newsletter from BC Islands Grandmother Connections

The following newsletter comes from Sally and Paxie, our Grandmother Regional Liaisons (GRL) for the BC Islands.  It is passed on by Diane Quinn, who is the Liaison for our Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers group.  Communication with other groups in our region and the with GRLs flows through her.

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SLF Programme Team (explanation below)

Greetings from Sally & Paxie, your GRLs  (Grandmother Regional Liaisons). 

Please send us news of your upcoming events specifically dates, place and with short description. We’ll send a list out to all 14 groups in our region with the next update.  This is a great way to find out what’s going on, spread good ideas, and perhaps meet the other SLF grandmothers in our region by supporting each others’ events. We probably have friends and family members in other communities who we can encourage to attend a Grandmother event.

March 2014 Grandmother Delegation to SLF Projects

You’ll probably have noticed in Feb 2014 SLF Bulletin that our BC Islands Region is well represented on the upcoming SLF delegation trip going to Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Africa.

It is countdown time for our 3 representatives, Joan, Paxie and Tina, and we send them off this Friday with our love & blessings, awaiting their return on March 18th. They will surely have amazing tales to tell and experiences of the SLF Projects to share with us upon their return in mid-March.

Presentations and speaking engagements around our region are something each of the travellers is wanting to do. We’ll leave it up to you, your Grandmother Group, to contact Joan (VG4A) Paxie (NanGos) and Tina (MGMs) to arrange a post-trip visit to your group and/or to your community.

March 1 – Drumming Evening in Victoria at UVIC 

This is a participatory workshop sponsored by VG4A (Victoria Grans for Africa) There are still a few tickets left – contact Renee  asap.

GRL Meeting Feb 2014

Paxie and I attended the GRL meeting in Toronto Feb 8-10 with the other 14 GR Liaisons from across Canada. It was a very productive, informative meeting where we got a deeper understanding of the challenges and realities of the G2G Campaign from the inspiring staffers of the SLF.

Since its inception in 2006, the G2G Campaign has raised $19.5 million, averaging around $2.5 million per year. We heard that assessing, monitoring and evaluating the needs of the existing projects  in sub-Saharan Africa is the job of the Programme Team (photo above) working closely with the 6 Field Reps based in home countries. They also receive approximately 100 new proposals per month, a daunting job.

During the meeting, we shared fund-raising, organizing and strategy ideas from Grandmother Groups in all Regions as well as how to use social media to get the word out. At last count, there are 243 GGroups, approx. 6500 of us across Canada. If you and your group would like to hear more about this meeting, please contact Sally, or Paxie when she returns.

New GRL Needed for BC Islands

Our Region has 2 co-Liaisons, with overlapping 2 year terms. We ask you, with your group’s encouragement, to consider taking on this role. No special expertise is needed, just a strong interest in the G2G Campaign and willingness to share the excitement. Sally’s term finishes this March, and the incoming GRL will go until March 2016. Paxie’s term continues till 2015.

Put your name forward or nominate a member of your group, by sending an email to Sally and/or Paxie accompanied by a letter of support from your GGroup  (which can come later). It is a good idea to pass this role around the Region, thus increasing our  involvement and connection.

Film: Sweet Dreams

At our local Film Festival last month, we screened a tremendous film about a women’s drumming troupe in Rwanda. Check out “Sweet Dreams” made in 2012.

Sally   250 337-8328

Bottle brigade plans recycling drive April 12


The Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers Bottle Brigade is taking on some new activities.  We can all give them support in fundraising for our cause — by taking part in the Bottle Drive and by expanding our own recycling.  No need to double our consumption of Coke or Shiraz!

1.  Bottle Drive April 12

The Bottle Brigade is organizing a Drive scheduled for April 12 at Encorp Return-It, 611 Alberni Highway, Parksville.   Please mark your calendars and start collecting beverage bottles, cans, juice boxes etc. from your friends and neighbours!

We are looking for volunteers to work on April 12 collecting recyclables from the areas we select or helping to sort the items collected.  Please contact  or if you are willing to help.   (Lorna will be away from February 21 to March 9.)   If you volunteer please let us know the street & area in which you live.

There will be an organizational meeting for volunteers on March 11. Please contact Carolyn at for time and location details.

2. Bottle Brigade Expanded Operation

You can help us by:

• asking your neighbours to bring their refundable beverage containers to your place and taking them with yours when you go to Return-It either on a routine trip or just for the Drive on April 12.   Remember we’re willing to do the pick-up and sorting if you can’t!

• spreading the word by word-of-mouth, e-mail or social media that we’re collecting aluminum pop beer cans, plastic soft drink, water, cooler and spirit bottles, PVC juice bottles, glass beer, wine spirits and cooler bottles, gable topped drink containers (except milk)  and juice boxes.

If you are unable to take your collection to the Return-It Depot please let Lorna or Carolyn know and they’ll arrange pick-up. You can also give them your returnables at the regular g2g meetings.

Thanks from the Bottle Brigade!

Refresh, Re-energize, Respond: Open House March 12

grandmothers screen shotFor now, just note this for your calendar:  Wednesday afternoon, March 12 from 1:30 to 3:30, Knox United Church.  “Refresh, Re-energize, Respond” will be an afternoon of information and uplift.  This Open House will be for our own Oceanside Grandmothers members, with a welcome extended to supporters and anyone else interested in what we’re all about.

We will be doing no fundraising on this afternoon and charging no admission. This is a time for ourselves!

In part, the afternoon will ensure that we all know what our g2g work is for and where the money goes: it will focus on the lives of AIDS-affected grandmothers in subSaharan Africa and the work of the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In part, too, the afternoon will give us a chance to connect with each other in discussion and reflection around our own motivation and contribution.

And that’s all for now.  The planning group just met this morning for the first time, and we’ll be back to you with more information later.