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 December 2020

Together let’s have a safe, happy, healthy December!

Renew your FGCA Membership by December 31, 2020.

If you haven’t already, please renew your membership – or it will expire at the end of December 2020. Submit your application for 2021 online. Click to go directly to the online form for: regular membership or business membership. If you do not reapply by December 31, you will no longer be a member. However, you can apply for membership any time during the year. If you are signed up to receive our e-news, you will still receive it.

Silent Auction Fundraiser for the FGCA

Bid on one of two collective artworks created by Fall Fairfield participants, in collaboration with local artist Tanya Bub! To see the unique art pieces, find out more about the artist, and how to bid online, go to our website. Starting price is $75 each. The auction ends on December 31st.

FGCA Support Group for the Unhoused

This new group is looking for donations! A group of volunteers are acting as a liaison with the campers in Meegan (Beacon Hill Park), making sure that donations get delivered to them. Providing basic items to the unhoused is not only a matter of survival through the winter, it is hope for a better tomorrow! Because the needs are both very important but also changing from week to week, the volunteers will make sure that donated items correspond to what the campers need. Help our unsheltered neighbours to keep the parks clean by making sure the items you want to donate are in the list on our website! Click here to find out what to donate. For cash donations, go to our website https://fairfieldcommunity.ca/events-projects/sheltering-in-parks/

Do you have Christmas lights to spare?

A community member has volunteered to create a festive light display for the holidays in front of the centre and wants to know if folks in the neighbourhood have any lights to donate. If you do, please bring them by the centre Monday – Friday between 9:30-5.

Municipal By-Election 2020

Victoria’s 2020 By-Election will be held on December 12, 2020.
Voters in the municipal by-election in Victoria will elect: 1 Councillor
The 2020 By-Election Candidate Profile Guide containing information submitted by each candidate will be available here on November 17.
What You Need to Know to Vote
There are many ways to vote. You may vote in person on General Voting Day on Saturday, December 12 at any of the six voting places or at any of the eight advance voting opportunities at Crystal Garden.
An accessible voting machine will be available at the Crystal Garden on General Voting Day and at all advance voting opportunities. Curbside voting will be offered at all voting places for those with accessibility concerns.
Anyone can request a mail ballot.

The Gift of Good Food Fundraiser has launched…

The FGCA is once again partnering with Fernwood NRG’s annual fundraiser, the Gift of Good Food. Now, more than ever, due to COVID-19, community support is needed to reach the goal of $100,000 by midnight on December 31st, 2020. The goal is to support 200 families facing poverty across the CRD access fresh produce bi-weekly for a year. There are many ways to get involved with the Gift of Good Food fundraiser this year!
Donate directly online at thegoodfoodbox.ca/donate until midnight on December 31st, 2020. All donations $20 and over will receive a tax receipt via email. No contribution is too small! All funds support families directly in our neighbourhoods!
Start a Fundraising Team with friends, family, or co-workers and reach a goal that supports people in your neighbourhood. Because of COVID-19, we may be experiencing feelings of separation from our loved ones. Creating a fundraising team is a way to connect with friends, families, and co-workers. Although physically you may be apart, you can set a fundraising goal and work together to achieve it! Staying connected is important, so why not connect over a good cause? Register your team online at fernwoodnrg.ca/fundraising-teams-ggf-2020/. Give the Gift of Good Food!

The Cook Street Village Business Association and Mustard Seed have organized a Food Drive!

Saturday, December 5th 10AM-6PM in COOK STREET VILLAGE
DRIVE-THRU DROP ZONE: Oxford & Cook (Oxford Foods)
WALK & DROP: Sutlej & Cook (Cook St Liquor) and also at the Cook St Activity Centre
Cash donations helps to purchase dairy products and perishables such as vegetables, fruit, meat and other protein sources.
Recommended food to donate: peanut butter, canned fruits & vegetables, canned or dried beans & lentils, canned fish, dried pasta & rice, canned soups & stews, cooking oil, herbs & spices, cereal, school snacks (bars, juice boxes).
Baby items: formula, baby food, diapers, pull-ups
Personal items: soap (laundry & dish), toothpaste & brushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene supplies.

Family drop-ins for the Winter

All Parent & Tot family drop-in programs are suspended. Please check our website in the New Year for updates.

Youth Zone spaces available

We still have some space in our Youth Zone. This is a registered after school program where youth have a say in the activities. Games, art, cool projects, cooking, baking, sports, awesome out trips – this is just the beginning. The Youth Zone is a fun and safe space for youth to hang out with friends, while developing confidence and independence. Our space features comfy couches, craft supplies, books, sports equipment and lots of games.
Registered after school program for youth in grades 5 and 6
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
After School – 5:30
$205 per month, includes Pro-D day camp
Contact us at 250-382-4604 or youth@fairfieldcommunity.ca

FGCA Book Club

Next meeting is Monday, December 14th online, at 7:15pm. Email us to receive the ZOOM link shortly before the meeting.
We will be discussing: Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
This is a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics.
Listen to Noopiming Sessions (contact us for the link)
FGCA Reception desk is open:
Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm
Reception CLOSED TUESDAY DECEMBER 15th for staff meeting
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays
Closed on statutory holidays
Reception CLOSED DECEMBER 19TH UNTIL JANUARY 4TH
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