On November 9, 2016, the public was invited to plant Flander’s poppy seeds with the preschool students of West Point Grey in their community garden. A second private planting session was held at University Hills Elementary School. The RCL #176 contributed teachers manuals, colouring books, posters, buttons and pens.
Laura Lee Coles, invited a local Canadian Military Veteran, Yuri Miljevic-Laroche (also a member of the #176) to recite the famous poem Flanders Field during the plantings. Brian Jones, artist, musician and resident Wheat Weaver serenaded the plantings with his accordion.
Two gardens were planted. One at Aberthau Mansion garden and tended by the pre-school class with teacher Miranda Tagliafierro. The second garden is located on the school yard of University Hills Elementary School and tended by the 5th grade class of teacher Janet Logie.
Special thanks to Westside Neighbourhood Small Grants, which are funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, the West Point Grey Community Association and the Vancouver Park Board’s artists residency projects, and City of Vancouver Cultural Services, LocoMotoArt, IMAPON, and University Hills Elementary School.
Kits Point History Walk : How the CPR Shaped Our Neighbourhood
On February 4, 2017 Archivist Gayle O'Hara and Laura Lee Coles, conducted a narrative walking tour which followed the former path of the rail spur that originally travelled to Kits Point and passed right next to the current Legion Hall shown below.
During the walk, Gayle and Laura Lee showed several historic photos of the area for a past/present viewing.
Free self-guided brochures are available for the public at the Legion Hall, or contact the Archivist to arrange a tour. Tours will begin again June 1 - September 1, 2017.