Collecting canning supplies and fruit

Would you please start to put aside Mason jars, rings and unused lids for the Well-Preserved Grannies?  Their priority is the 250 ml size followed by 500 ml then 125 ml.   They cannot re-use commercial jars, unfortunately.
As the year progresses, if anyone has a surplus of rhubarb, or of any kind of soft fruit (including blackberries) the jam and jelly makers would love to take it off your hands. The delicious green tomato chutney can look after any unripe tomatoes you don’t want to keep.
Lorna Reid at  is always willing to answer questions or pick up donations.
posted by Eileen Dombrowski for Lorna Reid

An appeal for help on Wednesday February 24

Dear Grandmothers,

We are overwhelmed and need your help preparing fabrics for the upcoming Fabric Sale!  We have been sorting and pricing fabric for 3 days and have many boxes of fabric remaining to be prepared.

We have only one more day of preparation scheduled before the 10th, when we expect more donations.  That day is Wednesday, Feb 24th, from 9-3, at Kathy Grand’s home.  Please volunteer, and please bring your lunch.

Please contact Kathy if you are able to come on the 24th 250 752-1296 or  THANK YOU!

posted by Eileen Dombrowski for Pam Vest and Kathy Grand

Joint Venture with Ecojustice

It is with great disappointment that I post this announcement.

We have been informed by Mr Lewis’ executive assistant that he is unable to fulfill our request to  speak. I have been in touch with the Executive Director of Ecojustice, Devon Page, and we are both hopeful that in the future we can hold a joint venture that will call attention to these two very important causes.

Carol Lundine



Vancouver Grandmothers conference March 11, 12: important registration information

The following is a message from the Greater Van Gogos, the Vancouver Grandmothers to Grandmothers group which is organizing the Reflection and Renewal conference in Vancouver Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12 (the same weekend as our Oceanside fabric sale).  If you are thinking of going, please click on the following headings to download full information and registration forms:

If you would like to coordinate with others to plan the trip to Vancouver, please contact Joyce Eilers, our Liaison, who will be able to put you in touch with others who are also going:  Note that the registration deadline is February 22 (6 days from now) and that you are asked to send the completed forms to the Vancouver group by ordinary post — so you’ll have to respond quickly.

posted by Eileen Dombrowski  for Joyce Eilers

Good morning BC Grandmothers Campaign members and Grandmother Campaign Liaisons!

The registration deadline for R&R is next Monday, February 22.  We understand that with a mail-in registration process some forms may be a bit delayed in arriving, but it is critical that all registrations be in the mail with payment to the address shown on the registration form by that date.  Each registrant will receive an e-mail confirmation message once their registration has been received from R&R registrar, Angela Arkell.  If you sent your registration in some time ago and have not received e-mail confirmation from her, please e-mail with details.  Firm numbers are needed to finalize catering, workshop space assignments,  and much more to help assure the complete success of this major event.

The registration information package and registration form are attached to this message in pdf format, to help anyone having trouble accessing this information on our GVG website.  The Information Package has all the information that has been confirmed to this point, including specific timing for the Friday evening reception, craft market and Stephen and Ilana’s talk, as well as the morning and afternoon program on Saturday.  Use the Registration Form to register for yourself and also register for any guests coming to the Friday event.  Please write the full names of your Friday guests on the back of the form so they will be included on the registration list for that event.  

Jean Way (Richmond Gogos) and Lynn Popoff (Grandmothers for Africa South Okanagan) will be leading a fundraising workshop on Saturday afternoon called “Show Me the Money”.  The workshop will provide a wonderful opportunity to share some of the amazing fundraising events that BC groups have used.  If your group hasn’t already done so, please consider sending in a short description of one or two of your successful — and fun! — fundraisers.  Even if your group is not able to attend, you can still share in the fun. Tell us about your fundraiser. A handout of these ideas will be given out at the workshop.  Send a short description of the event, and any helpful information about it, along with a contact name and e-mail to Jean at by this Friday, February 19.  

Registrations for R&R are going well and it looks like we will have members from at least 30 groups with us for our provincial gathering.  You won’t want to miss being there, with hundreds of our sister grandmothers and grandothers from BC and Africa, so please be sure to send in your registration by February 22.  Thank you!  

Remember that there is a small travel subsidy to help with the costs of travelling to the conference. Preference will be given to those carpooling when possible. To request a travel subsidy, please send an email to Judy Johnson at  Tell us where you are travelling from and how many will be in your car. Please let us know if there are any questions. You will receive confirmation about your subsidy once all registrations are in.

If you have any questions about registration or any other aspect of R&R, please contact The next conference email will provide more details about R&R and answer any questions that may arise.  

We look forward to meeting all of you and sharing in this special weekend.

In Solidarity,

Judy Johnson and Diane Walker, Greater Van Gogos Co-chairs