Bicycle Valet Update

The Bicycle Valet had its first volunteer party of the season on July 24 at Cat’s Social House on Granville Island. Not surprisingly the party lived up to its legendary reputation. One of the highlights was a rousing game of Jeopardy, Bicycle Valet style. We are glad so many of our wonderful volunteers were able to make it and hope to see you all at the two remaining parties of the season. August will be another busy month for The Bicycle Valet. We will be in attendance at numerous events throughout the area: look for us at Bike to Bard, Celebration of Light, Powell Street Festival, Vancity Fresh Air Movie Tour, Kirtan Vancouver, Tour de Biennale, Chariot Festival of India, and Live at Squamish. We will continue to be at Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets and of course at all of the home games of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. New Bicycle Valet events are being added all the time so keep an eye on our events calendar. We remind our patrons to fill out your check stub to be entered in our twice-monthly prize draw. Lucky winners receive very attractive Icebreaker Merino Wool apparel and an excellent book (Carjacked by Catherine Lutz; Bus Tales: How to Change the World from 9 to 5 by Tom Tompkins and Michele Hall; On Bicycles ed. by Amy Walker; or Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne).

STAR Training Event Announced

STAR:  Introduction to Social Enterprise and Seniors Transportation Join STAR (Seniors Transportation Access and Resources) for a day-long workshop designed explicitly for seniors-serving agencies. When:        Friday October 12, 2012 from 9:00 – 5:00 Where:       YWCA Hotel, 733 Beattie Street, Vancouver (Canfor & Royal Bank Room).  Lunch will be provided. Topics to be covered include: Social Enterprise – What is it? Business Models – Corporate, strategic partnerships, cooperative, CCCs, non-profit society Case Studies – Needs Analyses, Feasibility Studies, Business Plans – Why bother? A close examination of 2 different environments, 2 different models For information please contact: Steven Beck, 604-669-2860, ext. 208, Please RSVP by September 21 to    

Thank You to Just Dance!

We would like to extend our heart-felt appreciation to Abheeru and Joan and all the wonderful folks at Just Dance for their support. For the past 19 years Just Dance has been sharing their door proceeds with local nonprofits, and in June BEST was the fortunate recipient of this generosity. BEST staff who attended the dances report that they had a marvelous time (haven’t danced so much in years…) and can’t wait for Just Dance to start up again in September after the summer hiatus!