Local Autism Group Plans May 30th Benefit Featuring music, food and wine
Get your tickets today by calling 604-837-5634! $65 each or 6 for $350.
April 18th, Burnaby, BC: The Autism Support Network Society (ASN) will host their third annual fundraiser – An Evening of Blues and Bites – May 30th, 2015 in Burnaby to raise funds for providing autism education, treatment information and support to families in BC.
The event will be held at the beautiful Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby. Three well-known local chefs will serve local and international cuisine “top chef” style from tasting stations throughout the evening. Wine will be paired with several of the courses. More than 200 guests are expected to attend. Award winning Canadian blues musician HarpDog Brown will play the captivating sounds of blues with his Traveling Blues Show.
The Autism Support Network was established in Surrey in 2009 and is a first point of contact for parents and caregivers who are dealing wtih autism. The charity is parent led and offers support individually and through their popular group meetings, educational presentations and online resources. They produce brochures with information about autism and treatment which are distributed to key locations in the province where parents will be looking for information. They promote best practices and careers in the field of autism treatment and education, and work with stakeholders throughout the province to improve access to and build capacity of quality autism treatment and support.
There is a calendar of events and more information about the charitable organization at www.autismsupportbc.ca
An Evening of Blues and Bites event raffle will feature over 100 silent auction items including signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates with values up to $250, passes to local attractions, jewelry, art, gift baskets, memberships, lots of craft beer and wine and a variety of other exciting items.
The Autism Support Network is inviting everyone to support An Evening of Blues and Bites by attending, donating an item for the auction or sponsoring the event. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through Eventbrite or direct from the Autism Support Network by contacting email@example.com or 1-604-837-5634.
DIVERSEcity CEO Neelam Sahota talks about supporting mothers at home and in the workplace for Mother’s Day
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.
Seeking Yoga Instructors interested in giving classes outdoors in parks
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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SFU Surrey engineering students use 3D printing skills to develop COVID-19 supplies
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.
Chatime Bubble Tea Supports Surrey Memorial Front line
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:
Director of Operations, British Columbia
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