We're excited to be a part of the team presenting the Riversdale Love launch event on April 30th.
We're looking forward to hearing what each the speakers have to share and engaging in the discussion about the changes taking place in Riversdale. How the community reacts to the challenges that have come with change will write the next chapter of this neighborhood.
Our Executive Director, Ryan Meili, is one of the speakers. Find out more about the event below - we hope to see you there!
In its October 2014 issue, The Walrus magazine brought national attention to the rapid growth of Riversdale, citing a critical point in the neighborhood's development: "Riversdale is more than a neighbourhood that is gentrifying. It is a chance at healing an old wound" (Allan Casey).
Partly inspired by that article, Riversdale Love is a series of engaging events aimed connecting diverse people in conversations about the future of Riversdale. The project will launch April 30, 2015 with a PechaKucha night at The Roxy Theatre, asking twelve speakers to address the question, "What is your vision for the future of Riversdale?"
Where: The Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St. W
When: Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 pm
Representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, the speakers will talk about life in Riversdale from unique perspectives: health, art, housing, urban planning, indigenous identity, youth, business, design, and food security.
A doctor. An artist. Developer. Entrepreneur. Food lover. Activist. Educator. Representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, our speakers will talk about life in Riversdale from unique perspectives: health, art, housing, urban planning, indigenous identity, youth, business, design, and food security.
Some of the questions Riversdale Love is asking:
How do we maintain and encourage ethnic diversity? How do we invest into the health and welfare of our community? How do we encourage revitalization and growth while honoring the heritage, history, and needs of our neighbourhood? How do we foster intercultural relationships and friendships that cross borders and enhance our everyday interactions on the street? How do we foster play, laughter, and creativity?