Special Delivery for Lynn Valley Care Centre

We have launched Project Special Delivery, a community-wide effort to share heartfelt good wishes for everyone in the LVCC.


We have heard from many of our readers who are searching for a way to show their support for the residents of Lynn Valley Care Centre and all who are working so hard to provide them with care.

So we have launched Project Special Delivery, a community-wide effort to share heartfelt good wishes for everyone in the LVCC. You can participate right from your home!

Please write or draw your positive message on a letter-sized piece of paper, using a large font or clear handwriting. German and Farsi speakers, messages in your language are especially welcome! And kids’ art always helps brighten people’s day. Just photograph or scan your contribution and send it to info@lynnvalleylife.com (subject line: Special Delivery) as soon as you can.

We are aiming to have at least 200 well-wishes by the end of Monday, so we can deliver a strong message of love and compassion to the LVCC on Tuesday.

We understand that people want to help and that Lynn Valley is generous so we will let people know of any further specific requests for aid.

We know you’re up for this, Lynn Valley! Thanks in advance for your participation and feel free to share this project with friends and family.

 


Helping out in other ways

“Staying at home” is often easier said than done. That’s where we want to lend a (well-washed!) hand. If you are under the weather but need something picked up or delivered (be it groceries, medication, a school child or ??), please let us know if we can help you or if you might be available to help others.

Email us or text Jim Lanctôt 778.991.6284 or Kelly Gardiner 604.644.3936. If we can’t do it personally, we’ll do our best to find someone who can.

Let’s look after each other. It’s what neighbourhood is all about – in good times and hard times. And remember: confidence, hope, and good cheer are more contagious than any virus. So let those be the weapons we bring to this battle!

Resources

The latest information from Vancouver Coast Health Authority.

The latest information from the BC Centre of Disease Control. Answers for kids questions and a video.

How to prepare for a pandemic from North Shore Emergency Management. Hint: it doesn’t include hoarding toilet paper. There are links to register for notifications of outbreaks or pandemics.

Details on the proper way to wash your hands.

If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, call 8-1-1 for an assessment.

Facebook fun boosts RCMP profile

Have you been wondering about the face behind the North Vancouver RCMP’s Facebook page? We have! The force’s Facebook and Twitter posts have become ever more winsome and chuckle-worthy over the past months, and we finally decided we had to meet the clever keyboard copper behind them.

 


RCMP social media savvy


Well-respected former media relations officer Richard De Jong saddled up and left town to enjoy a well-earned retirement a year ago, and we had yet to sit down for a chinwag with his replacement. But the force’s Facebook and Twitter posts have become ever more winsome and chuckle-worthy over the past months, and we finally decided we had to meet the clever keyboard copper behind them.

LynnValleyLife was founded on a philosophy of using its communication platform to help strengthen the already-great community we live in. We were therefore delighted to meet up this week with Sgt. Peter DeVries, who similarly believes in using storytelling, humour, and well-chosen images to engage people and build relationships.

That means posting photos of Pilot and Mabel (his dog and cat respectively), before-and-after shots of his efforts dying a uniform shirt to wear on the recent annual Pink Shirt Day, and contests such as one asking people to name the two-dimensional lifelike police officer who stands at various locations curbside, posed with radar gun extended (the winning name chosen was “Radar O’Reilly.”) DeVries charmingly ensures lucky contest winners get their day in the sun by awarding them an “RSE”—a “randomly selected emoticon.”


Community engagment


Meeting up at a coffee shop near the detachment, Sgt. DeVries acknowledges that some of his fellow officers were a little dubious about the incorporation of “fluff” into their public image. But they are being won over as they see the resulting conversations and engagement that simply wouldn’t have happened had the force stuck with using social media only to issue copies of staid press releases. And they can’t help but appreciate the public’s frequent online comments expressing gratitude for the officers’ ongoing efforts to keep the community safe. After all, who doesn’t like getting a pat on the back every so often?

An English literature and philosophy graduate, Sgt. DeVries enjoys bringing both a creative and analytical mind to his role. Twenty-two years ago, when DeVries was a new officer, he says all media requests would have been sent straight to a watch commander, who more times than not would respond with a terse “no comment.” But times have changed, with the media liaison role gradually being developed and the force – like many institutions – becoming more transparent in its day-to-day workings.

Sgt. DeVries credits new North Vancouver Officer in Charge, Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani, with giving the media office even greater license, telling him that “[DeVries’] creativity is the limit.” DeVries and newly hired media office colleague Alexandra Yallouz are rising to the challenge, determined that citizens get a glimpse into some of the untold and unknown workings of the force that even DeVries hasn’t been aware of to date.

DeVries clearly has a great deal of respect for the fine work of his fellow officers. At the same time, he is determined that everyone on the force should see their role as one that is not just about law enforcement, but about healing the community. “We have a huge opportunity to show compassion every day,” he says, pointing out that even small gestures can be hugely impactful when someone is vulnerable or experiencing a difficult circumstance.  It might just be a sandwich offered by a beat cop, or it might be the moving thoughts offered online to North Vancouver’s Iranian community following the devastating airplane crash in January. Building and maintaining trust – steadily, through means as humble as awarding someone a “randomly selected emoticon”– encourages people turn to police officers for help when they need it.


What can LynnValleyLife readers and local citizens do to help the RCMP?


When asked, DeVries thought for a long moment. It would be easy to ask people to “like and follow” their Facebook page, he said, but that could end up being a one-sided conversation.  “Get to know us,” he said instead. “Tell us what you need.”

Talk to officers in the street, attend the occasional Coffee with a Cop events, and share your story. DeVries thinks everyone – organizations and individuals alike – can find a way to help those around him. He is clearly eager to play a role in making that happen, and is happy to respond to emails sent to peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Just before we close, Sgt. DeVries invites citizens to keep an eye out in the months to come—he is “very excited” by some of the innovative initiatives he and his new media office colleague will be launching. Thanks for the heads up, Peter…we’ll be watching!

To follow the comings and goings of the North Van RCMP yourself, you can search them out on the following platforms:

Twitter:

@nvanrcmp

Facebook:

@nvanrcmp

 

– Peggy Trendell-Jensen

Lynn Valley Real Estate Market Analysis – February 2020

February 2020 Sales Recap

Single Family Homes:

  • There were 14 detached homes sold in February with an average sale price of $1,537,785 (median = $1,530,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by o.5%
  • Detached homes that sold in February took an average of 67 days to sell (median = 11)

 

Apartments and Townhouses:

  • There were 12 attached homes sold in February with an average sale price of $984,693 (median = $730,623)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 3.0%
  • Attached homes that sold in January took an average of 80 days to sell (median = 12 days)

 

Find out more about the February Greater Vancouver stats here

Lynn Valley Real Estate Market Analysis – January 2020

January 2020 Sales Recap

Single Family Homes:

  • There were 3 detached homes sold in January with an average sale price of $1,277,000 (median = $1,244,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was more than list price by 6.28%
  • Detached homes that sold in January took an average of 101 days to sell (median = 15)

 

Apartments and Townhouses:

  • There were 3 attached homes sold in January with an average sale price of $646,000 (median = $644,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 0.46%
  • Attached homes that sold in January took an average of 27 days to sell (median = 14 days)

 

Find out more about the January Greater Vancouver stats here

Lynn Valley Real Estate Market Analysis – December 2019

December 2019 Sales Recap

Single Family Homes:

  • There were 6 detached homes sold in December with an average sale price of $1,923,039 (median = $1,825,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 5.87%
  • Detached homes that sold in December took an average of 116 days to sell (median = 90)


Apartments and Townhouses:

  • There were 3 attached homes sold in December with an average sale price of $670,833 (median = $685,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 4.57%
  • Attached homes that sold in December took an average of 59 days to sell (median = 57 days)

 

Find out more about the December Greater Vancouver stats here

Lynn Valley Real Estate Market Analysis – November 2019

November 2019 Sales Recap

Single Family Homes:

  • There were 14 detached homes sold in November with an average sale price of $1,560,321 (median = $1,489,000)
  • The average sale price achieved was more than list price by 1.13%
  • Detached homes that sold in November took an average of 82 days to sell (median = 13)

Apartments and Townhouses:

  • There were 9 attached homes sold in November with an average sale price of $695,322 (median = $791,500)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 1.90%
  • Attached homes that sold in November took an average of 71 days to sell (median = 9 days)

Find out more about the November Greater Vancouver stats here

Lynn Valley Real Estate Market Analysis – October 2019

October 2019 Sales Recap

Single Family Homes:

  • There were 14 detached homes sold in October with an average sale price of $1,479,257 (median = $1,358,500)
  • The average sale price achieved was more than list price by 2.19%
  • Detached homes that sold in October took an average of 90 days to sell (median = 52)

Apartments and Townhouses:

  • There were 2 attached homes sold in October with an average sale price of $791,500 (median = $791,500)
  • The average sale price achieved was less than list price by 1.98%
  • Attached homes that sold in October took an average of 24 days to sell (median = 24 days)

 

Find out more about the October Greater Vancouver stats here

Win a Frozen 2 Birthday Movie Party

We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on Dec.7th at Park& Tilford Theatres for the screening of Frozen 2.

 

 

Do you know a child with a Fall birthday?

We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on Dec.7th at Park& Tilford Theatres for the screening of Frozen 2.  View the trailer here. Includes up to 10 VIP guests and birthday treats.

TO ENTER: Send your contact info along with child’s age and birth date to info@lynnvalleylife.com by Nov.1st, 2019 and you’ll be entered to win our random draw in early November.

Contest Rules:

  1. Child must be under age 12
  2. There is no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for prizes
  3. Winner will be notified via email