2014 Neighbours for Change…& Kevin

The annual Neighbours for Change block party on Gladstone Avenue in front of the Fernwood Inn hosts Fernwood locals and Victoria residents in a fun atmosphere that raises money for The Roger Colwill Fund – a fund set up in 2008 in the name of Fernwood’s infamous ‘Community Liaison’, Roger Colwill, father of Mike and Sarah, two of the owners of the Inn.  Last year’s event helped to fund the Fernwood NRG’s Kitchen Garden Pilot Project at the community center.


Kevin was near and dear to the Fernwood community.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 from 2-5pm will be Fernwood’s 6th annual Neighbours for Change community block party – and while all the main attractions will be back, such as the dunk tank, auction, BBQ, marketplace, beer garden and live band, this year’s cause is particularly important and certainly a lot more personal that ever before.

The block party will be an opportunity to celebrate the life of a cherished Fernwood local who lost his life to cancer on May 15th.  Kevin Oneschuk was a devoted husband and proud father of two amazing kids.  He worked full time as the bar manager of the Fernwood Inn for 7 years and was an integral part of the Fernwood community.  His warm, infectious smile and friendly nature helped to establish the business that now misses him dearly.

Help us pay tribute to this exceptional man and show our support to his family by coming out on July 20th and celebrating Kevin. It is our great honor that this year the proceeds from The Roger Colwill Fund will be put in trust for Kevin and Meghan’s children, Devon (10) and Finn (7).  Make sure and save a few bucks for one of Devon’s chocolate dipped, frozen bananas and a glass of Finn’s lemonade.  Dunk Mike Colwill in the dunk tank with a ticket sold by his very own mother, Barb!  Do a do-si-do with your neighbour to the toe tapping tunes of Bucko & Toad, Fernwood’s own country band.  Peruse the local marketplace.  Bid on a cruiser bike, fishing charter or piece of art in the silent action – and enjoy a cold beer and a burger or veggie burger hot off the grill.
This years’ block party is not one to miss! We will see you there!

Inquiries, donors and vendors may contact event organizers Sarah Rouget and Tara Zajac at:

Twitter: @nfc_fernwood

Email: neighboursforchange@gmail.com

Blog: neighboursforchange.wordpress.com

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New Donation: Signed Bateman book& prints #auction #blockparty #Sunday #yyj

New Donation: Signed Bateman book & prints

Mr. Bateman spending some time in his named gallery- no big deal.

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July 26, 2013 · 11:30 am

Silent Auction at Neighbours for Change- celebrating local!

While at the block party next Sunday, check out some of the great businesses that have kindly donated to our event! Get your bids ready!
StageWine Bar | Cornerstone Café |   Studio 1313 | Fernwood Yoga Den | Spa Tonique | Oak Bay Bikes |  No Limits Fishing Charters | Stella and Dot | The Village | Original painting By Joy Fern | Children’s Robe  from Ruby Roger 


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NFC Marketplace Profile: GoBox Organics! #local #food #yyj

GoBox Organics: a locally owned business that delivers fresh organic produce and wholefoods to your home or office.

GoBox Organics


“We believe organic foods are a necessity, not a luxury.”





Come check their table and learn about the great locally grown treats available to your door!

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July 28th bring books for #BellaBella to the block party!


As you may know, the small isolated community of Bella Bella suffered a fire that took out many important services. We are working with some great community members to ensure that any gently used books or DVDs brought to the block party will be delivered to our coastal neighbours. Other places to donate books can be found throughout Victoria and other cities are listed here.

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Are your sweet moves ready for July 28th? #nfc #fernwood #blockparty

The neighbours are all talking about July 28th’s Neighbours For Change block party!

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Click to see Neighbours For Change 2013
by: nfc_fernwood

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Come Connect With Some Great Groups at NFC’s Marketplace! Profile: The Didi Society

Want to more about the Didi Society? 

The Didi Society is a young organization that works to create positive social change by empowering women through just, direct trade. We also drive the next generation of change-makers through our education program on social justice. The Didi Society believes positive change for a more just, equitable world is possible with collaboration and education. www.thedidisociety.org We’re always looking for new volunteers and community support, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! Contact info@thedidisociety.org.

We have a couple spaces left available at our marketplace, so email neighboursforchange@gmail.com or message us on Twitter for info!

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Waste? What Waste? #compost #noplastic

Waste? What Waste?

As every year, we make this almost an entirely no-waste event. Our plates and cups are compostable, and of course so are the food scraps.

We thank OrganiCo Waste Recovery for taking care of business for us!

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July 16, 2013 · 5:14 pm

The Kitchen Garden Project in #Fernwood

The Kitchen Garden project at the Fernwood Community Centre will transform the centre’s 1800 square foot front decorative garden beds that are currently maintained by City staff, into edible food gardens that will be managed by the Fernwood NRG. The gardens will be used to educate, inspire and supplement some of the 700 snacks and meals that the centre provides to program participants each week. This is the first phase of the Fernwood NRG’s long term vision to establish the Fernwood Community Centre as a community hub for food programs and demonstration projects. Maybe you recognize the future site here?

We at Neighbours for Change are pleased to use some of last year’s funds for this great community green project.

Come to July 28th’s 5th annual Neighbours for Change block party and help more of these great initiatives come to life!

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Want great beer? You need clean water.

From Greenbiz.com: 

ImageSome archeologists think humans learned how to make beer before bread — beer is that fundamental to human civilization. We know they were making beer at least 7,000 years ago, in what is now Iran. Ancient Sumerians, about 5,000 years ago, spiced their beer with cardamom and coriander. In 16th century Belgium, monks flavored their brew with bitter orange peels.

Back then, beer (or ale) was sometimes a safer alternative to water, especially if you didn’t know where your water was coming from — heating during the brewing process would kill off most pathogens. Today, modern brewers rely on clean water to make their product. Because no matter how carefully craft brewers tweak their malt, hops and strains of yeast, at the end of the day, beer is about 90 percent water. That’s why craft brewers across the USA are rallying behind the Clean Water Act. Read More…

Craft, or micro, breweries have been a growing part of Victoria’s neighbourhoods for quite some time now. Established names like Phillips and Lighthouse (which recently had a great 15 year anniversary party where The Stanfields rocked and tasty beer flowed like…well beer) are sharing shelves with the newer Hoyne, Driftwood and Moon Under Water.

Like all good neighbours, these companies are great supporters of local events and initiatives. It’s great to see the companies south of the border also taking an active role in ensuring our water and thus their products are kept pure and tasty.

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