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Volunteers in Partnership needs volunteers

VOLUNTEERS IN PARTNERSHIP
PROGRAM
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING IN THE MENTAL HEALTH FIELD?
Would you like an opportunity to:
            • Work 1-1 with adults experiencing a mental illness?
• Help someone achieve their individually set goals?
            • Learn about the mental health system?
The Volunteers in Partnership Program is looking for adult volunteers who can offer 2-4 hours per week to adults in the Vancouver area who are experiencing a mental illness. Volunteers assist participants with improving their skills, increasing their independence and exploring new activities.
Volunteers and participants are asked to commit to their partnership for a minimum of six months.
This is an opportunity to volunteer off-site in the community with support and guidance from the program coordinator.
For more information on this volunteer program please contact:
Volunteers in Partnership Program
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch
175 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P4
Coordinator: Katy Vinson
Phone: 604-872-4902 ext 290

E-mail: katy.vinson.vb@cmha.bc.ca

Cif Notice of Contract – Assistant Manager, Evergreen Project.

CONSUMER INITIATIVE FUND
Notice of Contract
Assistant Manager for the Evergreen Project
Evergreen Project Goals:
To provide opportunities for mental health clients living in neighbourhoods in the easternmost areas of Vancouver for self expression, companionship, outings and special events in their own community without professional supervision during the evening hours.  To lessen the need for mental health clients to resort to drastic measures to resolve social, economic, isolation, and marginalization issues. To assist clients towards recovery in their own way, in their own time in a socially supportive atmosphere among their own peers. To provide local evening community mental health social service programs using a simple, direct, and efficient format. Our programming is conducted outside of mental health facilities, (with some exception given to women’s programming), in order to develop self esteem, independence, self motivation and creativity in mental health clients. (Our program is the therapy, we do not conduct any therapeutic activities.)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
  • Assist the Project Manager to:
– oversee meetings and outings.
– oversee women’s group.
– prepare and conduct special events. (6 during the year)
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Maturity, sound judgment, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be a mental health Consumer.
Successful applicant must obtain Criminal Record Check. Cost will be reimbursed.
Submit resume and 2 letters of reference to:
Merle Ginsburg
Program Coordinator
Consumer Initiative Fund
200-520 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC. V5Z 4H5
Tel: 604-730-7675   Fax: 604-874-7661
Application Deadline:  February 19, 2010
THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION

PossABILITIES

New Quarterly Newspaper for People with Disabilities Launched in Surrey  [back to top]
The Surrey Now newspaper, a Canwest publication, has recently announced the launch of PossABILITIES Now, a quarterly publication designed for people with a variety of disabilities. PossABILITIES Now will explore areas such as education work, community, relationships, lifestyle and many other aspects of life for people with disabilities. This newspaper-style publication aims to provide multiple perspectives, and will include a special paralympics edition. To get involved with PossABILITIES Now, either through booking adspace or editorial/distribution opportunities, contact Kim Rose at krose@thenownewspaper.com or 604-572-0064.

Federation Vox

Federation Vox
November 27, 2009

Federation News

All Aboard!
After a brief stop to let passengers off and on, the good old Fed Train is back on track and chugging along. It’s been a bit of a rough ride in the Arts World this year, but The Fed has had one of its most energetic and successful years ever, due to the energy and commitment of Fed members, volunteers, staff and board.

Carla Reimer, who did a terrific job as ED, is settling into her new life in Ontario and has the Board’s warmest regards and wishes for a fine future. Sylvia Taylor, Board Director for seven years and President for two, has stepped into the ED position, and brings a wealth of professional literary and administrative expertise.

So far this year, the Fed has:
•       welcomed more new members than ever before – 13 in the last month alone!
•       fundraised over $2,000 for Fed programming
•       maintained all its services and programs
•       hosted six literary & fundraising events throughout the province
•       showcased the Fed and its members at major literary events, including Word On the Street, Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, Surrey International Writers’ Festival, Powell River Writers’ Festival
•       created and strengthened alliances and partnerships provincially and nationally
•       actively supported Arts preservation movements

The Fed Train needs everyone’s mind and muscle to keep the engine stoked and the momentum building. Please contribute in any way you can, to keep us chugging for years to come.

New Members

Welcome to:
Bill Dovhey, Lois Quinlan, Diane Common, Sue Goldswain, Mike Hartner, Diane Jones, Valerie Parks, Dana Marie Ramstedt, Kathleen Milner, Katherine Wagner, Perry Wilson, Gordon Marx, Hendrik Slegtenhorst.

Job Opportunities

We are looking for an experienced writer who can synthesize healthcare related concepts and make them accessible to a number of audiences, including the general public. Must have experience writing for the web and in the healthcare field. Please respond with CV, cover letter, writing samples, hourly or contract rate. Serious enquiries only. Thanks
David J. Adams
Research Coordinator
UBC Department of Family Practice
David Strangway Building
#320 – 5950 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Phone:  (604) 827-4185 Fax:  (604) 827-4184

Call for Submissions

Working Title: Not a Broken Record
An Anthology of Writing to stop violence against women and girls
Deadline: January 15th, 2010
We are currently seeking submissions for an anthology of diverse voices which record the experiences and impacts of violence against women at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, a put-down; from the personal to the abstract. We invite submissions on a range of subjects, from violence in media imagery, pornography, beauty rituals, humour, language, myth, etc.; a variety of tones are also welcome, from the serious to the humorous.
We invite everyone – of all genders and backgrounds – to submit ONE work of fiction or non-fiction of no more than 2000 words, or a maximum of FOUR poems on the subject of violence against women and girls.  We are especially interested in non-fiction narrative.
All submissions can be sent by email as WORD or RTF attachments in 12 point Times New Roman font to Andrea Routley at loudspeakerfestival@gmail.com. Please include your name, brief bio, and contact information in the body of your email, as well as the attachment.  All narrative should be double-spaced; poetry single-spaced. Previously published work will be considered as long as author retains copyright.
Note: Work already submitted is still under consideration unless notified otherwise.
This is a charitable project; no remuneration. Contributors will receive two copies of the anthology. Proceeds will benefit anti-violence organisations.
Anthology will be published by Caitlin Press, forthcoming Fall 2010.

Conferences, Courses & Workshops

Salmon Arm
Saturday, November 28, 1 – 3 pm
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
A two-hour workshop with GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ
Website: http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca
Gail Anderson-Dargatz discusses the business side of writing life; from finding an agent to self-promotion, Gail will offer tips on navigating the complex publishing industry.  For more information and to register, call 250-804-8888 or visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg.

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 1 – 5 pm
TELLING FAMILY STORIES, MEMOIRS, LITERARY STORIES, OR FOLK TALES
Website:  http://www.jewishmuseum.ca/info/current_events/fall-workshops-09
This course will appeal to writers who wish to read and ‘perform’ their work more effectively or to those who would like to explore this exciting genre.  Cost: $35, $30 for Jewish Historical Society of BC Members.  Seating limited – register at info@jewishmuseum.ca or 604-257-5199.  Location:  Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver.

Alliance for the Arts Workshops:
Social Media / Introductory: Tuesday, December 1 from 9 am to 12 noon. Rebecca Coleman and Simon Ogden will reprise their popular workshop on helping you navigate the  the paradigm shift from traditional marketing forms  to social media. They will explore what it means to join a social network, the etiquette required and help you to choose the platforms that are right for you.
Social Media / Advanced: Tuesday, December 1 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In this afternoon follow-up of the morning’s Introductory Workshop (separate registration required – enroll for either or both) you will move from theory to practice, as the facilitators share clear, concrete methods and tips for building your social media marketing plan using the most effective sites in the landscape of platforms: Blogs, Facebook, E-mail newsletters, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Strategic Grant Writing: Thursday, December 3 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In our increasingly competitive funding environment, you need to know how to get your project noticed. There’s no way around it – grant-writing is a competitive process. Making ART happen is a difficult task. Allyson McGrane will show you how, in order to succeed, you must be able to make your project… irresistible.
Managing Arts Organizations Through Lean Times: Friday, December 4 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Judi Piggott will show you how “the best way out is through” when navigating today’s crisis in arts funding. This interactive session will focus on generating practical options for small and medium organizations to help us survive the ‘meantime’ and regain our footing for the future.

Out of Province

RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
Website: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&sub=subject&disc=%7b89831E51-A3AE-11D4-AE93-00E029501EB1%7d&mode=disc_list
Be the writer you’ve always dreamed of becoming.  Talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing.  Explore specialized genres.  Learn to tell your life story.  Enhance business writing skills.

May 1, 2010
ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Website:  http://www.thewritersconference.com/
What began in 2008 as the dream of a handful of organizers from the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region became a full-fledged writers’ organization in 2009.  Building on that success, the 2010 conference will have educational, challenging, and interactive workshops, panels, round table discussions, and lectures.

Awards and Contests

Sumission Deadline December 1, 2009
WEST COAST BOOK PUBLISHERS SOCIETY
Invites all publishers and British Columbian authors with titles that fit the awards criteria to enter the BC Book Prizes for books published in 2009.
In addition, publishers and members of writing and publishing organizations are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 8, 2010. There is no fee to enter.
THE WRITERS TRUST OF CANADA announced winners of $127,000 in prizes for literature in the fiction, non-fiction, and short fiction categories. The event, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, is one of the richest awards nights for literature in Canada.
Vancouver writer Annabel Lyon won the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Golden Mean, a novel about Aristotle and his one-time pupil Alexander the Great. Brian Brett, a writer from Salt Spring Island, won the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, an account of the author’s small island farm and an impassioned plea for maintaining a connection to the hands-on lessons of rural living.Three more authors received awards for their excellence in literature: novelist David Bergen (Winnipeg), children’s writer Marthe Jocelyn (Stratford, Ontario), and emerging writer Yasuko Thanh (Victoria).
GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD
Vancouver poet David Zieroth has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for his eighth collection, The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95). All the winners were announced in Montreal on November 17.  The other nominees for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry were David W. McFadden for Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press), Philip Kevin Paul for Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions), Sina Queyras for Expressway (Coach House Books) and Carmine Starnino for This Way Out (Gaspereau Press).
November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE – WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize – $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson’s The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as “The Death of Pedro Ivan,” by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!

November 30, 2009
ONE COOL WORD MAGAZINE – WRITING CONTEST FOR POETRY & FICTION
Website:  http://www.onecoolword.com/
Judges will be Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Fiction Judge: Lee Henderson (2009 BC Book Prize Winner). 1st prize – $250, publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties. First place fiction also receives Lee Henderson’s The Man Game. First place poetry also receives books by Rita Wong and Patrick Friesen. Runners up: publication, year subscription and entry to all 2010 OCW parties.  Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription valued at $25). Additional entries $5. Submit to: writingcontest@onecoolword.com. Guidelines on the website.
November 30, 2009
PRISM CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Website: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php
Prism international’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now accepting entries. Fame and fortune await! Grand Prize is $1500. If you want to know which entries for the contest have succeeded in the past, please go to our previous winners in past issues, such as “The Death of Pedro Ivan,” by Amanda Hale, which appears in PRISM (47:2). Or better yet, subscribe!
Call for submissions

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST — THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations.
    We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office – editor@thenewwriter.com – marked ‘100th issue’ in the subject line and if we like it, we’ll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 – Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we’re not interested in genre novels–crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.

December 1, 2009
FIDDLEHEAD’S LITERARY CONTEST
Website: http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/
$1000 for best short fiction; $500 for two honourable mentions in short fiction. $1000 for Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem; $500 for two honourable mentions in poetry. The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our website. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes. Entry fee: $30 for entry in either category.

December 31, 2009
FREEFALL PROSE & POETRY CONTEST 2009
Website:  http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/pdf/2009ContestRules.pdf
$1000 in prizes to be won; first prize in each category is $300.  Maximum length 3000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry.  Entry fee of $20 includes one-year subscription (AWCS members $10, additional entries $5).

December 31, 2009
DELACORTE PRESS CONTEST FOR A FIRST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Website:  http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/writingcontests.
Open to US and Canadian writers who have not published a young adult novel.  Prize: $1500 cash, publication, and $7500 advance against royalties.  Guidelines on website.

November 30, 2009
PROSE & POETRY CONTEST — THE NEW WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.thenewwriter.com/
Established in 1997, this is one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; and offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website). Check the website for more information and the guidelines. Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm. The entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry. We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations.

We are now seeking fiction and poetry and features from TNW subscribers over the years for our bumper celebration issue, Jan/Feb 2010.  If subscribers, past and present, would like to submit something for consideration, please email to the editorial office – editor@thenewwriter.com – marked ‘100th issue’ in the subject line and if we like it, we’ll use it.  Maximum words for short stories 2,000. Postal address:  The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook  TN17 2RE, United Kingdom. Phone: 01580 212626 – Email:  admin@thenewwriter.com.

November 30, 2009
INTERNATIONAL FISH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2009
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-international-short-story-prize.php
This contest is welcoming entries on any theme, in English, to a maximum of 5,000 words.  10 stories will be published in the 2010 Fish Anthology.  Entry fee: €20.  First prize is €3000 (of which €1000 is travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

December 1, 2009
FICTION CONTEST:  NATIONAL CANADIAN PUBLISHER
Website: http://www.enfieldandwizenty.ca/
This year Enfield & Wizenty launches a fiction contest to celebrate our own survival, as we go into our third season as a national fiction imprint of Great Plains Publications. For this champagne-soaked third year, Enfield & Wizenty is offering a $5000 advance for the most outstanding submission of literary fiction that we receive. We will be reading fiction submissions (novels and collections of short stories) from now until December 2009. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines. Please note that we’re not interested in genre novels–crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. Submit your query letter and sample to: Maurice Mierau, Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty, 345-955 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0P9 or by email to info@greatplains.mb.ca.

December 31, 2009
2010 GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE
Website:  http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/rules.php
Two categories, Canadian and International, comprise this $100,000 prize.  Each category has a $50,000 value.  The prize is for best collection of poetry in English published in the preceding year; books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2009.

Check websites for submission guidelines.

More information on awards, contests and submissions deadlines available on the Federation of BC Writers website at http://www.bcwriters.com/awards.php

Events | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast
Friday, December 4
GENERAL RICK HILLIER
General Rick Hillier recounts his role and experiences with the Canadian military in the new book, A Soldier First: Bureaucrats and the Politics of War. Friday, December 4 at 12:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, lower level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Thursday, December 10
Hope In Shadows – Anthology Reading / 2010 Calendar fundraiser
Downtown Eastsiders Helen Hill, Tom Quirk and Russ
Zillman read with two other contributors (TBA) at the UBC
Bookstore/Library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street). @ 7:00 p.m. –

Friday, December 4
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
Website:  http://www.cbc.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday
Writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street.  Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building.

Thursday, December 10, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
TWS READING SERIES
Website:  http://www.thewritersstudio.ca/readings/
The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University presents the TWS Reading Series 2009.  A new reading is held every month, featuring TWS members and alumni, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours.  For more information: Eufemia at twsread@sfu.ca.  Location: Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway at Kingsway, Vancouver.
CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
On Friday December 4, writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street. Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building. You can also donate online here, starting November 6.
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30pm
GRAEME GIBSON AND MARGARET ATWOOD
Partners Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood will make a duo appearance as part of the Pacific Arbour Speaker Series in support of their two new releases: Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Gibson’s Bedside Book of Beasts. Tickets are $18/$15. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. More information at http://www.capilanou.ca/news-events/performing-arts/season-performances/Speaker.html.

Events / Central
Vernon
Saturday, November 28, 1 – 3 pm
BOOK READINGS & SIGNINGS
Fed members Kay McCracken and Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski will both read from their new books from 1 – 2 pm, followed by signings from 2 – 3.  Location: Gallery Vertigo, 1-3001 31st Street, Vernon

Salmon Arm
Saturday, December 5, 12 – 2 pm
BOOK SIGNING:  ALL I NEED NOW ARE SOME CHICKENS, A COW, AND A WIFE
New Fed member Dick Armfelt will sign copies of his new book, a compilation of letters his father wrote (mainly in the 1930s).  Kay McCracken will also sign copies of her new book A Raven In My Heart.  Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be available.  Location: The Book Nook, 310 Ross St NE, Salmon Arm.

Upcoming
Saturday, January 16, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Join presenter Susan Lyons (www.susanlyons.ca).  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Saturday, March 13, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Presenter Russ Crossley will speak on “Cliff Hangers”.  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.

Victoria
June 24 – 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 – THE CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: “Applying Technology to Your Writing”
Website: http://www.canauthors.org/conference.html
Keynote speaker – Patrick Taylor, bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.
•       John Chandler from Alandale Training Corporation will share computer tips and tricks to make your writing life easier;
•       Learn how to enhance presentations and book launches by creating Power Point presentations;
•       Find out how to increase sales through social networking (ie blogs, MySpace, Twitter);
•       Explore the world of EBooks;
•       Let Rodger Cove from the Vancouver Film School show you how to structure stories for the screen;
•       and more!
Early registration bonus – Patrick Taylor will accept six 1500-word pieces of fiction – to be submitted no later than May 15, 2010 – and give one-hour, one-on-one evaluations with the authors on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 as part of CanWrite!  See the website for all details and registration information.  At the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Info: Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator, jkay@canauthors.vancouver.org.

Reading Series | Writing Groups

Mondays (ongoing), 8:00 pm
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Website: http://vancouverpoetryhouse.com/vanslam/
A poetry slam competition with frequent guest performers, the Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996.  1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays: Open Slam; 2nd Monday: Alternative Slam; 4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 13 – 22).  Tickets are generally $5.  Location: Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial).

Second Tuesday of every month, 7 – 9 pm
WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take a writing challenge!  Pandora’s Collective provides the prompts, time to write, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm.  Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books, 1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Ready for a writing challenge?  Join guest host and Fed member Maureen Egan at the Britannia Library for “Word Whips”.  They provide the writing prompts, 10-15 minutes to write each prompt, and the opportunity for sharing.  See what you can whip up!  Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver.

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE PRESENTS WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/details/britannia_branch
Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca
or visit hmtp://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 8 – 12 pm
THE SPILLIOUS SPEAK AND SING
This event is open to musicians and spoken word performers, poets and storytellers, and anyone who wants to take the mic.  Contact: Trevor Spilchen (trevorspilchen@yahoo.co.uk).  Location: The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street @ 29th Avenue, Vancouver.
First Thursday of every month 7: – 9:00 pm
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON
Pandora’s Collective, in the spirit of Vancouver, welcomes all poets. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. Hosts: Fed members Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni

Third Thursday of every month, 7:00 pm
POETRY AROUND THE WORLD
Poetry Around the World invites poets, writers and artists to promote their cultural values through music, poetry, spoken word and art in a pleasant and friendly ambiance. This is a multicultural event, and everyone who wants to join in, is welcome.Chapters at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. Contact:  luciag_esl@yahoo.com

Third Friday of every month, 8 pm – late
57 VARIETIES
Join hosts Rowan Lipkovits and Matthew Glick for an unplugged open stage/variety show.  No sign-up; do what you want, when you feel.  The venue changes constantly, so email rowan@butchershop.ca for more information.

First Saturday of every month, 7 – 10 pm
THE EASTSIDE WRITERS
Feature performances with open-mic event to follow.  Location: 20 West Hastings (Main & Hastings), Vancouver.

_______________________________

From the desk of
Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
bcwriters@shaw.ca
www.bcwriters.com

CIF committee member wanted

CONSUMER INITIATIVE FUND POSTING:

COMMITTEE MEMBER

The Consumer Initiative Fund was established in 1995 to promote dignity and self-determination for Consumers of the mental health system.

Duties Include:

v    Ongoing liaison work via phone and/or email, and meetings with Project Managers.
v    Modeling individual recovery and wellness.
v    Participation in CIF events.
v    Participation in weekly Committee meetings.
v    Review proposals and criteria for potential projects.
v    Review VCMHS Policy and Procedure documents.
v    Monitor development and implementation of projects.
v    Facilitate evaluations of projects.
v    Advocate for continued opportunities for Consumer driven programs.

Terms of service:

v    2 years of service with an additional 2 years after review.

Preference given to Consumers with previous committee or group work experience and a commitment to self-education and community outreach.

STARTING DATE: TBA

v    $220.00 per month –  Consumer contract

Submit resume and 2 letters of reference to:

Merle Ginsburg, Program Coordinator
Consumer Initiative Fund
#200 – 520 W.6th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H5
 604-708-5317(tel.)  604-874-7661 (fax)

Closing: November 10, 2009

Job opportunities at Momentum Magazine

Combine your interest in cycling with your skills developed within the Writing and Publishing Program!
There are presently three job openings at Momentum Magazine, a transportation cycling magazine that headquarters in Vancouver, BC.
Regards,

Sarah Ripplinger
BC/ Assistant/ Web Editor, Momentum Magazine
Freelance Reporter
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Access Justice
604-221-9356
sripplinger@gmail.com

Fwd: Work-Study / Internship

Work-Study / Internship with local environmental organization
Green Collar Association is a member-based organization that marries the needs of business with those of the environment. We provide our members with information and opportunities in education, employment, commerce, and advocacy in fields that have a net benefit on the environment.
Our offices are located in Vancouver, in Canada and Washington, in the US. We have relationships with environmental organizations and think-tanks such as Blue-Green Alliance, Apollo Alliance, David Suzuki Foundation, 1-Sky, USGBC, AASHE, 350org, Center for American Progress, and Eco Justice. Our membership consists of approximately 80,000 individuals, non-profits, governments, and businesses.
We publish content related to environment and industry on our blogs as well as within our newsletter (with distribution of approximately 100,000). The successful candidate will take on responsibilities in writing, editing, and publishing. Specific duties will include:
·        writing, managing, editing and, publishing blog content
·        writing and editing website copy,
·        preparing articles for our monthly newsletter
We seek a student for a work-study or internship, working out of our Vancouver office, with the possibility of future employment after the duration of the internship is complete.
Interested applicants should send resumes to Michael at mod@greencollar.org


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Michael O. Dayan, Ph.D.
Co-Founder
Green Collar Association
Direct: 604-568-8085
Toll-free: 866-262-5735 x838
mod@greencollar.org
www.greencollar.org

Fwd: Department of Psychiatry looking for volunteer patients

Dear CREST group,
My department is looking for volunteers to help with their final examination procedures. Please see below for further details.
All the best, Erin.
Would you like to participate in the Department of Psychiatry’s Final Examinations?
$40 honorarium

As part of the qualifying process to become a psychiatrist, doctors are required to complete an examination of a patient and present the findings to two examiners. This year the examinations are on Friday October 9th, Thursday October 15th and Friday October 16th and they run from 8 am until 4pm.
If you volunteer you will be introduced to the examinee and the two examiners at a specific, previously agreed time and the examinee will complete a standard assessment for 50 minutes (just like your first visit to a psychiatrist or hospital covering your current and previous symptoms, past and current treatment, your physical health, your family history and your work history) with one examiner sitting in the room with you and the other watching through a one-way mirror. There is no physical examination or testing as part of this process. At the end of 50 minutes you are free to leave. A cash honorarium of $40 will be given to you at the end of the examination.
If you are interested in participating in these examinations please call Dr Fleming on 604-822-7846 and leave a message stating your name, your phone number and that you wish to volunteer for the examinations.


Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
MSFHR Scholar & CIHR New Investigator
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 2A1

Tel: 604 827 3393
Fax: 604 822 7922

Dog Walker needed for the month of October

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From: Smith, Shelagh [VC]
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 4:55 PM
To: VC MHS Rehab
Subject: Dog Walker needed for the month of October
Hello All,
I am looking for an animal loving, reliable volunteer to walk a very friendly, well trained dog several mornings a week beginning October 1 to roughly the end of October. Sheba’s owner is having surgery and will be unable to take the her out during the convalescence period. They live off of Commercial Drive, an easy walk to either McSpadden Park or Trout Lake. Honorarium available.
Please contact me if you would like more information or a have a client(s) who might be interested.
With many thanks,
Shelagh
Shelagh Smith, Occupational Therapist
Grandview-Woodlands Mental Health Team
#300-2250 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9
604-251-2264