Living Streets returning in the fall

BEST’s popular Living Streets program is returning in the fall. Michelle Drewitz, Living Streets coordinator, is already in contact with various people in Surrey – so you can expect to hear more from her in the coming months! Living Streets, based on a popular project of the same name developed in Britain, takes place in various neighborhoods in the City of Surrey. Community members, especially youth and new Canadians, are trained to conduct street audits which identify ways to create safe and accessible streets. Participants learn to assess their neighborhoods, identify concerns and develop ways to positively address these concerns. Information gathered from the street audits will then be used in workshops attended by Surrey municipal planners and officials. If you are interested in donating or becoming a street auditor, please contact Beth at beth.hurford@best.bc.ca or 604-669-2860 ext 211.  

Come Out and Dance!

BEST invites all our supporters and their friends to come out on June 8 and June 22 and Just Dance! Just Dance is a “positive party” community event offering a unique opportunity to dance to an eclectic upbeat selection of music from around the world. Held for the last 19 years, Just Dance is a nonprofit event that also supports many local charities – and we are delighted that the proceeds from the June 8 and June 22 dances will be shared with BEST. Held in the relaxed and unpretentious environment of the Russian Community Hall (2114 West 4th @ Arbutus), this innovative community event attracts dance lovers of all ages. Add to this an alcohol-free environment and you get a warm community feeling and natural high. There’s nothing else quite like it in Vancouver. Come out, celebrate life, and support BEST! We are looking forward to attending, and looking forward to seeing you all! Active meditation 7:30 pm Dance begins 9:00 pm 2114 West 4th Avenue @ Arbutus Tickets $12, $10 (students), free for children. All at the door. www.justdance.ca

Commuter Challenge – There’s Still Time to Register!

The BEST Commuter Challenge, proudly supported by ICBC, is a great way for workplaces to try sustainable transportation. From June 3-9, thousands of employees will walk, bike, take transit, use a ride-share or car-share, ride a horse, work from home, canoe or use some other creative form of transit to commute to work. An easy on-line tracking system lets employees see how much CO2 is avoided, how many litres of fuel are saved, how many calories are burned, and how many sustainable kilometres are traveled. Winning workplaces, individuals, and workplace coordinators get fantastic prizes, like coffee subscriptions, credit to car-sharing companies, yoga passes, gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, and more. Check out www.commuterchallengebc.ca for more information about sponsors and prizes. We will be hosting a party on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate sustainable transportation. There are now over 230 workplaces registered throughout BC and over 1500 individuals registered to participate. If you would like to register there is still time — just go to www.commuterchallenge.ca. For more information please contact Michelle at michelle.drewitz@best.bc.ca or 604-669-2860 ext 211.