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Enough kitchen-table kvetching: Vancouver event offers strategies for community change

Enough kvetching at your kitchen table, says Vancouver advocacy group VAN BC. If you want to see your community change for the better, it's up to you.

The group is inviting Vancouverites to a Sunday conference intended to give people the strategies they need for making concrete changes at a local level.

VAN BC (Vancouver Alliance Network Because we Care), a citizen group fresh from its fight to prevent the VSB from closing a list of public schools, is calling its day-long conference "Where Change Happens".

"The event will focus on developing strategies which empower people within their community to take an active role in ecological, economic, and social events, while endeavouring to think globally but act locally," say organizers. VAN BC cites particular interest in finding ways to support vulnerable women and families, recent immigrants, urban Aboriginals, and special needs children.

Scheduled speakers for the conference include MP Libby Davies, MLA Jenny Kwan, city councillor David Cadman, and former BC premier Mike Harcourt.

The free conference will be held on Sunday, February 13th, at Ray Cam Community Centre (920 East Hastings), from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Child care and children's entertainment will be provided.

Sponsors of the event include United Way, Ray Cam Community Centre, APPLE BC, the Province of BC, Assembly of BC Arts Council, and the Vancouver Moving Theatre.

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