On March 10, E4C celebrated 20 years of its McCauley Apartments program. McCauley Apartments is affordable housing with a large number of tenants who have severe mental illness, but who contribute to the community in so many ways as volunteers.
Boyle McCauley News, the inner city community newspaper I edit, received an award of recognition as a community partner. I, Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman, and Board Chair Gary Garrison also received individual recognitions. Here’s a photo of us all smiling and happy at the event!
Work and life have been keeping me pretty busy these last few months, but I have some news to share: I was the first place winner in the 2016 Inner City Poetry Contest! The theme was “Inner City Drum Beats” and I was utterly stunned when my poem “AM in the Hood” took first place. I read the poem at an Edmonton Poetry Festival event on April 17 and the poem (along with possibly a couple of others that I submitted to the contest) will be published in a chapbook this fall.
The video I am working on concerning social housing in McCauley continues to roll along. The working title is now McCauley: A Caring Community – Conversations on Social Housing. Most of the interviews have been completed and editing has begun.
Musically speaking, I performed this past weekend at the Edmonton Earth Day Festival! Here are some videos from the three sets I did.