SUMMER EDITION    JULY 2013      Kerrisdale Community Center E-News. Recreation news direct to your inbox!

Kerrisdale Community Centre Fall 2013 Recreation GuideFall Recreation Guide Online Now

You as an e-newsletter member get it first!  Click here to view

Check it out for lots of great programs for all ages!

•    Online Registration begins Friday, August 9, 9:00am
•    In Person Registration begins Saturday, August 10, 8:45am-4:00pm
•    By Phone or Fax Registration begins Monday, August 12, 9:00am 

We offer an amazing variety of recreational activities for people of all ages - from gardening to hiking, swimming to soccer, bridge to belly dancing. Whether you're interested in sports, arts, fitness, health and wellness, or personal development, we've got something for YOU.

The Recreation Guide will be mailed out to the neighbourhood in the beginning of August and will be available to pick up at the Kerrisdale Community Centre on Saturday August 4.

Program Spotlight!

Brazilian Jujiu Jitsu  4-14yrs NEW
Combined with technique and skill, we have crafted the kids programs to teach respect, build strong team spirit and nurture great individual talent.  
Eaglets 4-7yrs
Classes are held Fridays 4:00-4:45pm and Sundays 1:00-1:45pm.
Fri/Sun Aug 16-Aug 30    23475.302KR  5 sess/$75
Junior Eagles 8-14yrs
Classes are held Fridays 5:00-5:45pm and Sundays 2:00-2:45pm.
Fri/Sun    Aug 16-Aug 30   23475.304KR  5 sess/$75

First Aid Classes 13+yrs
Spots are still available for the Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, CPRC C Basic Rescuer, and recertification classes on August 17 & 18. Click here to register

Gentle Yoga
A yoga practice designed with a focus on developing proper alignment, improving balance, strength and flexibility.Drop in $15, space permitting.
Thu  7:00pm-8:00pm   Aug 8-Aug 29   44304.302KR    4 sess/$48

Exercise Room Combo
This class combines core training and strength training and takes place in the exercise room. You will learn to use free weights, machines, body balls, medicine balls and more to get maximum benefits from your workout. This small class balances social interaction and personalized attention. Drop-in $15, space permitting.
Thu  10:30am-11:30am Aug 1-Aug 22  44048.302KR  4 sess/$48

Summer Programs & Daycamps
Summer  Daycamps

Our ever popular summer camps still have some space. Give you and your kids a break for a day or week! Sign up now! 

Mini Safaris (3-5yrs)
Play games, make crafts, visit the Play Palace and more!

Summer Safaris (6-10yrs)
Out-trips everyday! Crafts, swimming and much more!
Youth Adventure Camp (11yrs+)
Go on out-trips, meet new friends and gain leadership skills! 

Click here to find out more!

President’s Message to Kerrisdale

Community Centre Members – Fall, 2013

Kerrisdale Community Centre has had another great Summer. In particular, the Summer Day Camp Program was a great success, and our Summer Play Palace at the Arena was filled with rambunctious children enjoying drop in play and Birthday Parties.  Unfortunately, not all has been rosy.  The dispute with the Park Board over the control of programming and revenues continues.  The Park Board introduced their OneCard pass to satisfy their goal of a new agreement by the target date of July 1, 2013.  For more, see the inside back cover of this Brochure.

We were very successful in our grant application to the Federal Government for funding of leaders for the Summer Day Camps. We thank our Member of Parliament, Ms. Joyce Murray, for her support of our application.  With monies received KCC was able to hire nine camp leaders and to provide an expanded, and widely varied camp experiences for our on-site day camps for children from ages 3-16. Should we ever lose control of our ability to develop programs like these, as could happen if the Park Board takes control, we would not be eligible for these beneficial Federal Grants.

Play Palace has been in operation at the Cyclone Taylor Arena for the past nine years.  The equipment in the Play Palace was purchased by KCC in partnership with the Park Board, on a 50-50 basis. Most recently, this partnership has broken down. To some degree these changes are reflected in the move by Park Board to eliminate 75% of the services of our full-time Arena programmer, thereby reducing the resources available to promote evening and weekend birthday party and other Play Palace rentals which formed the bulk of KCC revenues from this unique Kerrisdale service to local residents and their families.

So far this year the Park Board (PB) has been extremely tardy in submitting program revenues to Kerrisdale Community Centre. These revenues, collected largely through the Park Board run registration web site, were retained unreasonably from the Winter and Spring sessions and were paid to Kerrisdale only when our lawyer twice threatened legal action. These are the revenues needed to pay our instructors for programs and services.  In both cases, revenues held back by Park Board exceeded $100,000.

PB hired a “change manager” to guide staff in adjusting to the new PB systems at Kerrisdale’s and other community centres.  The change manager was put into place despite the fact that the existing contract between our community centres and Park Board had not changed.  At the date of this letter there is no new Joint Operating Agreement (our Contract with Park Board) and no agreement on what a new contract might entail, other than the proposed OneCard system discussed on the inside back page.

We have a great community centre; the best in the City.  We have developed and provide wide-ranging services to local children and youth, families and seniors.  All of this is at risk if Park Board takes unilateral action to change programming, control revenues, and eliminate Society memberships.  Your continued actions in letter writing to commissioners and councilors, letters to newspapers, and phone calls to 311 are needed to help preserve what we have.

Robert Lockhart, President


Located on Angus Drive and West 60th Avenue, Vancouver

On Saturday August 24th, the Kerrisdale Community Garden is hosting a Neighbourhood Garden Party, courtesy of a grant from the Vancouver Foundation's Neighbourhood Small Grants. Come visit us from 1-5pm for "Show and Tell" tours of the community park and herb garden as well as our vegetable garden plots.

Join us for refreshments, music, and children’s crafts.  Come get advice from and chat with resident gardeners and gardening experts.  Enjoy our sunny and shady areas to sit in, our water garden, and come smell our colourful fresh flowers and herbs.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to invite our Kerrisdale neighbours, residents and local business members to our garden.  Many of these people have generously donated plants, supplies and ideas for our growing projects. August is nearing harvest time and is a perfect time for all to come and enjoy the fruits of our labour in the beautiful setting created by many of our neighbours.

Brought to you by the Kerridale Community Garden, supported by the Kerrisdale Community Centre and funded by the Vancouver Foundation's Neighbourhood Small Grants


Kerrisdale Community Celebration & Zumba Party

Kerrisdale Play PalaceStay Cool and Play at the Play Palace
We are open 7 days a week and can host your birthday party any day of the week!

Open every day until August 29. Children up to 12 years old can slide, bounce, climb, ride and play in our indoor playground featuring 4 new bouncers! Birthday parties also available.
For more information, please visit our Play Palace page


How does today’s way of life impact on the way we learn from each other?

“The KERRISDALE Playbook” created by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society, is a place to embrace our diversity, interdependence, creativity, and the importance of learning from and with each other.  You will play a direct role in helping us infuse the Kerrisdale community with a spirit of FUN!  We hope to generate discussions on arts & culture, recreation, health and wellness, and other issues which may impact Kerrisdale’s being a vibrant and caring community.

Remember, “The KERRISDALE Playbook”  is a meeting place that is always open to all of you!

Enjoy and let us know how we can make it better!

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