The Vancouver Branch was pleased to host a National Program led by Marsha Eberhardt on May 2-3, 2015 at the Pacific Region Centre. The weekend also included the 18th Annual To Your Health Banquet and the Annual Regional Meeting for the Pacific Region. We were delighted to have all eight branches of the Pacific Region represented in the 112 program attendees and the annual banquet, a delicious 10-course traditional Chinese banquet led by Blaise Baillargeon from the International Centre in Orangeville, served over 220 people, including participants, family and friends. Additional highlights for the evening were our traditional toast “To Your Health,” some lively music that had people dancing in the aisles and an address by Marsha.
Marsha provided clear and simple direction during the weekend program that benefited new and experienced participants, alike. She helped us improve not only our dan-yus and tor-yus but also our ability to organize. We had an opportunity to practice and to see the value of keeping instructions and planning as clear and simple as possible, especially when planning a big event like a banquet. After a successful weekend, we look forward to creating an even better event the next time.
Thursday April 16th found sixty-four of us squeezed into our Bowen Road location in Nanaimo, BC for a seniors intensive.
We began the day with a set, which was a bit of a challenge with so many participants however it was very good practice to make sure we were all moving together. Achieved by extra Monkeys and fewer Horse’s Manes; we are nothing if not adaptable! After the set we worked on our jongs, tor-yus and dan-yus, allowing ourselves to become open and light – lovely!
Lunch was delicious with a soup and home made buns from a local participant, plus all the fixings for a very tasty sandwich, and the best apple crumble we’ve ever had! After lunch, we worked on applying the morning’s instruction to moves in the set which resulted in all of us feeling much lighter and more open. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful feeling!
A big thank you to all attended, and who helped make this program a success!
The Vancouver Branch, like the other branches in the Pacific Region, welcomed in Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 21st with a fundraising event for the Fenway. Almost 50 attendees enjoyed a Florida-themed potluck dinner, complete with crab cakes and key lime pie for dessert. The evening’s entertainment included trivia, mini-golf and a skit centered on our “Fenway collage,” created by many class participants in the weeks leading up to the event.
The next day, 30 participants from the Vancouver, Surrey and Chilliwack branches converged on Chinatown in downtown Vancouver to walk in the Chinese New Year Parade on a crisp but sunny day. An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets while we walked, brush knee’d, and waved hands through the 1.3 km length of the parade. Many of those watching waved right back at us as we greeted them with the first jong. Such a unique opportunity for a demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi® arts was surely an auspicious start to the New Year on the West Coast!