The COVID Experience

Change, transition, adaptation

›› Shonna Bell

Creativity, responsiveness, compassion.

It feels constant, exhausting and maybe sometimes invigorating. It feels humble, impossible to predict: make plans, adjust, make plans, adjust, settle in, adjust.

Really, it’s amazing we continue to get out of bed. Maybe we don’t, that’s ok too.

We show up, we watch the news, we interpret the guidance to […]

By |December 1st, 2020|Editorial|0 Comments

Families, we see you

›› Shonna Bell

You are not working from home; you are home during a pandemic trying to work. When I first read this, I needed it. At the time, I had just finished a Zoom call where my toddler was launching herself on me from the couch and I was unmuting myself to spit out a […]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

The importance of child care

Child care centres are places for community connection and support

›› Chantille Viaud

When I was growing up, I didn’t understand why my mom spent so much of her energy on the child care centre she was trying to build. I remember stressed whispers between her and my dad late at night, going over financials and floor […]

By |February 3rd, 2020|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

New ED on the block

›› Chantille Viaud

When I was in London a couple of years ago, I dragged my friend all the way across town because I wanted to see the place that had started what is now an ­international movement. It’s called Toynbee Hall, it’s in East London, and it was the world’s first neighbourhood house, a place […]

By |December 2nd, 2019|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Land swap between School District 61 and City of Victoria approved

›› Fernwood NRG

On the 25th of November, the Trustees of School District 61 (SD61) approved a land swap for various properties near Vic High. As reported in the April 2019 Village Vibe, this ­rationalizes a patchwork of land title and allows the School District to complete a land assembly. Ownership of Haegert Park, the land […]

By |December 2nd, 2019|Buzz, Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

The Gift of Good Food 2019

›› Mila Czemerys

Fernwood NRG is thrilled to be hosting our annual fundraiser The Gift of Good Food. We’ve partnered up with community centres across the capital region and are aiming to raise $100,000! This amount of funds would support 200 families with much needed fresh produce. Every $500 raised will support a family in need […]

By |October 28th, 2019|Buzz, Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Farewell, Fernwood

›› Lee Herrin

This September will mark 21 years I have been part of Fernwood NRG: 11 years as a Board member from 1998 through 2009, and 10 years as Executive Director since August of 2009. Twenty-one years is a long time, and I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to other challenges. I’ve […]

By |August 9th, 2019|Editorial, Village Vibe|0 Comments