All posts by Anna du Bois

Learning about Emergency Preparedness!

In support of educating our community about Emergency Preparedness, the Adanac Housing Co-operative Society’s Emergency Preparedness Committee participated at the Hastings Sunrise Summer Kick-Off to showcase Emergency Preparedness and Grab & Go Kits. The event was a great success, with many more community residents now being aware of what they need to have on hand for emergency situations.

Hastings Community Centre has a new seating area in the Learning Garden!

The garden had been somewhat under-utilized until last fall, but recently underwent a large scale clean up and restoration. As community members we were excited by this transformation and wanted to make it even more welcoming! The goal of installing a seating area was to increase awareness of, interest in, and use of the garden space.

Since installing the gravel pad and log stools, 174 community members have participated in organized programming and have used the stools for sitting, drawing, and identifying plants. Whenever a group visits the garden they immediately head for the stools. We have also seen more and more community members dropping by on their way in and out of the community centre. We are so excited to see the many more community members who will benefit from this seating area.


We say goodbye to the Container Conversations

After six days of conversations, activities and music, our  four-dimensional pop-up art installation and community engagement initiative has come to an end. We talked about families, food, and public art, connected local businesses with newcomers, and heard some great local artists. And now it’s time to say goodbye, and start planning the Pandora Park Fall Festival, which is just round the corner – on the 23rd of September!

Thank you all for taking part in this experimental project, and for sharing your stories and talents with us.


Thursday Container Conversation: food as sustenance and as a bridge between people

Thursday conversation was all about food: we need it to stay alive, but food is more than just sustenance. It brings people together, and helps to bridge the divide between different groups. Local poet, youth worker, community builder and activist Bryant Doradea shared some of his poetry, followed by singer and songwriter Elliott Slinn