In celebration of French culture catered 200 pieces of corn on the cob and cake for the public to enjoy! They also sponsored Kesseke’s performance and had a variety of games available for people to play. Please visit their website to get more on details on the services that La Boussole offers for Francophone Canadians.
“Connect” Our Community Art
Connect is the Gathering Festival Arts Show that runs for two weeks at the Gathering Place. During the Saturday celebrations the art show presents the best of Connect. One juried peice from each of the 55 artist is showcased.
Vancouver Second Mile Society
The Vancouver Second Mile Society and the Gathering Place teamed up to present 5 story telling and bannermaking workshop with seniors. The banners made by the seniors represent their experiences and memories of living in the downtown south. Visit their site to learn more about what the Second Mile Society does for our senior citizens!
Our Community Bikes
The Our Community Bikes free bike repair booth is always very popular at the Gathering Festival. For more information on their activities link to Our Community Bikes and learn about the bike repair workshops they offer!
Directions Youth Services
Directions is a branch of Family Services of Greater vancouver. Directions works closely with inner-city at risk youth. In partnership with directions we ran several youth stilt walking workshops and the youth got to show off their new stilt dancing skill at the Festival. Check out Directions to learn about the services they offer for our youths!
YouthCO is community-driven organization run by and for youth that seeks to engage, educate and empower young people living with or at-risk of HIV and Hep C. The YouthCo Van engaged people in games and were able to do on the spot health testing.
City Dog joined the Gathering Festival at the last minute. Their frre pet food and supplies were very popular. You can find out more about their service at http://www.city-dog.ca/
West Coast Mental Health Network Society
Since 1991, the Network has provided mental health service users with a profound sense of community and belonging, as well as opportunities for social interaction, education, creative self-expression and having a powerful voice. Members who take part in Network programs do so as peers, not as clients or patients, and are self-referred. Find out more at http://www.wcmhn.org/
The Granville Community Police are regular presenters at the Gathering Place events.
Coast Mental Health
Coast Mental Health distributed hundreds of sandwiches and bottles of water for our guests on the day of the Festival. Visit Coast Mental Health to learn more about what they do!