Archive for June, 2011

Saltwater City for Youth: Vancouver’s Chinese Roots

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

New summer program for youth.

In recognition of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. (CCHSBC) is proud to offer the inaugural summer camp “Saltwater City for Youth: Vancouver’s Chinese Roots”, a summer enrichment program for young teens of all ethnic backgrounds ages 13-14 that will take place from July 9 – Aug 17, 2011. During this six-week, part-time program, participants will hear from local community and academic leaders, visit museums and historic sites, review innovative website resources and create their own community artwork.

The camp begins Saturday, July 9th and will continue with weekly three-hour sessions on Wednesdays (July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17) from 6:30-9:30 pm. Additional sessions will be held on Saturday, July 23rd and Saturday, Aug 6th.

The cost is $200 per participant, or $150 for immediate family of a CCHSBC member. Discounts are available if registering more than one participant. Priority will be given to youth ages 13-14.

For more information or to enroll in the camp, please contact:  Elsome Tsui, Assistant Camp Coordinator,

Request for TV Show Participants

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Consumed is a new HGTV show  and it’s about families who have too much stuff.  The show is hosted by Jill Pollack,  a de-cluttering expert, who helps families to purge their unwanted stuff and shows them how to live with less.

The show is produced in Vancouver and features families from the greater Vancouver area. The producers of Consumed are actively looking for new families and hope to find at least one family in the Dunbar or  Kerrisdale neighbourhoods this summer.

Please feel free to circulate this.  According to someone at the show,  feedback from the families that have participated so far has been fantastic.   Everyone loves their newly clean home!

For more information  contact or  call them at 604-873-9777 ext 251.  Ask for Rachel or Mike.

Toorak Tile & Design

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Toorak is a neighbourhood in Melbourne, Australia, which holds many fond memories for Richard and Miranti Moreno, owners of Toorak Tile & Design on Dunbar Street.

Born in Argentina, Richard Moreno moved to Victoria, B.C. as a teenager. In 1981, he set off on a yearlong sailing adventure. He laid anchor in Sydney, Australia where he stumbled across Country Floors and started working in the tile business. As luck would have it, Country Floors turned out to be the leading tile company in the world.  Richard Moreno soon developed a passion for hand made tiles. After seven years with Country Floors, he joined the head office in Los Angeles, California and remained there for five years. While in Los Angeles, he met his Indonesian born wife Miranti, an interior designer at Country Floors who shared Richard’s passion for beautiful tiles.

In 1995, they moved to Vancouver to manage the Country Floors showroom on Granville Street. After three years, Country Floors decided not to continue in Vancouver, so Richard and Miranti took over and moved down the street to West 8th Avenue.  They remained committed to Country Floors and renamed their new business Toorak Tile & Design. They were able to focus on ordering and designing products exclusively for the Vancouver market.

Their nine-year-old daughter and thirteen-year-old son literally grew up in the company’s showroom where they had their own nursery room. They currently attend Immaculate Conception School. Their daughter is dedicated to rhythmic gymnastics and recently won her provincial age level. Following in his father’s footsteps, their son is a keen sailor and represents Canada at international events.  The Moreno family fell in love with Dunbar when their children began attending school here. They feel akin to the family friendly community with its wonderful parks. Their dream to live and work in Dunbar came true when they discovered the perfect Dunbar location on the corner of Dunbar Street and W 19th Avenue, which is now the home of Toorak Tile & Design. The family moved to Dunbar in December 2009 and opened their new showroom in January 2010.

Toorak Tile & Design showcases an extensive collection of beautiful hand made tiles, natural stones, glass tiles, mosaics, and terra cottas from all over the world. They deal with exclusive factories which custom make stone patterns and mosaics designed by Toorak Tile & Design.  Because Toorak Tile & Design is an owner-operated business, you can expect exceptional personal service, as they are experts in their field. Miranti offers her interior design background to help customize and coordinate tiles for your home. The Morenos remain passionate about tiles and are committed to their customers. And if you twist their arms, perhaps Richard and Miranti may be prepared to share some of their incredible travel tales with you!

written by Sarah Gordon.  photo by Sandra Steier
3496 Dunbar Street     604-739-5966

Sage Construction: Three Wise Men

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Home renos are certainly the buzzword du jour, yet most of us are not capable of tackling a minor project, and tremble at the thought of undertaking a major one, therefore we must seek a qualified professional, but how do you find a company that you can trust?  Fortunately, Dunbar has an ace up its sleeve with Sage Construction located on Dunbar Street.  James Wise, along with his sons Christopher and Nicholas, founded the company in 2009. Adhering to the principles of quality, integrity and value, James has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. As a founder and partner in his former company, Nexus, he has been an industry leader in custom home construction on Vancouver’s Westside.

Following in their father’s footsteps, Christopher and Nicholas are both journeymen carpenters. Both have worked in the custom home market and have extensive knowledge of the industry.  The “Three Wise Men” have distinct roles in the company.  James is the company’s president, and handles business development, estimates and management.  Christopher is the project coordinator and lead carpenter. Nicholas is the project manager and carpenter.  As the Sage team continues to grow, they have added many talented professionals who have become like family.

What is the benefit of hiring a small family company for your building project? Sage Construction specializes in high quality workmanship and service with competitive prices. Another wonderful bonus is the testimonials of satisfied clients. They are committed to providing a detailed budget to take their client’s vision to a finished product. In addition, they manage all aspects of the construction process to maintain the building schedule.  Sage Construction are general contractors, therefore they hire all sub trades and coordinate the entire construction project from start to finish.  They are pleased to work with the homeowner’s architect or they can recommend someone who they have worked with.

Has James noticed many changes over the past twenty years since he began building homes in the Dunbar area? The building industry has seen a shift to a greater focus on air quality and green building.  He feels that Dunbar has become a stronger community over the years with more development.  He enjoys the growing number of activities and energy that make up this community. He appreciates the number of beautiful  heritage homes that make Dunbar such a visually appealing neighbourhood, along with the backdrop of the tree-lined streets and boulevards.

With real estate booming in Vancouver, new home construction and renovations are in high demand. Sage Construction’s highly qualified tradesmen are at ease with both new construction and renovations.  They are capable of building all styles of construction including contemporary, heritage, and craftsman.   With much of their work arising from client referrals, Sage Construction is bound to leave a legacy of many more elegant homes in the Dunbar area.  Visit the Sage Construction website to view their impressive online portfolio of past projects.
#1 – 3349 Dunbar Street           604-569-2692

written by Sarah Gordon. photo by Sandra Steier

The West Point Grey District Girl Guides

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

The West Point Grey District Girl Guides is comprised of 12 units ranging from the youngest members, Sparks, to the oldest girls, Rangers, in addition to 55 adult volunteer members.  Uniquely, 95% of the adult members are students without children of their own.  All of the West Point Grey units are active campers and attend at least one unit camp per year, in addition to the annual District trip to Camp Olave on the Sunshine Coast.

Other yearly highlights include attending Sparks and Mom weekend camp, selling Girl Guide cookies in the fall and spring, fundraising for World Thinking Day, hosting the Concession at Pacific Spirit Park’s Night Quest, participating in community service projects to benefit Girl Guides meeting locations, and partying at the Family Spring BBQ!

West Point Grey District is in need of adult volunteers for unit treasurers, as well as leaders for Sparks and Brownie units.  A volunteer commitment for a role such as unit treasurer can be as little as 5 hours per month.

For information about volunteering, contact Janine Graham, West Point Grey District Commissioner at

For girls registration visit West Point Grey’s District website

Please note: Fall registration night is scheduled for Monday Sept 12, 2011 at St. Philip’s Church (3636 W 27th Avenue at Dunbar Street), but pre-registration in a unit is strongly recommended.

Girl Guides of Canada

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

I remember them so clearly.  When I was in grade 2, many of the girls in my class would show up once a week wearing their crisp brown dresses with mysterious badges sewn onto their sleeves.  Their jaunty brown berets were perched on their heads, and added to their ensemble was the most magical component of all, a gold pixie enrolment pin, which to me was like a glittering diamond, and how did you get one of those pins anyway? The Brownies fascinated me, although I was too shy to join. However, my interest in anthropology must have been germinating, and to my young eyes, I was witnessing a secret society at work within the Brownie sisterhood. 

Back then, Brownies headed off to their meetings after school. Today meetings take place in the early evening to accommodate busy lives, and unless you run into girls selling Girl Guide cookies in the autumn or spring, they are less visible. You may not be aware that the organization is flourishing, and Girl Guides of Canada is the largest organization for girls and women in the country. Girls from ages 5 to 17 are participating in programs for their age range including Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers.

Although I never did muster up the courage to become a Brownie, I am now a Guider with a Brownie unit.  I believe in giving back to my community and I have a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives.  I have witnessed both of my daughters blossom in their Girl Guide groups. It is their special place, where they form friendships and have Guiders as role models.  Girls are encouraged to develop their own identity and positive relationships with others. They gain confidence by learning skills that they can use in their daily lives, everything from safety and eco-awareness to the importance of healthy choices. They can explore science, the arts, camping and the outdoors, and develop a commitment to their community.  Girl Guides is an organization where all of this is possible.

Last year Girl Guides celebrated its 100th anniversary.  The organization has managed to stay fresh and exciting for generations of girls.  Programs have changed to remain relevant to girls, and they will no doubt continue to evolve over the next century. In today’s fast-paced society, the best way to remain relevant to girls is to engage them.  Girl Guides of Canada’s mission is to enable girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.  Helping others has always been a key element of Guiding in Canada, and around the world. Through Guiding, we are giving girls the opportunity to take action on the issues they care about and to be responsible world citizens.

At the end of the summer, 2011/2012 registration takes place. I strongly encourage parents to enrol your daughter. The memories will last a lifetime.

by Sarah Gordon


Dunbar Heights Baptist Church – Summer Camps

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Dunbar Heights Baptist Church has 8 camps each week from July 3 that run from 8:30am – 5pm.  The camps are for children ages 5-12.

July 3-7: Green Thumbs

July 10-14: Amazing Race

July 17-21: Creative Minds

July 24-28: Shake it Up (Vacation Bible School)

August 2-5: Extreme Explorers

August 8-12: Globe Trotters

August 15-19: Zoology

August 22-26: Space Academy (Vacation Bible School)

Dunbar Heights Baptist Church
3996 17 Avenue West
Vancouver, BC V6S 1A5
(604) 224-1031

To register, parents can call call us at 604-224-1031 or register online at our website: