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Feature Event: VPSN Annual General Meeting – June 9, 2021

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VPSN Lunch Meet event

Hey everyone! Coming up next month: the VPSN Annual General Meeting! Join in to get involved in championing the city’s shared parks, streets, and plazas. We’ll reflect on the previous year’s activities, elect new board members and recruit new volunteers, and start planning for the year ahead. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

This past year has seen a mix of activities for the VPSN. In spite of the challenges posed by COVID, we’ve been focused on a number of public-facing initiatives while also doing a fair bit of internal work, including refreshing the VPSN’s values and and principles, retooling our organizational structure to better support volunteers, and recommitting to activities that support public space equity and inclusion on the unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh and Squamish land on which Vancouver is located. We’re looking forward to sharing this work as part of the AGM activities.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
6:30pm-8:30pm
Online

BONUS BIRTHDAY FUN!

It’s the VPSN’s 15th Anniversary this year, and to kick off the AGM, founder Andrew Pask will be giving a recap of placemaking, advocacy and research highlights from the last decade-and-a-half. If you’re learning about the VPSN’s work for the first time, it’ll be a good opportunity to learn a little more about what we’ve been up to since getting our start in 2006. For long-time friends and supporters, this will be a nice chance to take a stroll down memory lane. A full agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Photo of a VPSN team member's feet, as they recline on the grass at Alexandra Park.

2009 AGM – in Alexandra Park

LOCATION & RSVP

Although we would dearly love to hold this year’s AGM in one of the city’s public spaces, we’ll be taking things online to comply with health protocols. If you’d like to attend, please register via our Eventbrite page so we can send you the link to join virtually.

CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS

We’re looking for a few new board members to help support VPSN activities. This is a volunteer position, with monthly work focused on supporting VPSN organizational development, projects, advocacy-related activities, and more.

The VPSN is committed to recruiting a diverse and representative team of public space champions from across the city. Indigenous people, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are looking to assemble a team of collaborative place-makers that bring a variety of perspectives and life experiences related to the design, programming, use, and stewardship of public space. Some prior experience with the VPSN is helpful, but not required.

For more information on joining the board, please contact Board chair, Paola Qualizza: paola@vancouverpublicspace.ca.

 

Lead Photo: VPSN’s 2012 LunchMeet Event on Abbott Street.

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