fred Patje and Ian Thorpe attended to inform us regarding their candidacy for Nanaimo City Council. Mr. Patje expressed his thanks for SECA’s support over the last 6 years, particularly as regards the implementation of Neighbourhood Plans, which he continues to strongly support. He pointed out the successful work of SECA in facilitating neighbourhood improvements and its’ standing as an example in the Community at large. He also expressly thanked our Chair, Douglas Hardie and Vice­Chair Chris LoScerbo for their work on the Waterfront Committee initiative. He then introduced Ian Thorpe, fellow Candidate, and backgrounded us on his community work and teaching history at J. Barsby Secondary. He emphasized his work ethic and collegial, co­operative approach when serving on committees.

Mr. Thorpe then spoke, indicating his appreciation of South End residents and initiatives. He elaborated on his 10 years at Barsby and his extra­curricular work, his Committee work with Mr. Patje, and his desire to serve the residents of Nanaimo.

3. RCMP/John Howard Society: Constable D. LaBerg informed us on the goals of the Restorative Justice Program being implemented by the John Howard Society. He introduced Kim Fagerlund, Program Co­ordinator and her client. Her client had been apprehended selling marijuana and, instead of cycling through the court system, he was given the opportunity to make reparation directly. To do this, he is attending this meeting and has donated $300 to SECA. He also spoke to us, assuring us that, while he sells marijuana to adults in an adult setting, he does not sell to teenagers or children; that he is not violent, and does not steal or pose any other threat to residents. Constable LaBerg confirmed this. The individual was thanked for attending/donating and explaining his personal situation to us. Chair, D. Hardie also thanked Constable LaBerg and the John Howard Society for their work on this initiative.

4. Tree Planting: Alan Kemp, City Engineering Department, attended to let us know that BC Hydro has again supplied funds for South End beautification. They have provided $6,000 to purchase, plant and sustain 40 new trees to be planted along Haliburton Street. Mr. Kemp requested volunteers to begin planting them, with the assistance of City Works. City Works staff will take responsibility for watering and ongoing care of the trees. Several present volunteered to help plant; others volunteered to attend to provide refreshment. They will meet on Saturday, November 8 at 9 a.m. at “R U Computing” to begin work on the project. The event will be photographed for local media. Mr. Kemp was thanked for his past and present work to make this neighbourhood improvement possible.

5. School Trustees All Candidates Meetings: Ed Chan informed the group of the all­ candidates meetings he has worked to implement.

The meetings will be held at J. Barsby on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14 from 6:30­ 9:00. At these sessions, candidates for School Trustee will present their qualifications and vision for administrating the $135 million annual budget for School District 68. He was thanked for his work on this initiative. Details will be posted on our Blog to inform the Neighbourhood of this opportunity to vet candidates.

6. RCMP Report: Constable LaBerg informed us that RCMP efforts over the last couple of months have been focused on dealing with car thefts, marina break­-ins, robberies and home invasions. As a result of this focus, many perpetrators have been apprehended.

Drug issues have recently been less of a focus, however, designated nuisance properties on Haliburton and View Streets have been targeted and landlords have co­operated in removing drug ­dealing renters. Improvement has been noted.

Regarding drug issues, Constable LaBerg informed us that, throughout the City, heroin and crystal­ meth use are of increasing concern. As a consequence, he and John Horn of City have been speaking with Neighbourhood Associations about the need to provide more Sharps Disposal Boxes. Additional disposal boxes to be located near Nob Hill, Deverill Park and Pauline Harer were indicated as needed to protect children and residents from the dangers presented by discarded

Some expressed concern that the presence of more Sharps Boxes would reflect negatively on the areas where they were placed and would encourage more drug use there. Others pointed out the dangers of discarded needles and spoke to the fact that diabetics and others requiring sharps use for medical reasons also dispose of used needles in the boxes. The upcoming changes in prostitution laws were also brought up and the question raised as to how these changes might affect drug and other social issues.

Constable LaBerg cited his many years of experience around the needle issue and stated that the boxes, present throughout the City, do not intrude visually as many boxes are not even noticed by those who do not actually use them. In his experience, they do not encourage drug use and do increase safety for all. He spoke regarding the recent meeting at the Conference Centre in which representatives from VIHA, NARSF, the RCMP, local business owners, residents and Street people gathered to discuss the situations and safety issues faced by all stake-­holders. The exchange of information, particularly as regards the coming de­-criminalization of prostitution and the on-going concerns around street-drugs such as Meth and Heroin was beneficial and provided a constructive dialog around these issues.

Chair, D. Hardie, spoke in support of Constable LaBerg’s experience and expertise in this area and cited his initiatives with local business in the area of the 7-­11 and McDonald’s; educating these businesses as to how to deal with problem people. He thanked the Constable for his on­going work, assisting local neighbourhoods in dealing with these issues.

7. Finance: S. Laroque, Treasurer, reports:

Picnic Account – Present balance is $2,208.48. With the addition of the $300 donation through the Restorative Justice program, the balance will be $3,108.48.

General Account – Present balance is $2,332.41 

8. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Fundraiser: The 2nd Annual fundraiser will be held at the old Caprice Theatre, Nicol Street, on Saturday January 24. Tickets to the event will be available at our next meeting for Members to sell. The cost of $15 will cover admission, entertainment and dinner. A cash bar will be provided with proceeds to SECA.

Volunteers are needed for set­up, clean­up and food. Some volunteers have already stepped forward for Music – Mike’s DJ, MC – C. LoScerbo, Toasts to the Bard – K. Hazel, the Lassies – L. Gambone and the Laddies – P. Portsmouth. Petra will organize dessert volunteers, Lisa Martin will organize clean­up. We await confirmation from the Piper. Triple T catering has quoted a cost of $245 to cover dishes, cutlery, tables, etc. Provided we pick up and return them ourselves. Additional tables are also needed. Volunteers should contact S. Larocque.

Paula Beltgens informed that she will record a segment at the Event for our Happy Video. The video will be edited for release in February around Valentine’s Day.

Sandra also reminded the group to continue to save and turn in their Country Grocer receipts, as the credits already supplied through this program were sufficient to provide the refreshments served at last weeks’ successful Halloween Event.

9. Neighbourhood House: S. McLellan­French backgrounded us on the idea of acquiring a permanent facility to provide space for neighbourhood events, meetings and public use. He identified areas needing investigation and suggested a Committee of volunteers be formed to:

  • identify possible locations; eg. The Vast building, Loaves and Fishes building, 5 Acres, etc.
  • Seek partners and explore rental possibilites to provide income for on­going costs
  • Explore funding opportunities and draft briefs for funding
  • Determine what functions volunteers and/or paid staff could provide in running the facility.

Motion made by S. Larocque: “to form a working Committee to explore the funding and location of a permanent facility for use by South End residents and SECA”.

Seconded: L. Gambone. Carried.

Sandra Laroque will take the names of any who wish to volunteer to participate as members of the working groups within the Committee. She noted that Paula Beltgens and Sydney Robertson have experience and connections in the fundraising and real estate components of this initiative and stand ready to provide contacts and assistance in these areas. The Committee would report back to the group as the process evolved.

10. Constitution: Chair, D.Hardie, updated us on progress around needed Constitution Revisions. It had been hoped that suggested revisions to clarify our Mandate, Mission Statement, Procedures, etc. would be presented at tonight’s meeting. He indicated that there is no time constraint causing urgency for this process and that our goal is to ‘do it right’ to ensure that revisions effectively provide clarity in the purview and conduct of the Association. Support was expressed for taking the needed time to execute draft revisions.

11. AGM: The December General Meeting is the Annual General Meeting at which the Officers and Executive Members of the Association are elected. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm with a pot­luck and social time. The nomination and election process will be fielded by Leonard Krog, our area MP.

12. Halloween Block Party: This event was a great success. About 100 people participatedthroughout the evening. Activites included a Fire Dancer, Street Hockey and the recording of a Happy Video segment.

Donations for SECA were accepted at the refreshment area. In view of it’s success, the possibility of continuing/expanding this event was brought forward.

13. Caroling: Willow Friday, proprietor of Iron Oxide Art Supplies on Nicol Street, has agreed to provide her outdoor patio area for our Carolers this year. Volunteer Carolers will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, December 17 at Iron Oxide to sing and provide encouragement to passers­by to sing along. Our sign: ‘Sing Here on Wednesday’ will be displayed in the week previous.

14. Jill Stannard: Jill has been invited to attend the AGM as our Guest of Honour. She will be honoured at the meeting with a “Friend of the Neighbourhood” citation in recognition of her many years of voluteerism in support of SECA. Notably her role as historian and guide of the ‘History Walking Tour’ given at the Miner’s Heritage Picnic. In addition to the citation, she will be presented with a SECA apron.



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