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Mary Bennett
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Mary Bennett commented on Ross Moster's group Kitsilano Transition Village
"just checking back after a lapse to see what's happening and let Kits folk know about some of my initiatives/invitations.  1. Trafalgar & 6th traffic circle roundabout garden--pick anything. some things available for digging - Lemon…"
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In which Vancouver neighbourhood or other community do you live?
Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
Potlucks, encouragement to bike more; gardening; composting, arts and celebrations - more parties and parades, please!
There's a saying that "Transition is not a spectator sport". It's true! Village Vancouver runs on people power, and engaging in activities and projects together helps us accomplish more. Which groups, networks, neighbourhood villages, or projects do you think you might be interested in getting involved with? And what knowledge, skills, resources or other assets can you bring to the mix? (Don't be bashful!)
I support and encourage community connections, especially "hyper-local" - within a few blocks of trafifth (5th & Trafalgar).
What would you like to see improved in Vancouver or in your community regarding sustainability or resiliency? Do you have an idea for a new Transition project or activity?
I like the City's focus on greenest city and also the neighbourhood focus. It's great that the Vancouver Foundation have extended their neighbourhood small grants to the westside - it supports people like me - and probably you - to do some community building without trying to scrape $$ together or ask for contributions.
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About Me

I am
- a housing coop member
- a grandmother
- a gardener
- an artist
- a Unitarian
- a gemini

I like
- coffee
- food
- (most) people
- meetings (!)
- the National

More than you'd ever want to know about me at:

I have a little blog about my immediate neighbourhood at

drop by! or perhaps we'll meet at a potluck or coffee shop in the 'hood--I'm at the "Wired Monk" 2610 w 4th most mornings!

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Artists in Our Midst - getting ready

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:13am 0 Comments

I'm exhibiting as part of Artists in Our Midst "art walk" on the westside for the second time this year.

Last year, I coordinated 3 other artists and had our work in the common room of my co-op. This year I decided to just do it in my apartment. I'm told that I'll get fewer people - people like to go to the group shows and also you have to go in the apartment and up a flight of stairs, which will deter some folks - mobility issues, energy or just feels too private.

I'm not nearly ready… Continue

Rainy days and seedlings

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:56pm 0 Comments

Not fabulous gardening weather, but I've been out trying to eradicate the bluebells and considering where we can do more edible landscaping at my coop building.

On Sunday, I did a presentation at the Unitarian church using seeds/gardening as metaphor for "growing things in our own lives, our community and our city."

I called it:

radish acts of kindness and sweetpea acts of beauty

I learned that the phrase random acts, etc. is attributed to Anne Herbert and found some additional… Continue

Joining Village Vancouver + Spaghetti Dinners + Block Parties

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 11:54am 0 Comments

Hi, I'm eager to get engaged with Village Vancouver events. I know several of the steering committee members and live in Kits in a Housing Coop.
We have a common room and could host a Kits spaghetti dinner.
I'm organizing a block party for Carfree Days in Kits - on Sunday, June 20. You're all invited.

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At 4:10pm on December 23, 2013, estefania bravo roman said…

i have just accepted the invitation! sorry for being late to accept, but i had not realized, see you soon!

At 4:25pm on December 17, 2013, estefania bravo roman said…

Hi Mary! thanks for your comment! i think since one month ago we are neighbours! my partner and me are in trafalgar and 3rd. I would like to meet with you for a coffee and talk further about ecoart projects and the neighbourhood! Currently, anytime for me during the morning works wonderful, i hope to see you soon...

At 4:22pm on December 2, 2013, Hendrik Beune said…

Hi Mary, thanks for asking. Will you be going to any of the potlucks? I would like to hear how your time off work is pleasing you and what kind of art you are currently involved with. I would also like to ask if you wish to purchase a Hope In Shadows calendar from me again this year. It would be best if we met at an event that we are both attending, but I can deliver!

At 8:49am on November 26, 2013, Karly Pinch said…
Yep, that's me! Great to meet you in person last night.
At 12:47pm on September 4, 2013, Claire Elly said…

Thanks for the welcome, Mary, and I look forward to meeting you.

At 7:26pm on August 28, 2013, Clare Cullen said…

Oh shoot, I will not be able to make it on the 29th after all! "Need" to go to Pender Island for the long weekend with my children and we'll leave that night -- tough life, I know! Still, I am very keen to attend some "Green Cleaning" husband and I run an eco-store on W Broadway (Gecko Green Living) so I love to get new ideas and "spread the word".
Have a great evening!

At 7:23pm on August 28, 2013, Clare Cullen said…

Hi, Mary. Thanks for the message and the invite to come to the pot-luck! Sounds good, I will just need to see how my week shapes up.
Your name is familiar to me too...not sure how we know each other, through community grants perhaps? We'll figure it out. :)


At 8:40pm on May 10, 2013, Karen Hertz said…

Hi, Mary. :-) Thanks so much for following up. I ended up having out of town guests for those few days so had to cancel a few things. Looking forward to future events such as that one. Thanks again!
Karen :-)

At 11:21pm on April 14, 2013, Jocelynn Rodrigues said…
It was great to meet you too, Mary! I'm glad I got to go to one of the potlucks. :-) I'm looking forward to many more wonderful community gatherings. :-)
At 11:32am on October 21, 2012, Valentine Prinet said…

Hi Mary,
Thanks so much, it would be fantastic!
We can come and get them as soon as you want.


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