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APRIL 2015

Those gathered for our second edition of Community 101 had the opportunity to challenge their perceptions about how we measure wellbeing, with the help of Kristina Nairn, As the Social Determinants of Health Nurse at our local health unit, Kristina does some great work (often behind the scenes), in collaboration with Green Wood and other community groups, that is bringing real change to reducing poverty, hunger and homelessness. We celebrate her passion and hard work.

This month's session also included a moving personal story, about the stigma of poverty, from Green Wood Outreach Worker, Nicole Whitmore, a presentation about the upcoming workshop, The Performance & Disability Project, and wrapped up with a singalong tribute to the social justice music of Pete Seeger by musican/author, Ted Staunton.

Next edition of Community 101 will be on Monday evening, May 25.

GROW WITH US 4/24/2015

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 Doug Wolters.

Do you like to work outdoors, with people, with a fun, innovative organization? We're looking to hire a summer student to work with our community garden program.


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

SALARY: $11.00 per hour

LOCATION: Port Hope, ON (John St. & Peter St.)

HOURS OF WORK: Flexibility in hours of work will be required. Weekly, evening work and some weekend work will be required


-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.



WE'RE LOOKING FOR HELP 4/1/2015 Thanks to a capacity-building grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have posted two requests for proposals for consulting positions. To learn more, check out the Work With Us button on our website.

CELEBRATE 4/1/2015 "Celebrate birthdays, successes, or just the sun coming up." [Recipe for Community]

We take the opportunity to celebrate birthdays on the first Wednesday of every month, at our community dinner. This month, Tom and Ken joined windy forces to deal with candles. Our resident, creative cake baker is Owen Weeks of Port Hope.

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