Help us care for a beautiful cottage garden

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Position description: 

Historic Joy Kogawa House is a small heritage house located in the leafy neighbourhood of Marpole in south Vancouver. We have a shady front yard with two large conifers and a back lawn and garden. We often host poetry readings and literary events in the back garden, and we would love to make it a spectacular cottage garden that wows visitors and draws them back again. The house was built in 1912 and later became the home of writer Joy Kogawa, who lived there as a child in the late 1930s. She and her family and 22,000 other Canadians of Japanese heritage were displaced from their homes and businesses during the war and properties were sold to fund their internment in camps in the Interior of British Columbia. In 1981, Joy Kogawa wrote the novel Obasan which set the topic of the internment on the public agenda. In 1988, the Government of Canada apologized and redress was awarded. In 2006, a group of writers helped to purchase the house and today writers live and work there, and we host public tours and other events. We are a not-for-profit society that benefits from and depends on volunteers. If you are a keen gardener with an hour or two to spare every couple of weeks, please let us know at You are welcome to join our community project.


Maintain existing garden beds

Weed and tidy 

Mow lawn




Keen gardener

Available for an hour or two every couple of weeks

Role is suitable for: 
13 - 18
All Ages
English as a second language (ESL)
People with physical disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
Additional Information: 

We are especially looking for volunteers to help Sunday, May 26, 10:00am to 1:30pm. At that time Para Space Landscaping Group will be onsite for their annual staff team building event. The 2019 Para Space Day of Service is an opportunity for staff to unite and demonstrate environmental stewardship and humanitarianism by giving back to our community.
This year we are partnering with the non-profit Kogawa House which was once the childhood home of acclaimed author Joy Kogawa and her family. Today, the property is a place of national historic significance serving as a unique live/work space for writers, a space for public events, provides tours for social studies education and is an ongoing symbol of the racial discrimination experienced by Japanese Canadians as a consequence of the Second World War.
When: Sunday, May 26, 10am-1:30pm (rain or shine!)
What: Landscape Beautification
Where: 1450 West 64th Ave, Vancouver
Who: All staff (friends & family welcome too!)

* Dress for outdoor weather and bring gloves!
* Food and refreshments will be provided!
Why should I get involved?
 To help others live better, more fulfilling lives by contributing our landscaping expertise to the local community!
 To do something positive for the environment!
 To meet new people and have fun!
 Learn something new and expand your skill set!

How to apply:
Contact person: 
Ann-Marie Metten
Contact phone: 
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Environment & Animals
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Position start/end date:
26 May 2019 to 15 Oct 2019
Time Committment:
2 Hours Per Month
Time of day:
Daytime, Evening, Weekdays, Weekend
Work location:
Historic Joy Kogawa House Society
1450 West 64th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4