Community and youth are at the heart of the PNE, so for us it made complete sense to develop a PNE Youth Council. The council’s objective is to provide local teens a unique opportunity to learn how a successful business operates and to nurture future business leaders of Vancouver.
Each year we select a group of 12 teens in grades 11 and 12 to join the Youth Council and we provide them key insights into the inner workings, business decisions and operational strategies of the PNE. The group gets access to our top leadership team and also have the chance to work on a major campaign or initiative, like a new ride or attractions launch or a special promotional day. The major takeaway for the students though, beyond having a great time, meeting like minded youth, attending a Vancouver Giants game, Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights and working on a cool campaign, is that they leave the program gaining business contacts, learning teamwork and leadership skills and they get to provide a voice for the community.
Are you or someone you know interested in joining? We’re currently accepting applications for our 2015/2016 group. For details on the program and to apply Click Here. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.
The PNE has been a proud member of the Hastings Sunrise Community for 105 years, and boy have we seen the neighbourhood change! It seems that every day there is a new trendy restaurant or artisan cafe popping up and new families moving into this ever evolving, but always vibrant community.
We strive to not only produce attractions that all of Greater Vancouver can enjoy, but also events for our neighbours including a Farmers’ Market, annual Community Day at Playland and a Community BBQ. We’re also proud to host and support the events and initiatives of local community groups including this weekend’s LightWaterDrums lantern festival, community park walks, a Terry Fox Run for the local schools, an Easter egg hunt, the Learn to Fish Programs in the Sanctuary and numerous local conferences, workshops and festivals.
The 2014 Winter Farmers’ Market ran every Sunday throughout October and November here at Hastings Park. We are excited to announce that the market will return this spring, fall and winter! More details to come!
Did you know that you could learn about fish identification, conservation, safety, proper fish handling, tackle, rod rigging, casting and enjoy an hour of hands on fishing at the Sanctuary? The program starts up again March 14.
We are proud to once again host LightWaterDrums this Saturday, January 24, from 5:30-9pm. Come out to the free lantern festival and celebrate the beauty of the dark and wet winters of Vancouver.
At the launch of summer, we host a free Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood BBQ to bring the community together in the beautiful garden’s and parks here at Hastings Park.
Since 2012 we have hosted a Hastings Little League day at Playland. $10 from every ticket sold on the day is donated to help the league in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament. In total $67,380 has been raised.
We are happy to support our community’s events and festivals. In events like the community Bike Fest we provided waste stations, bike racks, clean-up crews and administrative support.
As we move forward with Hastings Park permanently being our home we will continue to grow our connection with the local community with continuing to build our programs and outreach. Check out all of our Community Relations initiatives and for local residents, make sure you’re signed up to receive our community e-newsletter to keep up with what’s happening here at Hastings Park.
The PNE has been very lucky to provide special experiences and memories for families across BC for over 100 years and our dedication to giving back to the community has played a large part in allowing The Fair and Playland to thrive in Vancouver all of these years.
To give back to our neighbours and the surrounding communities, we have over 15 different programs designed to make a difference in our city. With several different initiatives, including the support of local schools, Hastings Little League and subsidized facility rentals, it’s been a major focus of the PNE to continually give back to the communities that support us. We also support other non-profit organizations through our electronic readerboard, ticket donations and KC’s Kids, an initiative that allows over 100 registered charities access to tickets to The Fair, Playland and Fright Nights each year, all in an effort to give back to communities in Metro Vancouver.
“These programs are important to the PNE as it’s a way to give back to the wider community and also acknowledge that we are a large organization in a residential neighbourhood. We are forming positive initiatives to help grow, support and communicate to our local community,” Kate Huffman, Manager, Community Relations, says. “The PNE has been at Hastings Park for 103 years, the site and neighbourhood has changed a lot in that time but backed by our community programs, we are looking forward to another 100 years at Hastings Park.”
For more information on all our programs visit www.pne.ca/community