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PAL Vancouver Spring Newsletter Apr 2022

PAL's first quarterly update from 2022. View here:

President's Message

To our PAL Vancouver residents and supporters,

I am thrilled to take over as president at a time when PAL is in a position of great strength. It’s clear to me that this strength is directly due to the brilliant leadership of outgoing president, Mike Klassen, the strength of the board of directors and the tireless and creative work of Lynn Ross and the PAL staff. And of course, it’s a time marked by the reopening of the PAL Theatre which is central to our identity.

Things have been busy at the Cardero Street building with improvements to the piping system, the installation of TELUS Fibre Optik, and the addition of a capacitor bank in our electrical system to save us on monthly power bills.

The PAL Theatre had a wonderful run of shows in March, presented by Western Gold, and they’re looking forward to an active spring/summer.

At this year’s AGMs, the PAL Vancouver and PAL Theatre Boards will be putting forward a resolution to amalgamate the two societies. In an amalgamation, two or more separate entities operating under the same legal jurisdiction each resolve to combine to form a single entity, comprised of all the assets and liabilities of the predecessors. We believe this will be a more efficient way to move forward under one society, “PAL Vancouver.” Rest assured, there will be three directors on the new Board who will represent the Theatre’s interest and a PAL Theatre Standing Committee to make recommendations to the Board.

We look forward to your support at the AGMs on June 15, 2022.

Thank you to our donors, residents, and staff!

Cal Shumiatcher

Save The Date for the PAL Vancouver & PAL Studio Theatre AGMs

Fundraising for 2022

2022 marks 20 years since PAL Vancouver was registered as a non-profit. We are preparing for the grand opening of the New Westminster building scheduled for 2023. We are inviting our community to join us as monthly donors or support our online initiatives later in the year as we try to spread the word about what PAL does.

Tax Receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 and over.

Al Wold's Piano is Ready to Play

“Musicians come and go, but the legacy of their creative music-making lingers, as it does with our memories of Al, his music, and this piano.” From UBC to Celebrities, discover who is Al Wold and the history of the piano that now lives on at PAL Vancouver.

Joe Average Puzzle in support of PAL

Joe Average’s One World One Hope puzzle is on sale now with partial proceeds going to support PAL Vancouver.

About the puzzle: 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle made from high-quality snug fitting 1.9mm blue-chip board. If you wish to seal & hang your puzzle, included is a 50ml bottle of sealing glue & 4 strips of Velcro to easily hang the puzzle without nails or tools and will leave no sticky adhesive behind. Reusable beautiful cardboard container with tin lid.

Showcasing PAL's Lobby Art

PAL's first themed group show of 2022 was on display in our lobby for the month of March. Three PAL residents chose pieces that embody the topic of SPRING.

Our Lobby Art changes every month, so please contact our office for purchasing inquiries or to book a viewing by calling (604) 620-4315 or emailing

Artwork (L to R): Bonnie Melinda Ackland, Judy Walchuk, Ismael Mascayano.

Upcoming in the PAL Theatre

Art Show Producer Volunteer Request

Request for volunteers to help produce an art show featuring PAL Residents artwork.

Why? Many PAL Residents are looking forward to events with the community, bringing guests back into the PAL Theatre and opportunities to display their artwork.

The goal would be to bring together multiple stakeholders in the arts community to showcase and display PAL Residents artwork alongside others from the Vancouver art community in a gallery style viewing event at the PAL Studio Theatre.

Commitment level will vary depending on how many volunteers offer to help. Timeline can be as early as the fall or later in the year.

If anyone is interested in either supporting or spearheading this project please contact our office by calling (604) 620-4315 or emailing

Message from PAL's Head Gardener

Dear Garden PALS,

The first of my garden reports this year…….and there’s already colour emerging this early in Spring. I hope you’ll visit our garden soon and see for yourselves.

Below are two plants NEW to our PAL garden. Both were planted 3 years ago, and have finally come into their own this Spring. The pink flowers are CAMELIA (“Donation" variety), the creeper with white blossoms is Evergreen CLEMATIS. Both have lovely Spring flowers & also attractive evergreen dark green glossy leaves. They are a wonderful addition to any garden.

Stay tuned, folks - we are expecting a spectacular Summer Garden this year!


New Garden Beds! PAL wants to give an extra shoutout to Richard, Nigel & Dave for rebuilding PAL's veggie beds.

A Special "Thank you" goes out to . . .

GVFB: We are grateful to be a Community Agency Partner! PAL is now able to distribute food at no cost to residents every month.

Terra Breads: Soup Social enjoys Terra Breads every Monday thanks to the coordination from PAL Residents, but especially Moira Talbot & Bonnie Melinda Ackland.

Fasken (BC Law Firm) has donated Pro Bono (Free Legal) Services to support PAL Vancouver in 2022

WestPark: Thank you for the "Theatre Rate" for afternoon parking.

Nature's Path: PAL Residents have been excitedly enjoying 18 cases of organic cereal & 48 cases of organic nachos. Thank you Nature's Path, for showing community support!

Joe Average: We are grateful to Joe Average for donating some of his original artwork to PAL Vancouver and for supporting PAL through the One World One Hope puzzle project.

Opus kindly donated art supplies to some of PALs most prolific painters, crafters & DIY enthusiasts. Thank you for keeping creativity thriving in our building!

Thanks to the Social Retrofit Program in collaboration with BC Housing, Fortis & BC Hydro, we have a new boiler installed to help update our building.

Thank you to our other community donors who's logos are shown above including MAC Cosmetics, David's Tea, Staples, Layfield, and Maple Community Garden.

Stay in touch with us on social media!

Please Consider Becoming A Monthly Member

Tax Receipts will be issued for all donations $20 and over.

If you prefer to donate by cheque, please send to:

PAL Vancouver

300-581 Cardero St.

Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3

Sent by for our newsletter on April 26, 2022.

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