News

Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

7 pm at St. Anselm’s Anglican Church, 5210 University Boulevard

Light refreshments served

Through its volunteer base, the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (the parishes of St. Anselm’s, St. Helen’s, St. Philip’s, and St. John’s Shaughnessy) have been serving homeless and vulnerable people on Vancouver’s Westside since 2008.

At the annual general meeting, we celebrate the volunteers, give thanks for their service, offer an update on the past year’s activities and look to the future.

Not a volunteer? Curious about what we do? Want to learn why our watchwords are “Mutual Transformation?”

We encourage you to come and hear more about the services we offer to our brothers and sisters who live among us on the streets of Vancouver’s Westside. We value your input!

They are Not just Statistics Opioid Crisis Service of Lament

Squamish Elder Xwechtaal (Dennis Joseph) offered a welcome, a territorial acknowledgement and a powerful Travel Song at Christ Church Cathedral’s Opioid Service of Lament.

“On this date, April 14 of 2016, the provincial health officer of the day, Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency in relation to the opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2016, the rate of overdose deaths per 100,000 people was 20.4. That rate in 2021 was 43 deaths per 100,000 people.2,224 deaths last year, more than six people dying every day. Every day.

These are the statistics and perhaps if we simply keep them as statistics, we can try to ignore them or avoid them or not make any real eye contact with them. But these are real people. People who are our neighbours.

Continue reading “They are Not just Statistics Opioid Crisis Service of Lament”

CCPA Proposes Action to Achieve Affordable Housing in Vancouver

Founded in 1980, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. Through its National Office in Ottawa, and provincial offices in British ColumbiaSaskatchewanManitobaOntario, and Nova Scotia,  the  organization monitors progress on affordable housing commitments by both the federal and BC governments–and offers practical solutions.

Continue reading “CCPA Proposes Action to Achieve Affordable Housing in Vancouver”

A Day For Churches to Explore Developing Affordable Housing

Citygate Vancouver invites you to join them on Saturday, April 2nd at St. Andrews Hall, UBC and online via Zoom for a morning to learn and discuss affordable housing as a use for the physical spaces our churches occupy.

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed how little some church buildings are used and accelerated discussions about how to steward these buildings and lands in a better way. Church leadership teams will be initiated in the process of developing affordable housing and encouraged to commit to serious exploration of that process.

The panelists for the day will be Rev’d. Christine Boyle, City Councillor with OneCity Vancouver; Irene Gannitsos, Vancity Foundation; Marko Cimcic, Anglican property development committee; Andy Lambkin, The Nest Housing Society and Pastor at Simple Churches; Rebecca Pousette, Co:Here Foundation; and Tim Dickau, Citygate and the Center for Missional Leadership.

For details including how to register click on the link below.