Ambitious Outdoor Learning Park Comes to Fruition

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017 by Admin

Nestled on the corner of Inglewood Ave. and West 22nd Street in West Vancouver, a long-awaited  Outdoor Learning and Community Park has blossomed on the school grounds of Ecole Pauline Johnson Elementary. Over the past few years a dedicated group of parents and educators – the PJ Community Park Committee – have worked tirelessly to help make the dream of this community park come true. To help with these efforts, the committee enlisted Projects in Place Society to help re-imagine the area and King Kubota Services to help construct the parks foundation. Many other groups helped along the way including Atelier Anonymous, Order of Canada recipient Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and the children and families of EPJ who provided ideas and dreams for what they hoped the park could become for their school and their community.

Volunteers planting the educational wetland

Over the weekend of September 23rd, 2016 volunteers came together to help turn these long-awaited dreams and designs into reality. Volunteers included local community members, parents, educators and members of participating organizations. Although at times the weather made for less than ideal working conditions, spirits and productivity remained high. Hard work and determination resulted in the completion of many projects, some of which we’ve recapped below:

  • To help improve slope stability and enhance species diversity Devils Club, Ferns and numerous native tree species were planted along and within the parks perimeter.
  • Among other features, a healing circle, water sluice, and outdoor classroom were designed and constructed to service the environment and improve outdoor learning efforts.
  • Two wetlands were constructed to help promote ecosystem growth and interactive learning opportunities.
  • Landscaping efforts were supported and sustained as trees were trimmed, flowers were planted and gardens were tended to.

 

“It is incredibly satisfying to see a project that has been researched, pursued, shaped and lobbied for over four years finally become a reality… and turn out so beautifully! Truly a product of partnerships and team-work, this park has been built because of people like you.

We celebrate objectives behind The PJ Outdoor Learning & Community Park – part wetland, part play park, part learning grounds, it’s meant for interconnection.   It is an exercise of re-imagining & re-designing land-conservation to embrace natural habitat, education, and honoring our sense of community & our First Nations. It is meant to maximize benefits to the whole community.”

– Kyra Smiljanic, Co-Chair of PJ Outdoor Learning and Community Park

To see all the project photos, visit our Facebook page.

 

Volunteers needed for Mount Pleasant Family Center build!

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by Admin

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Projects in Place has been working with the very dedicated folks at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society – to re-imagine their old playground that has definitely begun to show its age.

Join this Community Build Event to create a new space for fun, creativity and adventure play. You will be helping to build a space the entire community can enjoy. We need assistance building play berms, benches and planting habitat friendly gardens.  The build will be at the Mount Pleasant Family Center located at 2910 St George St.

This volunteer build event will be held on October 22nd and 23rd, but we also need helpers for the build preparation day on October 21st. Come help us create an inspiring new playground in just two days!

The need for such early child development and parenting centres has been widely documented in recent years; there is clear evidence that positive intervention at this early age leads to lifelong success.

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is a respected not-for- profit organization celebrating 40 years of service this year! Their facility welcomes hundred of children per week, from birth to 5 years. It is an important resource where children and their families can drop-in free of charge to enjoy a range of family and child-focused programs in a safe, supervised setting. For their parents it is a chance to connect with others and to learn new skills while making connections with other families in their community.

For more information on the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society, click here.

Mount Pleasant Family Center Society

  • If not, that's ok. There are plenty of activities that will not require manual labour.
  • As a member, I agree to exercise care and attention at all times, behave in a polite, safe and respectful manner. I agree to take all reasonable precautions to protect myself and all present at our build events. All members must report to the registration desk upon arrival and sign a waiver before entering the build area. All members must attend a full safety briefing prior to participating in the build. All members must follow the safety plan and instructions from the build captains to the best of their ability at all times.
  • Please indicate here if you have previous construction experience or other relevant experience.
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Call for Volunteers – Ecole Pauline Johnson – PJ Outdoor Learning and Community Park

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by Alex

Over the last 2 years, Projects in Place has been working with a very dedicated group of parents and educators – the PJ Community Park committee – to re-imagine the grounds at Ecole Pauline Johnson into an all-inclusive Community Park. King Kubota Services has constructed the foundation of the Park over the summer in preparation for our Fall build. Come be a part of the Community Build Event and help us plant, from the wetland to the community garden. We need assistance with building a bird sanctuary, water sluice and fun elements to finish the Park.

We are finishing off this great community event on Sunday @ 5pm with a Community BBQ.

Come join the fun!

First Nations Healing Circle

PJ Outdoor Learning & Community Park: An outdoor community hub with a focus on nature, education and environmental stewardship, at Ecole Pauline Johnson, West Vancouver, BC. 1150 22nd St, West Vancouver, BC V7V 4C4

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome.

Note that we will proceed with the builds rain or shine (there will be protective cover on site) and that participants in the build need to be at least 18 years of age. Childminding will be provided with activities.

Please sign up here. Further details to come!

Volunteers Needed for June Playground Build!

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by Alex

It’s starting to feel like summer and soon it will be time to get your hands dirty!

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Projects in Place (PIPS) and the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC) have once again teamed up to upgrade one of their children’s playgrounds, to provide more natural play environments, develop gardens for the children to grow food to be used in their daily meals, and implement a recycling and composting program.

Our next project build event will be held at the Bayshore Gardens Children’s Centre, on the weekend of June 17/18/19, and you’re invited to help us build something special!! Bayshore Gardens Children’s Centre is located in Coal Harbour (200-581 Cardero Street), and helps make our downtown more family-friendly for its residents and provide much needed childcare services for working parents.

Friday, June 17th is delivery day, where we will be unloading supplies and setting up for the weekend build. We will need a few helping hands Friday afternoon.

Saturday, June 18th is Build Day #1, where we will be building planters, decks, moveable activity boxes and a number of other play features. We will need a bunch of volunteers to help us build these, and a few team leaders with previous carpentry experience will be helpful.

Sunday June 19th is Build Day #2, where we will continue Saturday’s projects, painting and planting to finish any last remaining items and making sure the children’s centre is ready for the kids on Monday morning!

Note that we will proceed with the builds rain or shine (there will be protective cover on site) and that participants need to be at least 18 years of age.

Please come and join us.  A good build event is the perfect way to kick start the summer season!!

Please sign-up here:

PIPS is looking for Project Designers and Coordinators

Posted on: April 23rd, 2016 by Alex

Project Designers and Coordinators Wanted

Projects in Place Society (PIPS) is looking for enthusiastic Project Designers and Coordinators to help design, manage and lead our volunteer build events in 2016 and beyond. We are looking for positive, energetic, practical, and open-minded people who are able to work both independently and collaboratively as projects dictate.  These roles will be filled by people interested in doing contract work and looking for a unique way to supplement their income through a stipend. Our current projects are mostly in the area of landscape design, but we are looking for people with a variety of backgrounds.

For the complete posting, including requirements and abilities for each role, please click here: PIPS Designer & Coordinator Posting

These positions will be flexible, contract-based positions on an on-going, as-needed basis. The amount of hours worked will be variable, and these roles are both eligible for PIPS Project stipends, which range depending on project complexity. These positions will report to the PIPS Board and PIPS Project Clients.

TO APPLY – Please send your CV along with1-page Expression of Interest by email to info@projectsinplace.org.

DEADLINE – We will be looking to fill a number of positions over the next few months, but the first ones will be filled by the end of April. Apply today!

 

Projects in Place is Growing!!

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by Alex

We’re looking for some volunteers to join our committees and project teams!

To support our board and current project teams, Projects In Place is looking for dedicated volunteers to join our committees and project teams. Each of these volunteer roles will work closely with a director on the PIPS board and require a commitment of around 4-8 hours per month for a 6 month term.

We are currently looking for people with experience in the areas of:

  • Human Resources
  • Volunteer Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Project Management
  • Design

To apply, please send the following items to info@ProjectsInPlace.org:

  • Expression of interest: 1/2 page (attachment or email) stating your area of interest(s) and why you would be a good fit.
  • CV: be sure to include volunteer work and technical skills that would support the position.

Applications are due by October 31st, 2015.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming more involved with Projects in Place, please come out to our volunteer playground build this weekend (October 17/18) at Dorothy Lam Children’s Centre in Yaletown and speak to one of our Board members. You can sign up here (we could still use a few build volunteers too):
http://projectsinplace.org/2015/09/10/dorothy-lam-build-confirmed-for-weekend-of-oct-161718/.

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Dorothy Lam Build Confirmed for Weekend of Oct 16/17/18!

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Alex

This year’s Projects In Place build at Dorothy Lam Children’s centre has been rescheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16, 17 and 18th, 2015, and we’re looking for volunteers to help us build something special!

Projects in Place (PIPS) and the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC) are partnering again to upgrade a number of VSOCC’s children’s playgrounds to provide more natural environments; develop gardens for the children to grow food to be used in their daily meals; and implement a recycling and composting program.

Dorothy Lam Children’s Centre is located next to the much loved David Lam Park and RoundHouse Community Centre, and helps make our downtown more family-friendly for its residents and provide much needed childcare services for families. (more…)

A little too much Jazz! Dorothy Lam Build re-scheduled for October

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Alex

Hi Everyone,

Due to the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the large public performances happening at David Lam Park at the same time as our build this coming weekend, the June 26-28 Dorothy Lam Build needs to be re-scheduled. After extensive discussions with the organizing team over the weekend, we realize that the impacts from the Festival would be significant and detrimental to the build so we have decided to reschedule it for October, the next available spot in the PIPS build schedule.

PIPS and VSOCC want to thank you for your support and hope you’ll join us in October for this event.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wishing you a safe and happy Summer!

Sincerely,

Projects in Place Society and Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres.

Volunteers Wanted for Dorothy Lam Build

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by Admin

It’s summer and it’s time to get your hands dirty!

Projects in Place (PIPS) and the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC) are partnering again to upgrade a number of VSOCC’s children’s playgrounds to provide more natural environments; develop gardens for the children to grow food to be used in their daily meals; and implement a recycling and composting program.

Our next project build event will be held at Dorothy Lam Children’s Centre on the weekend of June 26/27/28, and you’re invited to help us build something special!! Dorothy Lam Children’s Centre is located next to the much loved David Lam Park and RoundHouse Community Centre, and helps make our downtown more family-friendly for its residents and provide much needed childcare services for workplace parents. (more…)

‘A Taste of Projects in Place’ | 2015 Program Fundraiser and Thank You Dinner

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by Alex

Hi Everyone!

As we emerge from a winter season of strategic planning, restructuring and looking forward to this year’s projects, we’re hosting a 2015 Program Fundraiser and Thank You dinner on Monday, May 11th, and you’re invited!

A Taste of Projects in Place

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie | 163 Keefer St.
Monday May 11, 2015, 5-9PM

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