Happy City 2020 AGM + Call For Directors

Happy City St. John's Annual General Meeting 2020.  Celebrating 10 years of Civic Engagement! October 21, 2020. 7:00 to 8:30pm. Join us online!

Happy City St. John’s is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, October 21 from 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom. Join us to celebrate 10 years of Happy City St. John’s and to elect our 2020-2021 Board of Directors! During the AGM, we’ll be reporting back on a year of activities, sharing highlights from the past 10 years, electing six (6) new board members, and engaging our members (that’s you!) on where we should focus our efforts in the next 12 months and beyond.

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Happy City St. John’s is Hiring!

Happy City is hiring three Canada Summer Job positions to support the organization’s online summer events, strategic planning, communications, marketing, and research.

Please note that these positions are funded by Service Canada and candidates must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

Happy City St. John’s is committed to fulfilling its mission while embracing equity and diversity. We would be particularly interested in applications from youth who are members of designated groups including women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, racialized persons/visible minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQIA2S+).

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Jane’s Walks 2020: Access all walks, talks, and activities here!

Jane’s Walks St. John’s

Jane’s Walks is a series of free, citizen-led neighbourhood tours that help people discover unseen, under-celebrated, and unique stories about their community. Due to COVID-19 and our attempt to flatten the curve through social distancing, Happy City St. John’s will be hosting the 2020 walks online this year. All 2020 Jane’s Walks for Newfoundland and Labrador can be enjoyed from home by visiting our website at www.happycity.ca or our Facebook Event and will be offered in video, audio, interactive webinar, and visual formats.

Enter our local prize draw!

To enter, post a photo of your participation in one (or all!) of our four activities below, tag @HappyCitySJ and use #JanesWalkYYT

Activity 1: I Spy Photo Scavenger Hunt
Organized by Happy City St. John’s, this photo scavenger hunt is ongoing throughout the month of May! Find all the items on the list, and be entered to win a local prize! See our post in this facebook event page to view a description of the scavenger hunt.

Activity 2: Homemade Card
Organized by Happy City St. John’s for Mother’s Day weekend! What better time to create a homemade card for mom, a grandparent, or anyone in your life who could use a pick-me-up? Follow the directions to create a heart-shaped card of your own; it can be used as a basket to store more little goodies. Share a picture of your card with #JanesWalkYYT and tag @HappyCitySJ to be entered in our Jane’s Walk prize draw!

Activity 3: Jane’s Fort
This May 24th long weekend is looking different than usual, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a little camp-out in the living room! Build your best fort or campsite and share a picture online with #JanesWalkYYT and tag @HappyCitySJ to be entered in our Jane’s Walk prize draw. Winner to be announced at the end of May! Have fun!

Activity 4: Draw Your Neighbourhood
This week we would like to see your neighbourhood through your eyes. Draw your favourite space within your community, and get creative – use whatever artistic medium you like! Take a photo and share it online with #JanesWalkYYT and tag @HappyCitySJ to be entered in our Jane’s Walk prize draw. Winner to be announced at the end of May!

Jane’s Walks 2020 Schedule

Please note! We will continue to update this list as release dates and walk information becomes available. Please check back here or follow along for updates through our Facebook event!

Envisioning stronger neighbourhoods through “Neighbouring'”
Walk lead: Neria Aylward, Trevor Hickey, and David Brake
Format: Zoom
Release date: May 6, 2020

The arts, theatre community, and how you can help after COVID-19
Walk lead: Grace MacDonald
Format: Video
Release date: May 8, 2020

The Southside Loop Scavenger Hunt Mission
Walk lead: Rilla and Margo Wilson
Format: Video + Scavenger Hunt Guide
Release date: May 9

Think like a designer: My landscape architecture journey
Walk lead: Victoria FitzGerald
Format: Video
Release date: May 13, 2020

The Impact of Development on the Heritage of Downtown St. John’s
Walk lead: Jerry Dick
Format: PDF
Release date: May 14, 2020

Commuting by active transportation: Exploring potential routes between schools, shops, workplaces and neighbourhoods
Walk lead: Elizabeth Yeoman
Format: Interactive Google Map
Release date: May 15, 2020

Vacant City St. John’s: Exploring the Possibilities
Walk lead: Josh Smee
Format: Video (Zoom Recording)
Release date: May 17, 2020, 10:00AM

The King George V Institute: An American Building in St. John’s and Ground Zero for Emergency Services, 1912-18
Walk lead: Heidi Coombs
Format: Zoom Recording
Release date: May 20, 2020, 7:00PM

A tour of the boats in our harbour
Walk lead: Peter Walsh
Format: PDF
Release date: May 22, 2020

Triage of the Grace Hospital lands: The rebirth of a neighbourhood
Walk lead: Dan Ficken
Format: Zoom + video
Release date: May 23, 2020, 10:00AM

The Once and Future Library
Walk lead: Josh Smee
Format: Zoom
Release date: May 24, 2020, 10:00AM

A video of Petty Harbour
Walk lead: Todd Tremblett
Format: Video
Release date: May 26, 2020

A walk through Fogo Island
Walk lead: Sandy Crawford
Format: Video
Release date: May 27, 2020

The Hidden Stroll
Walk lead: Grant V. Genova
Format: Facebook Live
Release date: May 30, 2020

Changing Landscapes: The Natural Heritage of Long Pond and Leary’s Brook
Walk lead: Scott Osmond
Format: Interactive website
Release date: June 9, 2020

From slum to urban core: The evolution of our downtown
Walk lead: Keith Collier
Format: Interactive Google Map
Release date: TBA

Porches of St. John’s
Walk lead: Hope Jamieson
Format: Audio/video
Release date: TBA

Prescott Street
Walk lead: Bob Hallett
Format: PDF
Release date: TBA

Walk through Young Studios in Joe Batts Arm
Walk lead: Adam Young
Release date: TBA

Become a Walk Lead!

We are looking for people to share a story from their past or show a hidden talent in the arts, give a guided audio tour through their favourite neighbourhoods, or share their knowledge on the history of a personal treasure. This year we want to not only hear about the beautiful place we all call home, but learn about the people that live in it.

Now more than ever, we need to feel connected to one another and Jane’s Walks has given the perfect opportunity. Together we can explore our city and share our stories through social distancing while bringing a little peace and distraction into the homes of neighbours, family and friends.

Want to lead a Jane’s Walk? Check out our Guide for Walk Leads, and email happcitysj@gmail.com to confirm your topic!

2020 Neighbourhood Summit

Media Release
For Immediate Release


St. John’s, NL, February 17, 2020: Happy City St. John’s, in support of neighbourhood organizing, is holding a public Neighbourhood Summit, Friday, February 21 (7:00pm-8:30pm) and Saturday, February 22 (9:30am-3:00pm). We are pleased to release the final schedule of events.

Free Public Presentation:
Friday, February 21, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Alt Hotel, 77 Water Street 

Kicking off the Summit will be Halifax’s Lindell Smith, who, in 2016, became that city’s first black municipal councillor in 16 years. Councillor Smith started “The One North End Project”, an initiative to build a North End of Halifax that better prioritizes the needs of the region’s diverse populations. Councillor Smith will deliver the Summit’s opening address on the topic of How can a community be truly welcoming? The role of government & community in supporting newcomers”

Councillor Smith noted that “In both Halifax and St. John’s, we need to make sure that the government is doing what it can to support the newcomer residents. This comes with new policies, community engagement, programs, and more. This also means working with established neighbourhoods and residents to encourage collaboration and positive relationships”. Members of the public can register free of charge at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-can-a-community-be-truly-welcoming-a-talk-with-cclr-lindell-smith-tickets-92801117641

Neighbourhood Summit Sessions:
Saturday, February 22, 9:30am to 3:00pm, NLHHN, 77 Charter Avenue (Pleasantville).

Sessions include “Welcoming and Including Newcomers Panel”, “Planning a Neighbourhood Event”, and “Diverse Perspectives on Neighbourhood Challenges”. Please see below for the full schedule of the day.

A networking lunch will provide an opportunity for participants to meet each other and tour the Neighbourhood Fair, a collection of static and interactive displays. Lunch includes soup, sandwiches and desserts, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Catering is provided by the Network Cafe, a social enterprise run by the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network.

Registration for Saturday’s full day of sessions is open to the public. The public can register here – a $25 donation is suggested and tickets include a networking lunch. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/happy-city-st-johns-neighbourhood-summit-tickets-89479263887

Jen Crowe, Chair of Happy City St. John’s shares “Happy City St. John’s has spent the past year running consultations to understand the role that neighbourhoods play in welcoming newcomers to our city. This initiative, supported by the Fulbright Foundation, has allowed us to understand some of the barriers that newcomers face”. “This Summit”, she added, “enables community builders across the city to learn and share best practices on how to create inclusive neighbourhoods, and organize around building stronger, more welcoming neighbourhoods.”

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact:

Jen Crowe
Chair, Happy City St. John’s

Included below: Neighbourhood Summit 2020 schedule 

Public Engagement Process Launched for Proposed Parish Lane Development

Media Release
For Immediate Release


St. John’s, NL, December 23, 2019: Happy City St. John’s and Heritage NL are collaborating on a community engagement process to generate feedback on the proposed Parish Lane residential development by soliciting opinions from the residents of St. John’s.

The engagement process will comprise three parts: 1) An online survey to which all interested residents of the City are asked to respond; 2) A focus group session with key stakeholders to explore various options for strengthening the proposal and; 3) A design charette in which participants will examine the proposal. The goal is to have this process wrapped up by the end of January 2020.

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