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Cooking For The Community: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House by Bill Beauregarde and Erin Scarr

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HARVEST LENS SERIES
PTC’s Davey Calderon collaborates with local artists in a series of short videos featuring DTES Neighbourhood House’s Urban Farm. Artists find the poetry in ideas of food security, community, advocacy, growth, and the celebration of bounty that brings us together from all over the world. These ideas are ripe and ready for harvest.

 

This film showcases one of the many many talents of Bill, a community member who tirelessly works for the people. Here at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, we pride ourselves in cooking people ‘good healthy food.’ We try our best to listen to what our neighbours want to eat, while also providing them with fresh local options. COVID didn’t stop us from running programs like Community Drop-In, just in a different capacity. With takeout containers and plexiglass it has been difficult to maintain the same level of community closeness, yet we continue to serve over 300 meals on any given Saturday and over 1000 meals weekly. This cannot be done without the effort from the neighbourhood house team and our wonderful volunteers. Thank you Bill for cooking such tasty food for everyone!

 

Bill Beauregarde is from Edmonton, Alberta and has been a practicing theatre artist and technician since his youth. His technical skills include set design, mask making in multiple forms, marionettes construction, First Nations drum making, woodcarving skills and instruction in clown, stilt walking and masks. He was based in Alberta, working with Green Fools Theatre on many productions including Dancing on Water and ISIS. He also worked as a set designer/technical director for the show Famous Puppet Death Scenes with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. He did the technical and set design for numerous companies including the Alberta Ballet, Alberta Lyric Theatre’s flagship production Love According to John at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and many others such as Edmonton Opera, Loose Moose Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Stage West Theatre, and Ghost River Theatre. He moved to Vancouver in 2011 and since then has worked with Heart of the City Festival. Bill also worked with Theatre Terrific as co-director, set designer and puppet construction for the show, Hidden Stories, along with applying his talent as Coordinator of cultural and community programs for the Aboriginal Front Door Society in Vancouver.

Erin Scarr (she/they) has been living on the land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ and Skwxwú7mesh for almost her entire life. Erin grew up in East Van and she sees how much her creativity, weirdness and spontaneity is tied so much to her community. Erin is an amateur videographer, painter and wheatpaster, who is currently trying to make found art. She loves to get her hands in the dirt at the DTES Neighbourhood House Urban Farm. There is nothing better than veggies straight from the garden, put into the oven and shared with friends. Erin wishes to see a future where there are gardens and communal spaces on every corner of the city, where we can all share and create together.