Nov, 2016

Written by Community Office on . Posted in Monthly Newsletter

This fall, a whole community mobilized to save our beloved local public schools from closure: on October 18, we delivered 18,324 petition signatures to the Premier’s Vancouver Office. Along with thousands of handwritten letters from students and parents, a thousand lawn signs, and dozens of events we have made the case for public education in East Vancouver. Feeling the pressure from the amazing advocacy work of the community, the Minister of Education announced that the “school closure process is over in Vancouver.”

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all the students, parents, and community members who have taken part in this incredible campaign to save Gladstone, Bruce, and Carleton from closure.

For Carleton of course, we continue to fight to make sure this great public school is fixed or replaced. And we need all of your support to make that happen. That effort continues, but today, we celebrate. I can’t start mentioning names because I would have to mention hundreds. But our community fought back and won. Now, we have to work together to support the fired trustees, fight for seismic upgrades and adequately fund public education.

In the coming days, we will be recognizing and celebrating the Gladstone, Bruce and Carleton students, alumni and parents who forced the provincial government to back down. Stay updated with news about the future of our schools and subscribe to our e-newsletter by visiting or calling us at 604-660-0314.

Remembrance Day: November 11th

November 11th is Remembrance Day, set aside for all of us to take time to recognize the sacrifice of those who fought and died for their country in battle, and to remember how important it is to work for peace so we may never again face the tragedies of wartime.

Please join me on Friday, November 11 at the Memorial Park Cenotaph, located at 41st Ave and Windsor St, to recognize the sacrifice that so many have made across the world. There will be a parade assembling at the west parking lot of John Oliver High School at 41st Ave and Fraser St at 9:45am – the service at the cenotaph will commence at 10:30am.