Congratulaons to Conquering Waves on their Bronze medal win at the 2009 Rio Tinto
Alcan Dragon Boat Fesval in Vancouver!
For six years, the Conquering Waves dragon boat team has been challenging the sgma
of mental illness by bringing together individuals living with mental illness, their friends
and families to compete in the dragon boat fesval.
The team is sponsored by The Kele and the BC Schizophrenia Society –
Photo Credit: Shelagh Dwyer
35th Anniversary Memory Book
Special Thanks to:
The Members, Sta and Board at the Kele
for the contribuons
Leef Evan, Front Cover Artwork
Kele Members, Prose and Poetry
Design and Producon:
Splash Creave Services
Message from Current Board Chair
Some Thoughts as the Kettle turns 35
Nancy Keough, Execuve Director
I have actually been thinking about the Kele’s 50th
Anniversary. I will be 70 and am planning on aending the
big party to celebrate with the Kele members,
volunteers, employees, funders and community
supporters what a wonderful half century it has been!
What I want to commemorate are the people in our
neighbourhood who are part of the Kele and the larger
community as well. I want to see that we have vibrant
and acve programming for youth to seniors, that the
waing list for housing is almost nonexistent, that we
have social enterprises to hone people’s work skills,
provide employment and help them maintain a livable
standard of living. I want to be able to visit our retreat
where members can go to enjoy some me out of the
city; where they can get help to deal with trauma or
addicons; where they can spend me with their friends
geng respite from some of the day-to-day challenges. I
want to be part of and support the rebuilding of lives. This
is what I hope to see at our 50th anniversary!
For these past 35 years I think we have been on the
right track. I think we have so many reasons to celebrate.
THANK YOU to our members, our volunteers, our
employees and our supporters for staying with us on this
journey. Thank you to Beth and Suzanne and that small
group of volunteers for making your vision a reality.
Mark Smith, Former Director
Happy 35th Anniversary!
The Kele Friendship Society connues to hold a
very special place in my heart even though it’s been
twenty years since I last worked there. I started work for
The Kele in November of 1978 and le in October of
1991. During those 13 years I made many friends and
was able to work with wonderful people. I know I am
forgeng several but Pat and Gene West, Vaughan
Evans, Sco Williams are just a few of the names that
pop up for me (if I wasn’t so old I’d probably recall more
names). Nancy, Ken, Denis, Beth and Suzanne are all
people I remember with great fondness (well, Nancy is
the mother of three of my kids -- I beer remember her
This maudlin stroll down memory lane isn’t what’s
important though. What is important is that The Kele
has, for 35 years now, been a hub for so many of us that
needed a friend, a place to hang out, a home. Talk about
grass roots. Even though it’s a prey big organizaon
now, somehow The Kele has managed to keep its feet
rmly on the ground (maybe those grass roots are
binding). The Kele Friendship Society says it all.
Congratulaons on turning 35 and keep up the amazing
Roger Swetnam, Board Chair
Congratulaons to The Kele on its 35th Anniversary!
It is a real honour to be on the Board of The Kele
and now its Chair. In my two years of working with the
society I have learned a lot and have been moved by the
lile organizaon that has grown up over the past 35
But, as much as The Kele has changed in the past
three and a half decades, it has kept its grassroots
approach – towards its members/clients, volunteers and
the community. As a member-driven organizaon, the
Kele has always had a commitment to including Kele
members on its Board. I can’t tell you how much I
appreciate the member's contribuon to both The Kele
and the Board. And I can say, I have learned a lot from
As we celebrate our 35th Anniversary, it is a me to
reect on The Kele’s past and the contribuons of so
many that have kept the organizaon relevant and
successful in its mission. Thank you to Nancy, our
Execuve Director for her passion and commitment and
to my fellow Board members for their loyalty and
dedicaon to our work. Thanks also to the sta for oen
going “beyond the call of duty” in their work.
I know the coming decade will bring many challenges
to both The Kele and to the enre non-prot sector. But
I also know that our Board and The Kele are up to those
2011 Board of Directors
Roger Swetnam, Chair (Sept. 2009)
During Roger’s 20 years as an entrepreneur,
he was GM of Paperchase Recycling Society
(Edmonton), helping to make it one of the
largest oce paper recycling companies in
western Canada, co-founder and President of
Nora Technologies (Vancouver), which
provides communicaons & training soware
aimed primarily at the sports sector and now
Principal of Check30 Integraon, supplying
technology to help organizaons manage
training and communicaons requirements.
Denis Piper, Vice Chair (July 2002)
Denis has been a member of The Kele
Board of Directors for the past 10 years, the
last 2 years as Vice President. He enjoys
public speaking for The Kele on behalf of
the Board and The Kele members. He
considers The Kele his sanctuary.
Suzanne Jean, Sec-Treasurer (June 2010)
Suzanne has 40+ years experience in
organizaonal/project management in the
social service eld. She contracts with government
and social service agencies on quality
assurance, policy development, program
evaluaon, training and program development
strategies. Suzanne also administers
‘Fit4Defense’, an asserveness training
program designed to address violence preven-
on and increase empowerment for children
Brenda Lea Brown (June 2011)
The Kele mission is so important to the
overall health and welfare of Vancouver.
Brenda Lea welcomes the opportunity to
bring her skills and experience to the Society
and its clients to help further the Society’s
strategic priories. She is an accredited
business communicator working in investor
educaon and markeng communicaons
with experience and experse in strategic
planning, group facilitaon, and project
Sandi Green (June 2007)
Sandi is a senior markeng and communicaons
professional with over 19 years of experience in
a wide range of fast-paced, customer-focused
industries, with a strong commitment to
volunteerism. She was introduced to The Kele
while developing a Corporate Social Responsibility
Strategy for a large property management
rm who wanted to partner with an organiza-
on making a dierence in the area of homelessness
and mental health in the community.
Maria Holman (June 2011)
Maria is an associate counsel and registered
trademark agent with Boughton Law,
focusing in the areas of intellectual property,
privacy and condenality, technology and
the internet. She also has a pracce preparing
wills and trusts, and assisng with the
administraon of estates and applicaons for
probate. Maria has contributed to Connuing
Legal Educaon and has taught many
courses at the community and college level.
2011 Board of Directors
Verna Jewell (June 2010)
Verna has been at The Kettle from the very
beginning, and was on the Board in the
earliest days. With friends she made at The
Kettle she established a Support Group for
Kettle Friends, at a restaurant in West
Vancouver. When her husband died in
2010, she rejoined The Kettle Board.
Sarah McCarthy (September 2009)
Sarah works as an Association Executive with
Malachite Management Inc., an association
management firm. She serves as the Executive
Director for the International Society of
Nurses in Cancer Care and the American
Society for Apheresis. Sarah holds an MSc in
Pharmacology and Therapeutics and an MBA
in strategic management. In her spare time,
she enjoys home design and international
Lynn Nole (September 2011)
Lynn was born in Halifax, but grew up in
Montreal. She studied physiotherapy
before attending UBC to study architecture.
In 1998 Lynn decided to pursue a career in
policing. She works in the downtown
eastside with the Beat Enforcement Team.
Lynn enjoys any activity that involves being
outside, like hiking, biking and paddling ...
and if she can do it with her golden
retriever, that’s even better.
Joanne Onerheim (June 2010)
Joanne works as a Concurrent Disorders
Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health.
Joanne previously sat on the Board of From
Grief to Action, a non-profit agency which
promotes awareness and advocacy for those
struggling with addictive disorders. Joanne
advocates for social justice in the areas of
both mental health and addiction and has
been a Kettle Board Member since 2010.
Kirk Osen (July 2000)
Kirk has had a long-standing relationship
with The Kettle, and has served on the Board
for many years. Some of his most rewarding
experiences come from his involvement in
the Dragon Boat races, where he has participated
and won several medals with The
Kettle paddlers. Recently, Kirk has been
recovering from triple by-pass surgery, and
he says he is feeling great.
Tamara Taggart (Honorary Board)
Tamara anchors CTV News at Six and has
recently been named The Kettle's first Honorary
Board Member after six years as a Kettle
Director. Tamara is a committed community
volunteer, sitting on several Boards throughout
the Lower Mainland. She looks forward to
making a positive difference with The Kettle
in this new capacity.
Membership of Kele
Board of Directors
LICENSED CARE & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Angela Davies RN
CLS Outreach Worker 1.0
Volunteers Coordinator .53
Outreach Worker 1.0
Mental Health Worker 6.4
SIL, SSIL Med Monitoring
Mental Health Worker 10.5
Mental Health Worker 4.6
Mental Health Worker 4.8
10 Beds Licensed
Mental Health Worker 4.8
10 Beds Licensed
Clinical Coordinator 1.0
Mental Health Worker 6.81
Maintenance Worker 2.0
Occupaonal Health &
The Kele Friendship Society Organizaonal Chart
The Kettle - A Sentimental Journey
Kele celebrates its 1st
Annual Christmas dinner
at Kits house
First programs developed at Connaught Park, Kitsilano Hall and
First brief wrien to dene mission and goals.
The Kele opens its doors in response to the needs of
individuals in psychiatric treatment in the community
Centre established at
944 Commercial Drive.
created rst paid
posions. Hired rst
Programs oered at
Briania Centre and
Volunteer Training Program developed.
Kele is run 100% by volunteers
Programs oered in partnership
with Mental Health
Community Care Team.
Expansion of programs to community centres.
Work on policy and personnel policies begin.
Kele logo made on rubber stamp;
could not aord leerhead.
funded by City
Beth Reale is
The Potboiler was created
Thri shop opens at 940 Commercial Drive.
Endowment from Vancouver
Cost of lunch is 25 cents.
Mark Smith is named
Thri Shop closes in
order to use space
Transfer of funding to Ministry
of Health to create greater
opportunies for growth and
Gaming funding increases
Client count reaches
Beth Reale and Suzanne Jean rere. Mark Smith
becomes Execuve Director
Symposium is organized.
Centre moves to
Constuon is amended
to include mandate of
First housing commiee is
Core funding is achieved
through Ministry of
Kele acquires four
Thri shop opens at 940 Commercial Drive.
Goals are reset - a home of our own - a
shelter for women, increased housing and
expands and rst Self
Cost of lunch is now 35 cents.
Proposal for a Women’s
House is wrien
Nancy Keough becomes
Architects and contractors
hired for new Centre
Kele Day on the Drive
and rst annual rummage
sale conducted as major
New programs oering
supported housing units
added to housing services
Livingston Eggs, a
building at 1725
Venables Street is
Capital Building Construcon begins
Fund is formed and on a 19-unit
fundraising begins apartment building
on East 8th
Feasibility study done to
build permanent centre
Dissoluon of Greater Vancouver Mental Health
Services Society and transfer of funding to
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board
secured for a
to 12th and
The new Kele Friendship
Centre opens at 1725 Venables
St. Services include drop-in,
advocacy and housing
Peggy Ingram Mitchell and
Anger Skills Program is
partnership with ve
Peggy’s Place opens - a 10-bed transion
house for women, the rst of its kind in
New 19 unit
Advocacy funded to
specialize in family
and tenants’ rights issues
Board of Directors hold
Visioning Workshop for
future of Kele
Ten Super SILs
Approval received for a
15 unit Lakewood
Funding secured for Self
Esteem and Employment
Housing expands its
Living program by
Cost of lunch hits 75 cents
Launch of Kele website
Opening of Triumph
Apartments - 15 unit
Elizabeth Reale passes
away in January
Kele enters the
Friendship Court renovated and converted to
Enhanced Housing - 37 new Supersil/Sil units
Dolly’s Fund is introduced
in honour of Kele sta
member, Dolly Roy
Kele chosen for
project - 141 units of
The Kele has new
plan for strategic
Tamara Taggart joins
The Kele Board
returns to The
the Spirit of 2010
on the Drive
New partnership with
Cadillac Fairview is
Get Crazy for Life Campaign
with Victoria Maxwell
Peggy’s Place 10th
Kele Board adopts a
Members of the
MOU for new
56 units of
housing to be
adopts new Bylaws
aer 35 years
HAPPY 35TH ANNIVERSARY!!
The Kettle’s “Making a Difference” Luncheons
For the past ten years, the Kele has hosted this major fundraising event. This annual luncheon
strives to raise awareness and address concerns about mental health issues in the workplace and
the community. Those in aendance care about building a beer Vancouver and aim to face the
challenges presented by issues of homelessness on our streets.
The Kele wishes to thank, once again, all of those who have supported us throughout the years.
You are truly ... making a dierence.
Tamara Taggart has commied six years to the Kele
Board, and we are honoured to have her passion and
connued support. In appreciaon, Tamara has been
named the Kele’s rst "Honorary Board Member".
THE FOUR PILLARS
A Dialogue with Mayor Larry Campbell
MC – CTV’s Tamara Taggart
IN CELEBRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
Tamara has been our amazing MC at the "Making a
Dierence" Luncheons since 2004 and the public face of
our "Home for the Holidays" campaign.
Tamara, we can never show enough appreciaon for
everything you have done for The Kele. Thank you to the
wonderful people at CTV who have generously "loaned"
Tamara to us and for all the support at CTV, from the
employees to the execs. Our sincere appreciaon from
the Board, volunteers, sta and of course, Kele
members. We look forward to many more years of
Tamara with Board
member Kirk Osen.
Vancouver City Councillor
Rafe Mair, Larry Campbell
and Michael Kirby at the
Dan Robb, Tech-Web
Graphics accepng a
thank you gi
Poster from the 2004
“Making a Dierence” Luncheons
Astorino’s Catering Hall
2002 Nancy Hall, former BC Provincial Mental Health Advocate
2003 Victoria Maxwell performing her one-woman play, "Crazy
2004 Rafe Mair, Broadcaster & Writer, "Mental Healthcare -
Now & In the Future - The Path We Must Follow", with
MC Tamara Taggart
2005 Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, "The Four Pillars - A
Dialogue with the Mayor", with MC Tamara Taggart
2006 Victoria Maxwell, performing excerpts from her play,
"Funny, You Don't Look Crazy?!" with MC Tamara Taggart
2007 NO LUNCHEON
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
2008 The Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair of Canada’s New
Mental Health Commission, "An Inspiring & Challenging
Call to Acon to Bring Mental Health Issues Out of the
Shadows", with MC Tamara Taggart
2009 Victoria Maxwell's one woman show, "Funny, You Don't
Look Crazy?!", with MC Tamara Taggart
Four Seasons Hotel
2010 Senator Larry Campbell, "A Post-Olympics Discussion of
Homelessness in Vancouver with Lessons from the book,
A Thousand Dreams", with MC Tamara Taggart
2011 Lloyd Craig, former CEO of Coast Capital Savings, "The
Progress in Mental Health & Homelessness in the Last 35
Years", A Kele 35th Anniversary event, with MC Mike
Killeen, CTV Newscaster
1 2 3
While this is by no means a complete list of Kele supporters, here are a few captured moments of our generous friends. We thank you and all the others who have donated money, me and gis. We
could not do this without you. 1. Supporter Dorothy Ryan (le) at the Kele Hasngs Track Benet. 2. Telus Mobility employees present a cheque and 50 “comfort bags” with socks, razors, shampoo,
etc. 3. DDB’s Richard Sandor, Senior VP & Markeng Director presents a donaon. 4. Western Potash supports the Kele generously. 5. The Big Brolly Gala, put on by Cadillac Fairview, raised major
funds. 6. CTV employees kindly donated Christmas turkeys. 7. Kele’s fundraiser extraordinaire, Coreen Douglas, (right) with Board member, Denis Piper.
Once there was a woman who was homeless and
struggling with addicons at the drop in center. A
stranger to her gave her the money to buy
a dress and have her makeup and hair done for
the Christmas Dance. She was so happy.
The annual picnic is so
special because it brings
people together and gets
everyone interacng from all
Meeng my boss, I
have a really good boss!
The Kele is a place that
you are always able to get
help - you are never
sent away. There is
always someone to talk to
in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Kele drop in has a pulse,
members have the freedom
to grow; they are like
owers to me.
My favourite memory is my
very rst night
working at the
Kele and it was
Party. When I
walked in the hall
I saw a guy over 6
feet tall dressed
as a woman
apples and having
the best me ever. I
laughed and thought
to myself, this place is
A favourite memory is seeing all the
happy faces when enjoying acvies
at camp. Camp Jubilee is just
Camping is a break from the
city that gives me peace of
My favorite memory is every
day, just geng to come here
and see my friends. It makes me
want to get up in the morning.
The rst me I went bowling is
a special memory, it was
so much fun. I am a student
working on a praccum but
I am so inspired by the
Kele that I am going to
apply for a full me job.
My favourite moments are
when clients tell “you
helped to save my life” or
just “thank you” it makes it all
I have to say the Kele cured me of my
dancing phobia. I never danced in
front of others but at the Christmas
Dance the members are so liberated,
they just took my hand and got me out
there on the dance oor to enjoy
myself dancing for the rst me!
My favourite memory is having a
chance to get dressed up fancy for
the Christmas dance, so much fun!
The rst day I arrived at the Kele I was dirty
and snky, underweight and depressed.
The sta here treated me with so much
kindness and respect, like a human
being. I was not accustomed to being
treated like this and that day I realized
that I was not alone.
The Kele simply ‘saved my bacon’
having help when I needed it and somewhere
to move to when I literally had my
possessions on the sidewalk!
The early Kele Christmas when
we had no budget for the
dinner. Planning would start
in July because everything
needed to be donated.
Community and member
volunteers were the
only reason it
happened. It was
always a warm
the true spirit of
Dancing with the
sta at the Christmas
The Christmas Dinner
has to hold my favourite
memories. To see
everyone dressed up and having
such a good me.
My favourite memory is the annual winter dinner and dance. It is great
having all the sta from various departments and houses together with
members from all the services plus family and friends together. I love
dancing and dining together, pung aside all problems for one
evening just to have fun together.
The bus was leaving for camp and everyone was excited,
I jumped on at the last minute and hammed it up
having my legs hanging out of the bus - the
I admire the compassion of the sta
and how they always go the extra mile to
I have to say I love the food; it is
cheap, restaurant quality and generous
The sta is very kind and understanding.
At the 2009 Annual Picnic we had a really fun baseball game.
Everyone was laughing and having a great me. A bystander on
the bleachers was also laughing along with us. They remarked that
it was the best baseball game they had ever watched.
The Kele BBQ’s because everyone parcipates. I love
the friendship and how it brings out the good in people.
If it were not for the Kele I would not have met all of
these wonderful people!
I love the understanding sta, fantasc fabulous
Fridays and picking out clothes from the closet and
eang great food with nice people and geng
help to nd a new place.
The Kele feels like a second home to me.
Appreciaon Day for all the volunteers and sta who
help make the Kele what it is today. Thank you to all of you!
One day a very good arst at the
Kele saw one of my drawings
and gave me a compliment on
it and it made me feel so
good about myself.
My favourite memories are
always of the art program,
thank you Kele for
having an art program.
A Kele member knew I was going downtown for something stupid and she suggested, why
don’t you go in the opposite direcon so as not to go to Hasngs Street? I did. I ran into a
friend I hadn’t seen in years and we had a coee and went to the record shop and I found
something I had been searching for. An excellent day that without a fellow Kele
member but it could have been a horrible day. Thank you my friend.
I wish for ...
More summer camping trips
More enhanced housing apartments
More outreach services
Mental health services for youth
A Members Commiee
More educaon concerning the negave sgma associated with mental illness.
People do not always look so great on the outside and so people stay away
from them and never get to see how beauful they are on the inside.
Increased funding for all the things we need.
Thri store for employment training
An out of city retreat for members to de-stress, connect with nature and enjoy
a break from the city.
More variety shows
A full me nurse
More music programs - singing too
Ten years ago, Kele members made a wish list and we are proud to say that the
Society has delivered 75% of the wanted items. Here is our checklist from 2001.
Adolescent mental health services Women’s mental health centre
More seniors programs
More room for creave endeavours
Open longer hours
Van for trips out of city
Towels, bedding dishes, etc. Country retreat for members
Pet care for when members are
Programs at the Kele support the recovery, health and well being of the Members.
Friendship is the ‘heart’ of Kele programming and serves to create a range of
opportunies for persons to get together and share experiences. They are oered at low
or no cost so that persons have the opportunity to enjoy community acvies and special
Since the doors were rst opened, Kele Members have always had input in deciding
what programs they would like to parcipate in. They volunteer to raise funds and
organize social and recreaonal acvies. As you can see by the program schedules on
the following pages, Kele Members have favourite programs that have lasted the test of
Oen called the heart of the Kele, the Drop-in’s low barrier approach makes it easier for individuals who fear the sgma of mental illness to begin to
access support and services. Individuals may be living with both a mental and physical illness, substance misuse, and be homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Drop-In oers a women’s lounge, hot showers and laundry facilies, a Tuck Shop – run by a Kele member, clothing store, a computer room, recreaonal
acvies, cooking classes, and special events. Kele members can enjoy socializing and parcipang in acvies at the Drop-In. The Kele
Drop-In life skills training and leisure social-recreaonal acvies last year had over 45,000 visits.
The Kele Drop-In is open 365 days a year. The meal program serves over 26,000 meals to 3,600 individuals annually including every holiday. Meals are
provided at 11:30 am daily and cost $1.00 for mental health consumers. The Kele’s Homeless Outreach workers help spread the word on the street
about the Drop-in and Kele services.
The Kele has 200 units of supported housing. The programs within strive to provide individual
services that will prevent and reduce hospital care and promote the opmal level of funconing to
achieve each individual’s personal sasfacon, growth and highest potenal. The programs place a
strong emphasis on psychosocial rehabilitaon principles and recovery. They are designed to give
individuals the ability to choose the neighborhood they wish to live in, within their own self contained
apartment. Each client works with an outreach support worker to assist them in succeeding at their
self-determined goals and enhanced quality of life. The goal is to maximize independence by acquiring
or maintaining personal condence, social supports and skills for daily living. Individuals will move
along the connuum of housing to the level of support that they need to maximize their quality of life.
SIL/SUPER SIL Supported Housing Program: The supported housing team assists individuals to achieve
a higher level of independence and personal happiness in the community, gaining self condence and
nding a quality of life not experienced in the past.
Enhanced Community Services: The Community Medicaon Monitoring Program supports clients to
stay in the community by providing medicaon
and nutrional supplements in the home. With a
dedicated sta who provide excellent quality and
care of service, clients remain medicaon compliant
through a home medicaon delivery and
monitoring program as well as the delivery of
nutrional drinks to those with compromised
Peggy’s Place Transion House and Camille House oer women-only licensed care. Women oen experience mental illness dierently than men, so they require safe, caring places to
recover and rebuild their lives. Women access trauma, drug and alcohol counselling, mental health, medical and dental care and eventually move into support and independent housing.
Camille House, a 10 bed long-term care mental
health facility for women, celebrated its 20th anniversary this
year. So many women have come and gone over those years –
some have been here since it opened, others have returned
for another stay. Some have passed on and have le us with
The Kele feels honoured that women are comfortable
returning to stay or to visit and feel that this is a good, safe
place to be. The philosophy is that recovery is a connuum
and somemes a pause to rest, reect and regroup is needed
in that process. The Kele likes to think of Camille House as a
place where that can happen.
The residents work hard and strive to live as rewarding a life
as they can and also deserve recognion for the challenges
they overcome each day and the steps they make in the
process of recovery. The happy partnership with SEED
landscape workers is ongoing and our grounds have never
looked more tended to.
“I never felt so cared about before and for the
rst me in my life I care about me.”
Peggy’s Place opened in 1997, a transion house
for women disabled by mental illness and who have
experienced domesc violence. Peggy’s Place connues to be
extremely successful with just over 95% of our residents
transioning into aordable housing aer compleng their
program stay. 90% of all residents are homeless when they
arrive at Peggy’s Place.
Our sta group is exceponal at oering the empathy and
support the women need to successfully move forward in their
lives. Sta’s knowledge around issues of abuse, trauma, mental
health and addicons is what assists the women foremost in
understanding the cycles of their lives and from there
developing the skills needed for change.
During the women’s stay they are referred to trauma
counseling, drug and alcohol programs, mental health
supports, GP and densts. In addion, sta supports the
residents in obtaining their personal goals which include
spiritual, recreaonal and educaonal endeavours.
“For the rst me in
my life I feel safe and
cared for and I am
enjoyment out of
“I feel empowered
to take charge
back of my life and
I do maer.”
The Kele’s Environmental Services department ensures that Kele buildings,
equipment and grounds meet all safety standards and they carry out preventave
maintenance procedures to keep all sites clean, well run and in good repair.
The Environmental Services department completes most projects through in-house
trained sta with experse and experience in the areas of carpentry, simple electrical
work, painng, dry walling and plumbing.
The manager of Environmental Services plans, coordinates, schedules, monitors and
budgets for all maintenance and repairs, as well as performs jobs that require a more
comprehensive skill set.
Burrard Street Project
The provincial government is working with eight municipalies to create more
housing with support services for people who are homeless or at risk of
In Vancouver, the Province has paid pre-development costs and provided capital
funding for 14 city-owned sites. These sites will provide approximately 1,575 new
supporve housing units, create more than 2,100 direct jobs, and represent a capital
investment of $333.4 million. The City of Vancouver contributed all the land for the 14
sites valued at about $64 million. Through a partnership between the Province and
Streetohome Foundaon, the laer is providing $20 million toward the development
of supporve housing on eight of the 14 sites. All of the sites are being designed to
LEED Gold standards.
Non-prot sociees will manage the sites and provide vital support services to the
tenants. These new buildings will help homeless people move beyond temporary
shelter to secure housing, gain greater self-reliance, and improve the quality of their
The Kele is grateful to have received the parcel of land located at 1134 Burrard
Street, and the building will contain 141 apartment units. Opening is scheduled for
1784 East Hastings
With the Kele connuing to strive for beer means to support people with mental
illness to lead healthier lives, room to house all these programs was at a premium.
In answer to this space shortage, the Kele has expanded its administrave oces
to include a building at 1784 East Hasngs. Within these walls are the oces for
the SEED Employment Program, as well the Kele Housing Program.
The “I Love Art” project is one of many excing art projects that was organized at
the site. Some of the wonderful pieces of members’ work is proudly displayed on
the walls throughout the building.
SEED Sewing Training Room
In 2010, the Kele’s supported housing program
acquired a garden plot in Pandora Park Community
Gardens, at about the same me Triumph
apartments did. The groups have amalgamated and
meet every Friday. Kele members who aend the
gardening group learn all there is to know about
gardening, from planng to harvesng and also
benet immensely from being outside, meeng
other gardeners and taking home freshly picked
The group is a supporve, safe and empowering
acvity, an important part of the rehabilitaon and
recovery process. Last year we grew enough to
prepare a delicious community meal, which Kele
members helped harvest and cook for each other.
This meal was prepared at the Kele Drop-In.
There is consistent parcipaon and interest .
Members have described the group as soothing,
peaceful, healing and “the best part of my
Here is a poem wrien by a client inspired by the
Where Is Your Quiet?
Silently I wait for chaos to die down
Every day it’s the same
Where is the quiet this fast paced world has to oer?
Quiet is created
either on the inside or out
What does it look like?
Quiet is necessary
It restores, it heals and it teaches the soul
My quiet is contained within four walls
There is variety and it is full of life
Quiet can be shared or self-guided
mine is both
It is simple, it is rewarding and it’s
Found across the street in a garden.
The Kele Outreach Services program assists members to connect with appropriate
community agencies in order to have full access to services and resources they require.
The program provides outreach services to Kele members in treatment facilies –
hospital, mental health teams, detox and treatment centres – through weekly visits. The
outreach sta work with hospital sta and social workers on the community care plan
to bridge members back into the community successfully.
In Spring 2011, the Kele began
a new program to bring even
more awareness to the community
about the services they
provide in order to reach out to
more mental health users.
The SEED Program assists individuals with chronic mental health issues to build the
vocaonal skills, condence and stamina necessary to make the transion from
unemployment to sasfying work opportunies.
SEED works with the larger community – creang innovave partnerships, providing
skilled workers to local businesses, and breaking down sgma about mental illness.
Over the last year, the program has successfully employed in long and short term
posions over 70 clients in the following job sectors: landscaping, kitchen preparaon,
painng, moving, photography, janitorial, esthecs, and oce work.
The SEED Program is also part of a creave partnership with the Commercial Drive
Business Improvement Associaon. The SEED “Clean Team” has been keeping The
Drive clean ve days a week since 2003, and gives parcipants an opportunity to learn
new skills and to interact with the community.
A new partnership with the Common Thread Co-operave gives training and work to
women in recovery by recycling and sewing street banners into usable items such as
tote bags and knapsacks.
Common Thread Sewing Co-op
The Common Thread cooperave combines ve local social
enterprises: the Kele Friendship Society, the Afghan
Women’s Sewing and Cra Co-op, Sewing with Heart,
Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) and
Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal
Society (EMBERS). The women of the group have been
repurposing 2010 Olympic banners into tote bags and book
The co-op’s current project is to make tote bags for the
Internaonal Year of the Cooperave (2012) out banners
including PNE 100 year anniversary banners, local Business
Improvement Associaon’s colourful street banners, and
ocial signage from the Naonal Capital Commission.
“It just builds their
People are responsive to their products because of the
commitment to both environmental sustainability and
social enterprise. The co-op uses only donated banners and
event fabric for its merchandise.
With industrial sewing machines purchased from the
Vancouver Olympic Commiee at a reduced price, and
space donated by Vancouver’s Flag Shop, the co-op has
been able to assist women with barriers to employment,
which range from mental health to new immigrant issues.
The women come from all walks of life and for those who
work on contracts for Common Thread, they are able to
work as lile or as much as they want, in a variety of
locaons — even at their homes.
Many of the women didn’t even know how to sew when
they joined. Now they are in a factory with other people
who are doing the same work, and making money. It just
builds their self-esteem.
Love Kerri Gryzelak
The Kele Advocacy provides much needed
informaon, support, and representaon to
resolve income, housing, and family law
problems. Our Advocates also help to resolve
debt, welfare, tenancy, and child and family
disputes. The oce is open 9:30 am to noon
and 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday.
The sta work with our members, government
agencies and other service providers to ensure
that persons with a mental illness have access
to housing, nancial supports, legal and mental
health resources, and are treated fairly in their
interacons with government, community and
the mental health system.
Pro Bono Legal Clinic: With the support of the
Kele Advocacy Service, the Western Canada
Society to Access Jusce runs a free legal clinic
on Thursday aernoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00
pm. The clinic is staed by volunteer lawyers
who can give advice, look at and review legal
documents and answer quesons about civil
law maers. The clinic is by appointment only.
The clinic is open to anyone as long as they are
The Reigns of Love - A Free Perspecve
Certainly the rose takes root
In the blood,
The soul opens and takes light.
Light is open
In which heart
Will the blood -red rose
not bloom in certainty?
Only in a darkened
Hail friends, we ask not what thou art
If a friend, we greet thee hand and heart
If a stranger, such no longer be
If foe, our love shall conquer thee
For us this poem exemplies the friendly,
warm environment and sta you will nd at the Kele.
To all who enter the doors, our warm sincere WELCOME.
Remember that this is your home away from home.
The Kele Health Clinic is a safe and accepng place to get medical help. Everyone is welcome.
Nurses at the Kele clinic oer wound care, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, immunizaon,
tesng for sexually transmied infecons, women’s health care and PAP tests, chronic
disease management, health educaon, foot care, and referrals to other health care providers.
The clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“We want people to know that we are a
safe and non-judgemental place for
anyone in the neighbourhood to get
health care. You don’t need to be a mental
health consumer or a member of the
Kele to come see us. We’re LGBT-friendly
and you don’t need a Care Card.”
I have high friends in low places,
I’ve sailed the seven sins.
I can walk on re,
but I can’t walk away from the posion I am in.
Cowering beneath the sun,
my le is alright but my right is all wrong.
Tick the days o like they were ies on the wall,
I asked for the shorter version and it’s too long.
When God was handing out happiness,
my coat was stuck in the gate.
When God gave out his love,
all I got were scraps of hate.
Shut me up but don’t shoot me down,
I deserve to display my illustrious crown,
I wish I could hold 10 seconds of eternity,
just to throw it in your face.
I wish I could lose 10 seconds of uncertainty,
but I realize this isn’t my place.
I am excess baggage on the carousel of life,
so what if my smile comes upside down.
It’s like being trapped in a maternity ward
dressed like a clown.
- Robert McGillivary
The Kele Friendship Society welcomes
volunteer involvement. We are
commied to respecng the contribuon
volunteers make in allowing us to
enhance our services.
We need Volunteers to:
No act of kindness,
no maer how
small, is ever
When you cease to make a contribuon, you begin to die. Eleanor Roosevelt
• Facilitate acvity groups (cras,
• Co-facilitate exisng groups with sta
(swimming, bowling, etc.)
• Assist with meal preparaon in our
• Come to the drop-in centre and visit
with our members
So, what’s in it for you? You will:
• Increase your understanding of
mental health issues
• Have an opportunity to share your
skills and talents
• Be part of posive change in your
• Parcipate in fun and engaging
We appreciate the parcipaon of
community members whether the
movaon is community involvement,
personal growth, work experience,
praccum placement or the compleon
of community hours. If you’re interested,
please call or stop by the centre to pick up
an applicaon form.
We can do anything we want, if we sck to it long enough. Helen Keller
"First Person Singular" by Winter Hammell
PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG MASUDA
RSVP to 604.251.7633
1725 Venables Street
at Commercial Drive
Friday, November 26, 5 - 10pm
Saturday, November 27,11 - 6pm
Sunday, November 28,11 - 6pm
350+ pieces of multi-media art by
The show designed to shaer the preconcepons
that people have with “mental health disability”
Friday, Nov. 26,
5 - 7 pm
Art & Artists that
Fight Stigma Against
Art Raffle for exciting
artwork – funds supporting
art supplies for artists living
with mental illness
struck me was the
quality of the art.
Several mes a new
piece would be placed in
front of my lens and I
would think “wow, that
would look good on my
The following is an excerpt that appeared in the Vancouver Courier,
November 7, 2007
Marj Kidd, an arst showing at the Kele Friendship Society during
the Eastside Culture Crawl, says she somemes senses condescension
toward arsts diagnosed with mental illness. But the work that will be
displayed at the Art Against Sgma show at the mental health society
is nothing to sneer at. Art cards lled with poetry, abstract
expressionist mulmedia painngs rich with texture, landscape and
portrait painngs, photographs, intricate drawings and
thought-provoking sketches--up to 150 works by as many as 30
arsts--will be on display at the non-prot at 1725 Venables.
Jackie Novik, who helps coordinate the exhibit and has a background
in art, says arsts price their works from $10 to $450 for the event.
She said typically half of the works sell--and one arst sells out every
year--with all of the money going to the arst.
Norm Chodirker showed a stack of yet to be framed eight-and-a-half
by 11-inch acrylic and mixed media works. A vibrant mixture of
colour, form, metal and fabric, the works by the 54-year-old Emily Carr
College of Art and Design grad beg to be touched.
Kelley Montgomery showed the Courier the sketches he did while he
was living on the street, when the 35-year-old, who was diagnosed
with schizophrenia eight years ago, would sneak paper from the
library for his art materials. He's proud he has substanal work to
show for the me he spent living outdoors. He previously studied
photography and lm and will show his drawings and photos--social
commentaries and nature shots--at the exhibit.
While Montgomery and Chodirker have professional aspiraons,
Novik has had to persuade some amateur arsts--some of whom are
homeless--to submit works to the show.
"For some people it's a big deal just to see someone cares enough
about their work to put a frame on it," Novik said.
Aer Kele member and poet John Watson died, his mother, an arst,
gave the society $1,500 for a memorial fund. Since 1995, the Kele
has used the fund for grants of up to $100 for members to spend on
The Kele has given $20,000 in memorial bursaries for theatre
workshop fees, piano lessons, recording studio fees, instruments and
I march to my own beat
Circles you may not see
But in my mind they are
I’ve been learning disabled since 3
Walking in a parallel world
learning what i may see
is not what you see
I AM ME
A multi-venue art show on Commercial Drive featuring 200 pieces of original art incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic
values - all by individuals living with mental health disabilities.
Missy and Smudge, the Kettle
“service” cats hand out love and
kitty support whenever needed.
of a friend
are held forever.
Dolly (Kele Sta)
We live our lives from day to day
Spend me with our loved ones
Life is so ...
Time slips away morning through night
I pray and pray ...
We live our
lives from dusk to dawn
Life is so ...
Our loved ones here and gone
Ivan Anne (Kele Sta) John
Jake Mike Gloria Gene
Life is a gift
Too oen we forget
A gi be ...
When it reminds us
Greta Bill Patricia (Kele Sta)
The Kele Emergency Assistance Fund or Dolly's Fund helps clients needing
special, emergency support, ie: a bed for a night if they lose their housing or are
coming out of detox; travel to visit their children in care; dishes and supplies for
a new home; specialized medical equipment or food supplements for someone
coming in o the street and extremely malnourished.
"Dolly's Fund" is a memorial fund created in honour of long me Kele
employee Dolly Roy (Mercredi). Close to Dolly's heart was helping those who
were trying to "start over". Dolly's rst priority was always to nd a safe place
for someone to rest their head; food for their stomach and the tools to regain
the lost self. Many of those she assisted were struggling with drug or alcohol
abuse as well as mental illness.
Dolly would go that extra mile to nd the resources that someone might need
to start over. She knew more landlords than anyone at the Kele and oen
acted as a "matchmaker" for those looking for shelter and those who could
provide it. It was oen her vision of the potenal in someone that gave others
the inspiraon to take a chance too.
A small amount from this fund can save a life and even turn a person’s life
around. Anyone can contribute to Dolly's Fund online or by sending a donaon
to The Kele.
Congratulaons to The Kele Friendship
Society on your 35th Anniversary.
Thank you for your years of friendship
and support for those living with mental
Working For You
Jenny Kwan, MLA
1070-1641 Commercial Drive
35 years of outstanding
A Message from the Mayor
On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, I want to send my sincere
congratulations to the Kettle Friendship Society on your 35 th Anniversary.
Unfortunately, mental illness remains largely stigmatized and inadequately
acknowledged in society. The need for greater education remains acute, particularly at a
time when mentally ill citizens find themselves homeless and vulnerable to addiction.
Until mental illness is properly acknowledged as a condition requiring the same medical
and social resources as any other health problem, our community will need the
commitment of organizations like the Kettle Friendship Society to fill the gap. Your
efforts to deliver mental health services and support to those in need is a tribute to your
community spirit and a contribution to our entire city's well-being.
On behalf of all the citizens of Vancouver, I want to thank you all for your tireless work
and congratulate you on the occasion of your 35 th Anniversary celebration.
BC Housing applauds the Kettle Friendship Society
the community over the past 35 years.
BC Housing works with the Kettle Friendship Society
British Columbians who need it most.
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Mayor Robertson with Kele sta
member, Angela Davies
Amrin Amrolia of BC Housing
accepng artwork in appreciaon
A Message from the Premier
As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I am pleased to congratulate
everyone involved with The Kettle Friendship Society as you celebrate the 35 th
Anniversary of supporting people living with mental illnesses.
Here’s to 35 years of
making a difference.
Shane Simpson, MLA
I understand the organization started off with a small group of concerned
individuals and now your mission and your work is supported by a much larger
group of people, including a Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and citizens
who work together to ensure social, recreational and life skills programs are in
place to help people with mental illnesses lead healthier lives.
I commend you for your efforts and dedication and wish you all the best in the
The Kele shows its appreciaon to its funders at the
2011 Making a Dierence Luncheon
Province of British Columbia
Office of the Premier
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Gov
November 18, 2011
Dear Friends at the Kele Friendship Society,
Happy 35th Anniversary! For over 3 decades, I’ve known of the excellent
work of The Kele and think that it is an ideal community agency.
Time and again, The Kele has demonstrated its leadership in building
community capacity. It has comprehensive knowledge of the challenges of
mental illness and empowers consumers to cope with them. It builds up
self -esteem, and supports people in their journey.
The Kele has helped many individuals and their families over the past 35
years and in so doing has made our community profoundly beer o. The
experse, dedicaon and commitment of The Kele has enriched, and
transformed, lives and created a stronger community by helping to
remove the sgma around mental illness.
Thank you to all the sta, volunteers, parcipants and partners of The
Kele for their valuable work, and I wish you all the best for connued
Libby Davies, MP (Vancouver East)
2412 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2
Phone: 604 775 5800
Fax: 604 775 5811
The Kele has had a long and strong relaonship with Vancouver Community Mental Health
Services (VCMHS), formally Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services. Looking back, what
stands out is that The Kele was the original "Lile Agency That Could", one of the mainstays
among the smaller agencies contracted with VCMHS (previously GVMHS) since the 1980s.
They worked out of an old storefront on Commercial Drive, oering services to anyone in
need, giving help to people with major challenges. Oen a last resort for some people,
helping those whom other agencies turned away, the Kele was always about the basics –
helping feed people, giving them support and housing, and advocang for their rights. Over
the years The Kele has grown in size, but has never lost its focus on the individual.
Always exceponally strong advocates for the needs of women, it was The Kele’s persistence
that resulted in funding being made available fourteen years ago for Peggy's Place –
the only transional house focused on housing women who have mental health issues and
are oen refused by other transion houses.
The Kele pioneered a program allowing medicaon delivery and monitoring to mental
health clients who want to live in their own homes. This remains the only program of its type
in VCH, helping people maintain their individuality in their own community rather than
The Kele oers two other programs: a Resources Centre ( the original service), where
people can go for food, showers and engagement in a range of acvies which build a sense
of community and cizenship, and an advocacy program which helps people access entlements
such as nancial benets to housing and to problem solve through mulple daily
issues from debt to childcare.
The Kele’s Leadership Team provides strong leadership, vision, and dedicaon to the people
it serves as well as to the maintenance of The Kele and its programs
Congrats on your 35th Anniversary!
On behalf of all the people who have received service, thank you!
Lorna Howes and Kim Calsaferri
Vancouver Coastal Health
to our funders and community partners
Know your limit, play within it
Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s
John Hardie Mitchell Family
We also express our appreciaon to all the
individuals who donated to the Kele during this,
our anniversary year, and over the past 35 years!