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Jan, 2017

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Happy New Year!

I would like to send my New Year greetings to you all, and thank everyone for coming to our Christmas Open House! We were so happy to see you all. 2016 was a busy year with many successes to celebrate, and we thank you for celebrating it with us!

Looking ahead to the Lunar New Year, come and celebrate with us on Saturday, February 11th. We will once again be welcoming Collingwood BIA’s Lion Dance to our office. Refreshments and snacks will be served and everyone is welcome!

Lunar New Year Gathering
Adrian Dix Community Office
5022 Joyce Street
1:30 – 2:30 pm

The 44th Chinatown Spring Festival Parade on Sunday January 29th. The parade route begins at the Millennium Gate at Keefer St and the full route can be found at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s website: www.cbavancouver.ca

BC Legislature Spring Session

The house will return into session this early spring 2017.  In the next session, we hope to raise issues such as seismic upgrading of schools, affordable rental and social housing, and ICBC rates.

I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas for legislation and would welcome any suggestions you may have for the spring session.

Dec, 2016

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Holiday Open House

The holiday season has arrived! I’m wishing you and your family a safe and happy holidays. I hope you’ll join me and my staff for our annual Open House at the MLA Community Office. Drop in for lunch, festive treats, and caroling. We will be celebrating a year of achievements!

Date: Saturday, December 17th, 11am – 2pm

Location: Adrian Dix Community Office, 5022 Joyce Street, Vancouver

We Saved Gladstone Secondary and Bruce Elementary from Closure!

Thank you to everyone who helped us save our schools. Whether it was door-knocking through the summer heat or signing the petition and spreading the word, every bit of your amazing effort contributed to saving Gladstone and Bruce schools. We couldn’t have done it without you!

For those of you who proudly displayed the lawn sign, a special thanks. The community placed over 900 lawn signs all over the riding, spreading our message far and wide and successfully bringing our message to the next level.

For the moment, we are removing our lawn signs (please return them to our office if you’re able) but the fight is not completely over. We still have work to do for Carleton Elementary whose future is in limbo after the fire. The government has an obligation to rebuild this historic building, no matter how inconvenient it may be for them.

British Columbia Community Achievement Awards

“Give back to the people who give the most in your community”.

Can you think of anyone who embodies this phrase? If you can, please consider nominating them for the British Columbia Community Achievement Award! Any current or former long-term resident of BC is eligible for nomination. And the awards will honour people who have made a significant contribution to their community through a unique achievement or outstanding service – either as a volunteer or in the course of their work.

Complete the online nomination form by going to: www.bcachievement.com/community/info

The nomination deadline is January 20, 2017.

Nov, 2016

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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 adriandixmla.ca 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.

Oct, 2016

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With September came the bustle of back-to-school activities, and this year we kicked off the month with an energetic Save Our School lawn sign campaign! Community members have been displaying these blue-and-white signs on their yards and windows to send the message that we care about Bruce, Carleton, and Gladstone schools.

To date, we’ve knocked on thousands of doors in our neighbourhood to gather petition signatures. And I’ve been inspired by the passion and dedication of the many volunteers who give their time in support of these schools that are so vital to our community.

On Monday, September 12, we boarded a yellow school bus to deliver our first batch of 11,600 petitions to the Vancouver Board of Education. Dozens of parents from Bruce, Carleton, and Gladstone attended and together we emphasized the need for our three excellent and viable public schoos.

The Vancouver Board of Education has made a decision and public consultations will take place from October to November. Stay tuned for dates and locations of these meetings. We’ll need your voice to make our community heard, on behalf of the many families that will be affected by the closures.

The task of saving our schools cannot simply be done alone. If you’re ready to take the next step to volunteer and help keep our schools open, please contact my office at 604-660-0314 or Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca. There’s more than one way to contribute as a volunteer and we’d love to have you join our team.

Three ways to help Save Our Schools:

  1. Sign-up for a “Save our Schools” lawn sign
  2. Download and sign the Support Our Schools petition from our website: adriandixmla.ca
  3. Join our team of volunteers!

Sept, 2016

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This summer, parents and students in our Vancouver-Kingsway have been working hard to save Gladstone Secondary and Bruce and Carleton Elementary schools from closure.

Our public schools are excellent, viable, and dynamic places that are an integral part of the neighbourhood. Last year, Carleton and Bruce schools were home to more than 500 students and Gladstone is home to more than 1,000 students. Development in the city will also bring about new density that will dramatically increase our area population, the number of school-age children, and our need for the essential public services that schools provide.

Here are the ways that you can help:

  1. Accept a “Save our Schools” lawn sign
  2. Download and sign the Support Our Schools petition from our website: adriandixmla.ca
  3. Join our team of canvassing volunteers!

Get involved by contacting us at 604-660-0314 or email Adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca.

The response from the community has been incredible. Here’s what we’ve already accomplished over the summer!

  • Over 7,000 signed paper petitions; and thousands of online petitions
  • A flash mob at the Vancouver Public Library, choreographed by two Gladstone students and performed live in front of TV cameras!
  • More than 100 local businesses have joined the campaign. Please let them know how much you appreciate their support!
  • A cool Gladstone Robotics Program Exhibition at the Central Library and inspiring Arts Program Showcase at the VSB offices.
  • A back-to-school movie night for Carleton and Bruce
  • A booth at Greek Summerfest and Farmer’s Markets, in addition to attending rallies and public meetings
  • A ton of media coverage! Save our Schools has been featured on the Globe and Mail, Georgia Straight, City TV, Global, CBC and Radio Canada, CTV, MingPao and Fairchild

As the new school year starts this September, think about all the ways that your school was important to you, then join us in our Save our Schools campaign!