Vancouver Icons: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

May 28th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The mission of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, incorporated in 1981, is to maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between the Chinese and Western cultures, to promote Chinese culture generally, and to be an integral part of the local community. Since Vancouver’s Chinese Garden was built between 1985-1986, it has served as a stunning venue, cultural hub, public park and green space in the heart of the city.

Using the time honoured principles and techniques of the original Ming dynasty garden, 52 master craftsmen from Suzhou China, working with Canadian counterparts, completed this landscape masterpiece within a year. The intricate halls and walkways are constructed with precise joinery and without the use of nails, screws or glue. For the architect, the botanist, the student of history, the lover of beauty, the Garden provides insights into the subtle wonders to be found within the walls of this living treasure.

Opening on April 24, 1986 at 578 Carrall Street, this oasis is loved by locals and tourist, and as such it is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

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Sun Yat-Sen Park Entrance
Photo credit: M Yee on Flickr

Photo credit: Kevin Krebs on Flickr

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Photo credit: Maurice Li Photography on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup & Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Photo credit: Scapevision on Flickr

Tonight in Vancouver: The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver Canada
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts: Museum of Anthropology, Fort Langley Community Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterfront Station, Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Archive Photo of the Day: Harrison Lake Camping

May 28th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Harrison Lake Camping, 1889 by Bailey Bros. Photography


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Surrey Canada Day Lineup 2015

May 27th, 2015 @ 7:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, will headline Surrey’s annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings, on July 1st. This year’s celebration plans to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 100,000!

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Surrey Canada Day Lineup 2015

Opening for Blue Rodeo will be alternative artists, The Zolas; other Main Stage acts include newcomers Little India, and country music favourite, Me and Mae. Tragically Hip cover band, The Hip Show, and Zerbin will perform early evening, and this year’s fireworks musical mash-up will be crafted by BC DJ collectives, The Freshest.

Surrey Canada Day 2013

The event marks Canada’s 148th birthday and highlights include: free live entertainment; a half a million square feet of site area; an expanded Kids Play area; family fun for all ages; over 100 exhibitors; amusements with midway games and rides; and a spectacular fireworks show for the grand finale.

Canada Day in Surrey is always a blast, with fun for the whole family including rides, snacks, crafts, activities, and free live entertainment all day long. Here are my “5 Reasons to Attend Surrey Canada Day” that I made up last year, and the same applies for 2015.

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Surrey’s 2015 Canada Day Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64th Avenue in Cloverdale. The event opens at 10:00am with the fireworks show slated to close the day at 10:15pm. Follow Surrey Events on Twitter and Facebook for details leading up to Canada day.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Surrey Canada Day!

Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge: Win a Harbour Tour

May 27th, 2015 @ 1:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge is coming up June 13th and June 14th and is a community based fundraising event that involves groups of people participating in different camping and sporting events for 24 Hours.


Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge

The Easter Seals 24 Hour Camp Challenge event provides 12 hours of competitive fun and 12 hours of camping fun, all while raising funds to help send more than 800 BC kids with disabilities to BC Easter Seals overnight camps. Teams compete for fun in activities and games including relay races, skills challenges, trivia, volleyball and bocce and round out the day with live music and a taste of the unforgettable camp experience that BC Easter Seals provides.

The event takes place at Camp Squamish, a beautiful 22-acre site with endless grass fields, forested trails and amenities including washrooms, showers, fire pits, an outdoor barbecue pavilion and even an indoor pool. You’ll get a taste of just what your valuable fundraising provides: unforgettable camp experiences to children throughout the Province.

Teams are made up of co-workers, recreational groups, friends and family who collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise money towards their collective team total. All funds raised from this event go towards Easter Seals Camp Squamish. Follow 24 Hour Camp Challenge on Facebook and Twitter for more information and be sure to register today!

Easter Seals Camps give BC children and young adults with disabilities the chance to discover their individual abilities. Camp sessions are carefully planned and designed to encourage these kids to gain new skills, develop new friendships, gain confidence and independence – skills that will help them to live lasting and fulfilling lives.

On average, over 700 children and young adults with disabilities from all over BC attend a one-week camping session at one of three Easter Seals camps located across the province – Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, Squamish near Vancouver and Winfield in the Okanagan.

Win a Harbour Tour

To promote this awesome camp experience, I have a local adventure to give away to one lucky reader. You can enter to win 1 Harbour Tour for 4 courtesy of Sea Vancouver, a value of $168)!


Launching from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are Vancouver’s fastest and safest way to view the city from the sea. Waterfront Sightseeing Adventures begin cruising along the Vancouver Inner Harbour, then soaring up to 55 Km/h as we cross the Burrard Inlet. Along the way our experienced, qualified and passionate skippers will provide a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park. With over 30 possible points of interest, each adventure is tailored to the interests of our thrill seeking passengers.

Here’s how you can enter to win this Harbour Tour:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite camping activity (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a harbour tour for 4 from @24EasterSeals + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winners 2015

May 26th, 2015 @ 6:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards happen tonight at the Vancouver Convention Centre as a near record-setting number of remarkable women have been nominated for their contributions to their workplace, industry, and community. Awards will be handed out during a gala dinner and as the Social Media Sponsor, I will be posting live updates on Twitter throughout the evening. These will include photos, quotes, and of course news about the award winners in each category.


Tonight’s official tag on Twitter and Instagram is #YWCAWODA. Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information along with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards @YWVanWODA on Twitter.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2015

For the first time, the awards gala and dinner was hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) and there was also a live auction to start off the evening. Hosted by an energetic Fred Lee, who made for an excellent auctioneer, the live auction items brought in bids between $4,000 and $5,000 a piece. It was a great start to the evening, which was hosted by Global’s Randene Neill.

Dinner was served as guests heard from YWCA members, clients, and supporters. These were the 32nd annual Women of Distinction Awards and since its inception, the event has awarded 290 recipients and recognized 1,500 nominees.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2015

In 2014, the YWCA of Metro Vancouver touched the lives of 40,000 people. A video telling the story of several mothers who have been positively impacted by the YWCA played and eyes failed to remain dry for long. One of the mothers in the story, Jen, then took to the stage to continue her story.

The awards followed, and from the 69 nominees (in the photographs below) the winners were announced.

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YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winners

Arts, Culture & Design: Emily Molnar
Accomplished dancer and choreographer, Emily was named by The Globe and Mail as 2013 “Artist of the Year” in Dance. In 2009, she accepted the role of Interim Artistic Director with Ballet BC when the company was facing bankruptcy. Emily accomplished what some critics thought would be impossible. She turned a struggling contemporary ballet company, where she fills the role as Artistic Director, into a highly regarded and successful organization – a jewel in Vancouver’s cultural community. She has since taken on critical volunteer leadership roles with the BC Arts Council and the greater arts community that has once again underscored her strong skills in building consensus, advancing the cause and developing a sense of togetherness.

Business & the Professions: Laurie Schultz
A fearless, innovative leader in the competitive technology sector, as President & CEO, Laurie has fundamentally transformed ACL, positioning it as a leader in its market category. Her forward-thinking approach and collaborative acumen has reinvigorated the team at ACL and instilled a culture that is both success-driven and community-minded. ACL is now proud to be the 4th largest Vancouver-headquartered software company and a Top BC Employer (2014). Board member for BCTIA, Laurie is an active advocate for technology in BC, and in particular for growing BC’s mid-sized technology sector. She serves as Chair of the Board of Dress for Success Vancouver to give back to her community. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2014 Women of Influence Award from Business in Vancouver.

Community Champion: Heather MacKenzie
A human rights lawyer, steadfast community volunteer and Co-Founder of The Cinderella Project, Heather pursues inclusivity and dignity for all, especially women, children and people with disabilities. One of a very small community of blind and visually impaired lawyers, she left a traditional law practice to create her own unique firm, The Integrity Group, which focuses on building inclusive and barrier-free workplaces through human rights education and mediation. Today, she is a nationally-regarded speaker and conflict resolution expert. For 16 years, The Cinderella Project has encouraged and supported at-risk youth to make healthy life choices and reach the milestone of high school graduation. Heather’s vision is to celebrate some of our most courageous citizens – at-risk youth.

Education, Training & Development: Natacha Beim
Natacha believes strongly in giving children the best possible start in life. She is the CEO and Founder of CEFA Early Learning, a full day early learning school for children aged one to five. From one school in 1998, today CEFA operates in 15 locations across BC. She also developed the entire curriculum for children, intensive specialization training for teachers and early childhood educators, and offers free parenting classes which she teaches to all parents in the community. Natacha is on the board of the Provincial Child Care Council, volunteers to help survivors of rape and single moms and mentors women entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship: Alexandra Greenhill
“Behind every success is a community.”
A nationally-recognized physician and the Co-Founder and CEO of myBestHelper, an award-winning technology start-up, Alexandra is a rare leader who collaborates across the business, health care and non-profit sectors. After a successful career as a physician, Alexandra Co-Founded myBestHelper to match working families with child and elder care. The service saw immediate success, with more than 8,000 users across Canada in the first few years, and Alexandra was noticed as an innovative new leader. myBestHelper has sped to the forefront of technology start-ups, including selection in 2012 as one of three Canadian companies to go to the Canadian Technology Accelerator in San Francisco. She is a mentor and role model and organized the Women Lead Tech initiative to showcase BC businesses led by women.

Environmental Sustainability: Tzeporah Berman
“There has never been a more important time in our history to do this work.”
Tzeporah, Co-Founder, Forest Ethics Advocacy, has been an inspirational leader in the environmental community for more than two decades, beginning with an instrumental role in the Clayoquot Sound protests. With vision, courage and creativity, Tzeporah has transformed intractable environmental conflict and complexity into workable, durable solutions. After working with Greenpeace to bring international attention to BC’s old-growth rainforests, Tzeporah co-founded ForestEthics, which calls on consumers to use their market power to meet environmental goals. Her inclusive, collaborative advocacy style was instrumental in helping protect the Great Bear Rainforest. She has now joined the fight for renewable energy and strong climate leadership. Tzeporah was honoured by inclusion into the BC Royal Museum permanent exhibit as one of 150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia.

Health & Wellness: Jan Christilaw
“Care that brings back the wonder to birth.”
Jan, President, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, is a powerhouse for advancing women’s health in BC and a global leader in maternal care. Her work in preventative health care, combating maternal and newborn mortality and promoting human rights exemplify her passion for helping others. Her more than 25 years of accomplishments include being President, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada; Expert Advisor, Canadian Institute for Health Information for Maternity; and Founding Chair, Aboriginal Maternity Committee – all while delivering thousands of babies in BC. She has positioned Vancouver as a global leader in maternal and newborn health care. Jan has saved countless lives and has trained and mentored hundreds of health professionals globally, including establishing emergency obstetrical training in Uganda. Women and families everywhere benefit from her influence, excellence and generosity.

Non-Profit or Public Service: Krista Thompson
“[YWCA] is where the future of our city lies.”
In serving as Executive Director of Covenant House since 2006, Krista has successfully elevated service to homeless and at-risk youth through her vision, strategic guidance and commitment to providing young people with unconditional love and absolute respect. Under Krista’s leadership, Covenant House embarked on the largest expansion in its 18 year history, more than doubling the number of crisis beds from 22 to 54. She spearheaded the Covenant House Vancouver ‘SleepOut’ event that raises both awareness and funds to help youth get off the street. Krista also provides a voice for at-risk youth at the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Taskforce on Mental Health and Addictions and the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness.

Outstanding Workplace: GOLDCORP
A global mining company, Goldcorp treats its people as its greatest asset. With a vision to build positive social, environmental and economic legacies, Goldcorp creates careers, supports community development and contributes to employee wellness. This vision is supported by programs tailored to employees to achieve professional development, wellness and community engagement – all while keeping employee safety paramount. The company promotes family-friendly policies such as family responsibility leave and programs that foster overall mental and physical health. Goldcorp has shown leadership and commitment to develop and advance women by launching Creating Choices, a training and mentoring program created by women for women at Goldcorp. It is the first global mining company to launch a women’s program, which, since 2010, has graduated more than 1,200 participants.

Technology, Science & Research: Liisa Galea
“My mother always told me there were no barriers, I could do what I wanted.”
A world-renowned researcher and award-winning Professor of Psychology at UBC, Liisa is one of the few researchers in the world to study the female brain. Her research centres on understanding how hormones influence the female brain across the lifespan and she was an early pioneer in the field of postpartum depression research. She is a truly gifted communicator whose innovative and ground-breaking research has led to numerous local, national and international awards. Liisa has volunteered countless hours to mentoring students and reviewing scientific literature. She has become a prominent scientist with a large media following in Vancouver, and she uses these opportunities to disseminate her findings to local women, with the aim of helping them improve their quality of life and health.

Young Woman of Distinction: Selin Jessa
An innovative, exceptional scientist, Selin’s natural curiosity, dedication and hard work allowed her to embrace the science curriculum and expand it far beyond the typical student interpretation. By Grade 12, she was conducting HIV vaccine design research at the HIV/AIDS Molecular Epidemiology Lab at SFU. Her research earned her international attention and ranked her internationally as the 4th place young scientific mind at the 2013 annual BioGENEius Challenge. Her natural tendency to ask questions allows her to find ways to implement positive change. She is one of the original organizers of TedXKids@BC and the first to launch a TED event in Antarctica. Today, she leads a project improving access to health care in Montreal, where she is a 2nd-year Immunology and Geography student at McGill University, supported by numerous scholarships.

Connecting the Community Award: Julie Blue
Safe and affordable housing: As a woman who has passion for creating safe spaces to encourage others to express their authentic voices, it is with great honour that I support the YWCA program to provide safe housing for at-risk women and children. It’s clear to me that to have safe housing for mothers and children is not a luxury, but a necessity.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2015

Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients this year! The event was a smashing success, raising $98,639 by the end of the gala.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards for the 6th year!

Win a FIFA Women’s World Cup Coca-Cola Trophy Tour Fan Experience Prize Pack

May 26th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Coca-Cola Trophy Tour has been making its way across the country and will make its final stop in Metro Vancouver May 29th to May 31st. This exciting family activation builds up to kickoff on June 6th where we’ll host the largest live spectator sporting event in our country’s history.


The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will unveil the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy from Friday, May 29, 2015 until Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 11:00am to 7:00pm at Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby).

The custom-designed Fan Experience includes interactive activities such as the Coca-Cola Ultimate Goalie, foosball tables, expert freestyle soccer athletes, FIFA locker room and winner’s tunnel leading to the trophy room. All guests will take home a photo of themselves with the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, and will cap off their experience with a perfectly served ice-cold Coca-Cola.

Win a Coca-Cola Fan Experience Prize Pack

To celebrate the trophy’s arrival, and the build up to the tournament, I have a prize pack to give away thanks to Coca-Cola. This includes one hat, one scarf and three custom specially designed, limited edition, collectible aluminum bottles of Coca-Cola (for both the winner and a guest). The winner will also receive a pair of tickets to the World Cup match on June 12th as reigning champions Japan take on Cameroon (ticket value $96.50 each).

I will be drawing TWO winners so that’s four people who will be able to benefit from this awesome prize pack. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @cocacola_ca Fan Experience #TrophyTour #WWC prize pack from @miss604

Follow Coca-Cola on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more information about this weekend’s trophy tour and fan experience event. I will draw two winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, June 1, 2015. Each winner will receive the prize pack and a pair of tickets.