It was a great day to be out in the garden – our PHC beds are growing so fast! we have had the first batch of radishes – enough for over 50 families!  Thank you to everyone who has given us starters or seeds. The client volunteers are very enthusiastic and everyone is enjoying the weather, the hard work and the friendships. … and oh yes the food too.

Today a young woman from Slocan BC visited the Gardens, we were able to share with her how we started, all the different groups involved,  how the food we grow helps our families and extends our food budget. It was great to have her visit -   a work day in the Kootenays anyone?

The raffle tickets for the Judith Madsen painting went like hotcakes at the Community Market on Saturday. Interest in the Home and Garden Tour is building, with people beginning to  put aside the June 22 date. Tickets for the Tour are available at Art Works, and at both Wild Rose and Wheelbarrow  Garden Centres.

Hunger Awareness Week is May 5-9, 2014

Next week is Food Banks Canada annual Hunger Awareness Week to raise awareness about hunger across our Nation.

PHC has created their own week long fundraising campaign with the goal of raising money and food to fill up the food bank shelves.

Food Banks Canada states that nearly 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 36 per cent are children.

PHC gives out 18 tons of food annually to Gabriola residents in need.

“You don’t have to go far to see that hunger is something that is also a local concern. There are many working people and families struggling to make ends meet day to day”, says Sacha Petersen. “PHC food bank tries to help people stretch their money each week by offering a small boost to their cupboards and we are always grateful for the support we receive from our community”.

Our most needed food donations are:

  • canned fish or meat
  • canned beans, veggies, and fruit
  • pasta
  • juice boxes,
  • soup
  • rice
  • peanut- free lunch snacks
  • fresh fruit and veggies
  • boxed meals
  • oats

Here is how you can help PHC meet their fundraising goal during Hunger Awareness Week:

Monday & Tuesday:

100 Gabriolans can buy a little extra food and drop off donations at PHC.

Wednesday & Thursday:

200 Gabriolans can pack a brown bag lunch and donate their savings to PHC.


300 Gabriolans can become monthly donors.
To become a monthly donor go to .


400 Gabriolans can help “Fill the Truck”
May 10th from 10-2pm at the Folklife Village parking lot

About Hunger Awareness Week

Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need.  Close to 850,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 2 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from.  Today, more than 800 food banks and 2,900 affiliated agencies work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.


seniors lunchThis is a nine month contract to coordinate the Senior’s Community Asset Mapping Project for PHC. Contract value is $6,000 and involves 300 hours of work.

The Community Asset Mapping Project is part of PHC’s Seniors Circle of Care program which aims to improve the health and well-being of seniors through encouraging their participation and inclusion.

Skills and knowledge beneficial to this position include:

  • Formal Education in a post-secondary institution in social work or a related field such as community development or research
  • Background in the Social Services, particularly working with seniors and/or persons with physical or mental disabilities, for a minimum of 5 years
  • Excellent communication and research  skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated experience managing and training volunteers
  • Ability to plan and work independently
  • Computer skills including:
    • online research
    • ability to develop materials (documents, including worksheets, and surveys for data collection and tabulation)
    • preparation of posters and other written materials.

Please submit resumes to before May 8, 2014.

Garden Employment Opportunity

Help Wanted – Student Agricultural Coordinator During the summer People for a Healthy Community  grows food for weekly soup socials, and for distribution to families in need. Reporting to the Food Bank coordinator, the Agricultural Coordinator will assist in the …


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16th Annual Home & Garden Tour

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