People and Places

Stories on the people and places that make, shape and sustain the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood.

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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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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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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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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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

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

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

Community Palette: Creating Community on the Cul-de-Sac

By Jasmindra Jawanda (Community/Urban/Social Planner) One of my best friends lives on Fifth Street, in a quiet block in the Hillside Quadra area. Her little one-block neighbourhood is nestled at the end of the street with its backdoor bordering L’École Quadra... read more

Youth Programs in the Village

By Tara Skobel We currently have eight youth programs running at the Quadra Village Community Centre. These include: three nights of drop-in; family night; two girls’ groups; a boys’ group; food skills; homework club; running group; and the CREW! The running group and... read more

Neighbourhood Gym Soon to Be Reality

By Kelly Greenwell, ED of Quadra Village Community Centre The former Blanshard Elementary School and playing fields have come into sharp focus over the last few years. The purchase by the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) of the entire seven acres of land and... read more

Getting Creative with Neighbourhood Small Grants

You may have noticed some new public art cropping up in the neighbourhood! Check out the planters at Basil and Cook, various painted poles along Hillside Avenue, and the mandala on Fifth Street (behind Quadra School). All were made possible by the commitment and... read more

Celebrating the Harvest

By Trish Irish You may have heard the sounds of music and celebrations coming from the corner of Dowler and Kings on July 23 this past summer. You were hearing the sounds of the second annual “Harvest Celebration” at Evergreen Terrace. This is a community gathering... read more

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