Food Fiesta Success!

On August 12th the West End Food Series hosted the Food Fiesta, a one day food festival at Gordon House. 31 attendees, 6 volunteers, 4 facilitators, and 3 staff members came together for a day of learning, dialogue, social connection and of course, delicious food!

One person said the Food Fiesta event was “a great way to create connections and community at GNH, and a sense of home base”. We really enjoyed seeing people sharing food tips and recipes, getting excited about taking their DIY kimchi home, and lingering to chat with new friends over summer mocktails.

Thank you to Vancity, Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network for your support and collaboration. We’re now planning fall workshops for the West End Food Series. Sign up to receive updates on the next WEFS event.

Would you like to share your food passion and skills?

Contact us at or call 604-683-2554.

Season of Bounty: Urban Farm Update

Check out the picture of this huge 4.2 pound siu choy (yes, that’s one individual plant) that we harvested from the garden last week! Siu choy is an Asian vegetable that is in the same family as bok choy. It’s great for chopping up to make stir frys and soups. We ended up using ours to make a turmeric coconut noodle soup for our Meatless Monday Community Lunch.

September is a time of bounty, as we have also been bringing back beans in three colors (yellow, green, purple), as well as peas, salad, edible flowers and zucchini. It’s also a time of transition, as we make space and plant for fall. We’ve seeded spinach, turnips and daikon (Japanese radish), and we plan on planting garlic at the end of the month.

Come get your hands dirty with us! The Urban Farm Team is currently gardening on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm. Contact Joey to volunteer:

Absolutely Fabulous 2018

On August 2, Young Ideas and Black Lives Matter Vancouver hosted the 4th annual and always amazing queer neighbourhood party to kick off Pride weekend!

The night was MC’d by none other than Joy Gyamfi and DJ’d by the amazing DJ Rhonda, with live visuals by Yasushi Harada. Performances included by the always unbelievable Karmella Barr and Pietr.

It’s Harvest Time!

Recently the Urban Farm Team harvested and sold 16 pounds of beautiful Asian greens including bok choy and siu choy at our Community Food Hub produce market, and made mixed salad bags for the Gordon Greens Mobile Market. Our members and customers love the fact that this fresh produce grown with love is located only a five minute walk from Gordon House!

Everyone on the Urban Farm Team has been working hard under the sun to help plant, weed, water, harvest and process all this amazing produce. It’s a humbling experience to know how much work goes into growing food, and also how joyful and nourishing it is for growers, eaters, pollinators and plants alike.

To get involved, contact Joey at

Young Ideas Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, August 14th, 7:00pm at Shenanigans on Robson

Are you interested in meeting neighbours and planning community events? Join us at our Young Ideas monthly meeting!

Young Ideas is a group of neighbours and volunteers who coordinate events, activities, workshops, and learning opportunities for people in their 20s, 30s (and older!) who live, work, and spend time in Vancouver’s West End. These initiatives are kept free or low cost, and are intended to bring people together, and encourage community living. Join us at one of our weekly or monthly events to learn new skills, have some fun, and meet new friends in the neighbourhood!

Appetizers will be provided at the meeting. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or accessibility needs that we can accommodate. Email or call (604) 683-2554 for more information.

West End Food Series Presents the Food Fiesta

On Sunday, August 12, the West End Food Series and Gordon Neighbourhood House is hosting the Food Fiesta, a one-day summer festival featuring a Townhall on food security, DIY food workshops, and an herb-centred cocktail mixer.

You can register for free on our Eventbrite page.

Your ticket allows you to attend the entire day’s events from 1-6pm, and to register you must choose between one of two workshops: Making Kimchi OR the Wonder of Bees.

There are 40 spots available, be sure to register early!

Register here!

GNH at the Vancouver Pride Parade

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Vancouver Pride Parade! We had a wonderful group of staff, volunteers, and community members join our decorated van with signs and swag to give out. Thanks to everyone who came out!

New Garden Space

We are so excited about our new garden space located at Gordon Neighbourhood House, which was completed in mid-June. This garden will bring together Gordon House members, seniors and kids to connect over gardening, food and nature – just like what’s happening in these photos!

Thank you so much to the team at Victory Gardens for building such an amazing growing space, and to the New Horizons Seniors Program for their generous support in getting this project started. #togetherwegrow

Welcome to the New GNH Vice Chair, Jill Porter!

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

March, 2017

A big welcome to a new member of the executive team, Jill Porter! She is a community development advisor at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Community Engaged Learning who also lives in the community served by GNH. Jill is the new vice chair for the advisory board. She has a background of over 20 years in non-profit, community and partnership development work.

Jill has worked in inner city communities through various non-profit organizations and government roles but for the past 5 years with UBC. “It was a new role when I began”, Jill said, “It was geared towards our Centre connecting with community organizations in different ways.” Through it, she found Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH).

Over time, the relationship between GNH and Jill grew, especially since she lives in Vancouver’s West End. Her inclusion in the community was an additional pull for the position as well. Jill said, “I live there. I knew about GNH over the years through interacting with neighbourhood houses. It was a matter of reaching out.”

Jill had conversations with Paul and the team to look for ways in which the Centre at UBC, where she works, could collaborate with the GNH community. “I got excited,” Jill gushed, “I was inspired by Paul and the work that he is doing at GNH.”

Another attraction to becoming a member of the board for GNH was that she had “never been on a board of a community organization that was in my own neighbourhood.”

The role of vice chair of the advisory board for GNH is new. Board positions are traditionally 3-year terms. She is beginning her second term with this new role. “The first year I was on the advisory board, I was a member. The next two years, I was in a recording role.” Jill said, “I saw this as an opportunity to step up and take on more of a leadership role in the advisory board and help Paul and the CAB chair James Kim, with a lot of that work.”

When asked about the core value of GNH, she said, “What appeals to me, and what I believe the core values are, are inclusion, accessibility, reciprocity, just those opportunities around just being responsive and inclusive of the needs of community.” The values that support an organization to stay connected and in touch with its community.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Journalist/Blogger. He founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing.