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Bagpipe and Drumming Lessons Available in North Surrey

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The Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band (CHCPB) will be offering piping and drumming lessons in a group setting beginning at the end of January 2014. We have four instructors ready to teach those ages 10 years of age to adult the fine art of playing the Great Highland Bagpipes and side, tenor or bass drum.

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Kyle Banta, a grade 1 piper in the solo ranks and has been teaching piping for 10 years. Kyle is also a very experienced side drummer and will be teaching in the drumming program. Kyle currently plays with the RMM Pipe Band.

Robert Millar, Drum Sgt of our pipe band has been drumming for more than 30 years in all forms of drumming from rock, military to pipe and brings a great dynamic to the drum program. Rob is the chief instructor of the drumming program.

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Danielle Warren, a grade 2 piper in the solo ranks and experienced instructor. Danielle will be teaching in the piping program. Danielle currently plays with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band.

Garth Newlands, Pipe Major of our pipe band has been piping for 18 years. Garth has been teaching adults piping for the past 5 years and taught in the cadet program for 9 years. Garth is the chief instructor of the piping program.

Located in North Surrey’s Central City area we will hold lessons on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:00pm for those looking to learn how to play the bagpipes and drums or to advance their skills. Lessons are held at 13525 106th Ave in the Upstairs Hall of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #229. The pipe band will practice following the lessons from 8:00pm to 9:30pm those capable of playing are welcome to join the pipe band.

Complete program details can be obtained by emailing learning@chcpb.ca and the chief instructors will be able to answer all your questions on the program.

As an introduction, the January to June 2014 program fee will be $250 per person which includes the $10 Society Membership dues. This is a fantastic price for group lessons. Compare private lessons at $25 for a half hour lesson once per week and you can see the great savings you are getting.

Group lessons are a fun and exciting way to learn and meet new friends. You don’t require anything to get started, we will provide you with loaner practice chanters, drum sticks and pads to start, you can purchase these from the Society at a great price as you progress.

We have 20 spaces open for pipers and 20 spaces for drummers; we expect these to fill up fast so act early to reserve a spot. The program will run from the end of January to June 2014, the program takes a break for the summer and will start up again in September and run till the following June.

The CHCPB was founded in February 2002 and has been entertaining the community at Scottish New Years, New Years, Robbie Burns Day, St Patrick’s Day, Canada Day, Fusion Fest, BC Lions Half Time, Remembrance Day and many more parades and events during this time throughout the lower mainland in Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Fort Langley and White Rock throughout the years.

Program Overview

Introduction to piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will begin in September and run till December when students will then move into the Beginner program from January till June
  • For those students who have never played an instrument or do not read music

Beginner piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Students you have completed the Intro to Piping or who are capable of reading music and have played another instrument

Junior piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the chanter and sight read pipe music
  • Learning how to play the bagpipes, tuning and maintenance

Intermediate piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the bagpipes
  • Able to compete in local competitions

Introduction to Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will begin in September and run till December when students will then move into the Beginner program from January till June.
  • For those students who have never played an instrument or do not read music

Beginner Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Students you have completed the Intro to Drumming or who are capable of reading music and have played another instrument

Junior Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the drum and sight read pipe music
  • Learning how to play the side, tenor or bass, tuning and maintenance

Intermediate Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the side, tenor or bass drum
  • Able to compete in local competitions

Pipe Band Grade 4

  • Ideally 16 years or older, at Pipe Majors and Drum Sgt discretion
  • Those who are playing at an intermediate level
  • Capable of playing all the tunes in the current years music library
  • Able to learn new tunes in a short period of time
  • Join band on parade and functions
  • Capable of marching in parades
  • Able to compete in local competitions.

Find out more about us at www.chcpb.ca or www.facebook.com/CHCPB or www.facebook.com/groups/chcpb.learning
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DIVERSEcity CEO Neelam Sahota talks about supporting mothers at home and in the workplace for Mother’s Day

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On Mother’s Day this year, let’s take time to not only celebrate mothers, but really acknowledge them. See them. Not just the smile on their lips, but the worry in their eyes. The exhaustion on their faces. The load on their shoulders.

The COVID-19 global crisis has highlighted the emotional, often invisible, workload that mothers carry. It has also increased that workload.

As we self-isolate in our homes, mothers are carrying the burden of homeschooling, often while working full-time jobs from home, in addition to the cooking, cleaning, shopping and so on.

Many are also still working outside the home, as leaders on health care’s frontlines, or working in essential or service industries, helping us all safely access groceries and essentials during this crisis. We are also seeing amazing women leaders rise up to battle this crisis at the policy level.

For all of them, traditional lines of work and home are being blurred, and it’s important we don’t dismiss or ignore the pressure mothers may be under now — and as we rebuild our workplaces after COVID-19.

As a mother myself, I remember the challenges of building a career in a traditional workplace when my kids were young. When I took on the role of CEO at DIVERSEcity with three children under the age of 12, I was fortunate to have a strong support network. But I still had to make accommodations and choose priorities for myself as a professional versus a mother. During this crisis, I can only imagine the strain working mothers of young children are currently under.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission says that COVID-19 is “having a disproportionate impact on women. Social and economic barriers have been amplified for racialized women, Indigenous women, migrant women, women with low income, single mothers and other women. They are at greater risk of job loss, poverty, food insecurity, loss of housing and domestic violence.”

The Commission recommends taking a feminist approach to re-establishing our workplaces. Canadian Women’s Foundation calls for us to invest in diverse women’s leadership opportunities and empower girls, asking us to imagine what women could achieve if we supported them to the fullest.

Flexible workplaces need to be more of the norm

As a leader of a social services organization, I want all my employees, especially mothers, to feel supported during this crisis. As we all continue to work from home, providing services to our clients through phone and virtual options, I want them to know we see them, we appreciate them and we will give them the flexibility they need not just during COVID-19, but as part of our permanent organizational culture. I would not be in my role today if I did not have flexibility in my career along the way. This is my commitment to working mothers in our organization. You don’t have to choose between being a mother and being a professional. Organizational cultures like DIVERSEcity’s need to be the equalizer and more of the norm in our workplaces today.

As for what’s next? Let’s use the lessons from this crisis to reimagine the 21st century workplace more thoughtfully. Let’s all be more flexible and more authentic to who we are and what we need as professionals, as parents, as humans.

To all the mothers holding things together for their families in these challenging times, have a happy Mother’s Day.

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Seeking Yoga Instructors interested in giving classes outdoors in parks

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Hi There!

Just wondering if there are any Yoga  Instructors interested in giving outdoor classes at Bakerview Park in South Surrey? It is an awesome, well tended park with lots of space for social distancing. Since Community Centers are closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future, activities like this would be great and popular, I bet. Specially with the weather getting nicer everyday. Anyone?

Contact authorannicklemay@icloud.com if interested.

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Consumer Choice Awards for BC announced. 17 companies from Surrey won!

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Consumer Choice Awards for BC announced. 17 companies from Surrey won!

https://www.accesswire.com/587809/Vancouver-Region-2020-Consumer-Choice-Award-Winners

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SFU Surrey engineering students use 3D printing skills to develop COVID-19 supplies

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When the call went out that local hospital staff needed COVID-19 supplies, SFU Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) students were eager to help using the high-tech skills they’ve been learning.

MSE Professor Woo Soo Kim and 60 students worked from home, designing and developing medical mask parts, using their personal 3D printers. Five hundred medical mask ear-savers, which help to eliminate pressure and discomfort, were given to Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) staff.

Kim says that engineers within the 3D printing community are looking for opportunities to give back during the pandemic. “COVID-19 is quite tragic, but because of this we can see how we can contribute to the community from the engineering perspective,” says Kim.

Now that SFU’s Additive Manufacturing Lab in Surrey has been cleared to open for essential work, Kim and graduate students, while following strict health protocols, are developing special door handles that allow people to open a door without using their hands. These supplies will be given to City of Surrey municipal workers.

“The City of Surrey has long recognized the expertise of SFU Surrey’s 3D printing capabilities,” says Mayor Doug McCallum. “When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we already had earlier discussions with SFU Surrey’s engineering professors on the department’s ability to utilize its 3D printing technology to produce critical personal protective equipment and other devices in response to COVID-19.”

“I want to commend the SFU Mechatronics Systems Engineering students and professors for the innovative and critical work they are accomplishing. We look forward to future collaborations on other 3D printed innovations that could protect our health-care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This project provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and put what they’ve learned in class to practice.

“I really wanted to help out in some other way, apart from the physical distancing,” says Nina Lin, VP of Internal Relations for the MSE Student Society. “Many other students had friends and family from other parts of the world, who are facing a bigger crisis, so they really wanted to help out. We’re all eager to assist our community and use our talents, skills, and knowledge to give back.”

Students will be able to apply their work to a directed study course for credit. Students also determined a way to cut down the time it takes to print the mask straps, from 33 minutes to nine.

SFU is harnessing its resources in other ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To read about them visit www.sfu.ca/sfunews/covid-19.

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Chatime Bubble Tea Supports Surrey Memorial Front line

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Chatime Bubble Tea Supports Our Front-Line Workers!

In the last few months, the BC lower mainland has rallied together in the fight against Covid-19. Whether it’s staying home, social distancing, or fighting the pandemic on the front line, our communities are doing their part. Chatime Canada BC has decided that the best way to support our great communities in these troubling times is to do what we do best: bring a well-deserved smile (along with a needed pick-me-up) to the courageous front-line workers facing this pandemic head on at the various hospitals across the lower mainland.

National Bubble Tea Day is April 30th, 2020, and as part of the weeklong Chatime celebration the team at Chatime Canada has decided to partner up with local hospital foundations to support the nurses and doctors working over the course of the week. Beginning this Wednesday, Chatime Surrey, Chatime New Westminster, Chatime West Broadway, and Chatime Langara will be donating over 420 bubble teas, worth $2,500, to the front lines at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday April 30th @ 12:00pm        Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Wednesday April 20th @ 4:00pm          Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Thursday May 1st @ 1:30pm Vancouver General Hospital
  • Tuesday May 5th @ 12:00pm Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Jaivin Khatri, Director of Operations, British Columbia, says: “We at Chatime have been inspired by the tremendous local support and outreach we are seeing, and we sincerely hope that this can brighten the day of our front line workers, and in turn inspire more businesses in our local community to also get involved.”

Chatime is the largest teahouse franchise in the world with over 2500 locations in over 38 countries. Chatime Canada opened its first location in downtown Toronto in 2011. Since then, Chatime has expanded across Canada, and is creating smiles and memories one steep at a time.

For more Information please reach out directly to:

Jaivin Khatri

Director of Operations, British Columbia

604-369-9977

Instagram: @chatimecanada

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