We will announce details for IMAGINATE 2015 very soon, but as a primer, our friend Andy Frank has produced this clip of highlights from IMAGINATE 2014 , last February.. Thanks to Andy and to each of the presenters at last year's inaugural event!
Greens & Woods Golf Tournament 2014
was brilliant day, from plenty of sunshine to great friends and delicious food. Thanks to organizers, Jeff Bray and Amelia Sheffield for their hard work, and to each volunteer that contributed their effort toward making the day a huge success.Staff of Port Hope Golf & Country Club were outstanding hosts.
A special thanks to our Signature Sponsor, Cameco for their great support.
Thanks, also to our Hole Sponsors:
Luke Despatie & The Design Team
Mom 2 Mom Boutique & Consignment
Trenholm Parker, RE/MAX
Ganaraska Animal Clinic
Ganaraska Art & Framing
Frank's Pasta & Grill
The Ross Family
Thanks also to our prize donors:
Pangaea Restaurant, Toronto and Marriott Bloor Street, Toronto.
Queenie's Bakeshop, Black Beans Steakhouse & Lounge,Trattoria Gusto, Furby House Books, Olympus Burger, Faun Boutique & Salon, Mad Monkey, Kenneth Bell, Tim Horton's, My Bark Avenue,The Social.
The sun is up this Sunday morning and we are looking forward to a beautiful and fun time at today's 'Greens & Woods Golf Tournament' at Port Hope Golf and Country Club. We'd like to offer a huge thank you to each person who has committed time to making this event happen and support us through the day (there are some surprises yet to unfold). Thank you also to our hole sponsors and to our signature sponsor, Cameco.
We'll post some photos here and at our Facebook group (Green Wood Coalition) after the fun dies down.
Fine coffee and chocolate for the palette, and art for the soul: the Green Wood Creative Arts Group is displaying work at Harden & Huyse Coffee throughout July. It’s a lovely place to linger over a cuppa and check out the bold, colourful work of the Green Wood artists.
The Green Wood group meets weekly in Port Hope, to learn skills, techniques, and explore new art media with local artists. The focus of the show’s work is mixed media, a combination of drawing, collage and painting. A series of fanciful birds are light and humorous, while other pieces combine vintage images with layers of colour. Port Hope artist, Heather Roy, curated this exhibition.
For the group, art making offers an opportunity to create works that are expressive and affirming. The friendships, acceptance and encouragement the artists offer to each other are an important part of the whole experience. The Green Wood Creative Art Group has been meeting for five years, and has had such local artists as Hilda Van Netten, Alice VanderVennan and Susan MacDonald devote their time and skills to lead the group.
David Sheffield, Community Outreach Worker for Green Wood Coalition, facilitates the art group, and begins each session with a poem or reflection, to help the group focus. Some sessions are devoted entirely to the written word, and poets like Rick Webster, Cliff Bell-Smith and Carol Anne Bell-Smith share their skills in writing poetry.
The exhibition continues through the month of July at Harden & Huyse, 201 Division St., Cobourg. An opening event will be held on Thursday, July 17 from 4-6 P.M. where many of the artists will be present.
Recently, a message of hope was brought to Port Hope, at an evening hosted by Green Wood Coalition, at St. Mark’s Parish Hall. Greg Paul, a founder of the Sanctuary community in Toronto, spoke about building a place where street involved folks can find safety, dignity, joy, family, and an opportunity to give back to society.
From its beginnings as a few musicians chatting with street people, Sanctuary grew to its current community of around 600, with a staff of 18 who are dedicated to building a foundation in those whose lives have been decimated by misfortune. A drop-in for those who live in the street, in shelters or other temporary and precarious arrangements creates a place where folks can gather, share meals, make art, work, and feel at home.
The most powerful and hopeful theme that recurred throughout Greg’s presentation, was that people who have a lot, need people who don’t have a lot, just as much as those who don’t have, need those who do.
When one participant remarked to Greg, “You are a very special person, to do this work," Greg countered that we are all made for this relationship building, connecting with our neighbours, and caring for each other. He relayed how important it is for stakeholders to come and be served by the street involved people, to visit and get to know some of the individuals who are part of the community at the drop-in.
Remarkably, Sanctuary is largely funded by private donation. This allows the organization to operate without the usual slavish dependence on grant formulas that become narrowly driven number goals. When asked “What does success mean to your organization?”, Greg responded that the goals are measured by the stories of individuals who have found some healthy connection to others in their lives, relationships that allow them to receive and express care, and proficiency in areas such as art-making, cooking, organizing and assisting with day-to-day operations.
Green Wood Coalition is striving to build that kind of community here in Port Hope, and the efforts of a group of local people from very different walks of life is growing, as the hope spreads.
-Heather Roy, Port Hope
It's the end of an era in downtown Port Hope as Mel Talbot and Jamie Talbot close up business at Randall's Office Supplies on Walton St. Their businesses in Cobourg and Trenton will continue to offer the same friendly, knowledgeable service that the Port Hope location was known for. As Mel and Jamie were dismantling the store today, one of the last things they took care of was a generous donation of art supplies to the Green Wood Creative Arts Group. Thank you so much, guys, and best wishes for what comes next.
A gathering of good hearted people in a beautiful location, under the longest sun of the year, made for a memorable Solstice Garden Blessing at the Green Wood Community Garden. Thanks to Sayed, Chris, Shari and Doug for their contributions. Special thanks to the Wolters family for their generous loan of the property where our garden is located.
Green Wood Coalition
Annual General Meeting
All members & guests welcome
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 pm
St. John's Parish Hall
Pine St., Port Hope, ON
Community Garden Assistant
Green Wood Coalition in Port Hope is accepting applications for the position of Community Garden Assistant. The Community Garden Assistant will provide support and encouragement to persons with disabilities while managing the care and harvest of its community garden in Port Hope, as well as ongoing community activities.
POSITION DETAILS: Part-time Summer Student Position, 32 hours per week
DURATION: Beginning May 26th, 2014 & ending July 5th, 2014
SALARY: Adult Minimum Wage.
LOCATION: Port Hope (John St. & Peter St.)
HOURS OF WORK: 30 hours/week. Flexibility in hours of work will be required. Weekly, evening work and some weekend work will be required
The successful candidate must:
-Be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall of 2014
-Possess good communication skills, both written and verbal
-Be able to work flexible hours
-Be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently and in a team setting
-Have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation
-Possess some knowledge of gardening and food preparation and/or a willingness to learn
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
- Job task planning and organizing
- Critical thinking
- Decision making
- Problem solving
- Working with others
- Oral communication
-First Aid & CPR is an asset
This position is part of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Canada Summer Jobs program. Please ensure that you meet these requirements before applying.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 21, 2014 at NOON.
APPLY WITH RESUME TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the growing season approaches, we are able to offer several, individual rental plots in our community garden on Peter Street in Port Hope. A small number of these 4' X 8' raised beds will be available to members of the public for a low annual fee, and agreement with our shared values.
Our garden is a place that encourages:
1. Enjoyment of the outdoors and Creation.
2. Making of friendships.
3. Building of community spirit.
4. Physical connection to the land.
5. Learning about natural, sustainable growing methods.
6. Planting, tending and harvesting of food crops.
7. Sharing of fresh, healthy vegetables.
8. Satisfying, rewarding labour.
9. Respect for one another and for nature.
10. Celebration whenever possible.
11. Enjoyment of the outdoors and Creation.
The Green Wood garden is one piece of a larger community initiative that provides shoulder-to-shoulder support for individuals and families who are living with issues related to poverty. Our site is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Tiffany Wolters of Ganaraska Animal Clinic, and her husband, Doug Wolters.