Category Archives: disability

Demolition at Pearson

We knew it was coming…we’ve had so many planning meetings and seen so many maps and memos – but it became real when the first Pearson building came down in August. The first buildings were old buildings – the old … Continue reading

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Accessible Garden Club continues to Grow

There is a bountiful lush green community garden tucked between buildings containing offices and bedrooms, where Pearson staff work and Pearson residents live. It is wheelchair accessible, with a wide cement patio and heavy equestrian mats between the beds. Residents … Continue reading

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Temporary Modular Housing in Marpole

Recently, in late October, the City of Vancouver announced, without consultation, that they would be building temporary modular housing next door to George Pearson Centre, at the corner of Heather and W 59th Ave. The space has been unused lawn … Continue reading

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GPC Residents heard at City’s Public Hearing

On July 20, 2017, three GPC Residents were able to go and speak at the City of Vancouver’s public hearing on the rezoning application. Several more were heard in a new method – pre-recorded video contribution. This enabled people who … Continue reading

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Feedback on Housing Design

The redevelopment planning continues for the land on which George Pearson Centre sits. In 2016, members of Resident Council became concerned that very few residents were directly engaged in the planning. It is a complex process that is inherently difficult … Continue reading

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Garden Club season begins

Garden Club is now in it’s 7th full year of happening, and it just keeps getting better and better. Seeds were started indoors at the end of March, and with this warm spring we’re having, we’re transplanting tomatoes already. As … Continue reading

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Giant Pearson Pumpkin

It all started with a tiny plant donated by a couple who grow award-winning giant pumpkins. The Garden Club accepted this donation, and planted it in an area that didn’t have much going on. How big could it get, we … Continue reading

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Hansu’s Story: Life in Residential Care

Hansu lives at George Pearson Centre. She’s not an elderly senior, as is often assumed by many people when they think of long term care facilities. She is a vibrant adult, living her life like all of us – and … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Pearson Gardens

George Pearson Centre sits on an unusually large site of sprawling lawn, considering the price of real estate in the City of Vancouver. And that will soon change, as land owner Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recently sold most of the … Continue reading

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What a difference a trip makes

Cathy has lived at Pearson for over 30 years, since she was quite young.  And until recently, she’d never visited her father’s home on the Sunshine Coast and seen his carving work. It’s not the distance that has been a … Continue reading

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