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MARCH 2015

Building community from the ground up.

Green Wood launched Community 101 last night. It's a 4-part series that will explore ways of becoming a more healthy and vibrant community through caring for each other and seeking long-term change.

The format for Community 101 is short presentations by Green Wood staff and members, like-minded guests, and discussions. Our goal is to share information and stories about the good things that are happening in Port Hope and surrounding area, and to inspire further thought and action.

Thanks to guests Jean Vanier (via film), Lesley Boileau, Northumberland Contemporary Dance Collective, and David Newland for joining us last night. Our next session will be Monday, April 27, 7-9 PM at Ruth Clarke Centre, 81 Mill St. S. Port Hope.

Presenters from Green Wood and other like-minded groups will share information and stories about the good things that are happening in Port Hope and surrounding area, and inspire further thought and action.

"One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”

- Jean Vanier

This will be of interest to Green Wood community members, as well we are opening this to those who are interested in being part of a movement of positive community change. There will be plenty of room for discussion.

Thanks to Jill Lawrence at Crawford's Lakeview Cafe for providing the venue. The series will run monthly, on the last Monday of March, April, May and June. 7-9 PM.

Green Wood's first ever Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk, on February 21, was a great success with 120 walkers donning toques and braving the elements (and steep hills) of Port Hope. With over $25,000 donated, this was our biggest fundraising event ever. We appreciate the support of everyone who walked, sponsored, and volunteered. Special thanks to Queenie's Bakeshop and Crawford's Lakeview Cafe for providing sustenance along the way. Plans are underway for next year's Coldest Night walk!

Our weekly Creative Arts Group meets weekly to make art and social connections, in an atmosphere intended to promote safety, healing, creative expression and personal growth. The group is facilitated by David Sheffield and Heather Roy. They usually start the sessions with the reading of a poem as a way of separating the time from day-to-day cares and prompting the imagination. From time to time group members will bring a poem that they've written to share with the group. That happened recently and we were able to catch Christie's poem performance in a video clip.

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