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Heart of Chinatown Winner: Mike Leung

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The difference maker behind Vancouver’s historic and every-changing Chinatown was named last night at the buzzing Heart of Chinatown Wrap Event hosted at Cafe Brixton. The Flats on Georgia would like to thank everyone who came out in support of the community contest. The nominations poured in over a month and the final decision was left to a handpicked judge panel consisting of City Councilor, Dr. Kerry Jang, event socialite and once resident of Chinatown, Frances Hui and lifestyle editor of Vancouver is Awesome, Rick Chung.

The Flats on Georgia is happy to announce that The Heart of Chinatown is Mike Leung, business partner of Chinatown’s own Harvest Community Foods.  Mike asked the community of Chinatown what they wanted, answering their request to put the “local” back into local foods in the form of a grocery store/café. He and his business partner called on the community’s involvement allowing local residents to name the store, choose who would design the branding, and by working with a local foods buyer to create a healthy and convenient grocery store and café with an emphasis on local farmers.

Congratulations again to Mike, and all of the nominees.  Through a 24 hour social media voting poll which collected over 200 votes, Mike and the team at Harvest Community Foods will donate the grand prize of $2000 to support Union Gospel Mission’s effort in the Downtown Eastisde.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Heart of Chinatown!

The Heart of Chinatown Top 5 Nominees

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The Flats on Georgia is excited to announce our Top 5 nominees for The Heart of Chinatown Community Contest. We combed the community looking for the difference makers, the game changers – the people driving positive change every single day. Through the Heart of Chinatown, we have collected an eclectic mix of businesses and individuals who make Chinatown a great place to live and work.

The Flats team would like to extend a big thank you to all of our nominees and all those who nominated – your efforts have made this contest a success!

The winner of the Heart of Chinatown will be announced Wednesday, April 11th at Chinatown’s own Caffe Brixton at the Heart of Chinatown Wrap Event. Stay tuned to see who will the $2000 donation to a select list of charities operating in the Downtown Eastside.

The Top 5 Nominees are:

 

Get Warm Project

Co-Founders Shauna Beaudoin, Krista McKenna, Sara McKenna
@GetWarmProject

The Get Warm project is a blanket and goods drive aimed at bringing awareness to Vancouver’s homeless population, and outfitting these individuals with the necessary supplies to survive the biting winter weather. From November 2011 to February 2012, ‘Get Warm’ donation boxes were found in various locations throughout the Metro Vancouver community. The goods were picked up on a bi-weekly basis, and dropped off at the Union Gospel Mission. While the project is sure to help keep Vancouver’s homeless community safe and warm during winter, many hope it will create a long-term positive change; “establishing a wider community discourse about homelessness and poverty, and actively work towards ensuring that all members of our community are safe and have access to food, supplies, shelter and greater standards of living.

PullFocus Film School

www.pullfocusfilms.com
@pullfocusfilms

Pull Focus Film School is a non-profit film school that helps students develop story ideas for compelling, authentic, though provoking documentary films. Students are taught to write, produce, film and edit broadcast-quality mini docs to advance the media content of charity organizations. These mini docs are useful for fundraising purposes or community outreach work.

Harvest Community Foods

Mike Leung

http://harvestunion.ca
@harvestunion

Mike Leung asked the community of Chinatown what they wanted, answering their request to put the “local” back into local foods in the form of a grocery store/café. He and his business partner called on the community’s involvement allowing local residents to name the store, choose who would design the branding, and by working with a local foods buyer to create a healthy and convenient grocery store and café with an emphasis on local farmers. Mike focused on a business model with a positive impact on the community, helping build a sustainable business they could call their own.

Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association

www.vancouver-chinatown.com

This organization is comprised of a group of Chinatown merchants who formed an association to keep the vibrancy of Chinatown businesses alive. Through the decades, this association has worked together and with other influences (such as the government) to face the issues faced by Chinatown. Their history is rich in legacy, and their accomplishments are numerous. The association has always been comprised of volunteer members who have spent most of their lives in the community, and strive to achieve the best for Chinatown.

Josh Michnik

This Space
http://vimeo.com/29170663

Josh Michnik is the key player behind the idea and vision in developing “This Space” in which the community was called upon to vote and build the business that is now Harvest Community Foods. He has lived and worked on Union Street for over a year, and has been instrumental in turning it into the vibrant street that it is becoming. Josh has dedicated his life to this part of Chinatown, and will be a key leader in helping shape the positive changes throughout this community.

Nominees: The Heart of Chinatown

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Andrew Wong

Owner The Wild Rice Restaurant
www.wildricevancouver.com
@wildricebc

Andrew was one of the first young entrepreneurs to establish a business in Chinatown approximately 10 years ago – a modern restaurant that pays homage to his Chinatown Roots. The Wild Rice Restaurant is only Chinese restaurant that is completely organic, and uses locally-sourced (i.e., tofu from a local Chinatown tofu-maker) and sustainable ingredients. Andrew is an inaugural member of the Green Table Network and the OceanWise program. He has proudly hosted many fundraisers for organizations such as Shark Truth, the Food Bank, DTES Women’s Shelter, Crabtree Corner and Growing Chefs. When the tsunami hit SE Asia a few years back, Andrew organized Restaurants for Relief, where 20 restaurants in Vancouver raised money for disaster victims. He was raised in Chinatown, and continues to live there with his family.

Get Warm Project
Shauna Beaudoin
@GetWarmProject

The Get Warm project is a blanket and goods drive aimed at bringing awareness to Vancouver’s homeless population, and outfitting these individuals with the necessary supplies to survive the biting winter weather. From November 2011 to February 2012, ‘Get Warm’ donation boxes were found in various locations throughout the Metro Vancouver community. The goods were picked up on a bi-weekly basis, and dropped off at the Union Gospel Mission. While the project is sure to help keep Vancouver’s homeless community safe and warm during winter, many hope it will create a long-term positive change; “establishing a wider community discourse about homelessness and poverty, and actively work towards ensuring that all members of our community are safe and have access to food, supplies, shelter and greater standards of living.

PullFocus Film School
www.pullfocusfilms.com
@pullfocusfilms

Pull Focus Film School is a non-profit film school that helps students develop story ideas for compelling, authentic, though provoking documentary films. Students are taught to write, produce, film and edit broadcast-quality mini docs to advance the media content of charity organizations. These mini docs are useful for fundraising purposes or community outreach work.

Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association
www.vancouver-chinatown.com

Incorporated in 2000, the Vancouver Chinatown BIA has focused on improving Chinatown’s safety and cleanliness, expanding and strengthening its promotions and event, and working with the media and external partners to improve Chinatown’s public realm, public perception and relations.

Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association
www.vancouver-chinatown.com

This organization is comprised of a group of Chinatown merchants who formed an association to keep the vibrancy of Chinatown businesses alive. Through the decades, this association has worked together and with other influences (such as the government) to face the issues faced by Chinatown. Their history is rich in legacy, and their accomplishments are numerous. The association has always been comprised of volunteer members who have spent most of their lives in the community, and strive to achieve the best for Chinatown.

Allen Pruden

Allen is a paramedic on the Downtown East Side, as well as a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, a 5 year rider with Cops for Cancer, and a volunteer with both Union Gospel Mission and First United Church.

Harvest Community Foods
Mike Leung
http://harvestunion.ca
@harvestunion

Mike Leung asked the community of Chinatown what they wanted, answering their request to put the “local” back into local foods in the form of a grocery store/café. He and his business partner called on the community’s involvement allowing local residents to name the store, choose who would design the branding, and by working with a local foods buyer to create a healthy and convenient grocery store and café with an emphasis on local farmers. Mike focused on a business model with a positive impact on the community, helping build a sustainable business they could call their own.

Capacity Links’ Seniors
Kate Hodgson
www.niccss.ca/progams-amp-workshops/capacity-links-seniors

Capacity Links Seniors is a non-profit program that delivers outreach and support services to vulnerable and fragile senior citizens in the Downtown Eastside and surrounding areas. This project helps seniors stay in their homes by providing the necessary services they require. In addition, Capacity Links’ Seniors also provides employment opportunities for women in Vancouver’s inner city by hiring them to provide non-medical home cleaning and accompaniment services for seniors in the Downtown Eastside. The Project utilizes the existing capacity of community seniors as volunteers by matching compatibility, residence, and first language.

The Judges Behind The Heart of Chinatown

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The Heart of Chinatown will be judged by an eclectic mix of three well-known Vancouverites. The Flats on Georgia is happy to announce that the judge panel behind the community contest will be Dr. Kerry Jang, Vancouver City Councillor; Rick Chung, lifestyle editor at Vancouver is Awesome; and Frances Hui, Socialite, Spokes Model, and Brand Ambassador.

 

Rick ChungLifestyle Editor for Vancouver Is Awesome
Rick is a broadcast journalist and digital editor. In addition to V.I.A., he also writes and photo blogs daily local arts and culture on his aptly named blog, RickChung.com. He is an alumnus from UBC Political Science and BCIT Broadcast Journalism, and has done work for CBC News, Radio 3, Langara College, News1130, and the Premier’s Office. Rick is also a host, media personality, and social media strategist, who regularly guest speaks at colleges and universities on the topic of personal and online branding, as well as career diversity. If he’s breathing, he’s tweeting.

Frances Hui – Socialite Extraordinaire
Raised in Chinatown, Frances Hui holds a special place in her heart for this historic community, which she has seen evolve before her very eyes. Frances is seen as one of Vancouver’s “go-to” people in areas as diverse as social & business networking and fashion & beauty. She has been featured in numerous print media publications and television segments. With over 20 years combined as a Social Influencer & Connector as well a Sales Leader, Marketing/Promotions Professional, Social Media Maven and Networking Queen, she has garnered quite a following in Vancouver, by sharing local events and community efforts such as the Heart of Chinatown.

Dr. Kerry Jang – Vancouver City Councillor
First elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. Councillor Jang is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.  Prior to entering politics Dr Jang’s work on setting up programs for homeless in Vancouver was recognized with him being named ”Academic of the Year”  by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC in 2006, a “Community Service Award” from the Province of BC in 2007, and in 2008, an award for community service from the Faculty of Medicine, UBC.   On Council, Councillor Jang has been a strong advocate on City Council for developing new homeless shelters and building low-income housing.  Over the past three years he spearheaded the development of the City’s first-ever mental health addictions plan, a strategy for helping survival sex-trade workers, and the use of modular affordable housing to help people who are homeless. His academic experience in the field of mental health and addictions has helped ensure better coordination and collaboration for city programs that help vulnerable people.

When it comes to selecting the winning game changer in Chinatown, the judges will comb through the nominees with the set criteria:

  • Individuality: The top 5 contenders will all have their own personal approach & style
  • Charity: Whether it’s time, money, or care, show us how the person or business is giving back
  • Creativity: The more creative the entry, the better – send us photos, videos, life-size art installations, whatever gets your point across
  • Ingenuity: The more unique the contribution is to Chinatown community, the more our ears will perk up

 

Contest : The Heart of Chinatown

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Chinatown is changing and driving this change are the people within it. The people who live it, who breathe it, who embody the spirit of it. And that’s who we want. Tell us about the game changers, the revolutionaries, the moms and dads making this neighbourhood better.

Nominate your top difference maker and let us know what makes that person/business so awesome, or show us with photos/videos by Apr 2, 2012. The top five nominees will be announced on Apr 9th and invited to an event presented by The Flats at 219 Georgia East at Café Brixton on Apr 11th, where the winner will be announced by a panel of local judges.

When it comes to judging, we’re not a judgmental bunch but here’s the criteria we’ll be using to select the top 5:

  • Individuality: The top 5 contenders will all have their own personal approach & style
  • Charity: Whether it’s time, money, or care, show us how the person or business is giving back
  • Creativity: The more creative the entry, the better – send us photos, videos, life-size art installations, whatever gets your point across
  • Ingenuity: The more unique the contribution is to Chinatown community, the more our ears will perk up

Who says no good deed goes unpunished? The winner will receive $2,000 to donate to one of four pre-selected charities of choice.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

For more information please visit us on Facebook [The Flats 219 Georgia East] and follow us on Twitter @FlatsonGeorgia, hash tag #HeartofChinatown

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