April Newsletter from the B.C Islands

The April Newsletter below was sent by Sally Gellard, our Grandmother Regional Liaison, to Diane Quinn of Oceanside Grandmothers, our group liaison. It is full of updates on the Grandmothers Campaign and regional events.

SLF News from the Foundation

21 Million bucks! News has just arrived that we have reached this marker in our fundraising. Congratulations, everyone.

The messaging on the G2G Campaign is now updated to say that we now partner with 300 grassroots organizations that hold 1100 initiative projects. This means that the SLF has stuck with our partners and have increased the capacity of these organizations to expand and deepen their work.

The Tribunal film is “in the works” and should be out before September. It will be well suited for film festivals (with a trailer available soon) as it was not designed to be a “promotional” film for SLF.

The Grandmother Book is still in progress – Joanna is working on 2nd round of interviews. Looking at a launch and tour in time for Christmas 2014 sales.

Stride has a new fundraising page with funny video of SLewis. The insurance policy hasbeen worked out for holding the Stride events from May 16 through June. Check with Sydney at SLF office for more information. soastler@stephenlewisfoundation.org

A Speakers Bureau Training Package is also coming – this includes an updated photo gallery to make our presentations easier and will be up-to-date on the actions & direction of the G2G Campaign. The photos and resources are password protected so only available to our members. The SLF office asks that we let them know if we use their photos.

The newest & interesting grandmother group to form is the Globetrotters Grandmothers – a travelling group coordinated by Ellen Monaghan in Calgary, offering travel opportunities for older women. Contact ellen@platinum.ca

Aids Free World is the site of information to hear SL speak each week about the state of Africa & human rights. Check out www.aidsfreeworld.org  It is very enlightening & worthwhile.

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Calendar of Grandmother Happenings on BC Islands

April 27 – Glacier Grans in Comox: African Dinner at D’Esterre House: Sold Out

April 27 – Glacier Grans: Union Bay Spring Craft Sale 10 am– 3pm

May 9 –    Merville Grandmothers sponsoring: Presentation by Tina & Paxie. Merville Hall doors open at 7:00 pm. by donation to G2G

May 15  – Oceanside G2G “Both Sides of the Camera” poster below. At the Grand Hotel Ballroom, Nanaimo, tickets $30. 7 – 9 pm

May 24-   Holy Trinity Grans: Regalia Show 2 pm; North Saanich Holy Trinity                                          Church Hall, 2 pm, contact 250 656-0113

June 7 –   NanGos sponsoring African market; St Paul’s Anglican Church 10 am – 4

June 8 –   NanGos – Island Soul Choir; Port Theatre in Nanaimo, 2:30 pm; tickets $22.50, NanGos providing snacks & crafts for sale

June 26 – PAGO African dinner with Paxie Vreede; contact  dianedobson@shaw.ca

More info on these future events to follow in next update

Further Notes

 Currently BC Islands consists of 14 GM groups located on the Big Island and 3 Gulf Islands. Our region has lots of potential for building new groups. Paxie and I welcome inquiries from interested “grandmothers” in other communities and we’d happily help them get started. There is also an excellent resource from SLF, “ 10 Tips for Starting a New Group”.  Pass the word. Build the movement.

It is time to recruit a new co- GRL (Grandmother Regional Liason) for our region. This is a 2 year commitment that overlaps with the current GRL, Paxie Vreede. If you or someone in your group is interested, have them contact Sally Gellard and I’ll forward the GRL roles & responsibilities.

“Grandmother Groups remain the heart and soul of the G2G Campaign and the GRLs help keep communications and connections strong and in step with the work of the Foundation and ultimately – the African grandmothers – as the Campaign moves forward”.

We thank you for staying in touch with us.

Sally & Paxie.  sallygel@yahoo.ca


updates to g2g information

On the website you will now find the following:

  • the minutes of our meeting on April 15, 2014, posted on the For members only page, for which you know the password.  The minutes and their accompanying reports can be opened for reading there or downloaded and saved to your own computer.
  • an updated version of the Directory, including new members and any changes of contact information, on the page For members only.  It can be opened there for reading or downloaded and saved to your own computer.  On the opening page of the Directory you will always see the date of the version you have, so that you will know which old copies to discard.  If you would like a print-out, feel free to make one (for g2g use only).
  • a write-up on the bottle drive on the page Past Events 2014, with a wonderful photo of our members who made the day a success.

All of these — communications of achievements, plans for more, and our own collective smiles in photos — give a fine reflection of Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers.

Both Sides of the Camera

In preparation for Both Sides of the Camera, we are looking for a smaller (in diameter) type of bistro table that could be used for staging. Our guests, Rosemary Thompson and Virginia Thompson, will be sitting around the table during the event. We have chairs in a black/brown wicker design but do require a small table that is of bar height. If you have a table that might be appropriate and wouldn’t mind lending it for the night, could you please contact Mary-Anne Slack at slack.ma@gmail.com or 250 752-8242.
Much appreciated!

April 15th Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended. It was another successful, productive meeting. If you have a chance, please read the minutes which will arrive shortly on the website.


Angel making; email Jacquie for workshop dates. jostrow@telus.net

Email Elaine Hirtle if you have  old jewelry. ehirtle@shaw.ca

Email Carol Lundine if you have girls (preschool/primary) white skates. cairncroft@shaw.ca

Sign up at next meeting for St. Marks Fair, July 26

Both Sides of the Camera: tickets are now on sale at Cranky Dog in Parksville , The Shoe Inn in QB., The Grand Hotel in Nanaimo and online at oceansideg2g.org



Agenda, Oceanside Grandmothers Sharing Session, April 15, 2014

Knox United Church,  345 Pym St, Parksville, 9:30-12:00


Welcome and new members:  Carol Lundine and Louise Maguire

Financial:  Pam Vest

Thank you:  Kathy/Carol

Coming Events/Projects:  

Bottle Drive:  Lorna Reid

Both Sides of the Camera:  Heather Thompson

Poster: Kathy for Yvette Freeman

Angels: Jacquie Ostrow

Extravaganza:  Ann Tardiff

The Web: Eileen Dombrowski

Christmas Party: Kathy


Island Liaison:  Diane Quinn

3’R’s: Kathy

Reminders: Tickets on sale for Behind the Camera. $30; if you need a name tag or T-shirt ($10) please let me know.

It’s not too late to add a report or event. (deadline April11)

Please print a copy of the agenda.

Thank you,

Carol Lundine


Call for Agenda Items

Please email me by April 7th. (cairncroft@shaw.ca) any items you wish to discuss at our April 15th meeting.

Reminder: Tickets will be on sale at this meeting for our “Both Sides of the Camera” event  May 15th.  $30 per ticket.   Please pay Pam Vest.


Carol Lundine