Neighbourhood Life

Hillside-Quadra is a thriving, eclectic neighbourhood and the Hillside-Quadra News strives to showcase that.

Sample some of this vitality and diversity through stories about the people, places, issues, activities and culture of this community.

Planning for the Future of Hillside-Quadra

June 15, 2017.
Over the next few years, the City of Victoria and several institutional partners, including BC Housing, School District 61 and the Capital Regional District, will reach out to Hillside-Quadra residents to develop a vision and a plan for the neighbourhood. Please share your ideas and participate in the grassroots planning process that unfolds in the autumn of 2017 and beyond. This is our opportunity to shape the future of our neighbourhood and city – and everyone has a role to play.

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Coming to a Hillside Crosswalk Near You!

15 June, 2017
Surely getting a simple change such as a pedestrian activated crossing light at Graham St. would not be too difficult? At least that’s what I thought going in! Thus began a very long process of working with the neighbourhood land use committee and navigating the corridors of City Hall.

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Get in the Gym!

Posted May 31, 2017.
Our goal is to get more people in the community involved in recreational and social activities at the gym. By providing a variety of different programs and events, we aim to make the gym a fun and inclusive space for everyone.

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Art Making Is Better With Others

Posted May 31, 2017.
For many of us, the enjoyment in making art lies in its being a solitary activity and so the idea of making art with others seems counter-intuitive. But making art as part of an art group or with others in, for example, a classroom environment has many benefits.

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Re-remembering Hillside-Quadra Resident Doug Hudlin (1922-2014)

May 14 2017. Yesterday’s Quadra Village Day celebrations brought longtime Hillside-Quadra resident Doug Hudlin (1922-2014) to mind for a number of people. In response to this, we’re posting the following tribute to Doug that first appeared in the print edition of the Hillside-Quadra News in 2014.

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Quadra Village Neighbourhood Gym Now Open!

March 19, 2017. On February 1 the gymnasium at the former Blanshard Elementary School opened its doors to the community as “The Quadra Village Neighbourhood Gym”. Under new management, through the Quadra Village Community Centre (QVCC), the gymnasium is now widely available for community use.

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Looking Forward to Quadra Village Day 2017

March 19, 2017. A look forward to this year’s Quadra Village Day on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 am to 1pm. This completely free event celebrates and builds community spirit. Pancake breakfast, children’s games and activities, and live music are just some of the attractions.

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Seeds for Thought

5 March, 2017. Kayla Siefried (Education Coordinator at the Compost Education Centre) inspires us to flex our green fingers in preparation for spring as she reflects on the value of food seeds and the beauty of the film “SEED: An Untold Story”.

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Horror Genre Inspired Dance Comes to The Roxy

March 5, 2017. Victoria-based independent dance company, Broken Rhythms, is performing its original, multimedia production “Universal Horrors” at The Roxy Theatre on March 14, 16, 17, 18 and 19. The award-winning show is inspired by classic horror films and movie monsters and brings some of the genre’s most well-known characters and stories to the stage.

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Update from École Quadra Elementary

By Marilyn Campbell, Principal École Quadra Elementary is a busy place with 430 students involved in many activities. The months of December, January and now February have been fabulous, as we have celebrated everything from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa and... read more

Quadra Village Community Centre – Calling for Volunteers

Quadra Village Community Centre is looking for volunteers in the following positions: Food Distribution Assistant – sorting and bagging donated food Server for Hot Lunch – weekly support, serving hot lunch to community members Dishwashers for Best Babies Program –... read more

Remembering Lyne England

By Carol Pickup, Coordinator SES Lyne England, a long time advocate with Seniors Entitlement Service (SES) at Quadra Village Community Centre, passed on December 27, 2016. Lyne was born in England and came to Canada at an early age. She trained as a nurse and taught... read more

Finding Phoenix – a poem by Patrick Hamilton

We are pleased to help fulfill one of Patrick Hamilton’s goals by publishing his poem, Finding Phoenix, in the Hillside-Quadra News. Patrick has had two of his poem’s published in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s Traceries of Trees Anthology 2017. Patrick says of... read more

Update from Hillside Quadra Neighbourhood Action Committee

Submitted by Janis La Couvée, on behalf of the Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Action Committee Since the last HQ News, the Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Action Committee has been busy with many issues and City of Victoria processes. Topaz Park Improvement Plan Staff... read more

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre Takes Steps to Ensure Ongoing Entertainment

Plans for the 2017 summer season at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre are well underway. Included in the upcoming four-play season are productions of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker (April 25-May 7), Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday (May 30 – June 11), Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (July 4-16), and a new musical revue of the songs of Cole Porter entitled Red, Hot Blue! (August 2-13).

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Beekeeping in the City

By Jessica Goerzen My partner, Corbin and I have been interested in agriculture and the local food system ever since we worked on organic farms in California and Italy. From these experiences, we saw how local food can build community in many ways. Corbin started... read more

Reynolds Musical Theatre Students Prepare to Entertain with their Production of “Guys and Dolls”

13 February, 2017
Currently, over 100 Reynolds Secondary School students – actors, singers, dancers, musicians, visual artists and technical crew – are hard at work on bringing a production of this classic musical comedy to the stage. By the time the curtain rises on the first night – March 6 – cast, crew, pit band, set builders and painters will have worked together for five months to realize their vision for the production.

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