Secret Santa: Community Edition # 9

Here’s number nine in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, 56, 7, and 8. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

River Market tasked Brad Cavanagh with this instalment’s shopping.  Brad is a resident, serve on the city’s ACTBIPED Committee and volunteer with Spare Parts Adventure. He decided to shop  for the staff at the Lookout Society. “They do a lot of hard work to help homeless people and with the recent cold weather I wanted to really recognize all the hard work they do,” said Brad.

 

 

Brad bought:

2 mugs – Pottery Works

2 kinds of tea – Donald’s Market

Cold Relief hand cream – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks

2 kinds of shortbread cookies – Pamola Bakery

Toffees – Canteen & Supply

Like a lot of the Secret Santa shoppers, Brad didn’t want anything for himself. “I would really like it if you took a look over the wish lists for the Lookout Society’s three shelters in New Westminster and bought something for someone who’s truly in need this season!”

 

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 5

Here’s number five in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 123, and 4. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

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In this edition, well known New Wester Tej Kainth, takes the reins. Tej is the Executive Director of Tourism New West and is on the board of the Douglas College Foundation. Tej is a proud resident, and was born and raised here.

She chose to shop for for the nurses and families who are caring for loved ones in end of life care at Royal Columbian Hospital. This department at RCH has special meaning for Tej. “Earlier this year my grandmother and the matriarch of my family ended up needing end of life care at RCH. My entire family was gathering daily and taking over entire waiting rooms as we tried to be with my grandmother as much as possible. The staff at RCH was incredibly supportive. I wanted to give a gift to another family, that may not have the kind of support network we had, that is going through this kind of hard time. I want show them love and kindness. I focused on things to gift them an energy boost while in the hospital and also wanted to give them a small break at River Market to remind them that life does carry on.”

What did she buy? Tej opted to top up her gift, but focused on treats for energy and mental breaks.

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  1. Hazelnut wafer cookies – Donald’s Market
  2. Raw Energy Trail Mix – Donald’s Market
  3. Coconut water – Donald’s Market
  4. Energy scented soy candle – Jolene’s Natural Soap Works
  5. Tre Galli Gift Card
  6. Bunches and Blooms Gift Card
  7. Longtail Gift Card

When asked what she’d ask for from Santa, Tej said “I would love an all-expenses paid vacation. After a difficult year it would be wonderful to immerse myself somewhere different and to take the time I need for some self-reflection.”

Merry Christmas, Tej!

 

 

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 4

Here’s number four in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 12 and 3. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

dsc_2386JJ Lee, well known New Westminster author (and Tenth contributor!) lives and writes in New West. “I write at my little table overlooking a little piece of uptown, and my kids were born here,” he says.

He selected the Queen’s Avenue Daycare Society as his secret Santa receiver. “They are a low barrier daycare centre. When I was on the board we made a point to keep the fees low.”

dsc_2389JJ bought crackers and cookies from Donald’s Market for the kids. “Snack time always as fruits and veggies and protein but does not always include starches as the dietary needs are so varied among the kids. I was able to buy a wide range of goodies so all the kids could have a treat.”

dsc_2387And for all your Secret Santas considering shopping for JJ, he says he is a terrible person to buy gifts for because “I am greedy and unappreciative, and I have particular taste. ”
He says he’d rather give than receive. Here’s a little story he wrote recently about the best gift he ever gave.

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 3

Here’s number three in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Number 1 is here. Number 2 is here. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

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Nadine Nakagawa, who lives and works in New Westminster is this edition’s secret Santa. Nadine is the current President of the Brow of the Hill Residents Association, and actively volunteers for a number of causes. Nadine chose to shop for the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families. “They do lots of good work with the youth of the community,” she says.

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  1. Stickers – Schnoo and the Pachooch
  2. Theo Gingerbread Spice Chocolate Bar – Donald’s Market
  3. Theo Peppermint Stick Chocolate Bar – Donald’s Market
  4. Pumpkin Spice Tea – Great Wall Tea
  5. Jellyfish Airplant – Bunches and Blooms
  6. Neem Oil Soap – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks
  7. Rice Crackers – Donald’s Market

 

Nadine says that if someone was her secret Santa, she’d just want them to make a donation to the charity of their choice on her behalf.

 

 

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 2

Here’s number two in our River market Secret Santa series. (Number 1 is here.) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

Well known New Wester, Alan Wardle is currently President of the Hyack Association and photographer of the NWSS Varsity Football team. Has been a long time resident of New West with six kids.

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From his kids’ activities, he got involved with many activities including Royal City Musical Theatre Society, Salmonbellies, and NWSS Hyack Football. Alan admits he has a hard time saying no and feels very passionate about children. “It’s very important to leave children with good memories of the city they grew up in,” he says. As they move away, he wants them to remember New West as a positive place.

Alan chose to shop for the Honour House Society because it has special meaning to him. “My family has had many friends and family who have served in the military and I feel a real connection to the people who Honour House hosts. It’s important to look after our soldiers after they serve. Honour House offers community members a fantastic chance to connect with those who serve in our military and emergency services.”

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Alan focused his shopping at Bunches and Blooms, the floral shop at River Market. He purchased a gift card so Honour House can buy flowers for grieving families. River Market staff also note that Alan generously contributed an extra $100 to the gift and Robin Shafer, owner of Bunches and Blooms, contributed another $25 more when he heard that that the gift was for Honour House and what it was for.

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If someone was shopping for Alan for a Secret Santa, he would wish for world peace, and a new suitcase—he and his wife are going to fulfill one of their retirement dreams and travel in Italy in the New Year.

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